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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.

Beer Lover’s New England by Norman Miller

5 Aug

beer lovers new england book

There are few places in the United States that offer a concentration of as many quality craft beer choices as New England.  So if you’re planning a beer vacation or live in the area and want to explore your corner of the craft beer revolution, pick up Beer Lover’s New England, a guide to every brewery, brewpub, and craft beer bar in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.  Written by “The Beer Nut”, a Daily News columnist who has been writing about craft beer for 6 years, the book profiles every location in detail including his top picks at each place as well as food pairings, homebrew recipes, and more.  Beer Lover’s New England is the complete guide to everything craft beer in the upper Northeast.

IPA Day 2012

1 Aug

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Unite craft beer drinkers! For Thursday August 2 is the second annual IPA Day.  Not that any of us need an excuse to drink an India Pale Ale, but this young national holiday is gaining popularity and is a great time to look for special events at your local brewery or bottle shop.  To see what’s going on near you, head over to the Craft Beer Calendar.  You can also add an event that you’re hosting to their site for extra exposure.  Here’s the official word from the IPADay website:

IPA Day is not the brainchild of a corporate marketing machine, nor is it meant to serve any particular beer brand. IPA Day is [an] opportunity for all breweries, bloggers, businesses and consumers to connect and share their love of craft beer. It is an opportunity for the entire craft beer culture to combine forces and advocate craft beer through increased education and global awareness.

Getting involved is easy; the only requirements are an appreciation for great beer and the will to spread the word. Anyone can participate by enjoying IPA with friends, making some noise online with the #IPADay hashtag, and showing the world that craft beer is more than a trend.

Prost!

BrewDog ‘Never Mind The Anabolics’ IPA

29 Jul

never mind the anabolics ipa brewdog

With the Olympic games grabbing attention around the world, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of our shared interest in sports by marketing products related to the iconic event.  Craft beer would be no exception, but the Olympic committee has recently cracked down against the use of its logo by non-approved companies leaving all Olympic beer advertising to the mega-breweries.  Fortunately, several companies are opposing the sanction with a sort of anti-Olympic marketing campaign.  A perfect example is expressed by Scotland-based brewery BrewDog, which has created a craft brew that Olympic athletes are not allowed to drink.  Never Mind the Anabolics IPA is a craft brew that is full of supplements that would disqualify someone from participating in the Olympics: creatine, guarana, lycii berries, kola nut, Gingko, matcha tea and maca powder can be found in the ale and supposedly the first batch was even brewed with steroids but is not available for sale.  The off the wall brew fits with the unusual nature of the company which is self-described as “a post-Punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery”.  For more information, follow the link to their website.

http://www.brewdog.com/

The Beer Growler

24 Jul

the beer growler store

There’s a new type of craft beer retailer popping up on the heels of the craft beer industry’s rapid growth: the growler store.  And some early adopters are seeing promising success.  The Beer Growler, based in Atlanta, offers 32 and 64 ounce growlers for sale at $4.99 which can be filled, and refilled, with any of the 40 craft beers, ciders, and root beers on tap.  Prices for a 64-oz fill up range from about $10 – $17+.  Also, if you happen to already own a growler, say from your local brewery, they’ll fill that too.   The Beer Growler currently has one store in operation and there are five more opening soon throughout the Atlanta, GA area.  If you’re interested in buying a franchise, the company is looking to expand to the south and west of Atlanta.

The Brewshed

21 Jul

jr brewing brewshed

Homebrewers all share a common DIY attitude when it comes to their hobby, whether it’s converting an old turkey fryer to a boiler or rigging a jockey box out of a cooler.  But there are some who take it all to another level.  The Brewshed is a home project by J.R. Brewing (2 friends who homebrew together) that is ambitious as it is awesome.  The friends constructed a brewing shed from the ground up in their backyard complete with a 4-tap kegerator, brewing counter and sink, and a dart board.  Follow the link to see the impressive build step-by-step.

http://www.jrbrewing.com/brewshed/

App – Local Suds

15 Jul

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In an attempt to unite the nation under one all encompassing beer app, Local Suds seeks to connect beer drinkers with local breweries by alerting you to news and events from your favorited breweries, directing you to stores that sell your favorite beer, and showing all nearby breweries wherever you are in the country.  The app is still in development but seems to have potential to be the first craft brewery database of its kind and with new breweries opening every day, Local Suds is becoming very relevant.  Are you a brewer? Check out their brewery map and claim your brewery.

Italian Craft Beer Comes to Philadelphia

5 Apr

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The craft beer movement is mostly an American phenomenon, though it’s only a matter of time before craft breweries start popping up overseas.  One country that has caught on to the emerging market of quality brew is Italy, and now you can have a taste of what they have to offer if you find yourself in Philadelphia.  Alla Spina, which means “from the tap” in Italian, is a craft beer bar and restaurant that opened in March and offers 20 beers on tap and 50 by the bottle.  While most of their selection is from the bigger Italian breweries, a good portion (6 of the draft beers) are from Italian microbreweries that are striving to create complex and delicious craft beer.

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Sierra Nevada iPhone Bottle Opener Case

6 Mar

sierra nevada iphone case bottle opener

You know you’ve thought about it.  That moment when desperation begins to set in due to your lack of a bottle opener and a 6-pack of craft beer begging to be drunk.  But for most of us, the idea of using our iPhone to crack open a beer is only a fleeting thought as we’re left to settle for a curb or table edge to break into the sweet hoppy nectar within.  If you happen to find yourself in this situation more often than you’d admit, or the edge of your iPhone looks like it was attacked by a mouse with metal teeth, then fret no more!  The iPhone Bottle Opener Case ($19.95) is here to save you and your phone from taking any more damage, physically or emotionally.  Plus it’s emblazoned with the logo of one of the best craft breweries in the United States, Sierra Nevada.

Dogfish Head Positive Contact

5 Mar

dogfish head positive contact deltron

The collaboration brew is nothing new to the craft beer industry.  Brewers will often share ideas and ingredients with one another to create something new and typically experimental, but Dogfish Head is trying a new type of collaboration beer by teaming up with none other than hip-hop artist Dan the Automator from Deltron 3030.  Positive Contact is the new creation that will be a beer/cider mix, featuring some of Dan’s favorite ingredients: Fuji Apples, Cayenne Peppers, roasted Farro, and Cilantro.

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