“Minolta” by Erin Rae

Recorded by our friends at RF Nashville – Erin Rae, who is a folk singer-songwriter out of TN,
performs “Minolta” in her Kitchen near Greenwood.  Erin is the vocalist and guitarist for Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles.

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Links to Erin Rae: Bandcamp | Twitter | Facebook

Watch How a Ceramic Growler is Made

 

The art of making a growler is pretty darn cool and Portland Growler Company has put together a video showcasing the process in how they make their beautiful ceramic growlers.

 

Portland Growler Company began in the summer of 2010 as a collective of designers and ceramicists that came together to introduce hearty, handmade ceramic beer growlers in a city (Portland) known for its microbreweries. These jugs are slip cast using a high-temperature stoneware ceramic and fired to an awesomely extreme temperature of 2232 F. Each growler is personally stamped by the maker and sent on it’s way to happily keep your IPA fresh and cool.

They offer a myriad of mix and match options with three different handle styles and four texturally unique glazes. Each growler is slightly different and they love the complexity, character, and uniqueness of every growler that reaches your ice box. They can’t help but love to create and break the barriers of conventional growler design while giving you the truest handmade creation for the storage of your favorite brews.

You can shop online for these growlers and their accessories by clicking here

Craft Beer Jelly for Your Sandwich

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Vermont based company, Potlicker, is serving up Craft Beer Jelly that uses local brews like stouts, IPA’s, etc instead of juices.  They also offer a coffee jelly along with other various flavors.

You can order your own jelly by clicking here

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The Potlicker Story

Potlicker Kitchen specializes in Vermont beer and wine jellies and small-batch artisan jams.  In 2009, founders, Nancy and Walter Warner, left their rewarding and ever interesting careers in archaeology to relocate to Vermont so Walter could attend the Vermont Law School. While Walter honed in on cultural resource law, Nancy (already food-centric and an avid forager) began to focus on the local bounty and found great inspiration in Vermont’s food and beer culture.

The first batch of strawberry chipotle jam was made with 10lbs of berries harvested at the Thetford Strawberry Festival. This was quickly followed by other unconventional flavors such as homegrown blackberry basil jelly & wild sumac jelly.  Hooked on canning, Nancy had a cupboard of jam and Walter pushed her to the farmers market…. possibly with the hopes of paying off law school loans.

One winter when fresh fruit was out of stock Nancy began turning all ordinary things (like coffee or wine) into jelly. After making wine jelly, the craft beer lover was determined to create a jelly that tasted like beer. The first beer jellies were cooked up late winter 2011 and quickly the most popular was beer jelly was made with local homebrew. Potlicker Beer Jelly began to gain ground and the homebrew crew couldn’t be asked to keep up with demand. Local Vermont craft beer is now sourced from no less than 6 Vermont craft breweries.

 

One More Beer by Pedro Conti

One More Beer is an independent short movie developed by Brazilian 3D artist Pedro Conti. The work was done in partnership with Alan Camilo (co-direction, storyline, animation and rigging), Alex Angelis (rigging), Lucas Leibholz (illustration), Pedro Pastoriz and Jack Rubens, members of the band “Os mustaches e os Apaches “(soundtrack), Antonio Moreno (Voice) and with renowned studio Beep Audio Post (sound design and mixing).

“Motion Animal” by Crash

Current member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and former lead singer of The Deadly Syndrome, crash blends americana, folk, and soul with the New Orleans music he grew up on to craft his original country-fried sound

Directed, Produced, Edited by Nicole McDonald & Grant James
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Cinematography
David McFarland

Live Recording
Yohei Shikano – Producer, Mixer
Masahiro Tsuzuki – Co-Producer, Engineer
Miles Senzaki – Mastering

Band Members
Josh Collazo – Drums
Seth Ford-Young – Bass
Mark Noseworthy – Guitar, Vocals
Ben Cassorla – Organ, Vocals
Stewart Cole – Trumpet, Vocals
Robby Marshall – Sax, Vocals

