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Historic Pub Crawl

Join us during May's Historic Pub Crawl as we visit NEW historic stops! This month's tour will take you to Der Wolfskopf and the Rathskeller (an old favorite!), the Blind Donkey, and the White Horse Lounge. You don't need to be a party animal to enjoy this tour, but you will have to keep your eyes out for the many "animals" that grace some of Pasadena's historic commercial buildings. Join us for a crawl and scavenger hunt with prizes, history, delicious food, festive beverages, and more! Your ticket entitles you to a Pasadena Heritage keepsake tasting glass and a flight of beer and tasty snacks at each spot! There are still a few spots left - but it will sell out soon so don't delay!

Historic Pub Crawl

Experience the history of a few famous 
and infamous Pasadena watering holes
 and haunts. This guided tour of Pasadena’s original downtown includes stops at a handful of pubs, distinctive for their history, architecture, and beer. Tour-goer’s can delight in beer tastings plus little known facts and forgotten lore---a great way to get to know historic Old Pasadena!
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Pabst Brewing Company opens a new microbrewery on its old Milwaukee campus

A little bit of Milwaukee died when the Pabst Brewery closed in 1996. It would be over a decade before anything started to fill in its sprawling campus. Over 20 years have passed and one of the brewery’s most iconic buildings is finally seeing new life… Or is that old life? Pabst Brewing Company has returned to the Brew City in the form of a microbrewery, restaurant, and beer garden. The rehabbed 144-year-old First German Methodist Church will produce upward of 4,000 barrels of beer a year, and seat about 140 people in a dining room, mezzanine, and bar. While Pabst Blue Ribbon will be on tap, the microbrewery will also brew rare German and Belgian beers. Knowing its audience, the new brewery opened April 14, also known locally as Milwaukee Day (414 is Milwaukee’s area code).

Pabst Brewery 1037 West Juneau Avenue Milwaukee Tel: 414-630-1609 Design Architect: Dub Studios Architect of Record: Engberg Anderson
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A Belgian brewery is building its own two-mile-long beer pipeline

As the world responds to the aftereffects of Brexit, or Britain leaving the European Union (EU), markets are down, British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, and the future of the EU is unclear—we bring some lighter news from the EU headquarters country, Belgium. A Bruges-based family-run beer company, De Halve Maan (The Half Moon), has finished building a 2-mile long pipeline underneath Bruges’ cobblestone streets for transporting beer from its brewery at the center of Bruges to a bottling plant outside the city. The medieval Bruges center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for is narrow, curving streets, became too small and traffic clogged for the annual 500 tanker trucks required to shuttle the De Halve Maan beer from the brewery to the bottling plant (that moved outside the city in 2010). Rather than move the brewery closer to the bottling plant, De Halve Maan brewery owner, Xavier Vanneste, had a different idea. After seeing the city install utility cables outside his home in Bruges, he realized De Halve Maan could create a beer pipeline. In September 2014, Bruges city officials approved the beer pipeline. The engineering firm, Depys, used a computer-aided drill to create an approximately 1.3 foot wide hole for the extra strong food grade polyethylene pipeline. (Intrepid beer enthusiasts will not be able to create a private tap.) The pipeline has a diameter of around a foot, and runs from 6 feet to over 100 feet below the city streets. The engineers used the city’s canals to assemble the 650 foot long pieces. The pipeline will carry 1,060 gallons of beer at 12 miles per hour, a pace that will help prevent over-aeration. It will also undergo a regular sanitation process. “The biggest challenge was to make the technical requirements meet the non-legal framework,” said Xavier Vanneste. This project is a first for Bruges (and Belgium), with no prior legal framework in place. Permits and registration required early planning. According to De Halve Maan, the pipeline is finalized but not operational yet. It will need to undergo a battery of tests for the cabling, connections, software, and automation system. The brewery says if everything goes according to plan, the pipeline will start carrying beer by the end of August, and at the latest, the beginning of September. The pipeline costs approximately $4.5 million. To help raise funds, De Halve Maan started a crowdfunding campaign that raised over $330,000. The highest donation level (at around $8,400) gives funders an 11-ounce beer for life plus 18 personalized glasses. While a first for Belgium, there are a few other beer pipelines in the world, including one in Germany. In Denmark, the Danish physicist and Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr, lived next to the Carlsberg brewery and reportedly had beer piped into his home. What’s next in Bruges? While the EU’s future is uncertain—see our report on the outlook for European and U.K. architects—the mayor of Bruges, Renaat Landuyt, supports pipelines for other uses, including chocolate. “Everyone who proposes alternative means of transport is welcome here,” Landuyt said this early May.
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Otto Architects designs a nautical-themed restaurant for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


The owners of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in southern Delaware are known for creating “off-centered ales” and, naturally, off-centered places to enjoy them. The newest offering is Chesapeake & Maine, a seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that explores nautical themes without resorting to clichés. 

