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Homebrew in Random Places: The Twitter Offices

I saw this photo on Mashable.com late last night and couldn’t help but pass it along. Looks like Mashable author Ben Parr was invited on an unofficial tour of the Twitter offices in San Fransisco, CA. The post of the tour features lots of neat photos and insights into what goes into the day-to-day operations of one of the Web’s …

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“You Always Feel Smarter After a Few Beers”

A great beer quote to lighten the mood on this hellishly hot August afternoon (and because, quite frankly, it’s just too damn hot to write anything else): One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm.  Here’s how it  went: “Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move …

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The Launch of BeerPetitions.com

Another new beer website went live this week and although I get emails almost daily about new beer websites, I figured I would write about this one because (a) I haven’t written about a new beer website in awhile, (b) it was a concept that I thought actually showed promise, (c) they asked nicely, or (d) all of the above… …

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@dogfishbeer Featured in The Newest Issue of Inc Magazine

My July/August issue of Inc Magazine arrived today (a bit late) and in it I discovered a neat little profile piece on Sam Calagione and his Deleware-based Dogfish Head Brewery, which brought in $28 million in revenue last year, producing 74,600 barrels of their “off-centered” ales. As opposed to the exposé on the brewery which appeared in The New Yorker …

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Stone Brewing 13th Anniversary Ale (A Review)

If you can get your mitts on a bottle of Stone Brewing’s 13th Anniversary Ale, I highly suggest you do so. However, if you’re lucky enough to come into possession of such a thing, make sure you’re sitting down with nowhere in particular to go and that you’re well prepared for the ensuing flavor battle about to take place in …

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Video Profile of Maine Mead Works

As any long-time reader knows, I’m a big fan of (good) Mead. I’ve always thought of mead as the lovechild of beer fans and wine fans; the one libation which brings them all together. I’m also, as you know, a big fan of the local Maine Mead Works. So I was psyched to see this short profile of the company …

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This Week at Novare Res

If you live in or happen to be vacationing anywhere near the vacinity of the Pine Tree State this week, be sure and get yourself to Novare Res for two of the biggest beer events happening in Maine in two thousand and nine. First, tomorrow (Tuesday August 4th) sees the 2nd annual Dogfish Head Fest with 23 beers from the …

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westvleteren12.com is For Sale, But is it Right?

Here’s a new one: It looks like westvleteren12.com and the site that goes with it is for sale at Flippa.com. According to the site’s owner, he started westvleteren12.com back in April as a fansite of the widely-regarded “best beer in the world”. But after a few weeks on the web, the owner received a whole bunch of requests to buy …

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BlogAboutBeer.com Reads The Wire

Good morning, all, and happy Sunday to you. As I’m sure we’re all sitting here this morning recovering from great beer-filled weekends, I wanted to post some links and stories of interest. First, the Sam Adams Beer Lover’s Choice program is back for 2009. You may remember in 2008 when the Blackberry Whit beat out the Coffee Stout for mass …

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The Vermont Brewers Festival 2009 Recap

So I’ve returned to my desk, fresh off a weekend of fun and frivolity at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, VT and I cannot stress enough, if you live within striking distance of Burlington and you didn’t make it to this years festival, you missed out big time! I would strongly suggest you plan ahead now for the summer …

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Heading to Vermont For a Big Beer-Filled Weekend

Up bright and early to hit the road for Vermont for a beer-filled weekend, which culminates with the Vermont Brewers Festival tomorrow evening. So far the trip includes lunch today at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, a trip to Winooski Beverage — one of the best liquor stores in the state according to the folks at BeerAdvocate — …

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Beer Connoisseur: Another New Beer Mag

It probably comes as no surprise that along with craft beer’s raise in popularity in recent years, comes many people trying to capitalize on that success. And I don’t mean in the form of producing beer itself, but rather all of the accoutrement that go with it. One such accoutrement has popped up out of the deep south, of all …

