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A beer rally for a cause, not just because | The Downtown Blog | a mySA.com blog

A beer rally for a cause, not just because | The Downtown Blog | a mySA.com blog | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Rally for Texas Beer Freedom
5:30-11 p.m. Friday
Main Plaza

At first glance, House Bill 660 didn’t seem like much of a downtown issue. The bill calls for brewpubs — in San Antonio, they are Blue Star Brewing Co. and Freetail Brewing Co. — to be able to sell their suds at other bars, restaurants and stores.
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Looking For A Moment's Beer Blogging Quiet - A Good Beer Blog


Exhibit A: I hate the poncey, arrogant, cicerone crap. If there has ever been a greater crime committed in the name of wine-ifying beer, I don’t know what it is.

Exhibit B: I've always hated it too, because it's boring as hell. And what is this supposed "Belgian" character?

For a social binder, beer sure does attract hate. I wouldn't say hatred so much as "hate" because I think in this context the word "hate" means something between mild irritation and the mere taking notice of something. Which may be as good a hallmark as anything for identifying when something is not "beer writing" or at least a safe indicator we are in the neighbourhood of the not so good. Speaking of hate in relation to beery stuff is about as useful as "fisking" is to discussions in blog comments. Happy, "fisking" died a number of years ago, likely when the last person recalled conversing on Usenet fondly. I don't think all blogging will follow down that path but maybe something needs to change.
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New Belgium Turns 20 - Set to Remix Fat Tire This Summer | thefullpint.com

Ft. Collins, CO, February 22, 2011- New Belgium Brewing announced today that the Fort Collins brewer of Fat Tire will take a Joy Ride through Labor Day 2011 in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

A folding Mad Magazine style print campaign kicks off the first half of the celebration, followed by interactive Fat Tire story sharing with fans and the release of a New Belgium Super Cru in June. The initial print campaign focuses on the inherent tension of creating the famously well-balanced Fat Tire.
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Pedals and Pints: Reflections on SF Beer Week

I attended 19 beer events over the course of seven days. That's 19 events all within a five mile radius of my house.

I skipped the last three days of SF Beer Week because I was so sick I could have infected all the thousands of you that kept on going right through the 20th. With 19 events, I think it's safe to estimate that I consumed roughly 97,000 beers within 168 hours time. This estimation is rough, of course, but I assume yours are similar.
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Featured Beer Pairing: Bourbon Imperial Stout + Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancakes | Drink With The Wench

Back in the day, it used to be my job to pair wine with food. Now, after several years in the beer industry, my palate has been trained to understand food and beer pairings. And so, I have decided to take a stab at developing a “Featured Beer Pairing” series on my site, providing beer pairing suggestions and recipes for some of my favorite dishes and then educating people on the “method in my madness.”
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The Stew: Craft Beer Week returns to Chicago

The Stew: Craft Beer Week returns to Chicago | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Mark your calendars, my thirsty friends: the second annual Chicago Craft Beer Week will be May 19 to 27 (oh boy -- that's two woozy Thursday nights). Details are scant at the moment, but organizers promise dozens of events at more than 60 bars and 20 restaurants that "celebrate the delicious art of craft beer."

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Events will include tastings, beer dinners, rare beer tappings and events with craft beer luminaries.

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Michigan's Craft Brewing Business Thrives

Despite a state unemployment rate of roughly 12 percent, Michigan’s microbreweries and brewpubs are adding jobs, increasing production and investing in expansions totaling more than $70 million, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports.

Michigan is home to more than 80 beer makers, ranking it fifth nationally, with at least three more scheduled to open this year.

“The state has just blossomed,” said Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild. “I’ve been saying I think we’ll be going through continued growth for a while, and that’s what you’re seeing.”
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It's a Beery, Beery World (36% of it at least) | BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

It's a Beery, Beery World (36% of it at least) | BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
A new interactive chart on the charty site Charts Bin shows who’s drinking what. The leading beer consumers: the Americas. So in typical USA style, I’ll go ahead and say: We’re number 1! We’re number 1! Take that, Russian spirit drinkers!
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Brewers Association, Beer Institute, NBWA issue joint USDA response | Beernews.org

Today, the Beer Institute, the Brewers Association and the National Beer Wholesalers Association released the following joint statement on the USDA Dietary Guidelines:


“The U.S. government’s recently issued Dietary Guidelines have once again refused to perpetuate the myth of the so-called ‘standard drink.’ The Guidelines discuss levels of alcohol content for the purpose of describing consumption patterns, yet the distilled spirits companies have for decades continued to try to convince the public that this information equates to a ‘standard drink’ among different alcohol beverages.
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Brewpub bill also moves to committee | Beer, TX | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Brewpub bill also moves to committee | Beer, TX | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
HB660 -- the measure, being pushed by Freetail owner Scott Metzger in San Antonio, that would allow brewpubs to sell their beer off-site through distributors -- is joining HB602 (subject of yesterday's post) in the Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee.
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SIBA brewers grow thanks to continuing success of PBD - Beer Today

The UK’s local brewing industry outperformed the total beer market in 2010 thanks to growing consumer demand for the diverse craft beers produced by smaller brewers and Government support in the form of progressive beer duty (PBD), according to the Local Brewing Industry Report 2011, published today by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
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O'Fallon Brewery in talks to sell to investors

O'Fallon Brewery in talks to sell to investors | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
A cash-strapped O'Fallon Brewery is in negotiations with local investors to sell the company, and a deal is likely to be finalized within the next 30 days, brewery owner Fran Caradonna told the Post-Dispatch today.
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Sale of Schlafly brewer nears

Sale of Schlafly brewer nears | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
A dozen investors, all from the St. Louis area, have signed confidentiality agreements allowing them to crack the books and kick the tires at St. Louis Brewery, marking the first major step toward the sale of the maker of Schlafly beer.
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Beers for the girls, by the girls | Stuff.co.nz

Beers for the girls, by the girls | Stuff.co.nz | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
As someone who appreciates fine beer and despises the way it is routinely depicted as the bad boy of alcoholic drinks, a newspaper headline last weekend really got my goat.

