• Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is JD. I got to sample this beer, and it was a great, hoppy beer!!!

    http://hashtagbeerporn.com/2015/09/06/fresh-hashbrown-for-brunch-sweetwaterbrew/

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  • Beer Troubleshooting Guide (Lighthearted version)

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    In light of the holiday weekend coming up in the US, I give you the guide to troubleshooting your drinking problems.

    BEER TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
    SYMPTOM
    CAUSE
    CORRECTIVE ACTION
    Feet cold and wet
    Glass Being held at incorrect angle.
    Rotate glass so that open end points toward ceiling
    Feet warm and wet
    Improper Bladder Control
    Stand next to nearest dog, complain about lack of house training
    Beer unusually pale and tasteless
    a. Glass empty.
    b. You’re holding a Coors Lite
    Get someone to buy you another beer
    Opposite wall covered with fluorescent lights
    You have fallen over backward.
    Have yourself lashed to bar
    Mouth contains cigarette butts, back of head covered with ashes
    You have fallen forward
    See above
    Beer tasteless, front of your shirt is wet
    a. Mouth not open
    b. Glass applied to wrong part of face
    Retire to restroom, practice in mirror
    Floor Blurred
    You are looking through bottom of empty glass
    Get someone to buy you another beer
    Floor moving
    You are being carried out
    Find out if you are being taken to another bar
    Room seems unusually dark
    Bar has closed
    Confirm home address with bartender.  If staff is gone, grab a six-pack to go and hit the nearest fire escape door.  Run
    Taxi suddenly takes on colorful aspect and textures
    Beer consumption has exceeded personal limitations
    Cover mouth, open window, stick head outside
    Everyone looks up to you and smiles
    You are dancing on the table
    Fall on someone cushy-looking
    Beer is crystal-clear
    It’s water! Somebody is trying to sober you up
    Punch him
    People are standing around urinals, talking or putting on makeup
    You’re in the ladies’ room
    Do not use urinal!  Excuse yourself, exit and try the next door down the hall. Try to get phone numbers (optional)
    Hands hurt, nose hurts, mind unusually clear
    You have been in a fight
    Apologize to everyone you see, just in case it was them
    Don’t recognize anyone, don’t recognize the room you’re in
    You’ve wandered into the wrong party
    See if they have free beer
    Your bedroom is painted gray, has a concrete floor and an interesting steel door.  Toilet may be conveniently located next to your bunk
    a. You’re in jail
    b. You’re in the navy
    Sleep it off, you can always get out tomorrow.  Don’t talk to your new roommate, and under no circumstances sleep on your stomach !
    You are dancing to a Village People song, and your partner is wearing leather chaps
    You’re in a gay bar
    Keeping your back to the wall, edge toward nearest exit.  Do not accept offers for backrubs
    Your singing sounds distorted
    The beer is too weak
    Have more beer until your voice improves
    Don’t remember the words to the song
    Beer is just right
    Play air guitar
  • Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is JD. I love a good, shared beer!!!

    http://hashtagbeerporn.com/2015/08/30/red-hare-gangway-ipa/

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  • Mashout 2015

    Some friends of mine from C.R.A.B.S. (Chesapeake Real Ale Brewers Society http://crabsbrew.org) invited me to go to Mashout 2015.

    Some friends of mine from C.R.A.B.S. (Chesapeake Real Ale Brewers Society http://crabsbrew.org) invited me to go to Mashout 2015.

    The camping weekend was held at the organic hop farm, Organarchy (http://www.organarchyhops.com/).

    The camping weekend was held at the organic hop farm, Organarchy (http://www.organarchyhops.com/).

    I arrived and Matt and Will were in the process of getting their site setup.

    I arrived and Matt and Will were in the process of getting their site setup.

    I had already setup a few sites down from them...

    I had already setup a few sites down from them…

    So I moved next to where they setup.

    So I moved next to where they setup.

    Of course, after that it was beer time.

    Of course, after that it was beer time.

    There were several different brew clubs there, and lots of interesting people to meet.

