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

New Pinta beer – Born in Rome — December 15, 2014
Beer World Cup – Round of 16 — July 10, 2014

Beer World Cup – Round of 16

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The knockout stage is here! I let some of my frieds vote and they had to choose two beers from every group which they liked to taste it the most. I made a tables then and there are the results! For Round of 16 I will use only names of states and kinds of beer so you can get a perspective what styles are interesting for tasting.

Mexico (Stout) – Chile (Oatmeal Stout)
Japan (Espresso Stout) – Italy (Saison)
Ecuador (IPA) – Bosnia & Herzegovina (Keller/Landbier)
Portugal (Pilsener) – Russia (Porter)
Brasil (Rauchbier) – Spain (Imperial IPA)
Colombia (IPA) – England (Oatmeal Stout)
France (Bierre de Garde) – Argentina (IPA)
USA (APA) – South Korea (IPA)

Suprisingly Germany, Netherlands and Belgium didn´t make it to the Round of 16. The reasons are probably that I have chosen not so attractive brands or that my voters were in mood for something more exotic and in fact they were a bit suprised that you can find some very interesting beers in South America and Asia.

It´s not a suprise that no African beer made the playoffs.

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group D) — June 12, 2014

32 teams in Brazil for World Cup 2014 – 32 great beers from every country participating! (Group D)

Well, let´s play a little game. World Cup 2014 starts in a few days and billions of people around the world will be watching. And many of them will enjoy a good beer and I have decided to give them tips for at least onde good or at least decent brew from every country playing there. Some will be easy, some will be pretty challenging. So there we go!

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Group D

Uruguay – Davok Shannon Dunkel – Montevideo – Cerveza: Negra Estilo: Cerveza Ale Oscura con Trigo. Receta personalizada para The Shannon Irish Pub Cont.Alc: 6,0 % Apariencia: Color marrón oscuro. Espuma espesa color canela con buena retención. Aroma: Aroma intenso a maltas tostadas con muy bajo aroma a lúpulo. Notas a pan se confunden con los ésteres frutados característicos de las cervezas que utilizan levaduras para mostos elaborados con trigo. Cuerpo y Sabor: Cuerpo medio-pleno con elevada carbonatación. Es una cerveza compleja, densa y de bajo amargor. “Tap at The Shannon, Montevideo. Dark brown color, good off-white head. Aroma is coffeish, roasted malty. Medium-bodied. Toasted, coffeish and a bit sweet. Nicely balanced and the best Uru beer so far.” – Tbone

Costa Rica – Costa Rica´s Segua Red Ale – Cartago – Irish Ale – La Segua Red Ale will lure you in with its full hop nose and surprise you with it’s full body and nice caramel color. Then she will finish you off with a monstrous crisp, hoppy finish. The only beer of its kind in Costa Rica, this beer is sure to please the taste buds of the most discerning Craft Beer drinker. We challenge you to bring La Segua home and enjoy her to the bitter end! “Keg at Hotel Belmar, Monteverde. Clear amber, small head. Bready nose with roses and grapefruit. Mid dry with light-medium body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Crystal malt and toast, slight citrus hops. Mid bittet finish. Nicely balanced.” – omhper

England – Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout – Tadcaster – Originally a drink for lactating mothers, oatmeal stout was described as nutritional on early labels. Oats are in the same family as barley, and a small addition yields great flavor. Popular in the late 1800’s, the last oatmeal stout was brewed before the First World War until Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980. “Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a longlasting creamy tan head. Fruity roasted malty chocolate aroma with some hints of caramel. Roasted malty chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Smooth malty chocolate finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.” – anders37

Italy – Birra del Borgo Duchessic – Borgorose – Saison – Birra del Borgo saison blended with Cantillon Lambic. “Bottle 75 cl. RBESG Rome 2010. Pours a cloudy and opaque golden with an off-white head leaving some laces. Dry lambicish nose – a little barnyard. Rather light in body, again dry lambic accents – hardly any residual sugars here. Sulphurous but not really sour though. Ends very dry. Quite interesting. 020610” – papsoe

Tambor Brewery suports AA CUP rider — May 8, 2014

Tambor Brewery suports AA CUP rider

10330370_284524311708555_4586614358970370659_nInteresting form of promotion chose Tambor – brewery from Dvur Kralove nad Labem (near Hradec Kralove). They decided to support motorcycle rider Michal Chalupa who competes in AA CUP Adria Raceway. The photos were taken from Tambor´s Facebook page and show logo of the brewery on the bike altogether with a trophy for 3rd place. Michal Chalupa finished third in both Italian races and gained some points to the overall standings in European Championship.

