The Mystery of Barclay Perkins' Sparkling Beer

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (17,668) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    Not only was Barclay’s innovative in lager brewing, it was also one of the first breweries to start canning. And there was one beer where these two acts of daring combined: Sparkling Beer.

    Read the full article: The Mystery of Barclay Perkins' Sparkling Beer
  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,282) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Another great article by Ron Pattinson!
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  3. Alefflicted

    Alefflicted Initiate (75) Dec 2, 2017 Minnesota

    A good read.
  4. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (833) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Agreed. Entertaining read, that.
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  5. rgordon

    rgordon Champion (851) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Cooper's Sparkling Ale fresh on tap in Adelaide is one of my favorite beer memories. I went back four nights in a row. I would be hard pressed to classify it stylistically. It's just damned good beer you drink when in South Australia.
  6. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,430) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Shut up about your stupid Barclay Perkins! :wink:
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  7. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,010) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Interesting and informative.
  8. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (444) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Great story. I’m a total sucker for History/Beer and a good mystery...and the cone top cans are just too cool. Cheers Ron - great job
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  9. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,166) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    The cool thing aboot the Sparkling, other than the taste when you can get it fresh, is how hazy/cloudy it is. ;
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  10. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,478) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    This one seems way different from Cooper's, though (actually, everything seems way different from Cooper's, which is no doubt part of its charm :wink:) - I'd bet it was only called 'Sparkling' due to higher carbonation than the rest of Barclay's lineup.
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  11. Docgabe38

    Docgabe38 Initiate (24) Aug 20, 2018 Pennsylvania

    Never had this, but when I was in college in the early 1970's we had something called champale that i would like to try again
  12. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,334) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Champale, now part of the Pabst portfolio (using their 'dba' of "G. Heileman Brewing Co."), is apparently still around (though I doubt it ever bore much similarity to the Barclay product :astonished: besides both being "Sparkling "...).

    Contract-brewed by The Lion and now City Brewing Co. in the years since Pabst bought the Stroh/Heileman lineup in '99 - labeled "with natural flavors and caramel color added".
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  13. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (7,491) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Now I want to find and try this... Sparkling Malt Liquor? What could not be great about that? :slight_smile:
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  14. moshea

    moshea Devotee (460) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    Now you need to find some ripple to mix it in to make a Champipple
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  15. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,010) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Yes but only Red Ripple, we do have standards.
  16. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (833) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    This exchange wins BA for today.
  17. GratefulBeerGuy

    GratefulBeerGuy Poo-Bah (2,593) May 20, 2006 New Hampshire
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    I'm feeling a resurgence! Bring it back to life.
  18. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director (827) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    You might be right about the name, but I'm not sure. Perhaps @patto1ro will enlighten us?
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  19. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (517) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Not really sure. "Sparkling" was a description sometimes used for filtered bottled beer.
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