21st Amendment Brew Free or Die (Brews City–Memphis TN)

31 March 2012

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I’m still following up on this one, but it looks like 21st Amendment will be brewing some of their new 12oz (like Brew Free or Die) at Brews City brewery in Memphis, TN….stay tuned for more details.

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Widmer Alchemy Project - Old Embalmer ‘12 Barleywine (Featuring Bravo Hops)

imageCombine inspiration & experience & repeat often…and you’ll get Widmer Brothers Alchemy Project Old Embalmer ‘12 Barleywine Ale featuring bravo Hops.  This was originally release in 1999 and the 2012 release will be 10.2% ABV and package din 22oz bottles.

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Evil Twin - Freudian Slip Barleywine

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Here’s another new brew from Evil Twin called Freudian Slip American-style Barleywine.  It’s packaged in 22oz bottles and it’s 10.3% ABV

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Boaks Beer Wins Atlantic City Brewfest “Peoples Choice Award”

Congratulations to our friend Brian Boak for winning the Atlantic City brewfest “Peoples Choice” 2012 award!

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Lakefront – Wisconsonite Summer Weiss beer

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Here’s a new 12oz bottle from Lakefront called Wisconsonite Summer Weiss Beer….look for this to be an easy drinking 4.22% ABV too!

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Warsteiner - Oktoberfest

imageLooks like Warsteiner is planning ahead…..here’s their new Oktoberfest 11.2oz bottles (5.9% ABV too).

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The Bruery - Sour in the Rye

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Here’s another new bottle-conditioned 750ml brew from The Bruery…this one will be called Sour in the Rye--sour rye ale aged in oak barrels.  It carries all the traditional Bruery labeling (yes it is suitable for aging)…so it should be interesting to try.

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Weyerbacher - Merry Monks NEW Label

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Here’s your first peek at the NEW Label Design for Weyerbacher Merry Monks using the new logo.  We brought you the first peek at Imperial Pumpkin Ale and I suspect we’ll see more new labels from Chris Wilson & everyone @ Weyerbacher.

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Russian River – Row 2 Hill 56

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Here’s your first look at the latest new beer to be bottled by Russian River.  I brought you the keg version of this beer back in early March, and I’m really excited to see it hitting bottles.  This is part of the Hop Growers Series (a sort of single-hop series of beers) and this one is “The Story of Simcoe.”  The beer is named for the location where this hops is grown  in the Yakima Valley.  Simcoe is grown by three family-farms in the valley, the Carpenters, the Perraults & the Smiths (Loftus Ranches) and this beer uses 100% Simcoe.  Row 2 Hill 56 is a Pale Ale, it come sin at 5.8% ABV and it will be packaged in the traditional Russian River 510ml bottles….and of course it carries the RR “Drink NOW Do Not Save For A Rainy Day banners”


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Stoudt’s – 50 25 Sour Belgian-Style Quad & Double IPA

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Here’s a surprising new brew from Stoudts Brewing called 50 25 Sour Belgian-Style Quad Ale.  50 25 is aged in wine barrels and it will be packaged in 35.87oz bottles.  I believe this label commemorates the 25 years of Stoudts Brewery & the 50 years of the Black Angus Restaurant.  In any case the label appears to commemorate the many beers from Ed & Carol’s history of brewing and it looks like a great one.
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Update:  On May 12th Stoudt’s will celebrate the 50 25 anniversaries…this from Stoudts:

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As a bonus, here’s the Stoudt’s Double IPA keg Label.  It’s 9.5% ABV and boy would I like to see this on bottles.
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WILK Friday BeerBuzz 30 Mar 2012 - The Bruery Orchard White w/Mrs. BeerBuzz The Video

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Care for some Ice-head on your Kirin Beer?


Kirin has created a machine to make Ichiban Shibori Frozen Nama…aka frozen beer-head.  It loos a little like soft-serve ice-cream (on top of beer) and I suspect it may actually catch on.

