What Your Company Can Learn From the Rise of
Craft Beer(December 26) - In the midst of the
recent recession, more than 4,500 craft beer makers
disrupted a centuries-old industry. Craft beer sales
soared between 2007 and 2012 and now make up 14.3
percent of the $100 billion-dollar beer market. Th
industry has two fundamental characteristics that
have propelled a 17.2 percent increase in sales at
the same time overall beer sales have declined by
1.9 percent — that is, innovation and collaboration.
Top 10 Old Ales / Strong Ales
Brewed in North America
The Fort Collins Breweries &
The 12 Beers of Christmas
Robots Step Into Brewery, Bakery Roles(December
28) - A German brewer established in the 1790s has
found a 21st-century answer to increasing
profitability: robots. Nine years ago, Badische
Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG was struggling with
production bottlenecks that weighed on its profits.
Workers couldn’t package and crate the company’s
beer quickly enough to stock bars and supermarkets,
prompting customers to buy other brands.
Two Iowa breweries collaborate for smoked sour
porter(December 28) - A beer mixing two
eyebrow-raising flavors has made its way to a Des
Moines metro brewery. The "Wildfire" is a smoked
sour porter concocted at Firetrucker Brewery as a
collaboration between the Ankeny-based brewery and
CIB Brewery from Carson, Iowa. The brew, served both
at Firetrucker and CIB, has been flowing from taps
since late November.
College Street Brewery owner makes big donations to
ASU Havasu(December 27) -Ever since he moved to
Lake Havasu City about a dozen years ago, John
Hughes has been giving back to the town. He started
with the creation of College Street Brewery on the
north side of town. And then he helped bring ASU to
town with the first $100,000 donation to the Lake
Havasu campus capital campaign – the Havasu
Foundation for Higher Education.
The 12 best Christmas beers to enjoy this holiday
season(December 26) - Christmas was on Thursday,
but it’s just the first of 12 days (like the song).
As such, we at For The Win are equipping you with
the knowledge to achieve peak holiday cheer through
the joy of beer. Christmas beer can get out of
control. Just yesterday, I stumbled upon a cinnamon
horchata holiday beer in my parents’ refrigerator.
It was a bad time. The goal of this list is twofold.
One: offer up our favorite brews.
Lookout Brewing has Champagne-like beer for New
Year’s Eve(December 26) - On New Year’s Eve,
many drinkers will turn to a bottle of sparkling
wine or French Champagne. But at Lookout Brewing
they’re uncorking a special draft only
Champagne-style ale. Happy New Beer, a nine percent
alcohol Champagne-tasting saison, will only be
available on Dec. 31 at the brewery and select
Asheville restaurants and taprooms.
Brewery tour company fights for beer-themed plates(December
23) - A New Hampshire man who arranges tours of
craft breweries is fighting the state to get vanity
license plates that read "BREWBUS", "GROWLER" or "NHBEER".
David Adams, owner of Granite State Growler Tours,
already has a plate that reads "BEERBUS" on the
vehicle he uses to drive his customers around.
Prohibition Pig Brewery and Tasting Room Opens(December
23) - After more than seven months of building,
permitting, tweaking and final-touching, Prohibition
Pig’s brewery and tasting room will open officially
this Friday, December 26, Pro Pig owner Chad Rich
told Seven Days via phone on Monday. But if you’re
in Waterbury or nearby, there’s a pre-opening
wet-run tonight — Monday, December 22 — from 4 to 10
p.m. Call it an early or late Christmas gift,
depending on where you sit.
Sierra Nevada Breaks Top 10 Most Googled Beer Names(December
22) - The search engine giant logged trillions of
searches. In the beer world, spot number one is held
by Budweiser. Big beer brands like Corona, Miller
and Coors join the list as well. Sierra Nevada,
based in both Chico, California and Mills River,
North Carolina, occupies the #10 spot.
Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Turtleneck Gingerbread
Winter Warmer (December 22) -As the air grows
winter-crisp and the mercury continues to drop,
Terrapin Beer Co. helps fans bundle up with Side
Project 24: Turtleneck Gingerbread Winter Warmer.
