Archive for March, 2007

The Hall of Foam

Posted Mar 31, 2007 in Beer Humor











Joe Sixpack is and always will be one of our favorite beer writers. We still get homesick for Philly sometimes and continue to marvel at the overwhelming appreciation of beer in that city. In his column of last week, Joe writes about the top 20 bartenders he would like to pour for him. Funny stuff. People wrote in to his website, too, and let him know about a few he forgot. 

What also caught our eye on his personal site are the beers on tap for this year’s Phillies season:

When the home team takes the field on Monday, look for baseball’s best beer selection to get even stronger. The Citz is adding Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Stoudt’s American Pale Ale to the draft lines.

Other newbies: Otter Creek Copper Ale; Wolaver’s Pale Ale; Summer Ale and Boston Lager from Samuel Adams; Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat; Grolsch, and A-B’s Red Bridge, the gluten-free lager.

Yards, Victory, Dock Street, Flying Fish,Troegs and Sly Fox all return for ’07.


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All About Beer now in-store

Posted Mar 30, 2007 in In the news, Merchandise, Miscellany, New this week










All About Beer magazine has arrived in-store! Issues can be picked-up for just $4.99.

The Brothers Alström from BeerAdvocate have decided not to retail their new mag after all—not sure why and this is sad news—but we still have a few March issues left and will apparently at least be getting April’s. After that, you’re on your own. Get your subscription here.

Next up will be the arrival of Southern Brew News and Ale Street News.

Brew Year’s Eve: April 7

Posted Mar 29, 2007 in Events






The Brewers Association is organizing Brew Year’s Eve on April 7 in honor of the repeal of the Prohibition on that date in 1933. April 7 is the date beer was made legal, sending brewers back to work. The full Prohibition repeal, including wine and spirits, happened on December 5, 1933—a full eight months after beer was being tapped freely.

In fact, the first public delivery of beer went to the White House to honor Franklin Delano Roosevelt who had won the presidency in part because he favored repeal. From April 7 on, the country’s brewers were back in business and Americans enjoyed legal beer for eight months before wine and spirits were once again legitimate.


Give it up for the newbies

Posted in Beer, New this week

We spent a good portion of yesterday moving stuff around the store. If you stop by and can’t find what you want, just ask. There is a method to the madness. (We think, anyway.)

So! Here’s what’s in already or what will be in just in time for the weekend:

ABITA Strawberry Harvest Lager*
ANCHOR Liberty Ale
AVERY The Maharaja*
BISON Golden Bock*
BUTTE CREEK (ORGANIC) Mt. Shasta Extra Pale Ale*
CLIPPER CITY Heavy Seas Loose Cannon I.P.A.
CLIPPER CITY Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning
COEUR DE LION Christian Druin Pear Cider
FRAOCH Alba Scots Pine Ale
HANNSENS ARTISANAL Oudbeitje (Strawberry Lambic)
KIUCHI BREWERY Hitachino Red Rice
KIUCHI BREWERY Hitachino Weizen
KIUCHI BREWERY Hitachino White (Belgian)
OTTER CREEK Helsinki Gold
PISGAH Cosmos* (22oz)
ST. BERNARDUS Pierre Celis Flemish Ale
VICTORY Prima Pils
WOODCHUCK Granny Smith Cider

More fake craft beer with real brewer’s name

Posted in Beer, Breweries, In the news










While catching up on some of our favorite beer blogs today, we found this post on BrewBlog. We had just written about A-B’s Wild Hop Ale last week. Now we hear about the launch of Henry Weinhard’s Organic Amber Premium Ale, brewed by its parent, SABMiller. (We confess we miss a lot of news from the big guys simply because we skip over it. Alot.) The post says, “The rollout of the organic brew fits in with Miller’s strategy of tapping emerging segments.” Sure. All the while outproducing and entering markets via SABMiller’s wide distribution network faster than the fine folks at Eel River, Butte Creek, Wolaver’s and Bison (to name a few), who do it because they actually believe in sustainable brewing.

To be fair, Henry Weinhard was indeed a famous craft brewer in the mid-1800s Oregon, but can you honestly say you still brew to those standards when you now belong to a huge beverage conglomerate? What’s worse, Miller shut down the original Blitz-Weinhard Brewery in 1999, which made Portland pretty po’d. Still, they emboss some of the Henry Weinhard beers with the old Blitz-Weinhard logo. The nerve.

Note the link to a story from the Portland Tribune (for extra laughs, in the section Sustainable Life), saying retailers are “enthusiastic.” We’re not. I think the one reader comment about sums it up.

Source/Photo: BrewBlog
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