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Historic Beer Birthday: William Hamm Sr.

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:29
Today is the birthday of William Hamm (September 26, 1858-June 10, 1931). William Sr. was the son of Theodore Hamm, who founded Hamm’s Brewery in St. Paul, Minnesota. William Sr. took over for his father when Theodore retired and ran it until he died shortly before prohibition was repealed,...

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Buy a Blichmann QuickCarb… Get a Free Imperial Kit! & Free Shipping

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 18:00
About the Blichmann QuickCarb from love2brew…. “The Blichmann QuickCarb is a simple, new way to carbonate a 5 gallon keg of homebrew in less than an hour! This patent pending product uses a simple circulating pump and a unique stainless steel diffusion stone to carbonate your beer precisely and quickly. The best part is that […]
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$23 Javelin Digital Thermometers at Atlantic Brew Supply

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 16:35
from Atlantic Brew Supply: Take instant temperature readings of your mash liquor and wort with the Javelin thermapen. The thermometer probe is food-grade 18/8 stainless steel and features a silver anti-microbial coating. Specifications: Response Time: 4-5 seconds to within 1°F of final temperature in moving boiling water; Accuracy: ±0.9°F @ -4 ~ 302°F (±0.5°C @ […]
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Historic Beer Birthday: Phillip Best

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 14:37
Today is the birthday of Phillip Best (September 26, 1814-July 17, 1869) Phillip Best was the son of Jacob Best, who founded the brewery that eventually became Pabst Brewing Co., with his four sons in 1844. The Best family’s business was originally called “The Empire Brewery,” and then...

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Great Deal: Eva Dry 500 for Kegerator Condensation – $25.49 + Hands on Review

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:16
Like many of you, I use a chest freezer for chilling and serving kegs.  The big downside I’ve experienced is with that is… condensation.  Not just beads of water on the sides, I had pooling water in the bottom.  Not a good thing.  This varies by how often I’m in it and the weather, but […]
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Cantillon Zwanze Day 2016 is this Saturday, October 1st

BeerPulse - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:13

(Brussels, BELGIUM) – Cantillon announced details for Zwanze Day 2016 last month and released a final update within the past couple weeks. Below is this year’s list of bars where the beer will be available on draft on Saturday, October 1st. Due to high demand for this annual release, many locations hold lotteries and pre-sell tickets to the event. Best to look up your local release spot to see how they are running the event before heading there on Saturday. More details below from the Cantillon Facebook page.

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The Bars:

AUSTRALIA
– The Scratch Bar — Brisbane

AUSTRIA
– Tribaun — Innsbruck

BELGIUM
– Moeder Lambic Fontainas — Brussels
– Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles — Brussels
– Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
– Rose Red — Brugge

CANADA
– Dieu du Ciel — Montréal, Québec
– Bar Volo — Toronto, Ontario
– The Drake – Victoria, British Columbia

DENMARK
– Himmeriget — Copenhagen

FRANCE
– La Fine Mousse — Paris
– La Capsule — Lille

FINLAND
– Stadin Panimo Baari — Helsinki

GERMANY
– Café Herman — Berlin

GREAT BRITAIN
– Kernel Brewery – Bermondsey
– North Bar — Leeds
– Six° North — Aberdeen

ITALIE
– Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà — Rome
– The Dome — Nembro
– LambicZoon– Milano
– The Drunken Duck — Quinto Vicentino
– Ristopub Margherita — Quartu Sant’Elena
– Ottavonano — Atripalda
– TryBeer Room – Castiglione d’Adda

JAPAN
– Belgian Brasserie Court Antwerp Six – Ginza, Tokyo
– Dolphins – Umeda, Osaka

