I blog primarily over at "geosciblog" (http://geosciblog.blogspot.com), I am doing this one for fun. It is inspired by 30+ years of beer can collecting and having tried more than 3,000 different American beers during that time. “. . . And beer was drunk with reverence, as it ought to be.” — G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, November 19, 2005

There Was a Big Hoppy Monster in My Glass...

But I took care of it. One sip at a time. Another may be attempting to escape my refridgerator, I may have to deal with it also. On second thought, it is 8.3% alcohol, so I may let it wait until tomorrow night.

No, it is not a bad dream. Actually, it is a hophead's delight, Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster, from Terrapin Beer Co., currently a contract brewer. Their flagship brand is Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, very hoppy in its own right. They also have a milder Terrapin Cream Ale. Their seasonals include the Big Hoppy Monster, Wake & Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Rye Squared and All American Imperial Pilsner.

Future plans include a brewery in Athens, GA, but for the meantime, it is being brewed by Frederick Brewing Co., of Frederick, MD. Frederick's own Blue Ridge brands are supplemented by contract brewing of beers and ales for other companies, sometimes because demand exceeds the capacity of the other breweries.

Frederick's stable includes:
Wild Goose English Style Ales
Little Kings Cream Ale
Blue Ridge Ales & Lagers
Hudy Delight Lager
Crooked River Ales & Lagers
Burger & Burger Lite Beer

The Rye Pale Ale and the Big Hoppy Monster are quite distinctive, I eagerly await the others.

Monday, November 14, 2005

A Few Louisiana Beer Updates

Today, on an older post, someone asked about Dixie Brewing Co. and whether it survived Hurricane Katrina.

I did some searching and found a discussion thread on ProBrewer.com and found this info (paraphrased):

The Dixie Brewing Company was submerged under 8 to 10 feet of water and heavy damage was done to the packaging area and all of the inventory in the warehouse was destroyed (10,000 cases of beer). The brewhouse and other equipment was on the second floor and sustained less damage. There were plans as of early October to rebuild and resume brewing. In the meantime, a contract brewer may produce Dixie products. Contract brewers under consideration were Spoetzl (Shiner, TX), City Brewing Co. (LaCrosse, WI), and D.G. Yuengling (Tampa, FL). This link to BreweryAge.com has more info on this and other stories.

I also found info about a new microbrewery in Covington, LA, Heiner Brau, that brews mostly German-style lagers.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Additional Info About the Health Effects of a Daily Glass of Ale

Especially a glass of good, hoppy ale. This UK Telegraph article has information on a new scientific study that suggests that some of the compounds in hops have health benefits, particularly in suppressing the growth of some tumors.

I had a good glass of Stoudt's American Pale Ale last night, that should keep the cancer away for another day, or so. Here I posted on the subject of Pale Ales and India Pale Ales, back on August 12.

A well-chosen glass of ale each day can have its therapeutic effects. Sometimes I get several days ahead in my cancer prevention and therapy efforts. Heh.

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