Category Archives: Beer

The Age of Innocence is over.

Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co, it was announced today. This is an edited sentence from a story I’ve written for the upcoming issue of Ale Street News (out in early February) about what happened in 2014 and what … Continue reading

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Remember what I said back in 1999?

Yeah, me neither, but I when ran across this year’s end awards list from those ancient times, I figured it might be fun reading for those of you who kept visiting these environs over my nearly month-long silence. I’ll try … Continue reading

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Three hair follicle-deprived gentlemen trying to look like tough guys have got a deal for you.

NEWS RELEASE When three of Philadelphia’s most talented brewers are also friends with brewpubs located within four miles of each other, collaboration is inevitable. The three men, Paul Rutherford of Iron Hill Brewery Chestnut Hill, Scott Morrison of Barren Hill … Continue reading

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Remembering Michael.

Michael Jackson left us seven years ago today, leaving a gaping hole in craft beer culture that is yet to be filled. I have marked this sad anniversary a couple of times in the past by posting my story of … Continue reading

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What was I thinking? Here is some belated love for Summer Love.

I am embarrassed and verklempt to have to reveal that we are this far into the summer and I have just consumed my first bottle of Victory Summer Love Ale. What the hell is wrong with me? This is one … Continue reading

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This guy.

You know how so many makers and distributors and importers of Really Good Beer (looking at you, Shelton Bros.) tell horror stories of dealing with the TTB on label approvals? Well, as always, the problem is the man behind the … Continue reading

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Push Pin Wisdom — 30 June 2014

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” –Lyndon B. Johnson … Continue reading

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Whoops! Missed one (apologies to the Fish folks)

From today’s edition of the Flying Fish email newsletter: HopFish Takes Bronze at World Beer Cup Our fastest growing style–HopFish–took bronze at last month’s World Beer Cup in Denver.  This comes just a few months after a silver for OktoberFish … Continue reading

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Local medal-winning beers at the 2014 World Cup [UPDATED]

UPDATED]Seven locally brewed entries were selected as among the best in the world in the World Beer Cup judging which was part of the just completed 2014 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver (the World Cup is a biennial competition): Iron … Continue reading

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The Impossible Dream: a world with enough Hopslam for everybody.

That would likely be impossible under any conditions, but because Bell’s has standards, it’s definitely not gonna happen. From today’s Craft Beer Daily: “It’s a nice brand to have, we do about 5,000 barrels of it,” said Larry [Bell]. They … Continue reading

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