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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Humboldt Brewing reborn, sorta

Another great brewing name from the past is making a comeback. Nectar Ales is changing its name back to Humboldt Brewing Company to honor the outfit that developed the brews back in 1987. But it will be “Humboldt” in name only for the moment, since it will continue to be brewed in Paso Robles at Firestone Walker Brewering, as it has been since 2000. The company started out back in 1987 in Arcata, one of the new generation of breweries… Read More »

World’s most refreshing can?

Last I checked, the thing in the package was the point, not the packaging itself. But of course, certain beer manufacturers disagree. Observe MillerCoors, which has been out front in creating and marketing fancy packaging: ink that changes color to tell you when your beer is cold (saving you the trouble of, say, touching it to find out), or Miller Lite’s “Vortex” bottle, which added rifle-like grooves to the neck to make sure the beer is extra swirly when it… Read More »

Tussle over 420 name leads to changes at Lagunitas

  Lagunitas Brewing is rarely in a position to get kicked around, partly because of its size and partly because of the larger-than-life personality of founder Tony Magee, but the brewery had to back down this week after an Atlanta-based brewery demanded that it stop using the term “420″ on its labels. Those of you In The Know already know that “420″ is a barely disguised code phrase for marijuana, and Tony has sprinkled the term liberally around his labels… Read More »