27° Curso de produção de Cerveja Artesanal de Afonso Landini e Analise Sensorial com Mauricio Beltramelli.


O Grande Cervejeiro foi conferir o 27°Curso de produção de Cerveja Artesanal realizado no dia 29/05/2010 nas instalações do Bar Brejas em Campinas SP, foi sensacional os mestres Afonso e Mauricio dominam o dom da palavra e impressionaram a todos com seus conhecimentos cervejeiros, iniciou a apresentação o mestre Landini com a carga teórica sobre o processo de fabricação, matéria prima, métodos assépticos e dicas fundamentais sobre como produzir sua cerveja artesanal.
Em seguida Mauricio Beltramelli iniciou a segunda fase do curso Analise Sensorial, destinada a ensinar a reconhecer defeitos em uma cerveja tal como no aroma e no paladar, foi simplesmente o Maximo.


Na terceira fase foi à hora de meter a mão na massa e realizar a produção do puro néctar dos Deuses.


Indico o curso a todos, e como disse nosso amigo Mauricio quando você entra no mundo da Cerveja Artesanal você nunca mais sai, e acaba conhecendo as verdadeiras cervejas.


Após o curso como ninguém é de ferro foi à hora de relaxar e experimentar algumas dos mais de 200 rótulos do Bar Brejas, e é claro pedi a recomendação de uma trapista para o nosso anfitrião Mauricio que recomendou uma ORVAL, confira abaixo a avaliação da mesma pelo mestre Mauricio Beltramelli.

“Essa breja trapista ostenta um creme denso, consistente e persistente. No aroma e no sabor, nozes, toffee, malte, mel, final amargo e especiarias. Por ser bastante amarga não tem muita drinkability. O final é extremamente seco. Cerveja muito complexa, ímpar, ótima e imperdível”.



É claro que não fiquei só na Trapista ORVAL apreciei o chopp da Walls e uma Brown ale da Brooklin.


Nossos amigos de fortaleza que promovem a versão cearense da Oktoberfest vieram para o curso.


Maravilhosas SAUBER BEER Cerveja Artesanal de Mogi Mirim (SP) do nosso amigo Renato Marquetti Junior que cedeu suas obras primas para o curso, com destaque para Sauber Beer Pumpkin Ale, isso mesmo cerveja com sabor e aroma de abobora imperdível.



Fonte: "www.grandecervejeiro.blogspot.com"  Webmaster Ricardo Oliveira de Matos

Foto de la Semana (Shake's Beer)


Hola amiguitos aquí estamos otra semana mas, esta vez para enseñaros una Pilsen al puro estilo alemán y con un toque de originalidad en su botella, esta semana desde Alemania la Shake's Beer.
Los primeros datos que se encuentran de esta empresa datan del año 1738. No se debe confundir con la pequeña cervecería familiar y hospedería del mismo nombre de Waldstetten. La Engel Brauerei es una importante compañía comercial que produce una gama amplia de cervezas que se distinguen principalmente por sus llamativos envases dedicados a distintos temas. Al principio solo fabricaban para cubrir el uso personal de el restaurante, pero a partir de 1903 se empezaron a modernizar progresivamente, metieron maquinas de vapor, en 1920 tenían su flota de carros tirados por caballos y ya en 1967 pusieron maquinaria que han ido modernizando hasta nuestros días. La dirección de esta empresa pasa de manos de padres a hijos y van ya por la quinta generación.
Vamos con la cata. Dado que estas cervezas se elaboran en gran parte por encargo, algunas de ellas solo son versiones de la misma cerveza con distinto envase, así que da lo mismo si probáis esta cerveza o la Vamp' Beer o la Chopper's (por poner unos de los muchos ejemplos que valdrían) porque siempre estarías tomando la misma cerveza. La Shake's Beer es una cerveza al mas puro estilo Pilsen con un color amarillo dorado con la espuma blanca no demasiado compacta aunque bastante duradera. Tiene aromas de malta y sobre todo aromas herbales del lúpulo aunque también cierto olor a metálico que supongo deje la botella de lata. En boca es un pilsen típica bien lupulizada, fresca y vital pero seca a causa del elevado lúpulo con un final refrescante y duradero aunque igual que en nariz también deja sabor a metálico. Tiene un ABV del 5 % y lo mas llamativo es la etiqueta donde aparece una señorita bastante sexy vestida de época.
Mi valoración personal 4 sobre 10. La mayoría de la puntuación se la lleva por el diseño de la botella.

