Archive for August, 2007

Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter, dies

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Michael Jackson, whose writing about beer literally changed what is in the glasses of beer drinkers around the world, has died. He was 65. Jackson, universally known as The Beer Hunter, recently revealed that he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and was battling other health problems. He remained active, speaking at beer and whisky events around […]

Lagunitas ‘Kill Ugly Radio’

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

As promised last year, Lagunitas Brewing in California has released the second beer in its Frank Zappa series. Kill Ugly Radio, featuring the inside album art from Zappa’s second album, Absolutely Free, is in stores now. Last year Lagunitas brewed Freak Out! to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the first album by […]

Rogue Nation picks Turkey as official bird

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

With an eye toward Thanksgiving, the Turkey has been named the official bird of the Rogue Nation. An e-mail missive from the Rogue News Service explains: To commemorate this momentous occasion Rogue Juniper Pale Ale has been dedicated to “the turkey in each of us.” An axe and the dedication have been added to the […]

The Wall Street Journal meets Beer Pong

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Today’s Wall Street Journal made a story about Beer Pong one of its free reads. The summary: “A new wave of young people are trying to make money tapping into their peers’ devotion to beer pong, a cross between ping-pong and beer chugging. The market appears to be expanding as fans continue playing post-college.” Many […]

Hickenlooper sells stake in Wynkoop Brewing

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Brewpub pioneer John Hickenlooper has sold his share of Wynkoop Holdings, which operates seven Denver restaurants, to his employees. Observers estimated that Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver since 2003, received in the neighborhood of $7 million for his 40% share of some of the best-known eateries in Denver. Hickenlooper and the late Russell Schehrer founded […]

What would George Thorogood drink?

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Straub Brewery in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, the smallest remaining “old-style” brewery in the country, has rolled out a third brand. George Thorogood and the Destroyers played at a concert to celebrate the debut of Peter Straub Special Dark. The beer is available only on tap for now, because the brewery’s bottling line is running at […]

Blue Paddle champion at Lager Festival

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

New Belgium Brewing’s Blue Paddle Pilsener won Best of Show at the fifth Craft Lager Festival, held earlier this month in Manitou Springs, Colo., outside of Colorado Springs. The festival attracted beers from 31 breweries across the country, and from as far away at Hawaii and Massachusetts. All profits from the event are donated directly […]