Saturday, May 30, 2009

DG' Tap House Ames, Iowa

So we are walking down Main St.  In Ames Iowa yeaterday.  After having lunch at the Olde Main Brewey. The crimini patty melt was very good at$8.95  their white beer not so much.  Any who, we are window shopping on Main St. and I spot a glass door with a sign painted on it that says DG's Tap House 56 beers on tap.  Can it be true?  Opens at 4:00   Well I'm back at 4:10 and it is true.  Ames! Kyle, the very nice bar man says it's true and all 56 are craft brews.  I drive back to Iowa State and pick up the bride--she has to see this.  On the way back a Practial Nurse with bad brakes and a pierced tongue rear ends us.  No damage done but it shakes us up a bit.  We definitely need a beer now.  Kyle is waiting.  DG's is a big place upstairs. You could walk right by the door and not see it as there is no street sign.  Friday nights they have jam bands such as tonight's band Mooseknuckle.  They also have a large selection of bottles. I had a Goose Island Matilda.  Very good Belguim style beer.  The bride was very adventurus and had a Anchor Steam and  a Sierra. I also had a taste of Goose Island Imperial IPA @ 14% it's a bit much.  It's also a dollar a % as well.  All in all if you find yourself in Ames go to DG's  Kyle is very good with the samples and knows the products.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Action Alert in New York

May 05, 2009 - ( - At the request of the New York State Brewers Association, the Brewers Association sent out an Action Alert to 'Support Your Local Brewery' members in New York State. The statement read: 

As you have likely learned, the state of New York recently enacted a requirement that bottled products sold in your state must bear a New York-specific UPC code for bottle deposit and redemption purposes. This requirement will have severe negative impacts on many businesses, including and particularly, small breweries. The cost to produce a state-specific label with a unique UPC and the inventory and shipping challenges that presents, will mean many small breweries will be forced to pull their beers out of the New York market because the cost of doing business in the state will be simply too high. And just think of the precedent this potentially sets for other states should they enact similar requirements...small brewer out-of-state sales could be decimated coast to coast. 

Several brewing companies have already weighed in on this issue with the Governor, explaining they would have no choice but to discontinue distribution of their beers. This is bad for the state of New York, bad for small brewers everywhere, and perhaps worst of all for New York residents who are craft beer drinkers. Access to the wide range of beer you currently enjoy will be severely limited in the future should this requirement remain on the books. 

Please take a few minutes and call or email your State Senator and Assemblyman. Let them know that you feel the New York-specific UPC is a bad idea for business and a bad idea for Empire State residents who drink craft beer and vote. Ask them to support a repeal of the New York-specific UPC requirement as contained in the recently passed Bottle Bill. 

To identify your state elected officials by zip code and for contact information: 

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Thanks for standing up for consumer choice and America's small brewers.

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