NEDERLAND
– De Bierkoning — Amsterdam

NEW-ZEALAND
– Garage Project – Wellington

NORWAY
– Nogne O — Grimstad

SPAIN
– Masia Agullons — Sant Joan de Mediona

SWEDEN
– Akkurat — Stockholm

SWITZERLAND
– Erzbierschof — Zurich

USA
– Anchorage Brewing Co. — Anchorage, Alaska
– Armsby Abbey — Worcester, Massachusetts
– Avenue Pub — New Orleans, Louisiana
– Bagby Beer — Oceanside, California
– Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California
– Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar — Denver, Colorado
– De GardeBrewing — Tillamook, Oregon
– Fonta Flora — Morganton, North Carolina
– Fool’s Gold — Manhattan, New York
– Green Bench Brewing Co. — St-Petersburg, Florida
– Holy Grale — Louisville, Kentucky
– Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
– Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales — Dexter, Michigan
– Mikkeller Bar — San Fransisco, California
– Monk’s Café — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– Novare Res Bier Café — Portland, Maine
– Playalinda Brewing Co. — Titusville, Florida
– REAL a Gastropub — Honolulu, Hawaii
– Russian River Brewing — Santa Rosa, California
– Schera’s — Elkader, Iowa
– Seymour – Greenfield, Massachusetts
– Side Project Cellar — Maplewood, Missouri
– Slow Boat Tavern — Seattle, Washington
– Spuyten Duyvil — Brooklyn, New York
– The Sovereign — Washington D.C.
– Thin Man Brewery – Buffalo, New-York
– Trillium Brewing Co. — Canton, Massachusetts
– West Lakeview Liquors — Chicago, Illinois

The Zwanze 2016 :

When I was a kid, I would come to the brewery to lend a hand during my summer vacations. My father needed help refilling barrels of lambic with sour cherries and raspberries that came to the brewery by the ton. I would go home with red hands and a small case of indigestion after having stuffed myself, too!

At the time, sour cherries and raspberries came from the Pajottenland, harvested within about ten kilometers of the brewery: local fruit for a local beer. The summers were subject to the whims of the weather, going from sunny and hot one year to wet and cold the next. Being finicky fruit, raspberries were particularly sensitive to the changing weather, and went from being very flavorful and brilliant red to bland and colorless – something that of course determined the degree of acidity and the color of our Framboise Lambic.

At the beginning of the ’80s, we compensated for the lack of color in our Framboise with the addition of Kriek Lambic. The excessive acidity added by the fruit was tempered by the use of vanilla. This is how, during the decade to follow, Cantillon Framboise evolved into a blend of 75% raspberries, 25% sour cherries, and .05% vanilla.

Throughout the ’90s, with increasing demand for housing, labor costs rising, and artificial flavors and syrups coming into use by many of the Lambic brewers, there was an almost complete disappearance of cherry orchards and raspberry farms in the Pajottenland. We were therefore forced to look for our fruit outside of Belgium. Today, our raspberries come from Serbia. Brighter, more flavorful, and more consistent than their Belgian cousins, these Serbian raspberries mean we no longer need to turn to cherries and vanilla to make our Rosé de Gambrinus, which is now 100% raspberry.

For Zwanze 2016, I wanted to do a bit of a throwback and revisit one of these old blends. Since the intensity of today’s Rosé de Gambrinus approaches that of the Kriek, the additions of cherries to the raspberries no longer seemed necessary.

Instead, we had to turn to a fruit that would bring more intense color and flavor sufficient to stand out. My choice was to bring in the blueberries that we’ve used for the last ten years to create our Blåbær Lambic, a special beer done for the Danish market.

For our third ingredient, we’ve opted to use the finest possible Bourbon vanilla beans. During the ’80s we used vanilla extract for reasons purely financial. Traditional Lambic-based beers were, at the time, under-appreciated and the breweries that produced only spontaneously fermented beers struggled to make ends meet. Cantillon was no exception, and it was impossible for us to use real vanilla in our Framboise. Zwanze 2016 is the new incarnation of what should have been during the dark years of Lambic.

To best appreciate the complexity of this beer, we suggest tasting it at a temperature of 12 to 15° C (55 to 60º F). Don’t hesitate to warm your glass a bit if the beer is served too cold.

We’ve stepped back in time 30 years for Zwanze 2016, which is the result of a blend of 82% raspberries, 18% blueberries, and .05% Bourbon Vanilla beans, on which we’ve aged two-year-old Lambic at a rate of 300g fruit per liter.

À votre santé et vive le Lambic!

Jean

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Cantillon Zwanze Day 2016 is this Saturday, October 1st

BeerNews.org - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:13

(Brussels, BELGIUM) – Cantillon announced details for Zwanze Day 2016 last month and released a final update within the past couple weeks. Below is this year’s list of bars where the beer will be available on draft on Saturday, October 1st. Due to high demand for this annual release, many locations hold lotteries and pre-sell tickets to the event. Best to look up your local release spot to see how they are running the event before heading there on Saturday. More details below from the Cantillon Facebook page.

