Archive for January, 2007

Demanding with Menaces

Posted Jan 31, 2007 in In the news, Miscellany








It’s late and today got away from us. But, devoted as we are, we still sit and catch-up on today’s beer news as we hunker down and wait for our little winter storm.

At first, we thought the issue of Pennsylvania grocery stores selling six-packs was pretty interesting. Having attended college in the state named for William Penn, we know how it feels to have to buy by the case for the beers you love. (It feels awfully expensive, by the way.)

Then, we read this. Apparently, in Whakatane, New Zealand, you can rob a bank to get a beer—and finish that beer before the police arrest you. Then later, you can get a reasonably good deal and have an aggravated robbery charge reduced to “demanding with menaces.” 

Source: The New Zealand Herald

Reasons we love Philly

Posted Jan 30, 2007 in Miscellany, Travel






At Bruisin’ Ales, we just love us some Philadelphia. We love the culture, history, food, music scene and general quirkiness. Its blue-collar chic. You can eat at Morimoto’s (of Iron Chef) in-between a booth of young urban execs and some dude sporting sweats and an Eagles jersey.

People often ask us how we fell in love with “big beer.” Philly, like Shangy’s, has a lot to do with it. Joe Sixpack of reports on a beer dinner held in West Chester over the weekend while also sneaking in the backstory of Philly’s taste for Belgian beer:

Philadelphia is undeniably the birthplace of America’s passion for Belgians. It’s a love affair, LaPierre said, that goes back to the early 1990s, when Bridgid’s (726 N. 24th St., Fairmount) started serving ales with quirky names like Kwak and Duvel … Beer freaks call it ‘Brussels, U.S.A.’ because the city boasts at least five joints that call themselves Belgian, including the Abbaye (637 N. 3rd St., Northern Liberties) and the Black Door (629 S. 2nd St., Queen Village).”

Can’t make it to Belgium? We say: Go to Philadelphia.

Source: / Joe Sixpack

Tidbits from Around the Globe

Posted Jan 29, 2007 in Beer, In the news

The UK’s Publican reports that CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and Food from Britain have paired-up, literally, their respective delectables. You can read about the food pairings here. The beers are winners from the 2007 Champion Winter Beer of Britain sponsored by Food from Britain. Source: The Publican

Reuters says that German beer consumption was up 1.4 percent this year, due to the month-long World Cup. Source: Reuters

The Russian beer market was up 9 percent in 2006 thanks in part to warmer weather. Source: Kommersant

The Nation reports that the Thai brewing industry growth will be flat this year. Source: The Nation

Japan goes bonkers for Imperial Chocolate Stout. Source: Mainichi / MSN

USAToday answers the puzzling question: “Why does beer fizzle when you add salt?” Source: USAToday

The Scots arrived in Brooklyn

Posted Jan 27, 2007 in Beer







We’ve been eye-balling this article for over a month now on the main page at BeerAdvocate, but never gave it a read. We try to keep up with all our beers, but admittedly, this one got by us. Brooklyn beers are like an old friend you’ve become so accustomed to that you don’t give them as much attention as you used to. 

Brooklyn’s winter seasonal isn’t its spicy English ale of Christmas Past. Brooklyn’s new, reformulated Winter Ale (note: not Christmas Ale) is now a dark, Scottish ale:

“Brewmaster Garrett Oliver explains, ‘There are no spices at all. Good British floor malts and hops, along with our yeast strain, account for all the flavors. It has a Scottish-style cooler fermentation, which pushes malt to the forefront rather than fruitiness.’ It was brewed with Scottish floor-malted Maris Otter, English crystal malts, Belgian aromatic malts, American roasted malts, American oats and hopped with Willamette.”

The irony is, we’ve had a significant amount of requests lately to add more Scotch ales and Scottish ales to our line-up. (We are working on it, but no, there’s no McEwans.)

Until then, maybe give Brooklyn Winter Ale a try. Sure, the brand novelty might have worn off, but there’s no doubt that Oliver & Co. continue to innovate. And, apparently, sneak things in right under our nose.

Source: / Features

Spring comes early: NBB’s “Springboard”

Posted Jan 26, 2007 in Beer, In the news








Drinks Media Wire has a press release from New Belgium Brewing about Springboard—their new spring seasonal going to market in February 2007. Check it:

“Springboard, New Belgium’s brand new spring seasonal, takes a bold leap forward with a unique combination of ancient Chinese herbs that invigorate the palate. Launching in February 2007, Springboard opens with fruity berry-like tones, has a spirited, tart threshold and ends with a dry, crisp finale. It’s partially filtered, resulting in a cloudy blonde appearance, and moderate body.”

We are intrigued. They make it sound so healthy.

And, we’re so very sorry, but we can’t get anything by New Belgium. The friendly folks there tell us that their next foray will be into the upper mid-West with the South (maybe) to follow—meaning, not any time soon. But, please, if any of you trek West this spring through a place where you can get NB beers, let us know how you like it. (Better yet, bring one to share.)

Source: Drinks Media Wire