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Nutritional Info For Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 30, 2008

Boston Beer/Samuel Adams  Octoberfest Beer    12 oz   18.72  carbs  180  calories    05.40 abv 

COMING THIS FALL:                                  Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?     Boston Beer's Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer

                              Nutritional Values of Over 1,500 Worldwide Beers

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SABMiller (MillerCoors) Eyes Foster’s

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 30, 2008

Speculation grew today (26 September) that Foster’s could be broken up, following a strategic review of its troubled wine business.   

One industry source told just-drinks today that a de-merger of Foster’s’ beer and wine divisions looked likely. “They pretty much hoisted the ‘for sale’ flag over the business by announcing a strategic review [of the wine business].”

The source said that there would be “a large number of people in the industry” interested in the Foster’s beer division.

Heineken and SABMiller have been touted as potential suitors. SAB declined to comment to just-drinks today, while a Heineken spokesperson was unavailable.

My money’s on SAB.

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BELGIUM: InBev Shareholders Back Anheuser-Busch Buyout

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 30, 2008

Bloggers keep on reporting that the InBev/A-B has been finalized. It hasn’t, although there’s no doubt it will happen. Here’s what’s going on so far.

Shareholders voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of the deal at an extraodrinary general meeting this morning (29 September), InBev said.

Inbev shareholders also approved the name Anheuser-Busch InBev as the new brewing giant’s title. A-B CEO August Busch IV was also cleared to become a director of the new company.

Busch was in-line to receive a lump sum of $10.3m, as well as a fee of around $120,000 per month until the end of 2013, according to a stock market filing by A-B in August.

InBev re-iterated today that it expected to complete the takeover by the end of the year. It said last week that financial market turmoil had not jeopardised its financing of the deal.

A-B will hold its own shareholder vote on 3 October.

More at just-drinks

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Nutritional Info For Knappstein Reserve Lager (AU)

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 29, 2008

Knappstein Reserve Lager     12 oz         15.27 carbs       174 calories      05.60 abv   

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‘Insensitive’ Beer Ad Featuring Barbecued Stag Scrapped

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 29, 2008

Lion Nathan has been forced to scrap a series of TV commercials to launch a “green” beer after it emerged that a deer had been killed so it could be filmed on a barbecue for final scenes in the ads. After an internal investigation the brewery company found that its production company, Goodoil, had failed to “source the deer appropriately”, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Ironically, a stag is the brand logo of Lion’s bestselling beer, Toohey’s New. The production crew filming in the South Island two weeks ago decided it would be easier and cheaper to select a beast for slaughter at a local deer farm, rather than commission a model or a computer-generated image.

“Lion Nathan is absolutely committed to the ethical treatment of animals, and despite the considerable costs involved in making the advertisement, we don’t intend to air it.” it said in a statement.

Now pass me another beer.

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Nutritional Info For Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 26, 2008

 Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale

Harvest  Ale            12 oz         19.30 carbs              215  calories     06.70  abv          

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What I Am I; Chopped Liver?

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 24, 2008

I just read an article over at the CYuppie Scumhicago Reader Blog  about “…the first of a series of beer dinners produced by craft beer distributor Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. to celebrate the creation of the Glunz Beer Culinary Council, a panel of beer and food experts dedicated to pairing beer with fine foods as well as using beer as a culinary ingredient.” The article goes on to mention a bunch of people I’ve never heard (“Beer Experts”) who are involved in this “Culinary Council” and I have to ask;

