Karl Strauss Comes Of Age With Their 21st Anniversary Ale(March 30) -
Karl Strauss Brewing Company is turning the big 2-1 and celebrating with an
innovative beer to showcase its maturing palate. When the company first opened
its doors in 1989, craft beers were the exception, not the norm. Today, tastes
have evolved and beer enthusiasts now seek out bold and inventive brews.
Firestone Walker Brewing To Release Solace(March 28) - Firestone Walker
Brewing Company announced the upcoming release of a seasonal beer called Solace.
This is the brewery's first bottled release of a seasonal ale.
Terrapin Beer and De Proef Brouwerij team up to create Monstre Rouge(March
27) - The next beer in Lochristi, Belgium-based De Proef Brouwerij’s
Brewmaster’s Collaboration Series will be an Imperial Flanders Red Ale called
Monstre Rouge. The collaboration this time around was with Georgia’s own
Terrapin Beer Company.
LSU May Get Own On-Campus Brewery(March 27) - If the Chancellor’s plans—and
yes, the Chancellor of the University is the one proposing this—then Baton Rouge
on home gameday now ranks just under Carnival in Rio for pure entertainment
potential, if only because the campus will now have both a brewery and a live
tiger. Top that, Harvard.
'Rogue' offers pleasant taste with 'Black Lager'(March 25) - If you
didn't notice, Chatoe Rogue is simply the name of a new series of "Gro-your-own"
or homegrown beers from Rogue Ales. By homegrown, I mean that the brewers at
Rogue actually grew the hops (referred to as Independent and Revolution hops)
and malts (known as Risk malt) themselves in their very own barley farm and hop
Michigan's breweries hopping(March 25) - Last year was a big one for the
U.S. craft brewing industry. According to the Brewers Association, more
breweries were in operation in 2009 than before Prohibition, when the
manufacturing of alcoholic drinks was at a high. Michigan has a good share of
that market, too. In 2008, our state's brewing industry generated nearly $5
billion. The same year, we ranked 15th in the country in the number of breweries
Despite snowstorm damage, Rahr & Sons Brewing isn't losing its cool(March
24) - The damage at Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Fort Worth's microbrewery, has
turned out somewhat worse than initially thought. The bottling line was broken
beyond repair, and a huge tank full of Rahr Blonde, a German-style Helles lager,
was lost when the roof collapsed during the Feb. 12 snowstorm. The good news is
that the cooling system has been repaired, which will keep the remaining tanks
of beer safe, founding partner Fritz Rahr said.
Schell's announces Grain Belt Nordeast brew(March 24) - August Schell
Brewing Co. will release a new year-round flavor of Grain Belt beer that’s named
for the historic Minneapolis neighborhood where Grain Belt was founded. Grain
Belt Nordeast will debut April 7 at 8 a.m. at Surdyk’s Liquor Store in Northeast
Flying Fish Brewing embraces the Garden State(March 24) - Arguably the
state's most popular craft brewery, Flying Fish about a year ago launched its
Exit Series, a limited-edition rollout of craft beers, each brewed in honor of
one of the New Jersey Turnpike's 18 exits. The series apparently is proceeding
at a relaxed pace and in no particular order, as Exit 4 (American Trippel, this
week's review), Exit 1 (Bayshore Oyster Stout) and Exit 11 (Hoppy American
Wheat) were followed by Exit 16 E/W (Wild Rice Double IPA), which debuted last
Hidden Treasures: Boulevard Brewery tour(March 24) - Should Kansas City ever
fall victim to a natural disaster, one of the safest places you could be is in
one of the tank rooms at the Boulevard Brewing Company. And it is not because
Mother Nature has an affinity for Pale Ale. It's because the tank rooms were
built for strength (there is a lot of valuable beer pulsing through there),
enough to withstand an earthquake and a tornado at the same time. This is just
one of the fun facts you learn on the tour of the Boulevard Brewery.
