Georgia's Lt. Gov. helps craft brewery bill
compromise(March 4) - Georgia's craft brewers
have clobbered the Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in social
media over the last week. Georgia is one of only
five states that won't allow craft brewers to sell
beer directly to customers. But as a bill to change
that has stalled in the state Senate, brewers have
targeted Cagle for a social media barrage that has
clearly caught his attention.
Craft Beer of the Day
Strike Brewing's Imperial Red
Brewpub of the Day
Platt Park Brewing - Denver, CO
Bootstrap Brewing has most underrated IPA in Insane
Rush(March 4) - It’s pretty easy to live in the
“Fort Collins Beer Bubble.” We have tons of great
breweries right here in town, making it easy to miss
some of the smaller hop shops that are springing up
all along the Front Range. Case in point: Bootstrap
Brewing in Niwot is just a short drive south of Fort
Collins. It’s home to a solid lineup of beers, and
among them is their Insane Rush IPA, easily the most
underrated IPA in the state.
Full Sail Brewing to vote on investment firm merger(March
4) - Full Sail Brewing Co. proudly touts its
ownership on beer labels. The number today of
employee owners — called shareholders — is 78, and
on last week Founder & CEO Irene Firmat and
Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson sent a letter to
those folks, asking them to vote on a proposal to
merge with a San Francisco-based investment firm.
5 tips for launching your own brewery(March
3) - Folks sometimes ask why I’m open to sharing
ideas and challenges we have faced at Golden Road
Brewing. First, I truly want to help others avoid
pitfalls we’ve seen, and collaboration helps the
entire craft beer industry grow. Second, there is no
trade secret to what we are doing. There are no
How to start a successful craft beer brewery(March
3) - "I wasn't totally passionate about analyzing
accretion solutions for merging hedge funds. I
wanted to do something I was totally vested in and
loved," Kane told CNNMoney. Nearly four years after
launching Kane Brewing Company on the Jersey Shore,
Kane, 38, has no regrets.
The most loved beer label contest is back!(March
3) -CNBC's Most Loved Beer Label contest is back. In
March 2013, CNBC set out to find the most loved
label of 2012 and Troeg's Nugget Nectar took home
the top prize. Now we're looking for the most loved
labels from 2014. With more than 3,000 breweries in
operation, beer drinkers have more options than
Why aren’t Georgia Republicans getting government
out of these small businesses’ way?(March 2) -
Help small business. Get government out of the way.
Unleash the free market. Encourage entrepreneurs.
Grow jobs. Make Georgia more competitive. You’ve
heard many a Georgia Republican pledge allegiance to
these principles in many an election. So why is a
bill that ticks all those boxes being held up
without so much as a committee vote?
Elysian Brewing’s Steve Luke prepares to burst out
on his own(March 2) - One of Elysian Brewing’s
well-known and highly respected brewers recently
learned a valuable lesson about the power of social
media. He sent out a tweet thinking that only the 11
people who follow him on Twitter would see it.
Someone with more than 11 followers retweeted it.
And so on and so on. Before long, Steve Luke’s inbox
filled up with requests for more information about
his plans to leave Elysian Brewing and open his own
First look inside the newly opened Sunset Reservoir
Brewing in San Francisco(March 1) - After a
several month delay, Sunset Reservoir Brewing
Company finally opened its doors late last week. A
much welcome addition to this stretch of the Outer
Sunset, the big brewpub by Hilary Cherniss of nearby
Devil’s Teeth Baking Company, has already attracted
large crowds in just the few short days it’s been
Large fire breaks out at Straub Brewery(February
28) - A fire at the brewery that produces Straub
Beer reached four alarms Friday morning.The fire
happened in a maintenance building directly behind
the brewery, spokeswoman Cathy Lenze said via email.
All employees and visitors got out safely, she said.
Straub's main brewery building was not affected by
the fire, and business will resume as normal on
Monday, the company said.