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I’m Back, News & Notes

Phew! After more than a week without the Internet and the Red Sox, both my tv and my Interwebs are back! And not a moment too soon. As I get back into the swing of things and the beer news begins to pour in once more, I wanted to mention a few fun news & notes. (1) Don’t forget, next …

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Where I’ve Been

Sorry for the non-posting all week. I think I forgot to explicitly mention that I was in the process of moving — just across town — and that, of course, Time Warner is taking their sweet time in getting my new Internet and television hooked up (I’m borrowing some from one of my part-time jobs at the moment). Thus, no …

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Success in a Can

I’m about to head out on a three day jaunt through the woods of Crawford Notch, NH (with a very important stop at Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery in North Conway on my way home) but I found a great article from the Durango Herald this morning which I wanted to pass along. The article highlights a few Colorado breweries …

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Maine Beer News, Notes & Events

It’s been a crazy week plus ’round here. Chelsea and I are getting ready to move next week (still in Portland, just to another quieter and less expensive neighborhood) and it’s really unbelievable how much stuff we have packed into our current apartment over the last two years. I don’t even know where half of it came from! But I …

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Nanobreweries An Emerging Trend in America

I just wanted to pass along a neat article from MSN which friend passed to me a few days ago about an extremely microbrewing trend emerging around the country which I had never heard of called “Nanobrewing”. According to MSN, “The nanobrewery concept allows one or a few good craft brewers to spend a few weekends a month brewing batches …

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Deschutes Twilight Ale Reviewed

I received three bottles of the new Deschutes summer Seasonal, Twilight Ale in the mail from the brewery the other day and it reaffirmed my jealousy of all you left coasters who have all of Deschutes tasty brews so readily available. The Twilight Ale is a great summer seasonal release because it’s light enough and “easy drinkin” enough to enjoy …

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Finally a Beer & Veggies Recipe!

I don’t know if I’ve ever made it abundantly clear here before or not, but I am a vegetarian (and have been for almost exactly 13 years). So, needless to say, the majority of beer & food pairings or recipes involving beer that come across my inbox go right into the virtual trashcan because they so often revolve around meat. …

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The Second Annual Maine Grains & Grapes Festival

Sorry for the slow down in posts over the last week; it’s been a crazy few days ’round here. But I did want to write quickly and remind all the locals that the second annual Maine Grains and Grapes Festival is coming right up. The festival is slated for Saturday June 20th at the Androscoggin Bank Calisee in Lewiston. According …

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Brewery Lineup for the American Craft Beer Festival Announced

The American Craft Beer Festival presented by BeerAdvocate.com is a little more than two weeks away and, even though they have a ridiculous policy of not allowing bloggers to have press passes — even though we cover the industry better than anyone — I’m still going to do them the service of mentioning the festival (because I’m a nice guy …

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Meet Tweeting Bar, the Keg that Tweets as You Pour

Alright, I’m going to have to go ahead and say that this beer-and-Twitter mashup is the single coolest one I’ve seen yet! It came across the Twitosphere today today 360i, a digital marketing agency in New York, has created a system that causes their office beer tap — I know, I want one too — to send a tweet every …

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Odell Brewing Brews Twitter-Powered Blackbird Schwarzbier

People-powered, Twitter-inspired beers seem to be all the rage in the quickly growing craft beer two point oh scene. In fact, you may remember a couple of months ago when the Bay Area’s 21st Amendment Brewing brewed what they called a #twitterbrew, during which the brewery’s followers could track the brewing process and follow along through frequent posts to TwitPic.com. …

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Alabamians Finally Free to Drink Better Beer

There is some great news to report in the spread of good quality craft beer across these United States – it seems that just this past Friday Alabama governor, Bob Riley, signed bill #HB373 — the state’s “Gourmet Beer Bill” — into law. With the passing of this law, the good folks of Alabama can immediately begin drinking more than …

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at South Portland Sea Dog Brewing Co.