Who the fuck do you have to kill (rhetorical folks, so don’t get all bent out of shape)

to get some recognition for writing about beer in Chicago, making appearances on WTTW, contributing to Channel 11’s recent book and paired TV program about ethnic food in Chicago, organizing focus groups for Pabst beer distributors in the Chicagoland area, making more appearances in the last 10 years than anyone else I can think of, talking about beer and food at the Culinary Historians of Chicago, working with the Smithsonian and their traveling exhibit, “Key Ingredients,” speaking at the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society, more Chicagoland historical societies and libraries than I can count on ten hands, appearing on ABC’s “The View” and putting up with that blowhard Joy Behar, stopping by ESPN2 and making multiple appearances on the Fox New Channel and then babbling on and on about beer on radio stations throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe, chewing the fat locally with Milt Rosenberg on WGN-Radio, being interviewed by Forbes and CNN, heading off this weekend to film and interview folks like Goose Island’s Greg Hall who’s involved in the Chicago Gourmet celebration, writing for the Good Eating section of the Chicago Tribune and Draft Magazine, being a monthly contributor for the now defunct Low-Carb Cooking, writing a book titled “Beer & Food: An American History,” and now working on a book about the history of beer for a London publishing house…and so, so, so much more?

Honest to God. It must not be who you know in Chicago, but who you blow (and on the North Side no less. God forbid anything happening on the South Side of Chicago where we all walk and drag our knuckles on the sidewalks at the same time. 

Absolute horseshit.

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Bob Skilnik Opines On Cool Weather Beers And Cooking

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 24, 2008

Nice little article from the Daily Herald newspaper about enjoying An American History
cool weather beers with food and in food.

While the growth in the craft beer industry has renewed interest in cooking with beer and pairing beer with food, Bob Skilnik reminds us that everything old is new again. In his 2007 book, “Beer & Food: An American History” (Jefferson Press), the Plainfield resident shares recipes dating back to the early 1800s that incorporated ales in soups and cookies.

Skilnik’s advice:

 “Know the beer. If you like it, give it a try in a recipe.”        

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Beer Text Books (Wholesale) For Your Next Semester Classes

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 23, 2008

Reason #101 why I’m setting up my own publishing house. Barricade Books, publishers of my book, Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago, has gone bankrupt. I have purchased the remainder of their inventory of NEW, hardcover books of this wonderful work. 

These footnoted and well-researched books are available for wholesale purchases for your next class about Chicago history or some enterprising book store owner who wants to beat Amazon’s low price and still make a good handful of change.

Contact me at  bob@beerinfood.com

A History of Brewing in Chicago by Bob Skilnik

Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago by Bob Skilnik

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Meet Goose Island’s Greg Hall At Chicago Gourmet-A Celeration Of Food & Wine (A Little Beer, Too!)

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 20, 2008

Chicago Gourmet, September 26-28, 2008

I’ve been invited to attend the Chicago Gourmet Event at Millenium Park next weekend, September 26-28, 2008 and I’m passing along a link and some more info about what looks to be a great celebration of food and drink in Chicago. Despite what a lot of people envision (read: the West and East Coasts food critics and press), the Chicagoland area food and drink scenes are more than slices of Velveeta and Wonder Bread with quarts of Miller Lite poured into Mason Jars. The Chicago Gourmet event will be ready to prove this misconception wrong.

Just A Smattering Of Highlights

* Opening Friday Night Reception, held on the rooftop of the Harris Theater and featuring luxurious wines from Terlato Wines International and signature dishes from acclaimed international chefs from nine of Chicago’s sister cities

* Numerous tastings and seminars on Saturday, including a Grand Cru 50 of the finest wines in the world as selected by Master Sommeliers Frederick Dame, Chicago’s Alpana Singh, Joseph Spellman and Serafin Alvarado. During these exclusive 90-minute events on the Rooftop Terrace of the Harris Theater, the Master Sommeliers will be on hand to present and discuss their selections.

Another Saturday seminar will include Goose Island’s Greg Hall leading an hour devoted to Pairing Fine Cheese With Craft Beer (I can’t miss this) and numerous Wine Seminars.

* More Sunday seminars consisting of cooking demonstrations and more wine info, inluding WTTW’s Master Sommelier Alpana Singh working her way through New Zealand Pinot Noirs and much, much more.

If you’re a Chicagoland food groupie, chefs such as Rick Bayless from Frontra Grill/Topolobampo, Spiaggia’s Tony Mantuana, Paul Batolotta from BARTOLOTTA Ristornate di Mare and at least a dozen more celeb chefs and sommeliers will be there. Don’t forget to meet Bridget Albert, “Master Mixologist” for Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois and find out how you can add that illustrious title to your name too!