The headline "Kiwis drink 750 stubbies a year" made me splutter into my cornflakes, but I read on only to discover that the story was based on a 2005 World Health Organisation Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health and that our alcohol-consuming prowess was actually "the equivalent of about" 750 stubbies of 4 per cent beer per year.
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Do you want bottle shops to fill growlers? I thought so

Do you want bottle shops to fill growlers? I thought so | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Some of you may have heard about Senate Bill 5711, which is currently under consideration by the Washington State Legislature. In a nut shell, if SB 5711 passes and becomes law consumers will be allowed to get growlers filled at bottle shops.

Yesterday the Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce and Consumer Protection voted “Do Pass” on SB 5711 and sent the bill to the rules committee for second reading.

This is good news. Still, because this bill is of interest to such a small number of us (relatively, anyway) Olympia needs to knows that we are paying attention and actually want to see this bill passed into law.
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Shut up about Barclay Perkins: Pale Ale at the Great International Exhibition of 1862

Shut up about Barclay Perkins: Pale Ale at the Great International Exhibition of 1862 | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
A Great Exhibition. Not the Great Exhibition of 1851 (the bash celebrating Britain's industry organised by Prince Albert held in the Crystal Palace), but the follow-up, just over a decade later. Not quite so well known, perhaps, but they did have beer exhibited.

It's shocking how much good beer material I've found in The Lancet. Who'd have thunk it? I stumbled across this report of the beers exhibited when searching for Australian Ale. I'm so glad I did. It's full of handy details.
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KC Beer Blog: The Legend of Curly's Coffee

KC Beer Blog: The Legend of Curly's Coffee | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Spalding "Curly" Landecker is a legend around Montana. Curly grew up in upstate New York in the 1820's (records of his birth are long since lost from the famous Albany city records building fire of 1835). His father was a state congressman for New York and also owned a fairly successful printing press repair business. The Landecker's never really wanted for money and had over 20 servants. Curly was mostly brought up by his French nanny Dominique. Curly really bonded with Dominique and followed her around constantly.
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CraftBeer.com | Craft Beer—The Right Way to Pour and Taste

Dave McLean, owner and brewmaster of San Francisco's Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery, shares his approach to properly pouring a tasting a craft beer.
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Brewers Association Predicts Record-Breaking Participation in 2011 American Craft Beer Week | Business Wire

Brewers Association Predicts Record-Breaking Participation in 2011 American Craft Beer Week | Business Wire | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Cheers. Salud. Prost. L'Chaim. The Brewers Association-the national non-profit association representing the majority of today's U.S. breweries, and publishers of CraftBeer.com-will celebrate American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) May 16-22, with local events held nationwide.
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Kona Releases Koko Brown Ale, President Visits Beervana | BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

Kona Releases Koko Brown Ale, President Visits Beervana | BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Kona Brewing has brought Koko Brown Ale to market, the first new beer available on the mainland from the brewer since 2007, and the third launch in Kona Brewing’s Aloha Series. Brewpublic was granted a preview of the new Koko Brown last week at a special event in Portland hosted by Thatch Tiki Bar in which Kona President Mattson Davis was on hand to discuss the dry, toasted coconut infused dark chestnut-brown hued ale with a distinct nutty aroma.
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Finnish research center to study one of world’s oldest beers | Beernews.org

In the summer of 2010 in the Åland archipelago, divers retrieved well-preserved bottles of champagne and five bottles of beer from the wreck of a ship that likely sank during the first half of 1800s. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will determine what kind of a recipe was used in the brewing of the beer and what kind of yeast caused the fermentation process. The beer in question is one of the world’s oldest preserved beers, and the Provincial Government of Åland is interested in its reproduction.
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Lagunitas Brewing expanding capacity to 550k bbls/year | Beernews.org

A rough translation of tweets from the Lagunitas Brewing Twitter account earlier this month…


One might even suggest there’s a bit o’ smack talk here:
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Brewery bill moves to committee | Beer, TX | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Brewery bill moves to committee | Beer, TX | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Will this be the year Texas amends its liquor laws to help small brewers?

HB602, the bill that would allow Saint Arnold and Real Ale and other Texas brewers to distribute a limited amount of beer following tours -- making the experience similar to that enjoyed by winery tourists already, and greatly improving the breweries' marketing -- is now in the Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee.
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A Quest to Add Sophistication to Beer’s Appeal

A Quest to Add Sophistication to Beer’s Appeal | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Ray Daniels is on a crusade to see that beers gain the status of wine in the fine-dining experience.Like soaring architecture, wily crooks and hard-hitting sports, a good beer is something Chicagoans love. Ray Daniels has gone one further: He wants to know exactly what makes a good beer good and use that knowledge to improve the beer-drinking experience.
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Peoria's beer scene continues to transform

Peoria's beer scene continues to transform | Craft Beer News | Scoop.it
Beer is not what it used to be. It's better. So says Bob Jockisch, president and CEO of RJ Distributing Co., 410 High Point Lane in East Peoria, an area distributor of beer and wine.

Jockisch, 64, has some perspective on the subject. "I grew up in this business," he said, recalling that his father, Richard Jockisch, started the company in 1941.
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