    There were several different brew clubs there, and lots of interesting people to meet.

    And and as you may have guessed, there was a lot of beer, too (mostly home brew).

    And and as you may have guessed, there was a lot of beer, too (mostly home brew).

    That night I cooked tofu hot dogs for dinner.

    That night I cooked tofu hot dogs for dinner.

    Yummy!!!

    Yummy!!!

    There were a lot of people I knew at the event, including my old friend Chewie.

    There were a lot of people I knew at the event, including my old friend Chewie.

    There were plenty of activities to do...

    There were plenty of activities to do…

    But I mostly wandered around tasting everyone's beer.

    But I mostly wandered around tasting everyone’s beer.

    Friday night included live music.

    Friday night included live music.

    The next morning Matt, Will, and I went on a bike ride along the C&O canal.

    The next morning Matt, Will, and I went on a bike ride along the C&O canal.

    The hop farm is very close to the tow path, so it was an easy ride down to the Paw Paw Tunnel.

    The hop farm is very close to the tow path, so it was an easy ride down to the Paw Paw Tunnel.

    We stopped for a quick picture at the entrance...

    We stopped for a quick picture at the entrance…

    And then read the signs detailing the history.

    And then read the signs detailing the history.

    When building the tunnel, "Blasting the unstable shale with unpredictable blackpowder was dangerous business; injuries and deaths were commonplace."

    When building the tunnel, “Blasting the unstable shale with unpredictable blackpowder was dangerous business; injuries and deaths were commonplace.”

    This was the marker on the tow path to let us know where to head back to the hop farm.

    This was the marker on the tow path to let us know where to head back to the hop farm.

    When we arrived back at the farm, JD had arrived and was setting up his kegs on keg row.

    When we arrived back at the farm, JD had arrived and was setting up his kegs on keg row.

    I was going to play some Saturday morning vinyl, but my inverter wasn't working.

    I was going to play some Saturday morning vinyl, but my inverter wasn’t working.

    So we decided to just lay around and be bums.

    So we decided to just lay around and be bums.

    JD added his gear to our site, and now we looked like we knew what we were doing.

    JD added his gear to our site, and now we looked like we knew what we were doing.

    This is a registered trailer. Very cool.

    This is a registered trailer. Very cool.

    There was a yurt on site...

    There was a yurt on site…

    That was impressive in structure and size.

    That was impressive in structure and size.

    JD and I decided to go for a walk around the hop farm.

    JD and I decided to go for a walk around the hop farm.

    And I decided to add some fresh hops to my beer.

    And I decided to add some fresh hops to my beer.

    Ah, what a glorious day.

    Ah, what a glorious day.

    There was an old graveyard on site, with the most prominent name being Roby.

    There was an old graveyard on site, with the most prominent name being Roby.

    We walked down to the C&O canal...

    We walked down to the C&O canal…

    And came across some horseback riders as we walked.

    And came across some horseback riders as we walked.

    We decided to head down to the Potomac River.

    We decided to head down to the Potomac River.

    And we waded out into the middle for this picture.

    And we waded out into the middle for this picture.

    The water was the perfect temperature.

    The water was the perfect temperature.

    I never miss an opportunity to skip rocks.

    I never miss an opportunity to skip rocks.

    This was about 15 feet tall next to the river...

    This was about 15 feet tall next to the river…

    And this is the path we decided to climb up.

    And this is the path we decided to climb up.

    It took a few minutes, but we managed.

    It took a few minutes, but we managed.

    Coming back to the farm and you could see a lot of the camp sites.

    Coming back to the farm and you could see a lot of the camp sites.

    Cheers!!!!

    Cheers!!!!

    JD wanted to rest, so the rest of us headed down to the main area.

    JD wanted to rest, so the rest of us headed down to the main area.

    Coming into keg row.

    Coming into keg row.

    Dinner was being prepared.

    Dinner was being prepared.

    And many people were enjoying some social time together.

    And many people were enjoying some social time together.

    We headed back up to the site to get our chairs for dinner...

    We headed back up to the site to get our chairs for dinner…

    And when we got back, dinner was almost ready.

