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All that’s new and good in 2013 (so far)

Posted Jan 03, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Science, Seasonals

Photo: New Ancient Ale collaboration from Dogfish Head Beer, Del Borgo, and Baladin. 8th-century BC recipe found in Estruscan warrior tombs.

21st AMENDMENT Fireside Chat
21st AMENDMENT Marooned on Hog Island Oyster Stout
AVERY New World Porter
DOGFISH HEAD Etrusca (collab with Del Borgo, Baladin)
FOUNDER’S Imperial Stout
GREAT DIVIDE Espresso Yeti
GREAT DIVIDE Nomad Pilsner
GREAT DIVIDE Orabelle Golden
HEAVY SEAS Cabernet Barrel-aged Below Decks Barleywine
O’HARA’S Leann Folláin Irish Stout
SIERRA NEVADA Bigfoot Barleywine 2013
SIERRA NEVADA Ruthless Rye
SKA Euphoria Winter Ale
SOUTHERN TIER Choklat
SWEETWATER Dank Tank: The Gimp
SWEETWATER Happy Ending
TERRAPIN Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
UINTA Sea Legs Baltic Porter

Help bring Google Fiber to Asheville, NC!

Posted Mar 24, 2010 in Coming Soon, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Movies, Music, Science, Tech, Travel, Unrelated to Beer, Video

Google is having a national competition for communities to “win” a Google fiber-optic network. Thus began the Asheville Google Fiber Network Initiative. We’re now on the tail end of the first round—Friday, March 26. Will you help us to bring Google Fiber to the Asheville community?

Asheville is already prevalent on numerous lists for travel—historic sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway, food, music, the arts, and craft beer. Imagine: Super-sexy high-speed internet access for businesses large and small. A wide network reaching even the most rural of communities, bringing us together. An school system as a network pioneer offering the best in education, plugged directly into the community. Musicians working at lightning speed. Our diverse, active and creative arts organizations benefiting for the über-hip HATCHfest, TEDx, the 48-hr Film Project, Twestival. A bigger and booming addition to Asheville’s high-tech sector. Live-streaming of Asheville’s very cool, consistent calendar of events and fundraisers. Maybe we could stream from Brewgrass or LEAF Fest? LAAFF? BeleChere? And think of the possibilities this has with tourism? I know, it’s the “dirty t-word,” but tourism is a big part of who we are. And for many, it pays the bills. But we’re warm people and we open up the mountains year-round and invite people to share in our world for just a week (or a day). I say: It’s time to show the world in REAL TIME who we are.

The GoogleAVL page is up with lots of helpful information. Please refer there for any questions, then click on the big, red “NOMINATE ASHEVILLE” button and tell Google why they need to bring Google Fiber to Asheville, North Carolina.

We’ve done all five. Will you?

  1. Nominate Asheville. This is really, really, important.
  2. Ask your friends to nominate Asheville in a sincere, really-do-it, kind of way.  This is also important.
  3. Put a badge on your website to show your support for bringing Google Fiber to town.  Now you are doing something extra.
  4. Publicly endorse Asheville’s effort to attract Google fiber.  You have become cool.
  5. Write about why you want Google fiber in Asheville using your web site, your blog, or a youtube video. You are radically cool.

Pints for Prostates made CNN!

Posted Oct 29, 2009 in Beer, Beer and Health, Coolness, In the news, People, Science, TV, Video

Our beer writer friend from Charlotte, Rick Lyke (of Lyke2Drink), made Dr. Sanja Gupta’s CNN video health report today with his Pints for Prostates Campaign! That rawks! Congrats, Rick!

Rock Art slayed the monster & other news items

Posted Oct 22, 2009 in Beer, Breweries, In the news, Limited Release, Miscellany, People, Science, Seasonals, Tech, Unrelated to Beer, Weird/Odd

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Rock Art Brewery wins trademark battle for “Vermonster” over drinks giant, Monster Energy
Well, well, Monster Energy, we learned a little lesson in PR over the past week and a half, didn’t we? Early last week, Monster Energy sent a cease and desist letter to teenie, tiny Rock Art Brewery in Vermont over their beer named Vermonster. Now, they didn’t go after Brooklyn Brewery (which could possibly defend themselves) or any of the other breweries that use the word “monster” in the name. They likely planned to work their way up, setting precedents along the way if it led to court. Well, the little brewery, its fans and the craft beer industry, unleashed a firestorm of battles via e-mail, websites, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Yesterday—a little over ten days later—the drinks giant bowed out, acknowledging a loss of sales and damaged reputation. Woot! Did you help us? Want to show your support? Buy Rock Art Brewery “Vermonster” t-shirt here. Power to the people (and social media)!

