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Well, I have officially sold BlogAboutBeer.com and after two years and 10 months of launching and running the site, it’s time for me to step down and let someone else take the reins and guide Blog About Beer into the future and beyond. I’ll let the new owner introduce himself so as not to steal his thunder or misrepresent his intentions with the site. Rather, I wanted to take a minute and say goodbye and,…

BreweryFans.com is launching a huge and impressive summer contest, but they need help deciding on a contest name/title. They have narrowed the contest name down to six choices and are hoping to get people to choose one so they can roll out the most effective campaign. The choices are: 1. Fly me to the beer contest 2. The great american beer contest 3. The imperial craft beer contest 4. Destination brewery getaway contest 5. Hopped…

Homebrewing beer has been legal in the eyes of the federal government since 1979. Little did I know, however, thatthere are still a few states which consider homebrewing to be illegal. I know — weird, right? But as of this week, the states which outlaw homebrewing is down by one (now only two states remain; Alabama and Mississippi). House Bill 2348, sponsored by Representative Colby Schwartz and Senator Mike Schulz, officially legalized the home production…

Just a quick update for all you Maine readers out there: while you’re all patiently waiting for the arrival of Baxter Brewing Co. beers this fall, you’ll have some new out-of-state beery arrivals to help tide you over. Three breweries from across the country have started to distribute their beers in the state of Maine this month and their arrivals are absolutely welcome ones! First, a the first of May heralded the long-awaited arrival of…

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Sara Kahn. If you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me. Imagine my surprise at the results of one of our recent surveys of gourmet cheese lovers: men overwhelmingly preferred wine (73%) over beer when enjoying cheese. I suppose this shouldn’t be so shocking given how much attention wine is paid when discussing food and beverage pairings in the media and…

A few BlogAboutBeer.com readers probably already know the news I’m about the share but I’m pretty sure that most do not. What I am about to write has been a non-stop, full-time eleven months in the making (and many years in a dream): I am opening my own brewery. Baxter Brewing Co. will be the first brewery north of Connecticut to can its entire line of beer. Located in the historic Bates Mill in Lewiston,…

Tactical Nuclear Penguin, the beer which had for a couple of weeks been the most alcoholic beer in the world — before German brewer Schorschbrau released a 40% ABV beer called Schorschbock and BrewDog fired back with their Sink the Bismarck!, which checks in at 41% ABV and a highly-alcoholic and somewhat pointless cock fight ensued — is now making its away across the pond for limited release across the U.S.ofA (Mainers, I know that…

In all of his “small town”, on-location speeches around the country, President Obama acknowledges a local businessperson who is thriving in that community. During his trip here to Portland last week, Obama gave a shout out to Bill “Bill the Beer Guy” Milliken, who owns Market House Coffee and Maine Beer & Beverage, both in Portland’s Public Market House. In exchange for plugging Milliken’s business during the speech, Obama told the crowd that he expected…

The idea for the 33 Beers sketchbook “came to us after many failed attempts at note-taking during some of the West Coast’s many beer festivals”, says founder Dave Selden. “At some point in these experiences, laziness tended to take over, and the tasting notes stopped writing themselves. The next day, trying to recall the third bourbon barrel-aged porter became an exercise in Twitter and SMS reconstruction (“try the Allagash Curieux quick b4 it runs out!!”).…

Yesterday was April Fools Day and craft breweries across the country took full advantage, flexing their creative muscles a bit. Of course you need to know a little bit about each brewery to fully appreciate their tongue-in-cheek pranks but here are some of the best I found across the interwebs (in no particular order): Orange County’s The Bruery introduced their new “Bruery Light” on Facebook. Their “press release” described the beer as: Continuing in the…

This post is (mostly) unrelated to beer, except that I’ll “check in” at beer-related venues and beer-related events as much as possible. That and I like to build a community among the BlogAboutBeer.com readers as much as possible, too. Therefore, I signed up for foursquare.com a few days ago and added their BlackBerry application so that I can “check in” on the go. If you use Foursquare yourself, please become my friend @livingstonmedia (the same…

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times – I’m a sucker for a good LOLCat. Especially ones involving beer (even more when it’s a beer I enjoy, like Long Hammer). Therefore, as always, I couldn’t resist this one which popped up in my RSS Reader this afternoon. Enjoy:

Registration for the 2010 Trails To Ale 10k road race along the oceanfront here in beautiful Portland, Maine opens tomorrow, Saturday March 27th. The Portland Trails race, which is set to take place on Sunday, September 19, 2010, is a full 10k road race along the Eastern Prom trail and around Back Bay, ending at the Portland Company on outer Fore Street in the East End. But what makes this event both fun and unique…