***

The Bars:

AUSTRALIA
– The Scratch Bar — Brisbane

AUSTRIA
– Tribaun — Innsbruck

BELGIUM
– Moeder Lambic Fontainas — Brussels
– Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles — Brussels
– Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
– Rose Red — Brugge

CANADA
– Dieu du Ciel — Montréal, Québec
– Bar Volo — Toronto, Ontario
– The Drake – Victoria, British Columbia

DENMARK
– Himmeriget — Copenhagen

FRANCE
– La Fine Mousse — Paris
– La Capsule — Lille

FINLAND
– Stadin Panimo Baari — Helsinki

GERMANY
– Café Herman — Berlin

GREAT BRITAIN
– Kernel Brewery – Bermondsey
– North Bar — Leeds
– Six° North — Aberdeen

ITALIE
– Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà — Rome
– The Dome — Nembro
– LambicZoon– Milano
– The Drunken Duck — Quinto Vicentino
– Ristopub Margherita — Quartu Sant’Elena
– Ottavonano — Atripalda
– TryBeer Room – Castiglione d’Adda

JAPAN
– Belgian Brasserie Court Antwerp Six – Ginza, Tokyo
– Dolphins – Umeda, Osaka

NEDERLAND
– De Bierkoning — Amsterdam

NEW-ZEALAND
– Garage Project – Wellington

NORWAY
– Nogne O — Grimstad

SPAIN
– Masia Agullons — Sant Joan de Mediona

SWEDEN
– Akkurat — Stockholm

SWITZERLAND
– Erzbierschof — Zurich

USA
– Anchorage Brewing Co. — Anchorage, Alaska
– Armsby Abbey — Worcester, Massachusetts
– Avenue Pub — New Orleans, Louisiana
– Bagby Beer — Oceanside, California
– Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California
– Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar — Denver, Colorado
– De GardeBrewing — Tillamook, Oregon
– Fonta Flora — Morganton, North Carolina
– Fool’s Gold — Manhattan, New York
– Green Bench Brewing Co. — St-Petersburg, Florida
– Holy Grale — Louisville, Kentucky
– Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
– Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales — Dexter, Michigan
– Mikkeller Bar — San Fransisco, California
– Monk’s Café — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– Novare Res Bier Café — Portland, Maine
– Playalinda Brewing Co. — Titusville, Florida
– REAL a Gastropub — Honolulu, Hawaii
– Russian River Brewing — Santa Rosa, California
– Schera’s — Elkader, Iowa
– Seymour – Greenfield, Massachusetts
– Side Project Cellar — Maplewood, Missouri
– Slow Boat Tavern — Seattle, Washington
– Spuyten Duyvil — Brooklyn, New York
– The Sovereign — Washington D.C.
– Thin Man Brewery – Buffalo, New-York
– Trillium Brewing Co. — Canton, Massachusetts
– West Lakeview Liquors — Chicago, Illinois

The Zwanze 2016 :

When I was a kid, I would come to the brewery to lend a hand during my summer vacations. My father needed help refilling barrels of lambic with sour cherries and raspberries that came to the brewery by the ton. I would go home with red hands and a small case of indigestion after having stuffed myself, too!

At the time, sour cherries and raspberries came from the Pajottenland, harvested within about ten kilometers of the brewery: local fruit for a local beer. The summers were subject to the whims of the weather, going from sunny and hot one year to wet and cold the next. Being finicky fruit, raspberries were particularly sensitive to the changing weather, and went from being very flavorful and brilliant red to bland and colorless – something that of course determined the degree of acidity and the color of our Framboise Lambic.

At the beginning of the ’80s, we compensated for the lack of color in our Framboise with the addition of Kriek Lambic. The excessive acidity added by the fruit was tempered by the use of vanilla. This is how, during the decade to follow, Cantillon Framboise evolved into a blend of 75% raspberries, 25% sour cherries, and .05% vanilla.

Throughout the ’90s, with increasing demand for housing, labor costs rising, and artificial flavors and syrups coming into use by many of the Lambic brewers, there was an almost complete disappearance of cherry orchards and raspberry farms in the Pajottenland. We were therefore forced to look for our fruit outside of Belgium. Today, our raspberries come from Serbia. Brighter, more flavorful, and more consistent than their Belgian cousins, these Serbian raspberries mean we no longer need to turn to cherries and vanilla to make our Rosé de Gambrinus, which is now 100% raspberry.

