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    Friday
    Apr182014

    The White Horse (NYC)

    On a Thursday afternoon recently I had the chance to revisit an old friend.

    The White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street in New York City (Manhattan) is a famous watering hole for a number of reasons and legends. All of them are available on the internet so I will not bore you with a recitation.

    What I will do is offer you a few insights and observations.

    First of all there are two rooms and a large outside patio. The picture below shows the view from the bar towards the back room where Dylan Thomas stares back at you. More importantly, between the rooms there is the WC.

    The picture below I call “White Horse Tavern Ambiance”… it gives a glimpse of the comfortable aura that permeates the place in the early afternoon when regulars gather at the bar and the tourists seek the safety of the tables.

    The beers are not limited to the draft selection. A good variety of both canned and bottled beers representing small breweries and larger breweries are also featured.

    (Above: left to right, Guinness, Anchor Steam, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden Original White Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Pacifico and Cider.)

    The menu is pub grub and I can attest to the fact that a pint or two of the Lagunitas IPA goes quite well with the chili-dog and potato salad. Or perhaps the bratwurst, sauced with a meaty, not too spicy chili, served on a potato bread bun and creamy potato salad went well with the Lagaunitas IPA.

     

     

    Monday
    Apr142014

    Brews News 14 April ‘14

     

    5th Annual Milwaukee Beer Week Back and Bigger Than Ever

    Celebrate the end to a long winter with the 5th annual Milwaukee Beer Week. In addition to new partners, venues, brands and events Milwaukee Beer Week is also commemorating its fifth year with the launch of a brand new website.  The new site, that went live April 4, was designed to enhance the overall user experience and make it easy for consumers to navigate the 200 (and counting) events taking place in and around the city.

    As in past years, the week of festivities will kick-off with firkin tappings taking place all over the city starting at 4:00 p.m. Saturday April, 26. These unique creations from some of the most notable names in craft beer will be unveiled to enthusiasts at favorite beer bars and retailers all over the city.

    Back this year by popular demand, are the Milwaukee Beer Week Passports. The Passports offer a fun way to visit new pubs, restaurants and other venues, while also having a chance to win awesome prizes, meet new people, and most importantly sample new beers! Passports will be available at all Milwaukee Beer Week event locations following kick-off, but can be picked-up ahead of time beginning Wednesday April 23rd at the following locations:


    Benno’s (7413 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI)

    Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI)

    Ray’s Wine and Spirits (8930 W North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI)

    Stubby’s (2060 N Humboldt Blvd, Milwaukee, WI)

    Sugar Maple (441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI)

    To view a complete overview of the Passport program, schedule of the week’s events or for any additional details visit the Milwaukee Beer Week site.

     

    MADISON CRAFT BEER WEEK TAKES PLACE MAY 2-11, 2014

    The fourth annual Madison Craft Beer Week hosts more than 175 events celebrating craft beer in and around Madison, Wisconsin.

    Madison Craft Beer Week runs from Friday May 2 through Sunday May 11, 2014 and features a wide variety of events highlighting Dane County’s vibrant craft beer culture. MCBW 2014 will feature beer dinners, festivals, rare bottle tastings, cheese pairings, brewery tours, classes, movies, Friday Fish Fries, and more – there is truly something for everyone, from novice to connoisseur.

    Craft beer week activities may include:

    •Official MCBW Kick-Off Celebration and Cask Ale Festival •Brewery parties and/or meet the brewer events •Beer dinners & beer cook offs •Beer education and/or classes •Cheese & beer, sausage & beer, chocolate & beer pairings •Beer vs. wine night (e.g., beer vs. wine with cheese pairing) •Real ale/bourbon barrel aged/barleywine festivals •Home brewing demonstrations/education •Pub crawls, bicycle tours, historical brewery site tours, scavenger hunt •Great Taste of the Midwest craft beer festival ticket sales on Sunday May 4th

    Learn more @ the official event website http://www.madbeerweek.com/.

     

    Sierra Nevada Invites Every Craft Brewery in the Nation 

    To Take Part in Beer Camp Across America Festival Tour

     

    Chico, CA—April 9, 2014—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has announced that it has invited every craft brewery in the country – more than 2,700 – to take part in a multi-weekend traveling beer festival this summer. Beer Camp Across America is a celebration for the entire craft beer community, bringing together brewers and the fans who have buoyed their success.

