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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. Complete Story


 Great Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival - January 20-21  Barleywine Craft Beer of the Day
Anchor's Old Foghorn
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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 essential. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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 be. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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 beer? Complete Story
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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story
Leadership 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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story  

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. Complete Story
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 pounds. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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”. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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 bourbon barrels. Complete Story
 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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story  
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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 rotation. Complete Story

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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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 the rules. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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 February. Complete Story
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 beer. Complete Story
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. Complete Story

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 more. Complete Story
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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story
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 Bay brewery. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story
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 Michigan. Complete Story
For 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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story
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. Complete Story
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 brewers. Complete Story

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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. Complete Story

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. Complete Story



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