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New Belgium 1554

A few weeks ago, I tried New Belgium 1554 but was confused on the name change. I found this post which explains all!

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Don’t Get Duped Again!

craft-check-app-3Big Beer is getting increasingly clever at fooling people into thinking they are craft breweries. This app will never leave you guessing again!

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Coors Light Party Train Crashes

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Beer Flavor Jelly Belly

Worth a shot if Jelly Belly wants to send me a sample!

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Interesting Beer Facts from Mental Floss

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Ommegang Announce New Game of Thrones Beer


(Cooperstown, NY) – The next beer in the Game of Thrones-inspired series is being readied for market, and the brew kettle at Brewery Ommegang is running hotter than ever.Brewery Ommegang and HBO jointly announce the third beer in their successful partnership, Fire and Blood Red Ale, will release in the run-up to the show’s return to air in spring 2014. The new beer, inspired by House Targaryen, features a series of labels, one for each of the three dragons on the show: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.

Fire and Blood follows Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013) and Take the Black Stout (available now) in the hugely popular and unique partnership between the network and Brewery Ommegang. The first beer in the series, Iron Throne, flew off retail shelves and poured through tap spigots at an unheard of pace, leading to two additional brews. Just released (and at 2.5x the scale of Iron Throne), Take the Black is enjoying similar success as fans of great beer are getting into stores early to ensure they don’t miss out. Timed for the launch of Season 4, Ommegang’s Fire and Blood is sure to find interest at a feverish pitch.

Ommegang-Fire-Blood-Red-Ale-topFire and Blood Red Ale is brewed with pilsner, spelt, rye and other specialty malts. It’s hopped with Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops and spiced with ancho chilies for additional complexity. The hue is deep, dark red with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. Aromas include ripe fruit, raisins, slight spice and malt, with a slight floral, spicy hop character. Taste includes fruit with sweet malt character that gives way to faint dryness. The sweet malt is balanced by spicy rye and hop characters with an underlying raisin and prune note. The finish offers balanced malt and spicy characters from hops and rye.

“Once again, we really worked hard to ensure the beer tied nicely into the themes of the show,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang. “Obviously the use of ancho chilies pays homage to the dragons, but the use of rye and spelt wheat links back to the Dothraki people that Daenerys is leading – they are nomads of the plains and these are the grains that would be well at home there.”

“Our partnership with Brewery Ommegang has been a huge success, and we look forward to Fire and Blood being the hottest entry yet,” said Josh Goodstadt, Director of HBO Global Licensing. “Ommegang has consistently delivered superior quality beers that reflect a deep passion for the show and open up an entirely new facet of the series to its legion of fans and beer lovers alike.”

Fire and Blood Red Ale will be released in spring (exact launch date still TBC) in the lead-up to the debut of Season 4. It will be available nationwide on both draft (sixth-barrels) and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces). The recommended retail price is $8.50 per bottle.

Unfortunately, I was unable to set my hands on the first beer, but I loved Take the Black Stout. I’ve become somewhat of a Game of Thrones nerd, having watched the show and just started the second book. Really excited about this one!

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Ohio Breweries at Great American Beer Fest

Here’s a look at how Ohio will be represented at the Great American Beer Fest.

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Beer Gods and Goddesses

Fascinating info here from Brookston Beer Bulletin with an exhaustive list of beer and brewing gods, goddess, and feast/celebration days.  Can’t imagine how long it took to put this together, but cheers to them for completing it. Very cool!

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Hangover-Free Beer?


Nutrition researchers at the Griffith Health Institute (GHI) have found that it’s possible to improve the hydrating effects of beer, without killing off its taste. Therefore people who enjoy a cold one at the end of a hard day’s labour won’t be at risk of dehydration.

While beer has long been known to contain positive nutrients resulting from its plant origins and fermentation process, the alcohol content means it goes out faster than water, which increases dehydration and its obvious neurological effects.

The consumption of alcohol by people who are dehydrated is also known to increase the likelihood of risky behaviour.

Associate Professor Ben Desbrow from GHI’s Centre for Health Practice Innovation has been looking at improving the health qualities of beer by combing electrolytes and reducing alcohol to find if hydration can be improved. He says that the answer is yes, by a substantial margin.

“We basically manipulated the electrolyte levels of two commercial beers, one regular strength and one light beer and gave it to research subjects who’d just lost a significant amount of sweat by exercising. We then used several measures to monitor the participant’s fluid recovery to the different beers,” he says.

“Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at rehydrating the subjects.”

The ‘improved’ light beer was actually a third more effective at hydrating a person than normal beer.

I support this research! Although, the hangover does serve as a reminder that you’ve been an idiot. Double-edged sword.

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Beer Labels in Motion

Check out the very cool beer labels in motion over at


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