If I Had A Buttrock Brewery

Buttrock BeersWendy and I have always thought it would be cool to open a buttrock brewery.  While we may never actually achieve the goal, we do find it fun to dream up the kind of beers we would have on tap. 

Perhaps one day we will achieve our dream, but until then, here are a few of our ideas:

Hef Leppard
Iron Marzen
Motley Brue
Van Weizen, StrIPA
Great Witte
Sabastian Bock

Do you have any others?  Leave your buttrock beer styles in the comments!QueensRye


POC #17: Maui Brewing Company

Maui Brewing Company

On Monday, we made the trek into Lahaina to check out the beers brewed by the Maui Brewing Company.  Located on the NorthWest side of the island, this award winning brewery is both charming and unique.   Their beers range from blonde to Stout and include everything in between.  In this Piece of Crap we speak with beer-tender, Anton, about topics ranging from the beers themselves to the reasons the brewery chose to package in cans instead of bottles.

Maui Brewing

Most of the beers in the Maui Brewing company line were enjoyable, but a couple that stood out were the Big Swell IPA (57 IBU) and the Coconut Porter (and I don’t even like coconut).  Click below to hang with us at the brew pub and, by all means, when in Maui – be sure to check out the Maui Brewing Company.

POC #13: Brouwers Bigwood Festival

BrouwersBrouwers Cafe in Fremont is in full swing with their Bigwood Festival.  Over 40 excellent beers that have been conditioned in wood make this festival a must attend event.  The beers were rolled out Thursday night and will continue until supplies run out – so get there sooner than later. 

In this Piece of Crap, we are hanging out at Brouwers and enjoying some fine beers conditioned in bourbon barrels.  We also chat with manager and bartender, Chris Cavanaugh, to find out a little more about the Bigwood Festival, bourbon, and the Brouwers Cafe in general. 

Also, don’t forget, tonight is the last night of the Washington Winter Beer Festival.  Given that it is being held at Hales Brewery, only a stones throw from Brouwers, this could be the night to check them both out.

Show Beer a Little Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Turkey and BeerThanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us will be joining friends and family for festive dining and cheerful imbibing.  Although I suspect that wine is the most traditionally served drink on this festive occasion;  this year I’d like to  encourage you to include Craft Beer in your holiday menu.  While beer may not be a common part of your family tradition, even the Pilgrims were Ale drinkers and it is widely believed that beer had a place on the table at the first Thanksgiving.

The notion would make sense since beers  accentuate the typical Thanksgiving feast even better than most wines. Caramelized and toasted grain flavors in many beers complement the flavors of roast turkey. Furthermore, the carbonation, fruitiness and balanced bitterness of many craft beers allow them to stand up to creamy, butter-rich preparations like mashed potatoes and creamed corn.   According to Brewers Association Spokesperson Julia Herz, “Many styles of beer both complement and contrast the food they are paired with, whereas wine mostly contrasts. The holiday dinner table is a very appropriate place for beer made from America’s small, independent and traditional brewers.”

A lot of terrific seasonal ales hit the shelves this time of year so be sure to spend some time in the Craft Beer isle of your favorite grocer before making your way to meet your host.  If you’re hosting this season, click here to get some ideas on how to pair and serve like a pro.  Still not conviced? Below is a brief interview with Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and Author of the Brewmasters’ Table, that I recorded in 2006 at the Craft Brewers Conference in Seattle.     

The CrapMonkey Podcast Episode #124

owed In

Fun times with beer are just around the corner.  This weekend you’ll want to check out the Pyramid Snowed In Party at the Seattle Brewery.  The Presidents are the Friday night headliner and the Dandy Warhols are Saturday’s attraction (besides the SnowCap of course).  Click here for more details.  On November 30th and December 1st, don’t miss the Winter Beer Festival at Hales Brewery.Omaha in Ropes

In this podcast I have a couple of audio clips from the Podcast and New Media Expo.  At the Wizzard Media party, I ran into Omaha Sternberg of MacRadio getting tied up by GrayDancer, producer of the Ropecast (who was there on behalf of TwistedMonk.com).  Photos are on Flickr.

The song of the day is There She Goes by Brother Love and the website of the day is the Association of Downloadable Media.  The show closes on Two Years Down by Stonehoney

