Monthly Archives: October 2009

Press Release: Merchant du Vin opens China office

Merchant du Vin is pleased to announce the formation of MdV-Asia Ltd. – a beer importing company based in Hong Kong and selling throughout China. After nearly two years of research, planning, and building a distributor network, the official launch was held in Changsha, Hunan Province, China on Oct. 16, 2009. Appointed distributors from across China and media met for an official introduction, brand training, and excellent dining combined with beer frolicking. Representatives from Samuel … Continue reading →

French Beer Week: Fischer Tradition Amber

Good news and bad news: Fischer Amber is one of the more common beers to come out of France and likely one you’ll find easily (if you find any French beers). However, it’s brewed by Brasserie Fischer which is also an enterprise of Heineken France, essentially one of the big macrobrewers of the country (they also produce Amstel Light). Of course, “bad news” is relative; if you have a strong bias against macrobrewers, then this … Continue reading →

French Beer Week: The Overview of Beer in France

When one thinks of the beers of France, it’s usually the Bières de Garde of the Northeast that come to mind—but in reality, there’s a whole thriving ecosystem of beer not just limited to one style or one region of the country. France may be best known for wine, but beer has a surprisingly large presence when you start looking for it. This Seattle Beer Examiner article is a good primer, though the numbers it … Continue reading →

Press Release: Big Barrel Double IPA makes waves in the IPA category

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is introducing Big Barrel Double IPA—their first-ever 22 ounce bomber. While this is the company’s first foray into 22s, Karl Strauss is no stranger to brewing innovative beers. Big Barrel Double IPA is the initial beer in a new Coastal Reserve series scheduled to hit shelves across Southern California in early November. “Unlike most double IPA’s which use the traditional Pacific Northwest hops, we wanted to feature a more exotic hop … Continue reading →

French Beer Week: Gavroche French Red Ale

Despite its name, Gavroche is actually a Bière de Garde from Brasserie de St-Sylvestre, which is located in the town of Saint-Sylvestre-Cappel in Northeastern France, the heart of Bière de Garde country. I found this beer at the Bier Stein in Eugene, Oregon (they have their beers organized by country, and yes, had a few from France). At 8.5% alcohol by volume, it’s on the upper end for the Bière de Garde style. I rather … Continue reading →