Surly Brewing Seeking Help To Clean Up New Brewery Site

30 September 2012

 

 

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One option for the location of Surly Brewing’s new facility is the Prospect Park (former potato processing plant).  Surly is currently requesting grants form the city to help in the clean-up costs.  This from MinnesotaDaily:

One of the short-list sites for the brewery is in the Prospect Park neighborhood near University Avenue Southeast, according to the Star Tribune

The 8.3-acre site was formerly a potato processing plant and has undergone a century of industrial use, according to the Tribune. Surly is requesting grants from the city to aid in cleaning up the mess — a project that a city document estimates would total $2.5 million. The costs of putting up the brewery itself total about $20 million. 

The project will feature a brewery and beer hall, as well as recreation space and festival gardens, reported the Star Tribune. 

The site was chosen for its large size and proximity to public transit, Surly’s real estate consultant, Tom Hauschild, told the Tribune. Once light rail construction is completed, the “Westgate” station will be down the street from the potential brewery site.
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MOA Brewing Co Looking To Raise $15 Million

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The owners of Marlborough-based Moa Brewing Co are considering a stock exchange float to raise $15 million to expand its Jacksons Rd brewery.

Chief executive Geoff Ross was in Marlborough on Friday and said the firm needed a bigger brewery to meet growing demand, and funding to support increased working capital and marketing.

The proposed offer would take place in late October with the aim of raising $15m, it was revealed today.
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Hardywood Releases Session Beer 604 In Honor of VA Senate Bill 604 (Video)

Yes that's SB604 and SB can be Session Beer or Senate Bill...

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Play “The Hunt for Lost Abbey” @ GABF 2012

imageLost Abbey will be playing a “Where’s Waldo” type of beer-game at GABF 2012.  Collect your clues in Denver and find the Abbey!  Details from Lost Abbey:

Abbot (aka: “Abbey”) has run off to Denver and now he’s lost. Help us find where he’s hiding at the Great American Beer Festival and you could win free beer, Lost Abbey wearables and even your own Ultimate Box Set collection.


If you’re going to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this October, we’ve got some extracurricular activities to help you explore Denver’s craft beer scene and even win some cool Lost Abbey stuff, including a complete Ultimate Box Set collection!



The Game: A live version of “Where’s Waldo”

Abbot the Monk (we call him “Abbey”) can’t wait for the Great American Beer Festival to start, so he’s heading out a few days early to explore Denver and its thriving craft beer scene. The problem is, Abbey’s terrible with directions (and maybe enjoys the pubs a bit too much), so he’s bound to get lost. We need your help to find him before it’s time to go home on Sunday, October 14.

Abbey will be issuing clues as to his location in downtown Denver. We need you to follow his trail and track him down. If you do, you can win lots of great stuff including some free beer, Lost Abbey wearables, and the Grand Prize, one of the super limited (there’s only 500), “Ultimate Box Set” barrel-aged beer collections.


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Beaver Brewing Co - Pecan Pie Nut Brown 2012 Release (Video)


From Beaver Brewing Co:

Our seasonal offering of the Pecan Pie Nut Brown brewed with REAL pecans is set for Thanksgiving Eve 2012, Wednesday November 21st.

This video provides info on the beer as well as tips to make the beer at home! Stop in for Growler Fills at the Brewery Wednesday November 21st from 5pm -
7:30 pm.
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Shelton Brothers Talk To Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist Bierkultur


From Shelton Brothers:

Another episode in our series of brewer interviews. This time we sat down with Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist Bierkulture from Cologne, Germany. He was in the middle of his month long tour of the United States, that brought him to many states including MA, NY, DC, PA, ME, WI, IL.

The usually boisterous Sebastian was pretty subdued during the interview, I guess he was just pacing himself. He filled us in on what Freigeist is and what they do, as well as their opinion on the German beer purity laws.
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Oschaert Belgian Imperial Stout Packaging

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Here’s a great new packaging design concept for Oschaert Belgian Imperial Stout.  It is designed by Anders Bakken and it is based on a mythical creature from Hamme, Belgium.  The mythical creature was banned to the ocean by a local priest so the packaging is decidedly religious…and the name comes from the “repellent” that the priest developed to protect the town from the Oschaert’s return.
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Grimbergen Blonde Abbey Ale

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Here’s a new 11.2oz bottle Grimbergen called simply Blonde.  This abbey ale will come in at 6.7% ABV.
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Flying Dog - Support Local: Be Yourself Be The Revolution


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Cisco Brewers - Moor Porter

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Today we have a new keg label for Cisco Brewers for their Moor Porter.  This is keg-only and 6.5% ABV.