Fresh hop season!
I’ll make a confession. I’m not an Oktoberfest fan. At all. I sampled the few from Germany that we can actually get, along with a bunch of domestic craft and there was only one in the entire bunch that did anything for me. It’s not that the beer is/was bad, it’s just not my style. But one thing keeps me going through those short four weeks or so: Fresh hop season. I LOVE the hop harvest. Literally, I get giddy with excitement because nothing beats sticking your nose in a glass of subtle fresh-hop ale. But again, it’s short, so get them while you can: Founder’s Harvest, Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, Sierra Nevada Wet-Hop  Harvest, Left Hand Warrior Wet-hop, and Weyerbacher Harvest. Great Divide Fresh Hop and Sweetwater’s Wet Dream are on their way soon!

The FTC is about to put the smackdown on beer bloggers who accept beer from breweries
In other blow to blogging, after the recent affiliate issues, the FTC is going to make beer writers/reviewers disclose if they received said beer from a brewery. Beervana has a good quote: “…It ghettoizes blogs–who must make this disclosure–but leaves the mainstream press alone.” I would expect any decent blogger to let me know where the beer came from, but breweries send releases to publications all the time for review. Is there really a difference? There are many beer bloggers who also write for said magazines, so we expect this is going to be a murky issue at best. For the record, we never endorse in full review form on our blog. It’s inappropriate. It’s endorsement enough that we hand-select and stock a particular beer (if we can get it).

Boston Beer Co. and Weihenstephan to collaborate on “new beer style”
I’m probably the only person on Earth completely underwhelmed by this, but Boston Beer Co. (a.k.a. Samuel Adams) and the world’s oldest brewery, Weihenstephan of Germany, are collaborating to brew a “new beer style.” I don’t even know what that means. Reuters has the statement: “Dr. Josef Schradler, managing director of Germany’s Weihenstephan Brewery, and Jim Koch, brewer and founderof Samuel Adams, announced their partnership and plans to unveil a new style of collaboratively brewed beer next spring.” There was a big PR hoo-hah, photo-op etc., yesterday, but why all the fuss? Breweries have been collaborating for years now. I like Boston Beer Co. and Samuel Adams: They have the funding to put craft beer in front of people. Jim Koch has done amazing things for craft beer. But all this fuss over something that’s been done before (way, way before) leaves me feeling stupified. I also think this quote is contradictory: “While keeping an eye on tradition, the Samuel Adams brewers continue to innovate and explore boundary-pushing beer styles and brewing techniques.” Utopias is hardly tradition. So, what is this marriage of Reinheitsgebot and “extreme beer” going to produce? Here’s the description: “The champagne-like beer will weigh in at more than 10 percent alcohol by volume, yet remain very dry and crisp, shattering the preconceived notions of what can be done following the Reinheitsgebot Law.” Huh.

Infiltration
This is just a great blog I picked-up from someone on Twitter today. It’s creepy. And I love it!

News-like round-up

Posted Sep 16, 2009 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Not Coolness, Science, Tech, Video

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It’s been awhile since we posted any sort of “beer in the news” stuff. Mostly because it’s been a big yawn fest of regurgitated (and poorly researched) beer tax stories, more beer cocktail recipes, and that stupidly immature Bud Light Lime “I like it in the can” commercial. So, there it is. I am ignoring those things. Now you know.

MonkPub events leading up to Brewgrass
From the Inbox:  “The Thirsty Monk is having a game to win two different sets of Brewgrass tickets TODAY. One pair downtown starting at 6 p.m. And, the other pair at the new South Asheville Thirsty Monk at 7 p.m. It also happens to be Pint Night at both locations: Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils downtown / Bell’s Two Hearted down South. Thursday (downtown) we have a CASK from New Belgium (the first ever east of the Mississippi) tapping at 6 p.m. and the Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout tapping at 7 p.m. On Friday, we have a CASK from Rogue.” The new South location is located in Gerber Village, near Frankie Bones and Five Guys Burgers & Fries.

Terrapin in 360°
Check out this tour of Terrapin Brewing Co. Very cool! The place has certainly come a long way since our last visit. Must go back! It’s a fun place to hang out. If you’re ever in Athens, Ga., go check it out!

Mother Earth Brewing officially… brewing
Josh Brewer (ironic name!), passed along this article from Kinston, N.C.: Mother Earth is finally brewing. Congrats, guys! Now send us some beer! I wonder how many new North Carolina breweries will officially open in 2009?

Another result of global warming? Lower hop yields
Yup, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has found that global warming is contributing to lower crop yields of one very important ingredient of beer: hops. (Particularly Saaz.) “Yields have already been affected as air temperatures have slowly risen over the previous five decades, say the scientists, and they predict that future warming could reduce yields by a further 7-10%.”

This is a stupid headline
I’ll just let you read it for yourself. But at least the article mentions that Oktoberfest begins in September, not October. One of the most misunderstood things.