    Beer Camp Across America will feature seven stops—in cities with thriving craft beer cultures—moving geographically west to east, much like the craft movement has historically spread. The festival schedule is as follows:

     

    * Sat, July 19th: Northwest Edition at Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico, CA, 12-5 p.m.
    * Sun, July 20th: Southwest Edition at Embarcadero North in San Diego, CA, 1-6 p.m.
    * Fri, July 25th: Rocky Mountain Edition at Sculpture Park in Denver, CO, 5-10 p.m.
    * Sun, July 27th: Midwest Edition at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL, 12-5 p.m.
    * Fri, August 1st: New England Edition at Thompson Point in Portland, ME, 5-10 p.m.
    * Sat, August 2nd: Mid-Atlantic Edition at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, PA, 12-5 p.m.
    * Sun, August 3rd: Southeast Edition in Mills River, NC, 1-6 p.m.

     

    Each festival will feature up to two beers per brewery, food vendors, and live music by the MarchFourth Marching Band spectacle. Tickets are now on sale at www.SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp and are limited to 5,000 per venue. Tickets cost $65 for general admission, which includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastings (in most locations, see the website for full details). A designated driver ticket is available for $30. Ticket prices are exclusive of taxes and fees, which will vary according to location. 

     

    Funk Asheville:

    A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers Scheduled for May 30, 2014

    Presented by Wicked Weed Brewing to Benefit Pints for Prostates

     

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Wicked Weed Brewing is partnering with Pints for Prostates to launch Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers to be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. as part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM.  The event will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-aged sour beers to Asheville and will create an experience beyond just a beer festival.

     

    Funk Asheville will be held in downtown Asheville at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave., just a 3 blocks from the brewery. This will be the first event at the newly-remodeled facility. In addition to barrel-aged, sour and wild beers, Funk Asheville will feature unique entertainment and an art installation, celebrating all things funky in Asheville.

      

    Tickets for Funk Asheville are $80 with a $5 service charge and go on sale on April 15 at Noon via Etix. A total of 500 tickets will be sold to the public for the event, which will be held on the eve of the popular Beer City Festival.  VIP tickets for Funk Asheville are $100 with a $5 service charge, and will provide access to guests for an hour preview including food provided by Wicked Weed, music, and the opportunity to hang with the brewers.  As part of the event, a silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be held featuring unique beer experiences and collectible items.

     

    “Our mission is to reach men through the universal language of beer and this is the second year in a row that Pints for Prostates will host an Asheville Beer Week event,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “Our message to men is simple: Get tested. Live longer. Drink more beer.”

     

    About Wicked Weed Brewing

    Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, N.C., based brewpub that consistently hosts 20+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is striving towards becoming the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern U.S. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for 100% Brettanomyces Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. In addition to Serenity, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Most recently, Wicked Weed began small scale statewide distribution of kegs as well as bottles of barrel aged sour beers to major metropolitans in North Carolina. Learn more at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

     

    About Pints for Prostates

    Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of prostate health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 233,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

       

    2014 World Beer Cup Winners - Denver, Colorado

     

    The Brewers Association announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date, the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Denver, Colo. Drawing the highest number of entries to date, this edition of the World Beer Cup saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries—a 21 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2012 World Beer Cup, which had 3,921 entries.

    Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at this tenth biennial competition, with brewers from 22 countries—ranging from Australia and Brazil to Taiwan and the United Kingdom—honored. Judges awarded 281 out of 282 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 94 beer style categories.

    http://www.beerinfo.com/index.php/pages/2014WorldBeerCupWinners.html

    Diverse Winners Emerge From Largest-Ever World Beer Cup®

    2014 competition saw 4,754 entries from 58 countries

    Boulder, CO • April 11, 2014—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America's small and independent craft brewers—announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date, the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Denver, Colo.

    Drawing the highest number of entries to date, this edition of the World Beer Cup saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries—a 21 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2012 World Beer Cup, which had 3,921 entries.

    Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at this tenth biennial competition, with brewers from 22 countries—ranging from Australia and Brazil to Taiwan and the United Kingdom—honored. Judges awarded 281 out of 282 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 94 beer style categories.

    This year’s event was particularly competitive; the proportion of winning breweries winning one or more awards was 18 percent, compared to 27 percent in 2012. There was a 75.6 percent increase in breweries competing this year versus 2012, which had 799 breweries that entered beers in the competition. A total of 253 breweries took home awards in 2014, a 16.6 percent increase over 2012.