As any long-time BlogAboutBeer.com reader knows, I’ve been dabbling in homebrewing beer for years. I still stick to extract brewing (for lack of equipment, space, time, attention span, etc.) but I brew pretty regularly and like to think I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Therefore I’m personally surprised it took as long as it did for me to try my hand at some other kind of home fermentation. That all changed this weekend when I…

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe, joyous and beer-filled St. Patrick’s Day. Irish or not, it’s a great day to celebrate and shake the winter doldrums and cabin fever, especially on a nearly 60 degree sunny day in Maine in mid-March when it feels like Spring finally can’t be that far off. To put you in the mood, I’ll share this link which was emailed to me last night for a free MP3 download…

A bill which had been stuck in the Iowa state legislature for quite some time finally passed late last week and was signed into law by Iowa governor Chet Culver. The bill finally allows for beer with an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) percentage of up to 15% to be both brewed and sold in the state of Iowa. According to the Mason City, IA Globe Gazette, The legislation allows Iowa breweries to apply for newly…

The concept of trading hard-to-find beers among fans has been around for a long time and chances are that if you’re a self-proclaimed “beer geek” you’ve either traded beer yourself or have friends who do. I first wrote about (well to be fair, Josh @ brewsandbooks.com wrote a guest post and I published it) the phenomenon in October of last year here — but the tradition of beer trading goes much beyond that — and…

Tickets went on sale yesterday for the 3rd annual American Craft Beer Festival. Sponsored by BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery, the American Craft Beer Fest features over 325 craft beers from over 80 American brewers. The festival is held at the Seaport World Trader Center on the waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACBF is the largest annual craft beer festival on the east coast. This year’s event will take place over two days, June 18th and…

Thanks to a ticket hookup from my friend Ally over at WhereMaineEats.com (under construction), I was able to attend the Maine Bartenders Bash this past Monday night (a helluva way to end a day which began with a 4am trip to Kate Day…). I’m not usually one for vodka but I must admit that nearly all of the cocktails served at the “bash” (more of a cocktail tasting than a bash, I have to admit.…

I’m just back from a successful, if not wet and chilly, Kate The Great Day at the Portsmouth Brewery in beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. And what a wild & crazy morning it was. Josh Christie (of BrewsAndBooks.com fame), a few mutual cohorts and I piled into the car this morning around 3:50am and departed from Portland en route to Portsmouth for The Portsmouth Brewery’s Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout – the beer which is…

In case you missed the BeerAdvocate.com Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) this year — don’t worry, so did I — the folks at FloridaSPL.com shot some video interviews with a few of the brewers on hand discussing the extreme beers their brewed for the festival. Watch them and feel like you were there. Or even more bummed that you missed it. Either way, they’re good for a watch (more related videos linked at the end of…

If you want to learn more about yours truly than you ever thought you needed to, then check out the interview I just did with good friend and fellow beer blogger, Ashley “The Beer Wench” Routson over at her blog, DrinkWithTheWench.com (click here for the interview). For those just coming here for the first time from her site: welcome, thanks for visiting. Please make yourselves at home. And for my readers unfamiliar with DrinkWithTheWench.com, check…

That’s the question. Apparently there’s a big hullabaloo about it in Twins Nation (thanks to Beernews.org for bringing it to my attention). Target Field, the will-be new home of the Minnesota Twins organization will be selling cans of Surly Brewing Co. beers at games for a whopping $10 a pop. I guess the high price point (which I assume is decided upon by the Twins organization and not necessarily Surly themselves) is causing some major…

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Avantaggio of Beer ME Maine recently to discuss his new brand of Maine & beer-inspired duds and the brand he is silently but explosively building throughout the state (and beyond). Chris was also kind enough to pass along a “review copy” of one of their shirts and pint glasses so I can tell you first-hand that this stuff rocks! He was also kind enough to pass…

The following is a guest post video from beer blogger Billy Broas of BillyBrew.com. Billy’s on a mission to teach the world about craft beer. He thanks Luke for the opportunity to share his beer-geekdom with the Blog About Beer readers. (editor’s note: if you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me)

I’m a sucker for lists. The Top 10 This, the Best 5 That. So I had a bit of fun when I got my hands on the latest issue of Beer Advocate magazine (yes, they have a magazine. And it’s actually pretty good. I’d never pay for a subscription, but if you can find one of their free drop spots, pick it up) a few days ago which includes six “top 25” lists in the “Beer in Review” section. The lists are the “All-Time Top Beers on Planet Earth”; the top 25 “Most-Wanted Beers”; the “Top Beers That Get No Respect” — these are the 25 worst-rated beers on the BeerAdvocate forums and include the likes of Bud Light (1), Natural Ice (15), Icehouse (20) and Crazy Ed’s Cave Creek Chili Beer (7) — the “All-Time Top Brewers” (which should read “breweries” in my opinion and not “brewers”, since they list the breweries themselves and not the names of the people who formulated each recipe, etc.); the top 25 “Places to Have a Pint” (which includes Maine’s own Ebenezer’s Pub (1) in Lovell, and Novare Res Bier Cafe (21) here in Portland); and lastly, the “Alstrom Bros’ Top Beers” which “made us stop, think and drink in 2009”. Six of which were brewed in New England, and two of which here in Maine (Vagabond from Allagash and surprisingly, Local Harvest from Sebago).