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Fat Head’s - United Lager

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Here’s a new keg label from Fat Head’s called United Lager.  No real details on this one just yet so stay tuned.

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New Belgium - Ooh La Leopold, NBB Love Apple & Barrel of Funky Friends

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Three more new flavored Whiskey barrel-aged beers from New Belgium…Ooh La Leopold (57% ale brewed with Raspberry juice, 43% Stout aged in Blackberry Whiskey barrels--8.8% ABV) NBB Love Apple (ale brewed with natural flavors & aged in apple-flavored Whiskey barrels--9.8% ABV) & Barrel of Funky Friends (ale brewed with natural flavors & aged in Blackberry flavored Whiskey barrels--8.8% ABV).

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Widmer Fresh - Hop Columbia Common, Sylvia & Ella

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Three more new specialty keg labels from Widmer Brothers today….Hop Columbia Common Ale (46% ABV), Sylvia Ale (5% ABV) & Ella Ale (6% ABV).

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Firestone Walker - Stickee Monkee, Hell Dorado, Good Foot, Reginald Brett & Bravo

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Five new Barrelworks beers coming today from Firestone Walker…Stickee Monkee (15% ABV), Hell Dorado (12% ABV), Good Foot (13% ABV), Reginald Brett (11% ABV) & Bravo (13.5% ABV).

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Goose - Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout - 11.7% ABV

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Here’s a return brew from Goose Island called Night Stalker Imperial Stout (previously brewed in 2011).  This beer is keg-only so far and it’s a big 11.7% ABV.

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Green Flash - Hamilton’s 6th Anniversary JUNIOR IPA

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Goo much fun here from Green Flash for this new Junior IPA called Hamilton’s 6th Anniversary (6% ABV).

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Pipeworks - Abduction Imperial Stout

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Here’s a new 22oz bottle coming from Pipeworks for Abduction Imperial Stout…and yes,,,at 10.5% ABV it WILL abduct you.

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Deep Ellum - IPA (12oz Cans)

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Here’s the 12oz can label from Deep Ellum for their IPA….and yes it’s a can!  No word on ABV but this WILL be a year-round beer.

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Does Drinking Craft Beer Really Lead to a Beer Belly??

29 September 2012

imageThere exists a stereotype that all beer drinkers either have a beer belly or WILL have a beer-belly soon!  Some also say that those beer-drinkers without the big belly, must not be “true” beer drinkers, or “frequent” beer drinkers.  Well I’m here to break the stereotype and put Homer Simpson’s belly out of business.

As a craft beer blogger and craft beer radio show producer & co-host, you can imagine I see my fair share of beer in my belly.  While I don’t have a beer belly myself, I do workout regularly to avoid it…however this isn’t simply about me.  I have a number of craft-beer loving friends that range from couch-potatoes to triathletes and while there are a few bellies in the bunch, most do not have the Homer Simpson.  Now I’ll admit we’re not a group of six-pack ab monsters, but neither are non-beer drinkers….and no worries…..no bellies or egos were harmed in my research. Winking smile

As a dedicated drinker and runner, I’ve actually come to resent the implication that beer leads to a belly.  Diet and beer; or diet and beer and exercise routine may lead to a belly, but beer on it’s own…I say NO!  What do you say?  Do your beer-loving friends have beer bellies?



So what to do if you’re already in the beer-belly-fraternity (or sorority)?  While I’m not expert I did stumble on a few ideas:

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I’m no expert on weight loss, and your mileage may vary, but do check these out and please DO check with your Doctor first.

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Mercator Premium Belgian IPA Package Design

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Here’s a unique new packaging concept for Mercator Belgian IPA.  This is just a packaging concept done my Vibeke Illevold for a concept collectible premium beer based on a 1936 Belgian ship called the Mercator (currently a museum in Oostende, BE).

