Craft Beer Corner: Barrel Aged Beers(January 17)
- Barrel aged beers seem to be the new thing this
year a lot of breweries are participating in. The
fun thing about barrel-aging beer is that you can
age beers for however many years you want (for the
most part). With higher percentage beers, you don’t
want to age more than 3 years.
Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival -
Barleywine Craft Beer of the Day
Anchor's Old Foghorn
Craft Beer Release Calendars 2017(January 17) -
ach January, I look forward to the upcoming year’s
craft beer release calendars. It’s exciting to see
what new and innovative products are coming out from
my favorite breweries. It’s interesting to spot beer
style trends and to discover what new branding or
packaging changes are in store. In a crowded market
space, fresh new products and great branding is
Sierra Nevada - Hoptimum 2017 Edition Triple IPA
(Our Hoppiest Beer Yet)(January 17) - This
morning you get your very first look at the new
packaging for Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2017 Edition.
Sierra Nevada is calling this a “triple IPA” and a
“reimagined Hoptimum” as well as their “hoppiest
beer yet” so I can’t wait to try it. Look for 2017
Hoptimum to hit 9.5%-AbV and it will be packaged in
12oz bottles. Stay tuned here for release details.
A Tiny New Craft-Beer Distributor Plans to Help
Small Breweries Grow(January 17) - In December,
Tom Jasko and Christopher McGraw opened Colorado
Craft Distributors in a big warehouse in west Denver
with hopes of serving a niche market of small but
special breweries looking to get their names — and
their beers — into liquor stores, bars and
restaurants along the Front Range.
Kalamazoo Beer Week highlights craft beer industry(January
16) - Kalamazoo Beer Week, known fondly as KBW, is
all about building a relationship with craft beer.
Some of us already share this passion: an affinity
for hand-crafted products, made by people who care
about an enriching brew experience and carefully
fashioned flavor profiles. But some are newer to
their understanding of how amazing craft beer can
Free Beer for Life(January 16) - We've
commissioned a one time, limited edition offering of
300 glasses. Each glass is crafted by hand, one at a
time. That sexy insignia is real gold leaf.
Individually numbered, engraved with your name. We
will keep it at the brewery for you, or ship it to
your home. Either way, you are a Patron Saint of
Lazarus Brewing. And every time you walk through our
doors, your first drink is on us. Forever.
Will Legalizing Weed Really Affect Craft Beer Sales?
Maybe Not.(January 16) - A few years ago, as
several states inched closer to legalizing
marijuana, the beer industry began to worry about
how weed would affect sales—and rightfully so. If
you can walk into a dispensary and spend $15 to
legally smoke a drug that mellows you out but
without the potentially aggressive, creepy behavior
or hangovers associated with alcohol, then why buy
Craft beer trend predictions for 2017(January
16) - In January 2015, Seattle’s Elysian Brewing
Company announced it would be selling to Anheuser
Busch-Inbev, and the craft beer community cried out
in terror and frustration. But, by the time
Constellation Brands bought Ballast Point
(California) in November 2015, the public interest
and outcry had softened noticeably.
Amazon working to deliver alcohol in Ohio(January
16) - You can go to the liquor store, or you can go
to the carry out, but soon you might not have to go
any farther than your front door to grab a beer.
Amazon is looking to enter the alcohol delivery
business in Ohio.
Expert Alison Levine and Legendary Brewer Dick
Cantwell to Keynote 2017 Craft Brewers Conference(January
12) - Best-selling author and leadership guru Alison
Levine and brewing icon Dick Cantwell have been
tapped to deliver the keynote speeches for the 2017
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC).
Presented annually by the Brewers Association, CBC
is the industry’s largest gathering, bringing
together a record 14,000 brewing professionals and
will be held in Washington, D.C. from April 10-13.
Terrapin Beer Co., Skybound to Partner Again on The
Official Beer of the Undead(January 12) -
Terrapin Beer Co. and Skybound, the multimedia
entertainment company, are again teaming up to
create the official beer of the undead: The Walking
Dead Blood Orange IPA. This latest version comes
with a recipe adjustment, which includes packing
more Blood Orange into the beer.