Brewery tourism becomes hot topic in Asheville(February
28) - Tourism is a major economic driver for
Asheville, and there are many popular attractions
that lure tourists and their dollars to the local
area. But is beer really one of them? You bet, and
it has become one of the fastest-growing attractions
that should be taken much more seriously as such,
say the people who count those incoming dollars.
Girl Scout cookies and beer(February 27) -
Girl Scout cookies are an iconic part of the
American experience. Whether you are one of the more
than 52 million past and present Girl Scouts who
have sold cookies or one of the hundreds of millions
of satisfied cookie monsters, Girl Scout cookies are
part of our culture.
Do U.S. Craft Brewers Need A Tax Break to Compete
With EU Craft Brewers?(February 27) - Both the
E.U. and U.S. grant a tax break to small brewers. In
the U.S., small breweries pay a lower excise tax, $7
per barrel, on the first 60,000 barrels of beer and
$18 per barrel thereafter. The U.S. does not extend
this lower tax rate to small foreign breweries even
though the E.U. extends American small breweries
that sell in the E.U. a preferential rate.
Out of beer names, brewers get into legal trouble(February
26) - By the end of May, a Fort Collins brewery will
change its name permanently from Zwei Brüder Brewing
to Zwei Brewing in order to avoid a costly lawsuit.
Just a few months after opening their business last
August, brothers Kirk and Eric Lombardi received a
cease and desist letter from a Chicago-based brewery
called Two Brothers Brewing Company.
Meet Eric, Brewer of Unchained 18: Hop Silo Double
IPA(February 26) - During our first selection of
hop lots, we were presented with a relatively new
variety named Azacca. Notes of pineapple, tangerine,
and pine? Sounds like it should go in my next beer!
Shortly after, we visited a hop processing facility
in the valley. There we were surrounded by hundreds
of bales of Zeus which had just been delivered from
the farm and were being inspected by both the USDA
and the hop processor for acceptance.
5 breweries to open in Scottsdale area in 2015(February
26) - The northeast Valley will be home to five new
breweries this year, filling what owners say is an
untapped market and offering more options for
neighborhood hangouts. Two breweries, Two Brothers
Scottsdale Taphouse and Brewery and Scottsdale Beer
Company, opened in January. The others will debut in
the coming months, including Fate South and
Goldwater Brewing Co. in Scottsdale and O.H.S.O.
Brewery in Paradise Valley.
Sun King puts proposed $8.8M Fishers brewery on hold(February
26) - A proposed Sun King Brewing Co. expansion in
Fishers has been put on hold. Legislation pending in
the Indiana General Assembly involving barrel limits
for the state’s small breweries has caused Sun King
owners to pause plans for building the $8.8 million
brewery and tasting room.
How to start a brewery, according to one of the
newest guys in town(February 25) - Starting your
own brewery isn't as simple as opening up shop after
homebrewing in your garage. It takes a lot of
research, funding, real estate savvy and effort to
compete with the countless other breweries in town.
Take it from Tim Patton, brewmaster of St. Benjamin
Brewing Co., a nine-month-old nanobrewery in South
FCB Releases Seasonal Brew, Maibock(February 25)
- FCB (Fort Collins Brewery) announces the return of
its spring seasonal brew, Maibock for the 11th
consecutive year on Friday. A gold medal winner at
BTI World Beer Championships, Maibock features a
smooth malty flavor attained from the richness of
Munich malts that finishes with a gentle warming
sweetness. Toffee notes and understated hop
bitterness round out the bock experience. Maibock is
brewed in the fall, aged in the winter and
celebrated in the spring.
City Star Brewing Plans First Bottle Release with
Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout(February 25)
- Outlaw weighs in at 13.25% alcohol by volume and
has spent 1 year "doing time" in Breckenridge
Whiskey barrels waiting for the chance to bust out.
While incarcerated Outlaw mellowed nicely and
includes flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, dark
fruit, oak, vanilla, and of course American whiskey.
Outlaw is a rare limited release (only 970 bottles)
specialty beer and the first City Star brew
available in bottles.
