Archive for November, 2010

2011 National Homebrewer’s Convention

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Registration is now open for next year’s NHC! I have officially been given the green light by Mrs. Halfmoonbrewer to head down to sunny San Diego from June 16th-18th for my first trip to the conference. Needless to say, I’m excited! Hope to see a few friends there!

Anchor Chrismas Ale

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
As the clock strikes 11:59 on October 31, millions of stores box up their Halloween fun and pump the Christmas music up to 11 because nothing says November like freakin Santa Claus. Yeah, I hate that too, but there are one or two things that that I don’t mind showing up a bit prematurely on the shelves and one of them is all the holiday ales. I have a trepidacious relationship with Anchor Christmas Ale. Some years, it’s a soothing, warming, sit-by-the-fire experience. Other years, I feel like I’m sucking on a xmas tree… that’s been flocked. This is kind of the fun about Anchor’s holiday offering that they never brew the same annual twice. But it makes the first sip a bit of an adventure, seized by the notion that you may be about to waterboard your taste buds. But take heart! The 2010 Christmas Ale is NOT one of those. In fact, this may turn out to be one of my favorite holiday brews this year. The first sip is certainly spicy and malty with a nod to the resiny hops, but it quickly settles down into a very enjoyable, almost desert-like
experience. The roasty character melds nicely with the spice-forward notes, but this isn’t a drink-a-sixer in one sitting type beers. This is a sit-with-a-good-book-after-dinner-kids-are-in-bed type experience. Nice one, Anchor!

Taybeh Brewery – The only brewery in Palistine

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I’m not sure if I can think of a harder situation in which to run a brewery. He’s 20 miles from Jerusalem in the West bank town of Taybeh.  I can’t imagine what this guy and his family have to go through just to brew his beer. He’s hosed by the blockades, the broken peace process, and the constant fighting that must be happening right near him, but he still pulls it off! He even looks like he’s having a good time! Best of luck, my friend, the brewing world is pulling for you!

For a bit more info here’s the Brewery’s page on Wikipedia.

Heretic Brewing Company – Jamil Zainasheff

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Heretic Brewing Company If you’ve been homebrewing for any length of time, you likely know the name Jamil Zainasheff. Jamil’s won just about every award there is for homebrewing and has written one of my favorite books, “Brewing Classic Styles”. Well, long story short: Jamil has decided to open a brewery! Heretic Brewing Company will be located in the East Bay of the San Francisco area and we should start seeing product by
some time in early 2011. It’s always exciting when a new brewery opens up, but this is all the more buzz-worthy due to Jamil’s involvement. Best of luck, sir! Can’t wait to enjoy the brews! He announced the formation of the brewery in this weeks episode of Brewing TV (@16:13).

Brew Masters with Sam Calagione

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Sam Calagione On November 21st, The Discovery Channel will premier a new show called Brew Masters, hosted by Sam Calagione (of Dogfish Head Brewery). I’m very much looking forward to watching this. I hope it doesn’t turn into a show about what weird stuff some people put into their beer, but rather a show like No Reservations, where it’s about culture and its effect on the brew. I’ll be setting my TiVo!  Click here for the promo video.


Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Then relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew!