Wednesday, December 12, 2007


New video for the web and for the dvd's

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We got da fonk

Our barrel aged chocolate, raspberry sour brown drew gasps of appreciation (or violent wretching) from the crowd at the Beer Advocate "Night of the Funk" beer festival Friday. We were also ashamed we didn't add cherries to it instead of raspberries so we could call it Otter Kriek. To quote a line from one of my favorite movies Spinal Tap, "its a fine line between clever and stupid."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

Christine and I went to NYC last weekend to see this guy again. We re-established our leftist credentials in one fell swoop. Now we can go back to listening to NPR, driving our volvo, eating French cheese and sipping chardonnay with the rest of the liberal elite Vermonters

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Lobethal Bierhaus

Lobethal Bierhaus
is owned and operated by Guild Grads Phil and Alistair

Denise and Arne

Marin County Sweeps the Great American Beer Festival!

Marin Brewing Company wins four golds and Moylan’s brewery & restaurant wins two golds and one silver!

marin county, ca – The sun was shining on a section of Marin County on Saturday, October 13th, as Marin Brewing Company of Larkspur, CA and Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant of Novato, CA were awarded a record six gold medals and one silver medal at the 26th Great American Beer Festival Competition, the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beer produced in the United States today. The top three winners in each of the competition’s 75 different beer style categories were announced at the Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony in Denver, Colorado. The winning beers were judged and selected by an international panel of brewing experts from an impressive portfolio of 2,832 entries received from 474 U.S. breweries. More than 1,500 breweries were invited to compete in the prestigious annual event.

Brewmaster Arne Johnson of Marin Brewing Company had a banner year, with four of his ten entries awarded a gold medal in their individual categories. Tiburon Blonde was awarded gold in the Belgian and French-style Ale category, the Triple Dispsea Belgian-Style Ale took top honors in the Belgian Style Abbey Ale category, the Point Reyes Porter took gold in the Robust Porter category and the Star Brew Triple Wheat walked away as the winner in the American-Style Wheat Wine Ale category.

Brewmaster Denise Jones of Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant also counts this year as a personal best in Denver, with Moylan’s Dragoons Dry Irish Stout taking top honors in the Classic Irish Style Dry Stout category. The Hopsickle Imperial IPA and the Moylander Double IPA took gold and silver respectively in the Imperial or Double India Pale Ale category. This is a monumental triumph for Moylan’s, as 72 beers from all over the country were entered, and the Novato establishment alone was awarded first and second place honors.

Owner Brendan Moylan is elated with the success his brewmasters have achieved. In the 26 year history of the competition, few brewpub proprietors rarely experience the good fortune of taking home six gold medals and one silver. He states, “Our success at GABF this year was phenomenal. Both Brewmasters and their crews worked incredibly hard to bring home those medals. Marin County can rest assured knowing it was well represented at the 2007 competition. Come on in to one or both of the pubs and taste one of seven medal winning ales!”

For more information on Marin Brewing Company and Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant, Brendan Moylan or either Brewmaster and their award winning ales, please visit and For more Great American Beer Festival Competition information and 2007 winners list, visit

The Great American Beer Festival has been held every year since 1982 and is presented by the Brewers Association not-for-profit educational, trade association for craft brewers. Visit the website: to learn more. The Brewers Association also hosts the bi-annual World Beer Cup and is based in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.

Brewers Association Great American Beer Festival

Brewers Association Great American Beer Festival

Pelican Pub & Brewery Wins 3 medals at the 2007 GABF

Pelican Pub & Brewery Wins 3 medals at the 2007 GABF

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Tradition has it that we spend the interval between sessions on saturday at The Samba Room. We generally have a medal or two with us and the skirt steak and mojitos go down easy. In this picture you will find some instructors, some students, and some friends

Surly Brewing Company -- Minnesota, USA

Surly Brewing Company -- Minnesota, USA

Gold Medal
Congrats Omar
More to follow

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I'll be here

I'll be representin' Otter Creek/Wolavers at this event. Many of you may already know Todd a Guild Grad from 2005. We have been aging a 50 gallon barrel of Wolavers Brown for 18 months. We added some cocoa powder and some Scottish Wee Heavy to it before deliberately spoiling it with lactobacillus, pediococcus and brettanomyces. Right now it tastes like chocolate nail polish, but when we blend it with fresh brown ale it is sublime

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Beer vs Wine

Check out Charlie Bamforth and a wine guy going at it

Thursday, September 27, 2007

National Toast to Michael Jackson

Click on the link for more info. I'll be raising a to the legend myself. Beer advocate

Local Brewers in Vermont, Greg Noonan will be hosting a toast Sunday at 9 pm

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Updated Sites

Inspired by David to avail myself of all the cool new web tools I've begun updating both sites more regularly. The public site has a list of all the lecturers who taught with us this summer and a couple of links to some photographs of the students from the last couple of classes. The alumni site (get your passwords) is up and running and there are some germs of discussions breaking out.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Alumni Board is live

The board is up and working. Yeah.
email us for the passwords if you are an alumnus of the American Brewers Guild

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sorry for the delay

Well I'm currently working through the internet hell that is known as "dealing with network solutions". The phalanx of well educated but poorly paid workers in Bangladesh are currently working to solve my problem. Perhaps this week.

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Alumni site

The new alumni site should be active today or tomorrow. Thankyou Ron for all of your tremendous effort

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New Alumni Site almost ready

Alumni Ron Cotti is putting the finishing touches to the new look alumni site. It will have a message board and job board and will eventually have a beer wiki in operation. The worlds greatest brewing knowledge database created by guild alums. Wow

Friday, August 31, 2007

Michael Jackson Passes

I'm going to take today just to sit and contemplate the passing of a legend.
Michael Jackson Testimonials

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Downtime after class ends

The week after the Summer Residential Class ended Christine and I headed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a well earned vacation. We've been catching up on trashy reading material and rediscovering the virtues of flavorless American beer in cans. Back to work on Tuesday at the ABG and Otter Creek.