The annual West Coast dash for the short supply of Russian River Brewing's annual "pub draft only" release Pliny the Younger had one Portland bar thinking outside the box to make sure their regulars didn't have to wait in line to get a taste of the short-in-supply release. The Beer Monger listed their supply of Pliny's triple IPA as Miller High Life at $7 a pint.
But even if you were tipped off by the high price tag for a pint of High Life, your Pliny-privileges would be taken if there were any "...yelping, tweeting, selfieing, facebooking, instagramming, posting and/ or whatever else it is you kids do these days." (Inside Scoop SF) That's dedication to your regulars.
This month we've been exploring different styles of pale ale and tasted a few examples of India Pale Ales and American pale ale. Check out our reviews of English IPA Samuel Smith's India Ale, AleSmith's IPA, an American IPA and Samuel Adams' Whitewater IPA, a cross between a witbier and American IPA.
And as a treat we got to taste a limited release beer from Samuel Adams. Check out our review of their 10th Anniversary limited release of experimental beer, Utopias and leave your comments!
An article by Quartz online on Friday reported that the fastest growing craft beer is far from being produced by a craft microbrewery. Brazilian-Belgian big beer corporation Anheuser-Busch Inbev developed Shock Top, an unfiltered Belgian style wheat beer, as a response to MillerCoors' Blue Moon, another widely available and popular wheat beer.
India Pale Ales
On Thursday the Canadian women's ice hockey team beat the United States for gold and the Canadian men's hockey team beating the U.S. on Friday. And responding to Canadian Prime Minister Harper, Obama just added two cases of beer to the national debt via Twitter:
What beer do you think he'll send? @BarackObama, if you need suggestions, our vote at the moment would be AleSmith's IPA.
Check out the review and leave your comments.
Pale ale has historically been a catch-all term for warm fermented beers that are light in color. This month we dive a little deeper into the varying styles of pale ale and their history.
Happy New Year from About.com Beer! If you're looking for alternatives to champagne to ring in the new year, there are plenty of beers brewed in the 'methode champenoise', a method of production ordinarily used to make champagne that a few breweries and daring brewmasters have tapped to make crisp champagne-like beers that carry the complexity of some of the most well crafted beers and the finesse of the smoothest sparkling wines. See our short list of champagne beers here.
A few weeks ago we published a piece on the Italian craft beer scene and the new wave of craft breweries like Birreficio Le Baladin. Baladin has partnered with Delaware brewery, Dogfish Head, Italian craft brewery Birra Del Borgo and molecular archaeologist Dr. Pat McGovern to reproduce a 2,800 year old Etruscan ale in three unique bottlings. Check out our review of Dogfish Head's bottling of Birra Etrusca Bronze here.
Happy New Year!
In Lorain, OH, legislation led by Representative Dan Ramos (D) and a team of 20 legislators just re-introduced legislation that will allow the sale and brewing of beer with alcohol content of up to 21% ABV. Less than 10 of the United States limit beer's relative alcohol content including Mississippi which currently caps beer ABV at a lower 10.3% (or 8% ABW), up from 6.3% ABV in early 2012.
Up until now, the allowable alcohol content of beer by volume has been 12%. So while Ohioans may not be able to produce their own Snake Venom yet (67.5% ABV), high ABV styles like Sam Adams' Millenium (20% ABV) are no longer out of reach.
For more detail on the history behind the recent developments in Ohio beer law, check out Overturning 12, an Ohio blog focused on Ohio beer legislation reform.
For the latest Craft Beer Review, check out our tasting notes of Southern Tier Brewing Company's bottle-conditioned Live Pale Ale here.
Hoppy Holidays and Buone Vacanze!
For the holidays, here's a list of the best gifts for beer lovers from great gift baskets to resources and the best supplies to brew your own.
If you're looking for great new beers to try during the holidays, one of the fastest growing markets for beer has been Italian small batch craft brewing. Breweries like Birrificio Le Baladin, Birrificio Montegioco, and Birrificio Italiano have been creating inventive beers that have caught the attention of and won collaborations with some of the most successful craft brewers in the U.S.
A new beer book was recently released. It covers beer and beer styles from a global perspective. With information about regional variations on brewing methods, history, tasting notes for beers from over 35 countries and pretty much anything else you might want to know about beer from anywhere in the world. Check out this great new beer book.
Here are the articles I've been working on for this month:
- Autumn Beer
- Good Beer and Good Food: The Pairing Project
- Beer In the Kitchen - It's Not Just for Bratwurst Anymore
- Summer Beer - Four Styles, Four Brands
- Oktoberfest - A Wedding Anniversary, a Festival, and a Beer Style
- Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Crisp Apple tasting notes and review
- Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Apple Ginger tasting notes and review
- Beer for wine lovers