Czech Beer Blog

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

2014 Beer of the Year by Polish bloggers — February 9, 2015
BrewDog This.Is.Lager Video — October 24, 2014

BrewDog This.Is.Lager Video

This is the end of brainwashed, glassy-eyed beer consumption.
This is the start of something special.
This is craft beer.
This. Is. Lager.

True to its namesake. True to itself. True to you, the drinker. No additives. No big expensive billboard campaign. No added colours. No fakery. Just. Lager.

PINTA Pierwsza Pomoc 10,5° — September 18, 2014

PINTA Pierwsza Pomoc 10,5°

Pilsners are back and on the rise! First BrewDog now Pinta Browar. Famous craft breweries are trying to prove that they too can make a real good pilsner; style which is more connected to industrial breweries than to the craft ones. I haven´t had a chance to try them yet but I´m very curious!

“The First Aid” pilsener is made from five different malts (Weyermann®: pilsnener, monachijski II, Caramunich®, Carapils®) and two different polish hops (Marynka, Lubelski). The premiere is set to september 20th and it will be available in a beer bars and shops accross Poland and in Pinta Pub in Krakow.

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San Diego Microbreweries (Infographic) — July 29, 2014
Roznovske American Pale Ale — June 18, 2014
5+1 Monday Beer Readings (10) — June 2, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (10)

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Prof. says beard, beer got him canned at CSU
http://www.postandcourier.com/
A professor at Charleston Southern University is claiming he was fired over his moustached likeness adorning a Holy City beer can. Paul Roof, founder of the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society, says in a Facebook post Tuesday that he was let go from his position as an associate professor of sociology at the Christian liberal arts college in North Charleston. The photo of Paul Roof taken by Greg Anderson at the 2013 Beard and Moustache National Championships. The photo of Paul Roof taken by Greg Anderson at the 2013 Beard and Moustache National Championships. On the label of Holy City’s Chucktown Follicle Brown, Roof sports a curling, coiffured beard and white cowboy hat.

How England’s Yeast Vault Saved a Brewery After a Disastrous Flood
http://gizmodo.com/
A commercial brewery is really a factory. Raw ingredients like grain and water go in one end, flow through pipes and tanks, and beer comes out the other side. But you could gut and replace all those pipes and tanks, switch from one grain supplier to another, swap out the walls and the controllers, and the same beer would still flow from the taps, metaphorically speaking. The one thing the brewery cannot afford to lose is a finicky microbe that is the not-so-secret power behind the whole show. If you are a brewer and you plan to make a product people like, and keep making it the same way, you must maintain your yeast. The same goes for wineries, and even for distilleries — before you can distill a spirit, you have to have something fermented to start with. If you lose your yeast, you’re dead.

100 American Craft Beers Every Beer-Lover Should Drink
http://www.pastemagazine.com/
There are some things in life that people simply have to experience first hand. Riding a roller coaster. Catching a wild brook trout. Running a mile for time. Dating someone out of your league…this is what life is all about. If you’re a baseball fan, you have to see a game at Wrigley Field. If you eat food, you have to try the spicy fried chicken at Gus’s Fried Chicken in Memphis. You just have to. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced that chicken. Likewise, if you’re a beer drinker, there are certain beers you have to drink. At least once. We’ve thought long and hard about what those quintessential beers are—the ones that everyone should try—and we’ve come up with a hearty list of 100 that define the American craft beer scene. Some of these beers would be considered the best beers in the country, if not the world. Others can hold their own, but earned a spot on this list because of the role they played in the craft beer movement. Is this a definitive list of beers everyone should try? Dear Lord, no. If you truly love beer, you should try them all. Even the bad ones. At least once. But this list will get you started.

Would You Pay $1,000 Once to Get Free Beer for Life?
http://www.citylab.com/
There is a price tag for unlimited beer for the rest of your life. It’s $1,000. In reality, the cost for that much beer is a lot more. But for a few dozen people, free beer for life is their reward for investing in a small restaurant called Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub in a quiet southern corner of Minneapolis. Amy Johnson and her two business partners needed to raise $220,000 to secure a bank loan and fulfill their dream of opening a restaurant that served beer brewed right there at the pub. They went to investors who offered to give heavily for a voting share in the restaurant. But since the potential investors had no experience in the restaurant industry, the owners backed away.

THE SEASON OF SAISON [BEER STYLES]
http://drinkcraftbeer.com/
A few years ago, in 2012, Drink Craft Beer highlighted several Saisons in a piece called “For the Love of Saison.” Back then, American craft brewers making Saison was a somewhat new phenomenon. Today there are breweries throughout America that are trying their hands at brewing a Saison, each with a unique take on the classic Belgian style. I took the time to collect and sample some Saisons from across New England, and I am happy to report that the style is still going strong. (Editor’s Note: Everything seen here is available in Massachusetts, and several of them are available throughought New England.)

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 150
http://realartisbetter.wordpress.com/
Today is a milestone in my Year of Beer Paintings project — Day 150! I’ve been painting a different beer every day in 2014, and haven’t missed a single day! Check out my oil paintings and prints if you are so inclined. Cheers!

