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  • HaandBryggeriet - Hop Shake
    20 June 2021

    Μια νέα ετικέτα κυκλοφόρησε η HaandBryggeriet.

  • KCBC - Dragon Wagon / Indiana Bones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Bowl / Razor Grazer / Lobster Drum Solo
    20 June 2021

    Τέσσερεις νέες ετικέτες κυκλοφόρησε η KCBC.

  • Beer Birthday: Carla Jean Lauter
    20 June 2021
    Today is the 39th birthday of beer writer Carla Jean Lauter. I first met Carla in 2010 at the first Beer Bloggers Conference, when it was held in Boulder, Colorado. She was still Carla Companion when I met her, and she was also writing as “The Beer Babe” online. She’s a great...
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  • Editors' Picks: Beer! A Love Story
    20 June 2021
    We missed traveling, we missed going to bars, and we missed going to the movies. We even missed traveling to bars to watch screenings of geeky beer-documentary movies that really don’t speak to anyone else except those of us who already love those things.

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  • BREAKING | Denver’s Historic Falling Rock Tap House Announces Closure
    20 June 2021

    For the large part, Denver’s beer scene has survived a tumultuous past year and a half of the pandemic and emerged with only a handful of closures along the way. However, today one of the industry’s most iconic establishments, Falling Rock Taphouse, has announced its upcoming closure.

    Founded in 1997 by owner Chris Black and his brothers Steve and Al Black, Falling Rock became one of the earliest adopters and advocates for the burgeoning craft beer movement in downtown Denver, offering over 90 draft lines of craft beer and even more bottles of vintage and rare beers.

    Over the past 24 years due to its proximity to the Colorado Convention Center, Falling Rock became a mainstay for brewers traveling to the city for the Great American Beer Festival, and over the years has hosted an unofficial kickoff tapping each Monday the week of the festival, with a countdown timer running each year tracking the months, days and minutes leading up to that tapping.

    Today Black penned a blog post on the Falling Rock website citing a number of factors that have lead to the decision to close.

    I know this may come as a shock to those of you out there, but this last year has just been the icing on the cake of the last 5 years. A year-long construction project that caused a 30% drop in sales, changes in the neighborhood that have impacted our business negatively (like crazy late-night crowds and decreased office usage), continued increasing competition from our suppliers, challenges in finding kitchen staff plus rapidly increasing costs all have added up to a financially unsustainable situation.

    In addition to the factors listed, Falling Rock took a number of significant hits during the pandemic, including decreased traffic from limited attendance during the 2020 baseball season, significant dips in lunch business with most offices moving to remote work, the cancellation of the 2020 Great American Beer Festival, as well as Russian River’s decision not to distribute the cult-favorite Pliny the Younger Triple IPA, which typically draws long lines just to sample a few ounces of rare beer.

    Black and his team had attempted to organize a crowdfunding effort in December that had reached $18,900 in funds raised but didn’t meet their full goal of $30,000.

    Today’s announcement noted that the fabled beer bar will officially close the evening of next Sunday, June 27. In the interim, Falling Rock will also close for business Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22 to prepare for its final five days of business. The post also noted that Falling Rock will be selling all beer and decor through that final week including t-shirts, signage, old tap handles, and vintage beers.

    Falling Rock Taphouse

    While PorchDrinking was able to reach Black, he was not able to comment further at the moment. However, we do hope to have a more extensive interview with the “King” in the next few days. Stay tuned for continued coverage.

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  • Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #237
    19 June 2021

    John Palmer joins me this week to discuss adjusting your water for beer brewing including mash pH and also improving the flavor of your beer.

