More craft breweries are using exotic ingredients in their creations these days. There are ales made with all kinds of fruit, beers infused with coriander and other spices, stouts brewed with oysters — even beer made from yeast scraped off 35 million-year-old whale bones. But what about a beer made with seaweed?
At Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. on the Belfast, Maine, waterfront, new beers begin their journey into draft lines and pint glasses inside two large tanks. Marshall Wharf has a reputation for making some unconventional beers — a stout with locally sourced oysters, for example, and a wheat-infused kolsch with jalapeno and habanero peppers. A few years ago, David Carlson, the brewing companys owner, discovered a beer from Scotland, called Kelpie, made with seaweed.
“If theres seaweed in Maine and its a good product,” he says, “why not try putting it in the beer?
“Few if any U.S. breweries have tried making beer with seaweed.
From our preliminary info, this will have the same hop blend as the past few batches:Ahtanum, Super Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Delta, Target, Calypso, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Helga.
While a few batches have been limited to a few markets, we believe this to be another national release like the 07.14.14 batch.
In the universe of Bell’s Brewery, Mars is a strong beer, Uranus a crafty potion mix and Mercury — that lightfooted messenger — a nimble brew.
Such is the thinking behind “The Planets” series of beers that Michigan-based Bell’s is pioneering this August, with a limited-edition set based on the famous orchestral suite by English composer Gustav Holst.
New offerings will be released every two months through July 2015, based on seven of the planets in our solar system (Earth was excluded from Holst’s piece, which was written between 1914 and 1916). They will be sold in both six-pack and draft in Bell’s current distribution area, which includes 20 states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Inspiration came from a lifelong love of Holst that began when Bell’s founder Larry Bell was in high school, playing percussion for the “Mars” and “Jupiter” portions of the suite. At age 18, he purchased a record of the suite directed by composer Leopold Stokowski.
“I think that vinyl is just about worn out,” Bell told Space.com.
Can’t make it to the Fatherland this year? Don’t worry, there’s plenty fo Oktoberfests available in the US of A!
Oktoberfest throughout the US.
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Did you know?
2014 is the 204th Anniversary of the Original Oktoberfest
Known as Zinzinnati, Cincinnatti’s Oktoberfest regularly hosts 500,000 festival goers who consume 1300 barrels of beer
Get Your Dachshund Ready!
Watch as 100 sausage dogs race to the trophy! Cincinnatti starts off its annual keg party with the Running of the Wieners.
Join the fun for Beer Stein races, Beer Barrel Roll, Log Sawing and Nail Hammering.
Soulard Oktoberfest is St. Louis, Missouri’s premiere beer drinking event.
How Tough’s Your Dirndl?
Soulard’s Strongest Barmaid Relay puts your favorite maechen to the test
Alles hat ein Ende…nur die Wurst hat Zwei
Check your restraint at the door, because Soulard serves up the meanest Bratwurst Eating Contest this side of the Danube.
Prove your uebermensch arms in St. Louis’ own Masskrugstemmen, a stein holding contest that separates the men from the men that hold steins for a really long time.
Oktoberfest in the French Quarter
What’s a party without Lederhosen?
Suit up for French Quarter phenomenon Broussard’s costume contest. Just the excuse you need to dust off those lederhosen.
“Our mission has always been to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are. Not just BrewDog beer, but all great craft beer. More people brewing, serving and drinking craft beer from a range of killer breweries can only be a good thing, and that is what we try to achieve across our entire business from our brewery to our bars and our bottle shops.”
With this overarching ambition in mind, we are delighted to announce the new BrewDog Development Fund. This fund will see us allocate up to £100,000 of our profits each year as well as loads of our time to help other new craft breweries start up and get established. It was only seven years ago that Martin and myself (James) set up BrewDog with some second hand tanks, a small bank loan and a big mission, and now we want to encourage others to do the same.
The American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) members have voted Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder the “Best Commercial Beer in America” for the sixth year running. The poll is conducted annually by Zymurgy Magazine – the journal of the AHA.
The Top-Ranked Beers include:
“We are blown away that Pliny has won the award six years in a row,” said Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo. “There are so many great beers out there. It is very humbling.”
More than 1,600 breweries were represented in this year’s poll, and the Top-Ranked Brewery is Russian River Brewing Company (Santa Rosa, Calif.), which had five beers in the top 50. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Kalamazoo, Mich.), took second, followed by Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, Calif.) in third.
“As brewers, AHA members know when they experience excellence in a craft beer. It is a very high honor for a brewery to be recognized by this group as having the best beer in America,” said Gary Glass, director of the AHA. “The consistency in the poll results indicates that the discerning palettes of these homebrewers recognize quality and are not easily influenced by the latest fads.”
Additionally, the Best Portfolio of Beers was awarded to New Belgium Brewing Co., which had 60 beers receive votes in the poll. The top contenders in the category include:
As was the case in 2012 and 2013, no beers produced by breweries outside of the U.S. made the top 50. Unibroue La Fin du Monde, hailing from Canada, took first place among Top Imports.
If you thought that beer’s potential was limited to encouraging drunk-dialing your ex or inspiring some sweet dance moves, think again. A team of researchers from the Centre for Biomedical Technology of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Institute of Materials Science and the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain have discovered that byproducts of the brewing process could be used to create scaffolding for bone grafts. The results of the study have been published in the journal RSC Advances.
(Escondido,CA) – We are noticing a wonderful trend coming out of Stone, in which they pilot some new creative recipes here locally, dial them in, and then they become new products. The latest beer to graduate is this very sessionable Milk Stout, known now as Stone Coffee Milk Stout.
Here’s a description from Stone. This beer is due to hit the streets nationally in a limited quantity at the end of July in 6 packs of 12 oz. bottles, as well as draft.
“There’s no shortage of talented people at Stone, and each makes their presence known in their own unique way. Brian Gallagher, a brewer who learned the art of fermentation in the UK, used the beer you now hold, a New World take on a traditional English milk stout, as his vehicle for personal expression. Originally brewed as a limited edition offering at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, this coffee-laced milk stout quickly became a favorite among Gallagher’s peers. Made bittersweet and creamy while remaining smooth and easy-drinking thanks to the addition of milk sugar, it’s clear in one sip why this is a brew we needed to share with fans everywhere.”