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Filed Under:Food & Drink / Beer
Posts on Regator:2006
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Archived Since:February 1, 2008

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Big Bombs: Enjoy By 12.26.14, Stone Brewing Co.

Oops. Well, not really "oops" as in I disobeyed the abusive overlords but you see the issue. Did something deteriorate over the last 48 hours? No. Just the authority of the branding. Besides, who the heck picks Boxing Day as a deadline? The only question is whether the beer is worthy of my attention. Show More Summary

Surprise Twist - The "Got It Wrong" Prize Awarded

I feel a 1980s power ballad coming on. I can't fight this feeling anymore. Maybe I was just so damn tired. I was checking out all the entries and just like that I heard a voice. It said: "Hello, is it me you’re looking for?" I dunno....Show More Summary

Next Today I Immediately Announce The Three Finalists

Had not been planning to do this but the moment was right: You can see my thoughts about these three images and the four not to move on from the semi-finals here. We are getting down to the cruel stage. Any advice?

Today I Award The Grand Photo Prize Winner

I just wish I knew which one it was. Here are the contestants, the short listed: I am going to think about these and add notes as this morning's Chelsea v. West Ham game progresses. As the smell of bacon wafts. Because that's what it does. It wafts.

Session 95: I Answer The Call! Again I Host!!!

It will be a happy New Year, won't it. I mean I have to get through one more day of work... then one mad Christmas managing the emotional needs of family... then through New Year's Eve the most horrible of holidays - does anyone ever have a good time? THEN you have to get your submission for The Session ready. Show More Summary

First Four 2014 Xmas Photo Contest Prizes Announced

I was going to announce all the prizes today. I thought it was going to be that simple. But then I started having that good deep look at the best of the best and, yup, once again I am faced with my own failings. I couldn't take photographs this good. Show More Summary

Minnesota: India Pale Ale, Ballantine, Cold Spring

Ah, the great brewing tradition of Ballantine's in Minnesota. Err... not really. Ballantine was brewed in New Jersey and it's originator Peter Ballantine first trained in Albany almost 200 years ago. Through the decades and centuries, the thread of Ballantine connects late 1900s US hoppy strong ale to hoppy early 1800s US hoppy strong ale. Show More Summary

Another Canadian Barley Farm Brewery

This is maybe my hobby interest in this hobby of mine - brewers growing their own barley. This time its in Saskatchewan: They wanted to go back to farming, too, and were able to buy back the original farm. Lawrence and his family live there today. Show More Summary

A Good Beer Blog's Golden Pints For 2014

Ten days to Christmas. Upstairs, the children are fighting and the cookies for a workplace sweet treats swap are burning unattended. Me, I should be packing up presents and signing cards for distant family members and old friends. But no. Show More Summary

Tweeeeetttt! Final Entries for the 2014 Xmas Contest

And that is that. The final entries for the photo contest came in yesterday more or less on time. We use the Hawaiian time zone plus or minus 20% rule... as no doubt you all do, too. There are photos from Alan McCormick of Montana, Peter...Show More Summary

Just Over Twenty Hours For Xmas Photo Entries

Just like that, it's almost over. Late November to mid-December goes like a bat out of hell. You turn around and you are fifty-one. Oh. Oh, yes you do. OK, you need to get your entries in now. Deadline is tomorrow. Unless there are beggars. Show More Summary

Your Yuletide Hogmanay Photo Contest Prize Update

Ahh, the loook of a winning entry. That's the 2010 grand prize winner from Brian Stechschulte of San Francisco, California. Fabulous. Prizes. Did I mention prizes? We have prizes. Here is what's in Santa's ale laced stocking so far for...Show More Summary

Doesn't #drainpour Signal Beer Fan Autonomy?

There's a good article in Toronto's National Post on the unhappiness of beer geeks facing a disappointing bottle which carries important quotes from both Jordan and Mr. B: St. John says his last beer before the tweet above was a fruit wheat beer that combined the worst aspects of fruit and wheat. Show More Summary

Deadline Day Minus Six And One Great Quote

Beer is a popular subject, and the literature abounds in unsupported statements, misleading or inaccurate quotations and inadequate references. Wilson, D. Gay. "Plant Remains from the Graveney Boat and Early History of Humulus lupulus in W. Show More Summary

Session 94: Does It Matter What I Am?

Ding has asked a very direct clear question for this month's edition of The Session: which part of the beer scene do I currently inhabit? I am not sure I should care but I know I once was curious. In a 2007 email, I asked Evan Rail about my writing and he kindly wrote back:...Stan's got it right. Show More Summary

Ontario: Bar Hop, 391 King St W, Toronto

Being in the Big Smoke for proper reasons, I took the chance to let Jordan pick someplace that I hadn't been to before. He chose Bar Hop. Over a couple of hours we talked about writing books, the neat and younger crowd, the beers and other gossipy things like who has the unpaid social media interns. Show More Summary

2014's Yuletide Beery Photo Contest Adds Motion

OK, this is a new one. I received this message from Rockford by Twitter today: @agoodbeerblog Alan, does this movie we made last winter count for the contest? It's got both beer and snow... Good Lord! Beer... and snow? We once had a Latvian taking a beer and snow photo in Switzerland but never a movie of beer and snow from Illinois. Show More Summary

Pre-1600 Ale And Beer Not All Dark And Smoke-Laced

This has been a bit of a brain worm for me for a while. No, not that kind. The other kind. And for a longer while, I've been reading about how, before a certain point, all English beer and perhaps elsewhere was brown and smokey. But, quite rightly, the other day I was righteously snapped at for referring to the one post I have written on the idea. Show More Summary

Photo Contest 2014: The What, The How And The Why

The Prize No One Wanted I was thinking I had really to get to writing two posts today. An update on the #YuletideChristmasHanukahHogmanayKwanzaFestivusBeeryPhotoContest2014! matter. And a submission for Boak and Bailey's latest beery long reads happening. Show More Summary

Some Thoughts: Month One Of James Vassar's 1808 Day Book

I have started a winter project. I am transferring the data in the 1808 Day Book kept by James Vassar's brewery at Poughkeepsie NY into a spreadsheet to allow me to grind the data to see if I can learn anything. Careful readers willShow More Summary

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