6 Pack of News vol. 2

First up this time: a couple of smaller, local breweries in New Jersey have jumped on the canning train.  Jersey Girl Brewing’s first offering is their Rake Breaker; a hazy, tropical, New England style IPA.  http://www.jerseygirlbrewing.com/beers.html                                                      While Manskirt Brewing has gone the darker route and canned their Great Porter.   http://manskirtbrewing.com/

I’m a fan of Ballast Point; their Habanero Sculpin is one of my all time favorite beers.  That said, I’m pretty pumped up about their newest beer: Nitro Red Velvet. The color of this thing looks crazy and I’m looking forward to trying it. https://www.ballastpoint.com/beer/red-velvet/

You have to respect the Germans’ love of beer.  As more and more breweries host a yoga class followed by a beer afterwards, German steps the beer yoga game up by making the bottle of beer part of the routine.  How do you say Namaste in German?  http://bieryoga.de/english/

Heineken is buying Kirin’s Brazilian beer operations for around 100 billion yen.  Kirin had Brazilian beer operations?!  http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/19/heineken-will-pay-around-100-billion-yen-for-kirins-brazilian-beer-operations-nikkei.html

Ah, human ingenuity….can we brew beer on the moon?  The title of the article is a bit misleading as the majority of the “brewing” will be done on plain boring Earth, but an interesting read nonetheless.  https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/can-you-brew-beer-moon

And finally, an awesome product out of Sweden.  The article is funny in that it tries to explain and justify the need for a “shower beer” beyond: alcholism.  http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/01/17/Swedish-brewerys-Shower-Beer-designed-for-shower-drinking-and-conditioning/2311484690772/

Green vs. Green

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I have quite a backlog of beer currently, but because I’m an idiot, I just keep buying more rather than drinking all of what I have.  That fact did let me do some interesting “research” however.  (For a frame of reference, I did this back in October).  Plat and I recently (in October) took a second trip up to craft beer juggernaut Treehouse Brewing in Monson, MA to pick up some Julius and another flagship beer: Green.  Since I still had some Green left over from an earlier trip, I had an interesting opportunity to compare a fresh Green with a 2 month old Green.  Breweries always tell you with these “juice bomb” type IPAs to drink them fresh…but does it really matter?  Let’s see.  Continue reading Green vs. Green

6 Pack of News

Just some things happening in the beer world….6 things specifically.

Rouge Ales is releasing a new member of their “Voodoo Doughnut” series of beers; This time it’s Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla.  We’re kind of partial to the name ourselves.  Having tried all the other beer in this series, I’m strangely looking forward to giving this one a taste. http://www.rogue.com/rogue_beer/voodoo-doughnut-grape-guerrilla/

If you spend any time on this page you are going to start hearing the name Magnify Brewing more and more.  They are local to the Guerrilla Compound here in NJ and they are definitely a name to look out for.  Bias aside, I truly think these guys are on to something, and they feel like they’re on the verge of blowing up….the good kind not the bad kind. If you are in NJ or traveling through, they are absolutely worth making a special stop.  Just an update on their upcoming week.  https://www.instagram.com/p/BM1fNReATjx/

One of the “big daddies” in the craft beer game is getting on board the canning train (canning line technically I guess).  Dogfish Head is canning their 60 minute IPA and will follow with Flesh and Blood IPA and SeaQuench Ale early next year.  http://www.dogfish.com/blog/can-we-can-it-%E2%80%A6-yes-we-can

Speaking of craft beer big dogs, Stone Brewing is completely changing the game.  This is an old story but I wanted to make sure to post it in case anyone hadn’t heard……Stone is opening, what sounds like, a literal dream come true.  Stone Hotel!  http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5ec5334c4de0485ce1a0cb338&id=ab24209d7a&e=[UNIQID]

For our friends across the sea, big news out of Hungary as the Daily News Hungary reports HopTop Brewery won a bronze medal at the European Beer Star 2016 competiton for their Dry Stout.  This marks the first time a Hungarian based brewery has won at the competition.  Congrats guys and if anybody wants to send some HopTop to the States we are ready to receive.  http://dailynewshungary.com/hungarian-success-european-beer-star-2016/

Lastly, technically another old story but one that I think is very cool to read about.  The rise of the craft beer industry in other parts of the world.  This article from The Guardian from the beginning of the year talks about the increasingly popular craft scene developing in Russia.  Worth a read.  It’s an exciting time for beer and beer lovers.https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/17/russia-craft-beer-geeks-drinking-vodka

Cheers!