Written by another Ian Anderson, but it's about beer and from Bernie's part of the planet
Put it in beer: peanut butter, coffee, strawberry, and death metal. Image by Andy Boyd
Beer 2016: A year in the can Brewery boom...and bust By Ian Anderson, Oct. 26, 2016
San Diego is on pace to add more than 20 new breweries in 2016, for the second year in a row, and there will likely be 135 by year’s end. Ten years ago there were less than 30.
While thousands of beers pour from San Diego taps, highlighting just a few hardly seems fair. So we talked to beer buyers in bars and bottle shops, and to experts in beer and food pairings to help dig down through the craft beer subculture to identify those breweries that have stood out in 2016, and their beers.
And cans. There are a lot of beers in cans this year.
JTull 007: Extreme drought here... No rain since August... HELP maddogfagin: Well Jim there's an answer to your drought - drink beer and plenty of it JTull 007: Sounds like a great idea... Wychwood Brewery here I come !!!
Steff Porzel... "What I'm trying to say is that every small village here has got an own brewery. I live near a town called Bamberg which has 12 breweries and they all sell like mad, some of them world wide. See if you can find "Mahrs Bräu" LINK
Oliver Struempfel carries 29 beers to beat own record
I bet he can't drink them all
With BIER (BEER), anything is possible !!! LINK Oliver Strümpfel carried 29 litre vessels, weighing almost 70kg (154lbs) at a Bavarian beer festival on Sunday. He would have managed 31, had one glass not fallen at the last minute, and another not lost more than 10% of its contents, contravening the rules of Maßkrugtragen – or beer tankard carrying.
My wife took us both out for Sunday lunch today and as well as her paying for a lovely meal the beer was excellent and highly recommended
Pleasantly bitter, red coloured session beer with a smoothness that belies it aggressive ancestors!
A brilliant ruby red colour, deliciously perfumed with hints of spicyness. Rich hop fruits giving way to a clean dry refreshing floral hop bitterness. Red Macgregor is a unique beer: delicate and sophisticated yet the robust cask conditioned version of this beer was the first Scottish beer to win the BIIA World Cask Beer Gold Medal.
Masham-based Black Sheep Brewery celebrates further award success
A BREWERY based in a rural market town is celebrating success after its pints impressed the punters in prestigious beer awards.
Black Sheep Brewery, based in Masham, had success with five of its beers in its 25th year at The Beer Awards 2017.
Pathmaker, a brew named after Black Sheep’s founder, Paul Theakston, received four stars, while Black Sheep Ale, Riggwelter, Choc & Orange Stout and My Generation were awarded three stars.
This recognition builds on its success at the World Beer Awards in summer when a number of these beers won four accolades.
Choc & Orange Stout was the UK winner in its category, while Riggwelter, Black Sheep Ale and My Generation took home gold, silver and bronze medals.
Black Sheep Brewery was also named Beer Champion 2017 by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) in recognition of the range of activities organised to celebrate its 25th anniversary, including the development of new seasonal and permanent beers.
Jo Theakston, sales and marketing director at Black Sheep Brewery, said: “Our anniversary year has continued to deliver more success and credit must go to our creative brewing team who continually produce great tasting beers that are enjoyed by so many drinkers across the UK.
“The Beer Awards bring together many of the big names within the industry, so it is refreshing to see that our brews have been so well received by the respected judging panel.
Black Sheep Brewery founder Paul Theakston.
Doesn't he look a bit like our very own maddogfagin?
And who comes here to wish me well? A sweetly-scented angel fell, She laid her head upon my disbelief, And bathed me with her ever-smile.
Iron Maiden and Help For Heroes Launch New Beer Light Brigade LINK British rock legends Iron Maiden and independent family brewers Robinsons announce the creation of Light Brigade, a unique golden English ale with a 4.1% ABV. It has been developed in support of Help For Heroes, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service.
6p of each pint and 5p of each bottle sold will be donated to help the thousands of Servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries - both physical and mental - and are looking to regain their purpose in life.
Help For Heroes met with Robinsons in the summer of 2017 to explore the possibility of launching a beer. Robinsons and Iron Maiden, who jointly launched Trooper Beer almost five years ago and which has now sold over 20 million pints worldwide, were immediately enthusiastic about the idea. Indeed, the origin of Trooper's name, which comes from the classic Iron Maiden song, 'The Trooper', based on the Battle of Balaclava of 1854 in the Crimean War, reflects the band's well-known interest in history.
As ever with the Trooper range of beers, Robinsons' Head Brewer, Martyn Weeks, and Iron Maiden lead vocalist and ale aficionado, Bruce Dickinson, teamed up to create the new and original beer, with the final tasting and approval taking place at Help For Heroes' Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, last Autumn.
