Monthly Archives: December 2008

Press Release: Holiday Ale Festival Recap

Nation’s economy is down, but it’s not reflected in beer sales Attendance at the 13th annual Holiday Ale Festival stays consistent, bringing in 17,000 beer lovers Sunny skies and mild temperatures set the mood for the 13th annual Holiday Ale Festival, which witnessed attendance consistent with the year prior: final numbers reached 17,000. The West Coast’s most prestigious winter beer festival took place Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Organizers added a … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 15: Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome

Today we’re going with a classic: Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale. A quintessential English Winter Warmer, it’s malty and hoppy with a touch of spiciness without going over the top at 6% alcohol by volume. Not much more I need to say—just look for the distinctive bottle and colorful label and you’ll be in for a treat. Strangely enough, Samuel Smith’s is one of the only breweries these days without a website. Instead, I’ve pointed … Continue reading →

Press Release: Arena Bar and Grill’s Beer Baskets Make Perfect Gifts

Need help finding gifts for everyone on your holiday list? Look no farther than Arena Bar and Grill. The region’s premiere bar and restaurant has gotten into the spirit of the season and will be offering its one-of-a-kind beer baskets again this year. The baskets are custom-made by Arena Bar and Grill co-owner Nicole Theodore. With prices ranging from $10 to $150, the baskets are highly affordable. Just tell Nicole the amount that you would … Continue reading →

Press Release: Crowds flock to join in the celebrations at the Celtic Beer Festival’s 10th birthday

Real ale and music lovers have flocked in their thousands to the 10th annual St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival. More than 3,000 people from across the South West gathered at St Austell Brewery on Saturday (November 29) to sample some of the 120-plus beers on offer and party throughout the day and evening to the sounds of five live bands – raising thousands of pounds for local charities in the process. St Austell Brewery … Continue reading →

Spotted in the wild: Costco’s beer

I was at Costco the other day and spotted their own line of beer: Kirkland "Handcrafted Beer." I attached my cameraphone picture below. Grainy, but what they have is Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, German lager, and Pale Ale. I wrote about the possibility of Costco beer nearly a year ago; I’m surprised that it took this long to show up, but now I’m definitely curious to try it. The downside, of course, is that you have … Continue reading →