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Beer of the Week: Napa Smith Brewing Lost Dog

100276This weeks Beer of the Week is Napa Smith Brewing’s Lost Dog Red Ale that comes in at 7.2% abv. This is not a typical example of the Red Ale style seeing that the beer pours more of a golden orange color than the typical deep red. The beer also does not have the typical strong malt base with a significant hop character. Having said this it is still a very goo d beer just not what I was expecting. The beer does pour a golden orange with a nice frothy head that dissipates to about a half inch that leaves decent lacing. The beer has a very faint aroma that is not very distinctive but is most likely from the hops. The beer has  a roasted malt flavor with just the slightest hint of hop character and almost a peppery flavor. This beer has a great dry finish which I love in a Red Ale. The Lost Dog has a very thin mouthfeel with a heavier than expected carbonation. I overall enjoyed this beer but I feel that calling it a Red Ale is just a bit misleading. The beer is evaluable in 22oz bottles for around $5.

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Another Update On the Federal Tax Increase on Beer

There has been no new news on whats going to happen with the proposed Federal Excise Tax but there is still time for our voices to be heard. There are two websites that give information on what we can do to stop this tax from happening and I received an e-mail updating the situation from the Brewers Association that can be read bellow. The websites are www.sylb.org/excisetax.html and www.axetaxesnotjobs.com/index.aspx. I will continue to pass on any information that I come across.

Dear Beer Enthusiast,

Small brewers are facing an imminent and extremely serious threat to their businesses. The consequences of remaining silent have the very real potential of reducing your choice of beer and dramatically increasing the price of any beer that you purchase.

The Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC is currently considering a proposal to increase and equalize the excise tax for alcohol beverages as part of healthcare reform deliberations. This proposal would triple the excise tax for 4.5% ABV beer and impose even higher excise tax rates for higher ABV beers.

If such a proposal becomes reality, there is no question that many small brewery businesses will suffer, some will close and consumers will face higher prices and diminished choice in the marketplace.

The Brewers Association brewery members and leadership have been actively engaged in building the case against an excise tax increase, recently submitting a letter to the Committee outlining our opposition.

We need you to speak out now. Today or tomorrow at the latest.

If you live in the following states it is most urgent that you contact your Senator who is on the Senate Finance Committee:

Arizona Nevada
Arkansas New Jersey
Delaware New Mexico
Florida New York
Idaho North Dakota
Iowa Oregon
Kansas Texas
Kentucky Utah
Maine Washington
Massachusetts West Virginia
Michigan Wyoming
Montana

If your Senators are not members of that committee, ask them to contact their Finance Committee colleagues and express their opposition to this proposal moving forward.

Your ask of them is simple:

Oppose the Tax Increase. Let them know that you oppose, in the strongest possible terms, raising the federal excise tax on beer because of the serious consequences it would have on small brewers and the craft beer they brew. Additional talking points appear below.

Once again: If one of your Senators sits on the Senate Finance Committee (roster of members below), urge them to oppose this proposal in committee deliberations.

If your Senators are not members of that committee, ask them to contact their Finance Committee colleagues and express their opposition to this proposal moving forward.

Take Action – Call and/or email your Senators’ Washington or district offices and make your personal case against this massive excise tax increase.

As always, thanks for your support.

Charlie Papazian
Charlie Signature
President, Brewers Association

Senate Finance Committee Members:

Baucus, Max (MT), Chairman Bingaman, Jeff (NM)
Bunning, Jim (KY) Cantwell, Maria (WA)
Carper, Thomas R. (DE) Conrad, Kent (ND)
Cornyn, John (TX) Crapo, Mike (ID)
Ensign, John (NV) Enzi, Michael B. (WY)
Grassley, Chuck (IA), Ranking Member Hatch, Orrin G. (UT)
Kerry, John F. (MA) Kyl, Jon (AZ)
Lincoln, Blanche L. (AR) Menendez, Robert (NJ)
Nelson, Bill (FL) Roberts, Pat (KS)
Rockefeller, John D. (WV) Schumer, Charles E. (NY)
Snowe, Olympia J. (ME) Stabenow, Debbie (MI)
Wyden, Ron (OR)

ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO SMALL BREWERS EXCISE TAXES

Small brewers are small Main street businesses, typically employing 10 to 50 employees.

  • Small brewers represent only 4% of the entire U.S. beer market by volume, with 95% of them being very small businesses (producing 15,000 barrels or less per year).

We strongly oppose proposals to increase the excise tax on beer.

  • Proposals to increase and equalize the tax among all types of alcohol will tax small brewers at the highest rates because our specialty, gourmet and innovative beers typically have higher alcohol contents.
  • Brewers already pay a disproportionately higher share of taxes compared with other products – federal, state and local taxes represent over 40% of the retail price for beer while the same taxes equal nearly 24% of the price for all other purchases.

Higher taxes will worsen the economic recession – resulting in less competitive products, reduced sales and revenues, lost jobs and, for some small brewers, business closures.