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Mikkeller - Monks Brew Belgian Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels

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Here’s a new label from Mikkeller and before you ask, yes it appears to be intentionally faint.  This new brew is called Monk’s Brew (Belgian ale aged in bourbon barrels) it will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles and come in at 10%ABV.

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Long Trail Ale Now in Cans

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I knew it was only a matter of time before Long Trail put their famous Long Trail Amber Ale in cans, and here they are.  These will be 12oz cans and I suspect we’ll see several more of their beers coming in cans soon

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Brewery Van Steenberge Gulden Draak 9000 Quad

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Here’s a new one from Brewery Van Steenberge…Gulden Drak 9000 Quadruple.  It’s distributed by Global Beer Network, it’s packaged in 11.2oz & 750ml bottles and it’s a BIG 10.7% ABV.  The name of this beer is “an ode to the city of Ghent with the golden dragon on top of the belfry.”

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Drake’s Brewing - Alpha Session Nor Cal Bitter Ale

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Here’s a new one from Drake’s Brewing called Alpha Session Nor Cal Bitter Ale.  This new 3.8% ABV session ale will be packaged in 22oz bottles and use “classic West Coast hops with an ample dry-hop of Simcoe, Citra &CTZ.”

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3 Floyds - Rye’d Da Lightning

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Reckless Records & 3 Floyds are joining together for a new Co-brew to be called Rye’d Da Lightning Rye Pale Ale.  This from Reckless Records:

We are beyond excited to announce that Reckless Records has teamed up with Three Floyds Brewing for an exclusive rye beer for Record Store Day 2012!! It’s a rye pale ale called “Rye’d Da Lightning” featuring label artwork by the talented horror/gore artist Putrid. The beer will be available exclusively at the Bottom Lounge on the night of Record Store Day. SWEET COBRA, CHICAGO THRASH ENSEMBLE, PARTY DOWNERS & more TBA will be performing. We’ll be announcing more details shortly.

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Blank Slate Brewing – Pour…Wait…Repeat

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Sometimes the name of a beer makes it so interesting that I can’t resist posting it…especially on the weekend.  Today is no exception with Blank Slate Brewing Co and the beer name “Pour…Wait…Repeat” spring wheat ale.  It’s keg-only and yes it sounds more like instructions than a beer name but that’s why I like it.

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Wynkoop Brewes Beer w/Rocky Mtn Oysters (aka Bull Testicles) on April 1st (hint hint)

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Damn!@ Beer Causes Malaria !

imageBefore you run out to dump your beer or get your Malaria vaccinations…let me elaborate by quoting the peer-reviewed science article, “Beer Consumption Increases Human Attractiveness to Malaria Mosquitoes

Seems like the little Malaria-carrying buggers LIKE BEER!   To further quote…

Body odours of volunteers who consumed beer increased mosquito activation (proportion of mosquitoes engaging in take-off and up-wind flight) and orientation (proportion of mosquitoes flying towards volunteers' odours). The level of exhaled carbon dioxide and body temperature had no effect on human attractiveness to mosquitoes. Despite individual volunteer variation, beer consumption consistently increased attractiveness to mosquitoes.

Conclusions/Significance

These results suggest that beer consumption is a risk factor for malaria and needs to be integrated into public health policies for the design of control measures.

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Yuengling Shows Us How To Pour The Perfect Beer

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White Birch - Hop To Wit Belgian Style Wheat Ale

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Here’s a new brew from White Birch Brewing called Hop to Wit Belgian-Style Wheat Ale.  This new 5.2% ABV wheat ale will be packaged in 22oz bottles (limited 1200 bottle run), it will be unfiltered & bottle conditioned too.

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Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet 2012 Letter of Marque Trippel Wit

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Here’s the latest Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet beer, Letter of Marque Trippel Wit Style malt beverage brewed with spices.  This latest small-batch brew is 8% ABV and will come in 22oz bottles.  Letter of Marque is an annual homebrew competition, and each year the winner will co-brew this yearly special release…and their “Letter of Marque” then makes them a legitimate brewer.