The age of the rotating-hop IPA series is upon us(January
12) - Firestone-Walker’s successful Luponic
Distortion series has only existed since March 2016,
but the brewery has already released four IPAs under
that umbrella with a fifth on the way. Finback
canned its first in the Oscillation series of double
IPAs in late summer 2015 and has whizzed through six
subsequent versions of it. Burial introduced its
Ceremonial IPA in April 2016 and cans a new
iteration every month.
Societe Brewing Raises Over 23,000 Pounds of Food
for Needy Families(January 12) - The results of
Societe Brewing Company’s 2016 Holiday Food Drive
are in and the Kearny Mesa brewery is proud to
announce that the total donations raised for the
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank was 23,153
Cape May Brewing Company Releases Commemorative Beer
for Villanova University(January 12) - Cape May
Brewing Company is pleased to announce their latest
creation, Demisemiseptcentennial Ale. Brewed as the
official craft beer of Villanova University’s 175th
anniversary, this exclusive brew is set for release
in six-packs and on draft starting Wednesday,
January 25th from their Tasting Room at 1288 Hornet
Road in the Cape May Airport.
Cigar City Brewing’s Jai Alai Produced in Comstock
Park, Michigan(January 11) - Partnership,
innovation and celebration are all terms that come
to mind when discussing the latest creative endeavor
between Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing and Comstock
Park’s Perrin Brewing Company, a Michigan brewed Jai
Alai IPA. Born out of the desire to celebrate this
partnership, this brew, overseen by Cigar City’s
Brewmaster Wayne Wambles.
Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the
USA(January 10) - In a year when a whopping 861
breweries joined the ranks of America’s booming beer
industry, choosing favorites is an almost impossible
task. A decade ago that number represented more than
half of the national total. So, to help us build our
annual feature on brewery openings, we asked our
readers, followers, and contributors for their
suggestions. Here are 34 of the most promising
newcomers, as chosen by you.
Founders to release Frootwood; first edition in
Barrel-Aged series.(January 10) - Kicking off
their 20th anniversary year, Founders will release
Frootwood, a cherry ale aged in oak barrels that
have previously held both bourbon and maple syrup,
as the first release in their Barrel-Aged Series.
Goodbye to Goose Island's Clybourn Pub for a Season,
and Forever(January 10) - For generations of
Goose Island employees, the Clybourn brewpub was
that place that tied the company together. Even
after the sale to AB, from which the pub was
initially excluded, the Clybourn space served as the
spiritual center. There was even an internal project
explicitly designed to keep the two teams working
together and collaborating as though they were one
and the same.
PicoBrew Developing Commercial Craft Brewing
Appliances for Bars and Restaurants(January 10)
- PicoBrew, manufacturer of the world’s first
automatic all-grain craft beer brewing appliances
announced today the development of a line of
commercial craft beer brewing appliances for bars
and restaurants that leverages their patented and
award winning “modernist beer brewing technology”.
How Pabst is taking on Big Beer, craft beer and
imported beer all at once(January 10) - Pabst
Brewing Co. isn’t a big light-lager brewer, it isn’t
a craft brewer, it isn’t an importer and it isn’t a
marketer. It’s all of those things at a time when
beer needs them equally.
No Sucaba From Firestone Walker this year!(January
10) - One of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s annual
Proprietor’s Vintage Series releases is being
replaced, at least for this year. That beer is
Sucaba, a 13.4 percent ABV English barleywine brewed
with munton’s pale, crisp maris otter pale, Munich,
dark and light crystal and chocolate malts along
with spalter select hops before being aged in
5 Old Ales to Help Fight Winter's Chill(January
9) - An old ale is the perfect beer for the frost
covered season of winter. The style is a close
cousin of both American and English style
barleywines. They are complex, full bodied beers
that are brewed to mature well or to enjoy fresh.
Stable Craft Brewing to debut Winter Craft Beer
Dinner Theatre Series in Waynesboro, Virginia(January
9) - The Stable Craft Winter Craft Beer Dinner
Theatre Series will turn the craft beer dinner into
an engaging evening designed to enliven your
spirits, as well as your tastebuds. Enjoy an evening
out with family and friends and take part in the
interactive dinner experience.
A Drinker’s Guide to Snow Days(January 9) -
There are no laws in the South when it snows. As
soon as the powder starts to gather on my lawn, I
crack a beer and start wandering the streets with an
open container while shooting fireworks. Anything
goes on a snow day.
Icarus Brewing brings craft beer to Lakewood, New
Jersey(January 8) - What’s in a name? At Icarus
Brewing, there’s plenty. The newest craft brewery to
join the Garden State’s booming local beer scene,
Icraus opens in Lakewood this month.
Anchor Steam: Classic craft beer that continues to
shine(January 8) - What it is: Easy to overlook
in a wave of India pale ales and bourbon barrel-aged
stouts, Anchor Steam was first brewed in 1896 and
first bottled in 1971, according to Anchor Brewing
Co. Though many classic brands would follow — Anchor
Liberty Ale, Anchor Porter and Anchor Christmas Ale
— Anchor Steam has been the core of the portfolio
since Fritz Maytag began rebuilding the flagging
brewery that he bought in 1965.
Craft Brewers Predict 2017 Beer Trends(January
8) - As we wave goodbye to a year that delivered an
abundance of Cheetos-encrusted upheaval, we raise
expectations and glassware to 2017. The thirstiest
among us will be pleased to learn that American
craft brewing is at an all-time high. The Brewers
Association tallied more than 5,000 U.S. breweries
in operation in November 2016.
Starbucks to stop selling alcohol at more than 400
US stores(January 8) - The coffee chain says the
"Starbucks Evenings" program in 439 company-owned
stores in the U.S. will end Jan. 10. It said the
program may continue in some of the nine licensed
stores where it is offered, or overseas.
Guy busted, had beer collection seized after listing
it for sale on Craigslist(January 8) - According
to court documents, members of the Pennsylvania
State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement
out of Harrisburg saw an advertisement on Craigslist
on Nov. 25, 2016, for approximately 500 bottles of
malt or brewed beverages for sale for $2,500 "or
best offer," according to court documents.
Deschutes Brewery Announces 2017 Beer Lineup(January
6) - The brewing team at Deschutes Brewery has been
busy, as usual, over the last few months. The
culmination of brewing creativity and pub patron
approval has resulted in some new additions to the
brewery’s lineup for the coming year, joining the
return of iconic fan favorites.
Massive solar grid powers Lee County beer warehouse(January
6) - The largest commercial rooftop solar power
system in Lee and Collier counties now sits atop a
warehouse full of beer. J.J. Taylor Distributing
Florida just completed the 1.1 megawatt grid atop
its 201,000-square-foot building off State Road 82
just west of Interstate 75.
Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison, brewed with Lost
Abbey(January 6) - What started as a
collaboration in 2013 with Lost Abbey is head to
shelves again this month – Maui Brewing Lemongrass
Saison. Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur mentions that a
simple saison with lemongrass was a recipe he always
wanted to create, but honestly, never got around to
making. Hawaii’s Maui Brewing stepped in and helped
make this beer a reality.
Breweries and food trucks explore new partnerships(January
6) - Five years ago, David Stuck met with Todd and
Suzie Ford, who had opened NoDa Brewing the month
before. Stuck needed a spot to operate, and the
Fords needed food for their patrons. It made perfect
sense for both parties, and NoDa Brewing became the
first place to host The Tin Kitchen in regular
Kroger testing beer Crowler stations(January 6)
- Kroger, the Cincinnati-based grocery chain with
about $110 billion in sales for 2015, is testing the
market for Crowlers at the 12-tap growler station in
its new store in Memphis. Feedback has been great as
Kroger tests whether the investment is worth it,
said Rachel Booker, adult beverage specialist for
the Memphis-based Kroger Delta Division.
Great Divide Introduces Hop Disciples Rotating Hop
Project IPA(January 5) - This month Great Divide
Brewing Company will introduce the first edition of
their new Hop Disciples Rotating Hop Project IPA.
