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Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer(Novmeber 28) - For just the second year, Los Angeles is one of the few markets that will see official distribution of the rare Bourbon County beers from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery. The barrel-aged brews are some of the most sought-after and well-regarded brews in the craft world and, after launch events on Wednesday evening, beer fans can join in the Black Friday madness by hitting select bottle shops to try to score a few bottles. Complete Story

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Three Floyds: A brewery that really knows its craft
(November 28) - Nick Floyd's path to becoming one of America's most respected beer makers has been, to quote his brewery's motto, "not normal." His original brewing operation was pieced together out of a random assortment of equipment that included an old Canfield's cola tank, gigantic wok burners and Swiss cheese fermenters he bought from a Wisconsin scrap yard. Complete Story   
New app scans your beer list to help you pick your pint
(Novmeber 28) - Sitting in front of a new beer list with phone in hand, using your finger to tap unfamiliar names into the search function of Safari or the Google app, is not a winner’s game. If it takes you more than five minutes, the process, and you, can grow tiresome to your tablemates. Which is why a new app called Picky Pint could change on-site beer research. Complete Story
Thanksgiving Beer Pairings: First Course to Final Bite
(November 27) - When I’m choosing a beer for myself, it’s a fairly easy decision—I know what I like. But choosing for someone else, or a group is a little trickier. It can feel overwhelming to choose among the diverse and delicious craft beers available in my local bottle shops, especially when I’m set on sharing them, or pairing them with a meal. Complete Story
Contraceptive Pill Acts As "Beer Goggles", Making Unattractive Men Seem More Attractive
(November 27) - When choosing partners, pill goggles may be more effective than beer goggles. Men who would otherwise be seen as unattractive look like a good candidate to women who are taking hormonal contraceptives. If a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is to be believed, the problems start when, once in a relationship, women go off the pill and decide they actually care about looks. Complete Story
Accomplice Brewery Brings Gluten-Free Brewing to West Palm Beach
(November 27) - Today, South Florida's gluten-free crowd desiring a truly tasty, local craft brew may have something to look forward to. West Palm Beach residents Matt Stetson and his girlfriend Felonice Merriman have plans to bring the city its first production beer and cider brewery. But not just any brewery -- a gluten-free one. Complete Story
8 Minnesota breweries to be thankful for
(November 27) - In Minnesota winter seems to be the longest season. It shortens our autumn and delays spring. Though snow has fallen, we still can enjoy autumn food and drink. Minnesotans should be ecstatic with the beer selection that their state has to offer. Complete Story
Figueroa Mountain Brewing to open in Arroyo Grande
(November 27) - Figueroa Mountain Brewing which already has taprooms in Buellton, Los Olivos and Santa Barbara, recently opened a taproom and brewery on Betteravia Road in Santa Maria. It also plans to open another in Westlake Village in mid-December and is considering opening one in San Luis Obispo as part of a new commercial development at the northeast corner of South Higuera Street and Tank Farm Road. Complete Story

Cheers! 18th Asheville brewery opening
(November 27) - Open Brewing will be unveiled Dec. 3 in what had been a Thirsty Monk pub location at 20 Gala Drive off Hendersonville Road. It will have a unique format, inviting skilled home brewers to make beers on its professional system, brewery spokesman Chall Gray said. Complete Story
Pike Doubble Hopulu Hits the Market
(November 27) - Pike Doubble Hopulus opens with a bouquet of herbal flowers, followed by the dry, crisp, evergreen, and citrus character of hops on the palate; the citrus and pine overtones are balanced with smooth, biscuity, earthy, malt flavors. This big, delicious Double IPA is dry-hopped twice, and unfiltered, to preserve all its beautiful hop character. Complete Story
Americans Now Drink More Craft Beer Than Budweiser
(November 25) -On the one hand, this chart is a reminder that craft brewing is still a niche—albeit a fast-growing one. According to the Brewers Association, craft labels make up about 14 percent of the U.S. beer market. Take Allagash, Lagunitas, Dogfish Head, and all your other favorite little breweries, toss them together, and they barely outsell the third most popular brand in America. Complete Story
12 Hottest New Beer Bars in the U.S.
(November 25) - From coast to coast and throughout the heartland, it’s a good time to be a beer drinker in America. The country is now home to more than 3,000 breweries and the growth shows no signs of slowing. Across the nation, publicans are doing their part to stoke our craft-brew love affair by opening bars with incredible beer selections. From an outdoor cafe in the middle of a California park to a Colonial-inspired tavern in New England, here are the 12 hottest new beer bars in the U.S. Complete Story

