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Often overlooked, “Belgian Lace” is objective evidence of your ability to sip a beer rather than quaff. How many lace rings can you leave on your next glass of beer?

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Michigan Governor Establishes Michigan Craft Beverage Council

(LANSING, Mich)— Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4667 and Senate Bill 440 — sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden and Sen. Goeff Hansen — which will change the name of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. The bills also will expand the council to include Michigan wine, beer, hard cider and spirits. The bills are now Public Acts 154 and 155 of 2018.

The Craft Beverage Council will award grants for research into winemaking, hops, barley, beer and spirits; conduct market surveys and analysis; and offer other programs that encourage the agricultural elements related to Michigan’s craft beverage industries. The Council’s activities are funded exclusively by non-retail, non-wholesale liquor license fees.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”


Schlafly Beer to Release its First Canned Cider in June

Proper Cider Raspberry is certified gluten-free and first canned cider for The Saint Louis Brewery ™

 (ST. LOUIS; May 23, 2018)—Schlafly Beer announces plans to release a year-round canned cider across their distribution footprint with Proper Cider Raspberry. The largest, locally owned brewery in St. Louis has been making cider for over 15 years now in its brewpubs, but this will be the first can package for full, year-round distribution, starting this summer. This 6.8% old-fashioned hard cider is both semi-sweet and tart and pours a vibrant crimson from the real raspberries. This will also be the first time Schlafly will be able to offer a certified gluten-free product in the market.

Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains more, “Our cider has always been a crowd favorite and has developed somewhat of a cult following throughout the years. Now, we can introduce our cider to a larger audience across our distribution footprint and make the treasured recipe available to enjoy all year.”

The 4-packs of Schlafly’s Proper Cider Raspberry will be available starting in mid-June, but cider fans can get a first taste at Schlafly’s Art Outside Festival this weekend, on Friday May 25 through Sunday, May 27. The suggested retail price for the 4-pack is $8. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/.



Freeport, Maine – (May 22, 2018) Maine Beer Company of Freeport, Maine, announces their expansion into Indiana with distributing partner Cavalier Distributing. Maine Beer Company’s highly sought-after IPAs and other styles are now available for limited distribution throughout the state.                                                                                                                                                                     Maine Beer Company will be offering Peeper Pale Ale and Woods & Waters IPA on draught in Indiana.

Peeper Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) is the first beer that Maine brewed, beginning in 2009 on a one-barrel system. It has notes of light citrus, raspberry, and blackberry with subtle pine and light breadiness attributes.

Woods & Waters IPA was originally brewed to commemorate the establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and features Maine-grown barley and wheat, and generous amounts hops featuring flavors and aromas reminiscent of the outdoors.

Lunch IPA and MO Pale Ale will be available in package. Lunch IPA, with notes of tropical and citrus fruit, pine, and subtle malt sweetness, is one of the most sought-after and highly rated beers. It was named after a finback whale spotted off the coast of Maine that looked like she had a bite out of her dorsal fin.

MO Pale Ale (6% ABV) is a pale ale with notes of citrus, passion fruit, pine, and slight malt sweetness.

Launch events are happening through the state this week and next.

Featured events include:

Friday, May 25

Hunter’s Brewing – 4 p.m.

1525 S. Calumet Road

Chesterton, IN 46304

Sixth Street Dive – 5 p.m.

827 N. 6th Street

Lafayette, IN 47904

For all events, visit cavbeer.com/events.


Designated Pilot Required to Visit Scottish Brewery

“The sunny weather last week saw the Arran brewery’s new Helipad in action for the first time. With the first visitors for a brewery tour arriving by helicopter.”

“The brewery has planning permission to build a terminal on the site of their heliport in the South of the Island of Arran above Kildonan.”

“Managing Director Gerald Michaluk, a helicopter pilot himself, said ” it is great to see our first visitors arriving by helicopter we are hopeful more will follow when it is known we have the facility available.  With the new distillery opening in the South of the Island this will be an ideal facility for visitors to both the brewery and distillery. We plan to begin ground works on the new terminal this summer”.”

“Asked if this was a prelude to a regular helicopter service between Arran and the mainland Gerald replied: “We have no plans in this regards but will be offering site seeing tours through our sister company HJS helicopters at some point in the future.  The regulations regarding flying helicopters over water are quite restricting, if affordable helicopters are to be used, but never say never”.”

“The Arran Brewery is allowing free landings with prior notification and fuel will be available on site after the terminal is complete.”

“The terminal will consist of a passenger lounge and crew room as well as offering a Radio Service for arrivals and departures.”

“Those wishing to use the heliport should contact the brewery on 01770 302353 prior to arrival.”


Recently the folks from the public relations department at Boar’s Head sent me a press release featuring their branded cheeses and the styles of beer that enhances the experience of enjoying the cheese.

