According to Brand Finance the leading beer brand in the world, is Corona, the remainder of the top Ten are (in order)  Heineken,  Budweiser, Bud Light, Victoria (Mexico), Kirin, Snow (China), Harbin(China), Modelo, Skol. Beer Fest VIP tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link  https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – his latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon

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Beer of the Day: Kugalashae

Kugalashae, Tirana – The most popular beer in Albania and formulated under the pilsner style; pours a bright yellow\faint gold color with a quickly collapsing white head that stays out of your way. Aroma is of low caramel, sweet and perhaps a touch of diacetyl (butter). It presents a sweetness to the palate with some bittering and a balanced finish. Beer Fest VIP tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – his latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon  

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WINTER BEERS

Fruitcake, is perhaps the most feared of holiday gifts. Who eats it? Certainly not beer drinkers. Beer lovers hope for six packs of beer, and if very good over the past year they hope their reward will be a “big beer,” one with sufficient body and alcohol to ward off the cold chill of winter. But, surprisingly, it was fruitcake that gave mid-winter brews such distinctive character. Describing holiday beers (aka Winter Warmers, Wassails or Christmas beers) presents the beer world with one of its greatest challenges. Brewers, writers and

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German Beer Laws Established

On this date in 1487 Bavaria enacted one of the first beer purity laws and set severe penalties for using anything other than barely, hops and water in brewing beer. It was the precursor to the famous Rheinheitsgebot law of 1516. Beer Fest VIP tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link  https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530        Copyright Gregg Smith – his latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon

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BrewDog’s Climate Awareness Billboard Banned

A billboard which states F*** You CO2  with the middle of the first word blocked by a can of BrewDog IPA has been banned in Scotland by the Advertising Standards Authority. After receiving more than a score of complaints the ASA determined it was offensive. BrewDog has an established goal of becoming Carbon negative as its part in fighting climate change. It should be noted that any form of fermentation emits CO2 regardless of its production for beer, wine or spirits. Of course it’s also the gas used to carbonate

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On November 28, 1728, the Boston Newsletter listed a scheme of expenses for the average family including the amount of money the family should set aside “…4 Small Beer for the Whole Day Winter and Summer….” Sometimes the Good Old Days were indeed good. 2021 Beer Fest VIP tickets on sale now at MBBF.org  https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530    

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Beer Fest with no Crowd?

  What would it be like to enter the Beer Fest in Idaho Falls without the thousands of beer drinkers? You can find out June 5, 2021. Simply purchase one of the very limited VIP tickets that’ll get you in at 11 a.m. – a full hour before the General Admission tickets. Go the main page and select tickets or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530  

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I’ve been dreaming about waffles for 1800 miles….

The movie Tin Cup would have dreamed even more if they had known there’d be a Waffle House beer. The ever-open breakfast cathedral has entered an agreement with Georgia’s Oconee Brewing of Greensboro to produce “Bacon & Kegs”, described as a red ale with an aroma of bacon designed to entice carnivorous fans of breakfast. However, beware of its bite, perhaps not the best choice for a morning’s repast, it packs a respectable alcohol content of 6.5%. Look for news on Black Friday for the 2021 Beer Fest in Idaho

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Coca Cola Beer?

After the repeal of prohibition Coca Cola seriously considered entering the Beer business but finally decided against it. Now they’ve reversed that decision – sort of. Their entry is via the hard seltzer segment and they’ve done it through a distribution agreement with Molson-Coors. The product is their recent acquisition of the hard Topo Chico mineral water which has already launched in Mexico and Brazil. Want to enter the 2021 Beer Fest an hour before the crowd? Look for the upcoming Black Friday Sale. Copyright Gregg Smith – his latest

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This Day In Beer History

On this day in 1775, the Marine Corps was formed in Tun Tavern of Philadelphia. Recruitment was aided through buying the newly signed Marine a beer in the friendly confines of the tavern; once located on Front Street between Walnut and Chestnut. A fine branch of the US Navy, the Marine Corps has diligently protected the country for 245 years; buying a Marine a beer today would be a good way to say thanks. BTW Marine veterans count – once a Marine…   always a Marine. Semper Fi. Look for news

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