For Zwanze 2016, I wanted to do a bit of a throwback and revisit one of these old blends. Since the intensity of today’s Rosé de Gambrinus approaches that of the Kriek, the additions of cherries to the raspberries no longer seemed necessary.

Instead, we had to turn to a fruit that would bring more intense color and flavor sufficient to stand out. My choice was to bring in the blueberries that we’ve used for the last ten years to create our Blåbær Lambic, a special beer done for the Danish market.

For our third ingredient, we’ve opted to use the finest possible Bourbon vanilla beans. During the ’80s we used vanilla extract for reasons purely financial. Traditional Lambic-based beers were, at the time, under-appreciated and the breweries that produced only spontaneously fermented beers struggled to make ends meet. Cantillon was no exception, and it was impossible for us to use real vanilla in our Framboise. Zwanze 2016 is the new incarnation of what should have been during the dark years of Lambic.

To best appreciate the complexity of this beer, we suggest tasting it at a temperature of 12 to 15° C (55 to 60º F). Don’t hesitate to warm your glass a bit if the beer is served too cold.

We’ve stepped back in time 30 years for Zwanze 2016, which is the result of a blend of 82% raspberries, 18% blueberries, and .05% Bourbon Vanilla beans, on which we’ve aged two-year-old Lambic at a rate of 300g fruit per liter.

À votre santé et vive le Lambic!

Jean

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Highland Gaelic Ale cans now available

BeerPulse - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:17

Highland Gaelic cans BeerPulse

[Press Release:]

(Asheville, NC) – Brewed and bottled since 1994, Highland Brewing Gaelic Ale 12-ounce cans will be available in all areas where Highland is sold. Gaelic Ale has long been the top-selling native beer in North Carolina. The addition of cans makes the beer more welcome outdoors, which is often where Highland staff are found.

“With bottling and canning operations, we are in a new chapter. And Gaelic is the right beer to package both ways because of its flexibility – its medium body and balance.” said Leah Ashburn, President. “It fits with food or on its own, in cool or warm weather. Gaelic cans will be with me on my next hike.”

This rounds out their already strong line of canned options. Earlier this year Highland Pilsner debuted in cans, followed mid-summer by Mandarina IPA. With their flagship now in cans, Highland plans to expand can distribution. Over the coming months, look for Highland cans in all their distribution areas: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, DC.

About Highland Brewing Company

Highland Brewing Company has crafted the highest quality beer with North Carolina mountain water since 1994. Family-owned and Asheville’s first legal brewery since Prohibition, it is a local favorite for beer fans, music fans, and families. Highland’s name honors the Scots Irish who settled in the Appalachian Mountains in the 18th and 19th centuries. Adding to the tradition of honor, Highland’s seasonal beers are named after protected features of the North Carolina and Tennessee landscapes. The flagship beer, Gaelic Ale, and other styles of Highland beer are available in nine states and Washington, DC. For details on tours, special events, concerts, sustainability efforts, the new event center and more, visitwww.highlandbrewing.com.

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Highland Gaelic Ale cans now available

BeerNews.org - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:17

Highland Gaelic cans BeerPulse

[Press Release:]

(Asheville, NC) – Brewed and bottled since 1994, Highland Brewing Gaelic Ale 12-ounce cans will be available in all areas where Highland is sold. Gaelic Ale has long been the top-selling native beer in North Carolina. The addition of cans makes the beer more welcome outdoors, which is often where Highland staff are found.

“With bottling and canning operations, we are in a new chapter. And Gaelic is the right beer to package both ways because of its flexibility – its medium body and balance.” said Leah Ashburn, President. “It fits with food or on its own, in cool or warm weather. Gaelic cans will be with me on my next hike.”

This rounds out their already strong line of canned options. Earlier this year Highland Pilsner debuted in cans, followed mid-summer by Mandarina IPA. With their flagship now in cans, Highland plans to expand can distribution. Over the coming months, look for Highland cans in all their distribution areas: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, DC.