Turtleneck was the winner of Terrapin’s second
annual Employee Homebrew Challenge.
Beers Americans no longer drink(December 22)
- The recent drops in beer sales have been
especially pronounced at many of the nation's top
brewers. Total shipments of both Anheuser-Busch
InBev (BUD) and MillerCoors have slumped as several
of their major brands have lost substantial market
Prison City Pub & Brewery opens in Auburn with
decorated brewer at the helm(December 21) -
Benjamin Maeso was looking for the opportunity. Dawn
Schulz was looking to grant it. Maeso, of Rochester,
is head brewer at Schulz's new Prison City Pub &
Brewery, opened Friday at the corner of State and
Flying Dog will open an experimental brewery on a
Loudoun County farm(December 21) - Flying Dog
Brewery is planning to open an experimental brewery
on a hop farm in Loudoun County. Farmworks Brewery,
which is scheduled for a summer 2015 debut, will be
a 15-barrel brewery with its own aging cellar,
tasting room and other amenities, including a
coolship for fermentation. It will be located on
Shadow Farm, a 52-acre farm in Lucketts that will be
home to Lucketts Mill Hopworks.
Knucklehead Craft Brewing Opens in Webster, NY(December
21) - Knucklehead Craft Brewing opened its doors to
the public Saturday. The building that houses
Knucklehead used to be a bar during the 1950s, and
while they'll still be serving plenty of suds, a lot
has changed since then. "We make the beer here,"
attests Knucklehead's Owner, Ken Dummer. "We have a
brew house in back of the building. We have
fermenters on the other side of the building with
bright tanks. We're serving the beer out of big
bright tanks instead of out of kegs."
Five last-minute beer gift ideas (other than a mixed
six-pack)(December 20) - Yes, you can buy your
craft-beer-obsessed buddy a few choice bombers, a
mixed six-pack or even a sampler case from a local
brewery. They're all solid choices for a holiday
gift. But how about a last-minute beer-themed gift
that's not just a (really tasty) brewski?
Madison brewery crafting beer without gluten(December
20) - One barrel of beer is made per week and it can
take up to six hours to bottle a single batch since
the bottling line can fill only two 22-ounce bombers
at a time. The brewmaster, founder and owner is
doing the dishes, mopping the floor and taking out
the garbage at what is one of the smallest
production breweries in the country.
Iowa Brewing coming to Cedar Rapids(December 20)
- The organizers of a proposed production brewery in
downtown Cedar Rapids hope to be tapping kegs by
this summer. Iowa Brewing Co. plans to renovate a
pair of buildings at 708 Third St. S.E. into a
12,000-square-foot brewery and tap house.
Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake, Minnesota(December
20) - In 2009 Steve Merila was the owner of a wood
flooring distribution company in Vadnais Heights. As
his friend, and co-owner of Big Wood Brewery, Jason
Medvec said, business had been good. But then the
economy took a turn for the worse. Workers were
coming in looking for a job, but were leaving empty
Surly's 'destination brewery' opens Friday morning(December
19) - It took a new law and four years but on Friday
morning the massive destination brewery for Surly
Beer will open in the Prospect Park neighborhood of
Minneapolis. The new 50,000 square foot structure is
massive and will be home to a few different things.
Beer drinkers can arrive to have any Surly beer on
tap 7-days a week in the bar and a restaurant will
operate there as well with chef driven menu items
that range from appetizers to full meals.
Baderbrau rebirth culminates with South Loop brewery(December
19) - Breweries are opening at a frantic clip in
Chicago, but none has quite the story behind it as
Baderbrau — and that story will come full circle
with the opening of a 25,000-square-foot brewery in
the South Loop in 2015. The tale began in 1989 when
a former Chicago police officer launched Pavichevich
Brewing Co. in Elmhurst. The flagship beer was
Baderbrau, a Czech-style Pilsner that quickly became
the city's go-to locally-made beer.
