From the Bottle Collection: Landmark Red IPA


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

A while ago I put a lot of these into draft status and then forgot about them. My apologies if you’ve seen this before. Please remember: any contradictions probably have to do with the fading memories of one old coot: moi’.

This was sold as if it was brewed in upstate, NY, if I remember right… Syracuse, though at the time it was really brewed in New Jersey. Quite a ways to vend out for contract beer. I remember it having a copious amount of caramelized malts and some hops, but not as many as the name would indicate. The body was the real focus. Just a little one dimensional. I had thought Landmark was out of business, but they still have a website up. It looks like they may have stopped brewing on their own and then, at some point, started again with Paper City brewing for them now. Apparently Flying Bison and Custom Crafters have helped too. It looks like they have added several styles to their portfolio including an Imperial Stout.

The Paper City facility is fascinated and well suited to contract brewing: several breweries use the same facility. I would assume that means they’re able to switch labeling operations and between styles. I hope to write about it this summer when I’m in New England.

There can be no doubt that that part of New York can use more breweries. One hopes they will eventually get their own brewery again, though it’s obviously an expensive endeavor so contract brewing has its attractions.

It also sounds like the recipe has been changed, as in “more hops.”

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Beer Recipe

Kielbasa In Beer And Onions


* 4 Tablespoons butter
* 3-4 pounds kielbasa (cut in 2 – 3″ pieces)
* 2-12 once bottles regular or hearty beer
* 4 to 5 onions, thinly sliced
* 1/2 pound mushrooms, quartered
* Salt, pepper and marjoram to taste

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Mobile Baykeeper HopsFest Draws Hundreds; Celebrates Legislation Allowing Beers with Higher Alcohol Content

(Press-Register/Victor Calhoun) Morgan Smith samples an import at HopsFest, an event in Mobile, Ala., that gave patrons a chance to sample craft beers from around the country and a few imports. It was held Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile.

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MOBILE, Ala. — MOBILE, Ala. — Many of the 53 types of beers offered at Cathedral Square on Saturday would have been illegal in the state at the same time last year.

The inaugural Mobile Baykeeper HopsFest, celebrating state legislation that allows beers with higher alcohol content, drew hundreds of gourmet beer aficionados.
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