Monthly Archives: September 2009

Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection

America’s largest independent brewery, The Boston Beer Co. — the folks behind Samuel Adams — has announced the upcoming release (release dates to be decided) of a new series being called “The Sam Adams Barrel Room Series”. Each beer in the series shares the common characteristic of having first been aged in oak barrels. But that’s where the similarities seem …

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Allagash Brewing Co. to Release Vagabond Ale

Maine’s most well-known beer geek brewery, Allagash Brewing (the only Maine brewery to win a medal at the 2009 GABF), has announced the release of the second beer in their new 375 ml series: Vagabond Ale. Vagabond is the follow-up release to the brewery’s now famous Gargamel Ale, which was released this past May. Vagabond was aged for four years …

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Winners From the 2009 Great American Beer Festival

This past weekend marked the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Co. In case you’re unfamiliar, the GABF is the largest — and arguably most prestigious — commercial beer competition in the world. The number of entries in this year’s competition crushed the previous record (held by the 2008 GABF) with 3,308 entries from 495 breweries. Gold, silver …

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Beer & Cheese Pairings in The Wall Street Journal

It’s always great to see beer & cheese pairing discussed in the mainstream news, as it’s certainly still an up-and-coming notion in much of the mainstream world. So I was psyched to find an article on the topic a few days ago in the Wall Street Journal, of all places. The article, entitled “Trouble Brews for Wine; Cheese Chooses Beer” …

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Brooklyn Brew Shop Introduces Apartment-Size Homebrew Kits

Saw this little tidbit yesterday in the New York Times and thought it was too good of an idea not to pass along. Two Gen Y-ers like myself, Stephen Valand, 23, and Erica Shea, 25 of Brooklyn have quit their respective day jobs to start theirown homebrew supply shop, of sorts. Their new venture, the Brooklyn Brew Shop, makes one …

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Magic Hat Fall ’09 Odd Notion (A Review)

As I sit here on a crisp autumnal Sunday afternoon flipping back-and-forth between the Red Sox and Patriots games and munching on some homemade nachos, I decided to dive into the bottle of Magic Hat Odd Notion (Fall ’09) which was sent to me by the brewery a few days ago. The Burlington, VT-based brewery describes their Fall ’09 Odd …

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Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Maties!

Avast, me Hearties! Alright, it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with beer (although I can assume that pirates, when not swigging rum, enjoyed their fair share of tankards of ale) but today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day and I just wanted to wish you all a happy and prosperous one, full of bounty and booty. Here …

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is Really, Really Good

I love fall. I love fall beers. When a brewery gets a pumpkin-flavored beer right, I love pumpkin beers. One brewery to get their pumpkin beer right is, of course (because they get everything right), the good folks at Dogfish Head. I picked up a couple of bottles of the Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale at Treats in Wiscasset on my …

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Michelob Releases New Fall Sampler Pack But Who Cares?

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I got an email this morning from the folks at Michelob Brewing Co. (owned by Belgium’s largest brewery – Anheuser-Busch) alerting me to the release of their new “Ale Sampler Pack”. Usually when I receive press releases from any of the brewing behemoths like Michelob, they go straight to the virtual trash can. But, for whatever reason, I guess they …

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On My 25th Birthday, a Look Back at How I Got Into Better Beer

Four years ago today was the day after I turned 21 (so, if you’re keeping score at home, that means I turned 25 yesterday, September 11th, 2009). I was a junior in college at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. My parents came down from Maine to celebrate with me and, being the kick ass parents they were, took me on …

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Canned Craft Beer on NPR’s Weekend Edition

The good folks at National Public Radio ran a piece this weekend during Weekend Edition Saturday which discussed the benefits of Good Beer in Cans and the recent explosion in popularity of canned craft beer. As any long-time reader of Blog About Beer knows, I’m a huge advocate of beer in cans, so I was especially pleased to hear the …

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Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin (Review)

If you’ve ever spent any time in Maine right around this time of year than you already know, Shipyard Brewing’s Pumpkinhead is BIG here. Like huge. To the point where, even though it’s far from my favorite pumpkin beer (or even my favorite Shipyard ale), even I succumb to the temptation a few times each autumn. But even more than …

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Upcoming Beer & Cheese Social at Portland’s The Salt Exchange

The folks at Redhook and Widmer Bros. (who run their East Coast operations out of their brewery in nearby Portsmouth, NH) have announced an upcoming Portland (Maine) event, which sounds like a definite do-not-miss! On Tuesday September 15th, join the Redhook folks at Portland’s new The Salt Exchange (245 Commercial St. Portland, ME) for a “Beer & Cheese Social” featuring …

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