CERVEJAS HISTORICAS

O primeiro Rótulo da Brahma

Cerveja Pilsener
Registrada em 06.12.1897 pela Cervejaria Brahma, com último registro em 19.06.1964

Cerveja Pilsen
Registrada em 16.01.1899 pela cervejaria Brahma

Cerveja Munchen
Registrada em 17.04.1902 pela Cervejaria Brahma, com último registro em
22.03.1960

Cerveja Guarany
Registrada em 25.08.1902 pela Cervejaria Brahma, com último registro em 07.01.1971

Cerveja Franziskaner Brau
Registrada em 16.01.1899 pela cervejaria Brahma, com última renovaçãoem 16.09.57. cerveja Escura

Cerveja Crystal
Registrada em 16.09.1897 pela cervejaria Brahma, com última renovaçãoem 22.11.63

Cerveja Brahma - Porter
Registrada em 25.08.1902 pela Cervejaria Brahma, com último registro em 1994 -
considerada a cerveja "Stout" brasileira. Cerveja Preta.

Brahma Bier Branca
Registrada em 20.08.1894 pela cervejaria Brahma

Cerveja Bock-Ale
Registrada em 05.01.1903 pela Cervejaria Brahma,
com último registro em 19.04.1967. Cerveja Clara.

Babylonia-Brau
Registrada em 05.12.1892 pela Cervejaria Bavária e
transferida para a Cervejaria Brahma em 12.07.1900

Cerveja Teutônia - Pilsen
Registrada em 07.10.1901 pela Preiss, Haussler & C. e transferida
para a Companhia Cervejaria Brahma em 12.08.1904. Cerveja Clara

Cerveja Teutônia - Munchen
Registrada em 07.10.1901 pela Preiss, Haussler & C. e transferida
para a Companhia Cervejaria Brahma em 12.08.1904. Cerveja Clara
Cerveja Brahmina
Registrada em 08.08.1910 pela Cervejaria Brahma, com
último registro em 11.06.1964

Cerveja Brahma Bock Crystal
Registrada em 01.04.1907 pela Cervejaria Brahma,
com último registro em 24.05.1963
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Cerveja ABC
Registrada em 25.09.1905 pela Cervejaria Brahma,
com último registro em 23.09.1963

Cerveja Cavallera
Registrada em 23.12.1912 pela Cervejaria Brahma

Cerveja Brahma Rainha
Registrada em 25.09.1911 pela Cervejaria Brahma

Bullbock
Registrada em 08.08.1910 pela Cervejaria Brahma, com último registro em 24.07.1964

Continental
Registrada em 30.06.1939 pela Cervejaria Brahma

Cerveja Fidalga
Registrada em 20.07.1914 pela Cervejaria Brahma, com último registro em 09.02.71

Cerveja D.K
Registrada em 10.05.1955, e abandonada antes de 10.05.1965

Cerveja Hércules
Registrada como Cerveja Hércules por volta de 1939,
pela Cervejaria Bopp, Sassen, Ritter & Cia Ltda e transferida
para a Brahma em 1946. Registro de relançamento em 1971.

Cerveja Malzbier
Registrada em 16.07.1914 pela Cervejaria Brahma

Essa era só de Curitiba

La Ronda #24: Al momento de elegir y comprar

Nuevo mes, nueva ronda. Este mes nos invita Chris de ¡Todo por una fría! a que aclaremos el siguiente dilema cervecero:

"Imagínense que se encuentran con mucha sed y buenas monedas en sus bolsillos y tienen frente a ustedes, ya sea en la góndola de un supermercado o en la carta de un bar, una variedad importante de cervezas nuevas que pueden adquirir,

1. ¿En que se fijan primero y cual es el factor que debe tener esa cerveza para que ustedes paguen por probarla? ...y...

