Monthly Archives: September 2012

Add Beer-Nerd Flair to Your Home or Office with Vintage-Bottle Lamps

Vintage Beer Bottle Table Lamp

Are you a beer nerd seeking stylish lighting options for your home or office? Look no further than Peared Creation’s awesome lamps made of vintage beer bottles.

The company offers a ton of different lamp styles, including desk or table lamps, stand-up lamps and outdoor lamps. And all of them are made of unique and stylish combinations of gas-pipe, vintage beer bottles and funky on/off hand cranks.

You can also pick your own vintage beer bottle based on its U.S. state of origin, though Peared Creations only offers bottles from a handful of states.

Vintage Beer Bottle Table Lamp

Pricing varies widely based on the type of lamp, but you can get a vintage-bottle outdoor sconce lamp for just $85, plus shipping, and a desk lamp for as little as $95.00.

Visit Etsy.com for a look at some of the lamps or make your own at PearedCreation.com.

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New Brew from Maine Beer Company: King Titus Porter

Maine Beer Company King Titus Porter

Maine Beer Company said on Twitter earlier this week that its brand new beer, King Titus Porter, will be shipping soon.

From @MaineBeerCo:

“[A] new beer. King Titus. Named after an amazing gorilla. bold porter. Going to distributors in another week or so. pic.twitter.com/ahbihtwA”

I’m a big fan of Maine Beer—read why here—so I’m anxious to get my mitts on this new porter. It’s not yet listed on the company’s website, so the only details on King Titus Porter that are available right now are what you see above.

Maine Beer Company’s brews are currently available in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York City, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Read more about Maine Beer Company on the brewer’s website.

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Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA (Review)

Maine Beer Company's Lunch IPA

“Do what’s right.”

That’s Maine Beer Company‘s motto. It is printed on all of its bottles. And the company is following its own advice, doing what’s right for the New England craft beer scene by brewing some very special beers, including its Lunch India Pale Ale.

Maine Beer Company says Lunch is “our ‘east coast’ version of a West Coast-style IPA.” And I can say without any doubt that Lunch is one of the best east coast IPAs I’ve ever had, and it can hold its own with some of the best West Coast IPAs, too.

Whenever I drink any of Maine Beer’s ales, I’m struck by just how crisp and clean they are. They’re also always extremely fresh, but that probably has to do with the fact that the company’s beers are also always in high demand in and around Boston, so they never sit on store shelves for very long.

Lunch IPA is probably Maine Beer’s most sought-after ale. It’s extremely difficult to find, and many of the liquor stores I frequent never even put it on their shelves; the shops keep Lunch behind the counter or in their storerooms for local beer nerds like myself who will appreciate it.

I slowly poured my Lunch IPA into a medium-size Maine Beer Company goblet, and it gradually formed a nice, frothy head, which didn’t dissipate much before I finished the beer. The color is orange/beige. It’s extremely flavorful, and you immediately taste citrus, mild pine and, of course, lots of fresh hops. Lunch is brewed with Warrior, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops.

Lunch IPA comes in a 1 pint, 9 FL. OZ. bottle. It has a 7.0% ABV. I paid $8 for my bottle. Maine Beer Company brews are currently available in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York City, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Put quite simply, I love Lunch IPA. Lunch is so good that I forgive Maine Beer Company for ditching its beautiful paper labels for cheap-looking plastic ones—though I’m still not happy about it; Maine Beer’s old labels were awesome and unique.  Maine Beer Company’s Lunch IPA gets a 9 out of 10 on the Urban Beer Nerd scale. (It has 95/100 score on BeerAdvocate.com based on 266 user ratings.)

Check out the video below for more information about Maine Beer Company.

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Brooklyn Brewery’s The Defender IPA, Official Beer of New York Comic Con

Brooklyn Brewery's The Defender IPA NY Comic Con beer

Next week, Brooklyn Brewery will release The Defender, a hoppy, amber, draft-only IPA it brewed especially for New York Comic Con. The Defender will be officially released at a launch party on Tuesday, September 25 at the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room.

Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver brewed up The Defender, and the brewery worked with DC Comics designer Milton Glaser, who came up with the beer’s logo, and cartoonist Tony Millionaire, who drew up the superhero you see above.

Unfortunately, the brew will only be available in a handful of bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but I guess that makes sense; it was brewed specifically for New York Comic Con after all.

In general, I’m a fan of superhero-themed brews, though I’m not sure why. I’m not really a comic-book kind of guy. I’m particularly partial to Clown Shoes’ Supa Hero IPA.

If you’ll be in Brooklyn next week and want to attend the launch party, you should send an RSVP here.

Here’s the full (super-nerdy) back-story on The Defender superhero, from The Brooklyn Brewery:

“Once, a long time ago, benevolent Beer Gods bestrode the lands of the world, bringing wonderful beer and great happiness to the People. Collaborating joyously among themselves, the Beer Gods defended the pleasures of the table and promulgated the virtues of Flavor, Variety, Deliciousness, Versatility and Honesty in beer. And the People loved them for it.

“But the Beer Gods were far too trusting – in truth, they were not without enemies. Out of the stygian depths of the Earth’s crust rose a cabal of anti-Beer Gods, the Megaliths. Taking the peaceful Beer Gods by surprise, the warlike Megaliths cast a powerful spell that drove the Beer Gods down into the shadows. Flavorful beer vanished from the land, and the People wept. Their victory complete, the Megaliths sent among us the ghostly pale, thin tasteless beers known colloquially as “foam jobs”. Blandness led to mediocrity, mediocrity led to hate, and hate led to suffering. And O, how the People suffered! They forgot the true taste of beer, the soft rustle of barley, the smell of hops.