About Highland Brewing Company

Highland Brewing Company has crafted the highest quality beer with North Carolina mountain water since 1994. Family-owned and Asheville’s first legal brewery since Prohibition, it is a local favorite for beer fans, music fans, and families. Highland’s name honors the Scots Irish who settled in the Appalachian Mountains in the 18th and 19th centuries. Adding to the tradition of honor, Highland’s seasonal beers are named after protected features of the North Carolina and Tennessee landscapes. The flagship beer, Gaelic Ale, and other styles of Highland beer are available in nine states and Washington, DC. For details on tours, special events, concerts, sustainability efforts, the new event center and more, visitwww.highlandbrewing.com.

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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin opens for business (video)

BeerPulse - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:45

(Escondido, CA) – Quick media note from Stone Brewing Co. regarding the recent opening of its Berlin location…

“You may have heard by now that Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin and our Berlin brewery are in full operation! It’s a momentous occasion come to fruition six years after Stone’s founders first stepped foot on the property of the historic 1901 gasworks facility. Last week we officially opened the doors to our destination restaurant and beer mecca, offering 75 different beers on tap – the largest selection in the entire country of Germany! We’re now distributing Stone beers to 17 countries throughout Europe.”

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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin opens for business (video)

BeerNews.org - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:45

(Escondido, CA) – Quick media note from Stone Brewing Co. regarding the recent opening of its Berlin location…

“You may have heard by now that Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin and our Berlin brewery are in full operation! It’s a momentous occasion come to fruition six years after Stone’s founders first stepped foot on the property of the historic 1901 gasworks facility. Last week we officially opened the doors to our destination restaurant and beer mecca, offering 75 different beers on tap – the largest selection in the entire country of Germany! We’re now distributing Stone beers to 17 countries throughout Europe.”

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(6) Gamma Seal Lids… $46, $7.67 Each Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:36
6 x Gamma Seal Lids by Gamma,  Gamma Seal Lids [Hands on Review] are used on conjunction with standard sized 3.5 to 7 gallon buckets and are popular for grain storage.  My rule of thumb for grain storage capacity is 5 lbs per gallon.  With that estimate 50 lbs fits in (2) 5 gallon buckets. Gamma Seal […]
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Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher, new Adventure Pack and Peak Series Tectonic arrive in October

BeerPulse - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:23

[Press Release:]

(Lexington, VA) – This October, Devils Backbone Brewing Company will release new seasonal beers from three different series. The next Trail Blazer brew will be Kilt Flasher, a hearty Scottish ale with a rich, warming complexity perfect for the onset of winter. The exclusive, draft-only Peak series release will be Tectonic Barleywine, a complex, well matured ale meant to be savored with each sip. And there will also be a new Adventure Pack sampler full of beers previously only available on draft at the Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows (Roseland, VA): Flor de Luna, Smokehouse Porter, Berliner Weiss, and Single Hop IPA. Craft beer drinkers will have the perfect beer for any adventure with this versatile mix of releases.

“These beers make up one of our most dynamic releases to date. You have strong, malty, smoky, tart, floral, and hoppy flavors represented,” says Brewmaster Jason Oliver. “I’m excited to see the rich Tectonic Barleywine make it into the market, the Kilt Flasher is a personal Trail Blazer favorite of mine, and this Adventure Pack is hard to beat on diversity.”

· Kilt Flasher (8% ABV, 20 IBU)

Brown with ruby highlights, Kilt Flasher is an ale packed with toffee and toasted malt flavors. Much like the early Scottish settlers of the Virginia Highlands, it has a robustness that stands up to anything. Enjoy a pint today and expose yourself to great beer. Brown, Robust, Toffee.

Our Trail Blazers stray from the beaten path into a world of robust and daring beers featuring bigger, bolder flavors for fueling your spirit of adventure.
Availability: Six-pack bottles and on draft October through December

· Tectonic Barleywine (11.6% ABV, 50 IBU)

We build the flavors for our complex English inspired barleywine using six imported malts and two diverse hops. Savory, Full, Rewarding.

When you blaze a trail up a mountain, your goal is to reach the peak. We did the same with the Peak Series, our brewer’s selections that combine intensity, adventurous flavors and special brewing techniques to reach the pinnacle of the brewers’ art.