2. ¿Que esperan de esa cerveza para catalogarla como excelente opción y quedar satisfechos con su compra?"


En respuesta a la primera pregunta no mentiría al afirmar que un formato y etiqueta atractivos, seductores y que además muestren cierta tradición, seriedad y selectividad, no influye a la hora de comprar. Por ello, las cerveceras procuran cuidar este aspecto, atendiendo a cada detalle para transmitir eficazmente su filosofía e imagen propia. Para aquellos que empiezan en este mundo, como me sucedió a mí, esto era más que suficiente. Ahora, sin embargo, después de haber adquirido ciertos conocimientos y debido a la experiencia aprendida, ya no lo es.

Actualmente, me suelo fijar primero en el estilo de cerveza y en el país de procedencia, ya que creo que cada uno posee una especialidad y unos estilos que domina. Por ejemplo, si hablamos de la inglesa, suelo mirar mild, bitter, stout, poter, pale ale, IPA... y como última instancia, dejaría estilos que no cuadran con la historia cervecera británica, como larger, pilsner, etc. Siempre hay excepciones, pero prefiero llevar este orden y no tentar demasiado a la suerte.

Después, me dejo llevar por mis gustos y preferencias, incluso por la intuición, influido por la leyenda de la etiqueta, la información complementaria que me pueda facilitar la tienda o el bar... que no es del todo objetiva a pesar, pero tampoco es que contemos con demasiado margen adicional. Y tras este proceso selectivo, finalmente me decanto por la que cumpla más estrechamente mis requisitos.

Para mí, una cerveza excelente y por tanto buena compra, es toda aquella que me guste, cumpla mis expectativas y tenga carácter y personalidad propia. ¡Así de sencillo! O bueno..., no tanto.

Oktoberfest San Sebastian de los Reyes

Como indique en el twitter desde el día 13 hasta el pasado día 23 de Mayo se celebró el primer Oktoberfest de San Sebastian de los Reyes en la plaza de toros.
Así que como buen cervecero me pase por allí el Sábado, el recinto estaba bastante bien montado con bastantes mesas y un escenario en la parte central de la plaza, y en los laterales estaban los puestos de comida y de bebida.


Una de las grandes pegas que encontré es la poca variedad en cerveza, Rubia (Veltins), Trigo (Maisels weisse) y Negra, la cual no averigüe cual era.


La banda que acompañaba al evento tocaba canciones típicas alemanas para dar un ambiente realista.


En la fiesta se podía degustar platos típicos alemanes como salchichas y codillo, además de otra serie de tapas menos típicas pero de precios mas asequibles.


En resumen, pese a la poca variedad de cerveza el festival estaba bastante bien organizado y tenía buena pinta, espero que sigan haciéndolo durante sucesivos años.

Aqui os dejo un video sobre este festival:

Foto de la semana (Hannen Alt)


Hola amiguitos, hoy esta sección va a ser un poco mas corta de lo normal, sigo teniendo serios problemas con el ordenador y no es lo mismo hacer los artículos desde casa que desde un locutorio, dicho esto, hoy hablamos de la alemana Hannen Alt.
La fábrica de cerveza puede mirar hacia atrás 285 años de tradición cervecera. Desde 1725 Hannen Alt se fabrica en el Bajo Rin. La cervecería Carlsberg Hannen, está íntimamente ligada con la Baja Renania. En 1988, la cervecería Hannen es comprada por Carlsberg Breweries S.A. En julio de 2003 Hannen vendió la fábrica de Mönchengladbach. Hannen Alt aún se fabrica de acuerdo a recetas originales en el Bajo Rhin. Hannen también fabrica las cervezas Carlsberg en Alemania.
Vamos con la cata. Esta ale de fermentación alta tiene un color entre rojo y cobrizo oscuro con espuma blanquecina, no demasiada pero si muy compacta. En nariz deja aromas dulzones de la malta y sobre todo olores de fruta madura. En boca empieza dulce con sabor de malta, un poco metálico, luego vuelve a salir la fruta madura a relucir dejando paso a un final seco y amargo pero moderado. Es una cerveza con un cuerpo medio tirando a ligero y carbonatación baja, y cuando parecería que tendría que ser una cerveza un poco aguada resulta que es cremosa.
Mi valoración personal 5 sobre 10. Esta cerveza no es algo espectacular pero esta bien hecha.

