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1996 – San Marcos, CA / now Escondido, CA

Stone Brewing Company

Arrogant Bastard Ale

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This is the brain-child of Greg Koch & Steve Wagner who originally met in 1989 in Los Angeles, both in the music industry.  Greg had opened a rehearsal studio and Steve’s band was one of the first tenants.  A few years later they met again at a UC Davis weekend class – “Sensory Evaluation of Beer”.  Again they discovered a common interest – a love of beer and with similar tastes and ideals about brewing.  They kept in touch, got some investors to purchase new brewing vessels.  The ribbon cutting was July 26th and the first beer (Stone Pale Ale) was tapped in the tasting room. 

The first year total production was 400 Bbls; here’s the math: 1Bbl(barrel) = 31gallons.  So total output that year was 12,400 gallons.  Think of it in terms of a gallon of milk – 12,400 of those!  And that was only the first year.  In 2009 output was 98,500Bbls, or 94,658,500 gallons.  The brewery covers 55,000 sq.ft. which includes 22,500 sq.ft. of refrigerated area with an onsite bottling line.  Brewery capacity is expandable up 250,000Bbls.  View full article »


Slight change in the line-up.  I decided to hold the DFH Theobrama for a later time as it’s a summer seasonal.  These 2 from Bell’s are winter seasonals and still available.

1983 – Kalamazoo, Michigan

Bell’s Brewery

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As a kid the word Kalamazoo never failed to produce giggles with my sis and I.   I have a vague recollection of maybe some cartoon character threatening to knock someone or something clear to Kalamazoo.  It was such a ridiculous name we never once thought it could be a real place.  Surprise!

Let’s be glad it IS a real place.   A city where in 1983 Larry Bell sold home-brewing supplies.  Information is sketchy between 1983 and 1985 so here’s my theory.  If it were me I would want to know the particulars of what I sold.  I detest a clerk who doesn’t know a thing about what he is selling.  Anyway, with all the materials at my disposal and to be more knowledgable to my customers thereby increasing sales, yadda yadda yadda….the mad scientist of beer I would become.  (Insert best evil maniacal laugh here).   View full article »

 EST. 1831  Wandsworth (just south of London), U.K.

Wells and Youngs Brewery LTD   /  Young’s Brewery


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1533.  Queen Elizabeth I.   An old inn.  Britain’s oldest brewing site in continuous operation. What do these things have in common? 

…..The beginning of what is now Young’s Brewery, which began as The Ram Inn in operation since 1533.   Humphrey Langridge leased the joint in 1576 and began brewing beer next door ( if I understand correctly).  The Ram wasn’t any ordinary Inn.  Not only did you get a comfy place to lay your darling head and a stable for your horse, but this guy provided the guests beer!   Now that’s my kind of place.   Forget the chocolates on the pillow.  Give your guests a brew!   He also provided casks for local pubs and private houses delivered by horse and wagon.  Queen Elizabeth I even mentioned it during her reign in 1581.

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Boddington’s Pub Ale

1778 – Manchester, England (originally)

In Britain/Scotland (if I understand this correctly) this is known as Boddington’s Draught Bitter – 3.5% ABV 

The exported version we have here is 4.7% ABV.

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Strangeways Brewery began with 2 grain merchants in Manchester, England.  In 1832 a man named Henry Boddington came aboard.  He eventually achieved partner status and in 1853 bought the brewery and became sole owner.  Way to go Henry! Work that way up the corporate ladder!

The business stayed within the family until 1989 when apparently the last descendant sold it to Whitbread Beer Company.   11 years later (quick! do the math) Whitbread sold out to Interbrew (Belgian) who then merged with AmBev in 2004 to form InBev, which is now known as Anheuser-Busch InBev.   Are you still with me?  Lots of exchanges and not a whole lot of reasons why.  This division is responsible for “imports”, such as Stella Artois, Beck’s, Bass, Leffe, Labatt, and Hoegaarden.  I love Bass and Stella so I suppose I won’t knock the big corporate monster anymore. 🙂  Boddington’s is now brewed in N.Britain, Wales, and Glasgow.

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I promised and did not deliver the Boddington’s review.  😦

**head hangs in shame**   But I am determined to have it up by end of day!

This beer girl has been dealing with migraine’s and before you ask, no it has not been a result of a hangover.  Although it may have been easier to cope.

In the meantime have a pint.  It will help deal with the disappointment.


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 “Henry the Harpooner” was on the original label. Who was he? I haven‘t a clue. Not much info out there for this one. Boston’s Sevens Ale House and Doyle’s Cafe were the first establishments to serve Harpoon Beer. The 2 guys that started Harpoon wanted to bring back the styles and flavors from their trip to Europe.   So far I’m thinking they missed the mark.

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EST. 1985

Samuel Adams Brewing Co.

Boston Beer Company

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For those of you that aren’t interested in American History skip the next two paragraphs.  🙂

According to tradition, Samuel Adams, second cousin to President John Adams, was a brewer although he is most known an American patriot famous for his role in the American Revolution and Boston Tea Party.   His 1768 circular letter calling for colonial cooperation prompted the occupation of Boston by British soldiers, eventually resulting in the Boston Massacre of 1770.  Adams took a leading role in the events that led up to the famous Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773. 

He was a statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.  As a politician in colonial Massachusetts Adams was a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution and was one of the architects of the principles of American Republicanism that shaped the political culture of the U.S. So, thus the brand name was chosen in honor of him.  View full article »

Swap out the keg

Fixed. Finally!!! Thought I would never get this dang thing straight.

My good friend and loyal subscriber had an idea to make the blog a bit more interesting. He suggested I add info about the breweries.

And it came to be so. Check the previous posts. I’ve updated them all.

And a big thank you to the man, Terrance.

P.S.  I changed the font.  Hope its easier to read.

McLuhr’s Irish Stout

McLuhr’s Irish Stout
Dam Brewery  – EST. 1997
Dillion, CO 
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Brewing about 2,000 barrels (31 gallons per barrel) per year of hand-crafted ales, lagers, and rootbeers, makes them the 31st largest Brew-Pub in the nation (out of nearly 1,000).  Daily they can bottle 240 cases of 12oz bottles.  Their 25 varieties of beer are available at the brewery and liquor stores throughout Colorado. 

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Timothy’s Fear

Firehouse Brewing EST. 1991
Rapid City, SD
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The Firehouse Brewing Company, South Dakota’s first brewpub, opened in 1991. The pub exists in the original city firehouse, a structure on the National Historic Register. The decor was designed to create an old-time fire hall ambiance with polished brass and fire fighting equipment decorating the walls, the bar, and even the ceiling.

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