Monthly Archives: November 2005

Bad Elf approved

Follow-up from my earlier post about Bad Elf Beer: the state of Connecticut approved the Bad Elf. The department determined that although state regulations bar alcohol advertising with images that might entice kids, including images associated with Santa Claus, the regulations do not apply to beer labels…. At a compliance hearing before a state liquor commissioner last month, a lawyer for the distributor argued the state would be violating the distributor’s free speech rights by … Continue reading →

Brewing with cranberries

Sorry I hadn’t posted much for the first week of this month—my in-laws were in town and we were celebrating a birthday, so we had a busy week in the real world. Anyway, I still have a bunch of pumpkin in the freezer that I’m going to brew with, and since I mentioned it the other day, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about using cranberries in one of the batches of pumpkin ale … Continue reading →

This year’s pumpkin

I’ve got enough pumpkin this year for two nice batches of my pumpkin ale. I’m thinking I’ll make my regular recipe for the first batch, and then maybe experiment with an Imperial Pumpkin style recipe for a Christmas/winter ale. Or maybe start with the heftier beer since it’ll take longer to mature. Of course, the "Imperial" concept is something I’ve talked about before; I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone (Weyerbacher … Continue reading →

Nestec: Coffee beer

Well, it’s pretty debatable (to me, at least) whether this "fermented coffee beverage" can be truly called beer, but that’s apparently how it’s being marketed. Or something. New Scientist has the article. Nestec, part of the Nestlé empire in Switzerland, has filed patents in every major market round the world on a "fermented coffee beverage" that pours and foams like beer, but smells of strong coffee and packs a concentrated caffeine kick. The beverage is … Continue reading →