Archive for the ‘Beer Facts/Industry’ Category

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Total Finishing Statistics!

January 2, 2012

I thought it would be neat to post a total finishing statistics page to see how things ended up.  These will be quickly outdated I’m sure, but this is how my blog stands on the last day of this project.

Total Site Views All-Time: 23,432 views

Highest Views on the Busiest Day: 1,888 views on December 31st, 2011 (thanks to Steve Campbell and the Star-Telegram article!)

Average Number of Views Per Day: 64.08 views

Highest Viewed Individual Post: Lucky Buddha Beer – 1,114 views

2nd Highest Viewed Individual Post: Shiner Light Blonde – 838 views

Total Number of Styles Featured: 69 styles

Highest Style Reviewed: India Pale Ale (25 entries)

Top Referrers: Facebook (2,076)

Top Search Engine Terms: lucky buddha beer – 642
shiner light blonde – 436
beer – 114

I like statistics and I thought you might like to see them too.  Thanks so much for reading and making this blog an enjoyable project!

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Craft Beer Map

July 7, 2011

Craft Beer Map

I don’t often promote outside websites on my blog, but I have decided to make an exception in the case of a new site that opened up earlier this month.

One of the questions I get most often after featuring any particular beer is, “Well that sure sounds nice but where the hell can I try it for myself?” Such a great question and it would be fantastic if you could simply jump on your favorite brewery’s website and check out a list of all the wonderful establishments that carry/serve their product.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  Unfortunately, the State of Texas in all her wisdom has decided it is ILLEGAL for a brewery to publicize where a consumer can find their offerings.  As most craft breweries are in themselves quite “crafty” ha….ha….ha….yeah sorry, many of them have devised ways around this foolish regulation.  Often times they will give hints as to where their beer will be served, without actually coming out and saying it outright.   I would always laugh when I received an email from a brewery advertising a special event, but all it was was some pointless story with a few words that were capitalized.  Well if you put the capitalized words together you could usually figure out the coded message they were trying to convey.  It was awesome; I felt just like the kid in A Christmas Story that runs to the bathroom to decode Little Orphan Annie’s secret message.  “Drink More Ovaltine? It’s a crummy commercial? What a rip!”  Hahaha I laughed so hard at that part.  That and when his kid brother can’t put his arms down. 🙂  Anyways, fortunately for the rest of us without a decoder ring, there is a new website that will do the decoding for you!  Craftbeermap.com is a new database of all locations that serve a particular brewery’s beer.  At the moment it is still pretty new, but growing more complete every day.  This site uses the input of the consumers to make an accurate representation of where beer is located.  Wiki style.

At the moment it only covers Texas breweries but they are hoping to eventually expand to cover more territory.  How does it work?  Let’s find out.  Let’s say for example I would love to find a place that sells Rahr beer.  From the home page we click on “Find A Beer” and we are taken to a list of all the Texas breweries that have location information stored on the site already.  Rahr & Sons is found in the middle of the page, and upon clicking on it we are taken to a list of locations broken down by municipalities.  We can see the beer is available in the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio area.  The list at the moment is a collection of bottle shops, bars and restaurants, but you can easily see the locations that have already been submitted by other users.  Don’t see your brewery/location?  Easily submit your own info and help to aid in the beer hunting cause!  Drop on by and check em out; I have a feeling the site will grow ever more useful as the database expands.

Cheers!

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Beer Style Guide

January 16, 2011

Hey all.  I just posted a new page on this blog about the different styles of beer.  I hope to keep it updated with links to new styles as I review them.  Check it out!

Beer Style Guide

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What is Craft Beer?

January 5, 2011

I started this off as an opening paragraph for my Day 4 review, but it turned into a much larger post so I decided to give it a dedicated entry.  Hopefully you will find some thought-provoking ideas.

Yesterday was a big day in the world of craft brewing as a major decision was announced by the Brewers Association.  I should probably step back first though and explain more in depth something I touched on briefly in an earlier post.  “What exactly is craft beer?” This question can easily be summed up with three words; small, independent, traditional.

I’ll start with the latter.  Traditional means the brewer harkens back to the basic guidelines set by 16th century brewers.  The Reinheitsgebot of 1516 stated that only malted barley, hops, and water could be used in the making of beer.  This was enacted for numerous reasons, the more significant of which were to protect the quality of the beer, as well as to protect the malt and wheat producers of the region.  (This was prior to the discovery of the role yeast plays in fermentation, hence the reason for it being omitted.)  The enormous macrobreweries of today – BudCoorsMiller – have substituted rice and corn in place of malted barley.  While the use of rice and corn, called “adjuncts” have a big affect on the flavor, they are employed due to their inexpensive production values.

This leads me in to my next value, independent.  A craft brewery can be no more than 25% owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not also a craft brewery.  (ie. it is ok for a large craft brewery to purchase a smaller craft brewery, but it is not ok for Anheuser-Busch to purchase it.)  This keeps the ideals of the craft brewers protected and focused.

Small is the last quality of a craft brewery, and this is the part that the major announcement yesterday concerns.  For the past three decades, the amount of beer a craft brewery could produce was capped at 2 million barrels a year.  (1 beer barrel is equal to 31 gallons.  You do the math from there.)  Just to give you some idea of scale, Anheuser-Busch produces well over 100 million barrels of beer in a year.  Boston Beer Company is currently the largest craft brewery in the world, and is drawing dangerously near to the 2 million barrel mark in production this year.  If this limit was not changed, Samuel Adams would drop off the craft brewery category and into a macrobrewery label.  This would cost them dearly in tax benefits, and would also severely damage the production numbers and statistics of American Craft Brewers.  Due to this, it was announced yesterday that the cap would be tripled, to 6 million barrels.  This move will protect the interest of craft brewers for at least the next 15 years.
Cheers to having a Brewers Association that truely cares about the state of the industry as well as having the best interests of the “small guys” at heart!