Fremont Oktoberfest 2007: Worst Brewfest Ever

FremontOktoberfest in Fremont definitely felt like it was put on by people with little or no experience in the brewfest business. For starters, the price was too high and the taster glasses too small. Taster glasses for all brewfests in Washington have been shrinking year over year, however, the price isn’t usually as gouging as Fremont demonstrated this weekend. Entrance to the garden was $20, which included only four tastes, $25 would get you eight tastes, and any additional tastes were $1.75 each. The beer selection was decent, but could have definitely been better (approximately 70 brews representing 35 breweries). The worst part of the event came down to organization. I believe there were three tents in all, each tent containing about 10 or 12 breweries. The tents were labeled as to which beers were housed within, but just where in the tent the beers resided was a mystery that could only be solved once you were close enough to the tap to read the accompanying table tents. This proved to be very challenging because the lines were quite long after about 3pm on Saturday. To get a beer, one had to weave between the lines in order to get close enough to determine just where the beer was being poured, then return to the back to actually stand in the line. It was definitely not an ideal layout. In the early evening on Saturday, one of the tents discovered this dilemma and used duct tape to hang signs on the outside of the tent (where they could actually be read from a distance). The others may have followed suit eventually, but I didn’t stay the entire evening to find out. Those that did stay for the evening reported that many of the beers ran dry and festival goers began to get understandably cranky as a result.Fremont Oktoberfest
To put an ironic head on this skunky, contaminated beer: just outside the festival gates sits Brouwers Café. Boasting over 50 taps and over 100 bottles, it was a welcome escape from the chaos of the brewfest. Once I sat down and ordered a full glass of Diamond Knot XIPA, I wondered why I ever bothered with the festival in the first place.
I do want to be careful not to paint the entire festival in a bad light because my real frustration was with the Stranger Microbrew Garden (even the name, since I would contend that most of the beers present were Craft beers… but I digress). The Street Fair and the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest are a regular draw for the festival and are surely an excellent source of entertainment. Additionally, the funds raised go to the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to support Fremont schools, art groups and other community events. Those footnotes should certainly not go unrecognized. Still, the real star of the show should be the beer, and that part went heinously wrong this year. Hopefully the fine folks in Fremont learned a few lessons this time around so that the only thing worth saying about next year’s event is one, simple, little word… “prost.”

CMP-8-26-2007: CrapMonkey Podcast Episode 122

iriverIt’s Sunday afternoon and a very busy summer is coming to an end.  In this episode, I am proud to say I’ve put my iRiver back into the CrapMonkey Mix.  I upgraded to the M-Audio microtrack a long time back, and my ability to capture spontaneous moments has suffered ever since.  Having the iRiver back on board is already starting to pay off.  On Saturday night, outside of a bar in lower Queen Anne, I caught a great rendition of the Big Mac drive through rap (performed by some of the Seattle Pyramid Alehouse crew).  Not sure where this rap came from?  Check it out on YouTube.

This episode also boasts a guest restroom review of the Heritage Hall in Vancouver B.C., brought to us by Cosmo G. Spacely of the Clubside Breakfast Time Podcast (aka – Jacob Stewart).  The urinal in this review is truly unique, so check out the images here.

Beer lovers, we are on our way to brewfest bliss.  Here are a few to think about over the next couple of months:

The song of the day is Here with You, by Tracy Hoyt and Jeff Fielder, the website of the day is NoonHat.  Today’s program closes with “Seahawk’s, Give It All You’ve Got” by Keith Sexton.

Want to chime in?  Send an email to Travis@crapmonkey.com.  Audio comments are welcome.

The Oregon Brewfest is Worth the Trip

Oregon Brewfest

This post is long overdue.  Two weeks back, a group of us hopped a train and headed down to Portland for the weekend.  Portland was a great town, but the highlight of the weekend was definitely the Oregon Brewfest.  The amount of beer pouring was incredible and the people there were great.  Overall, the event could use a little more organization in order to deal with the huge amount of foot traffic that was lining up for pogs and beer.  The lines were so long that it became impracticle to get “tastes” of beer.  After the long wait to get to the pouring station, filling the glass to the top became an imperitive.  Hopefully they will be able to correct this problem for future events because everything else about the festival runs smoothly and the event will definitely hold a reoccuring place on my summer schedule.  Images of the event (and the trip to Portand) are available on Flickr and media is available for downlaod below in Windows Media format.

Johnny Pinchaloaf Rocks Ballard Brewfest

Trav and Wen

The Ballard Brewfest took place on March 4th, 2007 and featured some great live entertainment.  We were first treated to Gelsey’s Polka Sing-Along and were then honored with the presence of the rock n roll legend himself, Johnny Pinchaloaf.  The weather was great for gathering and plenty of quality beer was pouring.  The parts that I remember were filled with fun and good cheer.   Photos are available on Flickr.

Gelsey Polka

Johnny Pinchaloaf

Review: Moylan's India Pale Ale

Moylan's IPA

Moylan’s India Pale Ale

Brewer: Moylan’s Brewery

Rating: 3 CMUs (CrapMonkey Units) 

With its gold, cloudy color; this beer looks nice in the glass. Unfortunately, the aroma didn’t capture me the way I’d hoped and the taste left something more to be desired. I’m a fan of the hoppy flavor that IPA’s are known for, and Moylan’s IPA definitely brings the hops (in fact, it is dry hopped with two hop varieties). Unfortunately, the fruity hops flavor seems to overpower the rest of the beer like a choir without its bass and baritones. Moylan’s also makes a Double IPA which I have heard good things about but have not yet tried. That beer is described as having an”…enormous malt backbone like naughty monkeys on a vine. Double malt, double hops.” Perhaps the malt backbone in the double provides the balance that the single IPA is lacking.