A week ago today (deadlines, shmedlines; that’s why I’m a blogger) I was lucky enough to finagle a media invite to the ribbon cutting ceremony (THANK YOU!) at the brand new Sea Dog Brewing Co. brewpub in nearby South Portland, Maine (the space formally occupied by Eggspectations). It was a very fun morning and I’m very thankful for the invite. …

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Has Anyone Seen My 44 Year Old Utica Club Cans? Anyone? Bueller?

I found this little gem during a random jaunt across the Interwebs this morning and thought it was too fun not to share with everyone. Apparently, during a recent remodeling of the library on the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, some construction workers cam across a six pack of “Utica Club Pilsener Lager Beer” cans that were lodged in …

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21st Amendment Brings Cans to Massachusetts

As any long-time BlogAboutBeer readers know, I am very big on putting craft beer in cans. So I was excited to see this little tidbit come through my inbox the other day — it’s good news for MassHoles and good news for those of us in Maine (because good beer in cans is one step closer to reaching our borders). …

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Come Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Novare Res

I am literally out the door heading to Worcester for the alumni/graduation weekend at Clark U (my Alma Mater) but wanted to be sure and post an event listing that definitely everyone in Maine and probably anyone within driving distace of Portland will want to check out! This Thursday May 21st is the one year anniversary of operations at Novare …

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Deschutes Brewing Mirror, Mirror and Red Chair IPA (Reviews)

The folks at Bend Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery were kind enough to send over some sample bottles of two of their newest beers, Red Chair IPA and Mirror, Mirror, a few days ago which is a huge treat for those of us on this side of the country without regular access to the Deschutes line of brews. The Mirror, Mirror is …

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What the New Maine Beer Trail is Lacking

I received the following press release today from the Maine Brewers’ Guild: The Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Brewers’ Guild announce the Maine Beer Trail. This new trail spotlights the high quality and creative diversity of fresh, hand-crafted, Maine-made beer. The purpose of the Trail is to attract visitors to Maine to enjoy the vibrant micro and craft brewing …

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One of My Favorite Beer & Food Pairings Yet!

Last night I happened across one of my new found favorite beer & food pairings and I wanted to share it with everyone. While it’s probably a pairing which would be pretty self-explanatory to anyone whose been pairing food & beer for awhile, I think it’s a great combination and a great introduction to the hobby for any pairing newbies …

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2009 Vermont Brewers Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 2009 Vermont Brewers’ Festival has been released and it only reinforces why this festival has quickly become one of the most predominant summer beer festivals in the Northeast. This year’s attending breweries include: Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME) Brooklyn Brewing (Brooklyn, NY) Dieu de Ciel (St Jerome, QC) Harpoon Brewing (Windsor, VT/Boston, MA) High & Mighty …

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Allagash to Release Gargamel This Thursday

Sorry for the lack of new posts this week. Things have just been extra uber crazy trying to get my life in order following its recent upheaval. But there is one thing I wanted to be sure and bring to really everyone’s attention because the release of this beer is just that important, but this particular event is one that …

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Long Trail Brewing Brewmaster Series Double IPA (Review)

I just recently picked up a 22oz bottle of the Long Trail Brewing Double IPA — the second release in the Vermont brewery’s new “Brewmasters Series” — from my local Whole Foods; what a tasty brew! The Long Trail dIPA is hoppy enough and complex enough for hop heads and beer geeks, but downright tasty enough for even the beer …

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Nose Feel Like it’s on Fire? Grab a Beer!

I’m about to divulge a very embarrassing story, but this evening my girlfriend was away at dinnertime — volunteering for Portland Adult Ed — so I thought I would do something slightly romantic for once while she was gone and cook dinner to be ready & waiting when she got home. Well, I improvised a little and created a pretty …

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BlogAboutBeer Reads the Wire

I’m still recovering from a first-hand witnessing of the EPIC Red Sox domination of those Damn Yankees last night and Jacoby Ellsbury’s historic stealing of home plate so rather than an in depth beery anecdote today, I’m just going to report on some of the happenings in the Beer World which have been gathering in my inbox all week. Enjoy: …

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Magic Hats Goes Wacko for Summer (A Review)

