From the Bottle Collection: Jack Daniels Amber Lager

Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice. Tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s. Or: cover them with… The Bottle Collection.


Written by Ken Carman

This is one of those beers created by a company that really wasn’t a brewery, most likely because they knew micro-brewing was “the in thing” at the moment. Kind of embarrassing most of the time, but at least Jack is a distillery. Not all that notable, taste-wise, from what I remember. Daniels is noted for distilling, in this case brewing, in a dry county. They can’t sell locally. There’s a lot of that in the South.

It wasn’t horrid, and it certainly wasn’t like some of those labels we will feature later that the brewer simply slapped a label on so some bar or other business could claim to be selling their own beer. But you would think a company that already works in the alcohol producing business would go out of their way to make their product unique other than labelling. Exactly how it was “1888” in any sense I was never quite sure. My guess is, from what I remember, it was more like the early amber lagers produced in the early 80s/late 70s before micro really took off. Essentially the industry had already moved beyond JD before they ever even got into this in 1994. Apparently they took this endeavor so seriously that, as a producer of alcohol, they didn’t even bother to brew most of it themselves, but at Cinci’s Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company, now Christian Moerlein Brewing Company.

All of this probably explains why you don’t see it anymore.

Club Update: MCB

Nashville area

From Johnathan…

The style for the mini competition this month is Belgian Strong Ales, Category 18

Hello All,

After hours of compiling data from the competition I finally have an ED TATE AWARD winner.

I am pleased to announce and congratulate The Rocket City Brewers for once again winning the Ed Tate Award for Excellence, of the 9 categories for the award The Rocket City Brewers took maximum points in 4 of the 9 including # of Entries, # of Awards, # of First Place Awards and MidSouth Points.
The Rocket City Brewers Received 28.5 out of a possible maximum per club of 45 and out of a total 135 available Ed Tate Points.

In Second place was a single contestant Kevin Kroll from Nebraska who had no declared club affiliation but had minimum 10 entries with 18.83 points mainly because of his 10 entries – 2 won first place and both scored 44’s which gave him maximum points for 1st place average and overall average of awards. The Music City Brewers accumulated 16.5 and was good enough for third in the talley followed closely by South Atlanta Homebrewers and the finally the Final Gravity Craft Brewers.

I want to thank everyone again for their participation in the annual Music City Brew Off.

Until Next Year
May The Hops Be With You
tom vista
MCBO Coordinator

Beer Quote

Great quote, whether he actually said it, or not:

Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, “It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

Babe Ruth

Thanks to Burpee2 and ktcloe