Historic Beer Birthday: Steve Harrison
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Today would have been longtime Sierra Nevada employee Steve Harrison’s 66th birthday. Unfortunately, Steve passed away in August of 2007. He was Sierra Nevada employee number one, and was responsible for a lot of their early success. I first got to know Steve in the mid-1990s when I was the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
Sensory Evaluation of Grains for Brewing – The New ASBC Method
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This week I take a look at the new ASBC method for doing sensory and flavor evaluation of malts for brewing beer. This new “hot steep” technique published last fall by the American Society of Brewing Chemists provides a standardized method to do a sensory (taste) analysis of malts and is a great way to […]
GrassLands Brewing Company Expands Distribution in Florida
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GrassLands Brewing Company, a Tallahassee-based craft brewery located in the revitalized Gaines Street corridor, is celebrating its distribution launch into the greater north Florida region with an innovative public event Thursday, June 29, from 6-10 p.m. at its taproom at 603 W. Gaines Street.
La Poja vertical: The rebel of Valpolicella
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Aldo Fiordelli takes a closer look at a real rarity; a "cru" wine produced in Valpolicella.La Poja (top right). A La Poja vertical, Aldo Fiordelli takes a closer look at a real rarity; a "cru" wine produced in Valpolicella by Allegrini... The post La Poja vertical: The rebel of Valpolicella appeared first on Decanter.
Our Awesome Nepal White Tea
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We work directly with Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden for the teas that we sell from their gardens each year. This tea really impressesd us with its brisk flavor and fresh, exhuberant aroma. It is a stunning example of the art … Continue reading →
News, Nuggets & Longreads 24 June 2017: Markets, Marketing, Manchester
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Here’s all the beer- and pub-related reading that’s entertained, educated or amused us in the last seven days, from football lagers to Mancunian tap-rooms. Every now and then the Guardian does a really great piece on pubs and this week it’s Jessica Furseth on the endangered sub-species of market pubs — long a staple of Quirky London … Continue reading "News, Nuggets & Longreads 24 June 2017: Markets, Marketing, Manchester" News, Nuggets & Longreads 24 June 2017: Mar
The new Rainforest Alliance shade requirements
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A new standard for Rainforest Alliance certification has been issued. Here, the changes to the "shade" criteria are explained.
Our Guide to Coffee Mail Order Subscriptions
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There are countless options when it comes to buying a coffee mail order subscription. In this post, I’m going to list off a few coffee roasters that both excel at roasting coffee and operating a subscription service. Also, I’m going to provide some tips to help you find other roasters should the ones listed below not meet your needs. A good coffee subscription needs to first and foremost be an excellent roaster. Then the roaster needs to have a secure web server with an easy to confi
Wine Critics in Hell Act 8
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ACTS 1-7 ARE HERE Everyone’s starting to feel a little cooped up here in Hell, which turns out to be a Natural Wine bar somewhere in Lodi. If there’s a somewhere in Lodi. Weary of the first seven acts of the play, and aren’t we all?, the wine critics are scattered about the bar sitting quietly, seemingly contemplating their horrible fate. As it turns out, Act 8 is part of that horrible fate… It’s the Stranger who breaks the silence. Stranger: (standing up from the table where he’s been...
Our 2016 Spring Teas are Here!
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Welcome spring – welcome new spring  tea !   Our fresh 2016 new teas are being sent from the tea fields as soon as they are made. As each tea arrives we add it to the Tea Trekker website where … Continue reading →
The 1st of Our 2016 Famous Chinese Teas are On The Way!
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In the distant days of pre-history, forest-dwelling inhabitants experimented with cooking the leaves and buds plucked from wild-growing tea trees in the far Western regions of China. Since that time, tea has developed over the centuries into a refined and … Continue reading →
Warriors toast NBA title with actual champagne!
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The Golden State Warriors won their second NBA title in three seasons last night. As a hoops fan, the most impressive stat for me was 147 assists on 216 made baskets–teamwork! But as a wine geek, we here at the Dr. Vino World Headquarters had to wonder…what would the team pop to celebrate in the […] The post Warriors toast NBA title with actual champagne! appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog.
