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Brewed on the desert: Homebrewing at Burning Man(October 30) - Charlie Sweatt begins boiling the water to brew his second batch of beer when a procession of several hundred naked cyclists leisurely roll down the dusty road bordering his camp. The unique collection of bicycles are each paired with an equally eclectic nude operator. Sweatt, intently focused on his beer, barely acknowledges the spectacle parading behind him. Complete Story

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Count Chocula to appear at brewery's cereal beer debut in Colorado(October 30) - Count Chocula himself has announced he can make it for the Thursday release of a chocolaty beer made with his namesake cereal at Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins. According to sources close to the Count, he will arrive at 1611 S. College Ave. at 5 p.m. to tap the Chocula-infused milk stout. Complete Story
Fall and Winter Means Changes for Brewery Ommegang(October 30) - Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown says with fall fewer people come and visit the brewery, but on the brewing side of their business they're just about to head into one of their busiest brewing seasons. "We actually do quite a bit more in the second half of the year production wise than we do in the first half just because we do a lot of gift packs for Christmas type packages," said the General Manager of the brewery Bill Wetmore. Complete Story
Trapp Lager Brewery Hits an Expansion Milestone in Vermont(October 30) - This week, executive vice president Sam von Trapp — along with head brewer J.P. Williams and the rest of the Trapp brewing and construction teams — plans to open a hole in the new brewery's roof. Cranes will lower in a 50-barrel brewhouse boiler that, along with new fermenters and lagering tanks, will increase the brewery's production from 2,000 barrels annually to about 50,000 over the course of the next couple years. Complete Story
Bricktown Brewery opens in historic downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas(October 30) - The building at 318 Garrison that was the home of Varsity Sports Grill for more than 20 years may have not served up a cold brew and a hot meal in months, but it does not mean the site was without activity as crews did a more than $500,000 renovation of the building in preparation for the opening of Bricktown Brewery. Complete Story

Brooklyn Brewery Cofounder Steve Hindy Discusses South Florida's Brewing Future(October 30) - On this night, Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Steve Hindy joined Raymond Rigazio, founder of Abbey Brewing; Jose Mallea, president and cofounder of Biscayne Bay Brewing; Johnathan Wakefield, eponymous founder of Johnathan Wakefield Brewing; Peter Schnebly, owner of Miami Brewing; and Dustin Jeffers, head brewer at Delray Beach's SaltWater Brewery to discuss in front of a crowd their histories, their thoughts, and their ideas about the craft beer industry in Florida and at large. Complete Story
Braxton Brewing sets another Kickstarter record(October 29) - Barring pledge cancellations, Braxton Brewing Co. has set another Kickstarter record: It's the most funded brewery project in the site's history. As of about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Braxton, coming this winter to Seventh Street in Covington, had raised $65,670 from 557 backers. Kickstarter's previous record holder for the most funded brewery raised $65,565. Complete Story
Enterprising space for brewers to chocolatiers in Somerville, MA(October 29) - Early on a Thursday night all the seats around the bar in Aeronaut Brewing Co.’s taproom are taken, as people come in to sample the latest varieties from one of this city’s new brewers. As the crowd builds, it spreads out through the 12,000-square-foot-space that includes the Foods Hub, an incubator populated with like-minded businesses. The brewery represents the union of science, food, and beer, say Aeronaut founders Ronn Friedlander, Ben Holmes, and Dan Rassi. Complete Story
Fat Head's Brewery Opening Nov. 3 in Portland(October 28) - Next Monday, Nov. 3, Fat Head's Brewery will throw open the doors to its Pearl District brewpub. This is the third out-of-state location for the Ohio-based brewery, and it's one of a growing number of pubs making a home in the Pearl district, including Bend's 10 Barrel Brewing, which is aiming to open by year's end. Complete Story
2014 Double Bastard Ale and Lukcy Basartd Ale Unleashed Nationwide(October 28) - Feeble palates beware: The Bastards are coming. Starting today, 2014 Double Bastard Ale and Lukcy Basartd Ale will descend upon an unsuspecting nation in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select retailers, restaurants and bars. Not to be wasted on the tentative or weak, both beers are reserved for Worthy souls with the ability to comprehend and appreciate these refined forms of “Liquid Arrogance.” Complete Story
14 Vintners Help Create Firestone Walker’s New Release XVIII Anniversary Ale(October 28) - As the summer turns toward fall, you can count on two things in the Paso Robles wine country—the seasonal grape harvest and the annual blending of Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s  Anniversary Ale with guiding input from local winemakers. The result this year is XVIII—a barrel-aged blend composed of nine distinct component beers, as determined by a friendly yet fiercely competitive blending session attended by 14 winemakers. Complete Story

