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Relocation Notification For AGBB Nation

By the end of 2016, this part of the internets will be no more. The blog posts are being moved to the new home of A Good Beer Blog but this place, this tool that has done such a good job helping me share my thoughts will be turned off. Show More Summary

The Fluidity Of Good Beer's Paradigm Shift

Two bits of related US big craft beer industry news this week. First, Japan's Kirin has acquired about 24.9999% of Brooklyn Brewery for an undisclosed sum on largely undisclosed terms. Second, Stone Brewery is laying off 5-6% of their workforce. Show More Summary

Session 116: As Gose Goes So Goes It All

This month's edition of The Session sees host Derrick Peterman of Ramblings of a Beer Runner asking everyone to write about the "German" sour beer style Gose: I choose the Gose style in particular since it can be approached in so many different ways. Show More Summary

Book Review: Brewing Local by Stan Hieronymus

Confession. I have fed Stan in my home. I have been asked by Stan why he bothers discussing things with me. My name appears in this book. I am very fond of Stan. All of which may influence my opinion of his writings, of this book. Along with the fact that this was a review copy kindly forwarded from the publisher. Show More Summary

AGGB's Proof of Pumpkinness Assurance Certificate

The tweet response from Nickel Brook Brewing this morning read "how bout them pumpkins?" It was sent in reply to today's announcement of A Good Beer Blog's Pumpkinness Assurance Certificate Program. The program was launched after many...Show More Summary

Hopefully Just An Intermediate Stage

One unfortunate consequence has arisen, as far as I see, from the relatively (or perhaps just otherwise) good thing that is the swapping out of amateur beer blogging for fewer paying opportunities for the writing. I wonder whether its...Show More Summary

He Took Exception To The Spilled Beer

Elaborately, his exception he took: She accidentally spilled Mangeya’s drink and he became angry and violent, threatening to beat us up. He shouted obscenities at the top of his voice. He eventually calmed down after some shoppers spoke...Show More Summary

"Breakfast In The Free State!"

Jay posted this photo on Facebook this evening and I had to poach it. One of my favourite H.L.Mencken passages is this one from an essay about his your titled "The Baltimore of the Eighties": It was the opinion of my father, as I have...Show More Summary

Ontario: Golden Beach Pale Ale, Sawdust City

Ah, my least favourite glass ever meets my favourite brewery of 2016. I got the Kwak glass likely the best part of a decade ago and had to wash a decade's worth of dust off it to celebrate or mark or mourn today's news. I am not sure I deeply care as I have never liked the beers of Bosteels all that much - though I liked Kasteel in 2004. Show More Summary

Session 115: Don't Judge A Book By Its Topic

This month's edition of The Session sees Joan of Birraire asking us all to consider this: The discussion at hand is "The Role of Beer Books". Participants can talk about that first book that caught their attention, which brought them to get interested in beer; or maybe about books that helped developing their local beer scene. Show More Summary

The 1811 Needham And Rawlins Patent Brewing Machine

That is a notice placed in the New York American of 22 April 1825. Letters Patent were issued for the device in 1811 and 1812 (nos. 3493 and 3575 respectively). James Needham is listed as the inventor, described as a brewer in Islington a district of London, England. Show More Summary

Not So Much A Bursting As A Great Dissipation

Ah, Mr. Chimphead. A serious point must be about to be made. But being August, there is not much out there to read, not much worth writing about. People rightly have other things to do. But Bryan Roth has posted a useful examination of the use of the word "bubble" that gets the juices flowing. Show More Summary

Pity The Canadian Olympian Running Today

Is there anything sadder than a life's work geared to one event that gets swept away by another bigger event on short notice? Our national public broadcaster has rightly determined that the last evening of Olympic coverage is going to...Show More Summary

Maine: Interlude 2007, Allagash, Portland

Twenty-four bucks? What was I doing last decade? I have only a few of these aged big bottles left. I gave up a long time ago on trying to keep the cellar up. One of the few beers left from the days of glory, the era of beer blog ad revenue. Show More Summary

Session 114: I Know Nothing About Pilsner

This month's edition of The Session sees Allistair Reece asking us about pilsners. I know zippo about pilsners. I never went on one of those five-day long weekend holiday to Prague that made me a drive by insta-expert. I never lived there spreading the cultural imperialism of English as a Second Language. Show More Summary

Could Cream Beer Actually Be Cream Beer's Ancestor? "handsome" I presume you mean the "other" one... Here's the thing. There is only so much I can lay out to support this idea so I might as well do it and admit that it is something of a reasonable hypothesis. To be fair, I rarely take a position that I can't later extract myself from. Show More Summary

Francis Perot Brewed 116 Times In 1821 to 1822

Brewing was seasonal in the early 1800s east coast towns. You see it in the Vassar logs from Poughkeepsie NY and again with the brewing logs of Francis and William Perot of Philadelphia of 1821-22. Ed Carson was good enough to scan them last fall and I am drawn back to them by this question about what "cream beer" might be at that moment. Show More Summary

Cream Beer Before Cream Ale In 1820s New York City

Look at that. Just look at that. It is a notice in the New York Gazette from 30 October 1821. James H. De Lamater had brought in a supply of Larer's Superior Cream Beer. Imported by the sloop David. Shipping is not any sort of surprise. Show More Summary

"...In The West Indies And In The Southern States..."

That is from the 3 April 1820 edition of the Albany Gazette. Harkening back to an earlier era when Albany ale had a reputation - "a great and high character" - in the West Indies and the southern states. I think this both confuses and confirms a number of things. Show More Summary

The Dreary Reality Of Those Disclosures

Even starting to type this post initially weighs upon me in my pre-coffee haze. Really? Has it come to this? Thinking about beer writing again? I suppose I am somewhat insulated from the quandary by being well past it. Few people consider the comfy role of the post-popular writer. Show More Summary

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