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May 18 2015
The Bottle Keeper


Editor’s Note: Our pal and Beer & Pig reader Billy Hanley is back with another submission spotlighting a beer innovation worth your attention.

Is it secret!?!  Is it safe!?!

Glass bottles stink let’s face it.  They are heavy to clean up, they let in too much sun, you knock one off a table on accident and EVERYONE knows about it, but you can’t just go and crack open a can of Stone Ruination, or Dogfish Head 90 minute, or an ice cold DuClaw beer, you have to drink it from the bottle and to keep it cold you have to use those weird wetsuit like bottle koozies with the zipper or just pour it into the “hey look that guys drinking a beer” red plastic cup. When the sun is shining those red cups mean one thing, warm beer.  Warm beer sucks, face it England, cold beer is king.  The Bottle Keeper is the best thing to keep you bottle of beer safe and cold.


Apr 22 2015
The Wait Is Over: The Pour My Beer System

Editor’s Note: Our pal and Beer & Pig reader Billy Hanley is back with another submission spotlighting a beer innovation worth your attention.

No one likes to wait, and I mean NO ONE!  Whether it’s the line at Taco Bell or simply waiting for the rainy season to end so Beer and Pig season can begin, we can all agree that instant gratification is best.  Personally, the worst kind of wait is waiting for the guy behind the bar to finish hip thrusting every girl there just to pour me a frothy cold glass of golden greatness.  Thankfully my prayers, along with every bar-going citizen’s prayers, have been answered!  Praise the Beer Gods for technology has come to save the day once again!

The Pour My Beer system is a self-service tap system that is revolutionizing the bar industry.  With wall and table options, Pour My Beer is making it fun, quick, and easy to drink your favorite brews without waiting on somebody else.  The whole system works on a number of allowable pours; think of it like tickets at a beer festival.  Each person gets approved for two pours (through their RFID card) before a bar employee must return and approve the user for another two drinks.  This keeps the user from abusing the system and allows the bar to keep an eye on all its patrons.  Table options can be approved for two drinks per person so if you have six people at the table the taps will be set to twelve pours before the wait staff has to reapprove the taps.  This is great if your wife is anything like mine and drinks WAY less than you.


Jun 2 2014
The Earth Cooler uses the Earth to cool your Beer. Complaints from Zion have gone unanswered.


Ice. It’s not just the first name of several hip hop artists.  It’s also a cold, wet substance that USED to be necessary to keep your beers cold while being outdoors.  I say USED to, because mole men be damned, the “Earth Cooler” from eCool is here to change up the paradigm.

With the ability to hold 24 cans of delicious beer, this crazy ass invention can be used outdoors  and year round.  It’s requires no electricity and stays frost-free year round.  The price tag is a stout 349 dollars, but some of us have spent more on coolers that DON’T double as a first strike weapon against the Tremors

Just imagine sitting in the backyard, cranking away! Instead of the neighbors calling the police, you would be rewarded by an earth cooled beer.  You can check out what the Earth Cooler looks like before installation on eCool’s Facebook page.   It’s a pretty wonderful idea and you wonder how many different ways humanity will develop to open beers or keep them cold.  I mean, it’s getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous.

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May 29 2014
The Wandering Pelican: A Cigar City & Great Lakes Collaboration











Editors Note: Thanks to Beer & Pig reader Billy Hanley for submitting this article with all the info on Cigar City & Great Lakes’ collaboration brew.  If you’re in Ohio & Florida they definitely seem worth your time.  Enjoy! 

In a press release back on April 18th, Cigar City Brewing and Great Lakes Brewing Company announced that they would be working on a collaboration beer set called Wandering Pelican. Cigar City Brewmaster Wayne Wambles was in Ohio the week of April 14th to start work on the Wandering Pelican Black Lager.  Great Lakes brewmasters  traveled to Tampa the week of April 21st to begin collaboration on Wandering Pelican Black Ale.

Well, the wait is over.  On May 19th, Cigar City released the Wandering Pelican Black Ale in 12oz cans, to limited distribution in Florida.  Portions of release party proceeds will go to benefit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

Then on May 20th, Great Lakes Brewing Company released Wandering Pelican Black Ale in 22oz bottles, available in the GLBC gift shop only with a limited amount on draft throughout GLBC’s market.  Hopefully we see one keg make its way down here, but a road trip may be in order.

When asked about the name the press release states:  “The name Wandering Pelican pays homage to a Brown Pelican who made the journey from Florida to Ohio’s Lake Erie Coast during the summer of 2013.  Swapping saltwater for fresh, feeding on shad instead of mullet, this welcome stranger made Lake Erie his home for several months and became an unlikely local celebrity.  Both of these beers will honor our courageous friend who wandered off the beaten path to find his home.”

Throughout all of the Cigar City collaborations: New Belgium, Coronado, Widmer Brothers, AleSmith, and probably a few others I never even knew about, I can safely say I am most excited for this team up.

May 19 2014
The Ultimate Maneuver: Mad Fox Brewing & Big O and Dukes Collaboration Beer Tapping Party

*Editor’s note: Thank you to our palls at Brew Keep, Sean Creel & Matt Van Sant, for this fabulous write-up of the Mad Fox Brewing/Big O and Dukes Show Release Event for their collaboration beer, The Maneuver in Falls Church, VA.  Check out their site at, like them on Facebook, and give them a follow on Twitter @BrewKeep.

We witnessed history on May 16, 2014. When the clock struck 9pm, The Horde got its first taste of the inaugural Big O and Dukes Show/ Mad Fox Brewing Company collaboration brew: The Maneuver.

The ultimate result of a brief Facebook message years ago (plus a tremendous amount of brainstorming and hard work in between), The Maneuver was brewed as a session-able, or low alcohol, American India Pale Ale (IPA). Being a session beer, it is a bit more approachable than the beers you might think of when you normally hear IPA. Oh, and you can drink a lot of them! And on Friday night, The Horde took full advantage.