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Cows Crash Teen Drinking Party, Get Trashed

24 May

Police in Boxford, Massachusetts had to respond to a truly bizarre call the other evening. The town’s police received a call around 9 p.m. on a Sunday evening, reporting that six cows were loose on the Main Street of the town of 8,000.

Officers responded and tracked the cows for a while, but then the herd of six made a mad dash away from the cops. They stumbled upon a gathering of 12 to 13 teenage girls who had been enjoying their Sunday evening with drinking games in a backyard.

The cows crashed the party and began drinking some of the beer. The girls were startled.

“I saw one cow drinking the beer on its way down as it spilled off the table,” Lt. James Riter told WickedLocal Boxford (who has a photo).  “Some of the cows were also picking through the empties in the recycling bin.  They just went in and helped themselves.”

Apparently, the cows didn’t want to leave.

“Because the cows were having such a good time at the [party] house, it was hard to get them to leave,” area resident Peter Perkins said. “Once we got them started, there was a lot of hollering and yelling to keep them moving. We had a cruiser positioned at the front and back of the cows.”


Pizza Beer Exists

24 Jan

In what has to be one of the oddest flavor profiles for beer ever made, Tom and Athena Seefurth invented “Pizza Beer” on Labor Day 2006. The couple had a surplus of tomatoes, garlic and a dream to create a beer that would pair well with many different types of food.

After surfing around the Internet, they found a recipe they liked and began brewing. They added basil and oregano to impart some pizza spice flavor. Here they describe the brewing process on their website:

The Margarita pizza is put into the mash & steeped like a tea bag. A whole wheat crust made with water, flour & yeast is topped with tomato, oregano, basil & garlic. The essence of the pizza spices is washed off with hot water and filtered into a brewpot, where it is boiled for a long, long time. During the process, we add hops & spices in a cheesecloth type bag & filter the cooled liquid into a fermentation vessel. (big glass 6 gallon water jug).

You can buy the finished product online at Malloy’s Finest Wine & Spirits.

Update on Long Trail and Alchemist Breweries

31 Aug

As my previous post mentioned, Vermont breweries were hit hard during the flooding in the aftermath of Irene. Here’s an update from some of the most affected breweries.

1. Long Trail Brewing: Initial photos from Long Trail looked pretty dire. This was a photo posted to their Facebook page shortly after the flooding.

Though the flood waters surrounded the brewery, apparently very little water actually got inside to the equipment. Employees returned to work and began cleaning up the site the next day. This is the view two days after the first picture was taken.

The brewery’s Facebook page described the parking lot as a “sight for sore eyes” but employees worked to clean it up and visitor center opened to the public on Tuesday. Another bit of good news: the deck, which is quite close to the water, remained intact and secured to the rest of the complex.

Even more impressive: the brewery held an open breakfast for members of the community on August 31 and has been helping with relief efforts to the stranded communities of Stockbridge and Rochester. Job well done, Long Trail. You guys are truly amazing.

The company also posted videos of their equipment hard at work on Facebook. The brewery is back open for business!

2. The Alchemist Pub & Brewery: On Sunday evening, August 28, a devastating “once in a generation flood” swept through Waterbury, VT and “ruined” The Alchemist Pub. The pub announced the tragic news on Twitter:

As more information has become available, the situation has not improved for the pub. In an update published to the pub’s site, the extent of the devastation is apparent.

 At one point in the middle of the night, pretty much half the town was under around 10′ of raging, muddy water, with the river officially cresting at 20′.  Not only was the basement completely full, but the dining room and kitchen were also about hip deep.

Even worse, more than 100 homes in the Waterbury area have been partially or completely devastated. Here’s one view of the damage to the building itself.

One bit of good news from this. The Alchemist’s cannery will open as planned on Friday, September 2. Please support them if you’re able.

When I was a student at Middlebury, I completed the Vermont Brewery Passport. Though everyone at all of the breweries was kind and enthusiastic, the people at the Alchemist were truly remarkable. Unbelievably kind, welcoming and warm. Plus, they made delicious, delicious beer. I want nothing more than to see them get back on their feet. This is the type of local business we should all want to support.

Thankfully, that seems to be exactly what they’re doing. They plan to rebuild and come back stronger. Can’t wait.

3. Flat Street Brew Pub: Sadly, this Brattleboro establishment seems to have been devastated in the flooding. According to a message on their Facebook page, “the damage is devastating. We are not sure after today’s damage assessment, when we might be able to reopen.”

According to an article in the Brattleboro Reformer, “water smashed furniture to pieces and deposited slimy mud on the floor.” That same article quoted a manager saying he was concerned about the pub’s ability to reopen.

Truly heartbreaking to hear. I wish them all the best and hope they’re able to get back on their feet.

Hilliard’s Newest Washington Brewery

20 Aug

I first read about a new brewery opening in Ballard yesterday in Seattle Met magazine. When I was in the neighborhood today, I decided to check out the location and see what was up.

Slated for a September release, Hilliard’s is the name of the latest brewery to open in Washington. With the opening (and a couple of other recent ones) the state now boasts more than 150 breweries open for business. Pretty incredible.

Hilliard’s is in the more industrial section of Ballard. It’s located right around the corner from NW Peaks Brewery, a company I wrote about for the Seattle Business Magazine.

According to the Met, the brewery plans to offer “a hoppy, American-style amber and a saison farmhouse ale” as their first two brews. They plan to bottle almost exclusively in aluminum cans, still a bit of an oddity in the market.

Welcome to Ballard! Can’t wait to stop in.


7 May

Right now, I am working as an editorial assistant for the Seattle Business Magazine. I write articles (stayed tuned, many exciting ones to come!) and the May edition of the magazine has two in it.

One of those articles talks about a growing trend in the beer industry. Nanobreweries make less than 1000 barrels of beer a year, which allows them to create special flavor profiles and try lots of different styles. In my article, I look at three up-and-coming nanobreweries in the Seattle area: Foggy Noggin’ Brewing, NW Peaks Brewery and Epic Ales. I also mention two breweries that have graduated and become microbreweries after starting as nanos: Schooner Exact Brewing and Two Beers Brewery. Here’s the first paragraph of the article.

“The renaissance sweeping the food world—you know, the shunning of large-scale, industrialized, global brands in favor of hyperlocal, small-scale, artisanal products—has claimed another beachhead in the “smaller is better” assault: beer.”

Read the full story here.

I’m also pretty pumped to get some recognition from the Seattle Beer News and Eater Seattle.