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    Your browser does not support the audio element. Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:52)
    • This week I welcome back John Palmer. John is the author of the top selling book How to Brew as well as Water and Brewing Classic Styles (full disclosure: Amazon affiliate links used for books). John joins me this week to talk about water in beer.
    • We start with a short discussion of some of the projects John has been working on recently.
    • John starts with a discussion on ground and surface water sources.
    • We talk about some of the ways to test your local water profile.
    • John explains why you want to get your water profile right including for mash pH and also for seasoning the flavor of the beer.
    • We talk about the “brew cube” which is in John’s latest How to Brew book and john explains the water adjustment options.
    • We discuss mineral structure and how it impacts beer.
    • John discusses alternate approaches for adjusting water including targeting a particular city or beer style.
    • We talk about Magnesium and its role in fermentation.
    • John gives us his closing thoughts on water.
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  • First Alternative Co-op 50th anniversary cider & barleywine
    19 June 2021

    We’ve had occasion over the past couple of years to become better acquainted with Corvallis, and about a year ago we discovered the First Alternative Co-op, which is a locavore-type grocery that emphasizes environmental sustainability and has a couple of locations. Here’s the “about us” intro:

    First Alternative is cooperative grocery store with over 10,000 Owners. We stock high quality, natural, and organic products in our stores, with an emphasis on local growers and producers. Since opening in 1970, we have aspired to be a model for environmental sustainability through our purchasing and workplace practices. Anyone can shop at the Co-op, and anyone can join!

    We really like the company and try to make it a point to stop at a location when we visit. Last year, as it turns out, was First Alternative’s 50th anniversary, unbeknownst to us at the time—until we found the 50th anniversary collaboration brews on the shelf. The Co-op partnered with 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Block 15 Brewing, both local of course, to offer a specialty cider and a barleywine. Naturally I had to pick them both up to try.

    (I’ll note also that First Alt also partnered with at least one winery to produce 50th anniversary red and white wines, though we didn’t try any of those.)

    So here are those reviews, finally! Yes, these were released in 2020 and we drank them in January of this year, so I’m behind the ball on getting these reviews posted. It’s been a weird year, as you all well know.

    2 Towns Barn Dance 50th Anniversary Cider

    This 5.5% ABV cider from 2 Towns was made with apples sourced entirely from local orchards. It’s a traditional cider (no added fruit, spices, etc.) that tends toward sweet, which is right in 2 Towns’ wheelhouse (even though the cidery crafts excellent fruited ciders as well). The description says:

    2 Towns Ciderhouse is proud to partner with First Alternative Co-op to present this locally sourced and produced celebratory cider. Cheers to 50 years!

    Crafted with heirloom apples sourced from our favorite orchards within 50 miles of the Co-op, Barn Dance’s fruit forward profile exemplifies the bounty of the Willamette Valley.

    Appearance: Clear, bright brassy golden color, rather pretty. A bit of fizz to it.

    Smell: Tart apple, honey and beeswax, floral notes, crabapples, some rustic notes like hay, grassy chaff.

    Taste: Semi-sweet with a tart ping of acid running through the middle; apple juice sweetness, gooseberry, honey, white wine, grapes.

    Mouthfeel: Crisp, semi-petillant, nice sweet finish.

    Overall: Really good, enjoy this, a nice acid pop to a well-balanced semi-sweet cider that isn’t cloying.

    Block 15 Valley Gold 50th Anniversary Barleywine

    The brewery and the Co-op were planning ahead: this Golden Anniversary Barleywine was bottled in December of 2019 for its 2020 release. It’s a big American-style barleywine with 11% alcohol by volume; no info on the IBUs. True to form from Block 15, it goes big on the hops, but even so, this would be a good beer to lay down for awhile to see how it ages.

    Appearance: Warm orange-amber color, mostly clear, rich and ample off-white head with great lacing. Initial foam-up made me think it could have been infected, but no.

    Smell: Big caramel-sweet maltiness with a touch of candy-sugar alcohol, and an earthy nose of hops (even after a year). Subtle honey and wildflower notes, some leather, graham cracker, spicy alcohol. As it warms it gets fairly floral and estery.

    Taste: Grainy, floral, boozy, malt syrup, hop bitterness that’s earthy and spicy. There’s a spiciness from the alcohol as well, prickling but not fusel-y or inappropriate. Honey, caramel, burnt sugar, yarrow, herbal cough drops, toasty grains. Lots of complexity here, a lot of flavors going on.

    Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied, with a nice sweetness going just shy of cloying as it coast the tongue, and a touch of alcohol heat into the finish.

