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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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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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What Makes a Favorite Watering Hole?

You’ll have to excuse the lack of “news” postings around here lately but it’s tough to keep current with beer news when I have limited Internet access and am on the road for “work” in a different town in a different New England state each week. That being said, I found myself in the Three Needs Brewery & Pub in …

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Photo Tour of the Magic Hat Brewery

Last week during a visit to Burlington, Vermont we were lucky enough to get a tour of the Magic Hat brewery (which I later learned isn’t really done right now due to the on-going construction). Our tour guide Chris showed us around, let us taste lots of great beer from Magic Hat and their organic off-shoot Orlio; we learned all …

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Beer Blogging Contest Winner Having a Contest of His Own

As you may or may not remember, Dave of Tailgating Ideas won the grand prize of a flip video camera (care of MarketLeverage) on the contest that took place ’round here a couple of weeks ago. Well, the camera showed up on his doorstep yesterday and he made the following kick ass little video thank you, which I couldn’t help …

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Presidential Debate Drinking Games

If you live on the east coast, chances are you’re rained in tonight and what better way to spend a wet Friday evening than watching the first 2008 Presidentail Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. And what better way to make it through the debate than by playing a fun little drinking game with a small group of your …

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Interview with Russian River’s Funky Brewer on Chow.com

I’m stopped half-way between some high school visits in Northern Connecticut and some mini college fairs in southern Massachusetts but I wanted to point out an interview with Russian River Brewing Company’s Vinnie Cilurzo on CHOW.com. Vinnie Cilurzo is regarded as one of the most innovative microbrewers in the country. He’s often credited with inventing the Double IPA, an ultrahoppy …

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The New Wine?

There was an article in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled Is Beer Becoming the New Wine? The article didn’t say much and was mostly just a press release for an upcoming beer dinner at a place called Twain’s in Decatur. Although the article did preface the information about the beer dinner by saying, The nose is just a little bit forward, …

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Beer And Food Pairings that DON’T work

Worldofbeer.com this weekend has a feature which lists 10 food and beer pairings NOT to try (an interesting twist) and why. And nicely, below each non-pairing is a recommendation of what to try instead. The 10 DON’Ts were: 10. spicy food and mainstream American lager 9. salty food and malty beer 8. sweet desserts and bitter beer 7. brie and …

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A Brief Photo Tour of Vermont Beer Spots

Outside The Shed – Stowe, VT Me with one of The Shed’s famous “Skis of Beer” (left to right: Canadian-style Golden ale, Amber ale, their IPA, Porter, The Shed’s Mountain Ale — an English-style Old Ale which was voted no. 1 ski town beer by Ski Magazine — and the Imperial Stout). Outside the Vermont Pub & Brewery – Burlington, …

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Vermont is for (Beer) Lovers: A First-Hand Discovery

I’m in Burlington, Vermont for work for the next three days, and I’m trying to cram as much of the famous Vermont Beer Scene in as I possibly can (working around my “day job” schedule). Today I paid a visit to The Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, VT, where I was able to try one of their famous “Skis …

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A Good Night for an Original Flag Porter

I recently bought a bottle of Original Flag Porter from Downeast Beverage here in Portland but just got around to cracking it open tonight; what an interesting beer! It tastes exactly like what I would imagine an old-world, nineteenth century English porter to taste like. Here’s a little history of the beer. Apparently, Flag Porter is brewed from a traditional …

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Announcing the Winners of The Mother of All Beer Blogging Contests

Well, it’s been a fun first 11 days of the month and the response to ‘The Mother of All Beer Blogging Contests’ was great; I’d definitely consider it a success. And now, as my own 24th birthday comes to a close, I’d like to announce the 5 winners of the contest. First, the winner of the 5th place package (A …

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Help Me Discover Some New Beer

As some of you may know — and plenty of you don’t — I recently started a new job and beginning next week I’ll be hitting the road for a good six or eight weeks. The area of the Northeast that I’m scheduled to cover includes the majority of Vermont, all of the state of Connecticut, a few stops in …

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Clarifying Some of the Contest Rules

It’s great to see the influx of activity on the ‘Mother of all Beer Blogging Contests‘ that has happened today but, with a little over 24 hours to go in the contest, I wanted to clarify a few rules because I know they’ve been overlooked and I want to make sure everyone gets their fair chance at the prizes. You …

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Reminder: The Contest Ends Thursday

Just wanted to write a reminder that the contest I’m sponsoring here on BlogAboutBeer ends THIS THURSDAY September 11th at 10pm EST. So far there have only been a handful on entries so your chances of winning one of the 5 overall prize packages is pretty darn good. So, why not enter? There are over $500 worth of prizes and …

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Hops in the News

It’s always interesting to me to see stories about the worldwide hops shortage continue to pop up in strange places – the most recent of which hit me when I opened the most recent issue of Inc Magazine which arrived at my doorstep a few days ago. The story, which is also available on inc.com, certainly didn’t reveal anything new …

