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      A Funny Little Beer Story - Bifrost replaced our original winter ale, Valkyrie, in the seasonal rotation shortly after our dishwasher drank four pints of it, was cut off and threw a glass at the bartender. Billy was the first person we fired.  In an age when winter beers were invariably dark, and often spiced, Bifrost was like a ray of strong sunshine.

      With lots of pale malt augmented only by a little 77° crystal and some Munich malt, Bifrost is a strong pale ale with a good amount of hop character (55 IBU, bittered with Simcoe and finished with a combination of Amarillo, East Kent Goldings and Styrian Goldings). Its name, however wintry it might sound, comes from the rainbow bridge linking Asgard, the Norse realm of the gods, with Earth. ABV 7.5%



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      Orpheus Brewing makes Georgia beer history today, releasing the Peach State's first packaged sour beer, Atalanta. The brewery's popular tart plum Saison (CL's 2014 Best of Atlanta critics pick for Best New Beer) rolls out in aluminum cans along with Lyric Ale, a slightly hoppy, dry Saison. Both will be packaged as six packs available at area stores such as Hop City on the Westside, Marietta's Sprayberry Bottle Shop, and Doraville's Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits.” (READ MORE)


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      Brews and News 17 November 2014

      New Lion Brewery

      It's our first birthday...come celebrate with us!

      We'll be a year old on Sunday, November 23, and we think that's worth celebrating.  We'll be cutting a birthday cake at the brewery on Station Road at 2 pm, but you're welcome to drop by any time between 10 AM and 5 pm to get a tour of all our new equipment and the lowdown on what Mat and Jac are brewing up.


      Then come up to the Bay Horse around 6 and lift an anniversary glass with the founders.  In addition to our regular brews, you can get a preview of  our new chestnut ale (made with local chestnuts from Week, near Dartington).

      We look forward to seeing you!


      Beer Gift Guide

      Still working on gathering gift guide samples? If so, please consider one or all.  We have every single one of these products in high-res imagery and they can all be found and purchased through the Victory website 

      Funny Beer Geek related gifts that aren’t necessarily beer

      -“Whole Flower Hopping: Some Breweries Don’t Have The Sack” tee - $17
      -“I Love Victory” Dogleash - $10
      -“Taste Victory” Wheat Beer glasses (with 6-pack of VBC Seasonal Wheat Ale “Winter Cheers)- $42 for 6
      -Branded 12” Tap Handle to stuff in a stocking [choose from 10 brands] - $22
      Non-Alcoholic Beer Infused Artisan Food – for those who LOVE beer and appreciate DELICIOUS local fare

      -Punch Drunk Hot Sauce – Ghost peppers marry Storm King to spice up meals. $6
      -Pint Pickles – Cucumbers are bathed in Prima Pils Brine along with piri piri, fresh thyme, dill seed, coriander and California heirloom garlic compliments of local PA pickle artisans Crisp & Co. $10
      -Alla Prima Pasta - The nuttiness of toasted barley combines with the sweetness of Prima Pils wort to make the most unique pasta teeth will ever sink themselves into. $5.50
      -Victorious B.I.G. Beef Jerky – Brilliance from local jerky boys Righteous Felon and Victory. They supplied the cow, Victory supplied the Storm King Stout. Quirky, but jerky and unbelievable. $7.99
      Beer Related Stocking Stuffers
      For the techie:  Taste Victory iphone cover - $20.00
      For the foodie: Victory Brewing oven mitt - $5.00
      For the dorm room: Resist Prohibition burlap poster - $20.00
      For the Mom-to-be: HopDevil onesie - $14.00
      For those who want to be warm: Kegman fleece scarf - $12.00
      For those who want to be cool: Grey Victory brewing cap - $15.00

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      Brewers Association Publishes Beer and Food Course

      —Free Online Curriculum Enhances Use of Craft Beer in Culinary Education—

      Boulder, COOctober 21, 2014 –To better integrate craft beer into culinary curriculums, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—published the Beer & Food Course. Co-authored by chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association culinary consultant and Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, the curriculum is the definitive beer and food course for culinary institutions, food establishments, beverage students and beer educators.

      The 60-page digital manual is free to download on—the consumer-facing website of the Brewers Association—and constructed as a five-day course that offers an introduction to the beverage of craft beer, pairing beer with food and how to pour and present beer at the table.

      In addition to lectures and suggested readings, instructors guide students through two tasting sessions of beer styles and a food pairing session. The final day's exam, which is available only to accredited instructors and dedicated educators by request, is a 50-question written exam and instructions for a two-part pairing exam, during which students create a three-course menu, prepare the dishes and select appropriate craft beer pairings.

      “Interest in broadening craft beer knowledge is high, however many of today’s food educators do not know where to access adequate information on beer and food pairing,” said Herz, who also serves as publisher of and a Certified Cicerone®. “This course empowers students and educators to bring the diverse beverage of craft beer into the kitchen and onto the table.”

      Beer enjoys $100 billion in sales in the U.S., compared to $36 billion for wine, yet beer is overshadowed in comparison to wine in education, courses and certifications from today’s culinary institutions.

      “Culinary and hospitality education has long overlooked the intrinsic value that craft beer can provide in relation to food. Fuller-flavored craft brewed beers are so versatile and have so many attributes when it comes to pairing,” added Chef Dulye, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and co-owner of The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar in San Francisco. “The Beer & Food Course is the starting point for educators, chefs and restaurateurs to discover what craft beer can offer.”

      The Beer & Food Course is the latest educational tool from the Brewers Association, which has long promoted beer produced by small and independent craft brewers through various events, content and publications. Visit to download the course and its accompanying resources.      