The 150-seat restaurant opened in March, next to the Dogfish Head Brewhouse. The architect for the exterior was DIGSAU of Philadelphia. The interior was designed by Otto Architects of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione and his wife, vice president Mariah. The first sign of whimsy is the front facade reminiscent of  a lobster trap. Inside, a vintage Russian diving suit in a glass case, porthole windows, shark-shaped beer tap handles, and boat cleat door knobs, continue the oceanic vibe.

Artwork is used extensively: Chicago artist Jon Langford reinterpreted music legends as seafarers; Travis Louie created Gothic portraits of sea creatures; and illustrator Tony Millionaire contributed a map mural. “We wanted to create a nautical theme, but not by hanging life preservers and fish nets on the walls,” said Joshua Otto, the founder of Otto Architects. It was very much a collaboration with the Calagiones, he emphasized. “They have a unique eye.”

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Downtown Toronto tower gets rooftop hockey rink

Molson Coors, the Canada-based beer brewing company has completed the construction of an hockey rink on top of a 32-story building in downtown Toronto as part of their #anythingforhockey campaign. The mysterious rink was installed at 120 Adelaide St. W. in Toronto’s financial district over the last month and a half for an upcoming Molson beer commercial shoot. Building on last year’s #anythingforhockey event, which took hockey fanatics to a secluded rink on British Columbia’s Shamrock Lake high in the Rocky Mountains, hockey fans were asked to share what the sport means to them on social media. As with last year’s event, a handful of participants will be selected to play on the special rink. In a press release, Molson commented on how the rink is just the right size for a three on three game, which also happens to be the format for this year’s NHL All-Star game. Finished on January 10th, the rink is roughly one half the size of an NHL professional hockey rink. Like in the pros, the rink is has regulation height glass panels and netting surround the ice to prevent stray pucks from falling to the busy streets below. As for getting to the rink, new stairs were added to the building to provide access, but due to weight restrictions, only a limited number of people will be allowed up to the rink at any given time. Construction was accomplished with the help of cranes on neighboring building under construction, and some innovative ice and snow clearing solutions. As snow cannot be removed from the roof, the rink can be flooded with warm water to clear snow, and the ice itself when not in use. This technique is also used to smooth the ice, as a Zamboni machine is not practical for obvious reasons.
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Anheuser-Busch Taps Plans For St. Louis Biergarten

An 18-foot, bright red “B” plucked from St. Louis’ Anheuser-Busch brewery will find a permanent home in the beer conglomerate’s first U.S. “biergarten.” The “B” is a relic of the neon Budweiser sign replaced by LEDs in February. Located adjacent to the brewery’s tour center at 12th and Lynch streets, the beer garden joins what is already one of the region’s largest tourist attractions, drawing 350,000 visitors annually. Five of the dozen U.S. breweries are owned by A-B, which itself is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Belgium-based A-B InBev, but the St. Louis location is so far the only one with a beer garden on tap. As STL Today points out, the macrobrewer is keeping pace with local craft brewers  Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., which opened a 400-seat beer garden in 2011, and Schlafly Bottleworks, who expanded their outdoor seating last year to serve 150 people. The A-B biergarten will seat 300, and could be open by mid-summer. They will offer light fare meant to complement the 17 A-B beers available on draught, as well as daily Brewmaster’s Tastings. St. Louis earlier this year broke ground on Ballpark Village, a mixed-use development oriented around Busch Stadium.
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What Ales, Robert Moses?

Who knew the Power Broker himself was a beer man? The Robert Moses of my imagination could be spotted, martini in hand, at a swanky Manhattan lounge. But in reality, the workaholic was such a control freak that he would never permit himself to loosen up in public, instead spending much of his free time stolen away from the city sailing on the Great South Bay in his boat the Sea-Ef. (Even then, his mind was still on work: he once grounded the boat on a quite visible sand bar thinking of his plans for New York!) Ceaselessly maneuvering and tightening his grip on Gotham politics, Moses may have been the one man in New York most in need of a cold beer. Grub Street spotted a new beer, appropriately made by the Great South Bay Brewery on Long Island, that pays homage to the Robert Moses Causeway and its promise of breezy summer beaches. According to the brewery, the Robert Moses Pale Ale is a beer made for relaxing--hardly the image of Moses at work. Famously, his nemesis Jane Jacobs was an unabashed beer drinker, frequenting the White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street where she fraternized with her Village neighbors. Could the act of clinking a cold one (or in Moses' case, not) explain much of the difference between these icons of New York urbanism?