    And when we got back, dinner was almost ready.

    Everyone brought a dish to share.

    Everyone brought a dish to share.

    Everyone took their places...

    Everyone took their places…

    Speeches were given...

    Speeches were given…

    And then it was time to eat.

    And then it was time to eat.

    Lots of food for everyone.

    Lots of food for everyone.

    My plate.

    My plate.

    One of the attendees had brought along a telescope.

    One of the attendees had brought along a telescope.

    I held my camera up to the lens and got a good picture of the moon.

    I held my camera up to the lens and got a good picture of the moon.

    He built the telescope himself.

    He built the telescope himself.

    The mirror is the cool part.

    The mirror is the cool part.

    What is the shiny spot to the right of the moon?

    What is the shiny spot to the right of the moon?

    Oh, that's just Saturn and its rings.

    Oh, that’s just Saturn and its rings.

    We headed back down to the main area for some more beer.

    We headed back down to the main area for some more beer.

    Then the tap trailer was lit up for night time.

    Then the tap trailer was lit up for night time.

    There was also quite a large fire going with several people playing guitar.

    There was also quite a large fire going with several people playing guitar.

    The night was very clear.

    The night was very clear.

    JD decided to make use of the chalk to enhance the lettering.

    JD decided to make use of the chalk to enhance the lettering.

    Someone brought 33 different styles of Pringles.

    Someone brought 33 different styles of Pringles.

    It was getting late, and I was getting tired...

    It was getting late, and I was getting tired…

    So I headed back to my tent for the night.

    So I headed back to my tent for the night.

    The next morning we packed up to head home.

    The next morning we packed up to head home.

    But not before breakfast.

    But not before breakfast.

    Like the night before, there was plenty to eat.

    Like the night before, there was plenty to eat.

    On the way home, JD and I stopped in Frederick at Brewer's Alley.

    On the way home, JD and I stopped in Frederick at Brewer’s Alley.

    One last beer before the end to a great weekend!!!

    One last beer before the end to a great weekend!!!

  • Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is tomahop. Big beer bottles in the late summer.  Yum!!

    http://hashtagbeerporn.com/2015/08/22/apricot-whale/

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  • Now, There’s a Pop-Tart Beer

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    Craft beer and breakfast foods might not seem a natural fit, but there’s a growing line of breakfast-inspired craft beers.

    If you thought a beer based on Wheaties was offbeat, you ain’t seen nothing yet. San Francisco brewer 21st Amendment is upping the ante with Toaster Pastry, an India Red Ale that’s an homage to Pop-Tarts.

    The beer will be released at the opening party for the brewery’s new facility in San Leandro on Aug. 29 – and the flavor is an homage to that facility’s former focus. Long before 21st Amendment moved in, the former Kellogg Co. factory was used to make Frosted Flakes and Pop-Tarts.

    After its introduction at the brewery, the beer, which comes in at 7.6% alcohol by volume, will be available in 19.2 oz. cans – a new (and permanent) size for the brewery’s seasonal offerings. Samples aren’t yet available, so I can’t yet testify to the taste (a shame, given my passion for all things Pop-Tart).

    Worthy of note, though, is the beer’s IBU of 74, meaning it’s roughly as bitter as a Stone IPA. I’m eager to see how that bitterness blends with the sweetness you’d expect from something with ties to a toaster pastry.

    More cereal beers coming, too

    Not a fan of Wheaties and prefer your Pop-Tarts in their traditional form?

    How about a Count Chocula beer?

    General Mills, which worked with Fulton Beer to launch HefeWheaties, has already got its next breakfast concoction in the works. Colorado’s Black Bottle Brewery will work with the company to bring back its Count Chocula-flavored beer next week.

    The beer debuted last year, when Black Bottle employees bought pretty much every available box of the seasonal cereal from the Albertsons grocery store in Fort Collins, Co. to make the inaugural batch. (General Mills will supply the cereal to the brewer this year.)