Event tickets and discounted packages can be purchased online at http://www.chicagogourmet.org/default.asp or call 866.840.8822.

A special online promotion of 10% off is available with the promotional code: CG2008TEN.  If you or your readers are interested in the latest in gourmet cooking and dining, this is the event to be at.

Ticket Information

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(VIDEO) A-B Rolls Out New Craft-Styled Beers

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 15, 2008

Anheuser-Busch has a new mission, so it seems; give beer drinkers more choice. One way they’re doing this has been by extending their Michelob brand, a logical place to work from.  Although you’d probably never know it, A-B has been “stealth-brewing” some great beers under the Michelob label since the 1990s, including an Amber Bock, Honey Lager, Pale Ale, Marzen (sic) and a Pumpkin Spice.

As a sidebar, last week I noticed A-B’s Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale on the shelves. Wow! End of August and a pumpkin beer is already making the rounds, which indicates to me that pumpkin beers are long past being a novelty brew, but instead are truly being profiled as beers to be expected as an annual addition, albeit only available for a short time.

I call these Michelob beers listed above “stealth beers” because I personally think that A-B has ignored the Michelob line for way too long. With its origins going back to 1896, the flagship Michelob is foaming with heritage, a theme A-B likes to use, but for quite some time now, the beer has lost its way. From a non-pasteurized, draft only beer, Michelob became a pasteurized beer in the early 1960s—not losing its traditional rich and slightly sweet taste characteristics—and eventually made its way into the distinctive and award-winning tear drop-shaped beer, topped with a swath of golden leaf foil. Cans soon followed.

When you walked into a bar and saw that bottle back in the early 1970s, you knew that someone was enjoying a Michelob pilsner, and that distinctive shape and cumbersome foil often triggered a Pavlov-like response in me; I would order a Mich, preferably on tap, but hey, bottled was just as good a choice.

The brand, however, was ignored in the later years (I blame the advertising dollars shoveled into Bud Light), first becoming an adjunct beer and then bottled in the common 12-ounce bottle—like so many other beers. The flagship Michelob pilsner lost its panache, its distinctiveness. It became, “just another beer.”

Surprisingly, while A-B today rekindles the aura of quality and prestige that Michelob once had with today’s expanding selection of new and exciting brand extensions, they’re still treating their flagship Michelob pilsner with little fanfare, especially odd since it’s once again being brewed as an all-malt product and has been repackaged in a slimmer version of the old and squattier tear drop bottle. This has been going on since early 2007—but did you know this? I didn’t.

But last night, while watching Governor Sarah Palin do her thing at the Republican National Convention, I sort of glanced up at a beer commercial and mostly ignored it. I was 99.99% sure it was just another commercial from Jim Koch and his Boston Beer Company…you know the one, young brewers, hand-held camera shots, OSHA-approved wraparound protective glasses on everyone. I was waiting for the familiar part where Koch grabs a handful of hop cones and rubs them before taking a whiff, and all of a sudden I realized—Hey! This was a Michelob commercial!!

Well thank the beer god Gambrinus. Scores of millions of advertising dollars are annually plowed into the Bud Light account, are keeping the lilly pads of those charming frogs so green, and have inspired way too many people to run around exclaiming “D-u-d-e!” It’s so refreshing to finally see A-B throw some schekels towards the Long Tail of their product line. Please, St. Louis, keep it up. it makes no sense to bring out these kinds of great beers and then let them whither on the vine. While you’re on a roll, how about pumping up your all-malt Michelob pilsner a bit? This is a proud beer with s-o-o much history and a proud heritage behind it; let’s not forget it in a rush to promote new brands when an old favorite could use some bucks and a chance to let beer drinkers know that it’s back.