Cross-checking the lists with my own drinking experiences, I’ve personally had more than half (14, if my count is right) of the “All-Time Top 24 Beers on Planet Earth” and 8 of the “25 Most-Wanted Beers”, including the top 3. Not bad since probably 80% of the beers and the breweries on all of these lists (except the list of swill) aren’t available in Maine. Here are the All-Time Top 25 and the 25 Most-Wanted (after the jump… just click it). How many have you had?

A new open-source application has hit the Interwebs designed specifically for the homebrewers among us. The application, entitled Brewtarget, is designed to help homebrew enthusiasts create and organize their beer recipes. Apparently, it’s a free, open-source version of Beer Tools. From the Brewtarget homepage, I was fed up with the lack of good open source beer software, so I thought I would make a small application that would do all the calculations for me. The…

The following is a guest post from Jesse King (AKA “Finks”). If you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me. Enjoy! I love beer! I have known this since I was 18, errrm I mean 21 officer. I was raised in a home where my Dad drank Geary’s and my Mom Milwaukee’s Best Light. So I could have gone either way in the beer spectrum. Thankfully I sided towards the…

Nominations have begun again for the annual Portland Phoenix Best of Portland awards. As always, I’m making a minor organic push for votes. If you’ve got a second — even if you’re not a local reader — please take a moment and click here (or on the 125 x 125 Phoenix banner you see on the right-hand sidebar) and enter “Blog About Beer.com” as your favorite local blog. Don’t worry, you don’t need to fill…

Last weekend marked the fourth annual Beer & Cheese party at Vignola restaurant here in Portland’s Old Port. As I mentioned before, this has quickly become one of my favorite annual Maine beer events. You can literally pig out on some of the best cheeses and beers in the world until you feel like you’re going to burst — in the best possible way — for a mere $25. It’s great, too, because there are…

Just a quick note that a quote from yours truly was featured in a story on CNBC.com yesterday about the addition of beer to the menus of Burger King restaurants in Southern Florida and a Starbucks on 15th Avenue in Seattle. Burger King says its decision to serve beer came from customer feedback. They’re specifically targeting touristy areas like Orlando and South Beach and serving up fanny-pack favorites, including Bud, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime…

This is a guest post from my friend Jake. Jake is an aspiring home brewer that loves beer, sports, and the state of Maine. Born and raised here in Maine and now living in the suburbs of Portland, he brews his own beers and loves to try any new brew. He is co-editor of incessantrambling.com along with fellow BlogAboutBeer.com guest contributor Hokie. You can follow Jake on Twitter @IRdCjake. If you’d like to contribute a…

The February issue of Maxim Magazine hit the shelves late last week and for once included an article worth reading which wasn’t about hot girls. It was however about beer. The four-page spread was a run down of what Maxim decided are the 25 Best New Beers in America. No real explanation of what “new” means, since some of the beers on the list are decidedly not all together that new but it was a…

The winners in the 2010 Mother of All Beer Blogging contest have been drawn. They are as follows: Will Wohler – (1) A $50 gift certificate to the Cataqua Pub at Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, NH, two tickets for a Redhook Brewery tour & tasting and a Redhook skateboard (please don’t drink and skate!). Jason Jewett – (2) A Jubelale gift pack from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR. The gift pack includes Jubelale ornament,…

First I want to apologize – the last few days have been MUCH busier than I expected and I have yet to have enough free time to compile all of the entries into the 2010 Mother of All Beer Blogging Contests and draw the winners (which was supposed to happen Thursday evening). I do however expect I’ll have enough time later this evening to do just that. So my tardiness is your (possible) gain. If…

The following is a guest post written by Dave, a craft beer drinker and occasional craft beer writer at sevenpack.net. If you would like to write a guest post for BlogAboutBeer.com, please give me a shout. When I think “beer book” I envision an oversized book found on one’s coffee (or beer) table, filled with glossy pages of beer bottles standing next to their beery contents poured exquisitely into proper, typically brewery and/or beer labeled,…

I always had a sneaking suspicion that drinking moderate amounts of beer was good for me. Turns out I’m right. The presence of the antioxidant Xanthohumol in the oils of hop leaves has been known for awhile (I first wrote about it in December of 2007), but this week even more reports and studies on Xanthohumol and its cancer-fighting agents are surfacing. According to the UK Daily Mail, Researchers at the German Cancer Research Centre…

This video was shared with me this afternoon (thanks Wren) and I had to share it with you. Apparently it was shot somewhere in China this most recent December on a chilly, -34 degree (Fahrenheit?) day using Harbin Beer (a subsidiary of, you guessed it, Anheuser-Busch). It’s pretty neat to watch, despite the awkward use of Sum41, and the outcome is spectacular. Enjoy.