Review: Rogue Brutal Bitter

Brutal BitterRogue Brutal Bitter – 59 IBU

Brewer: Rogue Brewery

Rating: 4.5 CMUs (CrapMonkey Units)

Don’t let the name fool you, this is certainly not a brutal beer.  In fact, it is quite smooth and respectful of the senses.  The beer starts with a very good pour – foamy, but not to the point of annoyance. Additionally, the aroma suits this bitter well.  You are struck with the sense of walking into a brewery as this beer reaches your nose – a sensation that lasts the duration of the beer.  The taste is delicious, but I was expecting something a bit more hoppy and bitter given the name.  Be careful pairing food with it as it’s much more susceptible to  being overpowered than its name would have you believe.  I also have to say that it is a surprisingly even tasting beer.  The first taste that hits your tongue is nearly identical to the mild and pleasing taste it leaves behind.  I would recommend this as an after-dinner beer, perhaps on a Sunday evening on the patio as the sun sets.  To that end, a very mild cigar would also share the stage with a Brutal Bitter quite nicely.  

American Craft Beer Week is Approaching

Great American Beer TourAs if you needed an excuse to drink beer, the week of May 14th through 20th is American Craft Beer Week.  With nearly 1500 craft breweries now operating in the United States, the average american lives within 10 miles of a brewery.  Celebrate your freedom of choice and your inalienable right to flavor by visiting your neighborhood brew pubs and enjoying a cold beer.  

If you really want to celebrate the glories of beer, join the Great American Beer Tour!  Download this passport and have it signed by brewery employees as you transform yourself into a tourist on the ultimate journey to beer Nirvana.  Have your passport signed at each of your destinations and be eligible to win prizes (including the grand prize: a trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver).   Not sure where to start your Journey?  Beertown has some great tools for putting together your itinerary, like this brewery locator.  Life is too short to drink bad beer.  Let American Craft Beer Week serve as a great reminder to slow down and smell the hops.

POC 9 – CrapMonkey Podcast – Pieces of Crap #9

Travis BrewsIn this fairly lengthy Piece of Crap, my friends and I take to brewing some beer.  We went up to Cellar Home Brew and bought all the equipment needed to start brewing our own beer.  In addition to the gear, we picked up the necessary ingredients to whip up a porter (which we dubbed Schrodinger’s Porter – give us a break, we’d had a few beers by then).  After getting all the gear home, stocking up the fridge with Dechutes, and downloading a few how-to articles from the Internet; Matt, Mr. Mark and I step into the wonderdul world of home brew.  Images are available on my Flickr page.

Tawdry Tasters try the Malt Liqueur Beers

After a week of fine brews from around the country, some of these beers were a bit hard to swallow.  That said, whenever the Tasters have a tasting, good times are had.  Below are the results (and my stomach still hurts a bit).  The rating scale is between 1 and 10 – the top ranking beer on this list was a 5.8.
Old English 800 – High Gravity       4.5
Elephant Beer (from Carlsberg)     2
Micky’s Ice                                      4                 
Warka (from Poland)                      2
Steel Reserver 211                        5.8
Steel Reserve Triple Export           5
Harnas – Poland                             4
Micky’s                                           3.5
Fosters                                          4.9
Raineer Ale                                    5
Hurricane Ice                                 5.3
Okocin                                            5.3
Red Dog                                         5.9
Old English                                     5.25
So there you have it.  I’ve never had most of these beers before, and I will likely never have one again, but stranger things have happend.

World Beer Cup 2006 – Winners Announced

Thanks to all who followed the CrapMonkey World Beer Cup 2006 real time coverage.  Due to the pace of the awards ceremony, there were numerous typos in my posting and I thought it best to swap them out with the official World Beer Cup results. 
Vital Stats:
  • 2221 beer entries
  • 530 breweries from 55 countries
  • 36% form overseas
  • 109 judges from 17 countries
  • half of the judges from overseas
And the Winners Are:
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Small Brewing Company
Brauerei Michael Plank
Michael Plank

World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Mid-Size Brewing Company
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Matthew Brynildson World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Large Brewing Company
Miller Brewing Co.
Dr. David S. Ryder World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Small Brewpub
Piece Brewing Co.
Jonathan Cutler World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Large Brewpub
Russian River Brewing Co.
Vinnie Cilurzo

Category: 1 Non-Alcoholic Malt Tonic – 3 Entries
Gold: Distelhäuser Malz, Distelhäuser Brauerei, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany
Silver: Xtra Malt (Non-Alcoholic), Samba Brewing Co., San Juan, Trinidad
Bronze: Sport-Malz, Eder & Heylands Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG, Grossostheim, Germany 

Category: 2 Non-Alcoholic (Beer) Malt Beverage – 19 Entries
Gold: O’Doul’s, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Silver: Baltika N o 0 Non-Alcoholic, Baltika Breweries, St. Petersburg, Russia
Bronze: O’Doul’s Amber, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis, MO

