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Beer Birthday: Dave Keene

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:59
Today is the 59th birthday of Dave Keene. Dave, of course, owns the best beer bar in San Francisco, the Toronado, which this year has been around for 27 years. Dave is one of the great figures in the San Francisco beer scene and also one of my favorite Washoe partners, and we’ve had some...

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Funkwerks Saison, Meantime Weizen Double Bock & 11 more up for grabs in Rare Beer Club

BeerPulse - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:27

Sponsored Post:

There are two days left to order the latest beers from The Rare Beer Club before this month’s shipment goes out. This month’s featured beers include Funkwerks Saison and Meantime Weizen Double Bock.

Those two brews are part of what we think might be a record 13 beers available to order this month. More on these two and the other selections below…

1) Use a BeerPulse discount

Use one of the promo codes below when you order.

BEERPULSE10 – $10 off ANY Beer Club Membership (2-month minimum)
BEERPULSE15 – $15 off ANY prepaid Beer Club Membership of 6 months or longer
BEERPULSE25 – $25 off ANY prepaid 12 month Beer Club Membership

2) Check out this month’s featured beers

To get these beers, please place your order on or before August 15th. They will ship a couple weeks after.

Funkwerks’ Saison is a quintessential Belgian-style saison: snappy, crisp, and dry with a focused peppery yeastiness—just what we look for in the style. Today, Funkwerks remains a very small operation with limited distribution in just three states: CO, NE, and AZ.

Meantime’s Weizen Double Bock is a limited edition which has come to the US in a very small volume, and very little of that has seen distribution; we’re excited to have been able to secure enough to be able to share it with our members.

Learn more about them here.

4) Don’t like this month’s featured beers? Substitute in other beers.

For your first shipment, you will receive the above two beers unless you specify otherwise. You may call and ask for one of the beers that they still have on the floor and substitute it into your first shipment. Just make sure to do so right after you place your order.

Beginning with the second month, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the Personalized Shipment Program™ which ensures that as a personal member of The Rare Beer Club™ you’ll receive only the beers you want to get. (Also available to gift recipients upon request.) Each month prior to receiving your shipment, you will be sent an email detailing the two upcoming beer selections and given the ability customize what you will receive. You can:

-Add more bottles of either or both of the upcoming featured beers

-Add more of your favorite past selections

-Replace one or both of the featured beers with your favorite past selections

-Choose not to receive one of the featured beers

-Skip the entire shipment altogether

-You’re in complete control of what you receive every month and can rest easy knowing you’ll never get a beer you didn’t want to get. No other beer club offers that kind of flexibility.

5) Beers currently available for ordering/substituting:

RB = RateBeer score

1) Surly De Proef Long of Tooth
2) De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis – RB 100
3) The Lost Abbey Saints Devotion – RB 98
4) Blaugies Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise – RB 98
5) De Ranke XXX Bitter – RB 98
6) Funkwerks Saison – RB 97
7) Almanac Golden Gate Gose – RB 88
8) Naparbier ZZ+ Amber Ale = RB 85
9) Meantime Weizen Double Bock
10) Birrificio Bruton Stone R
11) Cisco Island Reserve Rantum Scoot
12) Hofbrouwerijke Flower Sour
13) Mad Beer Salt

6) How many bottles can I order?

You can order a no-obligation membership or a prepaid membership. There is no cancellation fee. 100% satisfaction is guaranteed. There are three different membership levels:

Platinum – (6) – 750 ml. bottles each month, three bottles of two different beers. $69.95 plus $19.00 S&H per month.

Gold – (4) – 750 ml. bottles each month, two bottles of two different beers. $52.95 plus $16.00 S&H per month.

Silver – (2) – 750 ml. bottles each month, one bottle of two different beers. $32.95 plus $14.00 S&H per month.

The beer will arrive at your address approximately 2-3 weeks after the 15th-of-the-month deadline passes.

7) Give as a gift:

- Choose from 4 unique beer club membership types to meet your budget and suit all palates.

- Send anywhere from 2 to 12 shipments, sending every month, every other month, quarterly or on specific months you choose and your thoughtfulness will be remembered long after the first shipment arrives.

- Use our Design Your Own Club™ program to combine our four beer clubs into a single membership or combine a beer club membership with any of our other 5 monthly clubs.

- Order easily online or toll free in minutes.

- Print out or email a customized gift announcement now or on the date you choose. No gift wrapping or waiting in line ship your gift.

