Someone Made Craft Beer Jelly Because That Is Clearly What Peanut Butter Has Been Missing

I can’t even… What do you say about something like this strange mixture of genius, insanity and terror? I kid. It doesn’t sound too bad, actually, even kind of intriguing. I just kind of wish I had this kind of creativity and ingenuity. #jealousy


Pabst Red Ribbon? PBR sold to Russia’s largest independent brewer

Okay, that’s… admittedly a pretty bad joke.  But that’s just how literally every news story about the sale of Pabst to a Russian brewing company is going to go.

I don’t care much for PBR. It’s… not good. But it is hugely popular. And cheap. It therefore has its place. Its place is usually after I’ve had several of something better. Or if I’m in Brooklyn.

Because Brooklyn.
Because Brooklyn.

The statement by the new owner, chairman of Oasis Beverages, is kind of hilarious in its own way, too: “Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand — it represents individualism, egalitarianism and freedom of expression — all the things that make this country great.”

We sold a quintessentially American brand that represents individualism and freedom of expression… to the Russians.

So, will this change your opinion of PBR? Will national pride keep you from purchasing a 30-rack of it for your next hipster cookout? Or will you cross borders with beer in the name of peace? Let me know in the comments.


Down the Gullet: Sept. 1-7

Another week, another sampling of beers here in Boston. Next weekend I’ll be in Brooklyn, NY, and hopefully I’ll get to try something new. Until then, here’s a rundown of what I had last week. The highlight was another trip to Hopsters to bottle our Gerry’s Par 5 Stout.

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A great French Farmhouse ale from Hopsters in Newton.

Yeah, I had the pomegranate saison again at Hopsters. It was that good.

Lagunitas makes a fantastic IPA, but you should know that by now.

Another solid offering from Sam Adams. Not my favorite, though if you’re into hoppy things, this one ain’t bad. Great name, though.

I guess that’s it for this week. And mostly it comes down to me pimping Hopsters again. Which, y’know, I’m fine with because it was awesome.

Back to Hopsters: Bottling Day

The second part of the Hopsters experience is going back after a couple weeks to bottle your beer that’s been fermenting in a keg since your brew session. The process is simple, and the helpful staff explained everything in detail and were very accommodating. Basically, you put the bottle in the first machine, pump in some CO2, then filling the bottle with beer, and then clamping on the cap. Easy as pie. Mmm… pie… Continue reading Back to Hopsters: Bottling Day