Tag Archives: beer

500 Beers

9 Jan

500 beers book

You know those books that list some dude’s 500 favorite beers that you should try but would never be able to track down, ultimately leaving you with a sense of failure and disappointment?  This isn’t one of those books.  500 Beers ($15) is simply a great way to keep track of the beers you’ve tried, want to try, or will never drink again.  With space to keep track of labels, locations, pictures, and notes as well as a progress tracker, this is the best way to document your journey through the wonderful world of craft beer.

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/

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Documentary: Beer People

5 Jan

Beer People from Alan Torres on Vimeo.

An interesting look at the culture of beer in Michigan, showcasing the people who created and continue to shape it.  Beer People is available in full-length from Vimeo and is definitely worth the 20 minute runtime.  The video clearly shows why the craft beer industry is growing and why that’s a good thing through interviews with brewmasters, homebrewers, hop farmers, and bar owners.  Only available for a limited time.

Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

4 Jan

stone bottleworks13th anniversary

Bottleworks, a bottle shop local to Seattle, has teamed up with Stone Brewing to create the 13th Anniversary Ale.  Brewed with 13 types of malt and 13 types of hops which ferment to a convenient 13% ABV, this is a BIG beer to say the least.  The Matts, owners of Bottleworks, are no strangers to collaborating with big breweries, having produced 12 other top-notch brews with the likes of The Bruery, Russian River, Hair of the Dog and The Lost Abbey.  As of now, the 13th Anniversary Ale will only be available at Bottleworks and Brouwers Cafe in Seattle with a date to be announced.

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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.