International Beer Day

Since last week was International Beer Day (Aug. 5), I decided to celebrate by drinking Anchor Steam Beer (one of my favorites). On this day, beer enthusiasts are encouraged to appreciate beer and try something new. So this year, I tried Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale and it was not bad. I think I liked it because it was fruity and light. Unfortunately, I expected more cream. But it was great to try something new.

For those of you who don’t know, International Beer Day started in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. According to the official website, you can celebrate by drinking with friends, enjoying new beers from other cultures, buying beers for your friends, and thanking a brewer and bartender for devoting their lives to beer.

If you didn’t celebrate it this year, make sure you put it on your calendar for next year!!

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Silicone Bottle Caps

Ahh! So I know my birthday is four months away, but I thought I’d get myself an early, really early, birthday gift.  I came across Beer Savers, silicone bottle cap for beer bottles.

The Beer Savers help keep beer carbonated longer after you open a bottle, they also help you identify whose beer is whose at parties. I like that they’re tight enough to help keep the beer’s bubbles from escaping.

Personally, I don’t know who can’t finish they’re beer all at once, but these caps are great for brewers because they’re reusable!

The set comes with six colored cap: black, orange, yellow, blue, red for $12.99. But they’re currently having a sale for $7.99 on the website.

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Hartford Distributors Shooting

My heart sank when I came across the story about the recent shooting in Manchester, Connecticut. My prayers go out to the families and friends of those who were killed.

Fox News reports:

Eight people were killed at Hartford Distributors after Omar Thornton, a driver for Hartford Distributors, pulled out a gun and opened fire.  Thornton, who was in a meeting with union representative and his supervisors, was showed a video of him stealing beer. After given the option of being fired or quietly resigning, he began shooting and then killed himself.

Thornton claimed the company was racist and “pushed him over the edge.” However, Brett Hollander, whose family owns the distributorship, denied any racial bias. Police are still investigating this case.

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Grilling With Beer Competition

It’s times like these when I wish I had the option to jump on a plane from New York and fly to Wisconsin. Sprecher Brewing Company, the Wisconsin Beef Council (WBC) and Keg-a-Que are having the third annual Wisconsin State Fair grilling competition, Grilling with Beer. This competition has my name written all over it. I love to grill! If you’re in Glendale, Wisconsin, this is a competition you won’t want to miss.

Here are the details:

The top eight recipes will be pitted against each other with the winner being decided by an expert panel of judges on the stage at State Fair’s Central Mall on August 9. The eight finalists will receive $10 toward purchase of beer and beef for the final cook-off.

Second and third place winners will each receive one case of Sprecher beverages, two Sprecher tour passes, two tickets to Sprecher’s 25th Anniversary Bash, a $25 certificate for beef from the Wisconsin Beef Council, and a portable Keg-a-Que (Awesome!).

The grand prize winner will receive six cases of Sprecher beverages, two Sprecher tour passes, 2 tickets to Sprecher’s 25th Anniversary Bash, a $200 certificate for beef from the Wisconsin Beef Council,and a portable Keg-a-Que (Awesome again!).

All recipes must contain beef and Sprecher beer, and be cooked on a gas grill. Recipes must be received by July 26th. Finalists must be present to win the Wisconsin State Fair grill-off on August 9.

Visit the Sprecher Brewing Company website, www.sprecherbrewery.com, for eligibility requirements, entry form and complete details.

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Philly Here I come!

Over the past few years, I’ve been traveling a whole lot. I’ve been to Italy (for the 26th time in my life), Switzerland, the Bahamas and various states in the U.S. I’m always intrigued with culture, food, and beer!

I don’t mean to burst anyone’s bubble, but I’m not exactly a fan of Philly. I thought the beer and Philly Cheese steak is better in NY. But before you hate me, I have a reason to visit again! I just found out that Mac’s Tavern, the real-life bar from the TV Show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, opened this month in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. Mac’s Tavern has 17 beers on tap, gastropub fare, a jukebox and occasional acoustic musical talent.

Now I have a reason to explore where The Gang — Charlie, Sweet Dee, Dennis, Mac and Frank — have done everything from cracking the Liberty Bell to running the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps Rocky Balboa-style (which I attempted and failed successfully).

VisitPhilly.com lists a two-day, two-night itinerary, you can see where the ego-driven characters create scenes all over Philadelphia — that is, when they aren’t arguing or scheming in Paddy’s Pub.

I haven’t settled on a date yet, but check back later this summer. I plan to go in August!

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Growing Up With the Family Brewery

Photo Credit: Bill Manley (NYT)

I came across this very sweet New York Times story about Brian Grossman, 25, who has worked for Sierra Nevada Brewing since he was 15.

In the story, he talks about how his father and a partner started the brewery 30 years ago. He shares his memories growing up with the brewery and how he always dreamed of working in the family business. Today, he is the general manager at Sierra Nevada.

Here’s a clip from the NYT story:

MY father, Ken Grossman, started Sierra Nevada Brewing Company with a partner 30 years ago and bought him out in 1998. I always knew I wanted to work in the family business. As a kid, I was always there. I learned how to ride a bicycle in the parking lot, and I’d tinker in the maintenance shop. I’ve grown up around some of the employees.

My first paying job at the brewery, at 15, was cleaning the fermenting tanks. After that, I helped prepare the yeast, malt and hops. From there I moved into the production departments and brewed the beer. I also worked in maintenance and learned welding and other skills. Both of my older sisters have worked in the brewery, too, but neither works here right now.

You can read the full story here.

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Man calls 911 about mom taking his beer

Okay, so I almost spit out the beer I was drinking when I read this article. I would never make a bogus phone call to the cops, but somehow if I did, I’d probably follow this guy’s lead.

Associated Pres has the full scoop:

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A 32-year-old Pasco County man who called 911 to complain about his mother is facing criminal charges. According to a sheriff’s office arrest report, Charles Dennison told a deputy that his mother took his beer and he wanted her arrested. Dennison was reportedly “very intoxicated” when the deputy arrived at the New Port Richey home.

Dennison told the deputy that he would keep calling emergency responders if his mother wasn’t charged. He has been charged with making false 911 calls and was jailed on $150 bond.

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