Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Tom Frizelle from the Craft Beer Cellar!
Craft Beer Cellar offers craft, micro, or artisanal brewed beers from the United States and beyond. Our mission has been to create an amazing beer store; a place with a central focus on beer, not wine or spirits. While you may not be familiar with everything on our shelves, we are confident that you’ll leave our shop with something spectacular. And when you visit us, you’ll always find a beer geek who is eager to assist, comfort, and love you, or (if you prefer) just have a chat about happenings in the beer world.
We are focused on keeping our prices down, keeping our pulse on the latest and greatest beers available to you, and putting the sexy back in customer service and hospitality. So don’t be surprised if one of our knowledgeable beer geeks insists on carrying your goods to your car — that’s just how we roll.
Bert’s Better Beers’ Draft Pick(s) of the Week:
1. Das Helles
2. Sip of Sunshine from Lawson
3. Space Dust IPA from Elysian
Listen for our review!
Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle: Yeast Strains!
1. Blue Moon is not craft beer, just crafty marketing, lawsuit claims
Blue Moon, a sweet Belgian wheat ale that has risen to the top as one of the country’s best beers, is brewed by MillerCoors.
But a lot of people still think it’s a “craft” beer.
Now, one California man is taking matters into his own hands, filing a class action against MillerCoors, charging that the beer giant misleads customers by marketing Blue Moon as a craft beer.
MillerCoors has eight major US breweries and produces 76 million barrels of beer annually. None of its brands meets the standards for a craft brewery set by the Brewers Association, which says craft breweries can product up to 6 million barrels of beer each year.
According to court documents filed in the Superior Court of California in San Diego, Evan Parents — the suit’s filer — claims that MillerCoors has gone to “great lengths to disassociate Blue Moon beer from the MillerCoors name,” and practices deceptive marketing practices to lead consumers into thinking Blue Moon is in fact brewed by a smaller institution. READ MORE
2. From the Other Side of the Counter
You’ve been stalking the release of that limited, overpriced, one-time release of the hippest brewery of the month and have finally found a store that will be getting some bottles. You drive an hour, maybe more to this fabled super store hoping to get your hands on that bottle only to find that when you get to the counter, you’re given the run around. “Sold out” the clerk says. You get a glimpse of the bottle, possibly with a slip of paper taped to it with somebody’s name scribbled on it. Instead of shopping around or moving on and leaving quietly, you make a fuss. “Yeah right” you say, and start complaining about how stores like this are everything that’s wrong with the craft community. As upset as you are though, I’m here to add insult to injury and tell you you’re wrong. You’re what’s wrong with the craft community. READ MORE