Waffe Belgian Witbier


Descripción:
Hace un mes había tenido la posibilidad de probar la de “trigo y miel” de esta cervecería artesanal cordobesa llamada Waffe, y realmente me había gustado muchísimo, especialmente por su parecido a la Leffe Blonde, una de mis favoritas, ahora le toca el turno a la Belgian Witbier.
Esta cerveza de trigo estilo belga, se presento con un color ambarino opaco, poco transparente por sedimentos naturales, con una pequeña corona de espuma blanca, porosa de poca retensión y de gasificación chispeante.
En nariz choca lo aromático, muchas notas cítricas, naranja, pomelo, algo de levadura por detrás aparte de la cebada de trigo.
En boca es de cuerpo ligero, refrescante para el paladar, notas secas de trigo, vuelven los toques aromáticos, especiados, frutal, levadura de trigo, muy poco lúpulo por detrás. Final de un amargor moderado, equilibrado y fresco. En resumen, me parece una cerveza “pasada” de aromática y no tan compleja, pero con su estilo belga bien marcado y de muy buena calidad.
Esta cervecería artesanal, oriunda de Villa General Belgrano, tiene 7 u 8 estilos para degustar, por ahora solo las veo en el bar céntrico “Cervelar” y seguramente vale la pena probarlas todas.

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Datos:
País: Argentina
Ciudad: Villa General Belgrano
Tipo: Belgian Witbier
Alcohol: 5,7%
Envase: Botella 330ml
Se consigue en: Cervelar
Puntuación: 6,5/10

Escuchando: Anathema - 2010 - We're Here Because We're Here

Absurda disputa entre BrewDog y Schorschbräu

Tal como adolescentes hormonados fanfarroneando acerca de quién la tiene más grande es justo como podría explicarse la lucha que tienen estas dos compañías.

Mi compañero de blog, Trapensheyk, nos informó, en febrero, de que BrewDog había recuperado el título a la cerveza más fuerte gracias a su nuevo producto, "Sink the Bismarck", de 41%. Y sin embargo no ha durado mucho en sus manos, ya que Schorschbräu se lo ha arrebatado con una cerveza de 43% vol. de alcohol, ni más ni menos.

Pero ahí no acabó la disputa, porque aquí viene lo mejor. Un "buen alemán" llevó a cabo un análisis en un "laboratorio alemán" y afirmó que la botella de "Sink the Bismarck" de la que había tomado muestras solo contenía un 29% ABV. Y por supuesto esta información apareció en la televisión alemana poniendo, inevitablemente, en entredicho la profesionalidad de BrewDog. Tras esto llegó el esperado desmentimiento por parte de los escoceses, en el que se dijo que sus laboratorios garantizaban la honradez y calidad de sus productos.
Schorschbräu aprovechó al vuelo esta oportunidad para quedar como caballeros abogando la profesionalidad de sus rivales escoceses. La mejor estrategia, sin ninguna duda.

Sin nada más que añadir, una lucha absurda en pos del prestigio y la consecuente publidad que conlleva elaborar la cerveza más fuerte del mundo. No hay que negar el hecho de que obtienen una importante propaganda gratuita en los distintos medios y blogs de internet podría justificar esta obsesión a la que, con este artículo, estoy sumando mi grano de arena. Pero... ¿hasta qué punto? ¿Cuál será el límite de alcohol que podrá soportar una cerveza? Quizá se traspase la barrera del 50% en unos meses. A mí que no me esperen, yo me bajo en esta estación.

Will Beer, Wine Sales Help or Hurt Carbondale?

Yesterday I posted a recap of Tuesday's Carbondale City Council meeting provided by fellow beer writer, Marika Josephson. Thank you for allowing, Marika! If you didn't read it, I encourage you to do so here.


