Monthly Archives: April 2011

Newcastle and Caledonian Brewery team up to release four limited ales

The influence of craft beer on the large breweries is once a again demonstrated by Heineken’s lastest announcement. Two Heineken brands, Newscastle of England and Caledonian of Scotland are teaming up to produce four limited edition ales in the vein of craft beer. The beers that will be produced are as follows: a light golden citrusy beer called Newcastle Summer Ale, a red sweet berry beer called Newcastle Werewolf, a hoppy creamy ale called Newcastle Winter IPA, and a sweet full-boded beer called Newcastle Founder’s ale. These beer will be available nationwide in the US in 6 packs, 12 packs, and on draft.

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Southern Tier Imperial Gemini Review

Southern Tier is a craft brewery out of Lakewood, New York that produces 30,000 barrels of fine craft beer each year. An excellent example of their craftsmanship is one of their special limited availability beers called Imperial Gemini Blended Unfiltered Ale. This beer is not exactly what I expected from the East Coast. It has a strong citrus hop aroma with a strong bitter bite and was made from two of their other brews: Unearthly Imperial IPA and Hoppe Imperial Extra Pale Ale. This is a beer loaded with 6 varieties of hops and four different grains. Imperial Gemini, in particular, was given to me by Josh, a friend who lives in Vermont, so a special thanks goes out to him.

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Bamforth’s Health Benefits of Beer recently posted an article by Charlie Bamforth, Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences at the University of California Davis, regarding the health benefits of beer. There is a growing body of research that proves that drinking beer in moderation has health benefits mostly due to the alcohol in the beer. Bamforth points out, however, that beer in moderation is more healthy than wine. The article ends with an extensive list of what is known about beer and health such as positively affecting the balance of good versus bad cholesterol, reducing risk of diabetes, fewer gallstones, reduced risk of dementia in the elderly, and more. The key is moderation, which is no one or two regular strength beers (about 5% abv) per day.

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2011 Craft Brewers Conference Keynote and General Session

“You do amazing!… I love what u do independently and as a community!” exclaimed Charlie Papazian, President of the Brewers Association, in his opening remarks of the 2011 Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, March 24. The General Session/Keynote Speech featured the current growth of craft beer and the early days of craft beer. 10% of the 3900+ attendees were from outside the US –  an indication of the small but present  interest of American craft beer outside of the US.

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Stone Brewing 2011 Q1 sales are strong, up 42% recently reported that sales for Stone Brewing Company, of Escondido, California, are up 42%. Furthermore, despite other breweries having problems keeping up with demand, it was reported that Stone does will not have this problem. The article from BeerNews also includes some interesting statistics of how well the wholesalers that distribute for Stone are doing. Finally, the release dates for several releases have been announced, the first of which is Stone Imperial Russian Stout & Stone BELGO Anise Imperial Russian Stout for May 31, 2011.


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