Topless Cans

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A can that goes topless, also known as the “The 360 lid” or 360 End™, was developed by Crown Holdings, Inc for the World Cup 12 years ago (in Africa) to eliminate waste at stadiums and to cut down on beer lines where people were stuck waiting for beer to be poured. A couple of breweries in the states have used them, most notably, Slyfox, who supplies craft beer in cans are supplied to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pictured below is a 360 lid on the 2014 Oktoberfest cans next to a traditional can.  Photos are provided by David Youngman who is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Rochester Mills Production Brewery & Beer Co.  Their brewery appears to be the first to debut the cans in Michigan and their hopes will be to have the cans available in certain locations, including Ford Field. 

have you tried one of the topless cans?  Let us know what you think!

 

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65 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle

It’s Friday today and some of you are going to find yourself with a delicious non twist bottle of beer that can’t be opened because you’re somewhere your opener isn’t.

No worries, because in this short film made by Adam Young (of Old Crow Custom Works) and Chris Sumers the two give you 65 ways to solve the beer opener problem.

The concept for this video installation was from Adam, and the video was put together by Chris.  They originally had 4 different edits looping at the show in his installation, but this edit is a compilation of Chris’ favorite clips from the three day shoot.

Bottle Cap Blues from chris sumers on Vimeo.

Story of Local Portland Musician, Ural Thomas

“It’s just a blessing to still be here.  I’ve had some pretty rough turns, like everybody has, or will have.  If you live long enough, you will have them.  And every one of them is wonderful, even the bad and rough turns.  They’re some of the most wonderful experiences, if you don’t let them take you down” - Ural Thomas

Directed by Matthew Gamlen Audio by Jeff Hylton Simmons Produced by Hannah Gregg Camera by Rodrigo Melgarejo and Hannah Gregg Words by Matt Stangel Photos by Hannah Gregg and Rodrigo Melgarejo

Film by intothewoods.tv

Glass Artist, Stephen Bradbourne

Stephen Bradbourne was trained by pioneering NZ glass artist Garry Nash in the ’90s and worked in Nash’s studio for over a decade, learning all aspects of the glass-blower’s craft Stephen became fascinated with the colourful Italian “Murrine” technique  and has been blowing his own designs since 2005.

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Born in Auckland in 1969, Stephen Bradbourne grew up in West Auckland and attended Carrington Polytech between 1988 and 1991, graduating with a Diploma in Craft Design(major in ceramics). He immediately received critical recognition for his ceramic work and was awarded a Judges Commendation at the internationally acclaimed Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Awards in 1993.

In 1992 Stephen was offered a job at Sunbeam Glassworks were he quickly found an

affinity for glassblowing, soon becoming an efficient and highly skilled production blower. Over the next decade he maintained dual careers in both ceramics and hot glass, successfully exhibiting works in both medium.

In 2005 Stephen left his position at Sunbeam Glassworks to focus fully on his own

designs, specializing in intricate traditional Italian glass techniques which include Murrine, Mosaic and Twisted Cane styles.

Stephen is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s most multi-talented and original glass artists. He has been the recipient of many awards winning both the Cavalier Bremworth Luminous Glass Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Glass Award in 2007.

Stephen continues to exhibit widely in both solo and group shows and his work is included in many public and private collections both in New Zealand and Internationally.

Video by Augusto for Mac’s Beer

Dave Berry Crafted Guitars

Dave Berry is a respected guitar builder and repairman who lives and works in New Zealand.  In the 1990′s he ran Kiwi Music Co and later opened Valve Bar, a small rock venue.  His ground breaking work in crafting instruments is best known for his use of sustainable materials.  His signature Model 1 is made of a Bamboo body.  

The following video was shot and produced by Augusto for Mac’s Craft Collective (Mac’s Beer), who, like us, enjoy craft.