Availability: Draft only in October

Adventure Pack
· Flor De Luna (6.3% ABV, 21 IBU)

A Belgian-style blonde ale with the spritely fruity and flowery aroma of jasmine. Bright, floral, lively.
· Smokehouse Porter (5.7% ABV, 41 IBU)

Two types of smoked malts layer on top of dark crystal, brown, and chocolate malt to create a smoky, toasty, rich black ale. Smoke, roast, toast.
· Berliner Weiss (3.9% ABV, 7 IBU)

An award winning German-style sour ale. Pale straw in color, with a light body and a tart refreshing acidity. Light, tart, zip.
· Single Hop IPA (7.9% ABV, 77 IBU)

Light in color and body, this strong pale ale was designed to have a clean malt profile to showcase the single hop variety used: Equinox. Pale, hoppy, lean.

Availability: Mixed 12-pack bottles and draft October through December

These releases are available throughout the Devils Backbone distribution footprint of Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Devils Backbone beers are inspired by the great brewing traditions of Europe and the ingenuity of modern craft brewing. Devils Backbone has earned numerous accolades for its beers, exceling in the art of lager brewing in an ale dominated industry. The brewing team has received medals from the World Beer Cup, Australian International Beer Awards, Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the Great American Beer Festival® including national titles for GABF 2014 Mid-Sized Brewing Company and Brew Team of the Year, 2013 Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year and 2012 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year.

Devils Backbone operates two breweries in central Virginia: Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows (200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA) the original brewery, restaurant and the Meadows, the new outdoor beer and dining area, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in scenic Nelson County; and the Outpost Brewery & Tap Room, a state-of-the-art production brewery and tap room (50 North Wind Lane, Lexington, VA).

In 2008, founders Steve Crandall and his wife Heidi, inspired by a skiing trip where they had their first taste of German beer, opened the doors to Devils Backbone Brewing Company in the heartland of Virginia. Basecamp Brewpub was an instant regional success and with so many beer lovers asking where they could purchase the brews, they broke ground on the Outpost in 2011. Anticipated to produce 10,000 barrels of beer in the first ten years of operation, the Outpost reached 45,000 barrels in the first three years and recently completed an additional expansion to reach 250,000 barrels.

For more information, please visit.dbbrewingcompany.com. You can also follow along as they Craft an Adventure #CraftAnAdventure on Facebook/devilsbackbonebrewingcompany, Twitter @dbbrewingco and Instagram @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany.

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Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher, new Adventure Pack and Peak Series Tectonic arrive in October

BeerNews.org - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:23

[Press Release:]

(Lexington, VA) – This October, Devils Backbone Brewing Company will release new seasonal beers from three different series. The next Trail Blazer brew will be Kilt Flasher, a hearty Scottish ale with a rich, warming complexity perfect for the onset of winter. The exclusive, draft-only Peak series release will be Tectonic Barleywine, a complex, well matured ale meant to be savored with each sip. And there will also be a new Adventure Pack sampler full of beers previously only available on draft at the Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows (Roseland, VA): Flor de Luna, Smokehouse Porter, Berliner Weiss, and Single Hop IPA. Craft beer drinkers will have the perfect beer for any adventure with this versatile mix of releases.

“These beers make up one of our most dynamic releases to date. You have strong, malty, smoky, tart, floral, and hoppy flavors represented,” says Brewmaster Jason Oliver. “I’m excited to see the rich Tectonic Barleywine make it into the market, the Kilt Flasher is a personal Trail Blazer favorite of mine, and this Adventure Pack is hard to beat on diversity.”

· Kilt Flasher (8% ABV, 20 IBU)

Brown with ruby highlights, Kilt Flasher is an ale packed with toffee and toasted malt flavors. Much like the early Scottish settlers of the Virginia Highlands, it has a robustness that stands up to anything. Enjoy a pint today and expose yourself to great beer. Brown, Robust, Toffee.

Our Trail Blazers stray from the beaten path into a world of robust and daring beers featuring bigger, bolder flavors for fueling your spirit of adventure.
Availability: Six-pack bottles and on draft October through December

· Tectonic Barleywine (11.6% ABV, 50 IBU)

We build the flavors for our complex English inspired barleywine using six imported malts and two diverse hops. Savory, Full, Rewarding.

When you blaze a trail up a mountain, your goal is to reach the peak. We did the same with the Peak Series, our brewer’s selections that combine intensity, adventurous flavors and special brewing techniques to reach the pinnacle of the brewers’ art.

