Posts Tagged ‘USA’

The love of a beer can


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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the beer can according to the Rocky Mountain News so we thought we would celebrate by not only having a can of beer ourselves, but also by showing you a video we found on Youtube of the Beer Can Museum in East Taunton around 40 miles south of Boston. The Museum features a collection of more than 3500 different beer cans along with other beer memorabilia. Watch the video above or check out the museum’s official website below.   Read the rest of this entry »

Schlitz Beer- More than a feeling


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This beer commercial was nominated for a London Advertising Award and was shot on the Florida beaches using 70′s pop band Boston’s More than a Feeling for a huge UK campaign.  After a few mishaps and bad decisions trying to save money in the early 1980′s  Schiltz disappeared from the market. But in recent times the now owner Milwaukee’s Pabst Brewing Company has tried to resurrect the name and if early market trends are any indication the name may yet survive.

The Ithaca Beer Co of New York

Today Hoppsy features a interesting little brewery from Ithaca New York- The Ithaca Beer Co. Ithaca is about 4 hours drive North West from New York City and is a major college town on the southern shores of Lake Cayuga. Well anyway back to the brewery, The Ithaca Beer Co opened in 1998, and produce some pretty interesting brews including a Apricot Wheat Beer, a award winning pale ale called Flower Power, and our favorite (although we haven’t had the pleasure of tasting it yet) Cascazilla. CascZilla is a very hoppy red ale and with a name like that has got to be a winner and it has a 7% alcohol content kick. For those visiting Ithaca drop in to the brewery for a taste of their craft brews any day between 11am – 6pm or look out for it in the north eastern USA states its available in a number of places.  If yourve tried one or more of these beers drop us a line and tell us what you thought. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh Christmas Ale, Oh Christmas Ale


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Check this fun video out its a couple of guys giving tribute to their favorite Christmas beer- Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale.  Great Lakes Brewing comes from Cleveland Ohio and have brewing great beers for about 20 years. They are Ohio’s most celebrated and award winning brewer- and looking at the passion of these guys in the video they must make a great beer.  Their Christmas Ale is available during November and December, it has a robust spicy style with honey ginger and cinnamon added to the recipe. The beer has a 7.7 alcohol volume and has won quiet a few gold medals at the World Beer Championships, 1999, 2006, 2005 and 2007. Its a great beer for the cold North American Christmas and goes great with all those rich Chrissy foods of the season.  See if you can get your hands on some for Christmas- as the final worlds in the song say it all…”In a few short weeks it will all be gone”

For more information; http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com

Goose island Beer- Chicago’s finest

Goose Island Beers

Goose Island Beers

Goose Island Beer originates from Chicago in the USA and they have been producing fine beers for about 20 years and are regarded as the city’s finest and freshest hand crafted ales and lagers. They produce a great range of classic brews and some very tasty seasonal beers including a Christmas Ale which is currently being served for the winter. It’s not hard to see a draught tap of Goose Island at the bar they have a very stylish goose neck handle as the pourer- you cant miss it. Goose island have two brew pubs which any visitor to Chicago shouldn’t miss one called Wrigleyville which is in North Clark Street not far from Wrigley park and the other in beautiful Lincoln Park called Clyborn- there is no better place to taste this great beer. We visited Chicago recently and just loved the Goose Island beers, the Honkers Ale is delicious and India Pale Ale is one of the tastiest we have ever tried- and we were very partial to the Harvest Ale too. Look out for Goose Island Beer it ships to about 15 states in the US and even to the UK….Hopefully they will remember us guys down here in Australia and send some our way soon- we can’t wait! Read the rest of this entry »

Anchor Steam’s Christmas Ale

 

Anchor Steam Christmas Ale

Anchor Steam Christmas Ale

Back in 1975 the Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco produced their first Christmas Ale, Thirty four years later the 2008 Christmas Ale follows the fine tradition and is now available for the festive season. Every year the secret recipe changes bringing Christmas Joy between November and mid January. The beer is available in 12 ounce bottles, magnums and even on draught at selected pubs throughout the USA.  The beer has become so sought after many people collect the beers from season to season. Each year the label features a different tree which symbolizes the winter solstice which is only a few weeks away in  the Northern Hemisphere.

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Rolling Rock

 

Rolling Rock Pale Lager

Rolling Rock Pale Lager

Rolling Rock Extra Pale Lager is a Anheuser Busch product which originally came from Western Pennsylvania but now is brewed in Newmark, New Jersey. The beer is pretty easily recognised with its distinctive green bottle and painted white and blue lables, which were produced during the depression to save on printing costs and have stayed right up until now. Today Rolling Rock is exported around the world and is available in many specialty beer stores- look out for it – it’s quiet tasty. There is now also a Premium Rock Light for those who care about the carbs- look for the prancing blue stallion on the painted label.

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The Hofbrauhaus - Las Vegas Style

The Hofbrauhaus - Las Vegas Style

 

Well it’s well known if you want to see all the Eiffel Tower, The Coliseum, Venice, New York and Egypt all in one day- there’s only one place to head- straight to Las Vegas USA. Well they have got another of Europe’s biggest attractions The Hofbrauhaus. Yes the world famous Munich landmark has been recreated a few streets behind the dazzling Las Vegas Strip with everything you would expect in Munich. They have the busty barmaids, the ump-ha bands, the giant pretzels, the sausages and pork knuckle and of course the world famous HB Beer.  The building is quiet remarkable it’s a real faithful reproduction of the original and their beer or bier is the real thing brewed using the original recipes handed down by the Duke of Bavaria over 400 years ago.  If you need a break from the one handed bandits while in Vegas head down to the Hofbrauhaus, its right across the road from another famous Pub/Eatery the Hard Rock Cafe- and you don’t need to wait until September for Oktoberfest it starts every day at 11!

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The Aluminum Bottle Can

Bud Light in a fancy aluminum bottle

Bud Light in a fancy aluminum bottle

The aluminium bottle or bottle can is starting to make big inroads into the US market with brewing giant Anheuser Busch really starting to push the product. Not only can they print fancy graphics on the full bottle the bottle is 100% recyclable, strong, safer than glass and most importantly keep the beer at a perfect temperature. Being aluminum too they cool much faster than the traditional glass bottles and with their high tech shape keep cooler than cans and many glass bottles when taken out of the fridge.  A few other brewers have also given the bottle can a go including Japan’s Kirin and Sapporo and Heineken but Pittsburgh Brewing Company were the first who shipped 20,000 cases of City Premium Lager back in 2004. Soft drink manufacturers and even wine makes are jumping on board this great new product. The bottle uses about 3 times as much metal an usual can giving it a very strong and durable feel and also helping with insulation.

Great food and amazing beer to wash it down.

Karl Strauss Brewery - Universal City - LA

Karl Strauss Brewery - Universal City - LA

When travelling around Southern California recently we came across Karl Strauss Brewery in downtown San Diego. They have about 6 different brews on tap at any one time and ever one we tried (all 6) were winners. They have ales, IPA’s, Lager, a Wheat and some seasonal beers- we were lucky enough to try their  Oktoberfest beer which was a very delicious malty drop. If you are not in for a big night and want to try a few they have a great sample deal where you can purchase a selection of the beers in small glasses. Much to our delight we found another Karl Strauss at the amazing Universal City Walk in Hollywood- so we thought we would give it a try- and to our delight the beer and food was just as good. There are quiet a few of the breweries throughout California including La Jolla, Sorrento Mesa and Costa Mesa. If your in the California region look out for Karl and drop in for a feed and a few beers- you wont be disappointed.
http://www.karlstrauss.com