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Beer Institute: Taxes Account for 45% Of Beer Cost

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Some disappointing news from the Beer Institute

State and Federal taxes account for 36 cents for every dollar spent on beer and when you add in excise & wholesale taxes, 45% of the price you pay for your beer goes to just paying taxes!

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Pelican - Mother of All Storms Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Coming In Nov

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From Pelican Pub:

Pacific City, OR) – Excitement is building for the highly anticipated Mother of all Storms, a limited production Kentucky bourbon barrel-aged barleywine-style ale. For those interested in purchasing some of this highly coveted ale, the following outlines how it will be released:

“Mother’s Day” at the Pelican Pub & Brewery will be Saturday, November 17th, the 2012 official release date of this very popular seasonal brew. Sales of Mother of all Storms will open when the Pelican’s doors open for business at 8am Saturday morning. Bottles will sell for $20 each; cases of 12 bottles will be $240.

Booking the “Mother’s Day” Package at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda is the only way to guarantee a case of this limited production beer. The “Mother’s Day” Package is for one night only – November 16th, the night before the Mother of all Storms is officially released, and includes a guaranteed case of Mother of all Storms delivered to your room on November 17th – no need to wait in line at the Pelican.

Book Now or contact the Inn at Cape Kiwanda at 888-965-7001 for more information.

Can’t make the trip to Pacific City for “Mother’s Day” November 17th? You might still be in luck.

Due to significant technical difficulties we experienced last year as a result of the overwhelming popularity and demand for Mother of all Storms, rather than releasing Mother of all Storms to the online store, we will be going back to a waiting list via EMAIL ONLY. Send your name, contact information and the number of cases you would like to order (if supply allows) to Mother@PelicanBrewery.com to be added to the list. You will receive an auto response indicating your email was received. This in no way guarantees you will receive any of this limited production beer.

The only way to be guaranteed any Mother is to be in Pacific City on November 17th.

IF we have remaining inventory of Mother of all Storms after “Mother’s Day” at the Pelican, we will be contacting people on the email waitlist in the order you were added beginning November 26th. At this time, we will confirm your order and collect payment information. Please be patient and do not call the Pelican – it will only delay the process and those answering the phone won’t have any details. Some restrictions apply; see online store policy for complete details regarding the shipment of beer.

IF inventory levels allow, a very limited supply of Mother of all Storms will be released to retails locations, however a date has not been determined.
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Captain Lawrence Katchkie Pumpkin Ale (Video)

From Captain Lawrence: Meet the team behind Katchkie Pumpkin Ale, a collaboration between Captain Lawrence Brewery, Executive Chef Robb Garceau of Great Performances and Katchkie Farm. Katchkie Ale is the brewery’s first attempt to develop a pumpkin ale utilizing fresh, local pumpkins…and squash. Over 500 pounds, in fact! So enjoy this peek into the making of a true farm to keg beer. It’ll be available for a limited time this October in select bars and restaurants around New York City.

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Maui / Dogfish Head Liquid Breadfruit Coming In Oct

imageThe original label is here…and now today we have the official press release from Maui Brewing for their Dogfish Head co-brewed Liquid Breadfruit:

Liquid Breadfruit is an Imperial Golden Ale brewed with ‘ulu (local Maui breadfruit) and toasted papaya seeds. This unique beer also utilizes “DNA” (Delaware Native Ale), a special yeast, captured outside a peach farm in Delaware. Liquid Breadfruit marks the third in the quarterly limited releases announced by MBC earlier this year. Earlier releases have been La Perouse White (Spring 2012) and Sobrehumano Palena’ole (Summer 2012). Liquid Breadfruit will be released in October.

Craft brewing wunderkinds Garrett Marrero (MBC) and Sam Calagione (DFH) had talked about a collaboration brew. After reading an invitation from Garrett to her dad, Sam’s young daughter, Grier, just couldn’t hold back her excitement at the possibility of traveling to Hawaii. So, in part, thanks to a little girl’s inquisitiveness and ensuing persistence, plans for the collaboration really started to come together. So, how was the idea for a breadfruit beer born? Sam recalls, “One day I saw an article in a newspaper about breadfruit and it sounded enticing. We had isolated a yeast native to Delaware that has a lot of tropical notes … I said ‘DANG’ to myself and shot Garrett an email asking him what he thought about breadfruit.” The response was extremely positive and, together, the brewers at DFH and MBC started developing the recipe. This collaborative effort pulled in many ideas – including the use of toasted papaya seeds, Calypso hops and adding additional bread-inspired grains in the beer. And, the name, seemed simple enough to Sam – he says, “I thought it would be cool to call the beer LIQUID BREADFRUIT – since beer has been called ‘liquid bread’ for centuries.”