- Best of all, rest easy knowing that we’re going to make you stand out by shipping an assortment of expertly selected, hard-to-find craft beers throughout the duration of your gift.

8) Not yet convinced?

Check out our top ten reasons to go with the Rare Beer Club or our Pros and Cons post.

 

 

 

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Funkwerks Saison, Meantime Weizen Double Bock & 11 more up for grabs in Rare Beer Club

BeerNews.org - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:27

Sponsored Post:

There are two days left to order the latest beers from The Rare Beer Club before this month’s shipment goes out. This month’s featured beers include Funkwerks Saison and Meantime Weizen Double Bock.

Those two brews are part of what we think might be a record 13 beers available to order this month. More on these two and the other selections below…

1) Use a BeerPulse discount

Use one of the promo codes below when you order.

BEERPULSE10 – $10 off ANY Beer Club Membership (2-month minimum)
BEERPULSE15 – $15 off ANY prepaid Beer Club Membership of 6 months or longer
BEERPULSE25 – $25 off ANY prepaid 12 month Beer Club Membership

2) Check out this month’s featured beers

To get these beers, please place your order on or before August 15th. They will ship a couple weeks after.

Funkwerks’ Saison is a quintessential Belgian-style saison: snappy, crisp, and dry with a focused peppery yeastiness—just what we look for in the style. Today, Funkwerks remains a very small operation with limited distribution in just three states: CO, NE, and AZ.

Meantime’s Weizen Double Bock is a limited edition which has come to the US in a very small volume, and very little of that has seen distribution; we’re excited to have been able to secure enough to be able to share it with our members.

Learn more about them here.

4) Don’t like this month’s featured beers? Substitute in other beers.

For your first shipment, you will receive the above two beers unless you specify otherwise. You may call and ask for one of the beers that they still have on the floor and substitute it into your first shipment. Just make sure to do so right after you place your order.

Beginning with the second month, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the Personalized Shipment Program™ which ensures that as a personal member of The Rare Beer Club™ you’ll receive only the beers you want to get. (Also available to gift recipients upon request.) Each month prior to receiving your shipment, you will be sent an email detailing the two upcoming beer selections and given the ability customize what you will receive. You can:

-Add more bottles of either or both of the upcoming featured beers

-Add more of your favorite past selections

-Replace one or both of the featured beers with your favorite past selections

-Choose not to receive one of the featured beers

-Skip the entire shipment altogether

-You’re in complete control of what you receive every month and can rest easy knowing you’ll never get a beer you didn’t want to get. No other beer club offers that kind of flexibility.

5) Beers currently available for ordering/substituting:

RB = RateBeer score

1) Surly De Proef Long of Tooth
2) De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis – RB 100
3) The Lost Abbey Saints Devotion – RB 98
4) Blaugies Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise – RB 98
5) De Ranke XXX Bitter – RB 98
6) Funkwerks Saison – RB 97
7) Almanac Golden Gate Gose – RB 88
8) Naparbier ZZ+ Amber Ale = RB 85
9) Meantime Weizen Double Bock
10) Birrificio Bruton Stone R
11) Cisco Island Reserve Rantum Scoot
12) Hofbrouwerijke Flower Sour
13) Mad Beer Salt

6) How many bottles can I order?

You can order a no-obligation membership or a prepaid membership. There is no cancellation fee. 100% satisfaction is guaranteed. There are three different membership levels:

Platinum – (6) – 750 ml. bottles each month, three bottles of two different beers. $69.95 plus $19.00 S&H per month.

Gold – (4) – 750 ml. bottles each month, two bottles of two different beers. $52.95 plus $16.00 S&H per month.

Silver – (2) – 750 ml. bottles each month, one bottle of two different beers. $32.95 plus $14.00 S&H per month.

The beer will arrive at your address approximately 2-3 weeks after the 15th-of-the-month deadline passes.

7) Give as a gift:

- Choose from 4 unique beer club membership types to meet your budget and suit all palates.

- Send anywhere from 2 to 12 shipments, sending every month, every other month, quarterly or on specific months you choose and your thoughtfulness will be remembered long after the first shipment arrives.

- Use our Design Your Own Club™ program to combine our four beer clubs into a single membership or combine a beer club membership with any of our other 5 monthly clubs.

- Order easily online or toll free in minutes.

