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      Brews & News… 3 March 2015


      Shipyard and Sea Dog have a New Distribution Network in Florida

      Orlando, Florida - Shipyard and Sea Dog Brewing Companies have made an exciting and important distribution change in the state of Florida.  

      “We have purchased the rights for Shipyard and Sea Dog brands back from Brown Distributing in all territories except for the area they cover in Palm Beach County,” said Fred Forsley, president of these two brewing companies. 

      Sea Dog Brewing Company has two locations in Florida, including a brewery and tasting room in Clearwater and a brewpub in Orlando.  Sea Dog and Shipyard Brewing Companies both operate breweries and brewpubs in Maine.

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      Brewery Newsletters…

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      Warsteiner USA Unveils New Look for

      Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener and Warsteiner Dunkel

      Cincinnati, OH (Feb. 17, 2015) — WARSTEINER is refreshing its brand to appeal to a growing global audience while still honoring its craftsmanship brewing heritage. Starting February 2015, U.S. fans will begin to see the brand’s new look where WARSTEINER is sold and served.

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      Raise a Glass to Celebrate the 10th American Craft Beer Week®

      —May 11-17, 2015—

      The Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), a celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. ACBW is an exciting opportunity for craft brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with enthusiasts across the country. From May 11-May 17, all 50 states will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate the ever advancing beer culture in the United States.

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      The beers they send me.

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      Brews & News February Wrapped Up

      New York's best beer events in 2015

      Hey, suds lover! Get ready to map out the year's best beer events in New York City with our handy guide.

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      Great Lakes Reveals First Batch of Refreshed Labels

      Cleveland, Ohio Feb. 3, 2015—Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) launched their refreshed logo to the public in January and are now releasing new packaging artwork for their five year-round brands.

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      Saranac Immortality

      UTICA, NY-Saranac is debuting Immortality, the newest selection in their High Peaks Series. Immortality is a hop forward Imperial Amber Ale made with hops sourced locally, just minutes from the brewery.


      About the Beer

      Quick snapshot of Immortality Imperial Amber Ale:

      • Hops: Heirloom, Cascade, Centennial and Brewers Gold
      • Malts: North American Two-Row, Vienna and Carastan
      • ABV: 7.5%
      • IBUs: 75

      Why the name

      "Actually, the visual came before the name," noted Nick Matt, Saranac Brand Manager. "We kept imagining a big amber ale that had hops virtually suspended in it. Almost like a hop that had been immortalized in a piece of amber."

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      Small West Coast Breweries form B.I.G. Alliance

      HOOD RIVER, OR—February 12, 2015Breweries In the Gorge (BIG) is excited to announce the formation of a new craft beer alliance combining the breweries located in the Columbia River Gorge in both Oregon and Washington. Ten member breweries spanning from Cascade Locks, Oregon to White Salmon, Washington will debut a map and passport program on Saturday, February 14th coinciding with Zwickelmania, the free Oregon Craft Beer event that offers visitors a chance to tour breweries, meet the brewers and sample amazing beers.  Visitors with completed passports receive a free, limited-edition beer glass and can enter a raffle for shirts, hats, and other prizes. 

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      It's A Brewery!

      Featuring 30 Avery brews on tap, a 150-seat tap room and restaurant, and a craft dining menu with a southern flare!

      We will be open 3-11pm daily! Beginning March 2nd, we'll extend our hours to 11am-11pm daily. Our growler-filling station will be up and running soon so you can take home any beer on the menu!

      Guided brewery tours are at 4pm & 5pm today through this Saturday 2/21. We designed our brewery to be fully transparent, so self-guided tours are available all the time!

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      "Beer trends may come and go, but one that by its very nature will be around for a while is cellaring. Aging beer encourages simple flavors to expand and evolve right inside the bottle, resulting in uniquely delicious brews.”

      “But there's more to building and maintaining a vintage beer collection than forgetting about the tallboys in the back of your fridge. Here are the basics to help you get started.”

      Read on…

      Aging beer can be a gamble; some are winners, others are losers

      By Alan J. Wax

      “Aging beers. We hear so much about it these days.”