Founders Brewing gets Spanish partner(December
18) - Founders Brewing now has a foreign investor.
The local craft brewer announced Wednesday morning
that they have formed a partnership with Mahou San
Miguel, Spain's leading brewing company for 125
years. Mahou will be a minority investor with 30%
ownership in the brewery.
Full Sail Beers Sweep the World Beer Championships(December
18) - Nine gold and five silver medals from the
World Beer Championships have just been added to
Full Sail Brewing Company’s impressive list of
awards and accolades. Every single beer entered by
Full Sail has earned gold or silver medals at this
New Belgium Brewing joins the hop evolution with new
Slow Ride Session IPA(December 18) - After
initially resisting the pressure to produce an India
Pale Ale, then finding success and rolling out a
whole series of hop-forward beers, New Belgium
Brewing is taking the logical next step. Next month,
the Fort Collins-based brewery will introduce Slow
Ride Session IPA, making it the latest U.S. brewery
to brew and package a low-alcohol interpretation of
the top-selling craft beer style.
Boulevard Brewing Co. releases schedule for 2015
beers(December 18) - The Boulevard Brewing Co.
has unveiled its 2015 beer release schedule, and
it’s full of brand-new brews. Among them:The Kansas
City brewery is adding a new year-round beer called
Heavy Lifting IPA in April. The hoppy beer will join
other year-round beers such as Unfiltered Wheat,
Pale Ale, KC Pils, Single-Wide IPA and Pop-Up
Common Roots Brewery to open in South Glens Falls,
New York(December 18) - The brewery in South
Glens Falls, which has kept beer lovers on the edge
of their seats for months, as they work to get their
craft brews ready for the public, is going to open
Friday. Common Roots Brewing announced its “soft
opening” on its facebook page and Twitter feed
Tuesday night. The soft opening will include pints
and tastings from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday.
Next Round: A beer for the Hanukkah holiday(December
17) - After nearly two decades of producing He'Brew
brand Jewish beers, Shmaltz Brewing has finally
brewed a beer for Hanukkah. Shmaltz opened its own
brewery in Clifton Park, N.Y. just last year but has
been making and marketing its beers since 1996.
Oregon's two biggest breweries combine their iconic
beers to create Widmer/Deschutes AltBitter(December
17) - To celebrate 30 years, the Widmer folks
partnered with several Oregon breweries big and
small to create one-of-a-kind collaboration beers as
an example of the great camaraderie in the Oregon
craft brewing scene. The series has previously
featured collaborations with Boneyard Beer,
Breakside Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing, and Gigantic
Brewing. This last collaboration of the series
combines the iconic beers of Oregon's two biggest
breweries, Widmer Brothers Brewing and Deschutes
Brewery, to create something new: AltBitter.
Badger Hill Brewing to open in Shakopee, MN(December
17) - One of Brittany Krekelberg’s first dates with
her now-husband, Broc, was a tour of St. Paul’s
Summit Brewing Company. Years later, they run a
brewery of their own: Award-winning Badger Hill
Brewing Company, which will soon operate Shakopee’s
first craft beer taproom.
The mysterious banker behind the world’s best-known
beer(December 17) - He was a teenage actor who
trekked the African desert with Peter O’Toole in
Lawrence of Arabia. He was a three-time Olympian, in
two different sports. He graduated Harvard
University and then earned a Harvard MBA. He is a
vice-chairman of investment banking at Citigroup,
where he chairs Citi Private Bank in the EMEA
(Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. And he’s
the husband of one of the wealthiest women in the
Tripel Root Brewpub set to open in former dry
Zeeland, MI(December 17) - The first-ever
brewery in Zeeland marks the changing times in what
was a dry city for decades. This week, Tripel Root
will become the newest business to sell alcohol
after city law changed in 2006. Building a business
takes time and so does changing public opinion.