The issue at hand, of course, is the debate over the allowance of grocery stores to sell packaged liquor - predominantly beer and wine - Carbondale. As Marika's article details, the council appeared to be split on many issues surrounding this debate and did not reach consensus.

The re-posting of the article elicited a couple of very thought-provoking comments that I think are worthy of consideration. I offered my own opinion on the issue in the comments section of the article as well, but thought I'd post it as a stand-alone entry here as well to further the debate. Please feel free to agree or disagree with me, of course.

So, for whatever it's worth, here's my take on the issue as it stands now and my response to the feedback I've already received ...

Opponents of the move to lift the cap on alcohol sales in Carbondale have to deal with one compelling fact. Though the claim is made that allowing grocery stores to sell beer and wine would hurt the existing packaged liquor store businesses in town - or even put them out of business - this assertion simply cannot be supported by empirical evidence or precedence. Carbondale in an anomaly in that it is the only "wet" market in the state that doesn't allow grocery stores to sell beer and wine. In every case where this scenario exists, grocers and packaged liquor stores seem to coexist just fine, thank you. I might add, too, that the quality of product is often substantially better than what we currently see locally. There's good reason for this fact. Appealing to the sentiment that grocery stores are some sort of "threat" to local liquor store business is just silly. Good healthy competition is the driving force of innovation and improvement. Stifle competition and you, de facto, cap the over all level of quality you find for all products and services.

Further, the argument that allowing grocers to sell beer and wine will negatively impact the quality and/or availability of specialty food items is equally tenuous. Any store that knows anything at all about effective floorplans can accommodate additional inventory without doing away with existing products. Stores do this all the time as inventory is in constant flux. To argue that we'd be "trading down" somehow just doesn't add up.

By that same token, it's easy to focus on a store like Krogers or Schnucks and characterize them as the big, bad Corporate giant eager to snuff out the little guy, but this notion just doesn't hold water either. It's already been pointed out that there are local employees and managers at these stores - these are our neighbors as much as the owners/employees of locally owned liquor stores are. Beyond that, these bigger stores have the means - and typically the inclination - to put substantial monies back into the local community. Equating them with Walmart stretches credulity just a little too far.

Lastly, we must not forget that we're not just talking about the big grocery chains here, although it's certainly more convenient to focus on these stores in order to bolster the opposition's argument. Should we also assert that the Neighborhood Co-Op will cause the "Walmart effect"? How about Arnold's Market? Do you honestly think that the Co-Op, for example, will fill their shelves or isles with 24-packs of Bud Light and bottles of Arbor Mist at the cost of their existing inventory of specialty food items? Hardly. Rather, the Co-Op, will undoubtedly focus on high-quality, sustainably-minded and local beers and wines whenever possible. These products are every bit as unique and valuable to the local market as anything else. Rather than a net loss, then, this would clearly be a net gain for those of us who care about such things and don't make the mistake that all beer and wine is the lowest common denominator variety.

So, you see, I don't plan to kiss any of my favorite specialty items goodbye for two reasons - one, the ones that are already here won't go anywhere and, two, I'm waiting on my other favorite specialty items to arrive once the extant ban is finally lifted.

… and there was much rejoicing.

Black and Tan

Muchos de vosotros no sabréis a qué hago referencia, pero es normal. Aunque en España es una opción imposible de encontrar, es probable que aquellos que hayan visitado el Reino Unido y/o EEUU la conozcan. Sin embargo, os hago una advertencia: no esperéis que os miren bien u os hablen de de buen talante si la pedís.