The Breadfruit Institute of Hana, Maui, Hawaii is an organization that promotes the conservation and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation. Garrett and Sam spoke with Ian Cole and Diane Ragone to learn more about this very important, staple crop of Polynesian cultures. The fruit and seeds of all species of breadfruit are edible and nutritious, providing protein and minerals, and the tree can also provide materials for construction, medicine, fabric, glue, insect repellent, animal feed and more. While this “tree of bread” has the potential to play a large role in alleviating hunger in many parts of the world, it intrigued this duo to do what they do best – to push the boundaries of craft beer! Approximately 2500 lbs. of breadfruit was harvested for the Liquid Breadfruit Project; and 10.5 lbs. of papaya seeds painstakingly harvested by staff and local farmers markets.

Approximately 400 barrels will be produced out of which 4300 cases will be canned and the difference to be available in draft. All market areas where MBC is distributed will receive product but specific allocations will be based on sales. “The only downside to this project is that we had originally scheduled LB for a September release but due to a late breadfruit harvest, this schedule has been pushed back to October,” tells us Garrett Marrero. “But all good things take time. Sam and I enjoyed working together on this project and we look forward to being able to share it with our fellow craft beer lovers. The pub batch brewed as a test in April was a HUGE hit at our annual Maui Brewer’s Festival.” Fans will be sure to enjoy the whimsical and brightly colored graphics on the packaging as well as what is in the can. When Sam sampled the first batch, he said, “it tasted like what it feels like to be on Maui…like nature magnified: tropical and refreshing and lovely.”

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to make 100% of their beer, canned and draft, in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii’s #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities. Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii.
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Beagle Beer Argentina - New Packaging

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I love packaging design and fun…and this one has both.  First off, yes this is a real beer called “Beagle.”  It comes from Ushuaia Argentina and the package design is by Tao Design.

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Having a Party? Try Beer Calculator From Keg Wizard

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How many times have you had to guess at how much beer to buy for a party?  Well no more with Keg Wizard and their Beer Calculator.  Enter the number of drinkers and what ratio of people you’d like to be tipsy, buzzed, drunk or hammered and hit the “Kegulate” button.  Beer Calculator not only tells you how much beer to buy, it even calculates ice and cups too!  Try it for you next party and see how it does.

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The Pub @ Wegman’s Celebrates Oktoberfest 10/14

imageAn exciting event coming from The Pub @ Wegman’s, Collegeville, Malvern & King of Prussia, PA.

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – From Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14, the three regional locations of The Pub at Wegmans (www.wegmans.com/thepub) will host festive Oktoberfest celebrations. Guests can enjoy affordable Oktoberfest beers, German-inspired dishes and live music at Wegmans Malvern, PA (50 Foundry Way, 484-913-9660), King of Prussia, PA (1 Village Drive, 484-690-3560) and Collegeville, PA (600 Commerce Drive, 484-902-1560) store locations.

“Our Oktoberfest celebration is a lively way to experience The Pub for the first time or a great reason to come back for another friendly meal with us,” says Kathy Haines, director of Wegmans in-store restaurants and Market Cafes.

The Oktoberfest Menu will include: Becks Beer & Cheese Dip; Bratwurst Sandwich, served with sauerkraut and potato salad; Wiener Schnitzel, served with braised cabbage and potato salad; and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Dishes will range in price from $3 to $9. Oktoberfest drink specials will include: Victory Festbier, a seductively smooth medium-bodied amber ale; Becks Oktoberfest, a classic German pilsner with a sweet, full-bodied taste, caramel color and a rich, full head; Erdinger Oktoberfest, a wheat beer with banana and clove notes; and Long Trail Pumpkin Ale, a slightly sweet seasonal treat artfully brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Beers are $4 to $4.50.