- Print out or email a customized gift announcement now or on the date you choose. No gift wrapping or waiting in line ship your gift.

- Best of all, rest easy knowing that we’re going to make you stand out by shipping an assortment of expertly selected, hard-to-find craft beers throughout the duration of your gift.

8) Not yet convinced?

Check out our top ten reasons to go with the Rare Beer Club or our Pros and Cons post.

 

 

 

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8.5 Gallon Stainless Kettle, 2 Ports – $74.99 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:11

More Beer has put this Top Find kettle on sale for $79.99.  Shipping is free.

8.5 Gallon Stainless Kettle and Lid with (2) Ports.  The ports on this kettles are 1/2″ NPT and welded into place.  That means no drilling a hole yourself and no messing with weldless kits.  You can install a ball valve in the bottom port and a thermometer in the top port.  Since the bottom port is threaded on the inside and the outside, you could also add a kettle diverter or screen on the inside. (full details)

Product Description - Here. Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Modified Brewing Kettle – Economy 8.5 Gallon BE303 - $74.99 Shipped

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

Pinned: Hops from $10.59 *First Looks:The Brew Bag *IPA Glasses *Boilermaker G2

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SweetWater Brewing Co. launches new bottle design, will begin bottle conditioning

BeerPulse - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:32

Press Release: 

(Atlanta, GA) – SweetWater Brewing Company is revamping their bottles inside and out. The Georgia-based brewery announced today that will debut a fresh look for its glass packaging, complemented by a brand-spankin’ new bottle conditioning process for the liquid inside. Folks can expect to wrap their hands around the new curvy bottles and wet their whistles with freshly conditioned bottled beer beginning the second week in August.

SweetWater began conditioning beers with the launch of cans in March of this year. Beginning with 420 Extra Pale Ale and India Pale Ale (IPA) in aluminum this spring, the brewery teased bottle conditioning on the horizon. Now, the process will expand to include bottle brews launching with 420, then moving on to IPA and additional brands in the coming months.

“With our new expansion up-to-speed, we are finally at a place where we can now shift our focus from sustaining to evolving,” said Freddy Bensch, founder and Big Kahuna at SweetWater Brewery. “Quality of product – and of life – have always been what we value most, so we we’re thrilled to be at a place where we could make an investment in the advancement of our packaging and beer, ultimately delivering the freshest possible experience for our customers.”

Conditioning is a natural method used to carbonate beer. Instead of mechanically forcing carbon dioxide into the brew, a carefully calculated amount of priming sugar and yeast is added to the beer immediately prior to packaging. With a small amount of yeast active in the beer, it consumes the residual sugars as well as any oxygen in the head space during a brief secondary fermentation stage, naturally ensuring fresher and more stable beer for longer periods. Once the beer is packaged and sealed, the gas cannot escape and is forced to dissolve into the beer, thus naturally carbonating it.

The brand-new bottle, made by Owens-Illinois Inc. (O-I), features an original design complemented by fresh bottle neck labels. The SweetWater logo is embossed twice on the shoulder of the bottle. Additionally, the brewery’s motto – “Don’t Float the Mainstream”– is molded in the lower label panel, creating a visual boundary supporting the paper label. The package takes cues from a traditional Belgian bottle profile, but adds to it by incorporating a water wave pattern to the new bulbous neck, giving the bottle a signature look while also connecting the brand to the water that is so vital to the brewery.

“SweetWater challenged us with creating a proprietary bottle design that would help them stand out on the shelf while working with their existing fill and handling capabilities,” said Raul Paredes, director of new product development at O-I. “The design solution provides differentiation in a sea of sameness where standard long necks are the norm.”

For more information on SweetWater Brewery, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.

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SweetWater Brewing Co. launches new bottle design, now bottle conditioning

BeerNews.org - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:32

Press Release: 

(Atlanta, GA) – SweetWater Brewing Company is revamping their bottles inside and out. The Georgia-based brewery announced today that will debut a fresh look for its glass packaging, complemented by a brand-spankin’ new bottle conditioning process for the liquid inside. Folks can expect to wrap their hands around the new curvy bottles and wet their whistles with freshly conditioned bottled beer beginning the second week in August.

SweetWater began conditioning beers with the launch of cans in March of this year. Beginning with 420 Extra Pale Ale and India Pale Ale (IPA) in aluminum this spring, the brewery teased bottle conditioning on the horizon. Now, the process will expand to include bottle brews launching with 420, then moving on to IPA and additional brands in the coming months.