It occurred to me that over the years I have read articles about, watched videos about, and participated in more cheese and beer tastings than there are brands of beer on your local package store/deli/market.

Each of the above involved beers and cheeses that were particular to the region where the writer, videographer, tasting was situated.

In the sense of fair-play and in an attempt to involve as many folks as possible, I am taking this opportunity to share with you the press release as sent to me in the understanding and belief that each and every product mentioned in this press release and all of the beers mentioned are available in every state of the United States. Those of you residing in Canada, Mexico and on the other continents, I can only suggest a visit to the good old United States of America for the opportunity to fully appreciate the experience.

Without further ado I present a rather helpful piece of marketing including my beer suggestions featuring nationally available brands.

N.B. – I have received no compensation in any way from any of the companies mentioned in the following editorial offering.


“Vermont Cheddar / Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Crafted in the Green Mountain state with whole milk sourced from regional family dairy farms, Boar’s Head Vermont Cheddar cheese has a mild flavor and creamy texture, pairing nicely with the floral, fruity and citrus notes of an American pale ale. This medium-bodied beer with a hint of caramel carries with it a toasted maltiness. American pale ale is one of the most food-friendly styles to enjoy, especially with a cheddar cheese.”

“Muenster / Allagash Belgian-Style Ale – Typically less bitter than other pale ales, the Belgian Ale boasts some sweet-to-toasty malt overtones. The mellow flavored, semi-soft Boar’s Head Muenster Cheese is the perfect balance to bring out more of the sweet flavor notes within the Belgian Pale Ale.”

“Asiago / Angry Orchard Cider – Aged for a firm texture, Boar’s Head Asiago is a robust cheese carrying a nutty flavor and a faint sharpness. With ciders carrying more of a tart and sweet profile, the sharpness of Asiago helps to cut through, with the nutty flavor complementing the fruit notes within a cider.”

“Mozzarella / Brooklyn Pilsner – Traditionally, Pilsners have a higher level of carbonation and carry floral aromas and a crisp finish. More of a medium-full bodied beer, it works well against the fresh, creamy milk flavored Boar’s Head Mozzarella. It’s the product of exceptionally high standards, crafted with sea salt and no artificial flavors, delivering a soft and delicate texture that wonderfully complements a wide variety of recipes.”

“Manchego / Newcastle Brown Ale – With a crumbly consistency and complex flavor that evokes Spain’s windswept La Mancha region, Boar’s Head Manchego is a flavorful cheese, crafted in the Old-World style from sheep’s milk and aged 12 months. Intense Manchego complements the sweetness of fruits such as quince as well as the coffee and nut flavor notes of an American Brown Ale.”

“Blue Cheese MarBleu TM / Anchor Porter – Most porters today carry some combination of chocolaty, caramel or licorice flavor notes. Drinkable in both cold weather and warm, the versatility of the beer is what generates its popularity. Boar’s Head Blue Cheese MarBleuTM is masterfully blended to deliver a creamy yet distinctive bleu flavor that can be sliced without crumbling and complements the creamy texture of a Porter very nicely.”

“Baby Swiss X Guinness Stout – Similar to that of a Stout, Boar’s Head Baby Swiss Cheese has a mild, distinctively nutty flavor. This American addition to the classic Swiss cheese family is made with whole milk for a creamy texture that accents the milky, chocolaty flavor of a traditional Stout.”




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  • Style: German Style Golden Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBU: 8
  • SRM: 4


  • “The limited-release Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch will be available for purchase in 12-pack cans and on draft at select locations throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.”

Brewers Description:

“The 4.5 percent ABV Ruby Red Kolsch captures the essence of the classic golden ale, with the unique addition of ruby red grapefruit to create adding a modern update of ruby red grapefruit to create a citrusy refreshing finish. The combination of clean flavor and mild hop bitterness makes for an easy-to-drink, sessionable beer.”



Homebrewers Across the U.S. Unite for AHA Big Brew on May 5

–Thousands to Participate in Worldwide, Simultaneous Toast as
American Homebrewers Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary–    

WHAT: In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. Throughout the day on May 5, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and homebrew clubs nationwide will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. This year’s official Big Brew recipes—Rocky Raccoon’s Honey Lager and Dusty Mud Irish-style Stout—were handpicked by the legendary Charlie Papazian. Heralded as the “godfather of homebrewing,” Papazian is the founder of the AHA, which this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary. At noon CDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise their glass in a worldwide, simultaneous toast.

WHEN: All day long! Saturday, May 5

                        The simultaneous toast occurs at 12:00 p.m. CDT

WHERE: Everywhere! From homebrewers’ homes and backyards, to the shops that provide the ingredients and supplies, to local breweries and craft beer bars worldwide. View an interactive map of AHA Big Brew event locations across the country. Register your local AHA Big Brew event and join the conversation on Twitter with #BigBrew18.

