King To Release Bourbon Barrel Aged Johan and The
Velvet Fog(January 25) - Sun King Brewing
Company will release two beers in the new King’s
Reserve can on January 28th. The King’s Reserve is a
new 16 oz. resealable Alumi-Tek can that is
manufactured by Ball Corporation in Monticello, IN.
Sun King and Colorado’s Oskar Blues pioneered the
use of this vessel last year with the release of
Chaka and The Deuce.
2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship Entries Due June 14(January
23) - The entry date for the 2013 United States Open
Beer Championship will be June 14, 2013 with the
winners being announced on July 4. The U.S. Open is
the only brewery competition to include professional
breweries and award-winning home brewers. Last year,
the entrants included more than 1600 beers in over
60 different categories.
Brewdog officially opens new brewery(January 22) -
More than £2m of the money for the new brewery came from
“Equity Punk” investors, as the brewery invited fans of
the beer to become shareholders in the new project.
After spending five years at its original brewery at
Fraserburgh, the new facility will see BrewDog focus on
improving the quantity and quality of its beer.
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weirdness of Moccasin Bend Brewing Company(January
20) - Moccasin Bend Brewing Company is located in
the basement of a St. Elmo building used during WWII
for K-ration packaging. The mortar between the
bricks shows, and the ceiling's cedar planks can
prove a little intrusive of the overhead light. The
Tennessee Avenue brewery and tasting room runs a bit
like your favorite uncle’s basement.
N.J. brewery Flying Fish releases 'FU Sandy' beer to
benefit Hurricane Sandy victims(January 19) -
For the first new beer to come out of the new
brewery, we wanted to do something Jersey-centric.
After the events of the superstorm we thought what
better to help our state than to come up with a
tasty brew with Jersey attitude and donate all
proceeds (not just profit, but every darn cent) to
grass-roots organizations helping rebuild in New
Jersey. Hence the name Forever Unloved Sandy, which
I think we all would prefer to abbreviate. For now,
the beer will be draft-only, but we'll see what
Catching up with the Brian 'Spike' Buckowski,
brewmaster and co-founder of Terrapin(January
18) - Now at the helm of one of Georgia's oldest and
most celebrated craft breweries, Buckowski stays
busy dreaming up new brews in Athens — and also
sometimes abroad. He was recently invited to New
Zealand to create three new beers — Spike's Pilsner,
Spike's IPA, and Spike's Red Rye — for Boundary Road
Brewery's "The Resident" series.
Small breweries making big boom across Minnesota(January
17) - Minnesota is undergoing a "beer boom" and
catching up with the rest of the country. In just
the last two years, the number of breweries in the
state has nearly doubled to 53, driving a
proliferation of local beers. The "Surly Bill" that
passed the Legislature in 2011 is a major factor.
Surly Brewing Co., which lobbied for the change, is
one of the larger breweries in the state, but the
law also opened the door for many smaller beer
Beer-powered beer: Alaskan Brewing repurposes
brewing by-product as fuel source(January 16) -
The Alaskan Brewing Company is now operating with a
new fuel source: beer. More specifically, they are
using the wet grain known as “spent grain,” left
over from the brewing process, as the sole fuel
source for their steam boiler. Alaskan is the first
craft brewery in the world to use this brewing
by-product in this way, reducing the company’s fuel
oil consumption in brewhouse operations by 60-70
Maui Brewing Company to Build Brewery in Kihei(January
14) - Maui Brewing Company (MBC) announced Saturday
that the company will building a new brewery in 2013
at the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei.
Groundbreaking on the new production facility is
expected in February and should take approximately
one year to build. After completion of the new
brewery, MBC expect to begin construction of a new
Hickory's Skull Coast Brewing toasts emerging
regional trend(January 13) - The first batch of
beer is at least a couple of weeks away from being
brewed at the new Skull Coast Brewing Company
brewery, but the Chief Drinking Officer, First Mate
and Brewster are hard at work.On Wednesday, Skull
Coast founder and Chief Drinking Officer Dave Fox
rushed around the active construction site that will
house the brewery at the former Hollar Hosiery Mill
on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard.
Naples Beach Brewery - Naples' first local brewery
open for business(January 12) - Local
restaurants and bars are slowly rolling out Naples'
first locally brewed beer, the next stage in a
nearly 5-year-old plan to make Naples Beach Brewery
a reality. The East Naples brewery was licensed
about six weeks ago. Owner Will Lawson is now giving
twice-weekly brewery tours and working on getting
his beers on tap at even more venues. Lawson and a
team of volunteers also will be serving the beers at
the Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival on Jan. 26.
Verboten Brewing opens Friday in Loveland, Colorado(January
11) - Two brewing buddies are launching their own
effort to help make Northern Colorado a craft beer
drinker's destination. On Friday, Jan. 11, their
nanobrewery, Verboten Brewing, will open at 1550
Taurus Court in east-central Loveland. Fort Collins
residents Josh Grenz and Joe Akers have been
home-brewing together for three years.
Complete Story and Video
Hangar 24 Brewery Hopes Its Local Focus Will Bring
It Far(January 9) - In a beer industry
overflowing with competition, it can be difficult
for a brewer to stand out. But one Southern
California-based brewery is hoping that brewing
distinct beers grounded in its local roots will
eventually bring its beer to faraway places. "I
started thinking: why is someone in Maine going to
want to drink a Hangar 24 Pale Ale when there are
300 other breweries in that part of the country that
are brewing pale ales?" said Ben Cook, the founder
and head brewer of Hangar 24. "Then there is Orange
Wheat. You can't copy that."