    A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2014 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.

    North American Breweries Names New Chief Executive Officer

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Florida Ice & Farm Co. (FIFCO), parent-company of North American Breweries (NAB), today announced that Kris Sirchio has been named chief executive officer of North American Breweries, effective April 14, 2014.  In this role, Kris will lead all facets of NAB, including its brewery operations, alehouses, and sales and marketing efforts. 

    In addition to his extensive business experience, Kris has served on several national, state, and local for-profit and not-for-profit Boards. He currently serves as the Board Chair for The Nature Conservancy, Kentucky Chapter, one of the world’s leading conservation organizations. Kris and his wife Wendy are also both WE DAY Ambassadors, helping to bring an innovative service-learning movement for youth to the US.

    Kris will officially start in his new role on April 14, 2014.  He and his family will relocate to the Rochester area. Kris succeeds Rich Lozyniak who resigned from the company at the end of March. 

    About North American Breweries

    North American Breweries is one of the largest beer companies in the United States. NAB brews, packages, imports, markets and sells its branded product portfolio through an independent network of wholesalers throughout the U.S. Brands include: Labatt, Genesee, Seagram’s Escapes, Magic Hat, Pyramid, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Dundee Ales & Lagers and Portland Brewing. NAB also performs contract brewing of beer and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on behalf of other companies. NAB is also the U.S. importer of Imperial from Costa Rica. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, NAB operates breweries and alehouses across the United States, including its flagship brewery, the Genesee Brewery in Rochester, NY, which is one of the longest continually-operating breweries in the United States For more information, please visit www.nabreweries.com.

    North American Breweries is owned by FIFCO, a publicly traded Costa Rican company.  The parent company produces and distributes, through its subsidiaries, food and beverages in Central America and the United States.  Its headquarters are located in San José, Costa Rica, and it has operations in Guatemala and El Salvador. FIFCO has more than 2,700 products including beer, wine, spirits as well as bottled water, juices, nectars, tea, carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, milk, refried beans, tomato conserves, ketchup and bakery products.

    Two Roads Brewing Signs with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance

    Posted by Chris Furnari at 5:07 PM on April 08, 2014

    Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA) today announced it will distribute the fast-growing Two Roads Brewing brand throughout the Bay State. The news comes on the heels after MBA secured the distribution rights to the country’s first Trappist brewery – the Spencer, Mas.-based Saint Joseph’s Abbey — and San Diego’s Coronado Brewing. Two Roads, which is based in Stratford, Conn., will officially launch in Massachusetts on April 28. “We are really excited to work with the five distributors of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance,” Clem Pellani, Two Roads’ vice president of sales and marketing said in a statement. [...]

    FROM THE WEB…

    Saskatchewan homebrew competition features beer from across Canada GLOBAL NEWS  

    Hundreds of homebrewed alcoholic beverages were judged at the Ale and Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan’s (ALES ) 21st annual Homebrew Open ...

     

    Deschutes Brewery’s Spring Forward: One Resurrection and Two Debuts seattlepi.com  
    THREE spring releases from the inimitable Deschutes, each of which stacks up with anything from the US in its style.

     

    Slater's 50/50 opens Monday in San Marcos U-T San Diego

    Slater’s 50/50, the 5-year-old restaurant chain built on the reputation of its signature burger -- half ground beef, half ground bacon -- ...

     

    Old becomes new again at planned Gillette meadery Casper Star-Tribune
    GILLETTE – Mead, the honey alcohol of the Middle Ages that is becoming popular among the craft beverage aficionados across the country, will ...

     

    Diverse Winners Emerge From Largest-Ever World Beer Cup® Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
    BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America's ...

     

    Newcastle's top 10 craft beer pubs The Guardian  

    Newcastle is home to a booming craft-beer scene that offers a range of great real-ale pubs and canny new-wave beer bars Pleased To Meet You ...

     

    Chef John Howie Opening a Brewpub in Bothell seattlepi.com  
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. When a would-be brewery owner asks me for ...

     

    Beer Buzz: Upland's new look Nuvo  
    Upland unveils new bottle and tap artwork, and Broad Ripple Brewpub celebrates both Alcohol Awareness and Grilled Cheese Month. by Rita Kohn ...

     

    Beer Here: Outboard Cream Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company Isthmus  
    For some, spring starts when the robins arrive or the first tulips push up through the ground. But my spring begins with Opening Day and the ...