Virginia is for beer lovers: Study highlights rapid growth of craft breweries
(November 25) - The 2014 Virginia Craft Beer Visitor Profile Study — conducted by the Virginia Tourism Corporation — surveyed nearly 700 visitors at breweries across Virginia, including Lost Rhino Brewing in Loudoun. By learning more about the state’s beer tourists, officials hope to capitalize on a market that has already shown potential for explosive growth. Complete Story
Blank Slate Brewing expands, opens taproom in Cincinnati
(November 25) - Blank Slate Brewing Co. in the East End is opening a taproom that will be the only place where Cincinnatians can drink all of its beers in the same place. "When we started, we were about 90 percent done with opening a small production brewery when the laws changed to allow taprooms," he said. "We really didn't have the space or the money to do that at the time. It wasn't until earlier this year that we were able to procure the space and build out."  Complete Story
Funky Bow Beer Company serves up free pizzas every Friday night
(November 24) - It’s Friday night, you’re hanging out with friends, there’s live music, for dinner you are eating pizza and drinking craft beer. Could this friday get any better? How about if you were at the Funky Bow Beer Company in Lyman, Maine and the pizza is free? Thats a pretty good Friday evening. Complete Story
Mudbug Brewery opens in Thibodeaux, Louisiana
(November 24) - Mudbug Brewery has become the 13th production brewery in Louisiana. Brewery partners Leith Adams, Brance Lloyd and Peter Leichty have announced they've achieved the final step to become a working brewery — Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) approval. Complete Story
33 Best Thanksgiving Beers, Chosen By The Top Craft Brewer
s(November 23) -No holiday on the calendar is more of a testament to the American identity than Thanksgiving. While historians debate the true origins of the holiday, the rest of us gather with loved ones, consume massive quantities of comfort food and sack out on the couch to watch football. What could be more American than that? Complete Story
Milfoil Lakehouse Saison Ale brewed with zebra mussels and milfoil right from Lake Minnetonka
(November 23) - Saving Minnesota lakes from pesky zebra mussels might just be a pint away. On Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior Brewing Co., just launched an ale made from zebra mussel shells and Eurasian milfoil — taken fresh out of the big lake. That’s right, a keg of aquatic invasive species. Complete Story
Central Michigan University brews state's 1st beer making certificate program
(November 23) -Some have wondered why more beer is needed at Central Michigan University. "In every glass of beer there is an amazing amount of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and engineering," said Cordell DeMattei, CMU's director of fermentation science. "There is a lot of science and technology in every glass." Complete Story

Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App
(November 23) - Two years ago, craft beers were scarce in the pubs of Northern Ireland. The taps were dominated instead by megabrands like Guinness, Harp and Heineken. “Even basic I.P.A.s were very rare in the region,” recalls Chris McClelland, who says the situation is slowly improving. “Sometimes you could get them, but you spent a lot of money. We were very constrained in what we drank.” Complete Story
Sierra Nevada Brewing’s ambitions spill over to the East Coast
(November 23) - When Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, Calif., decided to expand to a second brewing facility across the country in Mills River, N.C., there was a lot on the line, as the company was spending over $100 million and beer production would top a heady 1 million barrels of beer a year. Complete Story
Rentsch Brewery to open in Georgetown next year
(November 23) - Georgetown, Austin’s neighbor to the north, is so eager for a brewery in the downtown area that the town’s Main Street Program held a recent forum to explore that possibility. Rentsch Brewery, a father-and-son operation, is opening early next year, and Bull Creek Brewing on the other side of town is reopening with a larger brewing system after producing small batches of beer for more than a year. Complete Story
Winery and Brewery Passport apps updated with new features and improvements
(November 23) - Winery Passport and Brewery Passport, the popular wine and beer journal apps developed by BakBurner Digital, have just received similar major updates. First off, both apps now have what’s said to be the most requested feature, which is the ability to “unstamp” a winery or a brewery. Complete Story
Scriptown Brewing Company to Open on December 1 in Omaha, Nebraska
(November 23) - Omaha’s newest brewery has an official opening date. Scriptown Brewing Company will start serving its beers on Dec. 1, beginning at 4 p.m. The brewery, located at 3922 Farnam St., will have seven original beers available including a Nutjob Brown Ale, Lone Tree Session IPA and Mild Mannered, a British mild ale. 