Hop Disciples takes a bright, clean IPA and puts a
different hop variety at the forefront of the
sensory experience every year.
Samuel Adams Disrupts Traditional Beer Calendar and
Introduces Two New Brews for One Season: Hopscape
and Fresh as Helles(January 5) - Samuel Adams
was one of the first craft brewers to offer rotating
beers that capture the essence of each season, and
now, from January through April, the brewers are
introducing drinkers to two new seasonal beers:
Samuel Adams Hopscape and Fresh as Helles. It may be
unconventional to have two seasonals at one time of
year, but Sam Adams has never been known to follow
Full Sail Brewing
Introduces IPApaya(January 5) - Winter weather
forecast for Hood River: unseasonably tropical.
IPApaya Papaya India Pale Ale, the latest in Full
Sail’s Pub Series, blends locally grown hops with
notes of papaya creating a well-balanced, refreshing
IPA with a touch of the tropics.
The Partner Ships Series: First 2017 Collaboration
with Union Craft Brewing(January 5) - Heavy Seas
Beer is excited to announce the first release in its
2017 Partner Ships series of collaboration beers –
an English style “Olde Ale” (8.5% ABV) brewed with
Union Craft Brewing of Baltimore, releasing in
A Field Guide to Becoming a Beer Expert in Phoenix(January
5) - It's a new year, and all your friends are busy
swearing off sweets and vowing to work out daily.
But you aren't like them; you want to take it up a
notch. Why not make 2017 the year dedicated to beer?
Whether you have high aspirations of becoming a
professional brewer, or if you simply want to know
why sometimes your beer smells like skunk or tastes
like cardboard, we're going to introduce you to the
resources you need to know all the ins and outs of
How top Michigan craft brewers aim to take over the
country(January 4) - The "Michigan only,
Michigan forever" catchphrase embraced by Short's
Brewing Co. was erased last year. Here's a new one
from Bell's Brewery: "Am I Right or Amarillo," the
name of its new American IPA to be distributed only
in Texas starting in 2017.
12 Beer Festivals You Have To Attend In 2017(January
4) - There are plenty of ways to try new beers. You
can go to a bar and sample what’s on tap, or host a
beer share with some friends…but nothing will give
you the sheer variety and volume of new beer like
attending one of the many beer festivals in the U.S.
Whether it’s in a convention center, city plaza, or
a festival in the great outdoors, the experience of
gathering with hundreds of other craft beer lovers,
and some of the most decorated breweries and brewers
in the country, is what keeps us coming back for
Joboy's releases coffee maple bacon stout, the
winner of Lititz Craft Beer Fest's homebrew contest(January
4) - Coffee, maple syrup, bacon and stout were a
winning combination at the Lititz Craft Beer Fest's
homebrew competition. If you didn’t have a chance to
sample the winning beer at the sold-out festival in
September, the stout’s now on tap at Joboy’s Brew
Pub in Lititz.
Stone Brewing wants Germans to like American craft
beers(January 2) - When Stone Brewing released
in 1997 its well-known Arrogant Bastard Ale, it was
a hoppy revolt against an American beer market
defined by bland corporate lagers. Now, thanks to
craft brewers like Stone, it's easy to find once
obscure beers, from India pale ales to smoked
porters, in dive bars and supermarket shelves alike.
The Long Beach Craft Beer Party Continues Thanks to
Smog City(January 2) - Drinkers in Long Beach
officially have another reason to celebrate this
holiday season, with the arrival of the new Smog
City SteelCraft tap room. The literal shipping
container taproom is officially in soft open stages
(you can watch the action on their Instagram page),
pouring a variety of brews from the popular South
Summit Brewing sues two former employees, alleging
sharing of trade secrets(January 1) - When
Summit Brewing Company hired Jeffrey Spaeth in the
summer of 1986, the fledgling St. Paul business was
just getting on its feet as one of fewer than 20
craft brewers in the country. Spaeth rose up through
Summit’s ranks to reach vice president of sales,
along the way helping the company become one of the
largest microbrewers in the United States amid
explosive growth in the industry.