    The Count Chocula beer was hardly an aberration for the brewer. It’s Cerealiously line of beers has previous included Honey Bunches of Oats, Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (the brewer puts the cereal in a bag to prevent pieces from getting into the beer – in a procedure that’s similar to dry hopping.)

    “We decided to do a milk stout as the base,” says Sean Nook, founder of Black Bottle. “And I was like ‘I want to put cereal in it and change it up.’ … It’s a fun, silly thing. It’s not one of our better beers … It tastes more like chocolate than it does cereal, but it’s still a beer.”

    Craft beer and breakfast foods might not seem a natural fit, but they’ve teamed up in several ways. Vermont’s Potlicker Kitchen, for instance, offers shoppers a variety of jellies with a beer base – ranging from IPAs and Oatmeal Stouts to Hefeweizens and Porters. There’s even one made from Heady Topper there. Bloomberg tried them and said they taste like, well, jelly.

    For most craft beer lovers, though, it’s nuanced, layered ‘breakfast beers’ that are in high demand. Founder’s various breakfast stouts are widely sought after – and a breakfast beer was one of the first ideas Sam Calagione had when he was developing his Dogfish Head brewpub.

    Unfortunately, I can’t vouch for the quality or taste of any of the recent breakfast cereal beers (though Cerealiously Count Chocula will be poured at next month’s Great American Beer Festival, which I’ll be attending). However, if you’re in the market for a more traditional breakfast beer, here are a few to try.

    Founder’s Breakfast Stout – An absolutely terrific stout. Full bodied with medium carbonation and incredibly smooth, it’s a testament to what the style should aim for. With a strong malty backbone and notable coffee and chocolate notes, it’s the creamy oatmeal flavors that really stood out for me. It’s not too heavy. And the layers of flavor you’ll experience as you drink it and as it warms are phenomenal. (ABV: 8.3%)

    Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout – Out of Folgers? Don’t have anything real important to do that day? This might be an alternative to consider. Loaded with coffee beans, this is a pitch black beer that has the roasted flavor you expect from a good cup of Joe. And it’s good both cold or at room temperature. Just beware of that ABV. It creeps up on you. (ABV: 9.62%)

    Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout – This beer can scare some people away with its dense darkness, but it’s not nearly as heavy as it appears. Medium bodied and quite smooth, you’ll get the roasted malts and some coffee notes initially, followed by the oatmeal, with a bit of sweetness at the finish. It’s a creamy, easy to drink stout. (ABV: 5%)

    Source: http://fortune.com/

  • Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is Tom. The golden hue of a back-lit beer.  Makes me thirsty just looking at it.

    http://hashtagbeerporn.com/2015/08/11/beerphonography/

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  • Wheaties Beer Is Unveiled: It’s A Hefeweizen

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    HefeWheaties is a new beer from Fulton, which collaborated on the brew with another Minneapolis company, General Mills.

    It had to happen. For years, the Wheaties slogan – “breakfast of champions” — has been invoked by beer lovers who pop open an adult beverage before noon. Now the cereal company is putting its name and logo on a beer.

    That beer is called HefeWheaties, the result of a collaboration between two Minneapolis companies: cereal-maker General Mills and brewer Fulton Beer. As the name implies, the beer is a hefeweizen, the German style that relies on wheat for its base.

    HefeWheaties, we were only somewhat disappointed to learn, does not include actual Wheaties. The beer is unfiltered and comes in a 16-ounce “tall boy” can, Fulton says. It will hit the market on Aug. 26 — but only at Twin Cities locations.

    “We’ll see how people react to it,” says Fulton’s Ryan Petz, the brewery’s president and co-founder. “If it’s something everybody loves, we’ll obviously consider doing it again in a bigger and more widely distributed way in the future.”

    According to the General Mills blog, “The idea for HefeWheaties came up earlier this summer, thanks to some connections between Fulton’s team” and some of the cereal-makers’ employees.

    “It’s the first alcohol partnership for Wheaties, General Mills’ original cereal, which was born in the 1920s,” reports the Star Tribune.

