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Archive for November, 2007

Here is the Gainesville, FL 2007/2008 Beer Bracket list of beers (by brewery). Remember, all beers had to be available for purchase in Gainesville, and each brewery could have no more than four participating beers. (more…)

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The Hop Shortage

If you spend much time reading blogs about beer, this probably isn’t the first time you heard this, but none-the-less: there’s a hop shortage and the hop shortage sucks – mostly. Why is there a hop shortage? Well, you’ll find more information from here. But suffice it to say, there had been a surplus of hops for the past several years, causing prices to plummet and farmers to rip up their hops in search of more profitable crops. The surplus is gone and now fewer farmers are growing hops. Larger interests (read beer’s equivalent of ‘The Man’) saw this coming and contracted their hop supplies. This leaves a very small supply for the rest of us, and that mostly sucks. (more…)

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Fetivals for the Rest of y’alls

Winter is usually a pretty rough time when it comes to beer festivals. So here are the events happening around the country that might be worth checking out. (more…)

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So Thanksgiving brought me and the family down to the Monterey Peninsula to visit my dad and the extended family (16 people around the Thanksgiving table was just the tip of the iceberg). After stuffing ourselves silly on Thursday, how about some traditional pub fare before hitting the road Friday? Don’t worry, the wife was driving afterwards. So how was it? (more…)

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Cost Plus World Market, local retailer of the Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, let me down today. Not a 6 pack of Pumpkin Ale in the whole store for our Thanksgiving celebration. So why am I thankful? Because Whole Foods almost made me cry. I turned the corner to their beer aisle and there it was, on top of a rather impressive beer-amid: Anchor Christmas Ale 2007 (one level below, Anderson Valley’s Winter Solstice, I’ll be back for you later). (more…)

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“October is the best month for sports.”

This happens every October. I’m lounging around, watching a game and enjoying some craft brews with my Gainesville drinking team when someone (okay, it’s usually me) declares this. Typically, we argue about this for a while, but usually end up in agreement.

October is the best month for sports. (more…)

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Stone 11th Anniversary

Every year, Stone Brewing blesses us with an Anniversary brew. it’s usually available at the beginning of September, but sometimes it takes a little while to travel to our local brew store. So what does Stone have for us in 2007? A Black IPA. Black India Pale Ale? Don’t ask me, but I can say one thing, it’s good, real good. (more…)

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