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Oyster stout is a pearl of an idea

Oyster stout is a pearl of an idea | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Very interesting article. Here's an excerpt...


"A beer recipe for "cock ale" from the 1500's called for a rooster that had been mashed in a mortar "until his bones are broken." That was not terribly unusual in those days, when beer was viewed as liquid food.


In the era of Justin Bieber, however, it's rare to see people chugging beer made with animal flesh. Unless you live in the Bay Area, where brewers are tapping into an obscure historic beer style known as oyster stout. Yes, it's actually made with oysters."


San Francisco breweries Magnolia Brew Pub and 21st Amendment Brewery have been making versions for years. But a newcomer, HenHouse Brewing Co. of Petaluma, which launched in February 2011, has chosen oyster stout as one of three beers it's bottling.


It's brewed with oysters from Hog Island Oyster Co. and sea salt. Inky black, pleasantly bitter and roasty, it has a crisp, almost briny, character and dry finish. And no, it doesn't taste fishy. "We're trying to do beers that are food friendly," says Collin McDonnell, who along with brewers Scott Goyne and Shane Goepel, make up HenHouse.


Salt Helps: Salt is a classic flavor enhancer, says McDonnell, whose day job is as brewer at Drake's Brewing in San Leandro, "and the minerality on the tail is great for cleansing the palate." Evidently they're doing something right: HenHouse's oyster stout is one of only seven beers offered at the French Laundry.


Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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Beer Around The NFL: Minnesota Vikings

Beer Around The NFL: Minnesota Vikings | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Football season is here and you know what that means, don’t you? If we weren’t so freakin’ beer happy all year round, we would call it beer season, because there really is no better way to cheer your team than with a pint or mug of your favorite local craft brew. All season we will be taking a look at the beer scenes in cities representing all 32 NFL teams — from local brewers to beer-centric bars to the finest beer shops.


And if you’re not into sports but enjoy a quality imperial oatmeal stout (it’s OK, we’re not judging), then read on anyway to see how cities across the country are taking their suds more seriously than ever. Up next, the Minnesota Vikings. And when you’re done reading about the city’s excellent beer scene, check out our interview with the team’s guard Kevin Williams. He’s very much into his smoked meats.

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Countdown to Cult Beers

Countdown to Cult Beers | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

In our September/October 2012 issue, Joshua Bernstein unveils 50 of the world’s most cultishly revered beers. Many of the most coveted beers are released only once a year, and the highly anticipated release days are often celebrated with blowout brewery parties. Here’s a sampling of some releases to watch for this fall and winter. ~ Inbibe Magazine

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First Belgian Beer Café in USA to open @ ATL

First Belgian Beer Café in USA to open @ ATL | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

The first Belgian Beer Café in the United States is slated to open September 20 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Shanken News Daily has learned, followed by a second travel venue at Newark Liberty International Airport in early October. Full-service Belgian Beer Café locations will be unveiled next spring in New York City and Port Chester, New York, with additional units planned for New York City and Philadelphia later in 2013.

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White House Brew Program {video}

White House Brew Program {video} | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Go behind the scenes in the white house kitchen and see the brewing of President Obama’s homemade beer. Learn what’s in the recipe.


Wonder if Gov. Romney would support this program. Just askin...

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The Beaujolais Nouveau of Beers

The Beaujolais Nouveau of Beers | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Now you see ‘em, now you don’t. Unlike most craft beer styles that can be brewed any time of year (save for true, spontaneously-fermented Belgian lambic, made only in cold months), the U.S.’s most seasonal brews are fall’s fresh hop beers, brewed in August and September and rarely available much past October.

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Same day Beer Delivery!

Same day Beer Delivery! | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

We come across a lot of interesting things in the beer industry but BeerRightNow.com really has us excited! 

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Oregon Brewers Guild: nearly 100 in-state fresh hop beers to be brewed this fall

Oregon Brewers Guild: nearly 100 in-state fresh hop beers to be brewed this fall | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Fall is coming to the Pacific Northwest and that means the return of fresh hop beers and the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG) fresh hop Fests. Four Fresh Hop Fests – similar to traditional outdoor beer festivals – are scheduled across the state in September and October as part of the Oregon Bounty culinary tourism program. Each Fresh Hop Fest will feature original limited release fresh hop beers produced by OBG members. Fresh hop beers are only produced during the small window of Oregon’s hop harvest, which typically takes place from mid-August to mid-September. These once-a-year beers are ready for consumption in September and October and are packed with unique flavors that simply aren’t available the rest of the year.

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World's Best Beer Meccas

World's Best Beer Meccas | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

The pub isn’t just a physical place but a state of mind,” says beer guru Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery.


In this article, he reveals the top five destinations for a beer lover’s bucket list...


Guess who is at the top of the list?

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Craft Brewers Welcome the Fall Harvest

Craft Brewers Welcome the Fall Harvest | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

As we look forward to fall, anticipating cooler temperatures, football, and holiday meals with family and friends, American craft brewers are also hard at work personifying fall's flavors in their latest seasonal releases. With fall-themed seasonals, craft brewers focus on using the ingredients typical of the season, including pumpkin, spices and freshly harvested malts, barley and hops. We asked Brewers Association member breweries to send us information on their latest fall seasonal releases, and here's what they had to say...

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BeerFeast Returns to Nashville...

BeerFeast Returns to Nashville... | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Flying Saucer will host its third annual beer festival, BeerFeast 2012, on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. in front of the Flying Saucer location in downtown Nashville at 111 Tenth Ave.

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AUG 26: Savannah Craft Brew Fest Week

AUG 26: Savannah Craft Brew Fest Week | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

I like the way the folks in Savannah think. If you're going to have a craft beer festival, make it a week-long event, for crying out loud. There are so many craft brews and so little time...


The 2012 Savannah Craft Brew Week is the area's much-anticipated opportunity to experience and celebrate coveted craft beers! This year, Savannah will devote a week to the craft brew enthusiast from Sunday, August 26 to Sunday, September 2, 2012. Click here for Ticket Information


See also: Craft Brewery Count Top Post-Civil War Era Numbers

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Would You Drink Beer From A Square Bottle?

Would You Drink Beer From A Square Bottle? | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Not exactly "craft beer" but interesting nonetheless...


Heineken's Cube concept: call it a beer carton! With boxed wines becoming more common on store shelves these days (and wine on tap at bars, even), clearly the notions of how our favorite beverages come packaged are changing.

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HOTOBERFEST 2012 {ATL}

HOTOBERFEST 2012 {ATL} | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

HOToberFest is one of the Best Beer Festivals in the Southeast and the largest consumer judged beer tasting around. HOToberFest features some of the best beers found including many rare and one offs that can only be found here. As of 2012 we moved to a new location in Historic Forth Ward Park, which is located next to Masquerade (695 North Ave.) and behind the Old Sears Building.


Frankly, I think they should have called this HOPtoberfest but what do I know...

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Beer Around The NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers

Beer Around The NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Football season is here and you know what that means, don’t you? If we weren’t so freakin’ beer happy all year round, we would call it beer season, because there really is no better way to cheer your team than with a pint or mug of your favorite local craft brew. All season we will be taking a look at the beer scenes in cities representing all 32 NFL teams — from local brewers to beer-centric bars to the finest beer shops.


And if you’re not into sports but enjoy a quality imperial oatmeal stout (it’s OK, we’re not judging), then read on anyway to see how cities across the country are taking their suds more seriously than ever. Up next, the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Makes me want to pull out my yellow towel and have a good cry in my beer...

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Craft Beer & Classic Sandwich Pairings

Craft Beer & Classic Sandwich Pairings | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

The best way to get a true glimpse into any city you’re visiting this fall is to try the local specialty, and there is no better way to do that in America than by trying the area's must-have sandwich. Whether it’s a lobster roll in Maine or a pastrami sandwich in New York City, every regional sandwich tells a story of the place and the people serving and eating it. We can think of no better way to wash down your favorite sandwich than with a craft beer from a nearby brewery. That’s exactly why we paired six classic American sandwiches with their best local craft beer counterparts for the ultimate regional experience!