The folks at Magic Hat in Burlington, VT are up to their zany tricks again; going up to, over and quite off the wall. Magic Hat is introducing two new beers for the summer season — The first, their new summer seasonal, is called “Wacko”. And the second is their summertime Odd Notion beer (which will only be available in …

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Happy Earth Day: The Case for Canning Beers

As any longtime readers will know, I’ve long sung the praises of canned craft beer here at BlogAboutBeer.com and wished for an equally long time that one of the craft breweries currently canning their beers elsewhere across the USofA would expand their distribution a tad to include the state of Maine (as of now, no one distributes canned Better Beer …

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Getting Ready for American Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week — which runs from May 11th-17th — is less than a month away but there are some things you can do ahead of time to prepare for a week of great beer and to show your support for the American Craft Beer movement. I just received the following statement from the press room of the Brewers …

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Legislation Introduced to Allow Maine Brewpubs to Sell Growlers

There is a bill currently making its way through the Maine state legislature which would finally allow brewpubs in the state to offer their beer to patrons in 64oz Growlers. According to the Bangor Daily News, Backers of the measure claim making it easier for brew pubs to sell growlers on site will help support a small but growing Maine …

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Major Life Changes

I know this blog is more about beer than it is personal commentary but let me go off-topic for a minute if you would, please, to make an announcement. After a lot of deliberation and careful consideration, I have decided to take a pretty enormous (although at least a little bit calculated) leap of faith and leave my cushy, full-time …

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Go See Beer Wars Live Thursday!

This Thursday, April 16th is the world premiere of the movie Beer Wars with a nationwide screening and live panel event. If you haven’t yet heard about Beer Wars, it’s been blowing up the world of New Media, with great coverage on many other beer blogs, national media and Twitter (@beerwarsmovie). The film is described as, In America, size matters. …

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Sea Dog Brewing to Open a New South Portland Location

Shipyard Brewing-owned Sea Dog Brewing Company is opening its third brewpub in the state of Maine in the month of May. The brewpub, which will join the Topsham & Bangor locations, is set to open at 125 Western Ave. in South Portland; the location previously occupied by Eggspectation. The new South Portland location will be open for breakfast (served all …

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Barnyard Beers on Chow.com

Chow.com today posted a very informative piece on the rise to fame of beers commonly described as “farmhouse funk”. These beers, which have been contaminated by Brettanomyces, or Brett for short — a wild yeast often found in the air that’s nearly impossible to get rid of once it invades your equipment — are gaining nationwide (or worldwide, really) notoriety …

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The Code Writer’s Pint Glass

In the realm of “Why didn’t I think of that?!” for today: I’ve seen some awesome pint glasses in my day, but this one comes pretty close to taking the entire cake. Anyone who has ever dabbled in writing their own HTML (and especially those of us who try to do it after having drank a couple beers and fail …

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Forbes Names Portland, ME “America’s Most Livable City”

Forbes has released its 2009 “America’s Most Livable Cities” list, and Portland, ME — my hometown(!) — has earned the top slot! The list was compiled by assigning points to cities around the country with populations in excess of 500,000, based on such factors as leisure index and crime data from Sperling’s Best Places, cost of living and five-year income …

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More BlogAboutBeer in Mutineer Magazine

You may remember a few weeks ago when BlogAboutBeer.com was featured in Mutineer Magazine. Well, JJ and the boys from Mutineer conducted a further, longer interview with me about BAB and why it is what it is. Mutineer is doing great things for the industry and is one of the publications on the forefront of the Beer 2.0 phenomenon. So, …

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It’s Out With the Old and in With the New at Smuttynose

Portsmouth New Hampshire-based Smuttynose Brewing has officially retired their Portsmouth Lager after rumors of the beer’s demise had been swirling for nearly a year. The beer has been replaced in the Smuttynose everyday line up with a new brew entitled, “Star Island Single”. According to David Yarrington, the Smuttynose Executive Brewer, Several trains of thought converged in the decision process …

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