Siskiyou Brew Works opens in McCloud, California(November 23) - The brewpub is located inside the historic McCloud dairy barn, known as The Red Barn. It was built in 1900. In our build out, recycled materials from the Barn were used as much as possible and the ceilings were raised to 9'. Website

Forest City Brewery embraces history as it sets to open in Cleveland
(November 21) - The 1915 building once was a former tavern house, appropriate for its latest incarnation. Construction will include reclaimed wood from a nearby home that dates to the 1880s. The part of the building that will house the brewery has a barn-like look to it, with high wooden strips forming the rafters. And in a neat homage to the past, bricks were salvaged from a former Forest City Brewery. Complete Story
Funky Buddha Brewery will begin bottling beer in December — including maple-bacon beer!
(November 21) - The Funky Buddha is going mainstream. Relax, the Boca Raton and Oakland Park-based brewery is still wild about unexpected beer flavors — only now those concoctions will be available at a retailer near you. The brewery will begin bottling and distributing its beer all over South Florida beginning Dec. 10. Complete Story

Devils Backbone Brewery Raises Money For Thanksgiving Meals
(November 21) - Devils Backbone Brewery came to Nelson County back in 2008, and is proud to be a part of the community. This event is to help raise money for the Nelson County Food Pantry to contribute toward a Thanksgiving dinner to local families; and it's all funded through a trampoline. Complete Story
23 reasons Portland is still the world's best beer city
(November 20) - It used to be as plain as a beer-foam mustache. Portland, Oregon, has more breweries and brewpubs than any other place -- in the sixties now -- ergo, it's the world's greatest beer city. And none of those breweries makes swill. But the world is changing for the better -- and catching up to a movement pioneered by Portlanders. Complete Story
Hangar 24 brewery bubbling, not breaking in Redlands, CA
(November 21) “It’s been explosive; it’s just been crazy,” said founder and master brewer Ben Cook in a telephone interview about the past 18 months. “Our revenues increased by 50 percent to reach an all-time high over the past year, and our distribution channels have also surged by 52 percent.” Complete Story
6 craft beer terms every beer geek should know
(November 20) - Even if you haven’t yet fallen into the craft beer rabbit hole — a warren of minutia and terminology that can make even a brewer’s head spin — it’s helpful to get a grasp on some of the more common terms that beer writers and beer geeks use to discuss the beverage that enthralls them. Complete Story
Old Firehouse on HuffPost list of bizarre breweries
(November 20) - Open for only about two months, Old Firehouse Brewery is already getting some love from the Huffington Post. The Williamsburg brewery is featured in a story about "8 Breweries in Awesomely Bizarre Places" on the site's blog. Complete Story