Category: 3 American Cream Ale or Lager – 22 Entries
Gold: Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co., San Antonio, TX
Silver: Pilsen, Cervepar S.A., Ypane, Paraguay
Bronze: Session Premium Lager, Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR

Category: 4 American-Style Wheat Beer – 10 Entries
Gold: Cascade Blonde Lager, Cascade Brewing Co., Abbotsford, Australia
Silver: Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls, WI
Bronze: Pyramid Crystal Weizen, Pyramid Breweries, Inc., Portland, OR

Category: 5 American-Style Hefeweizen – 24 Entries
Gold: Haru Urara, Iganosato Mokumoku, Iga, Japan
Silver: Shiner Hefeweizen, The Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX
Bronze: Pyramid Hefeweizen, Pyramid Breweries, Inc., Portland, OR

Category: 6 Rye Beer – 8 Entries
Gold: Worryin’ Ale, Piece Brewing Co., Chicago, IL
Silver: Roggen Rock, Redrock Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT
Bronze: Amberjaque Rye Ale, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., Kiln, MS

Category: 7 Fruit and Vegetable Beer – 41 Entrie
Gold: Redbach, Palm Breweries Belgium Site Brewery Rodenbach, Roeselare, Belgium
Silver: Fruitesse Kriek, Liefmans Breweries, Dentergem, Belgium
Bronze: Fruitesse Framboos, Liefmans Breweries, Dentergem, Belgium

Category: 8 Herb and Spice Beer – 52 Entries
Gold: Coconut Porter, Maui Brewing Co./Fish & Game Rotisserie, Lahaina, HI
Silver: Jack Whacker Wheat, Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO
Bronze: Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls, WI

Category: 9 Coffee Flavored Beer – 23 Entries
Gold: Meantime Coffee, Meantime Brewing Co. Ltd., Greenwich, England
Silver: Big Daddy Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Bronze: Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Category: 10 Specialty Beer – 17 Entries
Gold: Pullman Brown Ale, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Flossmoor, IL
Silver: Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale, Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
Bronze: Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., Kiln, MS

Category: 11 Specialty Honey Lager or Ale – 29 Entries
Gold: Redoak Honey Ale, Redoak, Sydney, Australia
Silver: Midas Touch, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
Bronze: McGuire’s Millennium Ale, McGuire’s Irish Pub #1, Pensacola, FL

Category: 12 Other Strong Ale or Lager – 21 Entries
Gold: Dragonstooth Stout, Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
Silver: Northstar Imperial Porter, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Bronze: Olde Knicker Kicker, Oak Creek Brewing Co., Sedona, AZ

Category: 13 Experimental Beer (Lager or Ale) – 22 Entries
Gold: Blootvoetse Bruin, Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson, WA
Silver: König Pilsener-Gluten Free, König Brauerei GmbH, Duisburg, Germany
Bronze: Samuel Adams Utopias 2005, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Category: 14 Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer – 46 Entries
Gold: Bourbon County Stout, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
Silver: Old Woody, Schooner’s Grille & Brewery, Antioch, CA
Bronze: Hitachino Nest Beer Japanese Classic Ale, Kiuchi Syuzou, Naka, Japan

Category: 15 Cellar or Unfiltered Beer – 23 Entries
Gold: Caldera Pilsener Bier, Caldera Brewing Co., Ashland, OR
Silver: Schlappeseppel Kellerbier, Eder & Heylands Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG, Grossostheim, Germany
Bronze: Naturtrüb, Alpirsbacher Klosterbrauerei, Alpirsbach, Germany

Category: 16 Smoke-Flavored Beer – 21 Entries
Gold: Redoak Rauch, Redoak, Sydney, Australia
Silver: Smokin’ Willie Smoked Porter, Moose’s Tooth Brewing Co., Anchorage, AK
Bronze: Smolder Bock, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Category: 17 European-Style Low-Alcohol Lager/German-Style Leicht(bier) – 12 Entries
Gold: Freudenberger Leicht, Brauerei Märkl, Freudenberg, Germany
Silver: Hahn Premium Light, Hahn Brewing Co., Camperdown, Australia
Bronze: Cascade Premium Light, Cascade Brewing Co., Abbotsford, Australia

Category: 18 German-Style Pilsener – 54 Entries
Gold: Trumer Pils, Trumer Brauerei Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Silver: Waldhaus Diplom Pils, Privatbrauerei Waldhaus Joh. Schmid GmbH, Weilheim, Germany
Bronze: Pfungstaedter Edel Pils Premium, Pfungstaedter Brauerei Hildebrand GmbH & Co. KG, Pfungstadt,

GermanyCategory: 19 Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 39 Entries
Gold: Imperial, Královsky Pivovar Kru sovice, Kru sovice, Czech Republic
Silver: CZECHVAR – Premium Czech Lager, Bud e jovicky Budvar n.p., C. Budejovice, Czech Republic
Bronze: Pils, Alpirsbacher Klosterbrauerei, Alpirsbach, Germany