Availability: Draft only in October

Adventure Pack
· Flor De Luna (6.3% ABV, 21 IBU)

A Belgian-style blonde ale with the spritely fruity and flowery aroma of jasmine. Bright, floral, lively.
· Smokehouse Porter (5.7% ABV, 41 IBU)

Two types of smoked malts layer on top of dark crystal, brown, and chocolate malt to create a smoky, toasty, rich black ale. Smoke, roast, toast.
· Berliner Weiss (3.9% ABV, 7 IBU)

An award winning German-style sour ale. Pale straw in color, with a light body and a tart refreshing acidity. Light, tart, zip.
· Single Hop IPA (7.9% ABV, 77 IBU)

Light in color and body, this strong pale ale was designed to have a clean malt profile to showcase the single hop variety used: Equinox. Pale, hoppy, lean.

Availability: Mixed 12-pack bottles and draft October through December

These releases are available throughout the Devils Backbone distribution footprint of Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Devils Backbone beers are inspired by the great brewing traditions of Europe and the ingenuity of modern craft brewing. Devils Backbone has earned numerous accolades for its beers, exceling in the art of lager brewing in an ale dominated industry. The brewing team has received medals from the World Beer Cup, Australian International Beer Awards, Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the Great American Beer Festival® including national titles for GABF 2014 Mid-Sized Brewing Company and Brew Team of the Year, 2013 Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year and 2012 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year.

Devils Backbone operates two breweries in central Virginia: Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows (200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA) the original brewery, restaurant and the Meadows, the new outdoor beer and dining area, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in scenic Nelson County; and the Outpost Brewery & Tap Room, a state-of-the-art production brewery and tap room (50 North Wind Lane, Lexington, VA).

In 2008, founders Steve Crandall and his wife Heidi, inspired by a skiing trip where they had their first taste of German beer, opened the doors to Devils Backbone Brewing Company in the heartland of Virginia. Basecamp Brewpub was an instant regional success and with so many beer lovers asking where they could purchase the brews, they broke ground on the Outpost in 2011. Anticipated to produce 10,000 barrels of beer in the first ten years of operation, the Outpost reached 45,000 barrels in the first three years and recently completed an additional expansion to reach 250,000 barrels.

For more information, please visit.dbbrewingcompany.com. You can also follow along as they Craft an Adventure #CraftAnAdventure on Facebook/devilsbackbonebrewingcompany, Twitter @dbbrewingco and Instagram @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany.

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Mixed Berry Hard Apple Cider Kit – $37.99 – Save $7, Limited Availability

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:14
Mangrove Jack’s Craft Series Mixed Berry Apple Cider [Full Lineup].  5.6% ABV hard apple cider.  Kit makes 6 gallons. Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount. Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section – Here – to […]
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Patent No. 3693828A: Seamless Steel Containers

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:00
Today in 1972, US Patent 3693828 A was issued, an invention of Raymond H. P. Kneusel and Vinson S. Potts, assigned to Crown Cork & Seal Co., for their “Seamless Steel Containers.” Here’s the Abstract: A steel beverage or beer can of the seamless type having a unitary body including...

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Beer Institute and Brewers Association announce majority of U.S. senators support beer tax reform

BeerPulse - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:59

[Press Release:]

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Reaches 51 Senate Co-Sponsors

(Boulder, CO and Washington, DC) – United States Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) became the 50th and 51st Senators to officially endorse the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 1562). This comprehensive and bipartisan bill enjoys wide support from the brewing industry and seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and beer importers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.

“It’s been 40 years since excise tax has been reformed for American brewers. Now is the time for change,” said Bob Pease, President and CEO of the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. “As we reach 51 co-sponsors in the Senate, the majority of both chambers of Congress have demonstrated their commitment to recalibrating the federal excise tax. Thanks to the Congressional champions who have worked across the aisle to support the brewers who are significantly contributing to culture and economy. When passed, this legislation would enable thousands of small businesses in every state and congressional district to continue to reinvest in their businesses and create jobs.”

The American beer industry supports 1.75 million jobs, contributes nearly $79 billion in wages and benefits each year to American families, and generates $253 billion for the U.S. economy.

“Beer lifts us up beyond partisanship, and I want to thank the broad coalition of members of Congress from across the country and from both sides of the aisle for supporting this commonsense legislation that will provide much-needed relief to America’s brewers and beer importers,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute, which represents brewers, beer importers and supply industries. “Now that a majority of both the House and the Senate support the legislation, we look forward to Congress taking up the bill and moving it to President Obama’s desk to become law.”