“With our new expansion up-to-speed, we are finally at a place where we can now shift our focus from sustaining to evolving,” said Freddy Bensch, founder and Big Kahuna at SweetWater Brewery. “Quality of product – and of life – have always been what we value most, so we we’re thrilled to be at a place where we could make an investment in the advancement of our packaging and beer, ultimately delivering the freshest possible experience for our customers.”

Conditioning is a natural method used to carbonate beer. Instead of mechanically forcing carbon dioxide into the brew, a carefully calculated amount of priming sugar and yeast is added to the beer immediately prior to packaging. With a small amount of yeast active in the beer, it consumes the residual sugars as well as any oxygen in the head space during a brief secondary fermentation stage, naturally ensuring fresher and more stable beer for longer periods. Once the beer is packaged and sealed, the gas cannot escape and is forced to dissolve into the beer, thus naturally carbonating it.

The brand-new bottle, made by Owens-Illinois Inc. (O-I), features an original design complemented by fresh bottle neck labels. The SweetWater logo is embossed twice on the shoulder of the bottle. Additionally, the brewery’s motto – “Don’t Float the Mainstream”– is molded in the lower label panel, creating a visual boundary supporting the paper label. The package takes cues from a traditional Belgian bottle profile, but adds to it by incorporating a water wave pattern to the new bulbous neck, giving the bottle a signature look while also connecting the brand to the water that is so vital to the brewery.

“SweetWater challenged us with creating a proprietary bottle design that would help them stand out on the shelf while working with their existing fill and handling capabilities,” said Raul Paredes, director of new product development at O-I. “The design solution provides differentiation in a sea of sameness where standard long necks are the norm.”

For more information on SweetWater Brewery, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.

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35% off Brewer’s Best & Muntons Kits, All Grain and Extract

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:19

Label Peelers has marked down their entire selection of Brewer’s Best and Muntons Beer Kits by a whopping 35%.  Kits start at just $12.87.  Current prices are billed as… lowest ever.  The selection includes no-boil kits, extract kits and Brewers Best’s recently announced line of All Grain Brew in a Bag Kits.

Check out the full selection – Here

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25′ Stainless Wort Chiller – $52.48 Shipped, New Record Low

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:01

A few price drops have brought this highly rated 25′ stainless immersion chiller down to $44.99.  That’s a new record low Amazon price.  Shipping is $7.49.  Note: You may need to choose this price under “Other Sellers on Amazon” in the bottom right hand of your screen.

Super Efficient 3/8″ x 25′ Stainless Steel Wort Chiller – $44.99 + $7.49 Shipping

Pinned: Hops from $10.59 *First Looks:The Brew Bag *IPA Glasses *Boilermaker G2

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Judge dismisses Rogue Ales’ lawsuit against Rogue Harbor Steak & Ale Inc.

BeerPulse - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:48

A New York federal judge on Monday agreed to dismiss Rogue Ale brewer Oregon Brewing Co.’s lawsuit accusing Rogue’s Harbor Steak & Ale Inc. of infringing its trademark on the Rogue name, noting that the rivals said they’re working on settling their dispute.

More >> Law360.

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Judge dismisses Rogue Ale’s lawsuit against Rogue Harbor Steak & Ale Inc.

BeerNews.org - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:48

A New York federal judge on Monday agreed to dismiss Rogue Ale brewer Oregon Brewing Co.’s lawsuit accusing Rogue’s Harbor Steak & Ale Inc. of infringing its trademark on the Rogue name, noting that the rivals said they’re working on settling their dispute.

More >> Law360.

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One man at TTB has singlehandedly approved 29,500 beer labels this year

BeerNews.org - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:37

This year, Battle has singlehandedly approved over 29,500 beer labels, the only fact his press handler would provide. The TTB would not even provide basic biographical details about the famed regulator, much less make him available for an interview.

More >> The Daily Beast.

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One man at TTB has singlehandedly approved 29,500 beer labels this year

BeerPulse - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:37

This year, Battle has singlehandedly approved over 29,500 beer labels, the only fact his press handler would provide. The TTB would not even provide basic biographical details about the famed regulator, much less make him available for an interview.

More >> The Daily Beast.

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Ends Soon: Free Erlenmeyer Flask with Stir Plate Purchase

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:34

via Northern Brewer… Buy a Vortex Stir Plate and get a Free 2 Liter Erlenmeyer Flask for Free.  This is a $22.99 savings.

