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Brew Year’s Eve

Today everybody should grab a beer and toast to the beginning of the end of The Great Experiment. Beer was legal during Prohibition but only what was called “near beer” which means it’s alcohol content was .05%. On this day 78 years ago the Volstead Act was changed to allow the sale and production of 3.2% beer. While that still seems low by today’s standards, at that time was a huge victory and within 8 months helped lead to the repeal of Prohibition. So tonight grab a beer and toast the end of “near beer”. If you are interested in a little more info about this day click here.



Coffee Pot Beer

Supposedly one could make beer using their coffee pot. I’m not sure I’m willing to try it but if any of you try it post below and let me know how it is.


First Contact

No I don’t mean aliens or Star Trek. The other night I was checking my email and came across one from Granite City Brewery. They emailed me with a promotional video and wanted me to post it to on here to get the word out about them bottling beers. At first I didn’t know what to think. I was torn between shock that someone wanted me to do something with my blog for their brewery and sadness because it was Granite City. I’ve been to the one in KC and to be honest I wasn’t impressed. To top off my visit one of the employees even agreed that the beers were not that good. But you know I’ll let all that slide and post the video. Only because it was the first contact I had with another brewery asking to get the word out. Here you go.



Brewmasters Cancelled

You read that correctly. Brewmasters is gone. Why? Because AB threatened to pull their ads if Discovery didn’t cancel the show. Buy out a craft brewery and cancel a show about craft beer in the same week? Well looks like AB is digging an even bigger grave for themselves. So if you have your DVRs set you won’t be seeing a new Brewmasters showing up ever again. Maybe it could be turned into a web based show. Any takers on that?

UPDATE: Here’s a news article from Delaware Online with Sam Calagione’s take on what happened. Good news out of this at least the 6th episode will air. So my previous statement about your DVRs is false and you will hopefully sometime this summer get the final episode. It also appears that Anthony Bourdain is the man responsible for some of the talk about the big beer threat of pulling ads. Sam chose not to comment on that so there may be some small grain of truth to it but I guess we’ll never really know.


New Kansas Breweries!

For those of you that have been following me for a while might recall my Kansas breweries post last fall. If not here’s a link. Apparently there are a few more beginning to pop up. They don’t all have their doors open yet but soon. They are Crazy Eye Brewing in Hiawatha, BarnYard Beer in Lawrence, and Wichita Brewing Company and Pizzaria in Wichita.

This is awesome news! I love to see new breweries springing up in Kansas. Good luck to these new breweries and I hope to get to sample your beers soon.