It's An Ammo Horde
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More details have emerged regarding the leftist terrorist who targeted Republican law makers in Alexandria on June 14.The gunman who opened fire on a congressional baseball team in Virginia kept a local storage locker with more than 200 rounds of ammunition that he visited daily, including less than an hour before he shot more than 60 times at the GOP team during a morning practice last week.Two hundred rounds! That number is pointed out like it's some extreme number that should shock us. 200 ro
NoCo Beer News October 10-16 2016
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[Northern Colorado Beer News] - Hopefully by now your GABF hangover is gone and you're ready for your next adventure. The rest of the year will see a dramatic drop in festivals, so most of the action will be at your local brewery. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene for the week of October 10-16, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you're not getting the full story. Picture of the Week: Intersect Brewing - Fort Collins, CO.Feat
Historic Beer Birthday: Peter Ganser
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Today is the birthday of Peter Ganser (June 24, 1836-August 5, 1915). He was born in Germany, but settled in Steele County, Minnesota, buying the Knobloch & Mannheim brewery and founding the Peter Ganser brewery in Owatonna, along with his brother Adam. It was generally known as the Peter... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
Historic Beer Birthday: Christian Schmidt
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Today is the birthday of Christian Schmidt (June 24, 1833-September 6, 1894). Schmidt was born in Magstadt, Wurtemberg, Germany but moved to Philadelphia as a young man. In 1859, he became a partner with the Robert Coutrennay Brewery but bought him out the following year, renaming the brewery the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
Farewell and thanks to all!
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It's been a long time since my last posting. Fermentedly Challenged has been my passion for the last 9+ years and the time has come to hang up my keyboard and head off into the beer-filled sunset.Thanks to all my readers and followers for the past 9 years. Thanks also to all the Colorado breweries for sharing your news and stories with me for all these past years. It has been a great run, but the time has come for me to move on and continue my career else where.I am currently working in the Den
Boulder Beer slides into Winter with Slope Style Winter IPA
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Winter is coming and so are the winter seasonal beer releases. Boulder Beer Company is ready to release one of their winter seasonal beers - Slope Style Winter IPA. Check out the details of this pending release in today's press release.Boulder Beer Company To Release Slope Style Winter IPA[Press Release] Boulder, CO – Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, brings back its limited release beer Slope Style Winter IPA.Red in color with a perfect blend of five malts and a blast of pin
Oskar Blues to Expand Overseas
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Now that Oskar Blues Brewery has reached into all 50 states in the USA, it's time for this once small brewery, now large, to expand to other countries. And Oskar Blues already has a plan. Read on for the details on where they are headed next. OSKAR BLUES BREWERY ANNOUNCES EXPANSION IN TO NINE INTERNATIONAL MARKETS[Press Release] LONGMONT, Colo., BREVARD, N.C. & AUSTIN, Texas - The craft beer-in-a-can pioneers are hopping overseas once again to quench international thirst for Oskar Blues Brewery.
Twenty Sixteen
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I drinking my coffee before the interview making it last II buying a ticket to buckingham palace - yes, a return please III the old lady's dog watching the ambulance drive away IV kneeling in chapel before made my offering were those lamps lit? V there goes a cupboard - old kitchen burns quickly in the garden stove VI surprise visit - coming home early to the
Fermentation at Carlsberg in the 1880's (part two)
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We're going to take a look at how Carlsberg kept their fermenting worts cool back in 1881.They had a slightly unusual method of cooling:"In the Carlsberg breweries they do not use ice floats for keeping down the fermentation heat in the tuns, but instead, they direct a flow of cold air right into the upper surface of the tun, this method although it did not possess any other advantage than cleanliness, and saving of labour, is to be recommended, by this means the heat of the tuns and also o
Let’s Brew 1914 Barclay Perkins X
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I hope you’ve been paying attention to all these X Ale recipes. Because they’re telling a tale. About how a beer changes over time.Despite only 15 years having elapsed since the last recipe, there have been considerable changes. Crystal malt has been dropped and amber malt added. I know for certain that this one contained No. 3 invert sugar. As well as something called “dark sacc.” Which I’ve replaced with more No. 3.But the biggest change is the hopping rate which has almost halved. As have the
Random Scottish shit
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I concentrate on brewing records in my frantic archive snapping sessions. But I like to sweeten my brewing porridge with some honey of randomness.Which is why I have photos of this J & J Morrison sales spreadsheet. By region.And pretty weird regions they are:Town, 1st Country, 2nd Country, South Country, Glasgow, Gateshead, Inverness and North of Scotland.