Full details - Here

Bundles With: Flat Rate Shipping

Tip: Save money by taking advantage of Flat Rate Shipping.  All recipe kits and many other items will ship together for one flat rate under Northern Brewer’s Flat Rate Shipping.

Pinned: Hops from $10.59 *First Looks:The Brew Bag *IPA Glasses *Boilermaker G2

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Beer In Ads #1280: Beer Taxes Exceed $2,000,000 A Day

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:53
Tuesday’s ad is from the United States Brewers Foundation, from 1953. In a factoid-filled newspaper ad, the trade group sings the praises of the industry and their contribution to the economy. $2 million a day seems like a lot, though today it’s closer to $90 million a day, though...

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Reader Tip: 1 Gallon Sprayer (for Draft System Clean Build) for $6.99

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:11

Thanks to HBF Reader Adam for this tip!

Adam says he used a similar sprayer to make a draft line cleaner.  This particular sprayer is selling for $6.99.  That’s a record low Amazon price.  It ships free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.

Chapin 20000 1-Gallon Lawn and Garden Sprayer – $6.99 + Free Shipping with $35 order

Also Consider: Top Post - Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build

Pinned: Hops from $10.59 *First Looks:The Brew Bag *IPA Glasses *Boilermaker G2

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TopTier Brew System – Free Shipping + 5% Rewards

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:36

I’ve had a Blichmann TopTier Brew Stand for years.  I like it very much.  I purchased it because it is relatively inexpensive for a brewing system, it doesn’t take up a lot of room, it easily moves around my garage and it’s modular.  I have the TopTier setup with a burner at the top, as my HLT, followed by a shelf tier for my mash tun, followed by another burner for my brew kettle.  I have the boil kettle burner situated so that the kettle is high enough to drain directly into a fermenter, in case I don’t want to use my pump.  Finally a march pump is mounted at the bottom.  It has worked great for me.

Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on the TopTier.  That includes the stand and any add-ons to the stand configured on the TopTier Base Stand page.  Many retailers are charging calculated shipping and some are charging common carrier freight.  The TopTier also qualifies for AIH’s Rewards Program.  That gets you the equivalent of 5% back in the form of gift certificates good toward a future purchase.

Check it out – Here

Related: Great Deal on Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettles

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The Battle Over Beer Label Approval

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:14
The Daily Beast had an interesting profile of Kent “Battle” Martin, the person responsible for approving every single beer label at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, in Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator. I’d heard of Martin — um, Battle, I mean — before, but...

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First Looks: The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB + Sticker Collection Update

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:14

The Brew Bag is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you.

I’ve been using The Brew Bag myself.  Here is a quick first look…

I’m using the 30-42 Quart Size for my 10 gallon kettle.

A look at one of the handles and the tag

A close up of one of the reinforced corners.  Every seam is reinforced.

The bag hanging by all four handles from my Bulldog Ultimate Pegboard

I received a sticker with my bag

Now is as good of time as any for a sticker collection update.  My recent attendance at NHC helped to significantly bolster the collection.  Yes, I am a grown man and have a sticker collection.  I also recently ordered an Army Man Bottle Opener.  At least this is all beer related, that makes it okay… right?

So you can get an idea of the material mesh, here is a picture of the bag on top of the included sticker.  Click to enlarge.

For comparison, here is the mesh of a paint strainer bag that I had been using for BIAB.  Click to enlarge.

Installed in my Blichmann G1 BoilerMaker Kettle.  If you’re interested in a First Generation Blichmann, now is the time to pick one up… Limited Supply on G1 Kettles

Inside view installed in my Blichmann 10 gallon kettle.

Features (from brewinabag.com):

  • Use again and again – not a throw-away bag
  • 1″ polypropylene straps for easy pick up using your hands or a pulley and hook
  • Seams are on the outside – no particulates get trapped in the bag
  • Use it as your hop bag – but it must be suspended above the kettle bottom
  • The straps cover the seams and bear the strain on every use – this bag will last and last
  • Holds over 100 pounds of grain
  • Hand wash and drip dry

The Brew Bag is available in a variety of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t have the size you’re looking for, they will custom make it based on your needs.

Check it out – Here

Pinned: Pellet Hops from $10.59 *The Brew Bag BIAB *IPA Glasses *Boilermaker G2

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