The beer geeks could also noticed that this fine result was celebrated by the team with a new Tambor´s beer – J.Jakoubek. It´s Vienna lager named after a famous songs writer and it should be available by now in restaurants and pubs around Dvur Kralove nad Labem and elsewhere.

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5+1 Monday Beer Readings (7) — May 5, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (7)

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Craft Beer Branding Wars: 10 BREWERIES THAT HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR PACKAGING GAME
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Since the 1970s, the number of craft breweries operating in the U.S. has skyrocketed from less than 100 to more than 2,500. That’s promising news for the industry as a whole, but if you’re a new upstart fighting for recognition—or an older outfit trying to stay relevant—it spells fierce competition. Go to any beer store—or even the local bodega—and you’ll be inundated by choice. Which of the 60 different IPAs on offer are you going to pick? In craft beer, as in any business, branding matters. But rather than relying on million-dollar Super Bowl commercials and sponsorships to push their product, most small breweries duke it out on the shelves simply with cool bottles and cans. If you’re as into label art as we are, it’s exciting is to see how these brands create visual identities to match the creativity of their beers.

The attack of Haynau: “Down with the Austrian butcher!”
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The Spring of Nations took Europe by storm. People for various reasons from different background thought it was time to act. From Paris to Debrecen people fought for what they thought was right against their opressor, military officials like Julius Jacob von Haynau. In 1801 he started his military career in the Austrian army, rose quickly in the ranks and when the revolutionary insurrections of 1848 broke out in Italy, Haynau was selected to command troops to suppress them. He is still known as the “Hangman of Arad“, the “Hyena of Brescia” or just simply as “The Butcher” He had earned his delightful moniker by torturing prisoners and flogging women while suppressing revolts in Italy and Hungary. But this is a beer blog, so why do I write all about this you ask? I get to it now.

Pop the Top: The 15 Best Canned Beers
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There’s no denying that cans are more convenient than bottles. Cans are lighter, less breakable, and they’re also better for the environment. But canned beers come with a stigma–that they all taste metallic and are, therefore, inferior to bottled brews. This may have been the case when canned beers were first introduced in 1935, but both brewing and canning technologies have come a long way since then, right? There are now a growing number of canned suds that satisfy. Even Samuel Adams began canning their brews in 2013, paving the way for smaller craft breweries to follow the trend. But now when you go into your local beverage center, you might see a wall of beer which all look similar–which includes the less-tasty offerings from the big brewers. In fact, some of the big guys are now masking their mediocre beer with a craft-style can design (we’re looking at you, Anheuser-Busch). So without further ado, here are the 15 best canned beers.

Mexican craft beer a Cinco de Mayo review
http://www.examiner.com/
With Cinco de Mayo coming up Sunday, May 5, a look at the state of affairs of Mexican craft beer is in order. Mexican beer has come a long way from the pale yellow fizzy lagers like Corona and Tecate. In today’s Mexico, craft brewers are setting up shop in and around major cities like Mexico City, Tijuana and Guadalajara. These pioneers have seen the craft beer craze sweep through the United States and seek to bring the great flavors of Mexico to artfully crafted ales. In an article by Yahoo Food editor Rachel Tepper, John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine, explained, “We’re seeing stouts, Belgian-style ales, tripels, beers that have local ingredients in with the mash,” Holl explained. “I think local ingredients can really be everything. Beers are brewed with cactus. Beers are aged in tequila barrels, or with spices that might go into certain local dishes.”

5 unlikely celebrities with some skin in the craft beer game
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Ever wonder what celebrities do with their spare time and money? We’ve all heard stories about Charlie Sheen taking a hit of the devil’s dandruff and threatening porn stars. Justin Bieber might get a little high, hurl some eggs at his neighbor’s house, and then blame cocaine possession on his African American friend when the cops show up. Should we go on? Some celebrities, however, are productive, participating members of the community. And not just any community, we’re talking the craft beer community we’ve all come to know and love. In fact, we did a little research and put together a list of 5 celebrity-backed beers you’ve probably never heard of but should know about. There are some unlikely names in here, so get ready.

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Cicero´s Beer School Podcast
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Live beer tasting with the Brewmasters! Cicero’s Beer School has been rocking St Louis since 2006. Share the thirst for knowledge, right here. Or join us at Cicero’s Restaraunt in The Loop, 6691 Delmar, St Louis, MO 63130.