New Website Covers The San Diego Beer Scene

San Diego has one of the most prolific beer scenes in the country. Now there’s a new website dedicated to the San Diego beer scene so you can keep tabs with everything that’s happening. is a website from the folks at Georgian Bay Books featuring local brewery news, educational articles and videos, reviews of beers and breweries, and interviews with local brewers. Georgian Bay Books has also produced several books about San Diego breweries and beer.

Below is short promotional video about their new website.


Oak Barrels and Beeswax - brewery shows unique way of making beer

A Colorado Springs brewery is known for their unique brewing, aging, and bottling processes. The brewery is known for its Belgian style beers and ages all of its beer in oak barrels, which the brewmaster says gives the beers a more complex flavor.

Some of their beer is bottled and shipped to local Colorado retailers. The bottles are finished in a beeswax dip which adds an extra layer of protection and an added seal. It is also stated that beeswax is a natural antiseptic which helps prevent contamination from outside elements.

The Virginia Beer and Wine Festival

The Virginia Beer and Wine Festival is coming to The Daleville Town Center on May 10, 2014. The event will be open from noon to 6pm and tickets are on sale at Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for all adults of drinking age. Non-drinkers and children are just $5. The last day to purchase advance tickets is May 7, 2014.

The beer and wine festival will feature over 20 Virginia Breweries (and cideries) plus seven Virginia wineries. The event will also feature several local food trucks, kids play zone, and live music.

The Daleville Town Center is located off route 220 in Daleville, VA. For more information, visit

Twitter Reactions To Report Of No New Beer Due To Government Shutdown

The government shutdown got the attention from craft beer lovers when the Associated Press released a story about no new beer licenses, recipes or beer labels (therefore no new beer) will be approved during the government shutdown.

Naturally, the reactions on twitter range from entertaining, to downright angry. Here are some of my favorites:


And lastly…

Wild Heaven To Build Brewery In Decatur, Georgia

According to a press release on October 4th, Wild Heaven will build a 30-barrel brewery in Avondale Estates, about 7 miles east of downtown Atlanta. The brewery will also feature a tasting room with an adjacent experimental brew kitchen that will turn out limited run and experimental beers not available anywhere else.

Wild Heaven has recently reached two important milestones: completion of full funding for brewery construction, and the transition of Eric Johnson to full-time brewmaster.

For more information, visit the Wild Heaven website.

The Ram Opens Brew Pub In Issaquah

The Ram Restaurant & Brewery has opened a new location in Issaquah, Washington. The restaurant was open for lunch on September 30, and will continue to offer lunch and dinner service 7 days a week.

The Ram has many brew pub locations across Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington. The Issaquah location is the eleventh location in Washington.

Can a microbrewery really succeed and grow using 100% local ingredients?

I’ve heard of a few microbreweries making a commitment to use 100% local ingredients, which seems respectable, and eco-friendly. One such microbrewery is the Erie Canal Brewing Company in Conastota, NY. Erie Canal Brewing Company is a new micro… err, nano-brewery creating libations in a one-barrel brewhouse. (source)

Using ingredients that are exclusively local will put the operation high on the good-will-o-meter, but what if local producers cannot produce enough to supply the operation? What if there’s an unusual fungus that limits the local hops yield? Will a limited local supply prevent the brewery from growing? To minimize these risks, I think breweries should be researching and experimenting with ingredients from local and regional suppliers.

Tasting Notes: Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter

The Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter is a complete and utter disappointment from an otherwise trustworthy and reliable Starr Hill. If you must know more, read on.

For starters, there’s very little nose to the beer. A slight hint of spice, no hint of pumpkin, and little or no smell of beer. Being a porter, I’d have some expectation of smelling the toasted grain or a hint of oats. Here, nothing.

The only high note; when aggressively poured into a glass, the rich color of the porter filled the glass and did not let any noticeable light through it, and a rich tan head formed along the top.

Going down, the beer is smooth and easy to drink, but just like the smell, the flavor is a let-down. The smell directly translates into taste. There’s only a slight taste of pumpkin spice. I can’t exactly pin if it’s a clove or nutmeg, so I’ll just call it pumpkin spice. There is no residual taste of the orange gourd and the beer itself is pretty tame.

In short, if seasonal pumpkin microbrew is what you’re looking for, there are probably better choices out there. One that I’ve recently enjoyed is the Ichabod Crandall from Devil’s Backbone Brewery.

Cape Cod Brew Fest September 28, 2013

The Cape Cod Brew Fest will be held on September 28, 2013 at the Barnstable County Harvest Festival in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The event is one day only, and features 60 craft breweries and over 200 styles of beer available for tasting.

Tickets to the event can be purchased via Eventbrite at the event website. Tickets are sold for one of two sessions (1-4pm or 5-8pm). General admission tickets are $55 and VIP tickets (limited to just 100 available tickets per session) are $85. The VIP tickets include admission to the brew festival and the harvest festival, pint glass, event t-shirt, entry to the VIP sampling area with up to 15 additional select or reserve beers to sample, complementary catered foods.

Designated driver tickets are also available for just $15.

For more information, visit the Cape Cod Brew Fest website or Facebook Page.