The best Colorado craft beer and breweries in 2016(January
1) - Colorado’s craft beer scene enjoyed a memorable
year, with an ever-growing list of new beers and new
breweries. To mark the year in beer, the Denver Post
surveyed dozens of brewers and industry experts from
across the state and asked them to name the best
beers and breweries in 2016 — and offer predictions
for what to expect in 2017.
Best of Georgia Beer 2016(January 1) - 2016 was
not without its challenges for Georgia’s craft
brewers, but a lot of great things happened in
Georgia beer as well. We had several new breweries
and beer bars open up, and there’s a lot of great
beer being brewed here today. Over the last couple
of weeks we ran a survey asking for your input on
the Best of Georgia Beer for 2016. With nearly 1,000
responses the results are in, and we’re excited to
share them with you.
The craft beer industry’s turf war begins in earnest
in 2017(December 30) - By November, the number
of brewers in the U.S. topped 5,000 and was
continuing to grow, even if sales of the beers they
were producing saw growth slip into single-digit
percentages for the first time in years.
Limited Release Alert: Dogfish Head’s Esprit Malade(December
30) - The holidays are special, so you better stop
what you’re doing and get your hands on a bottle of
something special—like Dogfish Head’s Esprit Malade.
This blend of apple brandy, house-made cider and raw
apple cider is a tart and full-bodied spirit that is
perfect for the holiday season. French for “Sick
Spirit,” Esprit Malade is a nod to Dogfish Head’s
Sick Cider and rings in with a 34% ABV/68 proof.
Year in Review: Cedar Spring Brewing wins awards(December
30) - It’s been a banner year for the Cedar Springs
Brewing Company, the restaurant and brewery that
opened in November 2015 and continues to win
accolades from loyal customers and critics alike. In
May, customers voted it the best brewery in West
Craft Beer Lovers, Long Lines Part of the Experience(December
29) - Many shoppers stood in long lines this holiday
season to get an edge on special sales prices or
limited supplies. Outside Bissell Brothers in
Portland, more than 300 people braved frigid
temperatures recently to get their hands on a
precious liquid that comes in a can.
Warning: Social Media + Craft Beer Causes Euphoria
And Evangelism(December 29) - Often, I work with
consumer-facing e-commerce and entertainment
companies that do omni-channel marketing and social
media is only one part of a large media/marketing
mix, so when I was introduced to the local craft
brewing scene in Bend, Oregon (the place with the
highest job growth in the country) and discovered
these small businesses going all in on social, I
started digging in. I noticed something striking:
they are almost effortlessly, intuitively tapping
into something every brand needs: Evangelism.
Forecasting craft beer trends for 2017(December
29) - With the influx of sour beers and the IPA and
hop explosion, some older styles have been slightly
out of the public's eye. These include extra special
bitter, porter, Scotch ale, brown and mild ale and
especially old school pale ale and stout.
Will Anheuser-Busch InBev Now Dominate Craft-Beer
Brewpubs?(December 26) - Anheuser-Busch InBev
has tried everything to assert itself in the
craft-beer industry. First it launched its Shock Top
brand of craft-y beer, then it started buying up
craft brewers, followed by acquiring distributors
and demanding others carry only its brands of beer.
It even bought the two biggest suppliers to the
homebrew market, the seeding ground for future craft
Top Selling Craft Beer and
Dick Yuengling talks craft beer, Donald Trump and
family ownership(December 24) - At an old D.G.
Yuengling & Son warehouse in Pottsville, a
15-year-old Dick Yuengling was tasked with stamping
over the number eight on cartons of Yuengling's
porter-style beer after the Schuylkill County
brewery shifted to 7-ounce bottles.
Portland’s cradle of craft beers spawns generations
of brewers(December 24) - The drab gray building
at 1 Industrial Way looks nothing like a tourist
destination. But the brewers at Battery Steele
Brewing are betting looks are deceiving. Standing on
a sawdust-covered concrete floor, brewery
co-founders Jacob Condon and Shane Noble showed off
their 1,500-square-foot space.