WHO: Everyone! As long as they’re 21 and over, of course.

WHY: There over 1.1 million homebrewers in the United States, 40 percent of which started homebrewing only within the last four years. AHA Big Brew is a toast to the nation’s homebrewers and their shared love and appreciation for homebrewed beer, mead and cider. In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day, and so the AHA created AHA Big Brew, held each year on the first Saturday in May, to celebrate National Homebrew Day across the U.S. and globe.



Milton, Del., April 20, 2018 –Born at the crossroads of hops, grapes and goodness, Dogfish Head is excited to announce the late April debut of Mixed Media, its newest beer-wine hybrid creation. Clocking in at 7.5% ABV and 15 IBUs, Mixed Media is pale straw in color with a tart, dry finish.  Late-harvest Viognier grape must from Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Washington were used in the brewing process to round out the flavors.

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Mixed Media, Festina Peche or to learn more about delicious off-centered beers, visit dogfish.com.


Breakside Brewery Releases Rainbows & Unicorns

April 25, 2018 – Portland, OR – Breakside’s Rainbows & Unicorns is their second in a series of four rotating IPAs in 2018. This session beer showcases Galaxy and Eldorado hops with Comet hops adding , intense stone fruit and citrus character. Also included in the summery brew are Two Row, Maris Otter, Flaked Rice and Light Crystal malts. Rainbows & Unicorns has an ABV of 5.1% and 32 IBUs.

Breakside brews this beer in small batches and it will be released in limited quantities from April through mid-July of this year, staying ultra-fresh until it quickly disappears.  Look for it on draft and in 22 oz bottles.

Breakside sells on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, Northern California, British Columbia and Alberta.



This summer Caribou Highlands Lodge will be hosting the 8th Annual Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival.

This is a 3-day craft beer celebration like no other including; Vegas-Style weddings, dog-friendly accommodations, adventure activities, a beer pairing dinner, outdoor concerts, a big beautiful Beerfest breakfast, and much more! The event takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday – July 13, 14 & 15, 2018 in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountain range in legendary Lutsen, Minnesota.

A schedule of events is available on our website: https://hoppedupcaribou.com



(ST. LOUIS; April 17, 2018)—Schlafly Beer announces the release of the Frugi-Four Pack, a 12-pack sampler showcasing four distinct beer styles that highlight four different fruits. Three bottles of each of the beers will be included: Pineapple IPAPassionfruit SaisonCoconut Crème Ale and Tangerine Lager. The fruit-forward pack showcases the Schlafly brewing team’s commitment to brewing beer with real fruit. The largest, locally owned brewery prides itself on extracting the most flavor from the true fruit without artificial flavors and coloring.

Schlafly Beer’s Frugi-Four Sampler Pack will be available for purchase in St. Louis and across Schlafly’s distribution on April 23, 2018. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/.




WHO: Schlafly Beer

WHAT: Announces the roll-out of 12-packs of Hoppy Wheat in 16-ounce cans. Hoppy Wheat is an unfiltered wheat beer (5.0%) that uses two distinctly aromatic American hops from Washington’s Yakima River Valley: Challenger for its fruity, floral profile and Mosaic for its earthy notes of pine and citrus. The blend of wheat and barley lends a touch of toffee sweetness.

WHEN: Beginning on Monday, April 16, 2018

WHERE: Available for purchase at the Schlafly brewpubs or across the brewery’s distribution region ($14.99 suggested retail).

WHY: Founding Brewer Stephen Hale notes, “Hoppy Wheat is a refreshing ale with a crisp, clean finish and hoppy bite so it’s perfect for summer. With these 12-packs of 16-ounce cans, consumers are essentially getting four free beers so it’s a perfect pick for summer float trips, picnics, and all other outdoor activities.”

For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit  http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/ .




WHO: Cigar City Brewing

WHAT: Continues growth adding Minnesota to the Tampa-based brewery’s distribution network throughout Minnesota beginning in May of 2018. Market launch events will also be taking place throughout Michigan in April with numerous Cigar City Brewing representatives travelling from Tampa to celebrate the arrival of the brand.

WHEN: Beginning in April in Michigan and May of 2018 in Minnesota.

WHY: Looking to build on the strong Minnesota presence of J.J. Taylor Distributing Company, Cigar City Brewing enters the Minnesota market poised for strong and sustained growth following their launch.

Visit Cigar City Brewing’s website [ www.cigarcitybrewing.com  ] for full beer information and to find CCB beer closest to you.


Refreshing Kölsch Represents Latest Addition to Genesee’s Special Edition Series

WHO: Genesee Brewery

WHAT: Adds a warm-weather companion to its special-edition lineup with Ruby Red Kölsch, a crisp, bright-golden ale. The 4.5 percent ABV Ruby Red Kölsch captures the essence of the classic golden ale, with the unique addition of ruby red grapefruit to create a citrusy refreshing finish. The combination of clean flavor and mild hop bitterness makes for an easy-to-drink, sessionable beer.