The Beer Institute and the Brewers Association are collaborating closely to pass the bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The House companion bill (H.R. 2903), introduced by Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI), has received official support from 283 members of the House of Representatives. A complete list of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act co-sponsors in the Senate can be found here and the House here.

Specific provisions of the bill include:
· Reducing the federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually.
· Reducing the federal excise tax to $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers.
· Keeping the excise tax at the current $18 per barrel rate for over 6 million barrels.
· Reducing bonding and filing requirements for the 90% of American breweries that pay less than $50,000 per year in federal excise taxes.
· Expanding the list of ingredients that could be automatically included in beer without federal government approval.
· Allowing small, unaffiliated brewers the ability to collaborate on new beers, and giving them the flexibility to transfer beer between breweries without tax liability

The Hop Growers of America, the Can Manufacturers Institute, Glass Packaging Institute, the National Barley Growers Association, and the National Corn Growers Association have also endorsed the legislation.

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility: www.BeerInstitute.org. Connect with us @BeerInstitute and on Facebook.

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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Beer Institute and Brewers Association announce majority of U.S. senators support beer tax reform

BeerNews.org - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:59

[Press Release:]

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Reaches 51 Senate Co-Sponsors

(Boulder, CO and Washington, DC) – United States Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) became the 50th and 51st Senators to officially endorse the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 1562). This comprehensive and bipartisan bill enjoys wide support from the brewing industry and seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and beer importers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.

“It’s been 40 years since excise tax has been reformed for American brewers. Now is the time for change,” said Bob Pease, President and CEO of the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. “As we reach 51 co-sponsors in the Senate, the majority of both chambers of Congress have demonstrated their commitment to recalibrating the federal excise tax. Thanks to the Congressional champions who have worked across the aisle to support the brewers who are significantly contributing to culture and economy. When passed, this legislation would enable thousands of small businesses in every state and congressional district to continue to reinvest in their businesses and create jobs.”

The American beer industry supports 1.75 million jobs, contributes nearly $79 billion in wages and benefits each year to American families, and generates $253 billion for the U.S. economy.

“Beer lifts us up beyond partisanship, and I want to thank the broad coalition of members of Congress from across the country and from both sides of the aisle for supporting this commonsense legislation that will provide much-needed relief to America’s brewers and beer importers,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute, which represents brewers, beer importers and supply industries. “Now that a majority of both the House and the Senate support the legislation, we look forward to Congress taking up the bill and moving it to President Obama’s desk to become law.”

The Beer Institute and the Brewers Association are collaborating closely to pass the bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The House companion bill (H.R. 2903), introduced by Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI), has received official support from 283 members of the House of Representatives. A complete list of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act co-sponsors in the Senate can be found here and the House here.

Specific provisions of the bill include:
· Reducing the federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually.
· Reducing the federal excise tax to $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers.
· Keeping the excise tax at the current $18 per barrel rate for over 6 million barrels.
· Reducing bonding and filing requirements for the 90% of American breweries that pay less than $50,000 per year in federal excise taxes.
· Expanding the list of ingredients that could be automatically included in beer without federal government approval.
· Allowing small, unaffiliated brewers the ability to collaborate on new beers, and giving them the flexibility to transfer beer between breweries without tax liability

The Hop Growers of America, the Can Manufacturers Institute, Glass Packaging Institute, the National Barley Growers Association, and the National Corn Growers Association have also endorsed the legislation.

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility: www.BeerInstitute.org. Connect with us @BeerInstitute and on Facebook.

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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Inkbird WiFi Temp Controller Has Been Released!

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:07
Inkbird Wifi Enabled Temp Controller! This controller has been talked about for quite a while.  It’s finally been released! Monitor and schedule temperature control using your smart phone.  Task scheduler allows you to program 6 schedules.  Can be controlled manually without wifi. At this point, this controller only works with iOS via an app.  Compatible […]
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1/4″ Stainless Tee Fitting… $1.70 + Spunding Valve Build

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 07:30
1/4″ Stainless Steel Tee Fitting by Merit Brass This fitting is featured in our Spunding Valve Build.   A Spunding Valve allows you to ferment under pressure, naturally and precisely carbonate in the keg, fix over-carbonated beers and more. See: [Build a Spunding Valve]. 9/26/16 9:30 AM Central: This highly rated fitting has dropped from $7.33 to $1.70. […]
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