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Nimbus Beer says outright to “avoid cans”

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:16

(Tucson, AZ) – Nimbus Beer posted a company statement on the question of glass bottle vs. aluminum can last week on its Facebook page. The company has chosen to continue with glass instead of adopting the industry-wide trend of cans for reasons spelled out below.

Much has been written about the debate over the years and even in 2014, there still may not be a right answer. At one point, Lagunitas Brewing owner, Tony Magee, even said that the company would be the last U.S. brewery to use aluminum cans.

Breweries like MillerCoors, A-B InBev and New Belgium release periodic sustainability reports that outline both the environmental cost of packaging and beer production. More are joining them.

Nimbus Post:

People are always asking me… “When are you going to put your beer in cans?”

In an attempt to minimize the number of times that I have to answer this question and so anyone that follows the Nimbus Brewery webpage will have no need to email me or personally ask me this question, the answer I most often cite is: most canned foods and drink cause me concern because of what the can is lined with. The fact is, the lining of almost all canned foods and drinks are made with a chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA.

I have long held the position to keep Nimbus Beer in bottles and not to follow the recent trend of some craft breweries. Those that have made the switch to cans or have always marketed their beer in cans act as if they are on the cutting edge of “something big” simply by their putting the fine products they produce into cans and then selling their product to the public without doing the research as to why selling their beer in cans is not such a great idea.

My negative feelings toward this trend have always left me wondering … why! More recently my feelings on the subject were solidified due to a recent study I ran across and published in the May 2013 edition of the published proceedings of the National Academy of Siences. In that article it documented the conclusion of a long term study of bisphenol-A or BPAs, just how seriously dangerous the chemical, bisphenol-A, or BPA actually is.

The extent of what I had long suspected due to reading several previous (and well hidden, likely even intentionally suppressed from the public’s awareness) publications about this chemical more commonly known as BPA, that when ingested by anyone that chooses to eat or drink foods and beverages from canned containers is basically playing Russian roulette with their health. This study documented the extent to which the hazards of ingesting BPAs pose as they actually affect the way genes work all the way down to the DNA level of the genes inside the brain of rats.

Even the FDA agrees that there is a problem with BPA as it is supporting efforts to either replace or, at the very least, to minimize the amounts of this chemical found in most all canned foods and beverages. And, you know it must be bad when even the very lax FDA is concerned!

The west coast styles of beer (such as we produce) typically being more aggressively “hopped” as is with the IPAs being produced throughout the craft beer industry being all the rage, the more bitter the beer, the higher the risk are to these exceptionally dangerous chemicals. The fact is, all of the ingredients in beer, (yeast, hops and malt) as well as soft drinks are very acidic. Have you ever thought, “this is a fantastic beer but every time I drink it I get acid reflux so bad I can’t sleep or I end up losing my lunch or dinner?”

It is these very acids that cause BPAs to leech from the lining of the can that are sold to an unsuspecting public believing that drinking beer from a can is safe; but, these same BPAs are going right into your body via the beer you drink from a can! The actual level of BPAs in these types of beers have the potential to be so high that, in fact, you should seriously consider not ever consuming any canned beer (or canned foods for that matter) at any time in your home or when you are out and about due to the risk of ingesting BPAs.

Current FDA laws, combined with terrific lobbying in Washington D.C. by the chemical companies that make BPAs and the manufacturer’s of the cans themselves, is the reason that there are no standards for labeling of BPAs in canned products. Always remember, “simply because a can does not say it has or does not have BPAs does not mean that the can does not contain BPAs.”

Be safe, be wise and at all times, AVOID CANS! Buy your beer in brown glass bottles and when you do, be safe knowing this fact as you are primarily buying Nimbus branded beers!

Remember: When you see the monkey on the label, you’ll know, It’s a “Natural Selection”!!!

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A First Look at M-80 IPA

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:14

I received a recent More Beer order yesterday afternoon.  That order included the all grain version of More Beer’s newer M-80 IPA.  That recipe features American Pale Malt, Crystal 15, Columbus for bittering, followed by Simcoe, more Columbus, more Simcoe and a generous does of Centennial for dry hopping.  I’m using WLP-001.  More Beer’s recipes also come with Priming Sugar, and a Whirlfloc tablet.

The directions call for three medium sizes oranges to be added a couple of days into fermentation.  That’s both the zest and the fruit (discarding as much of the pith as possible).  Sounds delicious to me.

From the beer description: “… Because of the similarity of hops, one MoreBeer! staffer dubbed it a mini “Pliny The Elder... but with orange”. High praise indeed.”

M-80 was designed by fellow homebrewer Carlos Musquez.  Carlos is also a graphic designer and designed matching labels to go along with M-80.

M-80 is available in both All Grain and Extract Versions

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40 Plate Wort Chiller – $134.95 Shipped (Save $25)

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:07

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40 Plate Counterflow Wort Chiller WC115 - $159.95 $134.95 + Free Shipping

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.

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More Beer is offering Homebrew Finds Readers 20% off their line of Quick Disconnect Stainless Fittings.  The selection includes 5 variations 1/2″ FPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Male QD1/2″ Barb Male and 1/2″ Barb Female.  Prices start at $7.96 and Shipping is Free with a $59 order.

