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Cupcakes Made With Beer 08/31/2010
Beer is food is a popular war cry among craft brew enthusiasts, and a local baked goods upstart is looking to expand on that. Founded earlier this year by self-proclaimed “Beer Girl” Misty Birchall, PubCakes is looking to simultaneously satisfy San Diego’s sweet-tooth and thirst for superior suds, with a line of cupcakesusing beer as the primary flavoring agent.
Birchall is a San Diego native who served six years abroad in the U.S. Navy before returning to discover the brewers in her hometown “make some damn good beer.” She funneled her awe over craft beer’s broad spectrum of flavor complexities straight into the stainless steel bowl of her KitchenAid mixer.
The result is a variety of artisanal cupcakes that includes:
-- Stoned Portzilla, a cake made with Stone Smoked Porter and topped with coffee-infused chocolate ganache and caramelized coconut flakes;
-- Top Ten Cake made with Karl Strauss’s hoppy Top Ten IPA, cherries, ancho chilies and cayenne-spiked caramel;
--Beer For Breakfast, which is fortified with AleSmith’s high alcohol toasty caramel Wee Heavy Scottish Ale, adorned with maple cream cheese frosting and garnished with crispy flecks of bacon
Read this full article and more from San Diego Dining by clicking here.
... as Specialist Hails Craft Beer Revival 08/27/2010
A global consumer trend towards craft beer is being mirrored in Australia with a Perth-based retailer claiming the local market is on the brink of a beer revolution.
Perth’s International Beer Shop has stocked premium and exclusive international and local beers since its inception in 2001 and now boasts a range of over 850, including ciders.
“The world is currently undergoing a craft beer revival,” said The International Beer Shop store manager, Cameron Stewart.
“Experimental US Craft Breweries have tipped the dominos, and they are falling throughout the Western World.”
The International Beer Shop seeks out the best beers and ciders from around the globe, from its modest base – a tiny suburban bottle store in West Leederville, northwest of Perth.
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Brewing for a Cause
Tommyknocker Brewery is proud to announce the release of its most recent specialty beer Tommyknocker Golden Saison. Tommyknocker Golden Saison is a light, refreshing beer typically brewed during winter months for consumption during the summer months.
This project has special meaning to Tommyknocker Brewery, because of what it will be creating for a special non-profit organization called the Gulf Restoration Network. The Gulf Restoration Network's mission is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations. The GRN's vision is that the Gulf of Mexico will continue to be a natural, economic, and recreational resource that is central to the culture and heritage of five states and three nations. The people of the region will be stewards of this vital but imperiled treasure, and they will assume the responsibility of returning the Gulf to its previous splendor.
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Jack McAuliffe is one of the most significant figures in United States brewing history.
He's also one of the most elusive.
As a young Navy technician servicing Uncle Sam's nuclear sub fleet, McAuliffe found himself stationed in Scotland, where he developed a taste for the indigenous ales. When he returned to America, he couldn't find any equivalent beer, so in 1976 he used his engineering skills to fabricate his own brewery out of cast-off dairy and soft drink equipment.
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Anchor true American beer 08/20/2010
Many people take pride in drinking American beer, looking down on those un-patriotic "imports." But, really, how American is the beer they're drinking? Budweiser, "The Great American Lager," is produced by a Belgian company now known as Anheuser-Busch InBev. Many other iconic American beers such as Miller, Coors and Blue Moon are sold by MillerCoors; this company is a joint venture between SABMiller, based in the United Kingdom, and the Molson Coors Brewing Company, which is half-American and half-Canadian. Even Pabst Blue Ribbon, the ubiquitous drink of hipsters these days, is contract brewed by MillerCoors. In fact, Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams, is the largest American-owned brewer, closely followed by D.G. Yuengling & Son. The most depressing part of this, to me at least, is the beer produced by these large conglomerates. The vast majority of the beer they brew is of the American Golden Lager variety, which is a modification of the Pilsner style beers native to Germany. In fact, rice has been used to replace substantial portions of the grain used to brew these beers; this results in decreased development of the flavor profile, but has the advantage of being inexpensive. In fact, the only widely distributed example of a traditional American lager is Yuengling Traditional Lager. This beer is brewed with the use of corn as an adjunct instead of rice, which is a tradition that predates the American Revolution and contributes a distinctive taste to the beer.
At this point, you may ask why I have been bashing the American breweries and the beers they brew. First, I'm not a fan of their beers; I prefer other beer styles to golden lager, and I like taste in my beer. The second reason is that I've been laying the groundwork for the introduction of this week's review, Anchor Steam Beer. Anchor Steam Beer is the sole remaining commercial example of the 19th century beer brewed in San Francisco, around which the modern California Common Beer style was modeled.
Read the full article and more by Matthew Hartshorne by clicking here!
Beer prices barrel higher 08/19/2010
Americans hosting Fourth of July barbecues will pay more cold cash for the cold ones this year as beer joins the list of foods and beverages whose prices are jumping, in part because of the booming ethanol market.
Retail prices for beer at supermarkets and other stores were up 3% in May from a year earlier, the biggest increase in 2½ years, according to the latest data from the Labor Department. That's higher than the inflation rate for the overall economy, and a bigger gain than in prices of liquor and wine bought to be consumed at home.
Those going out will also pay more for beer. Prices for beer poured away from home were up 3.8% in May from a year earlier.
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Beer: romancing the grain for women 08/18/2010
Women & beer have a love-hate relationship, but is a real romance in the air? Fiona McLelland highlights the work brewers have undertaken to try to inflame the female tastebuds.
The barriers blocking the way between women and beer are bigger than your average beer belly. Women are put off by beer’s masculine image, they don’t like drinking pints, and they’re scared of what it might do to their waistline. Add to the mix the fact that many are put off because they don’t think they’ll like the taste.
Read this complete article by Fiona McLelland by clicking here!
Craft is king: Popularity of specialty beers continues to grow as more establishments open their doors to the alternative 08/17/2010
At Donnie's Homespun Pizza, owner Neill Dresen knew he was taking a risk by choosing to stock craft beer instead of mass-produced brews. He felt the individuality and flavors of these beers worked better with the kind of ambience he was trying to create and had faith in his customers to experiment and expand their tastes.
"Craft beers," loosely defined as traditionally brewed beers made without adjuncts such as rice or corn and with a focus on flavor instead of mass appeal, are a passion Dresen was determined to bring to Decatur, regardless of the cost.
"Carrying a bunch of craft beer and not carrying Bud or Miller, that's a huge risk," Dresen said. "I could have adapted to be like every other place, but I chose not to."
To read the full article and more from Jim Vorel click here!
Vicious, an American Wheat IPA, will become North Peak Brewing Company’s fourth year-round brew, crafted on the Old Mission Peninsula just north of Traverse City. Beginning in August, Vicious will be available n six-pack retro-style stubbie at retail outlets statewide (complementing Siren, Diabolical, Majestic and the summer seasonal Archangel). It will also remain available on tap at restaurants and bars around Michigan.
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