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Hi again beer fans! Happy Friday, come join us for a cold one, or two.

This week I found beer news from Britain; it appears they've noticed American craft beer.

Once widely mocked, US beer is now popular globally with hipsters and connoisseurs alike. Why is the world buying in to the American brewing revolution?

Not so very long ago, American beer was a joke. And a weak one at that.

Widely mocked and deservedly so; American drinkers who had discovered beer with flavor were some of the loudest mockers. Now, American craft brewers and home brewers are the most creative force the beer business has ever seen. If you can afford a few pints of the good stuff, it's a great time to be a beer drinker in America.
"There's a hipster cachet to it," says Melissa Cole, ale expert and author of Let Me Tell You About Beer. "Craft beer is seen as sexy right now, there's no doubt about it."
[You can tell this is the BBC not some American media; they have writers and editors who know the difference between cachet and cache. But I digress.]

I've got Lagunitas IPA tonight, it was on sale. What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

    by esquimaux on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 06:45:07 PM PDT

  •  I think I'm going to abstain tonight (7+ / 0-)

    Haven't had anything yet, thinking about holding off. Meeting friends tomorrow at Pizza Port and will drink my share then. I have to get up a little earlier tomorrow than usual for a Saturday morning, so I think I'll be drinking water tonight.

    If you missed it the The Brewers Association released their annual list of the top 50 craft breweries in the US based on sales volume.

    1. Boston Beer Co.
    2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA)
    3. New Belgium Brewing Co.
    4. The Gambrinus Co.
    5. Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
    6. Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA)
    7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
    8. Matt Brewing Co.
    9. Harpoon Brewery
    10. Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
    11. Brooklyn Brewery
    12. Boulevard Brewing Co.
    13. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    14. Abita Brewing Co.
    15. Shipyard Brewing Co.
    16. Alaskan Brewing Co.
    17. New Glarus Brewing Co.
    18. Long Trail Brewing Co.
    19. Great Lakes Brewing Co.
    20. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA)
    21. Anchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, CA)
    22. Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)
    23. Summit Brewing Co.
    t24. Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, OR)
    t24. SweetWater Brewing Co.
    26. Victory Brewing Co.
    27. Oskar Blues Brewery
    28. Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse
    29. Flying Dog Brewery
    30. Founders Brewing Co.
    31. Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR)
    32. CraftWorks Restaurant & Breweries, Inc.
    33. Odell Brewing Co.
    34. Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, CA)
    35. Stevens Point Brewery
    36. Blue Point Brewing Co.
    37. Southern Tier Brewing Co.
    38. Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe (Eureka, CA)
    39. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
    40. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. (Huntington Beach, CA)
    41. Breckenridge Brewery
    42. North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, CA)
    43. Left Hand Brewing Co.
    44.  St. Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Beers
    45. Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
    46. Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
    47. Big Sky Brewing Co.
    48. Allagash Brewing Co.
    49. Uinta Brewing Co.
    50. Tröegs Brewing Co.
    •  Not many arguments with that list (2+ / 0-)
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      bsegel, ruleoflaw

      Some omissions that are personal favorites, but small and not well known, and disappointing that many on the list aren't available locally.

      Tonight it is Pyramid Dark IPA, which has been available locally for a few  weeks and has become a personal favorite of mine.

      In other news, I was back in Portland this week and was privileged to imbibe McMenamin's Dark Porter and their Devil's Bitter, both outstanding brews only available from Mc's pubs--they do not bottle or distribute their beers outside their tied houses.

  •  Hinterland Maple Bock... (4+ / 0-)
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    Leftcandid, bsegel, ruleoflaw, greengemini

    acquired during a visit to WI last weekend.  Perfect companion to a cold rainy Delaware night.

    Left a combination of Dogfish Head Burton Baton (a personal fav) and Sah'tea in WI so the WI/DE beer balance remained at equilibrium....

  •  BBC fail; don't they know hipsters drink PBR? (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, ruleoflaw

    The whole point is that all kinds of people are drinking the good stuff, not just the snobs.  Whatevs, Brits; just keep shippin' Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout over here.

    I have some Lagunitas (CENSORED Copper Ale) in the fridge, but right now I'm finishing the Great Divide Colette I started with dinner.

    It's time to start letting sleeping dinosaurs lie, lest we join them in extinction by our consumption of them.

    by Leftcandid on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 07:36:19 PM PDT

  •  I haven't yet figured out (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, greengemini, ruleoflaw

    what a hipster is.
    I bemoan the trend I've noticed in the last few months of people (including those who should know better) using any old preposition instead of the right one. That's why there are different ones, dammit. It isn't one size fits all any more than  you can make any alcoholic beverage with baking yeast (another battle I am still fighting). You whippersnappers just wait and see. I'll bet that in another 80 years people will still tell recent stories about baking yeast and exploding bottles, because they are too stubborn to learn and evolve. They should be restricted to vinyl records, black-and-white movies in theaters, and Model A's if they are going to be such Luddites.
    Drinking a peach wine from Maine and a Fetzer Riesling, because I have ongoing production and packaging delays. I did bottle the #666 Bock of Re-evaluations last week.
    Thanks, you've been a great audience.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 08:19:23 PM PDT

  •  Gray's Honey Ale. (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    Pretty good, not great, but I like to support the local breweries. Brewed in Janesville, WI.

    The head dissipates quickly, very gently carbonated.
    The honey isn't overpowering. (A lot of honey-weiss and honey-ales are cloying.) The bready, malty taste is complemented by the sweetness, not smothered.
    The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side. This is a good summer beer.

    Once upon a time in New Orleans, you could walk into a bar, sit down and drink your beer while these folks were shaking it up. Between beers you might even have a dance or two.

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 08:29:34 PM PDT

  •  Size 7 IPA from Steel Toe Brewing (1+ / 0-)
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    ruleoflaw

    I used to think I didn't like IPAs. Having to revisit that. Pretty tasty beer.

    In other news, I got the first piece of equipment for to potential 3 bbl brewery: a 60" stainless steel mash paddle.

  •  Headhunters (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ruleoflaw

    A very very fine IPA from Fat Heads...tasty

  •  Birthday Party! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ruleoflaw

    A great and wonderful regular at a nice beer bar that I am also a regular at had his birthday party at said beer bar tonight. So there was plenty of beer. Cantillion, Russian River Consercration, Bourgandre Des Flandres, Oud Beersel Framboise and plenty of other beers were available.

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