     

    Equal focus on food, beer spurs FATE's effective first year Boulder Daily Camera  
    "We're as much culinary as we are brewers. We pay a lot of attention to the sourcing of ingredients, and we make a lot of things from ...

     

    Peaking interest in microbreweries and brewpubs in Amarillo KVII 7 Amarillo  
    Some might credit that to laws passed last year allowing breweries new ways to sell their product.

    Raleigh overtakes Asheville: the competition for the title of ‘beer capital’ of North Carolina Technician
    Endless Summer Ale from Boylan Bridge Brewpub. For a long time now, Asheville has been lauded as the “beer capital” ...

     

    McMenamins seeks investors in Bothell plan Everett Herald  
    PORTLAND, Ore. — The McMenamins chain of brewpubs and entertainment venues is well-known for renovating and reinventing historic sites in the ...

     

    Microbrew shuffle City Pulse
    Monday, April 7 — Organizers for Lansing’s inaugural Microbrew and Music Festival announced today that the festival will return to its ...

     

    Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival moved back to Adado Riverfront Park DeWitt-Bath Review  
    LANSING — The Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival is moving back to its original location at Adado Riverfront Park. Lansing officials have ...

     

    Michigan entertainment company encourages WMU students to apply Western Herald  
    Casey Watts News Reporter The company behind Microbew and Music Festival (MMF) is inviting Western Michigan University students to apply for ...

     

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    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    Television Beer Advertising: 

    Carlton Draught, Victoria, Australia

    Since 2006 the Carlton Draught organization has made a name for itself world-wide. This is not to say that beer drinkers all over the world are refreshing their taste buds with chilled Carlton Draught.

    The following three examples of video/television advertising show why the brewery is becoming known world-wide.  


    It’s A Big Ad

    The first example is one of the earliest productions featuring a cast of thousands and a rousing rendition of a piece of music with lyrics slightly altered from the original. The rendering of the image of beer out of chaos is amusing but in the end… no sight of the beer.

    Slow Motion/(Nessun Dorma)

    This is one of the most recent examples of the Carlton sense of humor… The premise is that the male oafs of the world, commonly found in the bars and pubs of Australia, can be made to see poetic creatures… when seen in slow-motion, using the powerful score of Nessun Dorma with a slightly altered libretto. Similar to the above…

    Carlton Brings Down The House/(Ode to Joy)

    The third presentation also features a familiar score , Ode to Joy, without the embellishment of amusing lyrics. The sky-diver formations echo the “Big Ad”, the use of familiar classical music echoes the “Slow Motion” but this one actually brings down a house. And you never see the beer.

     

     

    Wednesday
    Apr022014

    Why I Drink Beer… Answered

    Last week I asked myself, and the readers of BeerBasics.com, a simple question… “Why do I drink Beer?

    It is a simple question and yet it elicits many answers. The reason for this is that it is not a simple refreshment made in only one style and sold in uniform containers. Salt, sugar, milk and orange juice come to mind as staple products, contrary to the boasts of advertisements. Beer is a different product. Quaffed, sipped, chugged, and savored are each different experiences and not for each beer brewed.

    That noted, the following are your thoughts on “Why do I drink Beer?”

    From a member of the press, Bill Downs of Homebrewing News…

    Why do you drink beer?:

    I enjoy beer because I appreciate (especially after becoming a BJCP judge) the effort, the brewers touch, and the craftsmanship that goes into a beer!
    One hundred different brewers can brew the exact same beer and they will all have their own subtle nuances: The symmetry of the fermenter, the subtle variations in the individual process, that and 100 variables make each brewer’s touch special. As long as care is taken in the sanitation process, they will all be good!

    From Tod Mott, a brewer some of you might know about…

    Hello Peter,

     The question you posed of "why do you drink beer?" is actually quite simple to respond to. I drink beer because I like the taste and I like the results of having a few beers and talking with friends.  

    The complexity brought about by certain brewing processes is as intriguing as beer styles. Because I am a brewer I have that insiders aspect of knowing the process intimately. With this knowledge I am able to ascertain the why's and how's.

    Certain beers are just better with food than some wines. I was brought up to understand and respect wine and with that knowledge I, too, respect beer and it's plethora of flavors. The whole yellow fizzy aspect is a non-issue to the cognoscenti…… it has it place among the millions who find solace in things that are non-threatening. A 30 pack make a pretty substantial argument about volume economics.