11 Below Brewing coming to Willowbrook, Texas(December
17) - For the last 10 years, Bryce Baker, Jeff
Handojo and Brandon Moss have experimented with
homebrewing beer—a hobby that paid off as the
friends are preparing to open their own brewery in
the Willowbrook area. 11 Below Brewing will brew,
package and distribute beer out of a
10,600-square-foot facility at 6820 Bourgeois Road
when the business opens in February or March 2015.
Old Black Bear launching brewery, restaurant in
downtown Madison, Alabama(December 17) - When
Todd and Dawn Seaton lost their government
contracting jobs at the same time a few years ago,
the Huntsville couple turned what could have been a
tragedy into a thriving business opportunity. Old
Black Bear Brewing, which launched nearly four years
ago as a contract brewery with Back Forty Beer in
Gadsden, was originally a "fall back to the
government contracting world."
Making the grade at beer school(December 16) -
Deschutes Brewery and local distributor The Beer Ace
recently hosted a session of beer school at Loxley's
restaurant at Heritage Hotel. At each place setting
was a menu of the evening's courses and what beer
would be paired with each dish. Mitchell Way, a
Cicerone Certified Beer Server from Ace
Distributing, and Jeremy Kieffer from Deschutes
Brewery were leading school.
Garrison City Beerworks draws a thirsty crowd on its
opening day in Dover, NH(December 16) - Garrison
City Beerworks served beer to a full house Saturday
afternoon during its first hours of operation.
Co-founder Mike Nadeau said his business partner and
brewmaster, Gabe Rogers, asked him jokingly if he
wanted to be the doorman for the day due to the
number of people who showed up.
21st Amendment expands $21 million San Leandro
brewery(December 16) - After breaking ground
last May on 95,000 square fee t at the former
Kellogg Cereal factory at 2010 Williams St., 21 st
Amendment has signed a lease for an additional
58,648 square feet at the same location, according
to real estate firm Cassidy Turley, which brokered
Three Floyds: A brewery that really knows its craft(December
14) - Nick Floyd's path to becoming one of America's
most respected craft beer makers has been, to quote
his brewery's motto, "not normal." His original
brewing operation was pieced together out of an
assortment of equipment that included an old
Canfield's cola tank, gigantic wok burners and Swiss
cheese fermenters he bought from a Wisconsin scrap
Sun King Brewing cuts off distribution due to state
beer limit(December 14) - Sun King Brewing
announced Friday they will cut ties with
distributors outside Central Indiana. Co-founder
Clay Robinson said the brewery is nearing its
production limit for the year in accordance with
Indiana law. Now Robinson and the rest of the
Indiana Brewers Guild are asking legislators to
change those restrictions.
5 reasons to love the new Surly brewery(December
14) - Many people who drove by the site of the new
Surly complex before construction began in 2012 had
the same reaction: Huh? The 8-acre plot is tucked
off University Avenue in a particularly un-scenic,
dusty corner of Minneapolis within eyeshot of the
“United Crushers” grain elevator. Patrons will judge
for themselves how well the designers of the brewery
overcame the setting, but here are the undisputable
advantages to the Prospect Park site.
Longmont, Boulder brewery owners embrace feminine
touches(December 14) -Including 300 Suns
Brewing, seven Boulder County breweries reported
women owners or co-owners in a recent survey
conducted by the Times-Call. Bootstrap Brewing, The
Industrial Revolution Brewing Company, Odd 13
Brewing, Shine Brewing Company, Very Nice Brewing
Company and Wild Woods Brewery reported having women
Odell Brewing celebrates the return of Runoff and
Winter Spring Montage(December 14) - On
December 19, 20 & 21, Odell Brewing will celebrate
the return of its winter-spring seasonal, Runoff Red
IPA. Runoff follows Isolation Ale as part of the
brewery’s seasonal six pack series and just received
the Gold Award for American-style Amber/Red Ales at
the 2014 World Beer Cup®. Runoff is named for the
crisp, clean, Rocky Mountain snowmelt that is key to
not only the brewing process, but also to the local
Starting over: Couple opens Bandit Brewery, finds
joy in new simpler small town life in Darby, Montana(December
14) - Today, people walking through its doors aren’t
met with the smell of grease and oil. Instead inside
this building now reborn, the aroma of hops and
grain fills the air of the simply set, brand-new
nano-brewery called Bandit Brewing.