New Belgium Fermentation Vessels Set to Arrive in
Asheville(February 25) - New Belgium’s Asheville
fermentation vessels and bright beer tanks are
scheduled to arrive at their east coast home by
mid-March. Two dozen FVs and a half dozen BBTs
departed from ZIEMANN in Bürgstadt Germany in
January and arrived to the Port of Charleston, SC,
in early February. New Belgium is building an east
coast location with an expected capacity of 500,000
Swing into Spring with Craft Beer Seasonals(February
25) - “Spring craft beers help bring to life the
change of seasons, stimulating your palate with
spring spices and fresh flavors,” said Julia Herz,
publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program
director of the Brewers Association. “Craft beer is
all about diversity, which is reflected in the
assortment of beer styles produced by breweries
during the spring season.”
Craft beer drinkers just love their IPAs(February
24) - The hop-heavy, high-alcohol brew has grown at
a faster pace than the ever-expanding U.S. craft
beer market. IPA sales in the 52 weeks ended Jan. 25
jumped nearly 50 percent from the previous year,
according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research
firm. The wider craft segment rose about 20 percent.
Is the infamous beer Pliny the Younger worth the
long lines?(February 24) - The yearly clamor for
an elusive glass of the renowned Pliny the Younger
from Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewery has already
begun. Before you join the scrum for the intensely
hoppy triple IPA, ask yourself what you hope to get
out of the glass. Scoring a taste of the brew has
long been a beer-geek badge of honor, and for years
Pliny the Younger has been considered one of the
best beers in the world.
Odell Brewing introduces Sour Golden Raspberry Ale(February
24) - In early March, Odell Brewing will release
Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale. Part of the
brewery’s Cellar Series, Brazzle is an oak aged
golden ale brewed with golden raspberries. “We used
golden raspberries to brew with, which gives this
sour a touch of sweetness. There is also a bright,
tart fruit and citrus flavor that comes through,”
said Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager, Brent Cordle.
“The sour acidity plays well with the raspberry
flavor. This is a very unique sour, and WELL worth
New York City Beer Week spotlights booming brewery
industry(February 24) - The city’s brewing
industry is fizzing to new heights and showing off
that success during New York Beer Week, which runs
through Sunday. The festivities — which include
tastings, meet-and-greets and other events —
showcase the microbreweries that have popped up
across the five boroughs over the last few years,
such as the Queens Brewery, Gun Hill Brewery in the
Bronx and Staten Island’s Flagship Brewing.
Flint's only brewery, Tenacity Brewing, opens for
beer fans(February 23) - After months of
building and planning, and weeks of soft openings,
the only brewery within the city limits is
officially open. Tenacity Brewing officially opened
last weekend, welcoming customers inside its doors
of the old fire station on Grand Traverse, just
north of the Flint River near downtown.
Orlison's award-winning brewery opens to public(February
23) - Orlison Brewing Co. was among those local
breweries to allow Spokanites to come inside and see
where their award-winning lagers are made. Their
lagers go to stores and bars all over the Northwest,
but nestled in Airway Heights is much more than a
brewery; it is where Bernie Düenwald's passion takes
Winter doesn't stop New Belgium brewery
construction in Asheville(February 20) - The
wicked winter weather isn't stopping construction of
the New Belgium brewery in Asheville and the
separate distribution center in Enka. New Belgium
now has 115 construction workers on the job, a
number that will increase to 250 by summer, brewery
spokeswoman Susanne Hackett said. "We are working
through" the winter, she said.
Cal Poly Pomona brewery opens doors, and taps, on
Friday(February 20) - Cal Poly Pomona is the
first university to have a brewery-restaurant on
campus, according to university officials.