I’m not talking about a raging kegger, I’m talking about a clever, themed “Better Beer Party”. There are plenty of options for themes: beer and cheese pairings, beer and chocolate pairings, traditional beer tastings (especially fun if you have friends who aren’t yet converts, so you can really teach them about beer) or you can get extra creative like Josh from BrewsAndBooks.com, a mutual blog-less, Twitter-less friend and I did this most recent Saturday night.…

Happy New Year one and all. With each new year, comes January. And with each January comes what has, in recent years, become one of my single most-favorite, most-undiscovered Better Beer events in the state of Maine. I am referring, of course, to The Belgian Beer & Cheese festival at Vignola restaurant in downtown Portland. The 4th annual Vignola Beer & Cheese Dinner (they call it a dinner, I call it a festival because it…

Wanted to wish everyone a happy, safe, fun and beer-filled New Year’s eve this evening (and New Year’s Day recovery tomorrow). I hope you are able to spend this holiday with friends, family and those you love. It may be a good day to think about pulling that special bottle you’ve been waiting on out of the cellar; it’s time. I also wanted to thank the many thousands of people that stopped by BlogAboutBeer.com in…

It’s always fun to see examples of craft beer-related stories popping up in less-than-traditional mainstream media outlets. The most recent example of this was a story which appeared this month in The Atlantic Monthly of all places (or at least their website; I’m not sure if it made the print edition of the magazine or not) on Maine’s favorite boundaries-pushing brewery Allagash. The article, which describes Allagash as “The future of American craft brewing”, details…

Now that the long Christmas weekend is behind us, it’s time to report on the beer-related bounty I obtained, as I do every year. This was a fun year and I got some great and unique beer-related fun. My girlfriend’s parents got me a new bottle tree and pressure-powered bottle rinser. Any homebrewer who still bottles and knows the woes of trying to properly clean and dry bottles in the sink can appreciate my excitement…

Just stopping by amidst a few much-needed days (mostly) away from the computer to wish any and all a very Merry Christmas. Whatever this holiday means to you, I hope it is a joyous couple of days during which you are able to put aside life’s many stresses and enjoy the company of loved ones and the joy of some good hardy brews. May your days be merry and bright. Salude, Prost, L’chaim and Cheers.

There’s a great piece over at Chow.com entitled “The Beer with the Green Label” (and no, not ‘green’ as environmentally-friendly, although they do plenty of that too) which describes the sort of fall from grace that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has seen among beer aficionados across the country and how the brewery has been dealing with the backlash. It’s an interesting point being made — not that anyone thinks that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is…

I was sent the following YouTube video from its creator earlier this evening and had to share it. Not only is it full of Yuletide cheer, but it’s a great use for bottles of otherwise terrible beer! Have a listen and happy holidays!

Hi All – You’ll notice a whole bunch of new changes to BlogAboutBeer.com today if you visit it from the web (rather than your RSS reader). While it’s not the handmade theme I mentioned a few days ago (unfortunately, due to an extreme lack of free time, that project will have to be put on the back burner for the time being), I’m still pretty happy with the way it turned out. I found a…

T’is the season for holiday ales. And a fantastic season it is. One of my favorite annual holiday beer traditions is the “Our Special Ale” which is produced annually from the folks at Anchor Brewing Co. in San Fransisco. Amazingly, they’ve been brewing their Christmas Ale every year since 1975 and every year the recipe for this beer is completely different; as is the tree featured on its label (check out all of the trees…

Flying Dog Ales has announced the beer they will introduce next month to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The beer, named Raging Bitch (yep, you read that right) is an Belgian-style IPA and, as usual for Flying Dog, features the fantastic artwork of Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman. According to the press release, The beer itself, an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast, is beautifully balanced between the Belgian fruity and citrus hop characteristics at the relatively…

First off, I want to apologize for the lack of posts over the last 4 or 5 days. I promise I haven’t gone anywhere, I’m just working on a new WordPress theme for the blog — one which I am attempting to hand-design and hand-code all by myself, teaching myself as I go, so it’s been a bit of a… well… learning experience — but in the meantime, I want to share this cool short…