Now Brewing in Detroit: A Startup That Aims to Pedal Beer(October 27) - Cyclists can forget miles per hour. The Grose brothers have a better way to track progress on two wheels: beers per hour. Shawn Grose and his brother Aaron are set to open next year Windmill Pointe Brewery in Detroit’s Eastern Market, located in the Motor City neighborhood once home to the Stroh Brewery Co. But rather than rely on beer history to promote their company, they are turning to power generation to help sell suds. Complete Story
The Evolution Of The Way You Drink Beer Over The Years(October 27) - Today is American Beer Day, which of course means it's appropriate to crack open a cold one right now and celebrate the day in style. Got one? Okay, now it's time to get nostalgic. Beer is America's favorite alcoholic beverage. According to Gallup, Americans who consume alcohol favor beer over wine or liquor by a long shot. Forty-one percent report usually choosing beer, over 31 percent who choose wine and 23 percent who choose liquor. Complete Story
How Buying Beer Paid Me $4,000 a Month for College(October 27) - Working as a beer auditor just might be the perfect job for college students. Here's how it worked: I'd go into a store, purchase beer and see if the people behind the checkout counter carded me. If they tried to card me, I was supposed to say I left my ID in my car, and see if they'd sell me the beer anyway. Other times I'd take my beer purchase to the counter and show my ID, watching to see if the cashier took the time to enter my birthday into the computer. Complete Story

Marble Falls brewery starts selling its beer in San Antonio(October 27) - Marble Falls-based Save the World Brewing Co. started distributing its Belgian-style ales to San Antonio this week. Currently, the beer, which is sold in 22-ounce bombers and 750 ml bottles, can be found at Spec’s around San Antonio but they’re working to add more retailers by next year, said sales associate and taproom director Cory Rossmeissl. Complete Story
Denton Texas: 1st-Ever Craft Brewery, Audacity Brew House Opens (October 27) - Brewmaster Doug Smith has worked for the past six weeks to prepare beers for the opening weekend, ranging from traditional reds and other ales to an experimental chai tea beer. But it took far longer to make Audacity a reality, especially in a city where no one had brewed commercially. Complete Story
Bell's Brewery job fair attracts more than 500 applicants for 100 jobs(October 26) - The strength of Kalamazoo's growing beer industry was evident Saturday as 507 people participated in Bell's Brewery Inc.'s first ever job fair. Job seekers, from as near as Galesburg and as far as Madison, Wis., applied for and interviewed for any of 100 jobs, the majority of which are not expected to be filled for six to nine months. Complete Story     
Worcester's newest craft brewery, 3cross Brewing Company opens in Massachusetts(October 26) - With four beers on draft, growlers ready to go and all the licenses finally in place, Worcester’s newest craft brewery, 3cross Brewing Company, will be open for business on Saturday. The brewery, owned and run entirely by David Howland, plans to offer tastings, full pints and take-home growlers for four ever-changing brews from its warehouse at 26 Cambridge St., in the back of the building. Complete Story

