Posts from the ‘beer news’ Category

Best Winter Brews

From CNN’s Eatocracy and Nathan Berrong, comes a list of the best winter brews.

The only one of the beers listed that I’ve had is Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, which I liked a lot. Haven’t had it in awhile but maybe I’ll have to pick some up before Christmas. And I just might have to see if I can find some of the others on the list.

2011 Best Beers in America

Zymurgy, the journal of the American Homebrewer’s Assocation, just published their 2011 list (based on a poll) of the Best Beers in America. Here’s the list, reprinted for easy reading. You’ll find in bold and italics ones I’ve tried, and links to ones I’ve reviewed.

A couple of notes: I don’t necessarily agree with the whole list (Boston Lager, really??) but it’s neat to look at. And this will probably double as my shopping list next time I’m out.

(T indicates tie)

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
T3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
T3. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
5. Bell’s Hopslam
6. Stone Arrogant Bastard
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
T8. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
T8. Stone Ruination
10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
11. Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
12. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
13. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
T14. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
T14. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
T16. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
T16. New Glarus Belgian Red
18. North Coast Old Rasputin
19. Bell’s Expedition Stout
T20. Deschutes The Abyss
T20. Left Hand Milk Stout
T20. Odell IPA
T20. Samuel Adams Noble Pils
T20. Surly Furious
T20. Troegs Nugget Nectar
T26. Rogue Dead Guy Ale
T26. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
28. Anchor Steam
T29. Bear Republic Racer 5
T29. Ommegang Three Philosophers
T29. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
T29. Three Floyds Alpha King
T29. Three Floyds Dark Lord
T34. Avery Maharaja
T34. Dogfish Head Indian Brown
T34. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
T34. Three Floyds Gumballhead
T38. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
T38. Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
T38. New Belgium La Folie
T38. New Belgium Ranger
T38. Oskar Blues Old Chub
T43. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
T43. Great Divide Yeti
T43. New Belgium 1554
T43. Russian River Blind Pig
T43. Ska Modus Hoperandi
T48. Alesmith Speedway Stout
T48. Dark Horse Crooked Tree
T48. Green Flash West Coast IPA
T48. Summit EPA
T48. Victory Prima Pils

Well, I’ve only had 11 of the 52…but hey, that’s more than 25%! And honestly…I may have had some of these before I started paying attention to what I was drinking…but maybe not. Anyway, let me know what your thoughts on the list are!

Eau Claire Bar Says “Screw You” to MillerCoors

The Fire House in Eau Claire, WI is about to become the fourth bar in Wisconsin to eliminate MillerCoors products from their tap lineup, in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to not veto Motion 414.

The best part about this whole thing? Tomorrow you can mosey on over to the Fire House, buy a MillerCoors beer, proceed to dump it in the street, and get a select microbrew in exchange. That’s right: you get a delicious craft beer for the price of a crappy Miller or Coors “beer.”

If I still lived in Wisconsin you can bet I’d be there! So if you can, go support your local craft brewery and make Eau Claire’s streets run pale yellow with shitty beer.


Wisconsin Legislature Goes After Craft Breweries

As a Wisconsin native who loves craft beer, legislation recently passed by the Joint Finance Committee in Wisconsin angers me. You can read about the legislation here.

The main goal is to keep Anheuser-Busch from owning wholesale distributors in Wisconsin. But there are a number of provisions, highlighted in this article, that would be devastating to the many, many craft breweries in Wisconsin.

First, while microbreweries would still be allowed to sell their beer to retailers, they would not be able to obtain wholesale licenses. This prevents microbreweries from being able to sell their own beer themselves, as well as from banding together to run a wholesale retailer.

The second (and in my opinion, far worse consequence) is that microbreweries would no longer be able to operate brew pubs and restaurants. Those of you reading closely might say “well, they can technically own no more than two.” True–good reading. However, the restaurants that brewers own are NOT allowed to distribute that brewer’s beer. Kinda defeats the purpose, wouldn’t you say?

On July 15th this will go to the full Legislature for a vote. I urge my fellow Wisconsinites to contact your representatives and senators and tell them how this legislation will hurt craft breweries!

Pour Decisions Brewery

Isn’t that a great name for a brewery? And it’s a brand-new one too. Pour Decisions in Minneapolis, MN was started as a reverse April Fool’s joke by two active members of the local homebrewing community, B.J. Haun and Kristen England. Check out the link, it’s to a great article on the brewery and an interview with the founders.

I can’t wait to get back to Minneapolis to try some beer from this brewery. Perhaps we’ll get a guest review after my boyfriend gets back from his visit in three weeks.

Dogfish Head Pulling out of Wisconsin

Bad news for Dogfish Head lovers (well, the ones in Wisconsin, Indiana, Rhode Island, and Tennessee): they’re breaking up with you.

The company claims it is due to ever-increasing demand and an inability to keep up with production. Which could very easily be right–but why these four states? Seems odd.

Without getting too political, I have heard whisperings that part of the reason may be the union vs government battles going on…but without any proof I won’t say any more. This is a beer blog, not a political rant blog.

Thankfully, I’m moving to Illinois and will still be able to get it!

Bell’s In Cans?!

Bell’s Brewery announced it is going to start selling its beer in cans in 2012. Bell’s stated that this move will open up new opportunities in the boating, golf, and other sporting industries that just aren’t there with bottles. And as a friend of mine stated, now you can go out in your canoe with a Bell’s!

So, is this a good thing or a bad thing? I suppose “only time will tell.” But hey, now you can tailgate with your Two-Hearted and not feel like you’re being too fancy for football!

Bad News for Goose Island Lovers?

Quick post while I’m at work. I mean….

Evidently Anheuser-Busch has bought out Goose Island. They’ve had a minority stake in the company since 2006, and have been helping to distribute it to more people, so this isn’t entirely unexpected.

Hopefully this doesn’t affect the craft quality of Goose Island’s beer. They are one of my favorite breweries and they make some damn good stuff.

Then again, being owned by Miller hasn’t really affected Leinie’s in any terrible ways, so maybe everything will be alright.