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Belgian Beers in Brussels, Belgium

Bonjour, Goedemorgen, and Gute Morgen!

I'm back in Cologne, Germany for work, and it's Saturday morning over here. Time to take a trip to Brussels, Belgium to see what the Belgians know about beer. I suspect it may be a thing or two...

The drive should take about 2.5 hours, and I will again be flying at low altitude… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on August 29, 2009 at 4:53am — 5 Comments

Bamberg tour - live!

Guten Tag fellow ALEiens!

I've been finding myself working in Cologne, Germany these past couple of days, after vacationing with the family in Northern Norway since July 5th.

Tomorrow, Saturday, I'm setting off on a little adventure in the little town of Bamberg, Germany. My mission is to experience as much as possible of the local history (a town shaped by its over 2000-year Roman-Germany heritage), architecture (it was not bombed during WWII), and of course their beer… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on July 24, 2009 at 2:53pm — 7 Comments

Canning Wort for Yeast Starters

A little while ago, when making a starter for my blonde ale, I had yet another boil-over...

My procedure was pretty standard; add some DME and water to a 2000ml Erlenmeyer flask and boil on the stove for 15 minutes or so. I'd then cool the wort using an ice-water bath, pitch my yeast, get it going on my… Continue

Added by Sam Scott on July 23, 2009 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

Homebrewing in the Philly Suburbs

So I'm finally getting into homebrewing. I started a blog called Suburban Brewing to document my endeavors. Check it out if you get a chance!


Added by Jake "Beer Boss" on June 22, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Oldest Brewery In The USA Re-rediscovered On The Delaware River

I thought you might enjoy this...

In the late 70s and 80s, a New Jersey historian named Dr. Henry Bisbee plotted out the grounds of the first governor of West Jersey's late 1600s mansion, including his various outbuildings and neighbors, near the Delaware River in Burlington, NJ. He had the help of civil engineers and other historians, and used old photos, drawings, written descriptions, and especially deed surveys from 1745.

They drew up a plot plan based on all that,… Continue

Added by Todd Kimmell on May 31, 2009 at 9:29am — No Comments

I am a craft brewer

This week is the Craft Brew Conference in Boston, Greg Koch of Stone Brewing delivered the keynote tonight, it started with the video you can find here:

Cheers all.

Added by Brother Benny (aka Carl) on April 23, 2009 at 9:58pm — 2 Comments

Keg to Mash Tun Conversion

Finally got this finished up!

Here's a video of what I was shooting for...

(It's the recirc on a Sabco Brew-Magic system...)

Some more detailed pictures...

(click photo for enlarged view)…


Added by Sam Scott on March 23, 2009 at 11:21pm — 7 Comments

My new beer: Bad Joke

Currently Brewing something, if it doesn't suck I'll tell you what it is.

Added by Michael Whittaker on March 23, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

"Wallace" (The Weldless Brew Stand)

Okay, I tried but I couldn't come up with a name as cool as "Brutus"... This stand was inspired by Lonnie McAllister's Brutus Ten. It's just that I couldn't afford the stainless, have no desire to weld, and don't want the automation (yet). I just wanted a stand…


Added by Sam Scott on March 19, 2009 at 7:30pm — 17 Comments

Steve Hawk Deserves the Title of Beer Geek

I also competed in the semifinals, but, alas, did not move forward to the finals. If Steve does not win, an immediate inquiry and recount should be demanded!

Good luck, Steve!

Added by brad martin on March 6, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments


Not too long ago, I started posting some of the recipes my wife and I brewed to a blog page:

(note to self - Need to make some new posts soon, and put some of my favorites here on the site.)

The chipotle pepper and ginger lemongrass beers came out the best.

Added by Mark Morano on March 4, 2009 at 7:05pm — No Comments


My buddy Josh and I attended the Sly Fox event in January and had a great time.

I've been homebrewing about 5 years - so far only extract brewing to date. That will change in the near future.

See you at an Aleins meeting (or Philly Beer Week event) soon

Added by Mark Morano on March 4, 2009 at 7:01pm — 1 Comment

Email Announcement on 2009 Sam Adams Longshot Competition

This was in an email from Sam Adams today. Thought people might be interested.


Attention Homebrewers!

We wouldn't be drinking Samuel Adams beers today if our founder and brewer, Jim Koch, didn't know a thing or two about homebrewing. Jim brewed the first batches of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen and sold bottles bar to bar from his brief case. It's for that reason that we have a special place in our hearts for homebrewing and why we're proud… Continue

Added by Bob Wright on February 23, 2009 at 8:33pm — 4 Comments

Philadelphia Beer Week - 'ALEien-Style'

The best week of the year is right around the corner!

For those few who aren’t familiar, Philadelphia hosts a bad-ass week and half of beer events of all kind through-out the city. From firkin and beer special nights to visits from head brewers and alike. There are so many events, its almost as overwhelming as it is exciting.

I am starting to post some of the events in our calendar section now. But of course I can't do them all.… Continue

Added by Stephen Hawk on February 18, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

February Meeting - It's all about the Hops!

Hop Discussion

The February meeting’s topic will be all about HOPS. For anyone who knows me, this is one of my favorite subjects. I will be doing a presentation outlining hop varietals and characteristics, hop chemistry, different ways to use hops, and growing your own hops. I will also be serving different varieties of hop teas to evaluate hop aromas/tastes and giving away a couple ounces of hops from my private hop collection.

Review the Brew

We… Continue

Added by Jeff Louella on February 12, 2009 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

Sly Fox's Brian O'Reilly At Our Next Meeting

This is the first ever ALEiens Pro Brewer Forum

Brian O'Reilly, the Head Brewer at Sly Fox, will be visiting the ALEiens and discussing Sly Fox beers and brewing. Jeff Lavin has ordered us a bunch of Sly Fox beers for the lecture and tasting. There will be 2 Sly Fox beers on tap (Gang aft Agley and Saison Vos) as well as 4 different 750ml Bottles.

There were 2 cases of the 750ml Bottles ordered and I would… Continue

Added by Jeff Louella on January 23, 2009 at 2:56pm — 4 Comments

Ground Hogs Day! Morning beer anyone?

February 2nd the Greylodge Pub is having their annual 'Ground Hogs Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast'. Where everyone who called out of work gathers for some really good beer and to watch pux-phil do some prognosticating. Not to mention all while wearing an ugly hawaiian shirt.

Everything I believe starts at 7am, and don’t forget it’s the most important meal of the day.

All info here:

Added by Stephen Hawk on January 20, 2009 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

News from the Pulpit

Greetings all,

The Church of the Rising Bubble has been getting a face lift with many local links being added. If you have a favorite spot that you think should be on the list drop me a note. I am also using that site as practice for filling out score sheets for the BJCP exam.

Stop by and pull up a pew: Church of the Rising Bubble

Brother Benny

Added by Brother Benny (aka Carl) on January 14, 2009 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

War of the Worts - Get your Beers Ready

The War of the Worts is coming in February. Get brewing now if you want to enter. Last year there were over 550 beers entered. If you have any questions about competitions in general, shoot me a message.


Added by Jeff Louella on January 3, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments































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