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Fried Chicken Beer Debuts This Week

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Left Hand Brewing Makes History Again with First US Production Run of Nitro Widget Cans

Left Hand Brewing Makes History Again with First US Production Run of Nitro Widget Cans

In 2011, Left Hand made history and pioneered the way for beer drinkers to enjoy a draft-like experience at home with the release of Milk Stout Nitro bottles. Left Hand Brewing Co. is back at it again with the first ever US production run of a US made nitro widget can.Read More

Short’s Brewing Company Sells 19.99% stake to Heineken Owned Lagunitas Brewing Company

Short’s Brewing Company Sells 19.99% stake to Heineken Owned Lagunitas Brewing Company

Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire and Elk Rapids, MI announces plans to partner with The Lagunitas Brewing Company based in Petaluma, CA, America’s ninth largest brewery.  Read More

Gigantic Shazoo Milk Stout

Gigantic Shazoo Milk Stout

Gigantic’s Shazoo Imperial Milk Stout is a part of a series of beer releases that include unique label art by an original artist, as well as a musical release by an independent musician.  The beer’s not too shabby either, actually, it’s truly inspiring.  In fact, after one of these boozy brews I too thought I could create something beautiful with my voice, if only in the shower.

 

C: Deep, opaque onyx

A: Bitter coffee grounds, unsweetened Baker’s chocolate, black licorice

T: Cold brew coffee, rich mocha, burnt bread, and bitter chocolate

F: Dry, roasted coffee with hints of mocha

B: Full, full, full

Visiting the Farmhouse: A Trip to Jester King

Visiting the Farmhouse: A Trip to Jester King

Jester King is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, a picturesque locale dotted with wineries, breweries, and the occasional gun range, just so you don’t forget where you are.   The hills roll on and on, and you can’t help but feel you’ve got nothin’ but time.  Book a Bed and Breakfast and an Uber, the beers are the only thing that’s rustic in these parts, and saddle up for some wine tasting and brewery touring.  But we came all the way out here for one thing…to visit the infamous Jester King.

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Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton

Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton

Montmorency and Balaton are cherry varieties from Michigan that are prized for their tartness.  It stands to reason, then, that the sour seekers at Jester King would use these little nuggets to tart up one of their creations.  Honestly, this fruit lends itself perfectly to this sour ale.  They take a pale base sour and age it in oak, then referment it with about 4 pounds of cherries per gallon of batch.  That’s a lot of cherries man.  But thank god for it, cuz this beer is goooo-oooood.

C: Cartoonish raspberry with a slight haze

A: Cherry, leather, and tart funk

T: Tangy with light cherry and berry flavors

F: Tart, dry finish with light lingering berry

B: Light to medium

Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher

Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher

This American Imperial Stout packs all the punches you would expect from Clown Shoes…booze, deeply roasted grains, highly roasted coffee.  It’s delectable and while I want about 13 bottles of it to swim in, I better stick to just one with this hefty 10.5% ABV.

C: Black as night

A: Toasted pumpernickel bread, bitter chocolate, espresso

T: All the same with hints of black licorice and all the booze

F: Long, long, long boozy finish

B: Thick and murky like a Turkish coffee

Flying Dog Terminates Beer Association Membership

Flying Dog Terminates Beer Association Membership

Flying Dog Brewery has officially terminated its membership with the Brewers Association (BA), citing changes to the not-for-profit industry trade organization’s Advertising and Marketing Code that are aimed at addressing “sexually explicit, lewd, or demeaning brand names, language, text, graphics, photos, video, or other images.”

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Pound This: Odell Loose Leaf

Pound This: Odell Loose Leaf

It’s Friday!  That means it’s time to drink the most poundable, sessionable offerings from your faves.  This week it’s Odell Loose Leaf on the chopping block.

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AB InBev Aquired Brewers Respond to Brewers Association’s “Independent Craft” Seal

 

In a video released by The High End, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s craft division, five brewers including David Buhler of Elysian, Walt Dickinson of Wicked Weed, Garrett Wales of 10 Barrel, Andy Ingram of Four Peaks, and Steve Crandall of Devils Backbone respond to the new “Independent Craft” seal released by the Brewers Association.

When did it become a fight against wine and spirits? Seems like AB InBev is trying to change the point of the label, which is to distinguish breweries that are truly independent and which ones now have some or full ownership by a big beer brewery that doesn’t put their name on the package. Maybe they’re also trying to change the conversation.  What are your thoughts?