Anheuser-Busch Brewery lights up for the holidays
(November 20) - Back and even brighter, the famed Anheuser-Busch holiday lights display will offer more than half a million lights and a variety of new experiences in 2014 for guests enjoying one of St. Louis’ most-beloved holiday displays. Now in its 29th year, Anheuser-Busch has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors for its holiday lights experience, including nearly 20,000 guests just last year. Complete Story
Noble Rey Brewery Is Headed to the Dallas Design District, Which Has Become Dallas' Beer District
(November 20) - The Design District is on its way to becoming known for its beer culture as much as it is high end furniture and art galleries. The folks behind Noble Ray Brewery have announced they'll be setting up shop as the fourth beer maker in the neighborhood. Complete Story
Tampa Heights to get big new brewery and tasting room
(November 20) - Joshua Garman and Austin Good became brew buddies a little over a year ago, and by this spring they'd forged a partnership.The tandem just signed a lease for a 7,500-square-foot warehouse space on Franklin Street in Tampa Heights. Complete Story
Flat12 to Open Second Brewery in Jeffersonville, IN
(November 20) - Flat12 Bierwerks has been hitting taps and shelves all over the Louisville area, and the fast-growing, Indianapolis-based craft brewery is set to open their second location November 22 in downtown Jeffersonville. The soft opening will be followed by the official Grand Opening Celebration set for December 6. Complete Story
Reports: AB InBev To Cut Jobs In U.S.
(November 20) - Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, known as AB InBev will cut jobs and consolidate its sales division in the U.S. following a detailed business review, according to media reports on Wednesday. The job cuts will reportedly affect salaried employees in divisions including marketing and procurement as well as sales and brewery operations.  Complete Story
Dogfish Head beer made with scrapple. Really.
(November 19) - Beer for Breakfast is the brainchild of Dogfish founder Sam Calagione and Ben Potts, brewer at Dogfish's Rehoboth Beach restaurant Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats on Rehoboth Avenue. It's brewed with coffee from The Bean Factory in St. Paul, Minn.; Massachusetts maple syrup; barley smoked over applewood from Delaware's Fifer Orchards; and, of course, scrapple. Complete Story
Jester King and Franklin BBQ team up for smoked fig beer
(November 19) - Beer and barbecue are two of Austin’s favorite things, so local breweries and barbecue joints have collaborated before on making smoked beers. But perhaps no collaboration will draw quite as many crowds as the upcoming smoked fig beer produced by Jester King brewers and Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin. Complete Story
Dry City Brew Works brewery is a place for people to gather in Wheaton, IL
(November 19) - Exposed brick walls, metal accents, a wooden ceiling and plans for local musicians to regularly perform give Dry City Brew Works the feel of an urban coffeehouse. In reality, the new business in downtown Wheaton is a tiny brewery where people can work on their laptops, catch up with a friend or meet new people while enjoying a beer. Complete Story

HiJinx Brewing to celebrate new location in Allentown
(November 19) - There will be some HiJinx in Allentown on Friday night, Nov. 21, and you can bet that beer will be involved. HiJinx Brewing Co. is hosting local dignitaries for a grand opening celebration of the brewery's location in the Allentown Bridgeworks manufacturing incubator on Harrison Street. Complete Story
Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc. announces 77 percent increase in revenue
(November 19) - “The 2nd and 3rd Quarter’s of 2014 were particularly strong due to increased customer traffic at our taproom, a robust economy, successful launch of Farm To Flame, tourism in the High Country, new strategic alliances and the soft launch of our self-distribution program being head up by our new Sales Manager, Michael Schriber”, said Sean Spiegelman, CEO of Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Complete Story
Lance Armstrong Tries Beer Mile, Does Not Finish
(November 18) - With the inaugural Flo Beer Mile World Championship just over two weeks away, interest in the four-lap, four-beer race seems to be at an all-time high. Interest is particularly high in Austin, Texas, the city that will host the event, so it’s not too surprising that one of Austin’s residents, banned cyclist Lance Armstrong, recently decided to try his hand at the event. Complete Story
Widmers go from new kids on the beer block to 'elders' of craft brew
(November 18) - Thirty years in the history of the beer business is a blip on the radar. Thirty years in the craft beer business, however, is a lifetime. That's exactly the length of time spent by Rob and Kurt Widmer, the founders of Portland, Oregon-based Widmer Brothers Brewing, building a business that has made Widmer the eminence grise of craft brewing. Complete Story
Stochasticity Project Master of Disguise Released
(November 18) - Beer enthusiasts, prepare for a mind- and palate-defying experience that may change some of your preconceived notions about beer. The latest Stochasticity Project release will challenge the assumption that pale-colored ales are modest in body, or that only dark-hued beers can exhibit roasty, chocolaty and rich malty notes. Beginning today, Stochasticity Project Master of Disguise, a so-called imperial golden stout brewed with coffee beans, cocoa and coffee beans. Complete Story
Oregon beer writer DeBenedetti crowdfunds his new farmhouse brewery
(November 18) - Oregon beer and travel writer Christian DeBenedetti, author of The Great American Ale Trail and an upcoming cookbook, is building an eagerly awaited farmhouse brewery called Wolves & People in Oregon wine country, 21 miles from Portland. Complete Story
Deschutes Brewery and Chef José Andrés Collaborate on Spanish-Inspired Saison
(November 18) - Craft beer from a 22-ounce bottle doesn't usually come to mind when picturing a tasting menu of the best in Spanish haute cuisine, but it might after next week, when Oregon's Deschutes Brewery releases Zarabanda, a new saison brewed in collaboration with the tapas king himself, José Andrés. Complete Story
Covington's Bavarian Brewery safe for now
(November 18) - The historic Bavarian Brewery in Covington appears safe for now.If Columbia Sussex wants to demolish the 100-year-old brewery building in Covington, they will have to appeal to the Covington City Commission.The Covington Urban Design Review Board on Monday unanimously rejected the company's request to tear the brewery down. Complete Story