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Gordon Creek Brewery closes after 15 months of beermaking

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:20

Gordon Creek Brewery owner and brewer Sam Sorrells said Tuesday he made the decision to close the doors mainly because of financial reasons. The brewery, which is on East Pine Street, released its first batch of beer in May 2013.

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Gordon Creek Brewery closes after 15 months of beermaking

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:20

Gordon Creek Brewery owner and brewer Sam Sorrells said Tuesday he made the decision to close the doors mainly because of financial reasons. The brewery, which is on East Pine Street, released its first batch of beer in May 2013.

More >> Hattiesburg American.

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Reader Tip: Gluten Free Beer Brewing Recipes…$0 + Gluten Free Finds

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:49
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‘Graffiti’ trademark at center of dispute between Blue Moon and Post No Bills Beer Bar

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:47

"Graffiti epitomizes what craft beverages stand for today," he says, "originality, no rules, beautiful elements." And it’s about to get litigious. Moses owns trademarks on Stomper Graffiti, a wine label, and Graffiti as they are used for alcoholic beverages. A couple of years ago, popular premium domestic brand Blue Moon introduced a Graffiti Collection of new beers.

More >> Monterey County Weekly.

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‘Graffiti’ trademark at center of dispute between Blue Moon and Post No Bills Beer Bar

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:47

"Graffiti epitomizes what craft beverages stand for today," he says, "originality, no rules, beautiful elements." And it’s about to get litigious. Moses owns trademarks on Stomper Graffiti, a wine label, and Graffiti as they are used for alcoholic beverages. A couple of years ago, popular premium domestic brand Blue Moon introduced a Graffiti Collection of new beers.

More >> Monterey County Weekly.

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Denver Pearl Brewing Company to change name after notice from Pabst and local brewery

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:12

In yet another craft brewing trademark dispute, three-month-old Denver Pearl Brewing Company announced Wednesday it would change its name after two other breweries – one national and one local – raised concerns about similarities with their brands.

More >> Denver Post.

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Denver Pearl Brewing Company to change name after notice from Pabst and local brewery

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:12

In yet another craft brewing trademark dispute, three-month-old Denver Pearl Brewing Company announced Wednesday it would change its name after two other breweries – one national and one local – raised concerns about similarities with their brands.

More >> Denver Post.

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Second brewery changes name from Double Barrel after Firestone Walker cease & desist letter

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:49

A small, less-than-1-year-old craft brewery behind the Sacred Melody Plaza in Eastwood officially rolled out its new name via Facebook this weekend. Owner-brewer Pete Kirkgasser made the change after hearing from the Firestone Walker Brewing Co. of California.

More >> Syracuse.com.

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Second brewery changes name from Double Barrel after Firestone Walker cease & desist letter

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:49

A small, less-than-1-year-old craft brewery behind the Sacred Melody Plaza in Eastwood officially rolled out its new name via Facebook this weekend. Owner-brewer Pete Kirkgasser made the change after hearing from the Firestone Walker Brewing Co. of California.

More >> Syracuse.com.

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Beer In Ads #1288: Good For You Horsing Around

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:25
Wednesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, this time from 1959. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. After a great jump on your horse — “Good for you! — they suggest having a...

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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, 4th Ed – $9.87, Record Low, Pre-Order

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:03

 

The Homebrewing Classic, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, by homebrewing legend Charlie Papazian, is under a re-write.  The fourth edition is set to be released toward the end of September.  The book has been available for pre-order for a while.  It’s just dropped down to a record low Amazon price of $9.87.  It also qualifies for Amazon’s Pre-Order Price Guarantee.  If the price drops before the book ships, you get the lower price.

Two personal notes… The Complete Joy of Homebrewing was my first book on homebrewing.  I enjoyed it very much and still rely on the advice of… DWHAHB.  Second… I had the joy of meeting Charlie Papazian at this year’s NHC… it was a true treat and a highlight of the conference for me.

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HBS: IPA, Amber and Wheat Kits On Sale, All Grain and Extract

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:20

Home Brew Stuff has three of their Mad Brewer line of recipe kits on sale.  Selections include Zythos IPA, All American Amber and American Wheat.  The Zythos IPA and American Amber recipes are available in both All Grain and Extract.  Prices start at $21.24 including yeast.  These bundle with $7.95 Flat Rate Shipping.

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Reader Tip: How to Make Delicious Homebrewed Beer, Kindle Edition – Free

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:18

Thanks to HBF Reader Chris for this tip!

Kindle Edition books can be viewed on your Kindle Device or on free reader applications available for your iPhone, Android or Windows smart phone – and  for your web browser via Amazon’s Cloud Reader.  This dynamic link will take you to the appropriate reader for your current platform.

How to Make Delicious Homebrewed Beer (And Getting It Right The First Time) – $0

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Beerloved: Free Shipping with $50 Order

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:42

Beerloved has a free shipping promotion going on right now.  They are offering free shipping on any order over $50.  That means the pictured Drink Tanks Growler (also with Keg Cap) – review ships for free.

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