Strong Storm, Flooding Shuts Down Lagunitas Brewery
In Petaluma(December 13) - A powerful storm
sweeping through the Bay Area Thursday gave
employees at Lagunitas Brewery something else to
swim in for a change. Water levels rose about 1 to 2
feet in the taproom and beer sanctuary, creating
some of the worst flooding Lagunitas has seen in
about five years, according digital marketing
manager Jack Alger.
Block Brewing to open in Howell, Michigan(December
13) - There's a new kid on the block in Livingston
County's growing craft and microbrewery community.
Block Brewing Co. is set to open Wednesday in
Howell. The brewery and restaurant has set up shop
at the former Shark Club site on South Michigan
Avenue but almost no traces, from pinball games to
charity poker nights, will remain.
Blue Collar Brewery serves up suds and sports in
Poughkeepsie, NY(December 13) - Blue Collar
Brewery, the brainchild of a home-brewing
father-and-son team, opened early in November and
immediately became a household name. After stopping
in during their first weekend in business, I told
people about the extra-malty IPA and most responded
with, “I heard about that place, how was it!?” My
answer? It was friendly, delicious and the kind of
place where you can while away an entire Saturday.
Brewers look to unique names to attract customers(December
12) -What's in a name? Plenty for area breweries and
craft beers. Breweries in North and South Carolina —
and everywhere else — are constantly on the lookout
for clever names for their products. And it is
getting more difficult, with 3,100 craft breweries
across the country, more than three dozen in Western
North Carolina and six in Upstate South Carolina.
Rogue Brewery Unvels Sriracha Hot Stout Beer(December
12) - An Oregon brewery is trying to spice things up
by rolling out a new beer that's both hot and cold.
Rogue brewery just unveiled its new Sriracha Hot
Stout beer. It's made with hops and hot chili sauce
to give it a very unique flavor.
Oskar Blues Brewery releases Pinner Throwback IPA(December
12) - Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA comes in at
4.9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs, this primo dry-hopped
brew will be easy to throw back. To put it bluntly,
PINNER will be the lowest year-round ABV beer to
blaze out of Oskar Blues' brewhouses.
Genesee builds Christmas tree out of kegs(December
12) - A New York brewery has constructed a Christmas
tree out of hundreds of beer kegs. All that's
missing is the beer. The Genesee Brewing built the
23-foot-high Christmas tree out of 300 stainless
steel kegs outsides its Brew House in downtown
Finch's Beer Company Looks to Build New Brewery on
the River(December 12) - Beer brewing has become
a very big business in Chicago, and one more local
brewer is looking to step up its game by building a
new 80,000 square foot brewery along the North
Branch of the Chicago River in Lincoln Park. Finch's
Beer Company has recently announced its intentions
to build a large new campus in two phases, which
will include a brewing facility, tap room and shop.
Delta Just Added 7 Craft Beers To Its Inflight Menu,
And Sometimes They're Free(December 12) -
Exciting news for beer-loving travelers: Seven new
craft beers are now available on Delta's domestic
flights, and on some flights, you get to drink for
free. "We started our craft beer program earlier
this year with SweetWater Brewery based in Atlanta,"
Modolo said. "It was stocked on all Delta flights
bound for LGA starting April 1. The customer
response was great so we expanded SweetWater in July
to six other markets. The additional seven craft
brews announced all started flying last week."
Danny Boy Beer Works Set to Open in Hamilton County,
Indiana(December 12) - Danny Boy Beer Works,
located in Carmel's West Clay area at 12702 Meeting
House Road, will host its grand opening in January
2015. Danny Boy Beer Works will feature up to 10
Danny Boy beers and 30 rotating guest beers.
Inspired by architecture associated with firehouses,
several large garage doors surround the outside
walls while a "TANK 13" sign marks the building's
Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery coming to
Scottsdale(December 12) - Brothers Jim and Jason
Ebel hope to open Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery
by Feb. 1, in time for the Super Bowl in Glendale.