The Pub will also host live music from The O’Such German Band. Performances will be held on Thursday, October 11 at Malvern from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.; Friday, October 12 at King of Prussia from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 13 at Collegeville from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Led by their executive chefs and inspired by the incomparably fresh ingredients sold on-site in the store, The Pub at Wegmans serves an inspired array of dishes that go beyond typical pub standards. The restaurants offer cocktails, wine available by the bottle or glass and an extensive selection of craft beers, including Pub Pale Ale, made by local favorite Sly Fox Brewery and only available at The Pub at Wegmans.

The Pub at Wegmans is located at the in-store Market Cafe and features a welcoming atmosphere with glowing mahogany and rich colors inspired by traditional English pubs, where guests are encouraged to relax with family or friends over a pint or a bite. The casual ambience includes a large, wrap-around bar and a comfortable dining room. For outdoor dining, there is also a sweeping patio with plentiful seating. The Pub at Wegmans is even spacious enough to be perfect for parties, business functions and other private events.

For more information about Oktoberfest or The Pub at Wegmans, please call any of the three locations, visit www.wegmans.com/thepub and follow them on Twitter (@WegmansPub).
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Saranac - Black Bear Bock

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Here’s a new dark lager keg coming from Saranac called Black Bear Bock.  Stay tuned for more details.

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How Long Do You Need To Work To Pay For One Beer?

imageDepending on where you live, The Economist outlines how long you have to work to pay for One Beer!  In the U.S. it’s about 5-mins on average, but be sure to check out the rest on the Economist:

Analysts at UBS, a Swiss bank, have calculated that it takes a German earning the national median wage just under seven minutes of work to purchase half a litre of beer at a retail outlet. At the bottom of the pint glass, low wages and high taxes mean that boozers in India must toil for nearly an hour before they have earned enough to quench their thirst.

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Appalachian Brewing - Pumpkin Beer

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Today we have Appalachian Brewing Camp Hill Pumpkin Beer--malt beverage brewed with Pumpkin & spices.  This beer will be 8% ABV and keg only.

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Neshaminy Creek - Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen

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Another PA brewery today…..Neshaminy Creek Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen Ale.  This is a keg label and no word on ABV.

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Liquid Hero - Hoke Fest

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It’s PA brewery day today….up first we have Liquid Hero Hoke Fest Ale.  Hoke Fest is Liquid Hero

‘’’’’s fall seasonal “experiment” and it will be packaged in kegs & 22oz bottles.

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Deep Ellum - How To Get a Musician Off Stage


I’m sure there’s a story here from Deep Ellum….

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Atwater - Blueberry Cobbler Ale

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I brought you the keg label for this beer and today we have the 12oz bottle label for Atwater Brewery Blueberry Cobbler Ale.--ale brewed with blueberries…and despite how sweet it may sound, this new brew comes in at a big 8% ABV.

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Straub - 1872 Lager

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Here’s a new label coming from our very own Straub Brewery simply called 1872 Lager.  This is a 12oz bottle that commemorates the 140th anniversary of Peter Straub brewing in St. Mary’s, PA.  1872 is a Pre-prohibition-style lager and it will come in at 5.5% ABV.
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Beck’s - Black Jewel

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Yet another dark new brew from Anheuser-Busch…today it’s Beck’s Black Jewel 12oz bottles.  This brew is 6% ABV, it uses Liberty Hops and it does adhere to the German Beer Purity laws.

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Michelob - Black Bock Special Dark Lager

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Here’s another new dark brew from Anheuser-Busch…this one is Michelob Black Bock Special Dark Lager.  This new 12oz bottle is a German-style dopplebock with 4 unique malts including roasted barley & chocolate Malts.

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Full Sail - LTD Limited Edition Pale Bock

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Here’s the 12oz bottle label for Full Sail LTD Limited Edition Pale Bock.  “What do you get when you brew an elegant Pale Bock with one select Barley?…The single malt of suds.”  This is recipe No 4 and it’s 7% ABV.

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Budweiser - Black Crown Golden Amber Lager

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Here’s another interesting Anheuser-Busch release called Budweiser Black Crown Golden Amber Lager.  This looks to be a 12oz bottle and it comes in at 6% ABV…and I suspect it is based on a similar recipe to Busch Black Light & Michelob Black Crown….and perhaps even Beck’s Black Jewel.
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