Florida Brewery Crafts Genius Plan To Fill Racist Event With Empty Seats

As if you needed another reason to love beer.

When Richard Spencer and his small group of white supremacist fanboys show up at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Thursday, they may be addressing an awfully small crowd.

That’s thanks to a genius plan hatched by the folks at Alligator Brewing, who have pledged to give a free beer to anyone who picks up two free tickets to attend Spencer’s talk, then swings by the brewery instead.

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Brewers Association Jokingly Seeks To Buy Anheuser-Busch, With A Serious Goal In Mind

Craft brewing’s lobbying association announced today that it’s launching a crowd-funding campaign to buy Budweiser’s Belgian parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). It needs $213 billion to do it.
The Brewers Association (BA), the Colorado-based trade organization that represents craft breweries, calls its campaign “Take Craft Back,” and so far it includes a new website, hashtags and videos of brewers and others talking about why craft matters. It’s ostensibly the largest crowdfunding campaign in history, seeking to raise money totaling the value of a company that has just completed the biggest corporate merger in history. But the BA doesn’t seem too concerned with that deal, which brought together the world’s two largest beer producers.
Rather, the messaging focuses on the fact that AB InBev has wholly purchased 10 American craft breweries over the past six years and doesn’t identify these brands accordingly. Many in the craft community consider this obfuscation disingenuous, leading the BA to name products made by the former craft breweries as “crafty.”

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Resuming The Pour Fool: An Aggravated RANT

Just yesterday, I had a very unpleasant back ‘n’ forth with a small brewery (which shall, of course, remain nameless) in the Western part of the US. I had planned to visit the brewery next week and then saw a post from them on Facebook.

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Off Color Brewing Wari

Dig into the past of Peru’s ancient Andean empires with Field Museum Curator and archaeologist Dr. Patrick Ryan Williams and his distinguished team of fellow scientists. For the past seven years, they have led excavations at Cerro Baúl, a remote mountaintop citadel that was the sole point of contact between the Tiwanaku and the Wari—two great kingdoms whose dynamic relationship ultimately contributed to the rise of the Incan.

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Tom Becham on Local Beer

Written by Tom Becham

Recently, I went on a local brewery mini-tour, near my home in Ventura County, California. While the places in question were not in Ventura County, proper, they were still very close.

First was Ladyface Alehouse in Agoura. I have written about them before, and am always pleased with their beer. They have achieved enough success that their beer is now bottled and for sale in local beer specialty stores. They specialize in Belgian styles, but also produce the standard range typically found in a brewpub (IPA, Pale, Porter, etc.). The food offered is also excellent.

This latest visit saw no dropoff in the quality of their beer. In fact, they are now producing genuine cask ale for sale on premises. Cask Ale (or Live or Real Ale, according to our British counterparts), is basically a living creature. It contains live yeast, has very little carbonation and must be kept at a very specific temperature, usually quite different from everything else on tap. It requires a lot of fussing and care, and any brewer selling it has to be both very skilled, and extremely confident in their skills. Ladyface is justifiably confident, as their cask Trebuchet (a wine-barrel aged Golden Sour ale) is excellent from go to whoa. Ladyface has also continued to develop their food menu, with delicious items like poutine (not entirely authentic cheese curd, but still excellent) and braised beef cheeks. Their best beer offerings are probably Picture City Porter (made with coffee), and Trois Filles Belgian Tripel.

In short, Ladyface Alehouse is a beer geek and foodie’s dream. If you are in the Ventura County or Northern Los Angeles County area, do yourself a favor and stop by.

Our next stop was Figueroa Mountain. Fig Mountain (as called by locals) has its main production facility far to the north in Buellton, Santa Barbara County. But they have opened another facility in Westlake Village, California. This one, unlike their production brewery, also sells food, including perhaps one of the ten best burgers I have ever had. But they don’t skimp on quality beer, either.

Figueroa Mountain, like so many craft breweries, displays a light-heartedness about their product insofar as the names of beers. But don’t mistake that for a cavalier attitude toward brewing. Their Lizard’s Mouth Double IPA is one of the best made in Southern California, which is saying something. Likewise, despite the lurid names, offerings like Bust a Nut Brown Ale, and I Dunkeled in My Pants Munich dunkel lager not only are true to style, but really raise the standards for their respective styles. In fact, I would say I haven’t had a Munich dunkel as good as I Dunkeled in My Pants that wasn’t made in Germany. Yes, it’s *that* good.

We had a third stop planned for Dude’s Brewing in Thousand Oaks, but couldn’t manage to get to it in the allotted time. But it’s still on the list, and I will let you all know my impresions when I go.

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A Beer Judge’s Diary: Old Forge BIG Beer and Odd Ale, 2017

Best of Show BIG Beer: Evan Rauch’s Baltijes Rasa 9C Baltic Porter
Best of Show Odd Beer: Adam Kugler’s The Great Grape Ape 34C Experimental
2nd Place: Blair Richardson’s and Marti Richardson’s Sour Brown 28C
3rd Place: Luke Esoposki’s Specialty Wood Aged 25C
Honorable Mention: Dean Wiensch’s Dabling a Bit Part Deux 5C German Helles
People’s Choice: Michael ClarkPywar’s Hint O’ Mint 34C

By Ken Carman
By Ken Carman
  Why do I lose track? Nothing to do with high gravity and general weirdness, one hopes. I think this is the 4th OFBBOA, though the first year the name was different. But it could be the 5th. Maybe being stalked by a bear (part one) one year has
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devoured some of my memory capacity, competition specific? I’m here, he didn’t eat me because Mr. Bear had more of an interest in a nearby outhouse. A long story where I REALLY don’t want to know the specifics of what he was doing in there. Continue reading “A Beer Judge’s Diary: Old Forge BIG Beer and Odd Ale, 2017”