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Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 14:59
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Beer Birthday: John Hickenlooper

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 14:40
Today is the 62nd birthday of Governor of Colorado — and former Denver mayor — John Hickenlooper. John was also the co-founder of Wynkoop Brewery in Denver’s LoDo District, and in fact is credited with helping to revitalize the whole area. After being a popular, and by all accounts very...

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Hands On: Update International 24 Ounce Polycarbonate Grain Scoop - now $6.25

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:47
 A hands on look at Update International's 24 ounce, Polycarbonate Scoop...
This fits nicely inside of a 6 gallon bucket with a Gamma Seal Lid.  Two 5 gallon buckets hold about 50 lbs of grain.  Two 6 gallon buckets hold about 60 lbs of grain.  Gamma Seal Lids are airtight and offer quick, easy access.  I have loads of these I use for grain and kit storage.
 This pretty consistently pulls out about .8 lbs (12.8 ounces) per scoop.  Pictured: Top Finds - Ultraship Grain Scale and Rubbermaid Commercial 1 Gallon Pitcher.  If you're looking for a larger capacity scoop, consider the Rubbermaid Commercial 64 Ounce Scoop.
 The scoop by itself
 Next to a glass of More Beer's Firestone Walker Pale 31 for size reference
 It has a hole in the handle for easy storage
Hey... this hangs swimmingly on my Bulldog Hardware Pegboard.  Pictured: Johnson A419 Digital Temp Controller, other random things and Quick Draft Line Flushing Assembly (far left).
I've had this for almost 9 months and it's been working well for me as a grain scoop.  It's solid and works well for the job of... scooping grain.
This just dropped from $10.83 to $6.25.  It ships for free with a Prime Membership or a qualifying $35 order.
Update International SCP-24C Polycarbonate Plastic Scoop, Clear, 24-Ounce - $6.25 + Free Shipping with Prime or Qualifying $35 order

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Beer Birthday: Jeff O’Neil

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:39
Today is the 40th birthday of Jeff O’Neil, who I first met when he was brewing at Drake’s here in sunny California. He’s since gone on to make a name for himself at Ithaca Beer Co. before leaving that gig to become the brewmaster at the Peekskill Brewery, both of which are in...

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Label Peelers: 25% Off Site Wide Sale

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:38
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City of Santa Rosa offering to turn Pliny the Younger release into a bigger event

BeerNews.org - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:44

The city expects to spend less than $700 on the extra measures for the crowd, she said. The city had offered to schedule additional events, such as live music, or line up food trucks to serve the crowd, but the brewery declined, at least for this year.

More >> The Press Democrat.

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Beer drinkers line up for first day of Pliny the Younger 2014 release (video)

BeerNews.org - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:36



“It’s supposed to be some of the best,” said Vinnie Cilurzo, who was first in line at 6:45 a.m. Friday. “We’ve been standing here since about 11 p.m. the night prior.”

The person that wrote the article has no idea that Vinnie Cilurzo was not the first customer in line.

via CBS San Francisco.

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AleSmith Brewing Co. earns RateBeer’s ‘Top Brewer In The World’ honor for 2013

BeerNews.org - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:24

This list is the top 100 brewers in the world according the reviews taken last year and weighted by performance within and outside of style. The winners here are presented alphabetically and reflect the top performing brewers of over 16 thousand worldwide listed at RateBeer. The top 5 brewers are indicted by asterisk.

See the list >> RateBeer.

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New Belgium Fat Tire now available on Southwest Airlines

BeerNews.org - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:17

But last weekend, Southwest Airlines joined Frontier and Alaska by offering at least one craft-beer option on board. The Dallas-based carrier now sells New Belgium’s Fat Tire on all 683 Southwest and AirTran planes in its fleet, says a Southwest spokeswoman.

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Crooked Stave, Upslope to release Ferus Fluxus #1 – Wild Belgian Pale Ale this month

BeerNews.org - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:34

Press Release:

(Boulder, CO) – The time has come for Denver-based Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company to unveil the first installment of Crooked Stave’s Ferus Fluxus series – Wild Belgian Pale Ale. After nine months, the collaborative beer is ready for its highly anticipated release.

For this unique barrel-aged project, Upslope’s Limited Release Belgian Style Pale Ale was inoculated with carefully chosen strains of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus in first-use red wine barrels that were hand-picked at Rocky Mountain Barrel Company by Crooked Stave owner Chad Yakobson and Upslope head brewer Alex Violette.