Powder Hollow Brewery Announces Nov. 23 Opening in Enfield, CT
(November 18) - Mike McManus is getting ready to welcome beer drinkers to the grand opening of his new brewery, Powder Hollow Brewery LLC, on Nov. 23. Located in the Scitico section of town, next to the Scantic River, McManus said the brewery at 504 Hazard Ave is close to where he spent time growing up and played baseball, hiked and biked through Powder Hollow and the Scantic River Park.  Complete Story

Brewers a male-dominated market
(November 17) - With the bag wedged between her chest and the metal silo in front of her, Rachael Cardwell leans toward an opening, pouring the oats into a batch of the Longmont brewery's staple milk stout. Cardwell, 28, is the the 21-year-old brewery's first woman brewer and the only one in Boulder County, aside from a few female brewery owners who play many roles including brewer, according to a recent survey conducted by the Longmont Times-Call. Complete Story
Women make up 34 percent of Boulder County brewery employees, with growth expected
(November 17) -Women currently hold 34 percent of jobs in Boulder County's breweries, according to a recent survey conducted by the Times-Call. The county's 34 breweries, some with multiple locations, reported 339 women out of 1,009 employees. Complete Story
Against the Grain Brewery serves up science between beers
(November 16) - For a while, it seemed like a typical night at the local watering hole. But the real purpose of the night became evident as Levi Beverly took to the microphone — not to sing karaoke but to introduce his program: Beer with a Scientist. Complete Story
Dry Dock Brewing – Double Vanilla Porter & Double Coffee Porter Release
(November 16) - Meet the next two beers in Dry Dock’s Signature Series, the Double Vanilla Porter and the Double Coffee Porter. These beers will debut at The Canoe Room at North Dock. “Our vanilla porter is probably the beer I drink at home the most so I really wanted to do a bigger version of it to age in whiskey barrels and have ready for the holidays,” says North Dock Head Brewer Brett Williams. Complete Story
Anchor Brewing Releases Potrero Hill Sour-Mash IPA, 7th Zymaster Series Beer
(November 16) - Today, Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of the seventh brew in their Zymaster Series, Potrero Hill Sour-Mash IPA (ABV 7%). In 1993, Anchor repurposed a small corner of their brewery and began distilling whiskey from a mash of 100% rye malt, now known as Old Potrero®. Although they have experimented with beer and hops in the distillery, Anchor has never used rye or sour mash in the brewery—until now. Complete Story

Old Kaier Brewery set for demolition in Mahanoy City, PA
(November 16) - The demolition of the blighted Kaier Brewery building w at the north end of Main Street will lead to the creation of a community park and playground as part of Phase IV of the borough's Central Business District Streetscape Revitalization Program. Phase III of the downtown revitalization initiative was completed this year on Centre Street. Complete Story