  • $1 per case excise tax increase will typically cost the consumer at least $1.69 due to successive mark-ups as the case moves from brewer to wholesaler to retailer.
  • Many small brewers are struggling to deal with the consequences of the 2008 spike in ingredient and operational costs.

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Beer of the Week: He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

Lenny_bottleThe beer of the week is He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. by Shmaltz Brewing. This beer is a double IPA made with rye malt. Rye is one of my favorite ingredients that is being used a lot more theseLenny_bottle days. This beer is aggressively hoped and comes in at 10% abv. The RIPA pours a deep red almost caramel color with a large frothy head the dissipates down to a very thin layer. The aroma from this beer is sweet with a noticeable hop and rye with just a hint of alcohol. The first thing that you notice about the beer is it has a very strong malt character. Then you get that nice spicy rye flavor and the finish is all hops. There is just the slightest of of alcohol flavor. The beer is sweet and biter at the same time as the name would lead you to believe. The beer has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just a little carbonation to offset it. I really like this beer but I wish they would also make an IPA version of this beer that could bring out the great rye and hop flavors of this beer. This beer is availible in 22oz bottles and on tap if you can find it. This is a great summer night cap beer.

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Beer Events of the Week

This is great week to be a beer fan in the Bay Area. Here are some of the great events going on this week.

Tuesday 6/2- Rouge Ale House in San Francisco will be hosting their second Meet the Brewer Night featuring Trumer Braurei of Berkley

Wednesday 6/3– Monks Kettle in San Francisco will be holding a Deschutes Beer Diner. The diner will feature a five course meal paired with the beers of Deschutes. The beers that they will be pouring with diner are Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Cider Cone Red, Red Chair IPA, Mirror Mirror and Blake Butte XX. The diner cost $80 and reservations must be made in advance.

Thursday 6/4– Every Thursday at City Beer store they feature a different flight of beers every week starting at 5:30pm.

Friday 6/5– The Jug Shop will be featuring an Around the World with Barley Wine tasting from 6-8pm for just ten dollars. They will be featuring different Barley Wines from around the world that will include Amager Batch One , Unibroue 17th Anniversary, Stone Old Gaurdian and Deschutes’ Mirror Mirror.

Saturday 6/6- The Monterey Beer Festival will be held at the Monterey Fair Grounds from 12:30 to 5:00pm. The festival will feature more than 70 breweries from around the world. Tickets can be purchased on-line until Friday at 5pm for $30 and if still available at the gate for $35. I will have more information on this event later in the week.

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Beer of the Week: Russian River Pliny the Elder

plinyThis weeks Beer of the Week is Russian River Brewing Company’s flag ship beer Pliny the Elder. This beer is renowned for being one of the best Imperial IPA’s in the world. First off this beer is an Imperial IPA with 8% abv and some where around 100 IBU’s that has won gold medals at both the World Beer Cup and The Great American Beer Festival. The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a hint of orange with a frothy one inch white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma of this beer is all pine, grass and grapefruit hop aromas and no off putting alcohol that is common in this style. The beer has a nice malt backbone but from there on it is all hops but not overwhelming. The hop flavors start with a nice citrus flavor that transform into a dry slightly bitter finish. The hop flavor will stay with you a little while after you are done with the beer. It has a nice almost smooth mouthfeel. It is very drinkable and refreshing for a beer with almost a 100 IBU’s. This is one of my favorite beers of all time but those of you who are not hop heads yet you can give Russian Rivers Blind Pig IPA a try. It has similar flavors but just on a smaller scale. Pliny The Elder can be found on tap and in 500 ml bottles all over the Bay Area and is distributed to Southern California and a couple other states.

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Meet the Brewer at Rouges in SF

Tonight at the Rouge Ale House in San Francisco they with be have their weekly Meet the Brewer night featuring Denise Jones of Moylan’s Brewing. This is a fantastic brewery and she will be bringing some of their great beers to share with all that come out. She will be bringing Hopsicle, Imperial Stout and maybe more.

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Beer of the Week: Full Sail Slipknot

42211This weeks Beer of the Week is Full Sail’s Slipknot which one gold at the 2008 World Beer Championship. This is the first release of 2009 for the Brewmaster Reserve series of beers that they have been producing for more than ten years. The Slipknot is an Imperial IPA with 7.8% abv and around 80 IBUs. This beer pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head. There is a noticeable hop aroma that is more on the piny side. The flavor is more of a subtle hop up front for an imperial IPA but finishes with a strong hop flavor. The malt base is the first thing you taste followed by a bitter hop finish. The hop flavor is definitely more on the pine side than the floral or citrus flavors that are usually more predominate in this style. The mouth feel is also a little thin for a beer of almost 8% abv. The beer is very drinkable and would recommend picking one up soon before they are all gone. Slipknot should be off the shelves soon because the next Brewmaster Reserve beer, Imperial Porter, is available now.

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