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The Brew Exchange

20 Feb

the brew exchange logo

Craft beer bars seem to be popping up on every corner in cities like New York, Seattle, Houston and anywhere else with a decent beer community.  Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see some bars with unique twists to draw customers (though, craft beer should be enough of a draw in itself).

One such example is The Brew Exchange in Austin, TX which opened its doors on February 16 with a pricing format that’s one of a kind.  The 72 beers on tap are all subject to The Brew Exchange’s pricing software that causes each beer to fluctuate somewhere between deeply discounted special offers and the typical six dollar pint.  The prices all move up and down throughout the day, allowing customers to get a premium pint for as little as $2 if the “market conditions” are favorable.  The dynamic prices also allow for certain brews to go on sale all day, simulating a market crash.  Each beer is dependent on the prices of the other beers though, so for example, if a Stone Pale Ale sees a 25% price drop, then the beers that are in that same category will rise by 25%.

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Video: The American Beer Revival

20 Feb

Check out this fantastic video by visual.ly about the fall and rise of American craft breweries over the last 100 years.  Enjoy!

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

16 Feb

shiner wild hare pale ale

Spoetzl Brewery, better known as Shiner to most, is breaking its 102 year-long streak of producing only lagers with the release of its very first pale ale.  Wild Hare Pale Ale is now available in select locations across the United States and will be a traditional pale ale brewed with Munich and Caramel malt and over one pound of Goldings and Bravo hops per barrel.  The result is a comparatively low 4.3% ABV with “crisp bitterness and an assertive fresh hop fruit and floral aroma.”

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Places to Taste Pliny the Younger in So Cal

14 Feb

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Head on over to Taste Terminal to check out the dates and times when the highly coveted (and highly limited) Pliny the Younger will available at bars across Southern California.  Some have presale tickets available but you’re limited to only one 8 oz. pour.  Still, most locations only received one or two 5-gallon kegs so it will go fast.  Follow the link below to find where the triple IPA will be poured.

http://www.tasteterminal.com/2012/02/14/more-places-to-get-a-taste-of-pliny-the-younger-in-southern-california/

Craft Beer at Your Doorstep

10 Feb

beerjobber craft beer

Beerjobber is the new player in the online craft beer game, set to open to the public on February 13 (previously invite only), the site picks up the beer “fresh from the brewery and deliver[s] it straight to your door.”  Having the ability to pick up and ship straight from the brewer means you’re likely to find a new or seasonal beer that isn’t distributed to your state but can be shipped through beerjobber, which allows for breweries to distribute to a wider area without having to deal with postage headaches or finding new distributors.  There are several other online beer stores across the web (links below), but beerjobber’s niche is fresh beer straight from the brewery itself, ensuring you get the best tasting, freshest craft beer from brewers all over the country.

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Duff Beer

9 Feb

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Brewed in Springfield and delivered by Duff Man himself, this beer…OK not really, but if you’ve longed to work at a nuclear power plant and live next door to Flanders you can take your fantasy one step closer with Duff Beer ($39).  This German Lager comes in at 4.7% ABV and though it does tend to be a bit flavorless and boring, the legendary brew is probably just as recognized as Budweiser across the world.  If nothing else, it’s a great addition to your Simpsons memorabilia collection.

Brewing and Beer’s Own

8 Feb

 stuck firm label

We here at Brewing and Beer just bottled up our first beer, Stuck Firm Vanilla Stout, a smooth and light bodied stout with vanilla present through and through.  The brewing team consisted of the beautiful Allison, her assistant (me), along with the film crew, Hugo and Donn.  We’ve been experiencing some delays getting our first brewing video out, but it will not be our last.  We plan on making original video content a major part of Brewing and Beer and we’d like your help in creating something that you’d like to see.

If you have any suggestions, comments, questions or anything please email us at brewingandbeer@gmail.com.  We are also looking for help with article writing and video production.

Most importantly, thank you for visiting our site. Prost!

Travis Neufeld

Whiny the Complainer Triple IPA

8 Feb

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Big Time Brewery and Alehouse has released their highly anticipated Whiny the Complainer.  This triple IPA was made in the same style as Russian River’s Pliny the Younger and was named by former head brewer Bill Jenkins in homage to “the patrons who whine because they missed out on their coveted few ounces of PtY.”  The new ale is Big Time Brewery’s 2,300th beer they’ve served since opening in 1988, making it the oldest brewpub in Washington State and showing that they know what they’re doing.

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Sixpoint Resin

7 Feb

sixpoint resin ipa can

It was about one year ago when Sixpoint Craft Ales began releasing their four year-round beers in cans, and they’ve recently announced a new addition to the core lineup, Resin.  Named after the resinous buildup in hop cones when they reach maturity, this Imperial IPA of 9.1% ABV and 103 IBU starts with a strong hop bite which then gives way to a caramel back and a finish of pine.

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Odell Footprint Region Ale

6 Feb

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Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, CO is giving us yet another great example of a collaboration brew with a unique twist.  Odell Footprint Region Ale is a specialty ale brewed with one ingredient from each of the 10 states in Odell’s “distribution footprint”:  hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Arizona prickly pear, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chilies, South Dakota honey and oak barrels from Missouri.  Each ingredient was added by a guest brewer from their respective state.  The result is a strong ale with prominent fruit and honey flavors and an ABV of 9.5%.  Footprint will be available in 750ml cork and cage finish bottles throughout the brewery’s distribution area.

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