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Bonkers Pale Ale

4 Nov

Bonkers Pale Ale

Brewed for an indian summer’s afternoon, Bonkers is an easy drinking pale ale with a handful of Northwest hops added late in the boil that gives plenty of hop character without the bitterness.  Smooth and drinkable, it’s a pale ale that can be enjoyed by everyone.  The label features our 3 month old kitten Bonkers who joined our family while the beer was fermenting and is thusly immortalized as a homebrew mascot.

The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.

6 Jan

The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance written by Stone founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner with Randy Clemens offers the beer lover an in depth, behind the scenes, look at how Stone Brewing got their start and the attitude it takes to become a powerhouse in the craft beer world.  This image heavy tome is beautifully laid out and includes the history of the brewery, the beers, Stone’s famous World Bistro and Gardens, and the craft beer scene in America and Europe. Recipes from the bistro and scaled homebrew recipes of some of Stone’s most famous beers make this book more than a one time read.

Learn more about Stone and their book here: http://www.stonebrew.com/book/

Pick up the book at your favorite online bookstore or click here.

Great Deal on Bock Fest VIP Tickets

3 Jan

bockfest 2012

Google Offers is providing VIP tickets to Bock Fest in LA at a hugely discounted $32.50 per ticket (normally $65).  Special VIP guests receive 30 minutes of early access to the drinking event, giving you a head start on unlimited drinking. VIP’s also receive a complimentary pint glass, but they engrave your name on it, so you will remember who you are even after you forget how to stand.  The event takes place January 14 in sunny Los Angeles and is probably the warmest winter beer festival in the country.  They will not be selling tickets at the door so be sure to pick one up early.

CSU study says beer brewers adding jobs faster than other industries in Colorado

3 Jan

new belgium brewery

Though it may seem obvious, it’s nice to see some credible proof that the craft beer industry is alive and growing.  Colorado State University released a report detailing the impact of breweries on their local economies.  Needless to say, the results are favorable, and may be the reason Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper calls North Colorado “The Napa Valley of Beer”.  Follow the link below to the original article by the Reporter Herald.

Read the full article here

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Upcoming Beer Festivals

2 Jan

SF Beer week

Oktoberfest isn’t the only time for masses of beer drinkers to gather and play ridiculous games while downing liter after liter of delicious brew.  In fact, beer festivals happen year round all over the world and thanks to certain cities that recognize the importance of their local breweries as well as the significance of beer culture in general, there are entire weeks dedicated to beer.  Check below for an upcoming celebration near you in January and February.  If you don’t see anything nearby, have a look at beerfestivals.org for some smaller but still great festivals around the world.

Bay Area Events

Seattle Events

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Sam Adams Brewer’s Choice Variety Pack

1 Jan

Brewers-Choice-12-pack

Samuel Adams is starting off the new year with one of the best 12 bottle variety packs available.  The Brewer’s Choice Variety Pack will be hitting shelves this month featuring 6 different Sam Adams brews.  Included are Boston Lager, Alpine Spring, Irish Red, Black Lager, Mighty Oak Ale and Whitewater IPA.  Three of the beers are new:  Alpine Spring, an unfiltered Helles lager; Mighty Oak Ale, an amber ale aged on oak chips; and Whitewater IPA, a Belgian-style Wit brewed with five hop varieties from Australia & the U.S. along with apricots, orange peel and coriander.  Mighty Oak is the winner of the 2011 Beer Lovers Choice Contest and is exclusive to this 12-pack.

Beer Cocktails You Can Make at Home

31 Dec

beer cocktail

It’s pretty hard to justify taking a craft beer and using it for something other than pouring it into a pint glass and enjoying it how it was meant to be enjoyed, though there are some exceptions.  One such example is turning your brew into an even more alcoholic beverage.  So just in time for New Year’s Eve, here are a few cocktail recipes that feature craft beer as a major ingredient, allowing you to enjoy your beer with a bit of an extra kick.  Have a very Happy New Year from Brewing and Beer!

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Infographic: Health Benefits of Beer

30 Dec

health benefits of beer infographic

Like you needed another reason to crack open a brew, Belancio has created a fantastic infographic outlining the health benefits and common myths surrounding the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage.

Coors Attempts to Make Real Beer

30 Dec

batch 19 coors

With the craft beer industry steadily making a name for itself in the US, it’s clear that the days of light, flavorless American Lagers are being replaced by an era that provides an array of options that might complement a meal or provide a topic of olfactory conversation.  The execs at the big 3 (Bud, Miller, Coors) aren’t ignorant of this fact however and are scrambling to find ways to stay viable in a world where Bud Light is no longer the go-to beer for the latest generation of beer drinkers.  Batch 19 is Coors’ attempt to provide a “craft” beer to compete with the likes of Stone or Dogfish Head.  Received with mediocre reviews, the new lager does boast a malty presence with a slightly hoppy finish but it seems to fall short in terms of the overall experience.  Available in select cities, though we recommend sticking with a true craft brew.

Bridgeport IPA

30 Dec

Bridgeport IPA

Weighing in at a relatively low 5.5% ABV and 50 IBUs, Bridgeport India Pale Ale ($8) is a beer that defines what a balanced IPA should be.  Brewed with 5 hop varieties, this beer has a citrusy floral overtone with just the right amount of malt back to provide a very full flavor that doesn’t leave your tongue dry with bitterness.  One taste proves it’s obvious the brewers at Bridgeport set out to create a delicious beer with balance being the number one priority.  Winner of 9 awards in beer competitions across the globe (the most recent being a silver medal at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2011), Bridgeport IPA will most likely make its way to the top-10 of any hop head who appreciates a beer that isn’t simply bitter for bitterness’ sake.