    But if you’re thinking this might start a series of beer-cereal tie-ins, you should think again. When asked on Facebook if a Count Chocula stout might be in the offing, Fulton responded, “That’s a negative Ghost Rider.”

     

    Source: http://www.npr.org/

  • Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is Tom. For the love of beer indeed.

    http://hashtagbeerporn.com/2015/08/07/lagunitas-pils-2/

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  • Just 11 Companies Brew 90 Percent of Beers Sold in the US

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    Today there are more breweries than ever in the U.S., but finding one that’s independent is a lot harder than you’d expect.

    Using data from Beer Marketer’s Insights, Market Watch found that a staggering 90 percent of all beers sold in the U.S. in 2014 came from just 11 companies. Though there are more than 3,400 breweries in the U.S., about 1,400 of those beer makers are not producing beer that’s sold in bars or on store shelves.

    Craft beer is on the rise, generating over 19 percent of the entire American beer industry’s $101.5 billion in sales. But the fast growing imported beer market also accounts for a significant piece of the beer drinking pie. According to Nielsen data, the amount of Mexican beer sold in grocery stores in the last year is equal to the amount of all craft beer sold from supermarket and convenience store shelves.

    And despite the fact that there’s more choice, one beer produced by a big brewer continues to dominate. Last year, 38 million barrels of Bud Light were sold in the U.S.— which equates to one out of every five beers sold.

    Take a look at the list of the biggest brewers selling in the U.S. to see how acquisitions through the years continue to reduce independent brewers in the country.

    1. Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Brands: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Ice, Bud Light Lime, Busch, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Bass, Boddington’s Stella Artois, Beck’s, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Kirin, Landshark Lager, Goose Island, 10 Barrel, Blue Point, Elysian, Redbridge, Natural Light, Shock Top, Wild Blue, Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider, Oculto, various malt liquors and flavored malt beverages.

    Share of U.S. market: 45%

    2. MillerCoors

    Brands: Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Coors Light Citrus Radler, Extra Gold Lager, Hamm’s, Herny Weinhard’s, Icehouse, Keystone, Killian’s Irish Red, Magnum, Mickey’s, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life, Miller Lite, Miller 64, Milwaukee’s Best, Olde English, Red Dog, Steel Reserve, Aguila, Cristal, Cusqueña, Grolsch, Lech, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s, Foster’s, Molson, Redd’s Apple Ale, Crispin, Smith & Forge, Sparks, Third Shift.

    Share of U.S. Market: 26%

    3. Heineken USA

    Brands: Heineken, Dos Equis, Amstel Light, Tecate, Newcastle, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca, Bohemia, Strongbow cider.

    Share of U.S. market: 4%

    4. Constellation Brands

    Brands: Corona, Modelo, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, Victoria, Tsingtao. (other alcoholic brands include Robert Mondavi, Ravenswood, Kim Crawford, Ruffino and Svedka Vodka)

    5. Pabst

    Brands: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Ballantine IPA, Old Milwaukee, Lone Star, Rainier, Olympia, National Bohemian, Old Style, Primo, Stroh’s, Stag, Schaefer, Schmidt’s, Pearl, Blatz, McSorley’s, St. Ides, Champale, Colt 45.

    6. Boston Beer Co.

    Brands: Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard, Twisted Tea, Traveler shandies, Angel City, Coney Island Craft Lagers, Concrete Beach

    7. North American Breweries

    Brands: Genesee, Dundee, Imperial, Labatt (U.S. distribution, owned by A-B), Magic Hat, Portland Brewing, Pyramid

    8. Diageo North America

    Brands: Guinness, Harp, Red Stripe, Kilkenny, Tusker, Bell, Serengeti, Senator Keg

    9. Craft Brew Alliance

    Brands: Widmer Brothers, Redhook, Kona, Omission, Square Mile cider

    (AB InBev owns a 32.2% stake in this company)

    10. Gambrinus

    Brands: Shiner, BridgePort, Trumer Pils

    11. Duvel Moortgat USA

    Brands: Duvel, Brewery Ommegang, Boulevard, Firestone Walker

    Source: http://www.foxnews.com/

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