    Many folks are happy with status quo but as the research shows the craft movement is blossoming and growing at a good rate. The growth of the movement has not been meteoric but steady and strong. The reasoning behind the steady growth is related to the quality and  variety of well-crafted tasty beer.

    You said why you liked to drink beer and also:  "in a cooler and calmer climate there are also rich flavored tasty beers to enhance contemplation and sooth the soul. These are not quaffing beers. These are beers that are slowly sipped in contemplation. And it tastes so good." 

    This is reason enough to enjoy why I like to drink beer.

    Cheers!

    Tod Mott  

    Brewing Scientist and educator Greg Casey offers his thoughts…

    Peter:

    I drink beer because every time I do I feel a connection with my deceased father and the generations of Caseys before him who enjoyed a pint - the tradition is a wonderful feeling and one that makes me reflect on my heritage. Also enjoy the discovery of beer given the explosion of the craft industry and the different beer styles available - it is such a wonderful time to be alive in America. For me, those are two internal reason along with the relaxation beer induces.

    Take care,

    Greg


    Monday
    Mar312014

    Brews News 31 March 2014

    Brewers Association Announces 2013 Craft Brewer Growth

    Volume and Sales Reach Record Levels as Market Share Surpasses Seven Percent

    Boulder, COMarch 17, 2014 The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, today released 2013 data on U.S. craft brewing1 growth. As a primary driver of growth in the beer industry, craft brewers saw an 18 percent rise in volume2, representing a total of 15.6 million barrels, and a 20 percent increase in retail dollar value. In 2013, craft brewers reached 7.8 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market, up from 6.5 percent the previous year. Additionally, craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 14.3 percent in 2013, as retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $14.3 billion, up from $11.9 billion in 2012. “With this stellar year, craft has now averaged 10.9 percent growth over the last decade,” said Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “Beer drinkers are excited about what small and independent brewers are offering and that is evidenced by the rising production and sales of the craft segment.”

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    Additionally, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2013 totaled 2,822, with 2,768 of those considered craft, demonstrating that craft breweries make up 98 percent of all U.S. operating breweries. This count includes 413 new brewery openings and 44 closings. Combined with already existing and established breweries and brewpubs, craft brewers provided 110,273 jobs, an increase of almost 2,000 from the previous year.

    “Openings of brewing facilities continue to far outpace closings, demonstrating that the demand for high-quality, local, fuller-flavored beers is only increasing,” added Watson. “The geographic diversity of openings and production growth shows the national nature of this movement. In towns all across the country, craft brewers are creating jobs, delivering innovative products, advancing the beverage of beer and strengthening their local economies.”

    Note: Numbers are preliminary. The Brewers Association will release the list of Top 50 craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies by volume sales on March 31. Additionally, a more extensive analysis will be released during the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colorado from April 8-11. The full 2013 industry analysis will be published in the May/June 2014 issue of The New Brewer, highlighting regional trends and sales by individual breweries.

    1 The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.
    2 Volume by craft brewers represent total taxable production.
     

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    The Samuel Smith Salute

    Remember – or imagine – what beer drinking was like in America in 1978, before the first Samuel Smith’s shipment arrived. There were about 85 breweries in the US and only one was a craft brewery. Imports were few, and almost all were pale lagers. Today, the American beer scene is the most dynamic on the planet.

    Each year in April, many great beer spots salute Samuel Smith with promotions, tastings, special prices, and a chance to celebrate: the annual Samuel Smith's Salute. Please join in: savour the benchmark beers from Samuel Smith’s, and recall the role that this splendid brewery has played in building today’s American beer scene. Build a display at your store; add a new Sam Smith beer or cider to your menu; write about Sam Smith on your blog - and raise a glass with us in April: Samuel Smith - handcrafted ales & lagers - Brewed Since 1758 - Imported since 1978.

    Check for events near you at our regional events pages; tweet with #samsmithsalute .

    Ayinger Maibock Limited Release Beer in April 2014




    Seattle, March 11, 2014 - Ayinger Brewery & Merchant du Vin are excited to announce the limited release of a rich, bold, inviting spring seasonal beer: Ayinger Maibock, available on draft only starting in mid-April 2014.  There is only one shipment: when it's gone, it's gone! Locate a bar or restaurant near you serving Maibock via the "Find Our Beer" feature at merchantduvin.com.