Ultimately, Innovation Brew Works will serve as a
hands-on lab for students taking beer brewing
classes through Cal Poly Pomona’s Extended
University program, according to head brewer Koby
Green Flash Debuts Cellar 3 With Silva Stout | Rare
Beer Series, New Facility(February 19) - Today,
Co-Founders of Green Flash Brewing Co, Mike and Lisa
Hinkley, officially announce plans for the national
debut of Cellar 3, a series of rare, barrel-aged
beer offerings and expansion to a 2nd San Diego
facility. After announcing the 2015 Hop Odyssey
lineup of hop-focused session IPAs last week, Green
Flash Cellar 3 offers consumers a taste from the
opposite end of the craft spectrum with a lineup of
elevated, limited reserve offerings that will round
out the national Green Flash portfolio.
Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against
Budweiser(February 19) - We spoke with Calagione
about one of craft brewing's biggest newsmakers: A-B
InBev's spate of craft brewery acquisitions, folding
the award-winning Elysian and Goose Island breweries
into the same company that owns Budweiser.
New Belgium Brings Back Sour, Spice and Everything
Nice with the Return of La Folie, Transatlantique
Kriek and Cocoa Molé(February 19) - New Belgium
Brewing is releasing 2015’s La Folie and
Transatlantique Kriek while reissuing a new Cocoa
Molé, offering an inventive mixture of sour, sweet,
heat and tradition. Two of these Lips of Faith
additions (Transatlantique Kriek and La Folie) will
remain out through the remainder of 2015 and Cocoa
Molé will be out through March, or while supplies
120 Minute IPA hitting taps and shelves(February
19) - 120 Minute IPA hitting taps and shelves The
first 2015 batch of 120 Minute IPA is hitting taps
and shelves in our makets this week. Clocking in at
15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why we
call this beer The Holy Grail for Hopheads! 120
Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while
being continuously hopped with high-alpha American
hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a
month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.
A-B To Buy Brand With Tagline: 'Corporate Beer Still
Sucks'(February 19) - One of Elysian's beers is
called, ironically, Loser Pale Ale, with the
tagline: "Corporate Beer Still Sucks." This kind of
corporate-brands-are-bad theme is common among some
craft brewers and small- brand enthusiasts. But what
happens when one of these small brewers is owned by
a big corporation, such as A-B InBev?
Capital Brewery improves energy efficiency thanks to
Focus on Energy(February 19) - When you're
sipping on a cold one, you probably aren't thinking
about how much energy went into brewing that beer.
Now, thanks to some help from Focus on Energy,
Capital Brewery has made some significant strides in
their energy efficiency.
More women making their mark in craft beer industry(February
19) - Jamie Baertsch worked as brewmaster at
Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company, coming up with all
the beer recipes, lugging around the malt, leaning
over huge vats of wort and stirring, until the day
before she gave birth to her son, Wyatt. Four days
after she and Wyatt came home from the hospital, she
was back in the brewery.
Beer may be about to get cheaper(February 19) -
Whether you like craft beer brewed in small batches
or the mass-produced variety, the most costly
ingredient that goes into every pint of beer in the
United States is taxes. Between federal, state and
local levies, taxes make up, on average, more than
40 percent of the cost of beer purchased in the
United States. In an effort to reduce the excessive
tax bite, two competing bills have been proposed
this month on Capitol Hill, along with legislation
at the state level.
Help Lonerider Name the Carolina RailHawks Beer
and Win Beer for a Year!(February 18) -
Lonerider is partnering with the Carolina RailHawks
to brew a delicious beer, just for you! The beer
will celebrate the spirit of soccer everywhere, and
the ethos of the Carolina RailHawks. We hope you
will be able to join us by helping us come up with a
great name that the RailHawks, Lonerider, and soccer
fans everywhere can be proud of.
Hellboy is getting his own beer, which probably
won't taste like Hellboy(February 18) - This
year marks the 21st anniversary of Mike Mignola’s
Hellboy—and now that the celebrated demon-hero is
finally of legal drinking age, he’s getting his very
own beer named after him. Created by Oregon-based
microbrewery Rogue Ales, the beer—appropriately
named The Right Hand of Doom—a limited-edition red
ale making its debut Feb. 20 at Portland comics shop
Things From Another World and available nationally
via Rogue’s website.
