Vintage beer commercials

Vintage Beer CommercialsDoesn’t it seem to you that Russell Crowe should have starred in a beer movie instead of his wine-soaked release (“A Good Year’) a while back?

BeerBooks.com has DVDs on just about any beer-related subject you could want. From making beer to the history of beer to beer and food to great old commercials.

Now if they just sold a remote that doubled as a bottle opener.

And for your Next Glass

Next Glass appIt is being touted as the “Pandora for beer” although you can’t taste beers straight from your smartphone the same way you can listen to music.

The Next Glass app is available for both Android and iOS and serves both beer and wine drinkers. After you download it, it will have you rate some beers. Then when scan a bottle at your local store or do a search for a particular beer it will return a score that predicts if, and how much, you’ll like that beer.

“The more you rate, the more we learn about you,” said Next Glass CEO Kurt Taylor. “We look through chemistry of the beers and wines you have given us your preference on and we are able to find correlations and trends within your profile to figure out what is driving your enjoyment of those bottles.”

Brew-opoly

Brewopoly Board GameHere’s how the manufacturer describes Brew-Opoly Monopoly :

BREW-OPOLY celebrates the small to medium brews and brewers of the United States. It’s a property game that allows players to own their favorite brands and trade their Cases for Brew Houses. Along the way, they will learn about the unique and wonderful brews featured on the game board, and try to become the richest player in the game to win. For 2-6 players, ages 21 years and up.

Whatever your pleasure, from Alpha King Pale Ale to Zonker Stout, our nation’s award winning microbreweries produce the suds that will tickle your taste buds. In Brew-Opoly, buy or trade your favorite beers and increase property value by purchasing Brewpubs and Microbreweries for your monopolies. Sounds easy enough until you have to put on your beer goggles and kiss your neighbor or stand and sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.

‘Because Beer’ & Cyber Monday

HeyBrewtiful Cyber Monday feels a little like walking into a multi-tap bar with scores of beers to choose from or a liquor store with hundreds of selections.

There’s a lot of choose from. But since you can get 20% off today at the heybrewtiful Etsy shop it is our Cyber Monday pick.

We’ve added the postcard collection to our wish list. Here’s the description:

“Keep and frame your favorites and send the rest! The postcard pack offers you twenty different high-resolution prints at just under $2.50 per image–a great value for those looking to create an instant gallery worthy space for the bar or brewspace (frame not included).

“A mix of high quality color and black & white images, the collection easily serves as keepsakes worth framing–especially when inscribed with a message to someone you love (or love drinking beside).”

Saying thanks for Anchor Christmas Ale

Anchor Christmas Ale PosterNot long ago beer drinkers had to wait until the Monday before Thanksgiving to get their hands on the most recent Anchor Christmas Ale. And for more than a dozen years after Anchor first brewed the beer in 1975 it might have been the only American-made Christmas beer they could find. Brewing a special beer for the holidays is still another tradition the San Francisco brewery revived.

Times have changed. Holiday beers have been on the shelves since September. There are hundreds of festive choices.

But there’s still something special about opening a bottle of Anchor Christmas Ale on Thanksgiving, or maybe a different vintage or three. There’s a reason we’ve spread Anchor bottles across the top of the page.

Anchor produces a different label every year with a different tree, explaining “the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.”

The brewery also sells a poster with all 40 labels on it, available at its online store.