Summer ales

There’s a nice article here about summer ales and Maine’s growing homebrewing and microbrewing scenes. The beauty of summer ales is that they don’t really exist, as a historical style of beer, so they can be whatever the brewer wants them to be. Petersen, for instance, makes a summertime watermelon … Continue reading

Ramapo Valley Brewery

Got a comment on my More on gluten free beer post from a couple months back from the Ramapo Valley Brewery. They produce a gluten free beer, too, so I thought I’d reprint their comment here as a full post: Greetings from Ramapo Valley Brewery. We are a brewery in … Continue reading

Virtual brewery?

I’m not sure I understand this article completely: A ‘virtual brewery’ started by former employees of Red Hat and Computer Associates could be listed on the Newcastle Stock Exchange by the end of the year. Brewtopia, described by former Red Hat employee and now chief executive officer Liam Mulhall as … Continue reading

Repealing North Carolina’s beer laws

The state of North Carolina restricts the amount of alcohol in beer that can be sold—a maximum of six percent by volume. Sound backwards? It is—especially considering there’s no limit to the amount of alcohol in wine or hard liquor. And wine is just as easy to buy as beer. … Continue reading

Orange Blossom Cream Ale

Discovered an unusual new beer this weekend: Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill’s Brewery. I was expecting a light, slightly fruity cream ale—a good summertime beer—and was pleasantly surprised to find that the "Orange Blossom" part of the name is quite literal: there’s a strong sweet aroma and flavor … Continue reading

New York beer trail

Well, here’s one: Lawmakers seek to create New York beer trail. A bill making its way through the Legislature aims to create a New York state beer trail, similar to those the wine industry has successfully used to attract millions of oenophiles to the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and eastern … Continue reading

Best beers, according to RateBeer

This is interesting… RateBeer ran their own "best beer" contest—the "RateBeer Best"—and have announced the top 100 beers in the world. If I’m reading it correctly, it’s actually the 100 top-rated beers from their database over the last nine months… meaning they’re tapping the collective power of their contributors. Nice. … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Porter recipe

Now here’s a recipe that doesn’t sound half bad: Peanut Butter Porter v0.1, from the SleezySherm Breweries weblog. He took steps to minimize the amount of oil going into the beer; I don’t think you can completely remove the oil from peanut butter, and it’s the oil that prevents head … Continue reading

How to drink a Guinness

This is classic: A Guide For The Un-Initated To Buying Guinness In An Irish Pub. 3 The barman will fill the glass between 70% and 80% capacity. It will then be put to the side for a few moments to allow it “to settle”. Once the brownish liquid has almost … Continue reading

Trademarking Yellowstone?

Litigation is in the air! As detailed here, some Missouri-based company has demanded two separate Montana brewers cease and desist usage of the name "Yellowstone"—apparently this Missouri company, which makes alcoholic products, trademarked the name "Yellowstone Bourbon" and is now trying to go after Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company and Yellowstone … Continue reading