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Three Maine Pubs Make List of 100 Best in America

Imbibe Magazine today announced its picks for the 100 best places to drink beer across the United States.  Imbibe’s editors and readers set off in search of the best beer spots this country has to offer, and three spots in Maine made the list. According to a press release put out by Imbibe – a wide array of beer bars, …

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Announcing The Mother of all Beer Blogging Contests

This is it one and all – I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for weeks and now it’s time. In conjunction with the first year anniversary of this blog, It is with great pleasure that I announce the official BlogAboutBeer.com “Mother of all Beer Blog Contests” with well over $500 in sweet, sweet prizes and schwag! First, the …

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Run of the Mill, Saco Update

I know that many people have been coming here over the last few weeks looking for information on the Run of the Mill brewpub in Saco, Maine which opened just a few weeks ago. And if anyone has been there yet then I’m sure you know that, despite being a brewpub, ROTM has yet to have any of their own …

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Own Your Own Piece of a Brewery

Ever wanted to own your very own brewery but just didn’t have the start-up capital? Well now, thanks to the help of BeerBankRoll (and tens of thousands of other members) for an investment of just $50 you can own a piece of a brewery. Chicago-based BeerBankRoll is founded on a “crowdfunding” concept where its members are hoping to raise $100,000 …

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Blog About Beer Turns One

Today, August 2th, marks the one year anniversary of BlogAboutBeer.com. When I got into blogging a year ago, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. The site was a mess, my stories were a mess and I didn’t think I would (or should) stick with it. Now a year later, it’s grown into a full-fledged obsession. I’ve met …

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The Next Ingredient in the Dogfish Line of Ancient Beers: Chocolate

You may remember way back in November of ’07 when a study was released which claimed that natives of Central America were drinking alcoholic beverages — or beer — made from cacao (the seeds which chocolate comes from) even before 1000 BC, 500 years earlier than previously thought. Well now it looks like label-pushing brewer Dogfish Head is going to …

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iPhone Application for the Beer Aficionado

Popular online Social Networking blog Mashable.com today had a post describing 18 different iPhone applications all centered around drinking. Most of them were lame “guess your BAC level” and “R U Drunk” tests and shouldn’t get a second mention. But one of the applications, however, does seem really neat (neat enough that I may download it onto my girlfriend’s iPhone …

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Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen: Jessica Simpson Pushing Shitty Beer

The Internet has been abuzz today of news that failed singer actress reality tv star entrepreneur pop star Jessica Simpson has teamed up with Dallas’ Stampede Brewing Company to become the new face of Stampede Light Plus. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, Simpson is reportedly taking on a 15 percent stake in the company in return for …

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Photoshoping a Glass of Beer

psdtuts.com has a neat tutorial today on how to draw a glass half-full of bubbly beer in PhotoShop: In this tutorial, we’re going to draw a beer glass with some beer in it. We’ll create the shiny curly glass with reflection, put some beer in it, add some bubbles, and finally we’ll make the shadow and the reflections. Meanwhile, I …

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Fun Beer Links: Summer Brews, Beer & Cheese, New Brew Mag

Good evening, all – just wanted to share some fun beer-y things from around the web on this warm summer evening: First, a story from Primer Magazine entitled “The Beers I’m Drinking This Summer — And Why“, which goes beyond the American Light Lager to encourage folks to drink Blondes — like Pyramid Curveball Blonde (WA), Red Hook Blonde (NH/WA), …

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When All You Need is a Beer

As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent the first few days of this week at Affiliate Summit East in Boston. Monday was the longest and most grueling day of the conference and when it was over my co-worker Nate and I were in desperate need of a beer. While we’re both relatively familiar with Boston, neither of us …

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Beer Briefs: Benefits, Beer Blogs and Cask-Conditioned Gold Metals

It’s been a crazy couple of days – I just got back from three days at Affilite Summit East at the Seaport Hotel in wonderful Boston, Massachusetts. It was an exhausting, whirlwind trip but I met a lot of good people and learned a lot of great things. I’ll definitely be returning for Affiliate Summit 2009! But, with everything going …

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Smuttynose Gets a New Brewery

Very big & exciting news for fans of Portsmouth’s own Smuttynose Brewing Co.: A new brewery has been a discussion for Smuttynose for quite awhile (I first wrote about it back in December of ’07) as they’ve long since outgrown their relatively small Establishment on the outskirts of Portsmouth. Well, according to SeacoastOnline.com, the brewery and its owner, Peter Egelston, …

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Beer Business Start-Up: Kegs on Legs

If you don’t know by now, I have a particular interest in entrepreneurship and start-up companies. So I tend to keep a weathered eye on business and entrepreneurial blogs and things of that nature, and when that interest and my interest in beer converge, it’s especially fun. And that’s just what happened today. I found a story on the Business …

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