Archive for December, 2007

Boston Beer makes it official: No new brewery

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Boston Beer Co. has made it official that it will not build a new brewery in Free Town, Mass. The brewer of Samuel Adams beers sent a letter to officially end its relationship with Freetown, eight months after the brewer accepted tax incentives from the town and announced plans to invest about $200 million to […]

Primo: Is it water or is it beer?

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Oops. Might the resurrection of Primo beer hit a snag? Or is Primo Water an interloper? Primo Water Corp., headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., is defending its rights to the Primo name, which it has used since 2005, against Pabst Brewing Co., which owns Honolulu’s Primo Brewing & Malting Co., the maker of Primo beer. The […]

Southwest Indians may have made beer from corn

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

New research indicates Indians in the Southwest may have used corn to ferment beer before Europeans arrived. Ancient and modern pot shards collected by New Mexico state archeologist Glenna Dean, in conjunction with analyses by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ted Borek, open the possibility that food or beverages made from fermenting corn were consumed by […]

Portland Holiday Ale Fest

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Report and photos by Banjo Bandolas Slate gray sky capped the Willamette valley as I drove up I5 North to the last beer fest of the season, Portland’s 12th annual Holiday Ale Fest drew me out into Oregon’s cold wet winter with the promise of 41 special Holiday beers. The thought of spending the day […]

Bell’s-brewed beer pouring again in Chicago

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Bell’s Brewery, which pulled its beers from the Illinois market last year after a dispute with distributor National Wine & Spirits Inc., once again is pouring beer in Chicago. The new brands are called Kalamazoo Amber, Kalamazoo IPA and Kalamazoo Porter and are brewed with different recipes than the Bell’s brands sold around the country. […]

Church celebrates birthday with a beer

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

What better way to celebrate a 750th birthday than with a beer brewed for the occasion? UK brewer Wadworth has produced a special beer to commemorate the event for nearby St. Mary The Virgin Church in Potterne. “Divine Ale” is a 5.1% abv dark and bitter porter – “an older style beer in keeping with […]

Primo returns to Hawaii

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Pabst is bringing a beer called Primo back in Hawaii, although brewed to a different recipe than when Stroh (later acquired by Pabst) produced the beer in the 1980s and 1990s. Pabst, which has about 30 employees working on the Primo brew and one staffer at the Honolulu office, has been conducting market research here […]