Lincoln brewery owner wants to resurrect Robber's
Cave(February 18) - Nearly 150 years ago, a few
years before Jesse James reputedly used it as a
hideout, a brewery used Robber's Cave to store beer.
In 1869, Lincoln Brewery enlarged the existing cave
and stored barrels of finished beer as well as
beer-making ingredients there. Workers for the
brewery spent three years digging out the soft
Dakota sandstone, eventually making a
5,600-square-foot warehouse space.
Bill would encourage Vermont farm-grown beer(February
18) - Vermont farmers could tap into the state's
burgeoning craft beer scene under a new proposal in
the House of Representatives. Rep. Bill Botzow,
D-Bennington, recently introduced a bill that would
create a new farm brewer's license for Vermont
farmers who want to brew beer with at least one
ingredient grown on their property.
Mikkeller to open San Diego Brewery(February
18) - Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, a celebrated Danish
brewer who roams the globe making beer under the
Mikkeller label, is forming a partnership with
Miramar’s AleSmith to produce his beers in San
Diego. The as-yet-unnamed brewery will open June 1
in the plant now occupied by AleSmith. AleSmith is
moving to larger facilities nearby, still in the
Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Monster of a Singular
Distinction(February 18) - Terrapin Beer Co.
searched far and wide for the hop to beat all hops
for the release of a brand new Monster Beer Tour
brew. Hop Selection Double IPA will be the first
Monster on scene in 2015, taking the place of
Hopzilla Double IPA, which has been put on hiatus.
Hop Selection will feature a single hop from the
most recent harvest—the blue ribbon hop for 2015 is
Victory Brewing, Brewery Vivant team up for
limited Brewer’s Plate brew, ‘Bon Vivant’(February
18) - Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Company has
teamed up with Michigan’s Brewery Vivant to bring us
a taste of the good life in their upcoming
collaboration beer, Bon Vivant. But, like an actual
bon vivant, this one’s rare — so rare, in fact, that
this year’s Brewer’s Plate event will serve as the
brew’s only appearance on the East Coast.
Terrapin to Welcome New Belgium Brewing for
Collaboration Brew(February 18) - Terrapin Beer
Co. will welcome New Belgium Brewing brewmaster
Peter Bouckaert into their facility for a
collaborative brew on December 11, 2014. Black is
the New Wit Imperial Black Rye Wit is a traditional
Belgian wit brewed with Terrapin brewmaster Spike’s
signature rye malt. The addition of black wheat and
dehusked roasted barley in the mash gives the beer
its unusually dark color.
Escape Brewery opens in Redlands, California(February
18) - Josh Fisher, a San Bernardino City
firefighter, has a passion for craft beer but never
thought it would turn into operating a family owned
brewery, 4,600-square foot tasting room and
five-barrel brewhouse in his hometown of Redlands.
But he did, and it recently opened to the public.
Raise a Glass to Celebrate American Craft Beer Week
(May 11-17)(February 17) - The Brewers
Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW),
a celebration of U.S. small and independent craft
brewers. ACBW is an exciting opportunity for craft
brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with
enthusiasts across the country. From May 11-May 17,
all 50 states will be holding events including
exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer
releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and
more to celebrate the ever advancing beer culture in
the United States.
Ladies of lager gravitate to beer careers(February
16) - Onetime registered nurse and Allen Park home
brewer Annette May is to the world of beer what a
sommelier is to fine wine. May, 56, a native
Australian, is a certified Cicerone. The first woman
to pass the U.S.-based certification program in
2008, that means she has exacting knowledge of how
to identify, store, serve, educate and opine about
Stone Brewing Releases Two Versions of 2015 Stone
Old Guardian Barley Wine(February 16) - Since
1998, Stone Brewing has released Stone Old Guardian
Barley Wine, a much-anticipated robust, malty ale on
an annual basis. In odd-numbered years, the company
also releases an “Odd Year” version of the beer per
its “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program. Today, 2015
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and 2015 Stone Old
Guardian Barley Wine - Extra Hoppy will start
arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft to
restaurants, bars and retailers in select markets
where Stone beer is sold.