June 24, 2012


Hotels Using Craft Beers To Attract Business

I have definitely seen this in my travels lately and must say I am very happy to see it catching on.  Many hotels have been offering great local craft beers for a while now, but seeing them actually get into the brewing business can only be good.  The more small, local brewing that gets going the more comfortable folks will get with it and just maybe try something besides Bud Light.

Hotels use craft beers, tastings to attract business
A number of hotels are getting into the brewing business, either heavily promoting craft beer at social hours or working with local breweries to have their own beers made.

More at Hotels use craft beers, tastings to attract business – USA TODAY

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December 31, 2007


What is a Kolschbier (Kolsch)?


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Kolschbier is a popular “warm weather beer” and German classic.  The name Kolsch (pronounced “kelsch”) is derived from its location… Koln, Germany (or Cologne for us Yanks).  The name indicates that the beer was brewed in the traditional style of that particular city.

In order to officially called a Kolsh, the beer must be brewed by a member of the Koln Brewers Union.  Much like the name “champagne” in the snobbier world of wine, the name Kolschbier is protected and controlled by the Union and may not be used by anyone else.

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November 29, 2007


What is Beer?

I think Ben Franklin gives us the best definition of what beer is….

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

If you need to know more than that.. read on.

Simple Definitions

According to Webster’s online dictionary, "beer is a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and hops."  Other definitions have expanded on this slightly by discussing other ingredients (yeast, water, etc.), but the simple definition above is accurate.

Wikipedia (as you would expect) has a more detailed definition that I rather like:

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October 19, 2007


Is there formaldehyde in beer?

This question was recently submitted by a reader, and to tell you the truth I did not know much about the formaldehyde in beer issue.  My initial reaction was "of course there is not formaldehyde in beer", but as I dug deeper into the research I began to grow concerned.

Now when I hear "formaldehyde" I think of preserving corpses… not exactly getting me in the mood for a cold one.  So to start off I figured a definition of formaldehyde was in order:

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October 15, 2007


What is a Steam Beer (or California Common)?

Steam Beer – History

The steam beer, or California Common, is an American original and was first produced in California during the gold rush (late 19th Century).  The style of beer is very much tied to the west coast and in particular San Francisco.

At its height, this style of beer was brewed by as many as 27 different breweries in California.  Today, “steam beer” is a trademarked term, and can only be brewed under that name by Anchor Steam Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA.  Other brewers now use the name “California Common” for this style.

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