The Steve Jobs of Beer, Jim Koch‏‏(October 24) - In TV commercials for Sam Adams beer, Jim Koch is always smiling or laughing. While Koch was walking me around the Sam Adams headquarters, on the site of a restored 19th-century brewery in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, tourists kept stopping to wave at him, crowd around him for pictures, and shake his hand. “Enjoy your beer! Thanks for coming!” Complete Story
Avery Brewing to release sour ale aged in Madeira barrels(October 24) - Antonius’ Carmen is a sour ale aged in Madeira barrels, a type of barrel Avery has never before explored. “I love Madeira,” says Founder and CEO Adam Avery, “because it’s sweet and interesting and old. But it’s hard to find Madeira barrels, so as soon as they became available, we snatched them up because we wanted to give this a shot.” Complete Story

Summit Brewing's Unchained 17 brewed with fresh hops‏(October 24) - Explore hops in their freshest, most natural state with Harvest Fresh IPA, Batch #17 in the Unchained Series from Summit brewer Tom Mondor. Brewed with fresh hops picked at the peak of harvest from Washington's Yakima Valley and Michigan then shipped directly to Summit. All yielding the complex flavors and aromas that only harvest fresh hops can provide. Look for it starting the week of October 27. Complete Brewer's Story
Cascade Brewing Brews Double Dunk'n Punk'n Ale‏‏(October 24) - Just a quick note that our Double Dunk'n Punk'n Ale is an Old Stock Ale, not a Porter as was stated in the last email. Brewed with five lbs per barrel of local Cinderella pumpkins and spiced with allspice, clove, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel, this dark amber strong ale serves up a bounty of flavor and aromas. Winter spice and pumpkin aromas rise from the glass supported by a full-bodied malty core and a long, spicy, rich, warming finish. This should be on tap at the Barrel House and Raccoon Lodge by the end of this week, or early next. 10.4% ABV. Cascade Brewing Beers
Learn To Homebrew Day Nov. 1 in Atlanta(October 24) - Brian Purcell, who founded Three Taverns Brewery will be doing double duty Nov. 1, when Decatur neighbor Wine Workshop and Brew Center hosts a Learn to Homebrew Day event in the parking lot next to the brewery. Members of Covert Hops and Final Gravity homebrew clubs, as well as individual homebrewers, will be demonstrating how to make beer. And later, Purcell will be leading brewery tours. Complete Story