    Overall: A big and bold and complex American barleywine, Block 15 leaned into the hops on this one but it’s a nice sipper.

    The post First Alternative Co-op 50th anniversary cider & barleywine appeared first on The Brew Site.

  • Beer In Ads #3761: The Entire Family
    19 June 2021
    Friday’s ad is for “Rainier Beer,” from 1910. This ad was made for the Seattle Brewing & Malting Co., who made Rainier Beer, and was later known as the Rainier Brewing Company of Seattle, Washington. This one shows a crying child complaining to his mother that as the...
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  • Wah Gwaan Brewing Brings Caribbean Influences to Denver
    19 June 2021

    Growing up in The Bronx, Harsha Maragh was surrounded by Caribbean music, food, and neighbors as the daughter of two Jamaican immigrants. But after moving to Denver, she found the Mile High City lacking the cultural vibrancy that influenced her youth. However today, Maragh and her husband, Jesse Brown will open Wah Gwaan Brewing in Denver’s Santa Fe Art District, in the former Intrepid Sojourner Brewing space, and hope to turn it into a cultural hub for Caribbeans who have relocated to the region.

    Maragh and Brown’s passion for craft beer extends far beyond this endeavor. In fact, their first date took place at Avery Brewing Company, and they’ve homebrewed together for several years. However both also held full-time jobs with Maragh working as a consultant within the energy industry, and Brown, who spent five years serving in the Marine Corps, was working in cybersecurity. However, when the pandemic hit, the two decided to reevaluate their careers and chase their passion together.

    Photo by Tristan Chan

    “Since we first started dating, we’ve always thought about business ideas together,” explained Maragh. “We thought of starting a coffee shop or restaurant, but as fans of craft beer, it was such a big part of our relationship that we felt like we had to do this,” Brown added.

    In talking through the concept the two wanted to pay homage to both of their cultural heritage. In addition to Maragh’s Jamaican roots, Brown was born to a bi-racial family and plans to create more opportunities to bring Denver’s Black community to craft beer as well.

    Harsha Maragh and Jesse Brown, co-founders of Wah Gwaan Brewing | Photo by Tristan Chan

    “Since we announced the brewery we’ve had so many Caribbean immigrants come out of the woodwork,” said Maragh. “I think having this space and creating this brewery well help create more community for Jamaicans and African Americans.”

    “African Americans make up less than 2% of the craft beer community,” said Brown. “As a culture, we have a lot to bring to the table for craft beer and I’d love to see us help bring more representation through Wah Gwaan.”

    Photo by Tristan Chan

    The name Wah Gwaan itself translates in Jamaican Patois to mean “What’s Up? or How are You?”. But the Jamaican influence doesn’t end there. Maragh and Brown have worked closely with head brewer, Dick Tucker, who previously spent time working at Epic Brewing and Stranahan’s, to showcase Caribbean-inspired ingredients like mango, coconut, tamarind, soursop, and jackfruit, and also plan to feature more obscure styles eventually like Black IPAs and Rauchbiers.

    Maragh and Brown also sought to bring color and energy to their taproom and channel Jamaican vibes, so they enlisted the help of local artist, Chelsea Lewinski, who also painted iconic murals for Lady Justice Brewing, to help bring color and energy to their taproom.

    Photo by Tristan Chan

    Wah Gwaan will open today, June 19 featuring a wide range of styles including (c)offee IPA collaboration with Joe Maxx’s Coffee Shop, which is also in the neighborhood, Duppy Conquerer, a tremendous toasted coconut Dunkelweizen featuring 25lbs of toasted coconut, which creates the profile of coconut banana bread, Washbelly, a refreshing pomegranate Hefeweizen, Jamrock a New England-style IPA with BSG’s new Citiva hop blend, Trop Queen, a Kölsch-style ale with jackfruit, and Regal Lager.

    Photo by Tristan Chan

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    The post Wah Gwaan Brewing Brings Caribbean Influences to Denver appeared first on PorchDrinking.com.

  • 8 Wired - Gorky Park
    19 June 2021

    Μια νέα ετικέτα κυκλοφόρησε η 8 Wired Brewing.

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