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From The Beer Blog
By Rick Armon Published: March 18, 2013
Great Black Swamp Brewing Co. is expanding its distribution into Northeast Ohio and Columbus. In Northeast Ohio, the Toledo brewery is available now exclusively at West Point Market in Akron. The grocery started carrying the brewery last week.
“At some point this year, we’re hoping to move into the Cleveland area and Columbus,” co-owner and brewer Paul Traver said.
Great Black Swamp launched in 2010 in Toledo. It distributes its beer both on draft and bottles.
Toledo isn’t all that far from me, but I’ve never seen any of their beers down here. I’ll have to keep an eye out!
KINGSTON, MA – The United Kingdom’s number one selling bottled beer, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer has recently made its debut in the United States. Now available in 18 states, famed Crabbie’s (4.8%) is fermented with the finest imported ginger and steeped for up to eight weeks to allow the complex natural flavors to fully develop, creating a smooth ginger beer with deep, deliciously spicy flavor and a sparkling finish. Crabbie’s is a refreshing ginger beer – only for grown-ups – that is ideal served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime.
“Crabbie’s is a great alternative for people who like to drink beer or cider, with no equal in today’s American market,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s. “With the current U.S. explosion of beers brewed with herbs and spices, we can’t imagine a better time to introduce Crabbie’s to America’s discerning drinkers.”
Scottish merchant-adventurer John Crabbie first imported ginger from the Far East into the ancient port of Leith, Edinburgh in 1801. Today, more than 200 years later, John Crabbie’s still uses the same ginger to develop the one-of-a-kind flavor of their ginger beer.
Crabbie’s is available for purchase in two formats: a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a larger 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, it can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as the classic Dark and Stormy and the Moscow Mule.
Crabbie’s can currently be found at fine retailers, restaurants and bars in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Personally, I’ve never heard of this. But I do enjoy Ginger beer, so I’ll keep an eye out.
Read this article about Eudora Brewing coming soon to Kettering, Ohio, just outside Dayton. Looks like it’ll be a brewpub and will also be offering brew-on premise, which I think is a great idea. I’ll be planning a trip to Kettering once it’s open!
November 2, 2012—CLEVELAND, OHIO—Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) will add two new members to their exceptional family of beers in 2013. Alchemy Hour Double IPA and Rye of the Tiger IPA will satisfy hopheads and adventurous craft beer enthusiasts with bold but balanced flavor profiles.
Alchemy Hour Double IPA:
Style: Double India Pale Ale
First Available: February
Packaging: 4-Pack, Draft
ABV: 9.4% ABW: 7.5% IBU: 80
Flavor: Hop-forward with a balanced blend of Mosaic and Nugget hops.
Name Origin: On the West Coast, surfers have a term for that perfect time of day, when the waves are breaking just right and it feels like you can ride forever. They call it Alchemy Hour. Alchemy Hour Double IPA pays tribute to the North Coast’s unlikely surf bums and the ancient quest for liquid gold, wherever it may live: on the ocean, in a lake, in a bottle.
Rye of the Tiger IPA:
Style: India Pale Ale
First Available: April
Packaging: 6-Pack, 12-Pack, Draft
ABV: 7.5% ABW: 6.0% IBU: 92
Flavor: Strong citrus and pine presence with a clean, dry finish.
Name Origin: Named for its fierce hop profile and sharp rye content, Rye of the Tiger is a thrilling India Pale Ale with bite. If you can handle this hopped-up cat, you’ve earned your stripes.
Great Lakes Brewing Company’s 2013 Seasonal Program:
January—Conway’s Irish Ale
February—Alchemy Hour Double IPA
April—Rye of the Tiger IPA
May—Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA
June—The Wright Pils
August—Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale
I am very interested in the Rye of the Tiger. Christmas Ale is a yearly treat. And I still haven’t found an Oktoberfest that’s better.
LONGMONT, CO – Fade to Black. That time of year when the light fades away. In the fourth year of the renowned winter series, Left Hand introduces a Rocky Mountain Black Ale as Volume 4. Showcasing the duality of dry roasted malts and hop bitterness, Colorado Centennial hops take center stage of this pitch black ale.
Volume 4 looms overs its predecessors with a sharp bitterness and dry roast, celebrating the darkness and leering in the face of warmer days. The ale pours black as a winter night with an off white head. Your first inhale is dominated by citrus and roast, as slight sweet malt gets pushed back by initial citrusy hops followed by powerful Italian Amaro, Gentian and hop bitterness. The Rocky Mountain Black Ale finishes with a pleasant duality of dry roasted malts and hop bitterness.
Brewed for the darkness, Fade to Black speaks in volumes. Volume IV is the latest edition of Left Hand’s esteemed winter seasonal series. The Fade to Black family made its presence known beginning in 2009 with Volume 1, when the Foreign Export Stout won GABF Gold. The following years have presented our handsmoked Smoked Baltic Porter in 2010 and last year’s Pepper Porter featuring Chipotle, Serrano, & Ancho chiles, as Volume 2 and 3 respectively. This year’s Rocky Mountain Black Ale takes its place in the Fade to Black series, standing apart as the dry and bitter cousin. Perfect for those chilly winter nights, Left Hand’s Fade to Black is a cult favorite, as fans eagerly seek out each year’s offering.
About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating nineteen years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. The brewery has received 18 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and 8 medals at the World Beer Cup, and its beers are now available in 25 states. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”
From Colonial Williamsburg:
Did you know that in the 18th century, beer was the drink of choice for adults and children of all ages due to its nutritional value, its uncanny ability to lift the spirit, and the fact that it was considered cleaner than water? This fall, Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating the rich tradition of the brewing process, the ale house, and the local seasonal flavors that the colonists pioneered and that we still enjoy today.
Guests are invited to witness first-hand the process, techniques, and secrets of 18th century brewing practices during The Arts and Mysteries of Brewing program. The demonstration will be held at Governor’s Palace Scullery on October 7, October 27, and November 11 from 10:00am-3:45pm. Admission to the program is included in a regular Colonial Williamsburg admission pass. A sneak peek video of the demonstration, highlighting how Williamsburg Alewerks Microbrewery recreates the colonial brewing process for modern consumption in Old Stitch, can be viewed here.
The brewery’s Old Stitch Ale comes bottled and is also available on tap at Colonial Williamsburg’s numerous local taverns, including Chowning’s Tavern, which offers décor, service, and menus evocative of the 18th century. After hours, it turns into an authentic 18th Century alehouse, complete with sing-alongs, character performances, and games. In addition to serving Old Stitch Ale, Chowning’s offers other local favorites such as St. George Nut Brown Ale and Legend Brown Ale, both made at local Virginia breweries.
Huzzah! BBQ Grille also offers a wide selection of unique regional artisanal beers in flights of full servings alongside Southern BBQ favorites.
Williamsburg, Virginia is a little far away for me to make, but it sounds like a pretty cool event. Being a modest homebrewer myself, I’d be interested to see how much the process has changed.
Really interesting study from National Journal here. It looks at people’s beer preference and how it relates to voting Republican or Democrat and voter turn out, as well. Not surprisingly, microbrew (craft beer) drinkers tend to vote more Democrat and have a very high turn out. Bud Light drinkers are pretty much split right down the middle in all four categories. How does this match up for you?
Legal-drinking-age consumers with the first, middle or last name Miller will receive a gift card equivalent to the cost of a case of Miller Lite so they can enjoy a little Miller Time with their friends.
This is a big promotion Miller is running across the country. Personally, free is about the only way I would drink Miller Lite. You know, the company that wants you to “man-up” with a light adjunct lager.