Archive for December, 2006

Try this job: Craft brewer

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 spend the day with Maria Poulinas, head brewer at John Harvard’s Restaurant and Brewery in Framingham, Mass., documenting it in photos. Poulinas previously worked as a civil designer. She also feels her work is “much more appreciated here. No one cares about your design for a new office park,” she says. “But the customers […]

More on Santa’s Butt

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

– The Wall Street Journal wraps up where things stand now in the Santa-on-a-beer-label debate. (Subscripton required) – The Bangor Daily News gets right to the point with an editorial headlined “Maine’s beer label ban misguided.” The state’s refusal to allow the label is reminiscent of Attorney General John Ashcroft covering the aluminum “Spirit of […]

Beer alert

Monday, December 11th, 2006

– Deschutes Brewery continues to experiment with barrel aging, making an imperial stout called The Abyss its latest Reserve Series release (Mirror Mirror, an oak-aged barley wine was the first). The Abyss, 11% abv, is available in wax-dipped 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select establishments. – Denver-based Flying Dog gives us an early heads […]

Small business mag meets big beers

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Fortune Small Business takes a trip to Colorado and writer Christopher S. Stewart writes about “Small breweries, big beer” – giving attention to assertive beers from Great Divide, Oskar Blues and Avery. He finishes with a sample of Avery’s The Beast (14.9% abv): “At first there are outward signs of normalcy – the dark color, […]

Top British beer writers honored

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Ben McFarland was been crowned Beer Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers for the second time. The Beer Writer of the Year is chosen from one of six category winners was Pete Brown, who captured the Budvar Travel Bursary. Brown is author of Three Sheets to the Wind..

AHA membership up 20%

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Celebrating its 28th birthday, the American Homebrewers Association reports membership has grown 20% in 2006. “Today’s AHA has evolved with the times, recognizing the value of maintaining the tradition and quality of homebrewing in the USA,” said founder Charlie Papazian. “In 1978 when the AHA was founded it was alive with the thirst for pioneering […]

Bigger glasses headache for Belgian bars

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Bigger glasses mean smaller profits for Belgian bars. They’re not happy at InBev even though it pays for 3 million Jupiler glasses for the trade. It began shipping the 25cl (8.45-ounce) glasses after changing the design of its Jupiler Bull logo. The new glasses are 10% bigger, and bars say they can’t raise the average […]