¡Fuera secretismos! Os hablo de una mezcla 50/50 de pale ale y porter o stout. Una mezcla peculiar e interesante que consta de dos sencillos pasos:
  • Verter la mitad de pale ale en un vaso de pinta
  • A continuación, cuidadosamente y con la ayuda de una cuchara, verter la cerveza stout o porter sobre la mitad de la ale sin llegarlas a mezclar.
Como resultado deberíamos obtener una pinta de dos colores: el rojizo propio de la pale ale y el negro de la stout o porter. Video explicativo

No penséis que se trata de una mezcla moderna, porque tiene su historia. Desde el siglo XVIII se ha pedido en pubs ingleses hasta nuestros días, siendo una bebida bastante popular en EEUU, donde sus cerveceras la han comercializado. En la década de los 20, durante la lucha de los nacionalistas irlandeses, se la apodó con el mismo nombre que recibió una fuerza especial del refuerzo inglés cuya indumentaria era un uniforme militar de color negro y caqui. De ahí viene la adversión de los irlandeses a esta mezcla y el apodo "Black and Tan" que le dan, que es también el nombre de una raza canina.

En definitiva es una mezcla que se puede probar con innumerables cervezas y a través de la cual podemos averiguar cómo se complementan entre sí. Y por último, sólo me queda añadir que "Black and Tan" no es el nombre que se le da a la mezcla resultante de larger y porter/stout, sino half and half. Un error bastante común.

"No consensus" from city council on liquor law issues recommended by Liquor Advisory Board

Editorial Note: This article is republished in its entirety below by permission of its author, Marika Josephson. Marika is the Craft Beer Examiner for Carbondale and attended the meeting she expertly details below. If you'd like to read the original article on her site, please click this link.
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“Cloudy,” “muddy,” and “complex,” are all words that Carbondale city council members used to describe the liquor law issue at last night’s city council meeting, and the tortuous complexity was perhaps the major reason why, after two full hours of debate, the meeting was called to a close with Mayor Cole’s proclamation of “no consensus,” meaning that no immediate steps would be taken to review any new changes in liquor law.

All of the city council members were present, along with representatives from each of the city’s grocery stores, with the exception of Arnold’s Market. All had a chance to speak their mind.

Four major issues were posed to the city council for discussion: To change the cap on liquor licenses, to open licenses to grocery stores, to allow establishments with gas stations to sell liquor, and to make the county south of Pleasant Hill (where Arnold’s Market is located) wet.

Grocery store representatives and other members of the public were allowed to explain their position on all of the issues before the city council responded to each in turn.

Grocery store representatives put much effort into showing how safety would not be a factor if the law were changed, nor would their proposed new sales be a threat to the packaged liquor stores currently operating in Carbondale. Robert Wiegert, representative for Schnucks said that of the 29 stores in Illinois, every one has a local packaged liquor store nearby, “good relations with the community,” and a good track record complying with liquor laws.

Tim McGurk, representative of Kroger, explained that women are the majority of customers in his store, and many shop with their kids. Customers don’t want to make two stops because of the hassle of bringing their kids, and if they can’t get liquor at Kroger, they simply do without. Therefore, for a good portion of their customers, granting a license to the grocer wouldn’t keep sales away from other liquor stores. Kroger has also had no alcohol violations in any of their southern Ilinois stores, and on the issue of selling alcohol at the pump, even though Kroger sells some snacks at their gas station in Carbondale, they have no intention of selling alcohol there, and currently do not sell alcohol in any of their gas station kiosks around the country.

Representatives of the packaged liquor stores who currently hold licenses were also at the meeting and voiced their concerns on the other side of the debate. In their arguments they began to tease out some of the complexities of the law. For example, they argued, if a grocery store has an alcohol infraction, does the city shut down the whole store or just the liquor portion. For liquor stores, a violation means shutting the whole store, which causes a devastating loss of revenue. For grocery stores the infraction is minor, compared to their other revenues. The liquor store representatives also disagreed with some of the data provided by grocery stores about the number of liquor stores operating in cities near grocery stores, arguing that allowing grocers to sell liquor wouldn’t drive all liquor stores out of business, but probably most.

When Mayor Cole opened the discussion up to the city council, a clear split began to emerge. On one side of the aisle were Councilwoman Pohlmann and Councilmen Haynes and Fritzler in favor of reviewing ordinances on all of the issues which had been approved by the Liquor Advisory Board in March; and on the other side were Councilwoman McDaniel and Councilmen Wissman and Jack. Ms. McDaniel and Mr. Jack highlighted how intertwined the issues were—how “muddy”—and how difficult it is for them to make a decision when so many other things are at stake.

