Ye Olde Scribe’s Insufficient Beer Report

Written by Ye Olde Scribe

Guldenberg Belgian Abbey Beer
8.5% abv
Brewery De Ranke, Wevelgem, Belgium

Scribe’s sample was a simple bottle: no wrap. Nice head: so what? It’s the beer that counts. Hops are a bit “musty”:” light, in the background. Light straw color, hazy.

Yes: Belgian.

Nose: about right.

Yeast: just right.

Body: lacking

A bit Tripel-ish. Not so much Belgian Abbey-ish. More body required. More complexity. Someone wanted to monopolize of Belgian beer’s popularity and got a shadow of a Tripel. Age might help, but doubtful. If you’re brewing a Tripel put the label on the $#@! package.

There are far better Belgian Abbey Ales.

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“Beer Bandit” Gets Probation; Ordered to Undergo Counseling

Kenneth Wars mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) – An Alvarado man known since 2007 as the “Beer Bandit” has pleaded guilty to using a brick to break into an Angelina County convenience store to stealing 30-packs of beer.

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The Beer Nut: A Few of My Favorite Things

Some of the Beer Nut’s favorite winter seasonals. Art Illman/for Daily News and Wicked Local

Written by Norman Miller for Gatehouse News Service and

This is the most wonderful time of the year — well, at least when it comes to craft beer.

While craft brewers seem to settle on boring wheat ales during the summer, those same craft brewers pull out all of the stops for their winter seasonals.

It’s the biggest variety of beers — India pale ales, red ales, barley wines, stouts — it’s just a cornucopia of flavors.

Here are my picks for the top 10 winter seasonals available now. If you have any of my past lists, you’ll notice it changes each year. That reflects my ever-evolving personal tastes…

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Naturally-Caffeinated Craft Beer in the Post-Four Loko Era

Mikkeller Black Hole Stout, a coffee-enhanced craft beer [Photo:]

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Now that Four Loko — the 12% ABV malt beverage mixed with the chemically-added caffeine equivalent of three to six cups of strong coffees — has been effectively banned along with some similar drinks, people in the craft beer community are wringing their hands. What’s the worry? What could “The Blackout in a Can” have to do with artisanal ales made by hand and enjoyed with care? True, the FDA has ordered only four companies to remove the added caffeine or be pulled from shelves by mid-December. But thanks to the fist-pounding, nanny-state politicians like Charles Schumer, the worry is that the FDA or TTB (Federal Tax & Trade Bureau, formerly the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) might try to ban all alcoholic drinks containing caffeine, which would have potentially wide-reaching effects. See, in the craft beer world, experimentation rules and adding crazy — but entirely legal — ingredients to the mix is the norm.

Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver was particularly sanguine about the whole affair. “The thing that concerns me is that we might not be able to do the kind of stuff that we’ve done in the past,” said Oliver. “For example, with Stumptown Coffee roasters, we did a beer with them called Intensified Coffee Stout which used Finca el Injerto coffee. And of course many brewers make coffee stouts. We’ve had beers infused with cacao nibs as well, and all of these would be considered to be caffeinated. So, if we then became collateral damage for something like Four Loko, that would be more than spectacularly annoying.”

Craft Beers, Naturally-Caffeinated
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How Does It Work?

Beverage Factory, who is selling it for about $92, doesn’t really say how it works. Is it simply a kegging system, or an all in one unit? No sign of a method to mash (could be extract), boil, filter, cool or carbonate… though the last could simply be conditioning. If someone knows feel free to contact The Professor at
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6th Annual Ed Tate New Brew Year Gathering

For about six years Millie and Ken Carman have hosted a gathering in honor of Ed Tate who brought many years of cheer to this gathering of Music City Brewers and beer loving folks. We have moved it to the first non-holiday weekend in January to avoid conflict with the holidays: hence “New Brew Year.” This year: same time, same place, different date.

2PM, Saturday, 1/8/11, Flying Saucer 111 10th Avenue S # 310 Nashville, TN 37203-3815 (615) 259-3039

Ye Olde Scribe’s Not Bad At All Holiday Beer Report

“Because any punk knows good Holiday beer had a bit of FUNK.”

Schafly Christmas Ale
The Saint Louis Brewery
St. Louis, MO

Phyllis Schafly’s son in a bottle. That’s right, Phyllis’ son is part owner and makes a damn better contribution via beer. Orange peel. Cloves. No hop sense. Nose about the same. Mouth feel too. Mod bod. Orange-ish tint. Light head. Clarity good. So many short sentences in a row? Bad.

So go ahead. Beat bad boy Scribe, Ms. English Teacher. It’s still a damn good beer. If Scribe has to go into the corner can he have, oh, about the same number of few bottles as labels below to sip on, please?

UK Government To Raise Tax On Strong Beer

An example of more than just a “strong beer:” Brew Dog End of History at 55% abv. Yes, that is how it is packaged.

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LONDON (Dow Jones)–The U.K. government said Tuesday it will tax stronger beers at a higher rate than weaker ones as part of its move to tackle problem drinking. The new tax rates will be revealed in the 2011 Budget and will apply to beers with an alcoholic content above 7.5% and below 2.8%.

The decision follows an informal consultation by the Treasury over the summer and complements the reclassification of strong, cheap ciders earlier this year.

The government said the new duty will help to address the consumption of cheap, “super strength” lagers that are associated with high, and dangerous, levels of alcohol consumption.
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