A College President Who Has the Spirit of Beer

January 19, 2012

This is my favorite posting on beer in a long time.

Darron Collins is the president of the College of the Atlantic, a school where studies are seen through the lens of human ecology. Apparently he understand the human ecology of beer. Read what he has to say about it here, including gems such as this one: “I, as any good beer-lover would have done in this situation, sat down on my barley sack, cleansed the pallet with a bite of pretzel, and reached for my glass.”


2009 National Organic Brewing Challenge

June 23, 2009

NOHC-tastingphoto-promoHeads up! It’s time to start thinking about what you want to brew if you plan to enter 7 Bridge’s third annual National Organic Brewing Challenge.

Each year 7 Bridges hosts this national beer contest for organic brewers. There are categories for homebrewers and professionals. In order to qualify, entries must be made with organic barley and hops.

2009 Contest Timeline
September 1 thru October 9 — entries are accepted.
Sunday October 18, 10am-5pm — judging takes place. Location TBA, but last year it was at the Santa Cruz, CA Gordon Biersch. Additional volunteers may be needed for judging so please check the website for details.

Last year’s prizes included an “organic brewing experience” at an east and west coast brewery, hundreds of dollars in organic brewing supplies and gift certificates, and loads of cool organic beer schwag. Visit the contest website for all the details.

Oh yeah, and 7B is running their annual summer sale from June 15-July 15 so keep your costs down on your summer suds by getting your order in soon!

Sunday October 18 from 10 am to 5 pm

Green Beer Coming From the Tap

March 13, 2009

ma09_coverThere’s green beer coming From the Tap. No, not green food-colored beer. And not from an actual beer tap. I’m referring to the article on ways to be a green beer activist in the current issue of the Brewers Association’s newsletter, From the Tap.

Here’s an excerpt from the intro to the article:

Brewers of every scope and size are implementing new systems, habits and programs to become more environmentally friendly. Here are just a few of the eco-friendly ideas that are currently sweeping the brewing communities. See how you can personally contribute!

Read the whole thing on the BeerTown website right here.

They also published an article from me on organic beer in the March/April 2009 issue of Zymurgy Magazine.

One Ballot, One Beer

November 4, 2008

Received this label for a homebrewed American wheat from reader Greg Siering today, one more to add to the swelling ranks of ale-lovers for Obama.


The Audacity of Hops

October 31, 2008

I wrote about the Kenyan “Obama Beer” right here back in February. But now we have a new one dedicated to our next president called “The Audacity of Hops.”

It’s brewed by a fellow right here in my own town of Washington, D.C., the future home of Barack Obama (placing my bets a little too soon? My god, I hope not), named Sam Chapple-Sokol who blogs at humblegourmand.com.

I’m an absolute sucker for puns, so naturally I love the title of this guy’s election homebrew. Check out his label and look closely at the ingredients and the ABV.

Omega Participants: Your Beer Has Arrived!

October 24, 2008

(This is an update for participants in the 2008 Fermenting Revolution course at the Omega Institute.)

Hi folks – your homebrews should have arrived by now. But I hope you haven’t drunk them yet! It would be best if you could let them settle for a few days in the fridge because the trip will have shaken them up quite a bit. You want to give the yeast a chance to settle. Then pop ’em open and enjoy! I’ve been drinking some samples at home the past week or so and been quite enjoying them.

Feel free to email me questions or feedback. Thanks again to all of you. I hope you enjoyed the course. By the way, if you did enjoy it, it would be great if you could tell Omega that. This was their first time hosting the course and I’d certainly love to do it again so feedback from participants would be helpful.

All the best in all your sustainable beer brewing and drinking endeavors. Cheers!

Omega Octoberfest: First Taste

October 3, 2008
Omega Octoberfest

Omega Octoberfest

(This is an update for the participants in the 2008 Fermenting Revolution course at the Omega Institute.)

Our Octoberfest has been in the bottles a week now, so I popped one open to have a taste and guess what: it tastes like . . . wait for it, wait for it . . . an Octoberfest!

It is still a bit young though. The body needs to firm up a little and the appearance could stand to clarify a bit. I think the honey we added may have thinned the body slightly since honey boosts the alcohol level without adding malt character. But given that we used a California style ale yeast for a lager style beer, I think we still managed to achieve the crispness of an Octoberfest.

I’m travelling all next week, so I’m going to have to figure out whether I can get these in the mail to you next week or whether it’ll have to wait an extra week. In either case, this beer deserves another week in the bottle so even if I get it off to you this week, you should let it condition at least until the end of the week. Keep checking back here for updates to find out when this glorious amber liquid will be shipping out for your mailbox.