Category: 20 Münchner-Style Helles – 44 Entries
Gold: Hofmühl Hell, Privatbrauerei Hofmühl GmbH, Eichstätt, Germany
Silver: Aktien Hell, Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG, Kaufbeuren, Germany
Bronze: Löwenbrau, InBev, Brussels, Belgium

Category: 21 European-Style Pilsener – 61 Entries
Gold: Birra Moretti, Heineken Italia S.p.A., Milano, Italy
Silver: Ursus Premium, S.C. Ursus Breweries S.A., Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Bronze: Spezial, Alpirsbacher Klosterbrauerei, Alpirsbach, Germany

Category: 22 Dortmunder/European-Style Export – 25 Entries
Gold: Hatz Export, Hofbrauhaus Hatz AG, Rastatt, Germany
Silver: Alpenstoff, Brauerei Bürgerbräu August Röhm & Söhne KG, Bad Reichenhall, Germany
Bronze: Kalnapilis Grand, AB "Kalnapilio-Tauro Grupe", Vilnius, Lithuania

Category: 23 Vienna-Style Lager – 25 Entries
Bronze: Schaumburger Landbier, Schaumburger Privat-Brauerei GmbH, Stadthagen, Germany

Category: 24 German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest – 29 Entries
Silver: Vienna, Rock Bottom Brewery-Bellevue, Bellevue, WA
Bronze: Ottenbräeu Märzen, Ottenbräu, Abensberg, Germany

Category: 25 European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel – 36 Entries
Gold: Original Unterbaarer Dunkel, Schlossbrauerei Unterbaar, Baar/Schwaben, Germany
Silver: Distelhäuser Landbier, Distelhäuser Brauerei, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany
Bronze: Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg GmbH, Kelheim, Germany

Category: 26 German-Style Schwarzbier – 26 Entries
Gold: Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Chattanooga, TN
Silver: Shonan Liebe, Kumazawa Brewing Co., Chigasaki, Japan
Bronze: Georgi Sud, Ritter St. Georgenbrauerei Karl Gloßner GmbH & Co. KG, Nennslingen, Germany

Category: 27 Traditional German-Style Bock – 28 Entries
Gold: Butthead Bock, Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO
Silver: Birra Moretti La Rossa, Heineken Italia S.p.A., Milano, Italy
Bronze: Troegenator, Tröegs Brewing Co., Harrisburg, PA

Category: 28 German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock – 19 Entries
Gold: JW Dundee’s Pale Bock, High Falls Brewing Co., Rochester, NY
Silver: Barre Maibock, Privatbrauerei Ernst Barre GmbH, Lübbecke, Germany
Bronze: Blonde Doppelbock, Capital Brewery Co. Inc., Middleton, WI

Category: 29 German-Style Strong Bock – 27 Entries
Gold: Dark Doppelbock, Capital Brewery Co. Inc., Middleton, WI
Silver: Y¨sbok, SNAB, Purmerend, Netherland
Bronze: Red Cock Doppelbock, Maui Brewing Co./Fish & Game Rotisserie, Lahaina, HI

Category: 30 American-Style Light Lager – 22 Entries
Gold: Miller Lite, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Silver: Lone Star Light, Pabst Brewing Co., San Antonio, TX
Bronze: Michelob Light, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis, MO

Category: 31 American-Style Low-Carbohydrate Light Lager – 5 Entries
Gold: Egils Lite, The Brewery Egill Skallagrimsson Ltd., Reykjavik, Iceland
Silver: Pure Blonde, Foster’s Australia, Abbotsford, Australia
Bronze: Cobra Lower Cal Lower Carb, Cobra Beer Ltd., London, England

Category: 32 American-Style "Light" Amber Lager – 6 Entries
Gold: Shiner Light, The Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX
Silver: Michelob Ultra Amber, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Bronze: Samuel Adams Light, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Category: 33 American-Style Lager – 20 Entries
Gold: Miller High Life, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Silver: Bahia, Industrias La Constancia, San Salvador, El Salvador

Category: 34 American-Style Premium Lager – 24 Entries
Gold: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Pabst Brewing Co., San Antonio, TX
Silver: Formosa Genuine Draft, Brick Brewing Co Ltd., Waterloo, Canada
Bronze: Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Category: 35 American-Style Specialty Lager – 14 Entries
Gold: Icehouse, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Silver: OE HG 800, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Bronze: Milwaukee’s Best Ice, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Category: 36 American-Style Amber Lager – 31 Entries
Gold: Toasted Lager, Blue Point Brewing Co., Patchogue, NY
Silver: Old Scratch Amber Lager, Flying Dog Brewery, Denver, CO
Bronze: Walkerville Lager, Walkerville Brewing Co., Windsor, Canada

Category: 37 American-Style Dark Lager – 11 Entries
Gold: Henry Weinhard’s Classic Dark, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Silver: Shiner Bock, The Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX
Bronze: Black Jack, Great Lakes Brewery, Toronto, Canada