The Wild Belgian Pale Ale that has been aging separately at both Upslope’s North Boulder brewery at Lee Hill and Crooked Stave’s Barrel Cellar for the last nine months will be available in two different package options. Crooked Stave’s version will be packaged in its standard 375 milliliter bottle, while Upslope’s version of Ferus Fluxus will be packaged in Ball Corporation’s 19.2 ounce Royal Pint can.

“This collaboration was a great opportunity to reunite with my friends at Upslope and make a unique beer,” said Crooked Stave’s Head of Sales and former Upslope employee Kyle Krebsbach. “I have always thought our yeast would pair well with Upslope’s Belgian Style Pale Ale. Tasting the beer yesterday, I loved the crisp floral and citrus flavors followed with a nice tart and earthy finish.”

“It’s exciting to be a part of the first installment of what’s sure to be an awesome series. With the completion of our production brewery, space was freed up at our original facility to expand our barrel-aging program and experiment with bacteria,” said Upslope head brewer Alex Violette. “The opportunity to collaborate with our friends at Crooked Stave was one we couldn’t pass up. We all agreed that our Belgian would be perfect for this project. It highlights the tropical fruit notes from the Brettanomyces while maintaining a subtle oak character from the barrels.”

Fans looking to be the first to take a walk on the wild side can look forward to two release parties that celebrate this collaboration. On Monday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Crooked Stave’s taproom at The Source will release bottles for $10 with a four-bottle limit, a half hour later at 6:30 p.m. drafts will begin pouring. The following day (Tuesday, Feb.18) at 6 p.m. Upslope will host a release party at its Lee Hill tap room featuring $14 cans of the Wild Belgian Pale Ale (limit three) as well as additional barrel-aged styles and a food truck
About Upslope Brewing Company

Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company is the creator of premium, filtered ale that is artfully crafted to compliment the outdoor lifestyle. Upslope beer is made with natural ingredients, including snowmelt. The five flagship beers include: Pale Ale, Craft Lager, India Pale Ale, Brown Ale and Imperial IPA. Additional installments are offered in a Limited Release Series. Upslope’s beer is packaged in aluminum cans because it is exceptionally portable, preserves the taste of the beer by keeping light out, and it uses fewer resources to pack and ship. In an ongoing effort to protect Colorado watershed, and the key ingredient in Upslope ale, one percent of Upslope’s Craft Lager revenue benefits the Colorado Trout Unlimited. Learn more about Upslope at www.upslopebrewing.com

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is the culmination of “Founder and Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The artistic creations, all of which use Brettanomyces yeast and mature in oak, result in beer of extraordinary complexity.

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3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek, Drake’s Hopocalypse, HoTD Adam now online at Craft Beer Kings

BeerNews.org - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:10

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Craft Beer Kings added A LOT of new beers in January. Here is Part 2 of the top 50 with some real zingers like FiftyFifty B.A.R.T., The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout, Grassroots Arctic Soiree and more.


1) 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

2) Drake’s Hopocalypse Double IPA White Label

3) El Segundo Mayberry IPA

4) El Segundo Hop Tanker Double IPA

5) Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal

6) Hair of the Dog Adam

7) Hair of the Dog Fred

8) Cascade Kriek

9) Haandbryggeriet Dark Force

10) Rubicon Hopsauce IPA


1) Fifty Fifty B.A.R.T (Barrel Aged)

2) The Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale

3) The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout

4) Boulevard Rye-on-Rye

5) Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

6) Coronado Stupid Stout (Barrel Aged)

