Into the Archive

A bit of future history here.  Seems like the craft beer movement is one of the few movements that the do-nothing congress seems to have let happen.

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The Library of Congress which is probably the only part of Congress that I give a &*$(@ about has added the website of the Brewers Association to their historical record:

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Now it may seem that I am using this post as an excuse to pinata on an easy target but it this is the type of small seeming action that is really important.  Craft beer has become so known that we are now part of the public policy conversation and that means that maybe, small brew friendly laws and rulings may be coming.  Plus, like getting into the Smithsonian, means you have to be culturally relevant to not just a niche but to a big set of America.  So mark 2/11/15 on the calendar.  It might be a date to remember.

The Tap is Online

I am a big fan of online tap listings.  I understand if the data entry gets too much but just being on FaceBook isn’t enough and Instahooting new kegs just can’t beat a menu. Especially when the tap numbers reach upwards of 50 or more.

Which is why I am glad that one of my locals has made the leap into websitery….

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Thank you Glendale Tap for making my life easier.  Now I can point people out to what is on tap and how to find your corner locale with one URL.

Brewery History

It seems like the more I try to catch up, the more I fall behind.  It is certainly that way with beers but now beer reading and beer education is becoming that way too!  Then I heard about this website….

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All you have to do is click HERE to find an archive of generally British articles on brewing from the impact of Michael Jackson to brewery history and book reviews.  A great resource for learning that I will be using this year, now that I know about it.

Brew Trail


Planning craft beer trips requires a certain amount of time. You have to find which breweries are in the area that you are headed.  Visit each of the brewery websites or Facebook pages to find out when they are open and then go to another website to map it all out.

Now you can head to one spot Brew Trail, which as the founders describe it is “the ultimate compilation of brewery information, has gone online and Visiting breweries just got easier.  Brew Trail compiles every brewery and brewpub in the country – over 2,500 – allowing beer lovers to quickly and seamlessly plan their ultimate tasting trip.  Tour schedules, tasting room hours, fees and other info is all available on one site for the first time ever.”

I tried the site out from both a PC and my Mac and it worked pretty well.  It has a pretty comprehensive list of breweries.  It is missing some but maybe some crowdsource help will fill in gaps.  I was impressed to see that Pacific Plate Brewing which recently opened is there.  If you search by state that is the best bet.  I tried the city and zip code function and either got zero results or funky results.  Your mileage may vary with that function.

It does put all the information under one banner which will save you time.  You can print out maps.  Create an account.  All fairly simple.  I suggest giving it a try.

2011 Challenge – California Growlers

For the first six months, I have been trodding along slowly with this challenge. On my schedule, I can only carve out a bit of time each month to devote to it.

So it was with great delight that another growler believer has stepped into the breach and has really done a tremendous job in invigorating the cause.

Benjamin Katz brings a San Diego perspective and some much needed expertise. He is creating a website that will be up soon to augment the Facebook presence and I can’t thank him enough for spearheading that.

Stay tuned for more details and keep blogging about and Facebook posting and twittering about how you would like a Brewed in California Growler.

Save on Beer

On January 3rd, 2011, SaveOnBrew.Com, LLC officially launched SaveOnBrew.Com (, a site that quickly shows the lowest advertised beer prices across the entire country. It’s simple to use. Go to the site, put in your zip code, and within seconds you’ll find hundreds of discounted beer sales at grocery, liquor, drug and convenience stores.
My way of buying beer is a bit antiquated and haphazard. I rotate amongst stores in my area. Most of the time, I am searching for a specific brew. But sometimes, I am just scanning the shelves for an old favorite or something new.

Now I can do some price checking before I even leave the house, with the Save On Beer website (and soon to follow mobile apps).

All you have to do is type in your zip code. OK, that is not all. You will have to set some filters like distance and more importantly narrow down the choices to craft beer. But the site has two good things going for it from the get-go that allay my fears that this is a industrial water lager for cheap site.

1.“We know people can be picky about their beer,” said Greg Thibodeaux, web-marketer and one of the three principals. “So if finding the lowest price on Bush, Keystone, or Pabst isn’t your thing, filter your results to find your favorite IPA, dark ale, or exotic craft beer on sale in your neighborhood.”

2.“One of the biggest challenges the team faced was finding a way to keep the beer prices both current and accurate. “We’ve had to be really creative about gathering data,” said Mark Davidson, site writer and data wrangler. “If people can’t find what they’re looking for, they’re not going to come back. That means seven days a week, we’re scouring close to fifty thousand vendors across the nation for discounts on beer. That effort generates between one hundred- and three hundred thousand live sales on beer at any given time.”

Until more good craft beer stores sign up, you will be mainly looking at Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Widmer as choices. But this site will certainly help you save some cash if those bigger craft names are what you are looking for at the moment. Plus, if big chains see a spike in good beer traffic because of people changing their beer shopping patterns, they might stock more.

The only downside that I see is that most of the beers that I purchase (excluding BevMo) are not the type that will ever be on sale. There will be no price war on the Bruery’s Cuir or Stone’s Belgo Anise RIS.

I will be checking the site over the coming months to see if craftier beers start showing up and to see if my favorite beer stops start popping up too.


There are a lot of beer websites out there. Some work better than others. Obviously, I prefer mine but is an intriguing entry.

It is still in the beta phase but from the little bit of playing around that I have done it is quite addicting. I am impressed by the graphics though they could probably stand to add more beers to their list. (I say that of everything except the encyclopedic RateBeer and Beer Advocate sites)

Here is what they say about themselves: “Pintley is a new kind of beer website—one that only recommends beer you’re sure to love.
Unlike other beer sites, Pintley doesn’t just know beer; it also knows you. Pintley learns from your ratings and tasting notes to understand exactly what pleases your palate the most, so you can be your own beer expert.

Personalized beer recommendations, tasting notes, and a vibrant community are just a click away. It only takes a few minutes to get started, and best of all, it’s free.”

So check it out and let me know what YOU think of the site. Does it work for you?

Today is beer on the interwebs day. Because you shouldn’t just take my word for it. There are plenty of web voices about beer that we all should listen to. So here is the first site you should bookmark…
…. You can visit this Brewers Association created site at

There are featured breweries, beer and food pairing suggestions and a boatload of information and it is presented in a very classy way with a soothing color palate and layout.

Liquid Solutions

LogoLeftIf I had unlimited funds, I would spend a chunk on Liquid Solutions website. They have a great selection of Oregon and Washington beers plus foreign and California as well.

Let me give one example of how great Matt Maples and his staff are to customers. I needed Berliner Weisse for a beer & dessert tasting. None of my local spots had any. Now I could have driven to the Bruery for some growlers but I do not have the room to store it. I check Liquid Solutions and they have two types of Berliner Weisse, I had shipping questions that Matt answered and he even held off shipping to avoid excess heat!

I cannot recommend Liquid Solutions highly enough.