The 8,165-square-foot space is on the southeast
corner of Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard
in downtown Scottsdale, the previous home of Saddle
Ranch Chop House.
Wisconsin man blames beer-battered fish during
drunken driving stop(December 12) - A Wisconsin
man told a sheriff's deputy he had not been
drinking, but rather eating beer-battered fish when
he was pulled over for what could be his 10th
drunken driving offense, according to an incident
report released on Wednesday.
Avery Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Grape-Beer
Hybrids(December 11) - This Sunday Avery Brewing
Company is having a party in honor of No. 24 and No.
25 in their Barrel-Aged Series, Spontanea and
Einzigartig. This is Avery’s second time to release
grape-beer hybrids, a rare category that
incorporates both malted barley and grape must. Adam
Avery, founder and CEO of Avery Brewing, says, “They
came from our love of stretching the boundaries of
what beer can be.”
Brewers Association Announces The Year in Beer:
2014 Craft Beer in Review(December 10) - U.S.
brewery count returns to historic levels. In
November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200
brewers in the country and the number of brewery
licenses reached the highest ever, topping 4,500 in
the first sixth months of the year.
10 Best Beer Cities(December 10) - We wouldn’t
have cities at all if it weren’t for beer because
beer is the root of all civilization. For thousands
of years, humans have been creating batches big and
small of this wonderful combination of water, malt,
hops and yeast. In recent decades, breweries have
sprung up all over America - in towns big and small
– evolving the art and science of brewing into a
Historic Johnson City depot to be transformed into
new brewery(December 10) - Developers are trying
to hold it back, but information about a new
downtown project is spilling out like foam from a
freshly poured pilsner. On Tuesday, a pair of
workers crawled from side-to-side across the facade
of the former East Tennessee & Western North
Carolina Railroad (the Tweetsie) depot at 126
Buffalo St. in downtown Johnson City, power washing
away years of paint and grime.
In crowded marketplace, breweries search for clever
identities(December 10) - What's in a name?
Plenty for area breweries and craft beers. Breweries
in North and South Carolina — and everywhere else —
are constantly on the lookout for clever names for
Counting craft beer calories(December 9) -
Ever wonder how many calories you are drinking when
you crack open a bottle of beer? How about a craft
beer? Nutritional information is rarely marked on
alcoholic beverages. and for some people, ignorance
is bliss. But a lot of people would like to know how
much they’re consuming in a beer or two or three.
When you toss back a brew, these little grains are
the calorie culprit.
How Boston Beer’s Jim Koch got the big brewers to
follow him(December 9) -Jim Koch’s history with
his Samuel Adams beer brand has spanned a tumultuous
30 years. But it’s the story of the next three
decades that’s off to an even more fascinating
start. Samuel Adams stems from a Vienna lager recipe
handed down from his father that Koch first brewed
in his kitchen in 1984.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. to change logo; 2015 beer
schedule released(December 9) - Great Lakes
Brewing Co. has announced it will change its logo
and packaging in 2015, believed to be the first
major update the logo has seen since the brewery was
founded in 1988. The monthly beer-release calendar
also has been scheduled.
Arcade Brewery marries comics, beer in a 6-pack(December
9) - When Arcade Brewery co-founder Lance Curran
picks up his new comic books each Wednesday, he
says, he likes to read them while enjoying a good
beer. "I'm a comic book collector," he told RedEye
on Monday. "You need a beer and a comic that goes
Land-Grant Brewing Using Vandalism To Help Others(December
9) - A central Ohio business hit by vandals says the
crime is actually serving as an inspiration to give
back to its community. Employees at Land-Grant
Brewing Company say someone threw paint-filled
balloons at the front of the Franklinton business
early Sunday morning.
