Brew and Booze News

Malty Monday Monitor for August 25, 2014

Below are a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox this week…


Mark Gillespie of WhiskyCast Accepts the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

For more information about ALS, the #IceBucketChallenge, or to make a donation, click here to visit the official ALS Association website.


Goodnight Brew

Goodnight Brew: “Pitcher Book” for Beer Lovers Taps September 2014

Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People, will be available from Bailiwick Press, bookstores, gifts shops, and Amazon in early September.

A spoof of the beloved children’s book Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Brew is a full-color “pitcher book” for grown-ups. In the charming story, the brewery employees—including three little otters (in charge of the water), a wort hog, and a hops wildebeest—introduce us to the brewing equipment, ingredients, and styles of beer. Join this fanciful crew as they close down for the evening and say goodnight to the brew kettle, barley and yeast, hops and mash, saison, porter, IPA, and much more.

Befuddled about beer ingredients?  Puzzled about the brew process?  Can’t remember the difference between an ale and a lager? Don’t miss the brew infographics that follow the story!

Goodnight Brew has already captured the attention of brewing experts and beer enthusiasts alike:

“This is the perfect nightcap.” — Pete Limbach, Carnival Technician, New Belgium Brewing Company

“In the music world, a cover song is only worth recording if it can top the original. Goodnight Brew brings that same attitude to the classic children’s book. After reading you’ll wonder why anybody ever bothered with that moon business. The perfect gift for the baby-toting beer geek.”— Patrick Dawson, author of Vintage Beers

“A perfect piece of joy and beer-musement!” — Michael Bussmann, Social Networking Nerd, New Belgium Brewing Company

“Goodnight Brew is a curious hybrid—like a smoked IPA or stout brewed with strawberries—that entertains and informs. With the wit and authority you’d expect from a bedtime story about beer, this crazy book leaves you dreaming of hops and barley while inspiring you to get to the nearest brewery and thank the creators for their hard work.” — Will Siss, beer columnist and blogger at

“This book easily brings out a smile and the desire to meet a hops wildebeest in his natural brewery habitat.” — John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine and author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook.

“Goodnight Brew is completely adorable. More breweries would do well to operate with such fancy. But most impressive is the amount of quality word-play without resorting to a single hop-based pun.” — Michael Kiser, Good Beer Hunting

Karla “Ann E. Briated” Oceanak is the nom de brew of the author of the beloved Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series for young readers. She has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years and speaks on children’s literacy. Allie Ogg is an illustrator, potter, and fine artist. She also works at Equinox Brewing. They both live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

For more information, visit

Goodnight Brew, written by Karla “Ann E. Briated” Oceanak, illustrated by Allie Ogg, ISBN 978-1-934649-50-3, published by Bailiwick Press, distributed by Legato Publishers Group, an affiliate of Publishers Group West, available October 2014, $16.95 USA / $18.50 Canada, humor, hardcover, 32 pages, 10” x 8.5”, color illustrations.


Voting Now Open for Icons of Whisky America 2015

Icons of WhiskyNominations have now closed for Icons of Whisky America 2015, and Whisky Magazine would like to thank you for taking the time to identify the finest companies and individuals in the whiskey industry. We now invite you to vote online for the best of these retailers, producers, distributors and importers by visiting You will have the chance to vote for your top three nominees in any category according to the guidelines below:

Retailers may vote for nominees in the following categories:

  • Producer awards  (e.g. Whisky Distiller, American Whiskey Ambassador)
  • Distributor & importer awards (e.g. Whisky Distributor)

Producers may vote for:

  • Retail awards (e.g. Whisky Retailer – Single Outlet)
  • Distributor & importer awards

Distributor and importers may vote for:

  • Producer awards
  • Retail awards

Journalists may vote for nominees in all categories

Please visit by Thursday 28th August 2014 to vote for the very best in the industry – it will take less than two minutes to complete.

Once voting is closed and finalised, the winners of the Icons of Whisky America 2015 will be announced and presented in Bardstown, Kentucky in conjunction with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and the Bourbon Hall of Fame on Wednesday 17th September 2014.

We very much look forward to receiving your vote.

Best wishes,

Rupert Wheeler

Whisky Magazine
Managing Editor


Iron Hill Brewery’s “The Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale” Launches on 9/5/2014!

IHTheGreatImperialPumpkinWILMINGTON, DE – On Friday, 9/5/2014, beginning at 5 p.m., all 10 regional Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations will celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new season with the annual release of both The Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Classic Pumpkin Ale.  Iron Hill’s award-winning Pumpkin Ale will be available on draught at all 10 locations through Halloween (Friday, October 31), and pumpkin lovers will be able to take home The Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale in cork-finished 750 mL bottles for a limited time.

“I can’t think of a style of beer that we do here at Iron Hill that evokes such pomp and circumstance.  This is a release that our fans mark down on their calendars months and months in advance,”  saysDirector of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson.  “Pumpkin Ale is also one of our favorite beers to make, too, with its spicy and bold flavors – it really tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass – and we look forward to pouring our award-winning pumpkin ales throughout the season.”

Iron Hill’s Pumpkin Ale is a medium-bodied, copper-colored ale with malt-y sweetness and a balancing bitterness.  It is spiced with traditional pumpkin pie spices and vanilla, in lieu of finishing hops, for intensely seasonal flavor.  The Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a hearty autumnal beer brewed each year with more than 200 pounds of pumpkins, as well as pumpkin pie spices, molasses and Belgian candi sugar, giving it a rich flavor and heady aroma, evocative of wool sweaters, crisp evenings by the fire and all things fall.  Throughout the season, the beer will be sold as a Bottled Reserve, Iron Hill’s line of cork-finished 750 ml bottles, for $19.50.  The Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale’s collectible bottles feature a custom-designed label from local artist Jeff Schaller, inspired by the beloved comic strip Peanuts. 

Highlighted events will include:

  • September 6, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. – Iron Hill Maple Shade will host its annual Welcome, Great Pumpkin party by pouring pints and tulips of Pumpkin Ale, The Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Cinderella’s Carriage, Bourbon Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Bourbon Cindy
  • September 13, 12 noon until 6 p.m. – Iron Hill Wilmington will host a multi-tap event with five different styles of pumpkin beer:  Pumpkin Ale, Charlie Pumpkin Brown, Great Pumpkin Stout, Pumpkin Weiss, Ichabod Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • September 19, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. – Iron Hill Voorhees will celebrate the rite of fall by paying tribute to Cinderella’s Carriage, a Belgian-style pumpkin ale spiced with cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg
  • September 20, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. – Iron Hill North Wales will host its Pumpkinfest party by pouring pints and tulips of Pumpkin Ale, Ichabod Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Weiss, Bourbon Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Spiced Porter
  • September 20, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. – Iron Hill Phoenixville will welcome pumpkin lovers back with Welcome to Pumpkinville!, a multi-tap event featuring Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Cask Conditioned Pumpkin Ale, Vanilla Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Weiss, Great Pumpkin Stout

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 10 locations across the mid-Atlantic, with an 11th location, in Ardmore, PA scheduled to open in the coming year.  Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Locations include:  Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000);  Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739);  Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000);  West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600);  North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000);  Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333);  Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800);  Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009);  and Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600).

For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

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