Brick and Barrel steps up Cleveland's bar scene with brewery and winery(October 24) - Brick and Barrel, 1844 Columbus Rd., is bringing something new to Cleveland with its brewing and winemaking stations. There will be eight beers on draft and co-owner Karl Spiesman plans to install the winery next year. Complete Story
Lucasfilm disputes brewery's 'Star Wars' beer name(October 23) - The bock beer's title when combined with the bar's namesake makes for a pun on the 1980 "Star Wars" sequel (or fifth film in the series, depending on who you ask) "Empire Strikes Back." "We named it 'Strikes Bock' because we thought it was a clever pun," said Monica Palmer, Empire's director of marketing. "We weren't trying to infringe on anything. We were just trying to make a nice beer with a funny name." Complete Story  
Fort Collins Brewery turns 10, releases new beer(October 23) - In an unofficial celebration of its 10th anniversary, Fort Collins Brewery is finishing October with no less than a renovation, a party and a new year-round brew. The brewery Monday evening welcomed 1020 Pale Ale to its flagship beer lineup, replacing the more than decade-old 1900 Amber Lager with an everyday, after-work drinker, marketing coordinator Kaylee Kulich said. Complete Story
Reuben’s Brews collaborates with UK brewery(October 23) - A transatlantic collaboration between a Seattle brewery and a UK brewery produces Ottrey Porter, launching in Seattle on November 1st. The other day I was talking to someone about the idea of our local breweries forging relationships with breweries overseas, similar to the way American cities have “sister cities” in other countries. Seriously, I did just have that conversation with someone. And then yesterday Adam Robbings reached out to inform me that Reuben’s Brews forged a relationship with a brewery in England. Complete Story
Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Christmas Ale tapped; 2014 holidays officially under way in Cleveland(October 22) - They came wearing suits and jeans, ball caps and knit hats and pointy elf hats that lit up and played music. They arrived early and thirsty for the right to sip Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Christmas Ale at the inaugural tapping of the spicy seasonal brew. Tuesday's party launched the eight-week sales season for the ale, now a cult classic in Cleveland. Complete Story
Hey, beer lovers: Wisconsin farm brewery up for sale(October 22) - Dave's BrewFarm owner David Anderson is asking for $500,000 for the 35-acre farmstead, which features a barn, living quarters/office space, tap room, wind generator and seven-barrel brewing operation. Interested parties should email him at, but he says he won't sell to just anyone. Complete Story
Proof is in the water for breweries(October 22) - The 40-some breweries in Western North Carolina and the Upstate found the area or launched their businesses here in part for the one thing consumers might easily overlook. The water quality matches the need — and it’s abundantly available. In Buncombe County alone, almost 62,000 barrels of beer were produced last year — that’s 1,922,000 gallons. The region’s beer production will greatly increase this year thanks to the 200,000 barrels of beer made at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, just across the Buncombe County line in Henderson County. Complete Story
Black Bottle Brewery buys up all the Count Chocula(October 21) - The case of the missing Count Chocula cereal boxes was solved Friday, when a craft brewer admitted to buying them to brew in a small-batch beer. Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins bought two Albertsons stores' inventories of the iconic chocolate and marshmallow-bit cereal, puzzling at least one shopper in the process. Complete Story
Sierra Nevada opens brewery tasting room near Asheville(October 21) - Visitors to the new Sierra Nevada brewery can now enjoy a tasting of the company's beers after touring the plant. Sierra has opened a tasting room inside the brewery just for tours, the latest step in making the site a major beer tourist attraction. Sierra is also planning to open a restaurant and music venue at the brewery, located next to the Asheville Regional Airport about 10 miles from Asheville. Complete Story
New brewery Municipal Brew Works coming to Hamilton(October 21) - By early summer, beer once again will be brewed in the city of Hamilton, home to a list of breweries that included Cincinnati Brewing Company, Water Street Brewing and the Eagle Brewery in the days before Prohibition. Municipal Brew Works will be housed in the former city of Hamilton municipal building at 20 High St. The 1930s building is also home to small business incubator The Hamilton Mill, which is working with the brewery's owners to launch the venture. Complete Story

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10 reasons to see Ballast Point's new brewery in Miramar, CA(October 21) - Number 10: Grunion, a pale ale that won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, was the result of an in-house brewing contest. Doug Pominville, a Ballast Point brewing adviser, wrote the winning recipe. While he's usually at Home Brew Mart, you can sample his beer here. Complete Story
Star City Brewing in Ohio may add winery, distillery(October 21) - Star City Brewing, which opened last November at 319 S. Second St. in the 14,000-square-foot building that once housed the Peerless Mill restaurant, has applied for licenses that would allow it to make wine and to distill spirits at the brewery, co-founder Justin Kohnen said this morning. Complete Story
Courtyard Brewery opens in New Orleans(October 21) - This week, Courtyard will open 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Beginning next week, it will open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Head brewer Scott Wood plans to add Sunday brewery tours once it's up and running. Complete Story
Three Weavers brewery opens in Inglewood, California
(October 20) - In a slate gray industrial building in Inglewood, a towering grain silo marks the newest tenant of the building - Three Weavers Brewing Co., a new project from a small team of industry veterans led by financial planner, entrepreneur and home brewer Lynn Weaver that is already generating considerable buzz. On a recent visit, they scurried around the 12,000-square foot-brewery attending to all the last-minute details while teams of contractors put finishing touches on the tasting room and the landscaping, and surly truck drivers delivered more equipment in advance of the official grand opening party Saturday. Complete Story

Delaware's Dogfish Head Names 1st CEO(October 16) -Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has named a chief executive officer for the first time. Nick Benz was promoted to CEO after spending 11 years at the Milton-based brewery. Brewery founder Sam Calagione remains president and chairman of the board. Complete Story

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