      Hacker-Pschorr to Release Animator Doppelbock in Limited Quantities 

      LITTLETON, Colo…(Oct. 21, 2014) Long-known in the U.S. for its Weisse and Original Oktoberfest, Munich-based Hacker-Pschorr Brewery has been expanding its U.S. offerings throughout 2014 with a limited-release specialty bier series.

      The fourth and final bier in the series, Animator is available in collectable 16.9oz swing top bottles. It is available to distributors across the U.S. now, and bier fans can expect it to see it on shelves in the coming weeks.

      Among the earliest doppelbocks, Animator is a robust, unfiltered lager that fortifies the body and soul on even the coldest days of winter. Animator possesses a deep mahogany hue and creamy foam crown with a complex palate, which contains notes of chocolate, roast, brown sugar, licorice, apricot, and exotic fruit. “It’s a must-have for any beer aficionado,” says U.S. Brand Manager Charles Stanley.  “Nice bubbles on the tongue, very smooth for a doppelbock. Beer enthusiasts consistently give it high marks overall.”

      Look for the first three releases, Hubertus Bock, Sternweisse, and Oktoberfest, to explore the entire Limited Edition Series. 



      Blue Point Brewery Joins “Movember” in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer



      PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2014) — Blue Point Brewing Company is launching a month-long campaign to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues through the international Movember movement. During November each year, Movember is responsible for men growing moustaches all over the world. Blue Point has raised more than $30,000 for the cause over the last couple years.


      The “Smooth Start to Movember” kicks off in the brewery tasting room on Nov. 1 from 2-6 p.m. where Mo Bros can join the brew crew for hot towel shaves provided by Long Island Barber Institute, then enjoy moustache party favors, swag and discounted pints for all participants. Jay Wulff from the podcast Masters of None and manager of Beer World will emcee the event.

      Prizes that will be awarded at the end-of-the-month finale party on Nov. 29 include a flat screen TV, Blue Point beer and merchandise for the team’s Top Fundraiser, Best Overall Moustache, Miss Movember, and other fun categories. The brewery will also match a percentage of total funds raised by team members. 

      Please visit Movember to learn more, register, and join the Blue Point Brewery Movember team to help raise money and awareness for men’s health!



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      There are a few things that anyone can attribute to the fall season- the changing colors of leaves on trees, the smell of crisp air, and the comeback of seasonal craft beers.

      Jon Richards, Cicerone Certified Beer Server at The Greenville Growler Station- - offers his picks for the 10 Best Fall Seasonal Brews:

      Southern Tier Pumking  This one is an imperial pumpkin ale with all of the flavors of a pumpkin pie: big, rich, sweet pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, creamy vanilla, and even graham cracker crust.  Very limited quantities on this guy, so don't waste time.

      Dogfish Head Punkin For those that don't want all that aggressive pumpkin pie flavor, but still want a light hint of the season,  Punkin is your beer.  It's got a smooth, meaty pumpkin flavor with a little spice, and the light body and sweetness of a brown ale.  A delightfully subtle pumpkin beer.

      Terrapin Pumpkinfest Here’s a brilliant idea: Terrapin Brewing makes an Oktoberfest style beer, and then turns it into a pumpkin beer.  It starts with a forward, but delicate pumpkin and spice flavor and then slides smoothly into a firm, clean and sweet malty backbone, with just enough hops to close out with a dry finish. 

      Victory Festbier  A wonderful Oktoberfestbier; light bodied, but firmly malty with sweet, bready, biscuity notes and a clean finish.  Highly quaffable, and a great gap-bridger for moving your palate from summer toward winter. Get the pretzels and mustard ready!

      Avery The Kaiser  Forget subtle, this is an aggressive Oktoberfest for serious aficionados.  This beer has a big hop presence right up front, and an aggressive malt backbone with big biscuity, caramel malt flavors to help balance down those hops.  It's almost to barleywine strength, but impressively smooth and balanced.  Dangerous because you'll want to have more than one.

      Rogue Hazelnut Brown This award winning beer will be available later in the season- around November 1.  It's a smooth, light bodied brown ale with a distinct, but still quite balanced hazelnut flavor.  Many beers try to achieve a nutty flavor, few do it so well as this one.  Try it with braised pork, or a nutty cheese for the less adventurous.

      Bell's Expedition Stout Fall is the time to start accumulating, and consuming, stouts.  Expedition is built for aging, but ready to go right away for those who can't wait.  It's big and heavily roasted, carrying some dark chocolate and a bunch of espresso as well.  It's a great warming sipper for those cool fall nights looking forward to winter.  And it only gets better the longer you wait. 

      Weyerbacher Insanity Have you ever had the pleasure of slowly sipping cognac with chocolate as you're winding down from a long day?  Well, if you want to substitute anything for the cognac, it's this guy. Insanity starts as a huge, fruity, traditional barleywine, and then gets aged in bourbon barrels.  It's lusciously sweet, and full of bourbon notes which wrap up the sweet, fruity flavors of the barleywine.  It's rich, decadent, smooth, and full of flavor.  Perfect in a snifter for a contemplative retreat into the library or the den.  Don't miss out.

      Stone Double Bastard As the warm weather slips from our grasp and we slide inexorably toward winter, some of us take comfort in knowing beers like this are on their way.  Double Bastard is the imperialized version of Stone's well-known Arrogant Bastard ale, and each November brings us a delightful surprise.  A heavy handed hoppiness dries and balances a big and boozy malt sweetness.

      Highland Cold Mountain Highland has a world class winter warmer that does nothing so much as make you want to go on a hayride. It's a little different every year, but always cleanly malty, sweet like cake, spicy, and full of vanilla with a little bit of cherry for good measure.  It's much lighter on the liver too as it usually checks in under 6%.  For best results, enjoy with friends and a crackling fire on a cool fall night.