Brew Biz: Werts and All

Written by Ken Carman for

Ken Carman is a BJCP judge; homebrewer since 1979, club member at Escambia Bay and Music City Homebrewers, who has been interviewing professional brewers all over the east coast for over 10 years.

The Topic: Amber Waves of Grain Homebrew Competition

I know Buffalo fairly well. My brother-in-law went to college there, and I had clients in western New York for years. I even had one in St. Catherine’s, across the Canadian border, and one on Grand Island. But… I haven’t been to either of those two in years. Buffalo? I went there during my yearly tours for quite a while, and still pass by twice to three times a year: on my way to other destinations.

Being from New York State originally also helped, as well as passing back and forth with my wife to our place in the Adirondacks.

I was planning a short tour up north: I’m a musical storyteller and educational service provider by trade, and noticed the Buffalo area was having a homebrew competition. So I worked out a few things and headed north early, clunking out in my old tour bus that’s stored in northeast Ohio for the night. Then I headed to New York: waking up at 3:30am so I could be sure I’d arrive at The Knights of Columbus on Grand Island at 8:30 where the competition was being held, with well over 600 beers entered! I felt bad: I could only make half of the affair and made a smaller dent in those entries than many judges there. Performing a program Wednesday in Nashville kind of cut my time short.

I got there about an hour early so I hopped on the net at the McD’s around the corner.
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Beer Profile: Oliver Bean Blossom Raspberry Hard Cider

Profiled by Ken Carman for

I have fermented a raspberry cyser before, but this smells more like raspberry than mine. Nice. Clarity excellent: very light yellow with a lot of carbonation cling. Little to no head in small glasses. Slight apple aroma. Very light raspberry taste, very light on the palate. Apple taste in background: mouthfeel, light with decent, somewhat light carbonation mouthfeel. Raspberry in the mouthfeel too with some apple way in the back.
This is a very light raspberry quaffe for a hot summer day. Very light and pleasing. Bottle: painted aluminum, is a GREAT collectible.

Home Beer Brewers: Sharing Outside Home Illegal in SC

Written by Barbara Rodriguez for AP and USA Today

MADISON, Wis. (USA Today/AP) – About the only thing Kevin Flynn enjoys more than drinking his home-brewed beer is sharing it with fellow beer club members at festivals and tasting competitions. So Flynn and his buddies were shocked to discover that Wisconsin law prohibits sharing homemade suds anywhere outside the brewer’s home.

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Light Beer Fights for Life as Craft Brews Invade Shelves

Written by Duane D. Stanford for

At a beer industry summit last month, Ed McBrien, distribution chief for MillerCoors, compared himself to a typewriter salesman in an iPad age.

McBrien was sketching out plans to resurrect light beer, a $50 billion market battling to stay relevant as makers of craft beer, wine and spirits increasingly steal customers from Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP), SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Anheuser-Busch Inbev NV. (ABI)

Light beer is ceding ground as cabernet-loving baby boomers and millennials weaned on exotic cocktails seek more complex flavors in their brews. High unemployment among light beer drinkers also has prompted some to drink less or switch to cheaper brews. In a bid to return the froth to light beer, the U.S. joint venture between Molson Coors and SABMiller last week unveiled new advertising for a key brand, Miller Lite.
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