Asheville breweries spice up winter with new
hoppy offerings(December 8) - Sierra Nevada’s
Harvest Wild Hop IPA is hitting stores now and will
be available through January. However, it’s not the
only brewery going big with hops this month. Green
Man specialty brewer Mike Karnowski decided hops
would play the starring role in Green Man’s
commemorative batch number 666. Dubbed “The Beast,”
the beer will be a triple IPA that weighs in at 11.3
Brooks on Beer: Anchor's Christmas Ale(December
7) - in 1975, Anchor's crew decided it was time to
create another new tradition: the Christmas beer.
The version that they brewed in 1975 was a brown
ale, another style fairly unknown outside England.
Local artist Jim Stitt created a simple label with
the silhouette of a Christmas tree. The next year, a
giant sequoia graced the label, and in 1977, it was
a Douglas fir. For those first few years, Anchor
Christmas Ale -- whose official name is actually
"Our Special Ale" -- was a pale ale based on Liberty
Ale, with tweaks each year to make each one a little
Oakland Raiders Has the NFL’s Most Expensive Beer(December
7) - The Oakland Raiders—who are just 1-11 on the
year as of Sunday morning—have the most expensive
beer independent of stadium size, followed in short
order by the somewhat-adjacent San Francisco 49ers,
whose move to a new home at Levi’s Stadium in Santa
Clara, Calif. prompted a 40.1% increase in the price
of an average ticket.
Denver start-up brews beer-making innovation(December
7) - As the craft brewing industry grows and
competition increases, a Denver start-up is betting
brewers will want technology that cuts costs and
makes their operations more efficient. Early in
2015, Sustainable Beverage Technologies will
introduce BrewVo, a patented process for brewing
beer into a liquid concentrate and then mixing it
with water using the same dispensing equipment that
restaurants use for soft drinks.
Founders Brewing plans $40M expansion(December
7) - Founders Brewing, a downtown Grand Rapids
institution that grew from two hopeful co-founders
into a major beer influence, is embarking on a
$40-million expansion that will grow its operation
over its entire current city block. Co-owners Mike
Stevens and Dave Engbers have grown the business
from 1997 into a 275-employee, 200,000-barrel-a-year
The Commons Brewery turns three on the verge of
another expansion(December 7) - Five years ago
Mike Wright brewed on a one-barrel system in his
Southeast Portland garage as Beetje Brewing. In 2011
he took the plunge and bought a bigger system,
leased commercial space and hired a crew (and soon
enough quit his day job) to start The Commons
Brewery, which has since won hundreds of devoted
fans, several national medals and inclusion on Draft
Magazine's recent list of 25 U.S. Breweries you
Railtown Brewing opens this week in Dutton, MI(December
7) - After several years of brewing beer at home,
Justin Buiter and Gim Lee decided to turn their
passion into a business. The partners have located
the latest addition to the West Michigan beer
industry in Gaines Township, where Railtown Brewing
Co. will open to the public for the first time from
3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Dec. 12.
Alamo Beer brewery ribbon-cutting draws
protesters(December 6) - The Alamo Beer Company
is now officially brewing in the City of San Antonio
for the first time since prohibition. "It's huge!
This is 11 years in the making," said company
president Eugene Simor. Simor had a crowd of dozens
-- including many elected officials -- celebrating
with him at his ribbon-cutting Friday morning.
Firestone Walker Brewery marks 18 years with $24
anniversary bottles(December 6) - In what’s
become a late-autumn tradition, co-founder of
Firestone Walker Brewery David Walker clamored on
top of the bar alongside Blue Palms Brewhouse owner
Brian Lenzo to introduce the brewery’s blended
anniversary beer to a thirsty, adoring crowd, and he
also spilled a few details about the upcoming Venice
Sam Adams’ new window looks at local brewing history(December
6) - Inside the Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams
brewery in the West End, figures from Cincinnati’s
long brewing tradition now oversee aging barrels of
Kosmic Mother Funk. The men – at least, their
likenesses – gaze down from newly unveiled six-foot
by eight-foot stained glass windows in the Barrel
Room of the brewery.