Tallgrass Brewing Company - Emerging Business of the Year(March 23) - The
idea for Tallgrass Brewing Co. was born in early 2006 when Jeff’s wife Tricia
asked him what he would do with his life if he could do anything. Without
hesitation, he explained how he would do what he loved and open his own
Dogfish Head proves small business success(March 22) - Sam Calagione,
president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, opened the smallest
commercial brewery in the U.S., and is now purposely slowing down the growth of
his company. "We are trying to bring our story back inside the bottle,"
Calagione said. Complete Story
American Craft Beer Fest - Tickets are on-sale now!(March 22) - Join
BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery for the 3rd annual American Craft Beer Fest
featuring over 325 craft beers from over 80 American brewers. Held at the
Seaport World Trader Center Boston, ACBF is the largest celebration of American
craft beer on the east coast. June 18-19.
Gordon Biersch Debuts Maibock(March 21) - Gordon Biersch Brewing released
the first brew of the seasonal "Maibock" beer. Literally translated from German,
Maibock means "the beer of May," and is one of Gordon Biersch's four seasonal
brews. The beer achieves a richy, malty flavor from dark-roasted caramel malt,
and was originally brewed in Einbeck, Germany during the 14th century.
Michelob Brewing Unveils Ginger Wheat as Part of New Wheat Sampler Pack(March
19) - Building from last year’s success, Michelob Brewing Co. returns with a
sampler pack featuring four refreshing wheat beers for the spring and summer
seasons. Michelob Ginger Wheat is the newest beer in the brewer’s growing
collection of styles and is available exclusively in the seasonal sampler pack.
Support your local Brewery - United States HB 4278 -
For small brewers brewing
less than 6 million barrels annually, this legislation would cut the small
brewer tax rate in half, to $3.50/barrel on the first 60,000 barrels, and reduce
the upper tax rate from $18/barrel to $16/barrel on beer production above 60,000
barrels up to 2 million barrels.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company sold after 22 years(March18) - The North
Bay Business Journal broke the news today that the Anderson Valley Brewing
Company, now in its 23rd year, was sold to HMB Holdings, LLC. A year ago I
interviewed AVBC founder Ken Allen regarding family-owned breweries and he
revealed he was already in discussions to unload his brewery.
Harbor Brewing Company, Inc. Hires Design-Build Firm for Proposed New Brewery(March
18) - Harbor Brewing announced that it has executed an agreement with Bread
Loaf) for the design and construction of its proposed new brewery. The agreement
calls for the Vermont-based firm to assist the Company throughout each phase of
the process including planning, design, preconstruction and construction.
Sam Adams workshop has tips for small businesses(March 16) - The Boston Beer
Company founder Jim Koch launched the program two years ago to assist low and
moderate income micro-entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry to provide
the tools they need to help them grow and succeed.
Sweetwater Brewing Company presents "Brew Your Cask Off" Cask Ale Festival(March
15) - Celebrate cask ale at its finest with Sweetwater Brewing Company’s “Brew
Your Cask Off” Cask Ale Festival! Putting an intriguing spin on standard cask
ale festivals, Sweetwater Brewery invited 75+ special guest brewers, including
local celebrities, home brewers, retailers and charities to create their own
one-of-a-kind cask for festival attendees to sample and judge on Saturday, March
20 from 6 to 10 p.m.
New Belgium Brewery specializes in suds and cycling(March 15) - In the
bottling room of the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, two
employees whiz by on a tandem bike, waving to the group of tourists gawking from
above. "It's just beer, so we can't take it too seriously," shrugs tour guide
Seth Jankowski, aptly clad in a backwards ball cap and oversized glasses.
Free The Hops Sponsors Suds of the South Beerfest(March 15) - Saturday you
can sip a few of the finer beers in life, and support regional brewers including
Lazy Magnolia Brewing, Terrapin Beer, Sweetwater Brewery and more.