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (8) — May 19, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (8)

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Doing my bit for the Surrey hop-growing industry
http://zythophile.wordpress.com/

I’ve been invited on plenty of brewery visits over the years, but never before has the invite come with the request: “Please bring wellies and a spade.” This, however, was a field trip in a considerably more literal sense than normal: to the two and a half-acre field right opposite the Hogs Back brewery in Tongham, just outside Farnham in Surrey, to witness – and take part in – a historic event: the first planting of the Farnham White Bine hop variety in its native soil since the last bines were grubbed up 85 years ago. This is not just, however, a footnote in Farming Today magazine: this is, according to Hogs Back’s chairman, Rupert Thompson, an important step towards increasing the “localism” aspect of the brewery’s products. Once the new hop ground (the proper Surrey name for what elsewhere are called hop gardens or hop yards) are producing a healthy crop, those hops can then be used to flavour the beer being brewed just yards away: Surrey’s own hop variety, grown in Surrey, to produce Surrey beers.

 

How India pale ale conquered the world
http://www.economist.com/

INDIA pale ale (IPA) had a good claim to be the first global beer, before lager took a grip on the world’s tipplers. Now IPA, an amber, hop-laden brew, high in alcohol, is regaining its global footprint. Arguments rage about the origins and history of IPA. Britain’s territories on the Indian subcontinent were generally too hot for brewing. So a couple of hundred years ago, to keep army officers and officials of the East India Company away from the fearsome local firewater, beer was exported from Britain to take its place. Whether a beer already existed that had the characteristics of IPA or whether it was developed for the purpose is a matter of heated debate among beer historians. What is clear is that hops, which act as a preservative as well as a flavouring, combined with a hefty dose of alcohol for added robustness, ensured that the beer survived the long sea journey to India. Indeed, the months jiggling in a barrel onboard seemed only to improve the flavour. The style caught on at home, as the brew seeped onto the domestic market.

 

How We Brewed the Beer of the Future
http://gizmodo.com/

It’s time for the final chapter in the story of our collaboration with Sixpoint to make Hop Tech 431, the beer of the future. First, we found an experimental hop and we designed a brand-new recipe, then we trained a swarm of autonomous robots to do the brewing. Just kidding. Instead, we brewed it the old-school way—by hand—on Sixpoint’s 15-barrel system in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Gizmodo joined brewers Danny Bruckert and Keir Hamilton to take our turn with the mash paddle (which subsequently broke, in a—we claim—entirely unrelated incident).

 

Stone Brewery Evacuated Due To Wild Fires In San Marcos, CA
http://mybeerbuzz.blogspot.cz/

Photos and tweets courtesy of Stone: We are officially evacuating our home base. Thanks to everyone for expressing their care and concern. This is the view from the roof of our brewery. Wishing best to friends throughout San Diego County!!! #sanmarcosfire

 

Reports of the Craft Beer Bubble Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
http://www.inebriateinquirer.com/

If you’ve spent any time talking to people in the craft beer community, you’ve heard them bring the subject around to an ominous prospect for the industry: a bubble. The argument goes that an industry with such short pedigree and such rapid growth will invariably collapse under the weight of its own success, resulting in bankrupt businesses, lost jobs, and empty glassware. But is the bubble real? Or is it just a specter brought about by nervous beer-drinkers? First, let’s take a look at the facts.

 

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10 FUNNIEST BREWERY ‘UNDER 21′ REDIRECT PAGES
http://guyism.com/

The idiots that be determined that people under 21 years old shouldn’t be allowed to look at brewery websites because they might get secondhand wasted. Many breweries just have a “tough shit” pop up or redirect to Google. But some take it upon themselves to ease the defeat with entertainment.

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (8) — May 12, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (8)

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Craft beer trends: Sour, less boozy, collaborations
http://www.usatoday.com/
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
http://www.garshol.priv.no/
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
http://www.creativebloq.com/
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?
http://draftmag.com/
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
http://thedrinknation.com/
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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The Brew Report App (web+iOS)
http://www.brewreport.com/
Enter a beer. We’ll tell you about it.

Local Brew: You Tube Show – Ep.1 —

Local Brew: You Tube Show – Ep.1

Beggining of a new great show about craft breweries?

In episode 1 of Local Brew, Matt heads to Lewiston, Maine, to visit Baxter Brewing Company. There he meets the owner, Luke Livingston, to talk about craft beer, the mill and his journey from beer fanatic to brewery owner. Then Matt rolls up his sleeves and helps Baxter’s head brewer Ben Low make a batch of Stowaway I.P.A. After that it’s off to the canning line where Matt gets a lesson is how to can beer and almost smashes his face. Then Luke and Matt head to the tasting room to sample some of Baxter’s fine craft beers, including their then un-released, un-tested summer beer, Celsius Summer Ale. After the tasting is done, Matt heads to one of Lewiston’s favorite watering holes, DaVinci’s Eatery, to talk beer with the people who it best – the locals. There he meets some of Lewiston’s finest, hangs out with the crew of Baxter Brewing, steals a nibble of Luke’s famous Pamola Pale Ale mussels! Yes it’s a about a local micro-brewery, local people, and great craft beer in this episode of Local Brew!

http://www.local-brew.tv

USA Beer Map Wallpaper — May 9, 2014