      “Brewers often encourage their customers to age their products and nary a day goes by when you don’t see some query on a beer drinker’s forum about the age worthiness of a just-purchased brew.”

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      BREWS & NEWS 27 February 2015

      What they are talking about in Tucson, AZ…

      State of the Brew-nion

      “Five years of explosive growth in Tucson’s craft beer scene means change is coming.”



      The female brewers of Wisconsin making news…

      Female brewmasters pouring into state craft beer scene

      “Jamie Baertsch worked as brewmaster at Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company, coming up with all the beer recipes, lugging around the malt, leaning over huge vats of wort and stirring, until the day before she gave birth to her son, Wyatt.”


      Brewers leaving smaller foot-prints…

      Converting Brewery Waste to Energy in California

      “Pure Energy Group (PEG), a Park City, Utah-based renewable energy company that engineers, designs and builds anaerobic digestion systems, opened a waste-to-energy facility at Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos, Calif., in May 2014.”



      Can you imagine “Craft” beer in India… yes the country…

      Rahul Mehra: Redefining the craft beer scene

      Sometime in early 2011, Rahul Mehra, then posted in the Delhi office of TJUK Trade Networks, a food distribution company, was helping his American neighbour relocate to the US. In her luggage was a box labelled ‘Make Your Own Beer’.

      Forbes (India)

      This week’s feature article…

      Following the Ballantine I.P.A. thread…


      While going through the bottles in the collection I found the above shown bottle.

      As you can see, it is not the original “stubbie” of the 1960’s. The label tells me that it was brewed at the Falstaff Brewery in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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      BREWS & NEWS 18 February 2015

      Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s Redhook Beer-Battered Cod Fish Sandwich

      “Craft brewery Redhook’s ESB amber beer featured in new Beer-Battered Cod Fish Sandwich.”

      “The Redhook Beer-Battered Cod Fish Sandwich features a crispy, beer-battered premium cod fillet, topped with fresh lettuce and creamy tartar sauce on a sesame seed bun. The Carl’s Jr. version of the sandwich also includes tomato while the Hardee’s version includes a slice of American cheese. The chains will also offer Redhook Beer-Battered Cod Fish Tacos in their dual-branded Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito restaurants and Hardee’s/Red Burrito restaurants. The tacos feature Redhook beer-battered cod fish, topped with spicy Santa Fe sauce, shredded jack and cheddar cheeses, lettuce and salsa, wrapped in a soft tortilla. There is no residual alcohol in the beer-battered cod fillets but the wonderful, hoppy, malty beer flavor remains.”

      “Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s will promote the Redhook Beer-Battered Cod Fish Sandwich with a new ad titled “Bartender,” developed by Los Angeles- and Amsterdam-based creative agency 72andSunny. It will premiere on TV and YouTube this week.”

      I would like to chat with the chef who was charged with developing the recipe, what their initial reaction was, and the greatest challenge working with beers. I also wouldn’t mind their tips for working with beer in batters in particular, and in the kitchen in general.

      Stay linked in on this one…


      From the WEB…


      Rockhound Brewpub scouts a Madison location Isthmus  - 19 hours
      Nick Warnke, a geology major with an M.B.A., left his job at American Family to focus on his dream of opening a brewery.

      1/23: Two Brothers Brewing Co. opens Scottsdale brewpub The Arizona Republic  - 23 hours
      The brewery will open in downtown Scottsdale in the previous home of Saddle Ranch Chop House.                


      According to the Detroit News:

      Low-alcohol, full-flavor “session” beers grow popular


      The folks at the Beer Institute asked me to pass this along…

      The Beer Can Celebrates 80 Years

      WASHINGTON, DC 24 January – Today, as America celebrates the 80th anniversary of enjoying beer in a can – one of the country’s greatest advances, the Beer Institute, the trade association representing America’s brewers, beer importers and suppliers, and the Can Manufacturers Institute, the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry, celebrate with them. The first beer can was sold in Richmond, Virginia, on January 24, 1935. 

      I suggest visiting… The First Beer Cans

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