Another Cool Thing From Bell’s 4

Another Cool Thing From Bell's
Once again, Bell’s Brewery shows it’s the little things that make a difference. From their practice of putting easily readable bottled-on dates on their bottles comes the next iteration of education the beer consumer. Their new beer calendar. Now lots of breweries will put their beer release schedule on the web, but this is the ...

Meet the Brewer: Jake Simmons, Backpocket Brewing 4

Meet the Brewer: Jake Simmons, Backpocket Brewing
As has been reported here earlier, the Coralville/Iowa City area will be welcoming Backpocket Brewing into the area in early 2012. I was able to meet up with Jake Simmons, Brewmaster, at an event this evening at Old Chicago. He was kind enough to spend a few minutes answering some questions and talking about his operation ...

Introducing Brewmaniacs.com Apparel and Acessories 2

Introducing Brewmaniacs.com Apparel and Acessories
Some of you have asked for tee-shirts with our kick-ass beer ghost logo. So, we’ve opened our own store. So, check out http://brewmaniacs.spreadshirt.com and buy some stuff to support our site and fund our beer habit. If you don’t see something you want (long sleeve tee’s, hoodies, etc.), let us know and we can get ...

We dubbel trouble bubble bubble bubble bubblin hot 2

We dubbel trouble bubble bubble bubble bubblin hot
We’re just a few weeks away from the autumnal equinox.  It means that a very special time in the beer calender is upon us – the fall seasonals.  Amid the pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers, you’ll find a new entry this year.  Boulevard’s Nommo Dubbel will be hitting the shelves this coming week.  As a little ...

Clearing the Backload – A Bunch of Mini Reviews 12

Clearing the Backload - A Bunch of Mini Reviews
It’s been a while since I posted anything of substance here and I’ve been accumulating notes on beers so this it’s time for a cleanse. No lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper needed. So read on and enjoy my crappy camera skills. First up is Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA. This is a wet ...

Flenker’s first brew day 8

Flenker's first brew day
I finally did it.  I picked up the rest of the equipment that I needed, a kit of ingredients, and started on my path to becoming a home brewer. I’d actually tried to start once before.  A local home brewing store sold basic starter kits – a single fermenting bucket, capper, some tubes for bottling, ...

OPEN BEER THREAD: Super Quick and Ultra Dirties on a Saturday Night 282

OPEN BEER THREAD: Super Quick and Ultra Dirties on a Saturday Night
Quick and Dirty – our rapid review of different beers without getting into much detail or professionalism.  I was going to put a Quick and Dirty picture here, but when I GIS’ed “Quick and Dirty”… holy hell… just don’t do it with SafeSearch off. I will update this through the night as I continue to ...

My First Bad Batch 4

My First Bad Batch
If you like Hefeweizen, this may be your beer. It has been a while since I have posted, you are welcome. I’ve been brewing all summer, tweaking equipment, breaking out and brewing recipes instead of kits, basically trying to iron out all of the wrinkles that arise when you become an all grain brewer. I ...

“My Drunk Kitchen” by Harto 8

Created by Hannah Hart.  If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s awesome.  I love these so much.  They make me laugh.  They will make you laugh.  Some NSFW stuff, but awesome.  Awesome. Here’s her website: http://hartoandco.com/ Here’s her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MyHarto#p/u   They’ve gotten progressively better as more episodes have come out…    

More Schlafly and Backpocket News 10

More Schlafly and Backpocket News
Aaah, convergence.  Back in June we told you about the new brewery being built in Coralville, IA, Backpocket Brewing. Well, Backpocket recently announced groundbreaking for their new brewery is currently scheduled for August 31 at 9 a.m. Then, in July we told you Schlafly Beer was going to start distributing in Iowa. I am happy ...

International Stout Day is November 3rd This Year 5

International Stout Day is November 3rd This Year
I know what you are saying…. “But I’ve never heard of an ‘International Stout Day‘!”  Of course you haven’t, no one has.  It seems like these “beer days” are popping up every other week.  I’m surprised there isn’t a Dandelion Saison Day yet (but I bet Wilderness Brewing is working on that already). Ok, things ...

#IPADay Recap 5

#IPADay Recap
Last Thursday, August 4, was declared to be International #IPADay. All craft beer drinkers were encourage to drink an IPA in recognition of one of the most popular craft beer styles. I was not able to participate in this event as I was here: Since this was a Boy Scout campout with my son, alcohol ...