“And then, just as it seemed that the darkness had stamped out all good things, a new dawn rose over Brooklyn. A hero came to rescue the people from the iron grip of the Megaliths – The Defender! Spawned in deepest Brooklyn and robed in a cowl of shimmering amber, the Defender wielded the rich power of caramel malts, the sharpest unbreakable blade of pure hop bitterness and an incredible focused blast of hop aroma to shatter the Megalith’s spell. The Beer Gods awoke to find themselves forever shielded within the hearts of the People, and once again the great virtues of true beer spread through the land. Even now, the Defender will be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Should your shadow ever grow long, your spirit sag, and your knees buckle, you need only remember these words — BRING FORTH THE DEFENDER!”

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Barfly’s View: The Gaff on Moody St. in Waltham, MA

The Gaff beer bar in Waltham, MA

The Gaff beer bar on Moody St. in Waltham, Mass., is a diamond in the rough. Waltham is a blue-collar suburb about 25 minutes outside of Boston, and Moody St. is Waltham’s “restaurant row.” Moody St. is packed with mediocre bars and ethnic restaurants, with a few shining exceptions—Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar and Ponzu, a Japanese/sushi joint, both come to mind.

Moody St. literally has more than 10 bars within a half-mile stretch of road, but as far as beer bars go in Waltham, The Gaff truly stands alone. There’s even a brewery on Moody St., about a quarter mile from the Gaff, Watch City Brewing Co., but it gets no love from this Urban Beer Nerd. (In fact, you suck, Watch City.)

The Gaff has 20 or more beers on tap at any given time, many of which are local brews. And 30 or so bottled beers are also available. For these reasons and more, The Gaff makes my list of best Boston-area beer bars.

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Icelandic Beer Mittens

Icelandic Beer Mittens

The headline pretty much says everything that needs to be said here, and in this case, the picture really is worth 1,000 words. (Forget the fucking beer mittens, I want one of those Icelandic beer sweaters.)

This image comes to us from BostonHerald.com, but a quick search of the Googles shows that beer mittens are more common than you might think; Etsy.com has a whole pile of them for sale for around $15, though I don’t think they’re of the Icelandic variety.

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Barfly’s View: The Publick House in Brookline, MA

The Publick House in Brookline, MA

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Barfly’s View from my favorite Boston-area beer bar, the Publick House in Brookline, Mass.’s Washington Square. In that post, I spotlighted one of my favorite things about the bar: The cool green-marble taps in the Publick House’s Monk’s Cell, where they pour only Belgian beers.

I stopped by the Publick House yesterday for a draft Gueuze Tilquin and some chicken-and-garlic mac and cheese, and I snapped this new Barfly’s View. If you’re ever in the Boston area and you’re looking for a beer-nerd hangout spot, the Publick House’s 36 taps and 100+ bottles will not disappoint, which is why it sits atop my list of the best Boston beer bars.

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The $50,000 Beer Can

Gibbons Bock Beer Can

And I thought paying $1,000 or more for an iPhone was ridiculous.

Chicago-business-man Adolf Grenke, who has been pulling beer cans out of gutters and collecting them for more than 40 years, plans to auction off his entire collection of cans and vintage beer memorabilia starting tomorrow, and one of the most rare beer cans is expected to sell for somewhere in the range of $50,000.

From AntiqueToyWorld.com:

“[T]he Grenke collection includes as many as 500 highly collectible vintage beer cans. The can collection is regarded as one of the finest collections of its kind ever assembled, with some of the cans expected to sell for $20,000 to $60,000 each.

“The collection also includes over 400 beer taps – with many expected to realize more than $1,000 each – and a bevy of colorful advertising signs. Highlights include over 50 Gillco glass light-up signs, and two examples of late-19th-century Anheuser-Busch signs of such rarity that they are not even represented in the famed St. Louis brewery’s archive.”

The can that’s expected to pull in around $50,000, according to Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, the company that’s holding the auction, is a Gibbons Bock Beer can. Morphy says the Gibbons Bock can is “the most desirable of all bock beer cans.”

I’d rather have a can of Baxter Stowaway I.P.A.

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CraftBeer.com Wants Your Vote for Best American Beer Bar

I’m a little disappointed to see that none of my favorite beer bars are listed in CraftBeer.com’s online poll for best American beer bars. I spent quite a bit of time hunting for the best beer bars in Massachusetts, New York and California, and there’s only one bars I’m familiar with on the list that I’d consider to be a great beer bar. That’s Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Mass.

CraftBeer.com Great American Beer Bars

Alas, I admit haven’t been to all of the nation’s best beer bars—I plan to do my best to get to as many possible before my liver quits on me. But I thought I’d give the CraftBeer.com poll some attention. If you, like me, don’t know many of the bars listed here, why not give Armsby Abbey a vote up? It’s a great bar in New England’s second largest city after Boston, and they deserve it. I promise.

Check out the all the bars that were nominated for CraftBeer.com’s great American beer bars and cast your vote here.

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Best. Bottle Cap. Ever: Stone’s ‘Hated by Many, Loved by Few’ Cap

Stone Brewing Co. Hated by Many, Loved by Few bottle cap

Whenever I’m having a particularly bad day or blog trolls start wearing on me, I glance over at my Stone Brewing Co. “Hated by Many, Loved by Few” bottle cap and smile. The cap, which I got from one of Stone’s Bastard brews—I can’t remember if it was an Arrogant Bastard Ale, an Oaked Arrogant Bastard or a Double Bastard—has been hanging from a thumb tack near my office desk for a couple of years now. And it always reminds me, in times of doubt, that it’s okay to go against the grain and write what other people don’t necessarily want to hear, as long as it’s accurate and/or what you truly believe.

On that note: Fuck you, haters.

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