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Lagunitas Replacement Lauter Tun Passes Under Golden Gate Bridge

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It’s hard to see in the photo, but after another delay in Mexico, the Lagunitas replacement lauter tun has crossed under the golden gate bridge.   If you recall their previous lauter tun was destroyed onboard a ship so hopefully this is the last snag.

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Weyerbacher Drops in their 1st New 80bbl Fermentation Tank

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Surly SYX American Strong Ale

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Get Ready For SYX

It's that time of year when our head brewer Todd Haug concocts another monumental annual brew. Last year we gave you FIVE, a sour Brett beer aged in red wine barrels. This year we're making the strongest brew we've ever made. SYX is an American Strong Ale aged on six different types of wood species with an ABV between 14 and 15 percent. Right now SYX is quietly growling in the fermenters, but watch for updates on artwork, bottling and the launch of our most wicked anniversary beer yet.

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Flying Dog Disoberdience Abbey Dubbel Being Bottled

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Anheuser-Busch Branding Excitement & 19 New Products in 2012

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Odell / Thornbridge Pond Hopper & 9 Fort Collins Brewers Collaborate on ACBW Brew


Check out this video (courtesy of the Coloradoan)…Odell & Thornbridge will be collaborating on Pond Hopper.

Also from the Coloradoan comes a great story on Nine Fort Collins CO brewers from C.B. & Potts, CooperSmith's, Crooked Stave, Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery, Funkwerks, New Belgium Brewing Co., Odell Brewing Co. and Pateros Creek brewing a co-brew for American Craft beer Week.

This year the aim is to keep the beer as local as possible by only using Colorado ingredients, said Colin Westcott, owner of Equinox Brewing. The rough sketch of the recipe thus far includes honey from Wellington, Colorado grown hops, locally grown unmalted spelt and some snow from the high country.

Thee beer will again be released in each respective brewery on May 14 to coincide with American Craft Beer Week. Westcott said they also plan to have a toast at C.B. & Potts

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Miller 64 New Advertising Campaign - A Little Extra

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AC Golden Hidden Barrel Collection Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout & Helles

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Here are two more new AC Golden Hidden Barrel Series beers….Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout & Helles.

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Lancaster Brewing - Black Board Black IPA

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Another PA brewery and another new keg label.  Lancaster Brewing Black Board Black IPA….kegs only for now but stay tuned for more.

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Prism Brewing - White Lightning Ale

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Here’s a new keg label from Prism Brewing (North Wales, PA) called White Lightning Ale…stay tuned for details.

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Samuel Adams Summer Styles Variety Pack

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Good news from Samuel Adams:

The great, and rather unusual, weather we've been experiencing here in the Northeast has us thinking summer in March. We've decided to roll out Summer Ale to help get you thinking about flip-flops, beach days, barbecues and everything else we love about the summer months. In addition to, we're also excited for the release of the Summer Styles variety 12-pack. This year's pack will include:

Samuel Adams Boston Lager® - The backbone of the Samuel Adams family of brews, this complex and balanced lager pairs perfectly with a wide variety of grilled entrees. Read more.

Samuel Adams® Summer Ale - A summer staple, this bright and citrusy brew's crisp wheat character is combined with lemon zest, and the peppery spice of Grains of Paradise.

Samuel Adams® Belgian Session - A brand new brew for this pack, this beer is a crisp, refreshing version of a traditional Belgian ale. Fruity, slightly spicy flavors from the Belgian yeast are balanced by light toffee and caramel notes from our select blend of malts.

Samuel Adams® Noble Pils - Brewed with all five Noble hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste, this brew couples nicely with a spicier summer dish.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat® - This brew provides a nice balance of tart sweetness from the cherries, cereal notes from the malted wheat, and the subtle citrus character of Noble hops.