Bruce Dickinson said: "We are very proud to have been asked to get involved. I have been an instructor on several of British Airways' flight simulator 'Flying Heroes' days for Help For Heroes Veterans, so I know the charity and the work that they do well. Light Brigade is our interpretation of a golden ale that maintains the elements of strength and character that are the essence of Trooper but at a more sessionable level. In fact, the two beers complement each other very well."
Beth Miles, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Help For Heroes: "We are thrilled that Bruce Dickinson has developed a new beer for us under the Trooper brand with Robinsons. We are sure that Light Brigade will have a very popular appeal and raise significant funds, enabling Help For Heroes to empower more Veterans to reach their potential and regain their purpose. This is the beginning of a partnership which we hope will see Trooper fans and Robinsons customers join The Force for Good campaign to support the thousands whose lives have been affected by their service."
Martyn Weeks commented: "Bruce and I were recently invited to visit Help For Heroes in Wiltshire, where we had a tour of the incredible recovery facilities there and met some of the Veterans. We were both hugely impressed with the work they are doing and launching a new beer in support of this Charity is, we believe, a great way to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause. Robinsons will also be supporting the Charity through fundraising in our pub estate."
Light Brigade is designed as a session ale for beer and music fans everywhere. It will also be produced on a long-term basis, differentiating it from the other limited edition Trooper beers: 666, Red 'N Black, and Hallowed. In keeping with the Trooper brand, Light Brigade's original bottle label features Iron Maiden's iconic mascot Eddie on horseback in one of the uniforms of the Light Brigade.<
Light Brigade is available to pre-order online now at www.robinsonsbrewery.com for delivery from 1st February, and will be stocked in supermarkets nationwide and selected pubs from 19th February onwards.
jackinthegreen: Yes MD, well worth catching, just as good as our Scottish ones I believe
Jan 7, 2019 23:01:00 GMT
geostrehl: Oh god - Secret Language of Birds is almost 19 years old!!!!
Jan 11, 2019 0:52:40 GMT
maddogfagin: Now where have they gone ?
Jan 11, 2019 16:55:39 GMT
futureshock: The secret language of birds: millions of yrs old. Just 18+ yrs ago, someone tackled that idea and radiated music back on the topic. That's why it's one of the best reviewed solo albums out there! Chirp that in your blender and take it to the riverside.
Jan 12, 2019 17:23:27 GMT
maddogfagin: And don't forget the owls
Jan 13, 2019 8:25:08 GMT
futureshock: "The Secret Silence Of Owls"...... second best album by Hoo-Hooo-HooooDat
Jan 13, 2019 20:21:05 GMT
JTull 007: A wallaby is a general name for about 30 species of macropod which are smaller than kangaroos and are found across Australia.
Jan 22, 2019 2:41:50 GMT
maddogfagin: And Devon & Cornwall for some reason. There have been multiple sightings of marsupials in the area over the years although not recently. Possibly been eaten by the legendary Beast of Bodmin perhaps ? 🐱👤
Jan 23, 2019 7:16:39 GMT
futureshock: "Macropod". That sounds like the ultimate. "Hello, my name is J.P.Carruthers, Macropod, Intended At Large. My podcast is in Wales. I play the glass harmonica in 7 languages and edit outgoing Sumerian braille. Please leave a message."
Jan 29, 2019 4:27:34 GMT
maddogfagin: Macropod sounds like an overlarge ipod, as opposed to a minipod used by small furry animals.
Jan 29, 2019 7:53:50 GMT
steelmonkey: I am seeing the great Richard Thompson tonight at a stand up venue, the Venerable Fillmore in SF. The gig should be fun... I should be strong.
Feb 1, 2019 18:00:29 GMT
nonrabbit: I'll be thinking of you.....Beeswing!! Hope he sings it twice. Enjoy BerniE
Feb 1, 2019 18:40:33 GMT
futureshock: Ages ago, I saw Mr. Thompson at the Vancouver Folk Fest, but I worked fence security and was far away, couldn't hear much. Just being there was amazing though, near the musicians all weekend, saw amazing things. Live music is BEST!
Feb 2, 2019 21:08:59 GMT
steelmonkey: 'Tragic busy at work but celebrating 44th anniversary of best Tull show ever: Feb. 5, 1975 in El Paso,Texas, one of two gigs inserted in between the famous, 5 night run in LA. Listened to War Child and think 'Two Fingers is better than 'Lick Fingers'.
Feb 5, 2019 20:34:31 GMT
maddogfagin: War Child is a great album, criminally underrated in the music press but loved by the vast majority of fans.
Feb 15, 2019 7:58:43 GMT
ash: I really like War Child. Skating Away plays every time I boot my PC
Feb 17, 2019 14:16:49 GMT