It still might be behind the pace of the United States, but the craft beer scene in the UK continues to grow with some impressive offerings. One that stands out is Good Chemistry Brewing from Bristol. The burgeoning brewery has plenty of offerings, but during warm weather, it’s wise to lean towards Solar Impulse, a full-flavored sipper with plenty of hops. British, American, and German hops round out the profile of this easy drinker that also happens to be vegan-friendly. Available in these beautiful 660ml bottles that feature a handy ingredient chart front and center.
How many beers are in a keg? It’s a question that comes up pretty much anytime a friend of mine has a party, or a wedding, or an event and they’re buying beer for a group of people — “How many kegs do I need?” and “How many beers are in a keg?”
Luckily, it’s a question that I always have the answer to:
How Many Beers Are in a Keg?
The answer to this question depends entirely on what size keg you’re buying (shocker!).
This is what most people know as “a keg,” but the half barrel name throws them off. One of these has 15.5 gallons of beer in it. That means you can get 165 12 oz. beers from it, or 124 16 oz. beers. If for some bizarre reason you’re buying a keg to fill growlers, you can fill 31 of them (of the standard 64 oz. variety) with a half barrel before you’ll run out of beer.
Quarter Barrel kegs are the second most common type of keg. These come in two different forms: a tall keg (the same height as the half barrel) but half the girth, and a size that maintains the same girth but cuts the height in half. These are also known as pony kegs and tall quarter kegs. With these, you get half of what you would get from a half barrel. That means each one has 7.75 gallons of beer inside, which equates to 82 12 oz. beers, 62 16 oz. beers, and 15.5 growlers.
These 5-gallon kegs are typically used by home brewers, but you see a few breweries offering them for customers as well. The smallest of the bunch, a Cornelius Keg or “Corny” holds 5 gallons of beer, which equates to 53 12 oz. beers, 40 16 oz. beers, and 10 64 oz. growlers.
How Much Beer Do I Need?
That’s a good question. Can you ever have too much beer? Yes. The answer is yes. Determining how much beer you need, however, is a pretty simple process. I typically tell people to go by this simple formula, which so far has done me well.
Beer Only Events
If you’re only serving beer, plan on each person you’ve invited drinking one beer for every hour of the event. Sure, some people will only have one, but then there’s also that guy who will have seven during your three-hour wedding reception. The one beer per person per hour formula will ensure you have a reasonable amount of beer to keep everyone lubricated without having a massive amount leftover when everyone heads home.
Beer, Spirits, and Wine Events
If you’re serving something other than beer at your event as well, then chances are good that people are going to drink that as well. For those type events, I typically suggest people buy enough that each person can have one beer for every two hours of the event. Know your crowd though. If you’re having a big super bowl party with your college buddies, then you might want to dial that beer number up. If you’re getting together with a bunch of wine enthusiasts, then you probably need to dial up your wine game rather than buying a ton of beer.
Don’t Be Afraid To Buy Bottles
One of the worst things you can do is dramatically overbuy beer in keg form. Unless you have a kegerator, once you tap your keg you essentially start a timer on how long it’s going to stay good. That timeline moves even faster when you put that beer in a bucket full of ice that starts melting and your beer starts getting warm.
If you’re having a big party, definitely get a keg if you want one. You’d be better served, however, to buy a smaller keg in some cases than you need, and then supplementing that keg with a case or two of cans and bottles. Start with the keg, but if it runs out while the party is still going on, you can pull out the bottles or cans and keep things going. If you end up not needing the bottles, they’ll last a lot longer than that massive keg would.
That’s all there is to it!
World of Beer is back with another Drink It Internship that will give you the opportunity to make $12,000 traveling the US and drinking beer. If you’ve never visited a World of Beer location, the selection of craft beers, food, and the staff’s expansive knowledge show why the name works. It really is a world of beer. And what better company to fund three interns travel and beer experiences than the company that’s all about sharing the global story behind the beer? Hit up the Drink It Intern section of the World of Beer site below to submit your entry, and then cross your fingers you get chosen to explore, share, photograph, blog and try new things while still getting paid $12,000 for something that shouldn’t be considered work. Applications are due by March 26th, so you have around three weeks to create your magnum opus and get it to World of Beer.
Is that craft beer in your grocery cart really brewed by a small, independent brewery, or does it come from the same commercial vats as other non-craft beverages? It can be hard to tell, especially now that big name retailers like Walmart are selling their own private label “craft” brands.
Complete with quirky names like Cat’s Away IPA, After Party Pale Ale, and Pack of Trouble, Walmart teamed up with a company called Trouble Brewing to create its own line of craft brews, which it started selling in early 2016, the Washington Post reports.
You might not have noticed, however, as nowhere on the packaging is there any indication that Walmart is behind the cheaply priced brews. That’s par for the course, Walmart says, as it doesn’t put its name on any of its private label brands. There is no intention to deceive customers, the company says.
“We were intentional about designing a package that conveyed a look and feel you’d expect of craft beer,” Teresa Budd, a senior buyer for Walmart’s adult beverage team, tells WaPo.
