It’s a well known fact that I’m a lover of quality craft beer, but it may be slightly less known that I’m a bit of a sucker for marketing...and wine. Yeah, I said it. I'm a cross drinker.
Well, the first International Stout Day was a huge success!
There were stout tastings, dinners, specials and even festivals all across the country, in Meridian, Idaho, San Diego, California, Kansas City, Missouri, Denver, Colorado San Francisco, California and Manhattan, New York and in many other cities and towns across America. Tyne And Wear in the UK and Asa Norte in Brazil even got in on the stout action by offering specials on specialty stouts in casks, kegs and bottles. The store at Toronto's Amsterdam Brewery actually sold out of their Tempest Imperial Stout.
The first Lucky Lager brewery was established by the General Brewing Corporation of San Francisco on 31 August, 1933. General Brewing was begun as Prohibition was ending as a way to profit from the beer business boom. Unlike other large, new breweries at that time, General Brewing built everything from the ground up.
Imagine a collective of people from all walks of life, gathering together in a city with 40 microbreweries, with one commonality, and that is their love for beer.
As I arrived at the hotel in Portland on Friday evening, I entered the Alaska room where the Night of Many Bottles was held. It was a fitting title for the night.
You can’t keep a good beer down. At least, that’s what Lithia beer is saying. Ever since Lithia Beer was first brewed in West Bend, it shared a rich heritage with the city, Washington County and Wisconsin. West Bend Brewing Co. was established in 1848, the same year that Wisconsin became a state. When the doors closed in 1968, after a 120 year brewing tradition, the local beer was lost, but not forgotten.
". . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . . " -American Heritage Magazine, October 1993
April 22nd constitutes an eco-inspired, sustainable, contempt of carbon, plant protecting, Gaylord Nelson loving, breathing creature appreciating, tree hugging, holiday - that everyone can celebrate.
The mullet, Disco Music, socks with toes, man perms, jeans with the zippers up the legs, a bandana tied around one of those zippered legs, shoulder pads, goldfish swallowing (really?), "Just Say No"…thankfully, all just fads.
“Two to three inches of head is how they do it.” Travis tells his team in preparation. “It’s near blasphemy to pour it wrong.”
As the festive holidays arrive, let us not forget one of the most celebrated reasons of family gatherings, to drink. Let us count the ways… mulled wine, spiked eggnog, hot buttered rum….but don’t forget the awesome winter and Christmas ales. No preparation needed.