July 11, 2012 in Beer, Drinking
The Cicerone Program is a certification program training people on beer styles, pairings, and specific beers. In the last few years it has grown massively and its participants are spreading their beer knowledge all throughout the US.
Would you be interested in getting certified? Do you think completing this program would be a good invest of time and money for a home or commercial brewer?
July 10, 2012 in Beer, Drinking, review
Mass Live food writer Geroge Lenker shares his 4 favorite summer beers, what are yours?
July 6, 2012 in Beer, Drinking, Just For Fun, review
Fodors shares a list of the best beer gardens in the US. Where are your favorites?
July 5, 2012 in Beer, Drinking, review
Green’s Mission Gluten Free Belgian Ale is only rated 2.7 out of 5 on Rate Beer but but the interesting numbers are 0, 3, and 6. 0 as in Gluten Free, 3 carbs, and 6% ABV.
April 1, 2012 in Beer, Brewing, Drinking, FAIL, Just For Fun
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.
Full Story Here
January 29, 2012 in Beer, FAIL, politics
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.