Monthly Archives: September 2009

Press Release: St Austell Brewery ales recognised in International Beer Challenge

St Austell Brewery is celebrating after three of its bottled ales beat off world-wide competition to win top honours in the prestigious International Beer Challenge. It’s the latest awards win for the Brewery and follows success in the same competition last year when Admirals Ale was voted the best bottled beer in the world. This time St Austell Brewery has been recognised for both the quality and the branding of its ales in the IBC … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week 2: Moose Drool, bottle vs. can

One of the things I really wanted to do for this year’s Canned Beer Week was something I haven’t seen done anywhere else: a side-by-side comparison of the same beer, in a bottle versus a can. Think of it as a “lateral tasting” (as opposed to “vertical tasting” of different vintages)—and thanks to several large breweries that are now offering some of their beers in cans as well as bottles, it’s doable. Two such breweries … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week 2: Breweries that can

September has been a synergistic month for the topic of canned beer. In addition to the NPR story and the Canfest announcement, Charlie Papazian over on his Examiner.com site had an article on canned beer last week. Naturally, the story focuses primarily on Oskar Blues as the first craft brewer to can their beer, but at the end is a gem: a list of microbrewers that currently offer their beer in cans. It’s a great … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week 2: Ashland Amber

Last year I reviewed two beers from Ashland, Oregon’s Caldera Brewing for Canned Beer Week: their Pale Ale and their IPA. I liked both very much—both excellent examples of just how good beer can be from a can—and as Caldera had since released a third canned beer, Ashland Amber, it was a no-brainer to review it this second time around. This is an American Amber Ale, one of my long-time favorite styles, and is 5.4% … Continue reading →

Canned Beer Week 2: Maui Coconut Porter

This isn’t a new review, but a revisit of the Maui Brewing Coconut Porter I had while in San Diego this year (at Stone Brewing, of all places)—and exploring a bit of Maui’s canned beer offerings as well. The beer is a “robust porter” brewed with six varieties of malt, and hand-toasted coconut, and is 5.7% alcohol by volume. The coconut character is fairly pronounced, but well-balanced with the dryish, roasty malts of the porter. … Continue reading →