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Barrel Aged Woodchuck Spitter Splinter Cider Joins Limb Series

Woodchuck Spitter Splinter

The next offering in Woodchuck Cider’s Out on a Limb Series is Spitter Splinter, a barrel aged cider.

“Spitter” refers to European bittersweet apples used in this release, known for their tart and acidic nature. The fermented juice is aged in bourbon barrels, giving the cider vanilla and oaky notes.

The Out on a Limb Series is a rotating selection of one-off, experimental ciders. The packaging stays the same, but the ciders change every 45-60 days.

Style: Ciders (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Limited release.
Arrival: December, 2014

5.5% ABV

Posted in Beer News, Spencer Brewery

Spencer Trappist Brewery Launches in Georgia

Spencer Trappist Ale

America’s only Trappist brewery is now in the state of Georgia. Massachusett’s based Spencer Trappist has signed a new distribution deal with Atlanta Beverage and Eagle Rock to bring their (currently one offering) to the state.

Of the 180 Trappist monasteries in the world, only 9 are also breweries. Those 9 are Chimay, Rochefort, Orval, Achel, Westmalle, Westvleteren, Koningshoeven, Stift Engelzell, and now Spencer. The International Trappist Organization recognizes these breweries as Trappist, and each carry the Trappist logo on their bottles. None are in the United States. Until now.

The Saint Joseph Abbey added the brewery, under the advisement of Chimay.

Spencer has just one offering right now, Spencer Trappist Ale, a Belgian-style pale ale, packaged in 11.2oz bottles.

The offering is now available in the state of Georgia, as of the first week of December. Georgia is the brewery’s 7th state of distribution.

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Drink Up. It’s Repeal Day. Celebrate 81 Years of Booze [PICS]

Prohibition 1

December 5 is Repeal Day. Today of all days is one you crack open a beer.  81 years ago, you’d be in trouble.

There are plenty of sites and books out there that tell you the story of Prohibition (AKA the Dark Times)  but seeing as 5 pm is just a few hours away here’s a run down so you can look like the smarty pants drinker you are:

  • Prohibition lasted 13 years.  13 LONG YEARS
  • 1830’s: Rise of the Temperance movement (Push for no alcohol)
  • 1855 – 13 states have banned alcohol
  • 1869 – National Prohibition Party is formed (A political party, like Republican or Democrat)
  • 1890 – First Prohibition Party Member Elected To The House
  • 1893 – Anti Saloon League Formed. An anti alcohol superpower. Bigger than Women’s Temperance, and Prohibition Party.  Lobbied all levels of gov’t against beer, wine, spirits. (Buzzkills)
  • 1917 – Volstead Act aka The National Prohibition Act. Cleared the way for 18th Amendment.

The Volstead Act states – (And try not to cry):
An Act to prohibit intoxicating beverages, and to regulate the manufacture, production, use, and sale of high-proof spirits for other than beverage purposes, and to ensure an ample supply of alcohol and promote its use in scientific research and in the development of fuel, dye, and other lawful industries

The act did everything but specifically prohibit the USE of intoxicating liquors. In this case – HIGHER than .5% ABV.  Liquor production fell into the hands of gangs and criminal organizations – the likes of people like Al Capone. What did the groups think alcohol in the hands of the citizens of the United States would do? 

The emphasis on alcoholic drink stemmed not so much from a moral opposition to liquor as from a pragmatic one. Alcohol abuse, said the Prohibitionists, led to chronic illness, job loss, spouse and child abuse, and impoverishment. The best way to reduce social ills, they maintained, was to eliminate alcoholic consumption.

  • 1919 – Volstead Act passes. No more alcohol. (Goodbye beer)

Near beer – aka non alcoholic beer could be made during prohibition: Pablo by Pabst, Famo by Schlitz, Vivo by Miller, Lux-O by Stroh and Bevo by Anheuser-Busch.

  • 1932 – Herbert Hoover in a Republican Party presidential acceptance speech, calls for the end of Prohibition
  • March 23, 1933  FDR signs Cullen-Harrison Act. Some alcohol legal.
  • April 7th, Cullen-Harrison Act 4% beer re-legalized.  Within 24 hours,  1.5 million barrels of 3.2% beer was sold.
  • December 5, 1933 – Prohibition officially repealed

The beer industry suffered tremendously after prohibition. there were over 1,700 breweries in the US, before and by 1934 under 750.  Sales didn’t rebound to pre-prohibition sales until the mid-1970’s.   [History, PBS]

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Great Divide Orabelle Planned for Cans

Great Divide Orabelle Cans

A bit more on the Great Divide Brewing can front. The future can lineup in 2015 will feature (at various times) Titan IPA, Hibernation Ale, Colette, and now Orabelle.

Great Divide Orabelle is a seasonal Belgian-style tripel, released in draft and 12oz bottles.

ORABELLE is brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye.  This Belgian-Style Tripel is a golden beauty.  Its two yeast strains, orange peel and dash of coriander impart surprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale. Don’t let Orabelle’s demure nature fool you; this is one flavorful pour.  Watch out, she’s a charmer – one sip and you’ll be in love.

Great Divide Orabelle typically arrives in January, but the canning line won’t be producing until closer to summer, 2015. The brewery will outline the can lineup closer to production.

Style: Belgian-style Tripel
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release. 12oz cans (Planned)
Arrival: TBA

8.3% ABV

Posted in Beer News, Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts Koko Buni & More Planned For Cans

Creature Comfort Cans

Creature Comforts (Athens, GA) launched two can offerings this month – Tropicalia and Athena. Both can offerings have been quite well received. The brewery has already ordered more tanks to double their annual capacity, just to keep up with can production.

So what’s next?

The brewery is going to increase production of Athena and Tropicalia in hopes to satisfy demand of their hometown of Athens and supply Atlanta, Georgia.

Soon after, Creature Comforts will expand the can lineup to include Bibo Pilsner, and Reclaimed Rye.

Then, in fall 2015, look for Koko Buni (a coconut coffee porter) in 12oz cans as a seasonal.

Read more: Canned Craft Beer

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Japanese Brewer Kirin Debuts Thinner Bottle

Kirin Logo

Kirin Brewing Co. has debuted a new bottle, that is just 13.4 ounces in weight. That’s around 20% lighter than the bottle the brewery was previously using.

The new bottle holds 16.9 ounces (same as before) but is 1.5 millimeters slimmer, and is coated with ceramic to protect from impact.

Overall a case of 20 bottles weights almost 4 pounds less than before. That could reduce carbon emissions from shipping by nearly 1000 tons annually.

The bottles will gradually replace the current inventory of Kirin beer over the next few months/years.


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Drunk Teacher Pees Himself In Front of Kids

Oh Really Meme

Parents of Southington High School (Southington, CT) are miffed after the schools superintendent sent a letter home about a recent “incident.”

A school Spanish teacher came into school intoxicated (during 1st and 2nd period) and ultimately soiled himself in front on students. The students taped the incident, especially the part where he pinned a student up against a wall, EAGNews reports.

School officials led the teacher of the school in handcuffs, but did not contact the police. Apparently contacting law enforcement was not part of the protocol.

(My Spanish teacher was constantly sober, judging by how little I was able to get away with.)