Why the sudden change in attitude? I just found out that A-B has recently spun off the Michelob portfolio as a separate company. In other words, the suits are now letting the “kids” play with this new toy, and hopefully they’ll let them get a little crazy with their brewing toys. I’m all for it!
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OK. What you’ll see in the video are two Michelob extensions—a Dunkel Weisse and a Pale Ale. I’m guessing that the Pale Ale is a re-release since it’s been on the Michelob website for a while. Both beers are good-tasting brews. The Dunkel is described as an unfiltered wheat ale with a “light finish that’s characteristic of dark weissbier.”

I’ll say this; when I lived in West Germany for almost 4 years as a translator, all German wheat beers were highly-carbonated, low alcohol brews, and served in giant-sized 1 liter clear glasses. And despite the nonsense I read all the time on U.S. beer sites that lemon served with wheat beer is an American practice, it’s NOT. For 4 years, my wheat beers were ALWAYS served to me with a slice of lemon. This “no lemon slice” story is just one more of those beer urban legends that some “expert” started years ago and that every beer lemming “expert” and beer writer continues to repeat.

But I digress.

The Michelob Pale Ale I enjoyed was also tasty, an orange-hued brew, dry-hopped with Cascasde hops, which does contradict the true style of an English Ale. But since I like the citrusy, pine-like, even grapefruit-like nose of Cascade hops, I’ll let this style contradiction slide by. Hey…it’s all about the beer.
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And finally, I take a look at the Budweiser American Ale in the video. If you watch the video, you’ll hear the A-B  explanation of why this beer became an extension of the Budweiser label, and not the Michelob brand. Before I forget, all of these beers will be priced at the lower end of the craft beer pricing spectrum. In my stomping grounds in the Chicagoland area, this probably means around $5.99-$6.99 or so per six-pack with aggressive discounting when neccesary. It also means widespread distribution.

Of the 3 beers, the Budweiser American Ale is my overall favorite. I’d really like to try this on tap, and better yet, on a nitrogen line for added creaminess. Although I was originally told that the Budweiser American Ale would be coming out in October, it’s now being reported that it will preview in kegs nationally on September 15 and joined by the bottled version on September 29. Looks like I’ll get my chance for a draft beer sooner than I thought!     

If you want to see the original briefing I had on the Budweiser American Ale, check out this video I made while enjoying the hospitality extended to some of us beer writers at the corporate tasting room in St. Louis a few months ago.                                                                                                         

Budweiser American Ale

Budweiser American Ale

Eric Beck, brand manager for this beer, also provided me with this additional nutritional info for this all-malt, dry-hopped beer;

” ~177 calories and ~16.5 g carbs…abv will be 5.3%.  I don’t really consider this nutritional but….IBU’s will be in the 28-30 range and color will be in the low 20’s (probably 22-24 lovibond).”

More from Biz Journal-Milwaukee on the release of Budweiser American Ale 

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Michelob To Get The A-B Royal Treatment

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 13, 2008

Michelo Sampler

Michelob Sampler

 

Just a few days ago, I was bemoaning what might happen if Anheuser-Busch didn’t get fully behind their Michelob brand and its growing line extensions.

“The brand, however, was ignored in the later years (I blame the advertising dollars shoveled into Bud Light), first becoming an adjunct beer and then bottled in the common 12-ounce bottle—like so many other beers. The flagship Michelob pilsner lost its panache, its distinctiveness. It became, ‘just another beer,'” I complained.

Well, lo and behold!

“Michelob Brewing Co., a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, said Monday that it would kick off an advertising campaign, offer some seasonal varieties year-round, and bring some other A-B beers under the Michelob nameplate and give them all consistent, new packaging.

The campaign includes national print, television, radio and online advertisements, as well as an updated Web site,” reports the Jacksonville Business Journal, and includes giving the brewers “even more autonomy and creative license to its skilled brewmasters to brew their interpretations of classic styles.”

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NEVER FORGET

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 11, 2008

A Terrible Day. Never Forget...

A Terrible Day. Never Forget...

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Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 11, 2008

Bob Skilnik

Bob Skilnik

COMING SPRING, 2009!

Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?
Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

 

— Bob Skilnik —

aka, The Low-Carb Bartender

 

Pick up a candy bar, a bag of potato chips, or even your kid’s favorite sugar-coated breakfast cereal and you can refer to a Nutrition Facts label that gives you the kind of nutritional information that you, the consumer, deserves to know.
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But pick up a bottle of your favorite beer, and unless it’s a low-calorie or low-carbohydrate brew with a federally-required Nutrition Facts label emblazoned on it, you have no idea what, if any, nutritional components are in your favorite stout, porter, bock, wheat beer or even a simple American-style pilsner beer.

 

But no longer. Whether you’re counting calories, carbs or even Weight Watchers® Points®, here’s the nutritional information for over 1,800 worldwide beers that you can enjoy in moderation!

Moderation, not deprivation
Also by Bob Skilnik

 

The Low-Carb Bartender:
Carb Counts For Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks And More

 

The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet:
A Low-Carbohydrate Approach

 

101 Ways To Cut Fats And Carbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Columbus, Ohio Brewery Issues First T-Shirt Recall in The Nation

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 10, 2008

"Wine, wine, wine!!!"Finally, a brewer who’s putting his money where his mouth is.
Dick, you’re da Man!    

Elevator Brewing Company Owner Will Replace Historically Inaccurate Ben Franklin T-Shirts

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 10 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Trying to squelch a beery urban legend that has been misquoted by historians and beer enthusiasts since the early days of Repeal, Dick Stevens, owner of the Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus has decided to belly-up to the bar, so to speak, and replace t-shirts sold at the award-winning brewery and eatery that incorrectly attributes Benjamin Franklin to a much quoted phrase that the Founding Father never uttered. Beer-themed web sites, brewing organizations and even “beer writers” are fond of quoting Franklin and his supposed love of beer – “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

 

But after recently hearing a lecture by Chicago-based brewing historian, Bob Skilnik, that convincingly asserts that Franklin was writing about rain, its nourishment of grapes, and ultimately, its conversion into wine, Stevens decided to do his part in correcting this historical inaccuracy.

“We do everything we can to serve up the best tasting beers at the Elevator,” says Stevens, “always striving to brew them true to style. To then sell or give away t-shirts that quote a historical untruth is simply not our style. I hope that we can set the record straight about this little white lie that has been repeated for years. I have no doubt that ole Ben enjoyed a tankard or two of beer with friends and associates, but this beer quote, while well-meaning, is inaccurate.”

He adds, “To all our customers who have purchased the erroneously quoted Ben Franklin t-shirts, we do apologize and ask that they return the t-shirts to the Elevator where we will immediately exchange it for a new t-shirt, free of charge. Let me emphasize that this recall will entail absolutely no cost to our loyal customers, and help them save face.”

MORE INFO HERE

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Who Cut The Cheese?

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 10, 2008

When I wrote Beer & Food: An American History, it was scribed with a bit of nationalistic pride behind it. I,

Who Cut The Cheese?

Who Cut The Cheese?

for one, am tired of reading about sour Belgian beers brewed in “quaint” farm barns, the brewers careful not to disturb the cob webs that hang from the barn’s rafters. I like American beers and think that our brewers can duplicate and even supercede the stuff coming over from overseas.

Me? I’m a guy who wants a little assurance in my food and drink, hopefully that a beer—and maybe a nice cheese to pair with it—won’t have me spending the next day on the shitter or in a hospital being pumped full of antibiotics and saline solution. While I’ll admit that we here in the U.S. have problems with e coli recalls on beef and various other problems of food contamination, I’ll bet the bureaucratic FDA up against any foreign entity that’s supposed to do the same thing.

Remember back in 1985 when wine distributors in Austria were  adulterating their wines with diethylene glycol? Earlier this year, the Italian weekly L’Espresso said that Italy produced and sold at least 70 million litres of cheap wine containing acid, manure and fertiliser, largely blaming organised crime in the south.

It said bottles sold at less than two euros (around three dollars) a litre contained very little wine, and a potentially deadly concoction of water and chemical substances, including hydrochloric acid.

