This year marked the 4th annual Food & Wine Festival in Palm Desert. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, gathered the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extravagant days of culinary prowess and pairings.
(San Diego, CA) – Latest news from Mission Brewery, courtesy of Media Liaison, Marty Jones.
Our head brewer, John Egan, has been promoted to a new role of Operations Manager/Head Brewer for Mission. In addition to running the brew house and overseeing all brewing and packaging, John will now manage all Mission employees and managers and oversee all operations at Mission.
(Los Angeles, CA) – Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two firefighters, today announced a partnership with Crest Beverage to distribute its award-winning beers throughout San Diego County. With the addition of Crest Beverage, Fireman’s Brew continues to strengthen its distribution network throughout Southern California, adding Crest to a roster of leading distributors that includes: Allied Beverages, Mission Beverage and Haralambos Beverage. Together these partners will now provide distribution of Fireman’s Brew handcrafted beers from Santa Barbara County, down to San Diego County.
Could it be that one month is better than another for craft beer? I enjoy drinking craft beer just about any time for any reason, but February has a special place in the heart of California craft beer drinkers.
Pours out a dark brown to almost black. There's a slight twang sour smell, along with some roastiness.
Burnt coffee and dried fruit come through. There's a rich malty goodness and nice warming quality, perhaps from the chocolate malts. Also tasted is light caramel, mild English yeast and slight licorice flavor.
The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for the style. It's medium bodied, smooth and clean in the mouth. Overall, a very nice porter - one that I'll happily try again.
The culture of beer stretches back more than 4,000 years. Cheers to Jimmy Carter for launching the more recent microbrewery movement back in 1978, by making it legal to homebrew. In most states, it is legal to homebrew up to 100 gallons of beer per year for each adult in the household or 200 gallons maximum if more than one adult of legal drinking age resides there.
Homebrew is primarily made from malt extract, malt, hops, yeast and water. Once you know the basics, you’ll be able to experiment with offbeat ingredients and truly understand the craftsmanship that is home brewing.
In order to get started, visit your local homebrew supply shop. You can search the Homebrew Supply Shop directory at www.HomebrewersAssociation.org or search “brewing” or “home brewing” in your search engine.
ABV: Alcohol by Volume is a standard measure of how much alcohol (ethanol) is contained in an alcoholic beverage (portrayed as a percentage of total volume).
Adjunct: Any grain used in the brewing process besides wheat and barley. The grains used are typically either rice or corn.
Ale: Ales are any beer that is fermented with top fermenting yeast at warmer temperatures. Ales typically are associated with fruity flavors.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2): The gaseous by-product of the fermentation process along with alcohol. Sometimes this is captured and used to carbonate casked or Real Ales.
IBU: International Bittering Units provide a measure of the bitterness of beer. This measurement depends on the style of beer. Light lagers typically have an IBU rating of 5 while big, hoppy India pale ales have an IBU rating between 40 and 140.
Lager: Lagers are any beer that is fermented with bottom fermenting yeast at colder temperatures. Lagers are associated with crisp, clean flavors.
Malted Barley – Barley is a cereal grain that provides the sweetness, body, and much of the flavor in beer including tastes such as: grainy, toffee, toasty, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and roast. Malt extract is sugar extracted from the malted grains. Once malted, the barley provides sugar for the yeast to consume which provides the carbonation for the beer, when the alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2) is created.
Hops - The hop is a climbing plant related to hemp, and there are both males and females. Hops, flowers of the Humulus lupulus, are the balance to the malt in beer. It takes about an ounce of these dried flowers to bitter a ten gallon batch of beer but different styles of beer require different levels of bittering. Hops lend spicy, herbal, floral, citrus and earthy notes to the beer aroma and tasting experience.
Yeast - Yeast is a single-celled organism that consumes sugar while releasing alcohol and carbon dioxide (carbonation). The life blood of beer, yeast also provides hundreds of flavor and aroma compounds including fruity flavors such as apple, banana and pineapple, clove and smoke and earthy notes.
Water – It’s important to have high quality water when producing high quality beer. Water affects the perceived bitterness and hop utilization of finished beer. Different mineral contents in water will impact different factors in beer.
You will need:
Usually a 6.5-to-7-gallon (24.6 to 26.5 L) food-grade plastic bucket with a tight fitting lid. The lid will have a small hole where the air lock will be inserted.
Racking cane and tubing
Clear or white plastic cane and tubing used for transferring the beer (racking) from one vessel to another and during bottling.
An open-topped plastic bucket used during bottling.
A device used to affix bottle caps to the filled bottles of beer.
Your homebrew shop can recommend various options.
You can purchase clean, new bottles from many homebrew stores. You can also reuse empty bottles and clean them yourself.
This is used to measure the specific gravity or density of the beer before and after fermentation.
Carboy and accessories
Plastic carboys are rated up to 140°F (60°C). For each carboy, you will want a stopper, a carboy brush for cleaning the vessel and possibly a handle or web harness.
The 6th Annual New York City Beer Week will bring together all 15 NYC craft breweries, nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 100 venues with more than 300 events, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants. The 10 day celebration will commence with the Opening Night Bash at the historic Vanderbilt Hall (Grand Central Station) on February 21st. On January 23, 2014, join the Brewers Guild for an exclusive Happy Hour for members of the press at Heartland Brewery (Empire State Building), where they will announce the craft beer line-up.
(Kent, WA) – Just in time for cooler autumn weather, Airways Brewing Company is releasing a tropical treat for craft beer lovers throughout the Puget Sound area. A long-time favorite in the Airways Tap Room, Maylani’s Coconut Stout will be now be available from October to April in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draught beginning Thursday, October 10.