Here is how each council member came down on the issues:

Corene McDaniel
Was present the last time the council reviewed changes to the law and is concerned about changes because she remembers that a lot of people in south Carbondale were not happy about the idea of changing the area to a wet county. McDaniel said that when the grocers proposed to sell liquor in their stores, she had “no idea this would snowball” to the point it’s at now, where talking about letting grocers led to talking about gas stations and led to talking about the kinds of liquor that could be sold, and so on. Said her “biggest concern is how the city is perceived” and she is “not sure I’m willing” to find out how it would be perceived if the law is changed.

Mary Pohlmann
Said that she has told people when they call her office that this is a “complex matter.” Has listened to the voices of people who have contacted her about the issue. One person sent statistics about how many liquor outlets Carbondale could sustain. After reviewing the data Pohlmann found that Carbondale could have at least 60 liquor outlets (including restaurants, golf courses, and other places that sell liquor) and still be under the national average. Carbondale currently has 56. Pohlmann supports revisiting all of the recommendations made by the Liquor Advisory Board.

Chris Wissmann
Made only a few comments. Couldn’t believe how much opposition there was to turning the area south of Pleasant Hill into a wet county during the first meeting on this issue five years ago. Found “no compelling reason to change” the law with regard to the grocery stores, the caps on licenses, and voted not to revisit the wet/dry issue, or liquor in gas stations issue.

Steven N. Haynes
Explained that he wanted to recuse himself as much as possible because he is an employee of Kroger and a share holder, and therefore believed he had a conflict of interest. At any rate, bristled at the idea (suggested by the liquor store owners’ representatives) that just because someone is an employee of a corporation like Kroger, they don’t have ties to the area. He does have ties to the area and moved for letting citizens come in and speak on the issue before the council made a decision one way or the other. Was in favor of revisiting changes in all of the issues.

Lance Jack
Voted to revisit the wet/dry issue south of Pleasant Hill. When asked about subsequent issues, became more and more adamant that the entire law needed to be changed. The question, as he posed it, was, “Who do we want to sell alcohol in Carbondale?” Jack suggested that perhaps Carbondale needs new definitions for who can and can’t sell liquor.

Joel Fritzler
Voted in favor of revisiting ordinances for all of the issues. Described living in northern, central, and southern Illinois, as well as four other countries and having visited all 50 states, and yet has never seen a “monopoly” over liquor as strong as the one held by the current liquor stores in Carbondale. Sees old ordinances as “antiquated.” Disagrees that liquor stores won’t survive; recalls hearing an anecdote about a local liquor store owner browsing the shelves of Kindling Spirits, Food and Florals after it opened in Carterville, and putting similar microbrews on the shelves of its stores shortly thereafter. Suggested that liquor stores are “adaptable.”

In the end, the votes were 4-2 on the wet/dry issue and 3-3 on everything else. Because this was essentially a split, Mayor Cole declared this “no consensus” to move forward, including on the wet/dry issue, which did, however, have a majority. Although Mr. Haynes argued that it was also not a “no consensus” not to move forward, and Ms. Pohlmann that major decisions have been made on a split vote, the mayor decided that no forward movement would happen on the issue now.
Mayor Cole suggested the possibility of looking at totally revising Title 2 of the code, and talking with his staff about the results of the meeting Tuesday night.


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El rincón del coleccionista..... 7- Hoegaarden

Buenas Amig@s. Esta semana regresamos con una cerveza belga muy suave de trigo, pero que tiene un gran público sobre todos por los que comienzan en el mundillo de la cerveza de importacion. Ya nos hablo de ella nuestro compañero en el siguiente enlace: Hoegaarden, asi que pasamos a la parte coleccionista del asunto.

Hoegaarden Witbier 0.75L


Hoegaarden Witbier 0.33L


Hoegaarden Rosée


Hoegaarden Grand Cru


Hoegaarden - Le Fruit Défendu


Posavasos


Chapas


y finalmente los Vasos (Chupito, 0.33, 0.5 y 3L)