Alaskan Brewing Brings Back Winter Ale for 2014-15 Season
(November 16) - As winter descends upon Alaska, Alaskan Brewing Co. is again releasing its unique Winter Ale. This seasonal brew made with locally harvested spruce tips is an annual favorite, and should see its fans through another scurvy-free winter. Complete Story
What's Up: Point Brewery makes more beer, adds jobs
(November 16) - The Stevens Point Brewery announced in October it was producing almost 20 percent more beer than in the previous year, which has led to 10 new jobs being created. The new employees include a packaging manager, a fourth brewer, an inventory control materials planner, two maintenance workers and five more second-shift packaging employees, including a shift supervisor and quality technician. The brewery has about 40 employees. Complete Story
Atwater Brewery Introduces Lebkuchen Christmas Ale
(November 16) - Just in time for the holidays Atwater Brewery, Detroit’s favorite craft beer brewer, is introducing a Christmas drink guaranteed to make Santa even jollier after he completes his rounds and unbridles Rudolph and company — Lebkuchen Christmas Ale. Complete Story
Poulsbo brewery boys bare all for good cause
(November 15) - Wearing nothing but hop vines isn’t as comfortable as Dave Lambert makes it look. “It takes a lot of tape, so moving around is a delicate process,” he said of posing as “Mr. August” for his Poulsbo brewery’s all-male pinup calendar, “The Men of Slippery Pig.” Complete Story

Mispillion River Brewing celebrates one year
(November 15) - Eric Williams learned to live with a couple surprises in his first year of owning Milford-based Mispillion River Brewing. The facility, which produces about 100 barrels of beer, or 3,100 gallons of the good stuff a month, was designed so that the community would gather around the brewery. Complete Story
Bavarian Brewery allies using light show, Kickstarter
(November 15) - Supporters wanting to save the Bavarian Brewing Co. building in Covington have turned to a Kickstarter campaign and a light show to aid their cause. The loose-knit group on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will stage protests against the 19th Century brewery's possible demolition, including a Lumenocity-like light show Sunday night projected on the building, called Bavarianocity. That will begin at 7 p.m. Complete Story
WT Brews: Onondaga County's newest brewery starts quietly in Baldwinsville, NY
(November 15) - WT Brews opened two weeks ago near Baldwinsville. The tiny brewery run by Mike Johnson and Rich Pinkowski is operating at 3482 Patchett Road, off River Road just east of the village. For now it has irregular hours, and will sell most of its beers at the indoor Greater Baldwinsville Farmers Market and the CNY Regional Market. Complete Story
Boulevard brewing special beer to celebrate Royals postseason
(November 15) - Boulevard Brewing Company has announced that it's brewing a special beer to celebrate the Kansas City Royals' historic playoff run. The special brew, called Crown Town Ale, is currently in fermentation, according to the brewery's Facebook page. The brewery also posted an image of what appeared to be the logo for the beer's labels on its Facebook page. Complete Story
San Diego County Embraces Craft Beer
(November 15) -  San Diego Beer Week is designed to showcase craft breweries including those in Vista where beer is booming. In the time it takes me to say that San Diego County has 94 craft breweries, the number will have changed. Complete Story
New York's Good Nature Farm Brewery Serves Up Suds Made Entirely From Local Ingredients
(November 15) - Carrie Blackmore found her inspiration while visiting Central New York and falling in love with its beautiful landscape and rich history. In a male-dominated industry, she opened Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room and contributed to a thriving community. Complete Story
Arch Rock Brewing, the little Oregon brewery that could
(November 15) - Drive down U.S. 101 about as far as you can go before you leave Oregon, pass through this seaside town, population 2,250, then drive a little further. Take the road on the left that slips up toward the hills, continue over a dilapidated bridge and you'll find a small cluster of businesses: a locals bar, a company that makes sea-tight doors for boats and Arch Rock, the little brewery that could. Complete Story
Want to make beer for a living? Study up, stay humble
(November 15) - Be prepared to put a little muscle into heaving a sack of grain from one place to another. You'll need to know how to clean out a keg, too. And — increasingly — people wanting to land a job in a brewery in the Carolinas will have to hit the books if they want better wages. Complete Story
Sun King aims to open Fishers brewery in time for Oktoberfest '15
(November 13) - Founded in mid-2009, still-growing Sun King in August announced plans to add capacity by building a second brewery and more-expansive tasting room in Fishers. Sun King expects to complete the project in two phases. A small-batch pilot brewery, brewpub-style tap room and outdoor event space are expected to come online next year, the founders said. Complete Story

