Beer Hunter: The Movie

Beer Hunter: The MovieThe straightforward description at IMBD simply states: “Beer Hunter’ is a documentary film about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson. His books on beer and whiskey have sold millions of copies, and his 1993 Discovery Channel television series, ‘The Beer Hunter,’ inspired countless brewers and beer enthusiasts and literally helped shape the course of the craft brewing revolution sweeping the world. This is an intimate look into Michael’s life, through rare footage from his travels combined with current interviews with the world’s leading brewers and beer writers.”

But there is much more to “Beer Hunter.” Filmmaker J.R. Richards shares footage he shot in the years before Jackson died in 2007. He also collected tributes from members of the brewing industry that make Jackson’s influence all the more apparent. And he dug up vintage film from Jackson’s early days of beer hunting. All of it makes great viewing. [Details about the movie and ordering a DVD.]

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Hydro Flask: A high end growler

Hydro FlaskWe’re well aware that there’s been plenty of debate in the beer world about the good, the bad and the occasionally ugly of beer growlers. What’s obvious is that if you invest in your own you should take good care of it, keep it clean and remember to drink you beer in a timely way.

With a suggested retail price of $49.99, Hydro Flask Growlers are definitely high end, both in look and feel. Hydro Flask makes containers in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 12 ounces to 64, the largest intended to keep beer in better shape than the standard glass growlers used by most brewpubs.

Hydro Flask states its containers will keep cold liquids chilled for up to 24 hours and hot liquids steaming for 12 hours. They are cast from double wall vacuum insulated food grade 18/8 stainless steel, BPA-Free and resistant to bacteria and odors.

The growlers are available with a stainless finish, a Black Butte powder finish, or in copper brown.

Details.

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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 39 labels on it, available at its online store.

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Lakefront hosts Black Friday party

For the third straight year, Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee will celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season with a Black Friday party that includes the release of its Black Friday Imperial India-Style Black Ale. The beer will be available only on Friday, and only part of the day if last year is any indicator. The beer sold out in 90 minutes in 2012.

The brewery doors open at 8 a.m. and the event features brewery breakfast food (and “beermosas”) from Karma Bar & Grill; a live deejay from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; brewery tours starting at 11 a.m.; and a live band, the Brewhouse Polka Kings, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Lakefront first brewed the Black Ale for last year’s party. Sales will be limited to three 22-ounce bottles per person, while supplies last. Because last year’s supply of Black Friday went so fast, the brewery has more than quadrupled the number of bottles it will make this year from 1,200 to 5,000. The brewery is also adding a “bottle swap” component for the 2013 event – encouraging participants to bring and trade bottles of rare or unusual beers.

“Black Friday is all about one-day-only, limited supply deals, so we wanted to offer our customers an exclusive beer worth getting up early for,” said Lakefront’s director of business development, Chris Johnson.

The first 1,000 people to buy the beer will get a limited Black Friday pint glass. Full details about the event can be found on the brewery’s Black Friday website, blackfridaybeer.com. Patrons can also buy advanced brewery tour tickets online via the website if they want a guaranteed spot on a specific tour.

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