Mt. Angel Brewing closes

This isn’t good: The Mt. Angel Brewing Company closed its doors abruptly. From the article: Mt. Angel Brewing Co. has closed its doors abruptly, only days after those involved with the restaurant said it was about to change its menu. Repeated phone calls to representatives of Traeger Industries, who owned … Continue reading

Yet more beer blogs

In case I hadn’t pointed them out yet, here’s some more beer blogs I’ve come across: Hail the Ale! On Tap Beer and Food (hasn’t been updated in over a month, though)

Exploding beer

If you’ve been homebrewing for any amount of time, odds are you’ve had at least one explosive occurence with your beer. I have had two, and fortunately I was present to see both of them. The first was a fermenting batch of Toad Spit Stout (from The Complete Joy of … Continue reading

A Good Beer Blog wins award

Congrats to A Good Beer Blog to coming in fourth in the 2004 Canadian Blog Awards!

Beer history article

Interesting article here of a book review that delves into some Colonial American brewing history. The early colonists brewed their own beer in house. There wasn’t a structured monetary system to go out and buy it and most homes were equipped with a small brew room. Taverns eventually cropped up … Continue reading

Widmer Review

We were in Portland over the weekend, and had dinner with family at Widmer Brewing Friday night. It was my first visit to Widmer (their Gasthaus on Russell Street, actually) and while it wasn’t a comphrenesive visit, I thought I’d write up a short review anyway. I liked it a … Continue reading

Out of beer

The horror! The horror! Brewer runs out of beer! In an even more drastic situation than the famous pub with no beer, Tasmanian brewer J. Boag & Son ran dry of two of its popular beer varieties during the peak Christmas period. Several Launceston retailers were left without Boag’s Draught … Continue reading

Open source beer

Vores Ol is a beer brewed by a Danish company that is releasing the "recipe and the whole brand" of the beer under a Creative Commons license. Sounds interesting, but I didn’t think that recipes themselves could be copyrighted in the first place; Alan on A Good Beer Blog has … Continue reading

Beer’s image crisis

Apparently, beer has an image crisis. Miller Brewing. President Norman Adami said, "The single biggest threat facing the American beer business today is the possibility that we will allow the American consumer to get bored with beer." So what are brewers doing about it? For one thing, they are spending … Continue reading

The Year in Beer

I missed this when it first came out: The year in beer from the Oregonian. It’s very Oregon-centric, of course. Events highlighted include the death of Robert MacTarnahan, Governator Ale, and the beer-swilling bear. Best Beer Books: "Travels With Barley, A Journey Through Beer Culture in America," by Ken Wells, … Continue reading