The BJCP

I can’t believe it wasn’t until just the other day that I’d heard of the BJCP – the Beer Judge Certification Program. The Beer Judge Certification Program states their purpose very clearly on their site: ” The purpose of the Beer Judge Certification Program is to promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills. Founded in 1985, we certify and rank beer judges through an examination and monitoring process.”
While I’m not quite ready to become a certified beer judge, I do find their site incredibly informative and helpful! They have a great style-guide that explains what one should look for in aroma, flavor, appearance, everything! Make sure you check out their site. Maybe you’ll be a judge someday yourself!

UFO Solved

Well, I just solved a lot of my mysteries. When I went and checked out Beer Advocate’s entry about Harpoon’s UFO, I realized that it’s technically an American Pale Wheat Ale, not your standard German Hefeweizen, despite its name. Beer Advocate notes that in the American Pale Wheat Ale, “German Weizen flavors and aromas of banana esters and clove-like phenols will not be found.” Doh! well, therein lies the mystery. I was looking for those spice and fruits. What would we do with out you Beer Advocate?

Yours, for just $125

Browsing the on-line this morning, I found a section of Ruby Lane (a great source for anything vintage) that was exclusively beer and liquor related. There, I found this gen-yoo-wine bottle of Bruton Beer. Unopened from the 1940’s, you can definitely call this baby “bottle-fermented”. The description reports – “Set on the shelf in the pantry for another day, it was pushed to the back and eventually forgotten.” OK people… this is a reminder: CLEAN OUT YOUR PANTRY ONCE A YEAR. Of course, maybe I can sell that vintage mystery-pasta that’s been in the back of my fridge for a few weeks! Check out Dotty Lee’s Treasures to own your own bottle of 1940’s vintage beer.

Of Manly Things

I found this blog entry over at the blog Brakar, a blog for guys that live with women. Brakar posted a great entry about an article written up in Men’s Journal The 25 Best Beers of the US. The article says that they “…put this list together by gathering recommendations from the experts and carefully tasting case after case, on deadline”. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I found it a pretty refreshing take on popular micro-brews. Check out the list, and also check out Brakar. A lot of funny takes on “The good guy’s guide to living with a woman”.

Trucking Along

One of my favorite-er beer blogs – Hail the Ale! has posted a great model truck made entirely from beer cans. When you visit the site, click the photo for a how-to. Let me know when you’ve got that finished and I’ll let you know where to send it…

Unconventional Accessories

I happened to be browsing the store over at Dogfish Head Brewery, when I came across this belt buckle. How freaking cool is this? I mean, honestly. Leave it to those unconventional guys at that unconventional brewery to come up with swag like this.
Just think of the unlimited possibilities of this belt buckle. It:
A: Most importantly, this baby opens beer
B: Goes where you go
C: Is an incredible fashion statement
D: Shows off that you’re not only a beer snob, but a beer snob with refined tastes.
E: Holds your pants up! (when paired with the appropriate pant-holding paraphernalia).
This has to be the ultimate fashion accessory. Stop by the Dogfish Head store and pick up 1 or 10 for yourself, as well as for your friends (that would include yours truly).

Update (10 min later)
Well according to my coworker Dan, I’m a moron. Apparently these beer opening belt buckles are all over the place. Well congratulations Dan. I am seldom wrong, so enjoy it while it lasts! (bwa hahahaha)

The Brookston Beer Bulletin

masthead1.jpgYou couldn’t find a better beer resource anywhere, even on this whole worldwide inter-web of ours, for beer news and information than the Brookston Beer Bulletin. The man behind this fine blog, Jay Brooks, brings an exhaustive amount of information to our fingertips. From events, to facts, to quotes, to news, even to legal know-how, Jay has you covered. You should definitely have it as one of your daily stops in the world of craft beer.

Here’s to Beer

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During my regular blog-perusal, I came across an interesting tidbit over at The Brew Site. Much like my blog, you can get different tastes on many different beers here. You can also get good tidbits of information. It was at The Brew Site that I learned about Here’s To Beer.
Here’s To Beer is backed by Anheuser-Busch, who are clearly trying to push beer enthusiasm. Though the name Anheuser-Busch might scare you off at first if you’re a micro-brew fan, don’t let it. It’s a fun site where you can learn a lot about beer tasting and brewing, as well as watch funny clips.

The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Modern technology can be wonderful. But does it really solve all of our problems? In my perusal of Google Video I came across this video of the Asahi beer-pouring robot. A grand idea if you’re going to hit start, take a shower, cook dinner, watch your favorite program, then come back for your beer. Not so grand if you’re in a rush.

In contrast is this contraption. Reminiscent of Wile E. Coyote, this thoughtfully crafted device takes just minutes to pour your beer. Once you take the 4 man hours to set it up, this baby works like a charm… if you don’t mind it’s presence in your kitchen… and dining room, and probably part of your living room.

The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Reviewing…

resserver.jpgI don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but I’m new to reviewing beer. I love beer. Not like, getting drunk, but I love how unique every beer is. The decision to start this blog, was to learn on my own, and with the beer community. That said, maybe we can learn together. I’ll tell you about my beer experiences, and you tell me! I’ll share new stuff I learn with you, as long as you share with me. Do we have a deal? Cool, so now I’m going to give you a link to this great article at ratebeer.com. The article not only describes how to rate beer, but they also link to an excellent document to help you rate beer. Though I’ve read about reviewing beer a lot, it’s still a bit of a mystery to me. Every beer seems to have “a nice amber color” a “decent amount of carbonation” and a “pleasant hoppy aroma”. Ha. I’m going to try and get better at this, so bear with me! I’m open to your comments and input as well (but please be constructive).

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