Category: 38 Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager – 23 Entries
Gold: Norte Blanca, Cerveceria y Malteria Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina
Silver: Kingfisher, Shepherd Neame Ltd, Faversham, England
Bronze: Bohemia Especial, Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Category: 39 Baltic Porter – 14 Entries
Gold: Neptune’s Nemesis, Rocky River Brewing Co., Rocky River, OH
Silver: Just Call Me George, America’s Brewing Co. @ Walter Payton’s Roundhouse, Aurora, IL
Bronze: Redoak Baltic Porter, Redoak, Sydney, Australia

Category: 40 Belgian-Style White (or Wit)/Belgian-Style Wheat – 32 Entries
Gold: Hoegaarden, InBev, Brussels, Belgium
Silver: Nit Wit, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Chandler, Huntington Beach, CA
Bronze: Wittekerke Belgian White, Bavik Brewery, Bavikhove, Belgium

Category: 41 French- Belgian-Style Saison – 21 Entries
Gold: Straffe Hendrik Blond, Liefmans Breweries, Dentergem, Belgium
Silver: Hennepin Farmhouse Ale, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Bronze: Barking Duck, Matilda Bay Brewing Co., Melbourne, Australia

Category: 42 Belgian-and French-Style Ale – 24 Entries
Gold: Brugse Zot, Brouwerij De Halve Maan, Bruges, Belgium
Silver: Matilda, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
Bronze: Special De Ryck, Brewery De Ryck, Herzele, Belgium

Category: 43 Belgian-Style Sour Ale – 22 Entries
Gold: Rodenbach Grand Cru, Palm Breweries Belgium Site Brewery Rodenbach, Roeselare, Belgium
Silver: De Wilde Zuidentrein, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Flossmoor, IL
Bronze: Festina Lente, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Category: 44 Belgian-Style Dubbel – 20 Entries
Gold: C.B.C. Belgian-Style Dubbel, Chicago Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV
Silver: Adirondack Abbey Ale, Great Adirondack Brewing Co., Lake Placid, NY
Bronze: Abbey Dubbel, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant #1, Wilmington, DE

Category: 45 Belgian-Style Tripel – 30 Entries
Gold: Final Absolution Trippel, Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren, MI
Silver: Affligem Tripel, Affligem Brouwerij, Opwiik, Belgium
Bronze: Gouden Carolus Triple, Het Anker, Mechelen, Belgium

Category: 46 Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale – 21 Entries
Silver: Cannibal, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant #1, Wilmington, DE
Bronze: Stumblin’ Monk, Stewarts Brewing Co., Bear, DE

Category: 47 Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale – 18 Entries
Gold: Bonsecours Brune, Brasserie Caulier, Peruwelz, Belgium
Silver: Lozen Boer Abt, DeProef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium
Bronze: Three Philosophers, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Category: 48 Other Belgian-Style Ale – 28 Entries
Gold: Temptation, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA
Silver: Malheur Bière Brut, Brewery Malheur, Buggenhout, Belgium
Bronze: Southampton Double White Ale, Southampton Publick House, Southampton 

Category: 49 English-Style Summer Ale – 19 Entries
Gold: Yorkshire Pale Ale, Rooster’s Brewing Co., Ltd., Knaresborough, England
Silver: Green Flash Extra Pale Ale, Green Flash Brewing Co., Vista, CA
Bronze: James Squire Golden Ale, Malt Shovel Brewery, Camperdown, Australia

Category: 50 Classic English-Style Pale Ale – 32 Entries
Gold: Pale Ale, Diamond Bear Brewing Co., Little Rock, AR
Silver: Urban Wilderness Pale Ale, Sleeping Lady Brewing Co., Anchorage, AK
Bronze: Honkers Ale, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Category: 51 English-Style India Pale Ale – 25 Entries
Gold: Squatters IPA, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT
Silver: Centennial Ale, Lengthwise Brewing Co., Bakersfield, CA
Bronze: Man Beer, Bull & Bush Brewery, Denver, CO

Category: 52 Ordinary Bitter – 14 Entries
Gold: Blue Heron Pale Ale, BridgePort Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Silver: Alaskan Pale, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK
Bronze: Cutthroat Pale Ale, Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT

Category: 53 Special Bitter or Best Bitter – 23 Entries
Gold: HMS Victory ESB, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO
Silver: E.S.B., Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA
Bronze: Alaskan Boogie Ale, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK

Category: 54 English-Style Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter – 22 Entries
Gold: ESB, Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc, London, England
Silver: Lunasea ESB, Empyrean Brewing Co., Lincoln, NE
Bronze: Savannah Pale Ale, Old Savannah Brewing Co., Savannah, GA