But as WaPo points out, there is no American brewery called Trouble Brewing: the applicant listed on filings with theTreasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is “Winery Exchange, Inc.,” which has since become WX Brands, a company that “develops exclusive brands of wine, beer and spirits for retailers around the world,” according to its website.
Then, under “brewery address,” the TTB filings list the address of Genesee Brewing’s business office in Rochester, NY. As anyone who has ever shotgunned a Genesee Cream Ale at a college party knows, it is doesn’t have much of a craft reputation.
Beyond that, according to the national Brewers Association, a craft brewery is defined as small (annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less); independent (less than 25% of the brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer); and traditional (“a brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation”).
Genesee is owned by a company called Florida Ice and Farm, which brews a Costa Rican lager and other industrial brands.
Walmart isn’t alone in obscuring where a craft beer actually comes from: WaPo points out that Costco’s Kirkland Signature Handcrafted Beer is purportedly made at either New York Brewer in New York, or Hopfen und Malz in San Jose, TX. However, TTB filings show they’re brewed at F.X. Matt (the home of Saranac) and Gordon Biersch, respectively.
In the end, you’ll likely get what you pay for: though these private label brands go for as much as $5 less than other craft brands, a team of WaPo staffers weighed in on one Trouble Brewing beverage, calling it “flabby,” and “good for flip cup.” Another was described as, “bland nothingness” and “lacking an identifiable taste.”
Last year, a federal court threw out a lawsuit against MillerCoors for allegedly misleading consumers about the “craft” nature of its Blue Moon beers. The plaintiffs in that case had argued that the beer giant had deliberately distanced itself from the Blue Moon brand in order to sell the beer for a higher price.
Nearly twelve years since it was first brewed, Firestone Walker Bravo Imperial Brown Ale is finally being bottled for the first time. One of the driest beers in the Vintage Reserve series, it’s also a crucial component in the annual blending of Firestone Walker’s Anniversary Ale and helps balance out some of the sticky sweet components. Clocking in at 13.2%, Bravo is also the first beer in Firestone’s barrel-aged line to move to a 12 ounce size from the previous 22 ounce standard. This gives drinkers a much more reasonable serving size and price point to commit to with beers that regularly top 10% ABV.
If you’re looking for a tasty new beer to try out, this interactive periodic table will guide you in the right direction.
The table, from Sunglass Warehouse, covers all of gold medal-winning beers of the 2016 World Beer Cup. There are hybrids (orange,) lagers (green,) and ales (blue) of all types from different breweries all over the world. When you mouse over one of the squares, you’ll see the full name of the beer, the ABV, and where it comes from. Then if you click the square, you’ll be shown the name of the brewery in addition to more information about the type of beer it is.
Having a cold one in the shower before heading out for the night isn’t a new concept, but Shower Beer — a collaboration between Snask and Pangpang Brewery — might be the first beer made specifically for such an occasion. Hand brewed in Sweden, it’s a sweet but strong pale ale that arrives in small 6 ounce bottles, making it an easy brew to consume as you prepare for a night out with your squad.
We may be looking at Christmas in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek out and consume a great beer like Hardywood Kentucky Christmas Morning. The 10.8% brew starts out as Hardywood’s legendary Gingerbread Stout before aging for months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Then, before being bottled, it’s cold filtered through fresh locally roasted coffee beans. The result is an avalanche of flavors like vanilla, coconut, coffee, and spices. A worthy treat to toast the end of what has been a very long year for many.
Beer and chocolate are two of the greatest vices ever created. They are also perfectly paired together to create a taste explosion. Well, not all beer and chocolate. An IPA and a chunk of dark chocolate would be fairly repulsive. But a dark, roasted stout and a hazelnut chocolate bar? Now we’re onto something.
What if someone decided to combine the two? You’d likely think this mad scientist was involved in some sort of dark, evil magic. That would just be too good to be true. Well, the happily off-kilter folks at Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits announced they have decided to combine their popular Chocolate Stout with their Hazelnut Brown Nectar to create Hazelutely Choctabulous, which is pretty much the closest thing to a candy bar in beer form.
“For over a decade, our hardest-core fans and loyal pub patrons have been drinking this blend, which they say tastes like a nutty chocolate candy bar,” says Rogue President Brett Joyce. “We’re thrilled to share this secret menu item with the world.”
This isn’t the first time the famed craft brewery has decided to try its hand at the sweeter side of brewing. They collaborated with Portland-favorite Voodoo Doughnuts to create Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla and Voodo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale. This is also the brewery that gave the world Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout and Beard Beer, a beer that was actually brewed using yeast found in their Brew Master’s beard. Guys, you’re keeping Oregon a little too weird!
This rich, dark beer will be available in 22-ounce bottles and drafts around the country. Sadly, it won’t be available for Christmas or even New Year’s. Look at it this way, you can open a whole new present next month. It’s reason enough to keep your Christmas tree up and decorated until at least February.
Braxton Brewing already have a great Winter Warmer on their hands with Snow Shovel, and now they’ve taken it up a notch with the release of Braxton Brewing Rum-Barrel Snow Shovel Beer. The malt forward beer has ginger, cinnamon, and local honey in the mix, and was aged in Caribbean Rum barrels for over a year. A sweet, warming treat at 11.4%, it’s brewed to thaw you out on a cold winter night.