Archive for November, 2006

Belgian brewery wins ‘brut’ battle

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

A small Belgian brewery won an important victory in its battle to maintain the right to describe its beer in champagne-like terms. De Landtsheer Emmanuel has been selling a beer produced with champagne-making methods under the name “Malheur Brut Reserve,” describing it as the world’s first “Brut” beer and the Veuve-Clicquot of the beer world. […]

Beer alert

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

New beers – first time releases – to be looking for: – The “Otter Creek World Tour” Brew Series continues with a stop in Finland- and then Scotland. “Helsinki Gold” is a golden ale is brewed with rye and juniper, and was inspired by the traditional Finnish beer “sahti.” Deliciously refreshing, with subtle undertones of […]

BIG Beers

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The New York Times (free registration) features “big beers” today, focusing first on the beers of Great Divide in Colorado. Great Divide founder Brian Dunn explains why American brewers have embraced strong beers with particular vigor. “I feel like the craft brewing industry is responding to a demand for more and bolder flavors,” he said. […]

Friends teach friends to homebrew

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The numbers are in from the American Homebrewers Association 8th annual Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day. Homebrewers from 29 states as well as the Yukon Territory in Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, and England, participated at 128 sites. The AHA began the event – always held the first Saturday in November – as an international […]

No, that’s not bootlegging

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

A Toledo Municipal Court judge ruled that the Ohio law that prohibits the state’s consumers from legally purchasing alcohol from retailers outside the state to drink in Ohio is unconstitutional because it interferes with federal interstate commerce law. There are similar laws on the books in other states, so this might mean you can buy […]

Brewery employees donate beer for troops

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Employees at Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto will donate one week’s worth of staff beer rations to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, and the company has vowed to match those donations. While alcohol is not readily available in the Muslim country, troops are allowed to have liquor on the base three times during the year, including […]

NY opposes Santa, elves on beer labels

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Here we go again. Last year Connecticut wanted to ban a label for “Seriously Bad Elf” beer, saying it appealed to children – but then backed off. Now the New York State Liquor Authority has indicated it will not allow six beers with holiday-themed labels to be sold in the state. An authority representative said […]