Mother Road Brewing's ale takes top honors
(November 14) - When most people think of Flagstaff, cooler temps and piney woods come to mind, but Phoenix's sister to the north is making a name for itself in the craft-beer world. Mother Road Brewing Company's most-recent success to toast? A gold medal in the Beverage Testing Institute's World Beer Championships. "It's rewarding to know someone else appreciates the beer as much as I do," said Urs Riner, the brewery's head brewer, or "head yeast whisperer" as they call him. Complete Story
Travesty! Beers at Century Link Field in Seattle are watered down
(November 13) - The 12th man might be getting shafted. Seattle's KOMO 4 recently went undercover to test the various beers sold at CenturyLink field during Seahawks games for their alcohol content. Six beers -- Stella Artois, Bud Light, Redhook Brewery No Equal, Shocktop, Bass Pale Ale and Budweiser -- were sampled. Each came back showing less alcohol than advertised, with the discrepancies ranging from 0.2 to 0.6 percent. Complete Story
New Belgium's Kim Jordan talks growth, activism, staying true to roots
(November 13) - At the helm of the country's third largest craft brewery, Kim Jordan, 56, is both a practical businessperson and a social idealist. The co-founder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing Co. says she is just a few years from retiring to a less active board position. But before that time comes, Jordan is helping her co-workers at the employee-owned company to build a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. Complete Story
Beer Here! 7 Unexpected Places to Find Beer
(November 13) - Think the bar is the only place you can get a cold beer? Think again. Craft beer is becoming so ubiquitous, it’s popping up in the most unlikely of places, like the yoga studio. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with getting a drink in a bar. Some purists would argue that drinking in a bar is the way God intended it to be. Maybe. Bars, beer gardens, ball parks, restaurants, hotel lobbies, the bed of a pickup truck going down Highway 41…these are all great places to knock back a cold one. Complete Story
How the craft beer revolution made cans cool again
(November 13) - For decades, US beer drinkers have operated on the assumption that high-end, foreign brews come in bottles, while down-home, budget beers are packaged in flimsy, 12-oz. cans, the better for pounding and crushing. Though the cheap stuff never really went out of style, America’s consumption of beer in metal cans showed definite signs of waning in the early 1990s, while bottled beer picked up in popularity—a trend that lasted pretty much right through the economic go-go years leading up to the financial crisis. Complete Story
Avery Brewing to Release Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged ABV Coffee Imperial Stout
(November 13) This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release another massive barrel-aged beer, and they've upped the ante again by heavily dosing this brew with locally roasted organic coffee.Tweak is a 17.81% ABV coffee stout aged 4 months in fresh Bourbon barrels. Says founder and CEO Adam Avery, “Tweak is a super versatile beer—you could have it at brunch or it could be the last beer of the night. ‘Cause I don’t care what you've been drinking, you’ll be able to taste Tweak after it.” Complete Story
August Schell Brewing Co. buys Historic Grain Belt Beer sign
(November 13) - 's been dark for nearly 20 years but soon, one of the best-known signs in Minneapolis will be illuminated again. August Schell Brewing Co. has reached an agreement to purchase the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island and is in the process of making efforts to ensure the sign is preserved for years to come. Complete Story
AleSmith Brewing honors Tony Gwynn with Pale Ale 394
(November 13) - This weekend the beer-drinking public will be able to take home 12-ounces of Tony Gwynn-approved pale ale from a San Diego brewery. AleSmith is releasing its San Diego Pale Ale 394 in six packs as part of San Diego Beer Week, the first such packaging of the beer, which Gwynn himself worked with the brewery to create before his death in June. Complete Story
Farmington Brewing Company opens Saturday in Michigan
(November 13) - Jason and Gary Schlaff and Jason Henricks are the beer-loving guys behind Farmington's newest commercial venture, the Farmington Brewing Company, which is taking its place among Michigan's 186 breweries. Gary and Jason, father and son, and their friend Hendricks, are what you might call passionate about beer and its brewing. "We are science geeks," said Jason Schlaff. Complete Story
Chandeleur Brewing coming to downtown Gulfport, Mississippi
(November 13) - Downtown Gulfport will soon have its own brewery. And twin brothers from South Mississippi are pursuing a dream to make that happen. They're building Chandeleur Brewing Company in the heart of downtown. Cain and Cam Roberds own and operate a construction company and they happen to love craft beers. So, they put together a team to transform a historic building into a micro-brewery. Complete Story
At pilot brewery, MillerCoors learns what new beers will fly
(November 13) - Welcome to the MillerCoors pilot brewery, and its recently expanded conference and tasting room where the company works on new ideas. That conference space is dubbed the Flying Hippo room, and will soon include focus groups conducted with people recruited from the State St. brewery tours. Complete Story
New Belgium Brewing’s Wintertime Favorites Return for the Holidays
(November 12) - With the first snowfall already arriving for some, it’s starting to feel more and more like winter, which means the return of beloved cold-weather favorites from New Belgium Brewing. Accumulation White IPA and 2° Below Winter Ale can be found on shelves now, with Frambozen arriving November 11. Complete Story
August Schell’s releases Grand Cru, 21st Edition in Snowstorm series
(November 11) - "Creating a new Snowstorm is always interesting because it allows us to explore unique ingredient combinations," said Dave Berg, Schell's brewmaster. "For Grand Cru, we're using a relatively new malt, Red X, and an interesting Belgian yeast called Forbidden Fruit. Complete Story

