Monthly Archives: June 2005

Repealing North Carolina’s beer laws

The state of North Carolina restricts the amount of alcohol in beer that can be sold—a maximum of six percent by volume. Sound backwards? It is—especially considering there’s no limit to the amount of alcohol in wine or hard liquor. And wine is just as easy to buy as beer. This restriction is a throwback to Prohibition and just nonsensical. But there’s a group trying to repeal the law and get the limit raised to … Continue reading →

Orange Blossom Cream Ale

Discovered an unusual new beer this weekend: Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill’s Brewery. I was expecting a light, slightly fruity cream ale—a good summertime beer—and was pleasantly surprised to find that the "Orange Blossom" part of the name is quite literal: there’s a strong sweet aroma and flavor of oranges in this beer. As fruit beers go, orange is rare. Not orange peel, which you’ll often find with coriander in Belgian ales, but … Continue reading →

New York beer trail

Well, here’s one: Lawmakers seek to create New York beer trail. A bill making its way through the Legislature aims to create a New York state beer trail, similar to those the wine industry has successfully used to attract millions of oenophiles to the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and eastern Long Island. Sponsors of the legislation say it will highlight the reemergence of breweries in New York and help brewers cash-in on the popularity of … Continue reading →

Best beers, according to RateBeer

This is interesting… RateBeer ran their own "best beer" contest—the "RateBeer Best"—and have announced the top 100 beers in the world. If I’m reading it correctly, it’s actually the 100 top-rated beers from their database over the last nine months… meaning they’re tapping the collective power of their contributors. Nice. RateBeer Best was once again the world’s largest beer competition — over 30,000 different beers from over 4000 brewers in 120 different countries were eligible … Continue reading →

Peanut Butter Porter recipe

Now here’s a recipe that doesn’t sound half bad: Peanut Butter Porter v0.1, from the SleezySherm Breweries weblog. He took steps to minimize the amount of oil going into the beer; I don’t think you can completely remove the oil from peanut butter, and it’s the oil that prevents head forming/retention. I’ve read homebrewing advice that advocated just staying away from peanut butter to avoid this type of hassle. Of course, you could always try … Continue reading →