The Detroit News had a pretty informative article in today’s edition about the hop shortage. Pretty scary when you hear a brewer say “If there are no hops, we stop brewing… ”
Click here for the article: No hops means no brew – Joel J. Smith / The Detroit News
Here’s a good article on growing your own hops: BYO – Grow your own hops
Bells Brewery launched their new website, which is a huge upgrade from their previous site. Glad to see all of the brands on this site. I’m viewing the new site in Firefox, and didn’t have much problems.. I’ve heard others saying it’s buggy – worked just fine for me. Check it out!
On Friday, I heard a short news clip on NPR about a man who drove into the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, hitched up a trailer, loaded 450 kegs and then drove away before security realized what happened. The theft was captured by security cameras and the man was caught.
The best part of the story (or saddest, depending on how you look at it) is that when police seized the trailer it wasn’t just full of Guinness. In fact, it was carrying only 180 kegs of of the signature stout. The rest of the loot consisted of 180 kegs of Budweiser and 90 kegs of Carlsberg (a Danish lager).
I guess Luna Pier Cook was right (check out his post on The Decline of Guinness) Looks like the beer tastes of the Irish are changing. Even for thieves.
Bells released their Two Hearted (IPA) in mini kegs this past week. Mini-kegs are 1.32 gallons, which equal out to 10 pints.
I’m fortunate enough to have a wife that understands these special beer occasions only come once a year. Since she works in Dearborn, she is close to one of the finest beer stores in Michigan – Merchant’s. They received a shipment of these last weekend, she said it looked like they had 20 or so left. They retail for $20.99. (I’m not sure if anyone local has these – please post a comment if you’ve seen them in Monroe).
The picture you see here, was taken in my kitchen. I positioned the keg on top of the refrigerator, and brought it a little over the edge for a better picture. I was in a hurry, so the photo didn’t come out all that well.
Last night I was watching television, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw the freezer door swing open. It was slow motion – the bells mini-keg came crashing down on the floor. Like an idiot, the first words out of my mouth were “OH NO – is my beer O.K.?!”.. It was, thank goodness. And if you’re wondering, so was my wife. She now calls it “The Bells mini-keg that almost killed me.”
So, to wrap this up – a couple of mini-keg tips:
1. Drink the mini-keg in one evening. They’ll stay carbonated for about a day in the keg.
2. Ask a friend or friends to join you, I wouldn’t suggest attempting one of these by yourself. If you do, you’re a trooper (or just crazy). I’m saving mine for New Years, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem finding someone to assist me.
3. If a mini-keg falls on your wife, ask her if she’s O.K. first – then check the beer. 🙂