Category: 55 Scottish-Style Ale – 20 Entries
Gold: Brown Bear Brown, Rock Bottom Brewery – Bethesda, Bethseda, MD
Silver: Beltaine, Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant, Michigan City, IN
Bronze: Old Curmudgeon, Rock Bottom Brewery – Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Category: 56 English-Style Mild Ale – 13 Entries
Gold: Shaftebury Coastal Cream Ale, Okanagan Spring Brewery, Vernon, Canada
Silver: Dawn Patrol Dark, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
Bronze: Raven Ale, R & B Brewing Co., Vancouver, Canada

Category: 57 English-Style Brown Ale – 37 Entries
Gold: Red Hydrant Ale, Big Dog’s Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV
Silver: Green Flash Nut Brown Ale, Green Flash Brewing Co., Vista, CA
Bronze: Alice P. Brownie, CB & Potts – Westminster/Big Horn Brewing Co., Westminster, CO

Category: 58 Brown Porter – 27 Entries
Gold: Old Grind Porter, Etna Brewing Co., Etna, CA
Silver: Lazy Jake Porter, Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ
Bronze: Total Disorder Porter, Ram/Big Horn Brewing – Seattle, Seattle, WA

Category: 59 Robust Porter – 44 Entries
Gold: Swan Lake Beer Porter, Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, Agano, Japan
Silver: Bear Paw Porter, Grizzly Peak Brewing Co., Ann Arbor, MI
Bronze: Peg Leg, Flathead Lake Brewing Co., Bigfork, MT

Category: 60 Sweet Stout – 18 Entries
Gold: Milk Stout, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Silver: Black Mocha Stout, Highland Brewing Co., Asheville, NC
Bronze: Cream Stout, Redwood Brewing Co., Flint, MI

Category: 61 Oatmeal Stout – 24 Entries
Gold: Strom Bomb Stout, Bottoms Up Brewing Co., Pinedale, WY
Silver: The Poet, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI
Bronze: Blackbird Stout, Hereford & Hops Brewpub, Wausau, WI

Category: 62 Imperial Stout – 41 Entries
Gold: Blackout Stout, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH
Silver: Night Rider Imperial Stout, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA
Bronze: Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant #1, Wilmington, DE

Category: 63 Strong Scotch Ale – 31 Entries
Gold: Deep Lake, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO
Silver: Fat Bastard, Silver City Brewing Co., Silverdale, WA
Bronze: Paddy’s Strong Scottish Ale, Paddy’s Brewery, Flemington, Australia

Category: 64 Old Ale – 17 Entries
Gold: Vintage Ale, Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc, London, England
Silver: Old Woody, Fish Brewing Co., Olympia, WA
Bronze: Shinto-Beer, Ise Kadoya Brewery, Ise, Japan

Category: 65 Strong Ale – 16 Entries
Gold: Sopris, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO
Silver: Never Summer Ale, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder, CO
Bronze: Cabin Fever, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Category: 66 Barley Wine-Style Ale – 47 Entries
Gold: Hopsquatch, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Tempe, AZ
Silver: Barleywine, Chama River Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: Brew Brothers Barleywine, Brew Brothers Brewery, Reno, NV

Category: 67 German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch – 15 Entries
Gold: Bottom’s Up Kolsch, Rock Bottom Brewery – Campbell, Campbell, CA
Silver: Nihede Beer (Soft Type), Nanto World Co., Ltd Nanto Brewery, Nanjyo, Japan
Bronze: Kaorino-Nama, Shimono Co., Ltd, Chiba, Japan

Category: 68 German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier – 23 Entries
Gold: Redhead Amber Ale, Brew Brothers Brewery, Reno, NV
Silver: Terrapin Alt, Rock Bottom Brewery – Bethesda, Bethseda, MD
Bronze: Victory Altbier, Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City, UT

Category: 69 South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier – 74 Entries
Gold: Top Heavy, Piece Brewing Co., Chicago, I
Silver: Izumo-ji Beer Weizen, Ekinan Co. Ltd., Izumo, Japan
Bronze: Hoepfner Hefeweizen, Privatbrauerei Hoepfner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Category: 70 German-Style Pale Wheat Ale – 18 Entries
Gold: Plank Leichtes Hefeweizen, Brauerei Michael Plank, Laaber, Germany
Silver: Kitzmann Leichtes Weißbier, KitzmannBräu KG, Erlangen, Germany
Bronze: Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse, Nodding Head, Philadelphia, PA

Category: 71 German-Style Dark Wheat Ale – 23 Entries
Gold: Distelhäuser Dunkles Hefeweizen, Distelhäuser Brauerei, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany
Silver: Original Plank Hefeweizen, Brauerei Michael Plank, Laaber, Germany
Bronze: Emmett’s Dunkel Weizen, Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co., West Dundee, IL

Category: 72 South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock – 14 Entries
Gold: Plank Heller Weizenbock, Brauerei Michael Plank, Laaber, Germany
Silver: St. Nick’s Weizenbock, Great American Restaurants, Centreville, VA
Bronze: Aventinus, Schneider Weisse, Private Weissbierbrauerei, Kelheim, Germany

