3 Rolling Rocks and The 10 Commandments

Budgets crunch as easily as aluminum. (photo credit dedleg.com)
Budgets crunch as easily as aluminum. (photo credit dedleg.com)

You know, not every beer night can be the same. Not every one can be a blast. And sometimes not every one can be spent sipping away on craft beer. It’s expensive; relatively speaking when you’ve got Rolling Rock at 8 bucks for a dozen. At this rate cheap beer nights are destined to happen much more often than craft beer nights.

Last nights savior... The 10 Commandments (photo credit: The Lost Abbey)
Last nights savior… The 10 Commandments (photo credit: The Lost Abbey)

Last night was a hybrid of the two situations however. On Friday’s, like most of America, I like to unwind. I decided what better way than with beer. It’s just delicious. We all know that. I ended up purchasing that 12 pack I mentioned earlier, but I counterbalanced it by grabbing one of Port Brewing’s Lost Abbey label beers; The Ten Commandments. It’s an ale brewed with spices, raisins, rosemary and it stands for all that is holy in the craft beer world, right? At 10% it makes up for choosing the Rolling Rock(which is not bad, truly!), but still came out to around $12 for just one bottle. Damn!

Having good taste can be expensive. But by the same token having such an experienced palette also means I am shopping and purchasing from independent breweries everywhere. This is a good thing, in spite of the price tag. As a person living in poverty craft beer probably shouldn’t be in my budget, however craft beer stands for so much more than just a good time. You figure it out. Cheers!

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Bourdain says Big Beer Battles Brew Masters

Anthony Bourdain, host of Discovery’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, revealed today that big beer may be responsible for taking Brew Masters, the show which profiles the Dogfish Head brewery, off the air.

Below are a couple of tweets from Anthony regarding the possible take down:

It seems Anthony Bourdain has some inside knowledge, considering his show is produced by the same production company putting out Brew Masters. At this point however, it doesn’t seem Dogfish Head is making any statements regarding the matter.

Beernews.org and the Beer and Whiskey Brothers were the first to highlight the breaking news. Check their sites for continuing updates.

Beyond Big Beer in Baseball

All too often your left with two choices at the ballpark: Big Beer & Big Beer Lite; both at what seems like $25 a pint. Not much fun for the palette.

Fortunately Yahoo Sports threw a list together showcasing, that in some major league parks better beer is being offered to consumers. It helps too that each offering is somewhat local in relation to the stadium’s location. Both Dogfish Head and Anchor Brewing make appearances on this list.

Kind of hope the Dodgers jump on this craft beer train, or the winning train for that matter.

Near Beer

I always opt to be on beer rather than near it, still others prefer only getting close. Doesn’t surprise me AB makes it to the top spot in this category either.

Via Wikipedia

Originally, “near beer” was a term for malt beverages containing little or no alcohol (less than 0.5% ABV), which were mass-marketed during Prohibition in the United States. Near beer could not legally be labeled as “beer” and was officially classified as a “cereal beverage”.[13] The public, however, almost universally called it “near beer”.

Today, the term “near beer” has been revived to refer to modern non-alcoholic beer.[citation needed]

The most popular “near beer” was Bevo, brewed by the Anheuser-Busch company. The Pabst company brewed “Pablo”, Miller brewed “Vivo”, and Schlitz brewed “Famo”. Many local and regional breweries stayed in business by marketing their own near-beers. By 1921 production of near beer had reached over 300 million US gallons (1 billion L) a year (36 L/s).