Archive for November 2010

Beer Alert! Trader Joe's Vintage Ale

Beer Alert! Trader Joe's Vintage Ale
Maybe you’re not all that amped up about going out early tomorrow morning and waiting in a Black Friday-type crowd, all for the privilege of paying $43 for a bottle of Goose Island’s Rare Bourbon County Stout. I know I’m not, but I also know I’ll regret missing out on it. But for some small... Read more »

Beer Alert! Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

Okay, I’m about to reveal an embarrassing fact. I did not watch the premiere of “Brew Masters” on the Discovery Channel Sunday night. Dogfish Head Lead Brewer Bryan Selders measures out leaves and branches of the hops-like Ethiopian gesho root during the development of the Bitches Brew formula. © The Discovery Channel Seems there’s no... Read more »

The Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events for Thanksgiving Week

The Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events for Thanksgiving Week
Hey, read on down to find two, count ‘em two opportunities to score some Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout. Monday, November 22 7:00 p.m. • Tickets on sale for Map Room Beer School The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636 Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through... Read more »
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Wanna buy Meister Bräu? You can!

Wanna buy Meister Bräu? You can!
Update (Dec. 26, 2013): Three years after I published this article (November 18, 2010), it remains one of the most searched posts in the Beeronaut’s blogiverse! I wish I could say the new owner has since relaunched Meister Bräu and done it right this time, but in fact the brand was sold to an “anonymous buyer,”... Read more »

Bell's Batch 10,000 heading to stores this week UPDATE

Bell's Batch 10,000 heading to stores this week UPDATE
For years now, Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo has marked every 1,000th batch they brew with special, never-to-be-repeated beers in what’s become known as the “Batch” Series. Each beer, labeled simply as “Bell’s Batch 5,000,” “6,000,” etc., has become highly sought after, and is often bought in quantity by beer lovers for cellaring. At first, the... Read more »

Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch to merge

The two biggest brewpub restaurant chains in America are merging. The Beatles on iTunes? No, this is bigger news in beer circles. Two of America’s biggest operators and franchisers of brewery-restaurants will be merged. Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc. and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group were acquired Monday, Nov. 15 by Centerbridge Capital Partners, L.P. The... Read more »
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Surly Darkness back on tap in Chicago - Updated Nov 11

Surly Darkness back on tap in Chicago - Updated Nov 11
Surly Brewing Company of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul), has built a huge reputation in its few short years as makers of fine beers with attitude, The most popular of their big beers is Darkness, a Russian Imperial Stout with 9.6% alcohol by volume. As with Three Floyds Dark Lord, this malt-heavy... Read more »

Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer results

Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer results
While out-of-state brewers took the Best of Show prizes, members of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild fared well collectively at the Eighth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer, held last Saturday. The event was held over two sampling sessions on November 6 at Chicago Journeyman Plumbers’ Local Union 130 Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium... Read more »

Dark Horse Brewing still open after fire

Dark Horse Brewing still open after fire
Dark Horse Brewing Co., a popular craft brewer in the southeast Michigan village of Marshall, remains open this week after a fire struck their retail store. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, the fire started around 1:00 a.m. of Friday, November 5. Fire crews from both the village and township of Marshall responded, bringing the... Read more »
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UPDATE: BrewDog's high alcohol beers now sighted in the U.S.

UPDATE: BrewDog's high alcohol beers now sighted in the U.S.
Update #2, 11/26: Denver’s Westword reports that the beers are being distributed in the Boulder, CO area by Wine Cru. Among the restaurants carrying them are Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont, one of the tap houses for Oskar Blues’ famous canned beers. The article link above will show you the picture of... Read more »