Reports have emerged over the last seven days alleging that a number of arrests have been made in the country related to the production and sale of cheeses that had been mixed with out of date or even rotten products. And while this scandal has been known since July, “…an immediate request was made in July for information to be referred to the food safety and nutrition authorities to withdraw any potentially harmful products from circulation as soon as possible,…the information was still unavailable a month later.”

To make matters worse, Italy has also decided to ignore an EU ban on the country’s exportation of mozzarella cheese. Dairy Reporter notes that “Italian authorities have moved to play down the danger, which has been linked by the Commission to waste disposal problems in the Campania region believed responsible for the contamination of milk used in the cheese.

However, the country’s authorities were given until yesterday evening by the Commission to provide further information on the extent of the outbreak, including information on tainted shipments and any destroyed cheese samples, or face a potential ban on the product.”

So let me extend this theme of enjoying U.S. made beers and enjoying them with U.S. made cheeses.

Learn about American cheeses…

Better yet, stop by Leeners, owned by Jim Leverentz, a real nice guy who I met at the Ohio Beer Fest a few months ago—and a fellow beer enthusiast—and pick up one of his cheese kits. The next time someone asks, “Who cut the cheese?” you can proudly say, “I did!”

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Flying Dog GonzoFest—September 13!!

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 2, 2008

Flying Dog Brewery’s Gonzofest
Flying Dog Brewery’s Gonzofest

 

FLYING DOGBREWERY HOSTS ANNUAL THROWDOWN WITH BEER, MUSIC AND PURPOSEFUL, PROVOCATIVE IRREVERANCE

 

GonzoFest joins forces with Hard Times Café Chili Cook-Off on September 13

 

Frederick, MD – August 19, 2008 – Flying Dog Brewery announces GonzoFest 2008 to occur on September 13 at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The annual throwdown will feature live music and host the Hard Times Café Chili Cook-Off for the Maryland State Chili Cook-Off Championship. 

In addition to the eclectic sounds of four different bands and the taste of competition caliber chili, attendees can enjoy a variety of Flying Dog beer and tours of the Flying Dog brewery.

A complementary souvenir mug and beer samples are included in the price of admission. 

“GonzoFest is really a representation of Flying Dog’s core values which are “purposeful, provocative irreverence,” explains Neal Stewart, director of marketing for Flying Dog.”  This year’s event will definitely be provocatively irreverent with tons of live music and samples of our award-winning beers. But it will also be purposeful with a portion of the proceeds going to the Heartly House which serves Frederick County residents who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.”

Admission to GonzoFest is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.flyingdogales.com or call 301-694-7899.

 

About Flying Dog

Flying Dog is Denver’s largest brewery and the second largest craft brewery in the state of Colorado. Their award-winning “litter of ales” are available in 45 states. The Brewery is located at 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., just off English Muffin Way and MD Hwy 85.  Flying Dog’s core values of “purposeful, provocative and irreverent” flow through the veins of the brewery’s founding owners, George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre.  George and Richard were friends with the “Gonzo Journalist,” Hunter S. Thompson who coined the brand’s tagline “Good People Drink Good Beer” and with the “Gonzo Artist,” Ralph Steadman, who illustrates the brand’s packaging.  For more information, log on to www.flyingdogales.com.

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Contact:  Neal Stewart, Director of Marketing

Flying Dog Brewery

                720.272.8325

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Narcocorridos Beer

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 1, 2008

"We Don't Need No Stinking Badges!"From the Chicago Sun-Times:

“GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A new beer named after the ‘‘patron saint’’ of drug traffickers is brewing up controversy in Mexico, where the government is locked in a bloody battle against drug gangs.

Malverde Beer is named after Jesus Malverde, a Robin Hood-style figure who is revered by drug smugglers in the western Mexico state of Sinaloa. It debuted in April and has been spreading to bars around western Mexico. Minerva Brewery plans to sell it in the United States, too.”

Much More Here

More From The AP

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