Fermentation at Carlsberg in the 1880's
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I was dead excited at getting a look at one of the notbooks in the William Younger archive. The one recording a visit by employees of the Edinburgh brewery to Carlsberg's breweries in Copenhagen.I already knew a little of the links between the two breweries. Carl Jacobsen, son of Carlsberg's founder served an appreenticeship At William Younger in the late 1860s.The notebook has some dead handy description of the equipment and brewing processes at the three Carlsberg breweries. Dead handy, becaus
Dates set for Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2017
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Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2017 dates and locations have been announced. They are:Las Vegas May 6, 2017 (a Saturday)Chicago May 9, 2017 (a Tuesday)Miami May 12, 2017 (a Friday)These events are high end walk-around tastings of 200+ wines rated 90+ by Wine Spectator along with a light buffet.
Beer In Ads #2316: Be Light-Hearted, Farmers
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Friday’s ad is for Carling’s Red Cap Ale, from 1952. In this ad, part of another series featuring the tagline “Be Light-Hearted!,” a farming couple is toasting with two glasses of beer. They’ve apparently just come from working out in the field, and I think they really... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
Celis Brewery Partners with Andrews Distributing in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a partnership with Celis Brewery of Austin, Texas.
Pure Brews America to Broadcast Season 3 Following Michigan Emmy Win
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Pure Brews America by Meijer is ready to kick off their third season after winning a Michigan EMMY Award for “Best Magazine Program” on June 10th.
Pure Brews America to Broadcast Season 3 Following Michigan Emmy Win
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Pure Brews America by Meijer is ready to kick off their third season after winning a Michigan EMMY Award for “Best Magazine Program” on June 10th.
The Power of Organic Coffee
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This article originally appeared in the Specialty Coffee Association of America's member publication, the SCAA Chronicle.
Da Yu Ling, spring 2017
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View from a plantation on Da Yu LingThe fame and prices of Taiwan's most famous tea mountain keep growing. A farmer told me that buyers were lining up in his factory to purchase and carry away the tea as soon as it was produced!
An Evening with the Champagnes of Benoît Lahaye
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Benoît Lahaye is probably the best grower/producer in Bouzy right now. I use "probably" because I haven't sat down recently with a bottle of Champagne by Camille Savés or Paul Bara. But I feel pretty confident on this one. Lahaye is making excellent wines, mostly of Pinot Noir from Bouzy.Lahaye is a smart winemaker, strategically varying in his use of wood for fermentation, using naturally occurring versus selected yeasts, cork or crown capsules for secondary fermentation, presence or absence of
2016 GABF Colorado Medal Winners
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Another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone. The 35th Annual gathering of craft beer fans gathered at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado to celebrate everything that is BEER.Yesterday morning, on October 8th, 2016, the Brewers Association and all the brewers in attendance gathered to award Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in over 96 different beer categories. Once again, Colorado breweries took home a large portion of the medals. The following list describes the medals
2017 Fresh New Harvest Tea versus ‘New Tea’
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This post is something that we re-post every year at this time. We hope that it will clarified for our many new tea enthusiast customers what they need to pay attention to when purchasing tea this time of year (March … Continue reading →
Is the Same Tea Really the ‘Same’ Tea?
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With the rush of new spring 2017 tea just a few short weeks away it’s a good time to discuss something which I think speaks to many tea enthusiasts – how to get the best tea for your money from … Continue reading →
Pic(k) of the Week: Donald the Plumber.
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In these times when a leak of information can be considered more heinous than the corrosive act that pricked it, I found this refreshing. The beer, that is. Not knowing Donald the Plumber's political bent, I've redacted his business' phone number from the koozie. But, his name: so timely. Finally, there's someone whom we can trust to find those #@&*^ leakers! -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos taken (or noted) by me, posted on Saturdays, and often, but