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Beer Around The NFL: Green Bay Packers

Beer Around The NFL: Green Bay Packers | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Football season is here and you know what that means, don’t you? If we weren’t so freakin’ beer happy all year round, we would call it beer season, because there really is no better way to cheer your team than with a pint or mug of your favorite local craft brew. All season we will be taking a look at the beer scenes in cities representing all 32 NFL teams — from local brewers to beer-centric bars to the finest beer shops.


And if you’re not into sports but enjoy a quality imperial oatmeal stout (it’s OK, we’re not judging), then read on anyway to see how cities across the country are taking their suds more seriously than ever. Up next, the Green Bay Packers.


This makes me want to throw some kielbasa on the grill...

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Flanders through 10 Belgian beers

Flanders through 10 Belgian beers | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

The Belgian Tourist Office sent Noah on a tour of Flanders. He drank beer.

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So You Want To Drink Like James Bond? Of Course You Do.

So You Want To Drink Like James Bond? Of Course You Do. | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Believe it or not, one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to drinking well is a fictional character. Then again, it makes sense that many men wish they could be James Bond: He travels around the globe saving the world, drives awesome cars, has amazing gadgets and always gets the girl. For me, however, it comes down to something more than that. My fascination with the man centers on his superior level of education and sophistication when it comes to ordering food and drink.

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Drink Home Brew With Obama, Eat Welsh Cakes With Romney

Drink Home Brew With Obama, Eat Welsh Cakes With Romney | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Gone are the days of President Clinton’s fast food glorification. Now the White House is dabbling in home brews, Ann Romney is baking homemade Welsh cakes for the press and Food Republic’s own Marcus Samuelsson served avocado banana smoothies to exhausted RNC-goers. The national obsession with all things culinary hasn’t left politics untouched, and as this year’s presidential campaign revs up, so does the food coverage.

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Coastal Extreme launches first new year-round Newport Storm beer in six years

Coastal Extreme launches first new year-round Newport Storm beer in six years | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Coastal Extreme Brewing, makers of Newport Storm, is releasing its third year-round beer, the India Point Ale, an IPA (India Pale Ale) style brew. The namesake not only fits perfectly with its style, but accurately reflects Newport Storm’s status as “Rhode Island’s Microbrewery,” whose reach will extend well past Aquidneck Island, to Providence and beyond.

This is the first year-round beer from Newport Storm in six years.

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Beer Books...

Beer Books... | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

from the Brewers Association...

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Garrett Oliver on the Crimes Against Beer

Garrett Oliver on the Crimes Against Beer | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

Beer guru Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery opens up about the troubling treatment of beer in America, from uninformed waiters to jelly jars. Here are the five most heinous...


  1. An almost complete lack of knowledge
  2. Bad glassware
  3. Dirty glassware
  4. Overchilling
  5. Lack of press


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AUG 25: German Bierfest @ Woodruff Pk

AUG 25: German Bierfest @ Woodruff Pk | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it

The Reinheitsgebot (purity order), are the rules that oversee the process of making German beer. They are also the rules that have made brewing German beer an artform and the outcome, arguably the best beer in the world.


Every summer in Atlanta, the Annual German Bierfest celebrates the greatness of German beer in a family-friendly environment. Complete with German food, activities for the kids, music and fun, the German Bierfest is not only the only authentic German Bierfest in Atlanta, but the only family-friendly beer festival as well.

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AUG 25: Southern Brewers Festival {Chattanooga}

AUG 25: Southern Brewers Festival {Chattanooga} | Craft Brew Review | Scoop.it
The 18th Annual Southern Brewers Festival, presented by Big River Grille & Brewing Works, will be held in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday, August 25, from 2pm to Midnight.
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