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Stevens Point Brewery Releases Whole Hog Espresso Stout
(November 11) - Point Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins brews Whole Hog Espresso Stout using roasted barley malts, caramel and dark chocolate malts, Palisade hops from the Pacific Northwest, and two kinds of coffee beans supplied by Milwaukee’s Valentine Coffee Roasters: whole Sumatra coffee beans and Valentine’s special proprietary blend of espresso beans. Complete Story
Burnside Brewing releases Permafrost Winter Ale(November 11) - Burnside Brewing Co. is releasing their fan favorite Permafrost Winter Ale today, Monday November 10th 2014 6pm at their brewpub with food pairing specials and giveaways. Bottles and draft are now available in Oregon too and you should see them on store shelves later this week. Complete Story
Anderson Valley Brewing Releases Blood Orange Gose(November 11) - Mendicino-based Anderson Valley Brewing brings their newest release to San Francisco shelves this week. Blood Orange Gose is a 4.2 percent ABV German-style ale incorporating a fresh, citrus spin into a beer with more than 500 years of tradition.  Up until the early 1900s, Gose (pronounced "Gose-uh") was the most popular style of beer in central Germany. Complete Story
Alltech expanding brewery, adding honey ale
(November 10) - Alltech is planning a $7.5 million expansion of its beer operations in Lexington to eventually quadruple its brewing capacity. The Nicholasville-based company plans to renovate its existing brewery in the triangle of Maxwell, Pine and Cross streets, beginning next Monday. The finished structure — to be built over the existing building — will have Kentucky fieldstone and glass walls so the new 25,000-barrel Krones-Steinecker brewhouse will be visible from passing vehicles. Complete Story
Bell's Brewery Inc's Upper Hand Brewery opens in Escanaba(November 10) - Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell's Brewery Inc., held a grand opening today in Escanaba. The $1.3 million, 11,500-square-foot facility is located in the Delta County Airport Renaissance Zone. The brewery contains a 20-barrel brewing system that is capable of producing 200,000 gallons of beer each year. Complete Story   

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