Some new ads on The Brew Site

Starting tonight you’ll see some new ads I’m trying out here on The Brew Site: Chitika "eMiniMall" ads. I’ve placed them on the individual item pages, and I’ll be playing around with them over the next few days to see how things work. Sorry if it’s intrusive… I think they’re … Continue reading

Nicotine beer

This just sounds nasty: Nicotine beer in the pipeline: A Gernam company has come up with a novel way of beating bans on smoking in pubs – put the nicotine in the beer. A new beer, known as NicoShot, is undergoing testing in Germany with hopes it can be moved … Continue reading

GABF Roundup

Roundup of some Great American Beer Festival pages around the web: Gold Medals & Glory – The Great American Beer Festival: BellaOnline touches on highlights and runs down some of the big winners. The joy of blind tasting: Stan at the Beer Travelers blog was at the GABF and talks … Continue reading

Unusual primers when bottling beer

When bottling your homebrew, you typically need to "prime" the beer with a bit of sugar to reinvigorate the yeast enough to produce the desired carbonation in the bottle. This primer can be straight sugar (corn sugar is typical, but table sugar would work too), or another source of fermentable … Continue reading

Newport Microbrew Fest 2005

Like last year, this one just snuck up on me again: the Newport Microbrew Festival. It was this article which reminded me. It’s Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th. Eight bucks admission. I won’t be able to make it, there’s other plans already in place. Which is just too … Continue reading

On caffeinated beers

The title of this post refers to this article that reviews three energy drink "beers" (You got beer in my Red Bull! You got Red Bull in my beer!): Budweiser B-to-the-E, Tilt also from Anheuser-Busch, and Sparks from Steel Brewing Company. Of the three products I tried, only Budweiser E … Continue reading

Wreck the Halls

Tried Full Sail‘s Wreck the Halls (a 2004 limited edition beer) this evening. For some reason, when I bought it (earlier this year), I was under the impression that it was a barleywine, but it only weighs in at 6.5% alcohol, much too low for a barleywine. BeerAdvocate classifies it … Continue reading

Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale

I had this beer the other day from The Black Sheep Brewery, and just the other day beerrag.com had a post about it, too. Small world ("small web"?)! Riggwelter is a pretty good beer. The Black Sheep website says there’s banana fruit aromas, but I didn’t get that from it. … Continue reading

Great American Beer Festival

Today’s the first day of the Great American Beer Festival—I almost missed blogging about this (for shame!). The size of this thing is beyond comprehension: 1,669 beers are on tap, 2,358 beers are entered in the competition and 461 breweries are there. It’s basically the beer festival mecca. One of … Continue reading

A-B’s pumpkin beer

Even Anheuser-Busch is getting into the season, releasing a pumpkin beer: Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale. It’s being offered under the Michelob label. Under development for the last year, the new program will offer different beers to match each of the four seasons, said John Costello, product manager, Michelob Specialty Brands … Continue reading