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery expected to be destination
attraction for downtown Chelsea, Michigan, now open
to public(January 8) - The much-anticipated
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery is expected to be a
destination attraction that will bring in visitors
from all over the region and state. The brewery,
owned by Grass Lake resident and longtime
home-brewer Chris Martinson, opened Jan. 3.
Martinson said he will continue to add to the menu
of craft beers and entrees as business grows.
Brooklyn Brewery to open plant, restaurant in Sweden
by end of year(January 7) - How about a Brooklyn
Lager with that Swedish meatball? The 25-year-old
Williamsburg-based brewery will open a plant and
restaurant in downtown Stockholm by the end of 2013.
The new brew pub will look out over the Swedish
capital’s harbor and have room for 250 visitors
indoors and outdoors.
Epic Brewing of Salt Lake City announces plan for
brewery in Denver(January 6) - Salt Lake
City-based Epic Brewing announced Friday it has
signed a lease on a 19,000-square-foot industrial
warehouse in River North that will house a 20-barrel
brewhouse, a taproom and retail sales space.
Production at the new brewery at 3001 Walnut St. — a
former auto-dealer office showroom — is expected to
begin in March. The brewery, Epic's second,
eventually will be able to produce as much as 33,000
barrels per year, said Epic co-founder Dave Cole.
Parkway Brewing Company to open soon in Salem,
Virginia(January 4) - Parkway Brewing Company is
putting the finishing touches on its building and
perfecting its beer before opening at the end of the
month. “I think people like to buy local, beer likes to
be fresh. It doesn't get any fresher than this when
you're sitting here” said Keno Snyder, the Parkway
Brewing general manager and owner.
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Amish country getting craft brewery(January 3) -
Ohio's Amish country, a tourist draw for its furniture
and antique shops, cheesemakers and restaurants, will
soon get its first craft brewery, the Akron Beacon
Journal reports. Pub owner William Baker is starting the
Millersburg Brewing Co. in downtown Millersburg in
Holmes County, the heart of Amish country. The village
of just over 3,000 people is surrounded by dry
communities, so it's already the area watering hole, and
Baker feels the local brew will be an additional draw.
Diamond Knot Brewery renovation on tap(January
1, 2013) - he Diamond Knot Brewery is expanding near the
Mukilteo waterfront. To do so, though, the alehouse will
close for about two months beginning Monday. "We weren't
looking forward to this phase, although we are all
excited about finishing this project, which has been in
the planning for several months," said Bob Maphet,
president of Diamond Knot.
Foods expert offering Beer School(December 31) -
Here's one class where it would be better to bring an
ale to the teacher rather than an apple. Beer School is
now in session at Whole Foods Market, hosted by brew
expert and store beer buyer Dan Yarnall.
Sierra Nevada Brewing helps rebuild Spanish
monastery(December 30) - Monks in a small Northern
California town are rebuilding a centuries-old Spanish
monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely
source: beer. The first phase of the building’s
decades-long restoration project in the Sacramento
Valley town of Vina has been completed, with the Chapter
House of Ovila now standing, the San Francisco Chronicle
reported on Tuesday.
World’s largest brewpub in Buffalo(December 29)
- Pearl Street Grill & Brewery is claiming to be home to
the world’s largest brew pub. How is that possible?
General Manager Bill Casale credits years of expansions
at several different properties. “We’ve had double digit
growth for the last ten years, consecutively,” Casale
said. “We’ve grown from two floors to five floors.”
Belgium will bring much good to Asheville(December
28) - With this year’s news focused on high
unemployment and with New Belgium investing over
$175 million to permanently employ 154 people in a
town with 15,000 unemployed, concerns about truck
traffic are ironic and shortsighted. The city also
plans to improve the roads “East West Ashevillians”
use every day, and the brewery’s trucks will be on
city streets for a grand total of 1.2 miles.
Dayton, Ohio experiencing brewery boom(December
27) - Dayton is entering a beer renaissance. With
seven breweries set to open locally, the region is
becoming a hotbed for craft beer enthusiasts. Within
the next six to 12 months the Dayton region will be
able to boast eight breweries, reminiscing of a time
when breweries in Dayton put out 200,000 barrels of
beer per year.
CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing shares 250 warm meals,
Christmas cheer with hungry(December 26) - Old
Town Fort Collins was quiet on Christmas, with
nearly every building locked up. But for the seventh
consecutive year, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing was
the bustling exception. “This is my holiday,” said
Jill Eisenberg, who left her sleeping son at home
Tuesday morning to volunteer as a coordinator and
server. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be.”
beers for Christmas by the Boston Globe(December
24) - Here’s a fun idea for a holiday party: Buy
several kinds of winter beer, invite your friends to
do the same, and make a night of tasting what
everyone brings. Make sure to invite a large enough
group and pair your beer selections with festive
food offerings so as not to get too merry. The
following is not a list of the 12 best Christmas
beers, though several of these brews are definitely
in the top handful. You should be excited if one or
more of these beers appear under your tree.