Fun Beer Stuff

Craft Beer Clothings – Wear a Real Ale Shirt

In the vein of Shoemoney’s famous “Free Shirt Friday“, many thanks are in order for my own free shirt (Tuesday?) from the folks at CraftBeerClothing.com. According to their site, CraftBeerClothing.com was, created to sell clothing just for craft beer enthusiasts. Craft beer is about flavor, color, complexity – it is an art to the thousands of brewers in the world. …

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@Kegerators Giving Away a Free Kegerator on Twitter

Although alerting everyone to this contest will certainly hinder my chances of winning, I’m just a nice guy like that. It appears that the folks at Kegerators.com are hoping to build their Twitter following and are giving away some free kegerators to do so. Here’s the low down: They are going to give away an EdgeStar Kegerator on February 1st. …

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Addicted to Beer Trading

This is a guest post by a good friend of mine, Josh Christie. Josh is the author of brewsandbooks.com and a fellow member of the Maine Beer Writers Guild. You can also follow Josh on Twitter @jchristie. My name is Josh, and I have a problem. I’ve become addicted to beer trading. To be fair, I’m not making a serious …

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Craft Beer in October Issue of Entrepreneur Magazine

Discovered this little blurb which appears in the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine today (via the Oskar Blues Facebook page) about 2009 being a “very good year for beer”. The article describes the fact that craft beer is really weathering the “recession” storm in the U.S. quite well and states the fact that, so far in 2009, Sales of premium …

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What’s Your Favorite Beer Store? Why?

What’s your favorite liquor store, packie, or whatever else you want to call it? I was thinking about this today. Here in Portland there are probably three main places for good beer to go — Whole Foods, RSVP Liquors and Downeast Beverage. Sure you can get booze just about anywhere in town — grocery stores, gas stations, even wal*mart and …

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BrewDog Limited Release Atlantic IPA

This will be a two-part posting. The first part (this part) is an introduction to a beer I received in the mail a few days ago. The second part will be my own personal review of the beer. But this is definitely a one-of-a-kind brew that needs a little more of an upfront introduction. So here goes: The folks at …

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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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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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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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Badass Baltimore Beer Week Kickoffs with Boog Powell

As I’m sure many of you know, these days I reside in the beautiful Pine Tree State. But what you might not know is that I actually grew up in Washington D.C. (and still have a good deal of family in the D.C. Metro). And, having grown up in the Nation’s Capital in a big baseball-loving family at a time …

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BlogAboutBeer.com is Two Years Old Today!

It was exactly two years ago that I started BlogAboutBeer.com. At the time I knew almost nothing about beer and even less about blogging – since then my love for both has grown by leaps & bounds. I am still amazed on a nearly daily basis at all of the truly awesome opportunities writing this blog has afforded me — …

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Sweet Beer Blog Contest at TwinBeer.com

A close friend of mine Russ Phillips — who locals might remember from ilovemainebeer.com and Maine Beer Writers Guild fame a little while back — and his identical twin brother Kelly have launched a new beer blog and beer review engine at TwinBeer.com (get it?) and they’ve been blogging at a mind-boggling pace to get some great information and reviews …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Guest Post: The Boulder Beer Scene

The following is a guest post written by Brian Burns, a full-time writer and part-time beer drinker, living in Boulder, CO. Brian is a fellow Clark U. grad and the author of brianlburns.com. You can also find him on Twitter @brianlburns My name is Brian. I live in Boulder, CO — a place most people just call paradise. It’s true …

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Beer News Briefs for the Week of March 22nd(ish)

There are lots of little things coming across the Beer News Wire today so I thought it would be most beneficial to post them all at once and let you troll through for anything you might need. To start, The Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Androscoggin Bank Colisée to produce the second annual Maine Grains …

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21st Amendment Brews Very First #twitterbrew

It seems that the Craft Beer Community is increasing their participation in all things New Media at an incredible clip, with their presence on Twitter really taking the helm. One such community member however, San Fransisco’s 21st Amendment Brewing, took the beer-on-Twitter phenomenon to new heights. Just yesterday 21st Amendment brewer Shaun O’Sullivan brewed the very first #twitterbrew. The beer, …

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How to Build a Great Home Bar

The following is a guest post from the good folks at AllBarStools.com. If you would like to submit a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please visit the Write for BAB page. Anyone who has the space has to agree that having a home bar would be an ideal situation. After all, who could complain about having a space to entertain friend …

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Beer Mugs – Glass or Pewter?

Note: the following is a guest post written by Kevin Flynn and the patrons of Bridgid’s Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA. It does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the editor and owner of BlogAboutBeer.com. The patron’s of Bridgid’s restaurant in Philadelphia, PA are composed of people with sophisticated palates and an understanding of finer beers. Discussing the finer …

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Utah Goes Normal. Well, Almost.

Forever beer on tap in the state of Utah has barely been beer. In Utah, draft beer can contain no more than 3.2% ABW (alcohol by weight), or 4% ABV (alcohol by volume). According to the Salt Lake Tribune, though, that’s all about to change. It seems that this past Tuesday, the Utah House voted 58-2 to allow the sale …

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