There have been a lot of changes made by the Brewers Association this year. At the beginning of the year, the BA announced changes they made to their designation of “small” in its definition of a “craft brewer” and just recently, the BA announced changes made to the Great American Beer Festival in that they’ve expanded their competition to include U.S. Territories. What was once strictly limited to the 50 states of the U.S., breweries located in the unincorporated, organized U.S. Territories of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands will now be eligible to enter the GABF.
I think this is great and hopefully it will encourage brewers in those areas to step up and make a name for themselves. I’ll be watching closely and I can’t wait until one of them brings home a medal!
POTUS Obama is into beer and I am into that. We first saw this with the Beer Summit in 2009 and we’re seeing this again now as the White House just introduced White House Honey Ale. Brewed for the President’s Super Bowl party, White House Honey Ale is a homebrewed beer brewed by one of the White House chefs and was made using a pound of honey from the White House beehive.
White House Honey Ale wasn’t the only beer on hand. The White House ordered three cases of craft beer from Hinterland Brewery of Green Bay, WI and Yuengling of Pottsville, PA to represent and pay homage to the two competing teams.
Now I just need to track myself down a bottle, I think it would go nicely next to my rocks glass that belonged to President Bush and somehow ended up in my possession…
Ladies, stumped on what to get your man for Valentine’s Day? Sam Adams and FromYouFlowers.com have teamed up to create the ultimate beer themed basket that will make things simple on your end and will be sure to please him. Sadly, there is no beer in the basket but there is enough of other awesome things to keep him busy. Exclusively available through FromYouFlowers.com, the Samuel Adams “Hoppy Valentines” basket includes:
· 2- Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glasses
· 2- Samuel Adams Key Chain / Bottle Openers
· 6 oz. Bavarian Noble Hops Flower Buds in a Collectible Glass Hexagon Jar
· Green & Black Maya Gold Organic Dark Chocolate
· 8 oz. Glacier Ridge Smoked Gouda
· 8 oz. Columbus Salame, Butcher Wrap
· 1.5 oz. Jack Allen Sour Dough Rounds
· 2.0 oz. Jack Allen California Pistachios
· 1.8 oz. Jack Allen Chocolate Dipped Truffle Cookies
· 1.5 oz. J&A Fruit & Nut Mix
· Stainless Steel Cheese Knife
· Blue Presentation Tray 17 x 11.5 x 2.5
Retailing for $46, the Samuel Adams “Hoppy Valentines” basket can be purchased on the FromYouFlowers.com website.
That’s what Miller High Life wants to be anyway. Miller High Life just unveiled a new marketing campaign and it’s pretty simple; no multi-million dollar professional athlete sponsorships, no Super Bowl commercials, and no ads with famous celebrities in them. Instead, they want to sponsor you. For just two minutes of your time, you can be sponsored by them. Will you receive a multi-million dollar sponsorship? Well, no. But you could be featured on their Facebook page or even appear in one of their advertisements. See the full post »
The Weihenstephan Brewery is the oldest continually operating brewery in the world with documents tracing their roots back to the year 768 and their Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is world class and one of my favorite wheat beers, if not one of my favorite beers period. I stumbled across a game on their website and it declared me “born a pour master.” Pretty cool.
After all my hard work, this isn’t a title I take likely.
What are you?
We love contests. We love creativity. We love thinking outside of the box and we love people who think outside of the box as well. And of course, we love beer and beverage in general. With that said, the Great Northern Brewery’s Black Star Barter is getting us excited as there is no limit as to how awesome this will be.
The idea is simple — what would you do or trade for a year’s supply of Black Star Beer? Black Star is looking for the most outrageous, over-the-top submissions and nothing is off-limits, with off-the-wall submissions being encouraged. If you can rock the socks off the judges who will be evaluating submissions based on creativity, awesomeness, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm, you’ll earn yourself a year’s worth a Black Star Beer. That is 52 cases, or 1,248 beers, enough to drink 3.4 beers per day for an entire year, which sounds like an awesome predicament to find oneself in. There can only be one winner, however, so you better show up ready to rock.
The Black Star Barter will be held Saturday February 5, 2011 at The Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish, Montana. For more information, times, and contact information, please visit the Black Star Beer website.
We foresee buffalos, live or stuffed, preferably stuffed for safety’s sake, the world’s largest burrito, and people claiming to be able to sneeze with their eyes open, but don’t take our word for it, go and see for yourself. Mutineer Editor in Chief Alan Kropf has already started the bartering with tots. Tater tots. Good luck beating that.
Bock Fest 2011 is a celebration of some of the best Bocks and winter beers from around the world. On January 15, join Bock Fest’s judging panel of celebrities, beverage experts, and television personalities in crowning the Winter Beer Festival Champion of the world as well as voting for the people’s choice award of which beer you, the participants, like best. Featuring over 69 different beers, there will be plenty of beers to try!
Bock Fest 2011 will be held at the Olympic Collection in Los Angeles on January 15 from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $35 each and include a souvenir glass mug and unlimited tastings. Only 22 tickets remain and tickets will not be sold at the door, so if you’re interested, buy now! Proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities.
Visit their website for more information.
It’s 2011. To many, it’s just another year. For those really into beer, it’s the year Sam Adams
Utopias is released. Released every odd year since 2003, Utopias is the world’s strongest naturally fermented beer. “But what about the beaver that had the 110 proof bottle of beer in it??” First of all, it was either a squirrel or a stoat, depending on which of the eleven bottles produced you saw. Second, that was achieved through ice distillation, which essentially is freezing alcohol to where the water freezes and separates and the alcohol left behind is a more concentrated product than what was started with, which they do repeatedly until they get the desired strength. Sam Adams, however, manages to achieve a staggering 27% alcohol by volume beer all at the hands of yeasts that are typically reserved for wine and champagne, along with ale yeast.
Utopias itself is brewed using traditional methods and is a blend of several malts and three variety of Noble hops; Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, and Tettnang Tettnanger — and it is then blended and aged in a variety of different barrels. Sam Adams uses some fairly obscure barrels, some of which have been filled holding liquids for as long as 18 years before being blended into the final product. This year’s batch was finished in sherry casks from Spain and Madeira and port casks from Portugal, all of which gives it tremendous depth and flavor. See the full post »