7) The Bruery Saison Tonnellerie

8) Mikkeller Black Hole Stout

9) Mikkeller Big Worster

10) Grassroots Arctic Soiree

11) Anchorage Galaxy White IPA

12) The Bruery Shegoat

13) Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids

14) Avery The Maharaja

15) Allagash Interlude

16) De Molen Spanning & Sensatie

17) De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis

18) De Molen Tsarina Esra

19) Mikkeller SpontanCherryFrederiksdal

20) Mikkeller It’s Alive! Grand Marnier Barrel

21) To Ol Black Ball Porter

22) To Ol Udder Means American Stout

23) Santa Clara Valley New Almaden Red

24) Hangar 24 Vinaceous

25) Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA


1) Harviestoun 30th Anniversary

2) Epic Old Sage Brett

3) The Bruery Sour in the Rye

4) The Bruery Tout Mais le Coller

5) Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

6) Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine

7) Amager Fru Frederiksen

8) Amager Hr. Frederiksen

9) To Ol Goliat Bourbon Barrel Aged

10) To Ol Frost Bite

11) To Ol Nordic by Nature

12) Prairie Ale

13) Noble Ale Works Gone to Plaid Scotch Ale

14) Alaskan Barley Wine

15) Bear Republic Apex IPA

16) Ballast Point Tongue Buckler

17) Ironfire Collateral Damage Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter

18) Deschutes Goose Island Class of ’88 Belgian Ale

19) Virtue The Mitten Bourbon Barrel Aged Hard Cider

20) Indian Wells Whiskey Barrel Aged Amber

21) Crispin Blended Hard Cider

22) Shmaltz Death of a Contract Brewer

23) Angel City Chai Stout

24) Speakeasy BlackHand

25) Epic Utah Sage Saison

In addition to a traditional build-your-own-order service, Craft Beer Kings offers:

1) a flat rate and free shipping program; features free shipping Nationwide and in California on orders hitting a certain threshold. Click that link for the most current rates and information.

2) mystery boxes, some of which come in different styles like barrel-aged, West Coast IPA and Sour Editions.

3) a memberships for year-round discounts. Save up to 20%!

4) clothing apparel, beef jerky and other swag

When you sign up as a new member, you will get $5 off your first order. Not ready to order yet? Sign up for the email newsletter to be first in the know on new beers added to the e-shop.

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Beer In Film #38: Pliny The Younger

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:07
Today’s beer video is a short documentary on Russian River’s seasonal release of their triple IPA Pliny the Younger, which is released today in Santa Rosa, as it has been every first Friday in February for the past ten years.

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More Beer: Dual Gauge CO2 Regulator - $54.99 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:06
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Ask The Guy Behind Bru Gear Anything

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:06

Bru Gear plans to produce tricked out stainless conical fermenters, kettles, RIMS systems and more up to 3 Barrels in size.  They are currently raising money for this via Kickstarter.  Check it out - Here

Phil Spivey, one of the guys behind Bru Gear, is watching this post and will be answering any questions you have in the comments section below.
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Beer Birthday: Tom Acitelli

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:24
Today is the 37th birthday of Tom Acitelli, author of the wonderful history of craft beer, The Audacity of Hops. Tom reached out to me while he was working on his book, and we’ve been friends ever since. He’s a great new addition to the cadre of writers chronicling the beer industry...

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Great Deal: Rubbermaid Bouncer 1 Gallon Commercial Pitcher for Brew Day - $10.99

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 07:14
This highly rated Top Find Food Safe Pitcher from Rubbermaid Commercial has dropped to $10.99.  That matches the lowest price that we've found.  This is a great deal.I use two one gallon pitchers for vorlaufing/recirculating, topping up water, collecting wort from my mash tun, holding utensils on brew day and more.  This small upgrade has made a big difference for me on brew day. 

I own and use this pitcher.  Check out my Hands on Review.  It is also on our Top Finds list.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG321800CLR 4-Quart Bouncer Measuring Cup - $10.99 + Free Shipping with $35 order

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    Ends Soon: American Harvest Wheat Extract Kits (5 and 10 Gallon) - from $14.13

    Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 06:27
    This sale ends soon...

    Get a discount on Valuebrew's American Harvest Wheat Kits when you use promo code 15offHarvest.

    This recipe features wheat LME, Carapils for steeping and Williamette and Cascade Hops.

    Discount applies to both 5 and 10 gallon versions.  If you choose the 5 gallon version (no caps, sugar or yeast) it comes out to a super economical $14.13.

    Check it out - Here
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    About Shipping:  Valuebrew charges exact shipping.  You pay, to the penny, what Valuebrew gets charged.  Local pickup is also available if you're in the St. Paul, Mn. area.  Carriers have minimum thresholds for shipping.  That means the first item is always going to cost x amount or more.  For me, on this kit, the first one costs about $14 to ship, but the second one only costs $1.55 more.  The third is just $1.23 more.  If I order four of these, the shipping cost per kit averages out to $4.69 per kit.
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