Gainesville, Virginia’s first nano-brewery opens(December
6) - The Tin Cannon Brewery opened Nov. 28 in the
Gainesville Business Center at 7679 Limestone Drive,
Suite130, Gainesville. The brewery is owned by two
experienced craft beer home brewers, John Hilkert
and Aaron Ludwig. Tin Cannon’s beers will be brewed,
kegged and served onsite.
Genesee Brewery to relaunch beer from Prohibition
days(December 6) - To mark Repeal Day, Genesee
Brew House is launching a beer similar to one that
was sampled in the Rochester area prior to
Prohibition being repealed. Prohibition ended Dec.
5, 1933. Under a special permit, U-219, Genesee
reopened the brewery on April 27, 1933, more than
eight months before the repeal of the 18th
Amendment, which ended Prohibition.
Now You Can Farm Out Your Beer Run(December 6)
-Free shipping has helped drive e-commerce sales for
companies from Gap to Williams-Sonoma . Now, it’s
coming to the world of beer. This weekend
MillerCoors LLC will offer free delivery of Miller
Lite in four U.S. cities for customers who order
through an online store it designed with a year-old
alcohol-delivery company called Drizly Inc.
Olde Mecklenburg wins Best Brewery Tour(December
4) -he Queen City's oldest and largest craft brewery
now has a new accomplishment to be proud of. Voters
pick Olde Mecklenburg Brewery as having the best
brewery tour in the United States in a USA Today
10Best poll. OMB topped breweries like Budweiser's
in St. Louis and Sam Adams in Boston, in addition to
New breweries must be unique(December 4) - Open
Brewing is unlike any brewery in Asheville — which
is just what you need to survive in this beer-crazy
place. Skilled home brewers like the great Dave
Keller will make amazing home beers on the
professional system. Keller did a strong Scotch ale,
and a word here — whatever this guy brews, it's
going to be stellar. He's one of the stars of the
home brew world.
Friends open Cademon Brewing Co. in Genoa, IL(December
4) - On Monday, Andrew Nordman and Brian Matejka
opened Cademon Brewing Co., 217 W. Main St., Genoa,
and the brewery had its grand opening Wednesday. “At
first, we actually both didn’t like the taste of
mainstream beers,” Matejka said. “It was only after
Andrew started home brewing that we realized that
there are hundreds of different styles of beers,
each with their own style and flavor.”
Beer goes open-source: Why
one brewery is sharing its recipes(December 3) -
In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Tin Whiskers brewery
only started hand-bottling its beers a couple of
weeks ago, but it has already shared the recipes
online. That means if you want to learn how to make
its Flip Switch IPA, you can just visit its website
and get a detailed list of ingredients and brewing
Carillon Brewing set to debut two beers Dec. 11 in
Dayton, OH(December 2) - Ohio’s newest brewery
is also one of its oldest. The Carillon Brewing Co.,
housed at the 65-acre Carillon Historical Park in
Dayton, recreates brewing from the 1850s. And the
folks behind the brewery — considered the first of
its kind in the U.S. — take that historical mission
Ponysaurus Brewing Co. to open brewery and taproom
on Hood Street(December 1) - Ponysaurus Brewing
Co. may have to reconsider its name. It is on the
verge of outgrowing pony status and developing into
a full-fledged racehorse. The nano brewery now
located above The Cookery is expanding to a new
brewing facility on the corner of Durham's Hood and
Ramseur streets. The move, planned for this coming
spring, will expand the company's brewing capacity
from 180 barrels a year to 2,000 barrels.
All beer lovers should try these 5 winter brews(December
1) - Winter seasonals are characterized by their
rich, sweet flavors and high alcohol content.
These are the months where it's not uncommon to see
an entire shelf full of beers that have been aged in
whiskey barrels, or a cooler stocked with "spiced"
Lost Borough Brewing Opens In Rochester(December
1) - A new craft brewery opened in Rochester this
week. Lost Borough Brewing is located on Culver Road
Near Sticky Lips Barbecue. The founders decided to
turn their love of home brewing into a business.
They raised capital on Kickstarter to get things
going. About 200 people donated online.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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)
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."
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.
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
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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