Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Via Utterly Boring comes this article about Sam Adams’ new Chocolate Bock (I’m not linking to the original article on because the site has that dumb "register before accessing" form on it): Limited-edition specialty product from the 20-year-old Boston Beer Co., arguably the most significant player in the craft-brew … Continue reading

Article on Bend’s microbrew industry

I noticed this article a couple of days ago: "Bottoms up for Bend’s microbrew industry," about the state of the microbrew climate here in Bend, Oregon. When McMenamins’ Old St. Francis School opened recently in Bend, microbrew drinkers rejoiced, but some also wondered how five microbrew pubs can survive in … Continue reading

Another homebrewing blog

A new homebrewing blog to check out: SleezySherm Breweries. Looks pretty good, except that the stylesheet isn’t working for me in Firefox, but does in Internet Explorer. I rather like the New York Noble post.

Merry Christmas!

Good Christmas wishes to everyone! I know I haven’t posted much here as the year’s been winding down, but that should change once we’re through the holidays. In the meantime, I’ll be offline tomorrow, and hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Highlights of 2004

This is a fun article: Beer Highlights of 2K4. A lot of it is pretty Boston-centric, but I liked the New Beer Trends section: * American Double Style – A new genre of beer emerged this year, using the typical "bigger is better" American way of thinking, which actually worked … Continue reading

Holiday beer gifts

Beer Advocate has a great article on Holiday Gifts for Beer Lovers. I like the first three ideas: Growler Pack Hit your local brewpub and pick up a fresh growler (or two) of beer. Most places will also sell branded pint glasses, so grab a pair of those, and then … Continue reading

Homebrewers in the big-time

Interesting article in The Anchorage Press here about homebrewers having their recipes brewed by microbreweries. Converting a homebrew recipe to a beer for commercial production is not a matter of simply changing the proportions of ingredients. Certain things are gained and lost in the translation, and because yeast is perhaps … Continue reading


I though I’d write a bit about Samichlaus. Samichlaus is probably the ultimate Christmas beer—and has (I’ve heard) the highest alcohol content of any beer out there, to boot. At 14 percent alcohol by volume, I’d believe that. Samichlaus—which is Swiss-German for "Santa Claus"—is a dark lager brewed once a … Continue reading

9,000 year wine

Yes, it’s been a long week since I last posted. You can keep up with what’s been happening over on my other blog for all the gory details. This item isn’t necessarily about beer, but according to this article on, archaelogists have uncovered evidence that the Chinese were brewing … Continue reading

Beer Yeast Plush Toy

The perfect gift this holiday season for the home brewer: a Giant Microbes Beer Yeast plush toy! It looks just like the real thing, and it’s only $5.95 to boot. Act now!