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News from Czech beer scene plus some more stuff. Na zdravi!

BEER ME! with Gabriel Pocrass – Episode 1 “Fort Collins, Colorado” — December 17, 2014
5+1 Monday Beer Readings (8) — May 12, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (8)


Craft beer trends: Sour, less boozy, collaborations
Beer lovers are far from souring on craft beer, but many brewers are turning to sour beers and other new twists to keep the growing beer category fresh. In addition to beers that may cause lips to pucker, there’s an inpouring of hoppy but lower-alcohol session brews and luxuriant, wildly inventive beers borne out of collaborations between brewers. Such experimentation is “pushing the envelope of what beer can be and finding new flavors,” says Greg Engert, beer director of Bluejacket brewery and restaurant in Washington, D.C. As overall U.S. beer consumption has declined slightly in recent years, craft beer is on the rise. Consumers spent an estimated $14.3 billion on craft beer in 2013, according to the Brewers Association, up 20% from the $11.9 billion spent in 2012.

Brouwerij Boelens
One of the benefits of this kind of tour is that you get to meet the people behind the various bars and breweries, and to hear them tell the story behind the company and explain how they think. At Boelens we got more of this, since we were met by the founder and brewer, Kris Boelen himself. (This is part 2 of the Scandinavian beer bloggers’ tour.)

City illustrations highlight the world’s best breweries
All homes to famous breweries, Dublin, Sao Paulo, Bangkok and more are illustrated in gorgeous colour. If the likes of our Designer’s Guide to London are anything to go by, it’s safe to say that cities are packed full of inspiration. Here, illustrator Sam Brewster has found something in common with every one of his city illustrations – they are all home to an influential brewery.

How hot is too hot?
A few weeks ago, our tasting panel capped off a night of blind judging by sampling some of the hottest chili beers around. The experience was intense, and got me wondering about the audience that goes in for scorching hot beers. The three beers we popped open were Stone’s Crime and Punishment and Twisted Pine’s Ghost Face Killah. All of the judges—and myself—enjoy spicy foods (one of the judges even grows hot chilies in his backyard), but these beers were beyond our threshold. To put it into perspective, here’s what goes into making the beers:

America’s Changing Tastes Are Killing the ‘Old Man Beer’ Market
Just a few weeks ago we told you that the staggering growth of the craft beer market here in the US has forced the Brewer’s Association, the Colorado-based not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries — craft and otherwise — to relocate to larger headquarters. But now it’s looking like thirsty Americans’ growing tastes for more full-flavored libations are taking a huge bite out of the “Old Man Beer” market. USA Today reports that this major seismic shift is being felt by real sales numbers. Data provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights shows a 2.3 percent decrease, across the board, in beer consumption. That’s nearly 4.8 million barrels.


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New Stout Glass by Left Hand Brewing Co. Beautiful! — April 3, 2014

New Stout Glass by Left Hand Brewing Co. Beautiful!

I´ve been very very nice and if you want to give me some present – I LOVE THIS GLASS! So awesome, such a piece of beer glass art. Well done Left Hand!


The New Standard in Stout Glass is here: introducing Spiegelau’s next style specific glass, developed in collaboration with Left Hand Brewing Company and Rogue Ales!

Stout Glass Merits:

  • Voluminous, open bottom glass base drives beer and aromatic foam upward into main bowl
  • Ultra-pure quartz material makes for unsurpassed clarity and flawless, true color presentation of stout beer
  • Wider, conical bowl significantly amplifies aromas & also provides superior flow to mid palate, improving the taste, mouth feel and finish of complex a stout
  • Stark, angular shape and open base creates dramatic visual cascading effect into glass as beer is poured

Get your Left Hand Stout Glass!

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The Top 50 Craft Breweries In The USA, According To The Brewers Association —

The Top 50 Craft Breweries In The USA, According To The Brewers Association

samadamsThe Top 50 Craft Breweries 2014

  1. Boston Beer Co. (Boston, MA)
  2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA)
  3. New Belgium Brewing Co (Fort Collins, CO)
  4. Gambrinus (San Antonio, TX)
  5. Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA)
  6. Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
  7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Galesburg, MI)
  8. Duvel Moortgat USA (Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY)
  9. Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  10. Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
  11. Matt Brewing Co. (Utica, NY)
  12. Harpoon Brewery (Boston, MA)
  13. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)
  14. Shipyard Brewing Co. (Portland, ME)
  15. Abita Brewing Co. (Abita Springs, LA)
  16. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA)
  17. Alaskan Brewing Co. (Juneau, AK)
  18. New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus, WI)
  19. SweetWater Brewing Co. (Atlanta, GA)
  20. Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH)
  21. Anchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, CA)
  22. Long Trail Brewing Co. (Bridgewater Corners, VT)
  23. Summit Brewing Co. (St. Paul, MN)
  24. Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, CO)
  25. Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, OR)
  26. Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)
  27. Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)
  28. Victory Brewing Co. (Downingtown, PA)
  29. Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
  30. Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR)
  31. Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood NY 6
  32. Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse (Cold Spring, MN)
  33. Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)
  34. Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO)
  35. Stevens Point Brewery Co. (Stevens Point, WI)
  36. Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, CA)
  37. Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe (Eureka, CA)
  38. Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO)
  39. CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. (Chattanooga & Louisville, TN/CO)
  40. Breckenridge Brewery (Denver, CO)
  41. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
  42. Blue Point Brewing Co. (Patchogue, NY)
  43. Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  44. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. (Huntington Beach, CA)
  45. North Coast Brewing Co. Inc. (Fort Bragg, CA)
  46. Uinta Brewing Co. (Salt Lake City, UT)
  47. Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME)
  48. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (Houston, TX)
  49. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. (San Jose, CA)
  50. 21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, CA)