Tag Archives: craft beer

SF Beer Week 2013

11 Feb

sf beer week 2013

We’re in the heart of SF Beer Week 2013 which runs from February 8 – 17, so if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the bay area and thirsty for a beer, head to one (or two) of the plethora of outstanding craft beer events dotting Northern California from Monterrey to Santa Rosa including, of course, San Francisco and the East Bay.  Head over to the official website to check out their super easy-to-use Google Maps overlay with info about every event and links to buying admission online.  We’re especially excited to see Hangar 24 hosting two events in honor of their recent expansion into Northern California.  With everything from 4-course fine dining with beer pairing to live music and food trucks, SF Beer Week is the best way to experience the craft beer revolution of today.

Beer Lover’s New England by Norman Miller

5 Aug

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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

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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

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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.

Beer Here

25 May

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It’s no secret that beer has played a large role in the history of the United States, from causing social unrest during prohibition to the recent boon of new craft breweries opening EVERYwhere.  Experience a piece of that history with Beer Here, a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society that showcases the history of beer in New York and how it helped shaped the state into what it is today.  And that’s not even the best part; the exhibit concludes with a beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers.  May 25 – September 2.

 

Saint Arnold Homefront IPA

23 May

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Memorial Day weekend will bring us a great opportunity to commemorate our servicemen in the best way possible, by drinking beer.  Saint Arnold Brewing Company is releasing Homefront IPA, a limited brew that will see 100% of its profits going to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.  The brewery has set a goal to raise $100,000 with the IPA.

With your help, we believe this is possible. Your support will take the form of purchasing and drinking this beer. There is only one batch, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. (Of course, feel free to enjoy one of our other beers from which we get to keep the profits after that!)  -Saint Arnold Brewing press release

Described as a drinkable West Coast IPA featuring a light body and notes of citrus, Homefront IPA is only available in 22oz bombers in select stores.

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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Craft Beer Now on Deck at Baseball Stadiums

5 Apr

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Ordering beer at a ballpark used to mean paying a huge premium for a watered down domestic that left your wallet aching and your mind wondering how you got robbed.  Fortunately concession managers around the nation are wising up to the craft beer revolution and 2012 will see more stadiums with craft beer on hand than ever before.  The high prices will certainly remain but it’s certainly much easier to justify a $12 IPA than a $10 Bud, and it certainly gives us more of a reason to get out to the ballpark and watch a game or two.  Check out the list below to see which stadiums are serving up the craftness.

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Tasmanian Beer Shampoo

20 Mar

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Let’s face it, beer smells good; and if you just can’t get enough of that great hoppy aroma, why not lather it into your hair?  Tasmanian Beer Shampoo ($11.50) allows you to do that without bringing a bottle of craft brew into the shower with you.  Brewed by the boutique Tasmanian Dark Isle Brewery. Prized Tasmanian hops straight from the oats houses of the lush Derwent River Valley are infused, then added for their conditioning and antiseptic qualities. You can  actually see the flecks of hops in the bar.  It’s also good for your hair as beer has been famed for generations for its ability to leave hair bouncy, shiny and full of body.