Samuel Adams® East West Kölsch - Light and fragrant, this perfect summer brew has an added floral and herbal character that brings to life the refreshing German Kölsch brew style.

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Will Craft Brewers Sell Out–Steve Hindy

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SND: What are the biggest challenges facing craft brewers today?

Hindy: The issue of succession is a big concern for my  generation of craft brewers. Some have answers to it, but I think others  will sell out to bigger brewers. All of the big brewers who aren’t in  this category are interested in entering it, and those that are already  in it are aiming to expand their craft presence.

SND: How will further involvement by major breweries change the craft beer business?

Hindy: There will be a distinction between those breweries  that are owned by the big guys and independent craft brewers. But the  more that craft brewers sell out to the big brewers, the more the lines  get blurred. Part of the attraction of craft beer is that it’s  independently and locally owned. Craft brewers across the country are  very involved with their communities in a way that the big brewers just  can’t duplicate.

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Heineken Teaming up with James Bond

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Heineken USA will rely on James Bond to help push its flagship brand this year, while launching campaigns for Newcastle Brown Ale and Amstel Light, and introducing a Mexican brand, Indio, in the states. And in an unusual move, the importer will run subtitled Spanish-language TV ads for Tecate on English-language channels.

The Bond campaign will coincide with the fall release of "Skyfall," the latest installment in the long-running movie franchise. Bond, played by Daniel Craig, will star in a Heineken ad. The spot, which will run globally, is by brand agency-of-record Wieden & Kennedy, Amsterdam, and directed by Sam Mendes, the film's director. In the movie, Bond will swap his trademark martini for a sip of the brew -- at least in one scene. The integration, which will include Bond images on packaging, marks the largest activation in the brand's 15-year partnership with the 007 franchise, according to the brewer.

Bond "is a perfect fit for us," said Lesya Lysyj, chief marketing officer of U.S. importer Heineken USA, who outlined the 2012 advertising plans in an interview. He is the "epitome of the man of the world," referring to the name of the brand's global campaign.

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Australian Lion Brewery Leases XXXX Island for “Man-Cations”

imageBefore you jump to any conclusions, it’s NOT our Lion Brewery….this “Lion” is in Australia and they’re doing something most guys would consider the “coolest thing in the world.”  Lion has leased a small island off the coast of Queensland named Pumpkin Island, and renamed is XXXX-Island.  The lease will last three years and they intend to use the island for male contest winners to take a “man-cation” on and invite their “mates”…and that’s male-friends not wives.  More details here from totaltravel.

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WILK Friday BeerBuzz–30 Mar 2012 (The Bruery Orchard White & Black Orchard)

30 March 2012

WILKFridayBerbuzz11I’ve been asked more than once by friends and family, “what beer should I take to a party as a gift for the hosts?”  Many times the question seems simple enough, but what most people really want to know is more along the lines of, “what beer can I take to a party that won’t offend anyone, but will impress everyone?”  Well today we have that beer.

I chose The Bruery Orchard White because it is a style that most people won’t be offended by, but still a 1st class beer that even a hardened beer lover will appreciate.  Orchard White is a Belgian-style witbier, and while the wheat-based flavor can be mild, the added coriander, orange peel & lavender makewilk it complex enough that both new and experienced beer lovers will appreciate the taste.  The nose has plenty of interesting flavors like gingerbread and cinnamon and the bottle-conditioned higher carbonation brings an almost champagne-like mouthfeel.  All in all a very interesting, but simple brew.

As a bonus, I also brought in a bottle of The Bruery Black Orchard.  This beer is the darker sibling of Orchard White, using dark wheat malts and substituting chamomile for lavender.  You’d be amazed at how many more similarities there are with these beers, especially when you see how different they look side by side.

Check out The Bruery Orchard White (and Black Orchard) and see for yourself.

Thanks

to Mrs. BeerBuzz, Nancy, John, & Joe for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE.

** Mrs. BeerBuzz & I will be flying westward right after today’s show so I will thank you in advance for your comments but it may take me until tomorrow to moderate them.