Category: 73 Irish-Style Red Ale – 20 Entries
Gold: TAPS Irish Red, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea, CA
Silver: Evolution Amber, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT
Bronze: Gray’s Irish Style Ale, Gray Brewing Co., Janesville, WI

Category: 74 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 16 Entries
Bronze: Stout, Ise Kadoya Brewery, Ise, Japan

Category: 75 Foreign (Export)-Style Stout – 20 Entries
Gold: Zonker Stout, Snake River Brewing Co., Jackson, WY
Silver: Stout, Nasu Kohgen Beer Co. Ltd., Nasumachi, Japan

Category: 76 Golden or Blonde Ale – 31 Entries
Gold: Whitetail Ale, Hereford & Hops Brewpub, Wausau, WI
Silver: Kiwanda Cream Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Bronze: Lightweight, The Alchemist, Waterbury, VT

Category: 77 American-Style Pale Ale – 61 Entries
Gold: Firestone Pale Ale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Silver: Mission Street Pale Ale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Bronze: Bill Payer Ale, Nodding Head, Philadelphia, PA

Category: 78 American-Style Strong Pale Ale – 39 Entries
Gold: IPA Nectar, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Silver: Hop Bomb IPA, Rock Bottom Brewery – Bellevue, Bellevue, WA
Bronze: Hop Knot, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Tempe, AZ

Category: 79 American-Style India Pale Ale – 67 Entrie
Gold: Blind Pig IPA, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA
Silver: India Pelican Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Bronze: Stone Ruination IPA, Stone Brewing Co., Escondito, CA

Category: 80 Imperial or Double India Pale Ale – 30 Entries
Gold: Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA
Silver: Pure Hoppiness, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA
Bronze: Dorado Double IPA, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 81 American-Style Amber/Red Ale – 48 Entries
Gold: Sharkbite Red Ale, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA
Silver: Emigration Amber Ale, Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City, UT
Bronze: Epiphany, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Fairfax, CA

Category: 82 Imperial or Double Red Ale – 18 Entries
Gold: Shark Attack, Pizza Port Solana Beach, Solana Beach, CA
Silver: Big Phatty, Water Street Brewing & Ale House, Port Townsend, WA
Bronze: Organic Deranger, Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category: 83 American-Style Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter – 8 Entries
Gold: Walking Man IPA, Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson, WA
Silver: Firestone IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Bronze: Caldera Dry Hop Red, Caldera Brewing Co., Ashland, OR

Category: 84 American-Style Brown Ale – 24 Entries
Gold: Nut Brown Ale, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
Silver: Nut Brown Ale, Redrock Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT
Bronze: Hemp Ale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Category: 85 American-Style Stout – 10 Entries
Gold: Shakespeare Stout, Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
Silver: Mutiny, Flathead Lake Brewing Co., Bigfork, MT
Bronze: Sunnyside Stout, Snipes Mountain Brewery, Sunnyside, WA

World Beer Cup 2006 Kicks Off

Prior to announcing the winners of the 2006 World Beer Cup, an important point was made.  Beer is like kids, you can’t have a favorite (not brought up, but worth mentioning is that beer can often lead to having kids,   But I digress…). 
Although it was not a “keynote” in the true sense of the word, there was a key message delivered.  “Irresposible beer drinking is not a healthy behavior.”  This was not a forced message in the way that you often see big beers pushing responsibility.  This was a heart felt plea to be mature and responsible in how beer is promoted.  After watching a montage of real beer commercials that seem to suggest that “beer is for knuckleheads,” some interesting stats were shared about the short term benefit this kind of positioning has on the beer industry (and the long term harm).  At its core, the key message was that irresponsible drinking does not lead to a life long commitment of real beer enjoyment, and that promoting beer in this fashion is bad for the beer industry in the long run.



World Beer Cup 2006 – Live Blog

Perhaps the highlight of the Craft Brewers Conference in Seattle is the World Beer Cup Awards Dinner that wraps it up.  The CrapMonkey is here to ensure that you are the first to know who wins as the event unfolds.  It is 8pm, and I am at the ceremony, which is about to get underway.  The best of the brewery industry are in attendence (the crapmonkey just drank a stout along side legendary brew critic, Michael Jackson).  Armed with an unlimited supply of quality beers, a laptop, and a wireless connection, the CrapMonkey Podcast is equiped to bring you the results as they come in.  Stay Tuned…

SWAG with Style

a href=”http://www.beertown.org/events/cbc/attendee/index.html” mce_href=”http://www.beertown.org/events/cbc/attendee/index.html”>Craft Brewer’s Conference attendees were presented with a bottle of Double Herbert’s Legendary Ale and a 2006 Brewers Association commemorative glass. The Ale is… 

“…an extreme version of beer brewed each fall in a different Washington brewery in honored memory of brewing Pioneer Bert Grant to promote the Washington Brewers Guild Cask Festival.”

Beer Keg Seat

By Popular demand, I once again present to you the "beer keg Seat."   For about $5 in materials you can turn that old keg into a hip bar stool.  Too many blown kegs clogging up your tavern?  Turn it into seating space!