Archive for April, 2006

Take that, West Coast brewers

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Don Russell, aka Joe Sixpack, writes about Philadelphia-area winners in the World Beer Cup, properly pointing out that if beer drinkers weren’t supporting the beers outside the norm that brewers couldn’t continue to experiment. He lets Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant brewer Gordon Grubb – whose Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse now has won three […]

Bock: Spring has sprung

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

The Los Angeles Times points out that among nationally distributed American beers, only Samuel Adams produces a true bock. But those who care about the style care about the style. Dan Gordon, director of brewing operations for the Palo Alto-born Gordon Biersch chain of brewery-restaurants, makes more bocks than anybody else in this country: an […]

Beer more fun for sommelier

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

More chefs discover the joys of cooking with beer and pairing food with beer. Bottom line for Chef and sommelier Tonia Wilson: “Though I absolutely love wine, matching beer with food and playing around with recipes is definitely more fun.” [Via Canada.com]

Homebrewing dates to remember

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

- New Mexico’s Enchanted Brewing Challenge May 19-20 features a special competition for “radical beers.”Judges will also have the opportunity to evaluate beers in the Radical Beer Open. – Saturday, May 6 is National Homebrew Day and once again an excuse for homebrewers around the country gather for Big Brew. – The Milwaukee Monster Mash […]

Miller + GQ = Sophistication

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Miller Brewing has kept its distance from the Here’s to Beer campaign designed to boost the image of beer. That doesn’t mean the brewing company isn’t looking for an image updgrade. Citing a “consumer movement toward mainstream sophistication” Miller is partnering with GQ Magazine to promote Miller Genuine Draft with a “Summer Essentials” promotion. The […]

New beers from foreign shores

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Nearly two million visitors a year flock to Bavaria’s Sacred Mountain to visit the Kloster Andechs, home to one of one of Germany’s last monastery breweries. Distinguished Brand International is set to begin importing Andechs Spezial Hell Lager this month, although it will be from Canada rather than Germany. DBI explains: “Andechs Spezial Hell is […]

Schlitz looks to rekindle magic

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Advertising Age reports that Pabst Brewing hopes to revive the Schlitz brand using the same sort of retro approach that fueled a surge in Pabst sales. The problem for Schlitz and Pabst is that price apparently trumps retro, and sales dropped in 2005 when Anheuser-Busch cut prices on Natural Light and Busch. So Schlitz – […]