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Bell’s Brewery–Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout

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We brought you the keg label, and now today our pal Larry Bell from Bell’s Brewery Inc. brings us the 750ml bottle label for Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout (malt beverage brewed with cherry juice & aged in oak bourbon barrels.)  This one just looks and sounds good!

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Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale NEW Label

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Here’s your VERY first peek at the NEW Label from Chris Wilson  @ Weyerbacher for Imperial Pumpkin Ale (ale brewed with Pumpkin & spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon & cloves).  This is the FIRST label to use the new Logo lettering and a drastic change to the design.  This is the 12oz bottle and it appears as thought the ABV has gone up to 8% ABV.

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Mikkeller – Blondeaux & Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter

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Two new ones coming from Mikkeller today….Blondeaux Belgian Blonde ale brewed with raspberries & aged in Sauterne barrels (12.7oz 8.8% ABV—De Proef) & Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter ale brewed with orange & yuzu.  This one appears to be a “knock knock” joke (11.2oz, 6% ABV—De Proef)

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TO0L – By Udder Means & Sans Frontiere

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Two New ones today from TO0L, By Udder Means American-style stout (7% ABV, 11.2oz) and Sans Frontiere Belgian Ale (7% ABV, 750ml).

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Long Trail - Mrs. O’Leary’s Brown Cow Ale

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There has to be a great story for this one….Long Trail Mrs. O’Leary’s Brown Cow Ale….keg-only and no details on ABV.

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Pyramid – Oktoberfest Autumn Lager

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Yes Pyramid is planning ahead with label approval today for Oktoberfest Autumn Lager.  This one carries the new Seattle/Berkley/Portland tag, it will be packaged in a 22oz bottle and come in at 6.7% ABV.

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Stone–Oakquinox Beer List, Bistro Update, Saison Du BUFFet

29 March 2012

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Stone Brewery:

Oakquinox Beer List, Bistro Update, Saison du BUFFet and more…

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John Trogner Milking a Goat !

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I knew this photo would show up eventually today once I heard of the pending trip to Amazing Acres farm.  Blame Mat not me John!

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Widmer Rotator Series Shaddock IPA Video


Here’s Widmer Brother’s Ike Manning talking about their Rotator Series Shaddock IPA.

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Where’s Stone’s Greg Koch Now? (3Floyds)

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Just thought you’d want a quick peek at where Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch is right now!  Yes in case you can’t read or guess it’s 3 Floyds !

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Allagash / Main Beer / Rising Tide Co-Brew

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I’ve been following along all day with the tweets from Allagash  & Maine Beer Co about their co-brew with Main Beer being brewed today.  Their original co-brew was called Backseat Lovin’, but for now at least this tap handle @ Allagash is saying Industrial Way Collaboration.  I doubt this is the official name, but Industrial Way is the highway where Allagash Brewery is located so who knows.  In any case it will be a Belgian-style Rye IPA.

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Susquehanna Brewing Co–The Malt Has Arrived & Pint Glasses too

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imageWe’re getting closer and closer to Susquehanna Brewing Co starting to brew beer, so I thought you’d want another peek inside to see that the Malt arrived just an hour or so ago, and they showing off the new SBC pint glasses!  Stay tuned for more details to come!

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Weis Markets Hazleton, PA To Add Beer Cafe

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The photo above shows the Dallas, PA Weis Market sign when they first added their Beer Café, and now comes word that the West Hazleton Boro Council approved the Weis Market request to transfer a liquor license to their Susquehanna Blvd, West Hazleton Store.  This approval will lead to a $3 Million overhaul to allow the Café to seat 35 people and sell over 60 different beers beginning in Oct 2012.  The current Deli & Bakery will be replaced with the Beer Café and assuming it follows the same rules as the other stores in Dallas & Clarks Summit, you can take out up to two six-packs or sit in and drink up to two beers….so stay tuned Hazleton!

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