SENECA, OR—Owner and founder of Fossil Bed Brewery Dave Walker, 39, reportedly struggled Saturday to find a way to work his 5-year-old Labrador retriever mix into the name of a new spiced winter ale. “I was going to just call it Puppy Weizen, but that’s kind of impersonal, and technically it’s not a wheat beer,” said Walker, who has so far failed to find a name that captures both his pet’s personality and the distinct raisin and pepper flavoring of the microbrew. “I have to do something to make it stand out on the shelf alongside Flying Dog, Sea Dog, Turbodog, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, and Dogfish Head.” At press time, Walker had yet to figure out how make his dog, Barley, a part of the beer’s name.
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The stadium is named after a beer, the team was owned by the brewery, but there is no $12 cups of beer like swill at the game in St. Louis. The Cardinals aren’t the only place with such an awful policy: You can’t tap the Rockies at a Colorado Rockies game, nor can you have a brew while watching the Brewers at Miller Park.
Over at AskMen Patrick Smith defends close populist elitism - or as he calls it “Why it is okay to hate fancy beer” – There are two group, the pretentious cock monkeys who won’t touch a beer that isn’t hand crafted by vegan monks using genetically engineered super hops, and the toothless hillbillies that won’t drink beer that doesn’t have a NASCAR team co-sponsored by Real Tree or Mossy Oak. I hate them both, drink a beer, if you like it drink more, if you don’t, try something else.
This is a tallboy of PBR, it was $1.57, it sits in front of the sign I made for my homebrew which is often in various European ale style that I age for months to years… I like them both.
Today was supposed to be the brew day at the Fixx Brewery for the 2012 Sticky Porcupine, but we ran into problems. Xaq Fixx, the resident brewmaster has a day job and his company recently launched a new website, this has meant 10 days in a row pulling 16 hour days and it has finally caught up with him. He went to bed around 4AM last night and slept until noon. Not enough time to sanitize the brewery and the equipment, brew, chill, and start fermienting a batch beofe getting back to work for another long night. Hopefully Sunday will be brew day.
In the few hours Xaq has to kill before working he decided to clean the brewery, workshop, and give the kitchen a surgical scrub. When starting on the core of the brewery, pictured above, he discovered that after breaking his thermometer cleaning up on the last brew day he forgot to replace it on the last trip to the LHBS and must order another one. Hopefully a well sanitized digital probe thermometer will work when checking the specific gravity, as the candy thermometer, which works well in the kettle will not fit in the test jar.
Canada may be known for terrible mass produced beer (LaBlatt’s Molson, Etc.) but it is also home to some of the best (Including Unibroue over in Quebec) – this isn’t about them. This is about other people paying for beer you don’t want to drink in Ontario. Due to budget constraints the government cut off $1.2 million in annual ($8 million total) funding to Ontario Craft Brewers, the brewery trade group. It is already shocking that tax payers are spending any money at all on marketing beer (that if good enough should sell itself) but it gets far worse…
According to A Good Beer Blog about an eighth of that went to just one out of 50 breweries and counted for a significant portion of their profit – that brewery is more a government contractor than a beer company.
For a slightly more sunny (read: brewer apologist) take check out the original article in the Toronto Star.