    Rogue Gets Woody

    NEWPORT, OR, March 13th 2014 - The Rogue Ales & Spirits Do-It-Yourself Revolution is growing with the creation of Rolling Thunder Barrel Works, a tree to table outfit that will bring the old-world tradition of barrel cooperage to the Rogue World Headquarters in Newport, Oregon. 

    "We are thrilled about Rolling Thunder Barrel Works," says Rogue President Brett Joyce. "Making our own Oregon Oak Barrels will provide us with endless possibilities for aging our ales, porters, stouts, lagers, braggots, meads, gins, vodka, rums, and whiskies. Coopering is a time-honored tradition and highly skilled craft that will have a great home in Newport. This adventure will be full of learning and discovery and while we're not exactly sure what the final porducts will look like, we are certain that it's going to be a lot of fun along the way."

    The white oak used to construct each barrel will be hand-selected from the centuries-old oak groves of the Oregon Coast Range, less than 100 miles from Newport.

    Using Oregon White Oak furthers Rogue's commitment to brewing and distilling with a proprietary palate of flavors; all of Rogue's world-class beers and spirits are crafted with Rogue Farms ingredients grown on its two farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, Oregon. 

    Come visit us at Rogue.com for updates on Rolling Thunder Barrel Works and other news stories. 

     

     Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Week

    Los Angeles, CA

    April 5-10, 2014 

     

    SUMMARY

    Now in its fourth year, Deschutes Brewery's Base Camp for Beer Fanatics is better than ever! And with greater Los Angeles as its first appearance of 2014, beer fans in the City of Angels are in for an amazing series of specialty beer tastings, beer and food pairings, and appearances by Woody, the giant beer barrel on wheels. Deschutes brewers, ambassadors and fanatics will be on hand to provide some in-the-trenches insight into our courageously crafted brews.

     

    Deschutes Brewery's Base Camp not only celebrates brewery's popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale, but we also pull out the stops with other year-round favorites and specialty brews that can't be found elsewhere.

     

    We're forming a special partnership for the week with FoLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River). A portion of the proceeds from the scheduled events with benefit FoLAR's efforts to restore the river, and Deschutes Brewery will make a matching donation of up to $1,000.

     

    Where's Woody?

    Woody, our good-times-on-wheels mobile bar, will be meeting and greeting fans around the region throughout Base Camp week. In Los Angeles, Woody may be found roving around your neighborhood so you can snap photos, grab some swag and enjoy a little afternoon fun. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @dbwoody!

    • Tues, 4/8, 12-3pm         Downtown Los Angeles
    • Wed, 4/9, 12-3pm         Sherman Oaks and Encino
    • Thurs, 4/10, 12-3pm      Long Beach

     

    You can chime in and listen to the Base Camp chatter on Twitter using #BeerBaseCamp and by following @DeschutesBeer on both Twitter and Instagram.

    Event Overview:   

    • Sat, 4/5, 12-3pm; 5-8pm  Los Angeles Beer Festival(LA Center Studios) Woody
    • Tues, 4/8, 5-9pm             Hats Off to Homebrewers (Far Bar LA) Woody
    • Wed, 4/9, 6-8pm             Beer and Tapas (Lazy Acres Market)
    • Wed, 4/9, 4-8pm             Bikes, Beers & Bites (Various Locations - see below)
    • Wed, 4/9, 7-11pm           Beer Geek Bonanza (Glendale Tap) Woody
    • Thurs, 4/10, 6-11pm        Deschutes Brewery Pig Roast ( Verdugo Bar) Woody
    • Fri, 4/11, 4pm-midnight    PintAPalooza (Congregation Ale House) Woody
    • Fri, 4/11, 7-10pm             Beer-lesque: Tastings & Tassels (The Federal Bar)
    • Sat, 4/12, 11am-4pm       Brews at the Beach (Chase Palm Park)     

     

    Media Contact:  Marie Melsheimer, 541-815-3951, marie@campbellconsulting.com

     

    Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7pm

    $25 General Admission

    Use the discount code HOPS for $5 off

    The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Celeste Bartos Forum, 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

    Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy is joined by Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium Brewing Company, and Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and president of the Brewers Association, for an evening exploring how craft brewers forever changed the way the world buys, enjoys, and appreciates beer. Steve Hindy’s book The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink is an insider’s account of the personalities, battles, and alliances that colored the early days of American craft beer. In conversation with LIVE from the NYPL Director Paul Holdengräber, these formidable players reflect on the past, present, and future of this fast-changing industry.

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    Join us for drinks after the conversation at: Long Room – 120 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036