WHEN: This Spring.

WHERE: In 12-pack cans and on draft at select locations throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information on Ruby Red Kölsch and other Genesee special-edition beers, visit geneseebeer.com

WHY: “The Kölsch style can be traced back to the ports of 19th century Cologne, Germany, and was said to be a refreshing answer to hot summer days on the banks of the Rhine River,” said Steve Kaplan, newly appointed head brewmaster at the Genesee Brewery.


Brew Central Partners with Tioga County, NY

(NEW YORK) Brew Central, a tourism initiative of the Central New York Vacation Region continues to grow with the addition of Tioga County. With the partnership brings an additional three destinations to Brew Central, The Farmhouse Brewery, Waterman’s Distillery and Glen Park Winery.

What started as a campaign to raise awareness for the growing craft beer scene in Central New York has grown to encompass now eleven counties, including Broome, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Chenango, Madison, Oneida, Schoharie, Onondaga, Fulton and Tioga.

“Craft beverage has been a long-time tradition in New York State and Tioga is eager to be a part of that, with the help of Brew Central,” said Director of Tioga County Tourism, Rebecca Maffei.

Through its multi-faceted marketing campaigns, website, social media and “Stories on Tap” video series, Brew Central provides publicity and exposure for over 100 breweries, wineries,cideries, distilleries and craft brew bars.


Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager is 100% Deliciosa

WHO:  Full Sail Brewing Co.

WHAT: Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager (5% ABV, 20 IBUs.)  available in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft.

WHEN: On the market now.

WHERE: whever Full Sail Brewing Co. brews are sold.

WHY: “Sesión Negra has a clean, refreshing, easy-drinking profile with hints of maize and caramel,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss. “It’s not a porter, and it’s very different from Session Dark.” And like every Session, Sesión Negra is brewed to go down easy and put a smile on your face.

About Full Sail Brewing Company at  www.fullsailbrewing.com  .



“The Waterfront Ale House

will be under new ownership

As of January 1st.”

“To all of you that have

Joined us over the past

25 years

Thank you very much.”



New Year’s Day was not far off when the above notice was posted on the front door of The Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. I read it and knew that although the news was not unexpected, to see the fact publicly and physically presented in such an essential way. However, the most sobering item of that notice was not the fact that the place was closing, but that it had been an important part of my life for more years that from when I was born to when I moved to live in Brooklyn.

The emotional shock dealt to me was especially stunning to realize that for over the last twenty-five years I had known where to go when I wanted a fresh, interesting and refreshing beer served with an inspired bar-snack and good conversation with interesting people hosted by a group of people who enjoyed what they were doing and took pleasure in doing it all the best way they could.

It was the place that welcomed the New York City Homebrewers Guild to hold beer homebrewing demonstrations and competitions. It was a place where the owner took special effort to procure interesting beers at a good price. Beer tastings were the rule rather than the exception. The menu might have been limited, it was of a quality that exceeded most expectations. Enough room was left on the specials menu to allow the kitchen to do some experimenting. The increase in a young population that appreciated both good beer and interesting food, and could boast of including some of the best in the publishing, marketing, theater and film production as well as the folks that work with them such as artists, writers and production professionals meant that the customer base was almost a perfect demographic for The Waterfront Ale House. And then Sam, the owner, decided to move across Atlantic Avenue to a larger space and install a “smoker” in the kitchen.

Almost the entire staff, and all of the regular customers, found their way across the Avenue to the new location. Week-end live music added to the ambiance on Saturday nights. The meat smoker in the kitchen allowed Sam to develop a skill at “Low and Slow” BBQ that was eventually national award-winning. The turn-over in the kitchen settled down and eventually included some especially talented people, as did the essential group in the front of the house. Both shifts of the week-day bar staff grew regular customer bases that was admirable.

And so, it was for a quarter of a century all together.

And then it ended. The Waterfront Ale House was not open for business. There was no more sitting down at the bar on a sunny afternoon and having an especially tasty and refreshing beer appear in front of me as if my psyche had pre-ordered it. I was going to have to break-in a new bartender somewhere. No more was I able to ask the head-cook-and-bottle-washer what he thought would whet my appetite on any afternoon. No more flirting with a thespian on her way to fame and fortune while waiting tables. In an instant there were no more “regulars” to get together with for a conversation not limited to sports and the in-house actress. An important part of my day had ceased to exist.

Yes, the loss of a business is unfortunate, but the closing of a place like The Waterfront Ale House has repercussions that go beyond closing of a business. Friendships are tossed out. Rituals of life are lost. The memories; perhaps a picture or two, maybe a video on YouTube or an audio recording, might survive on a flash drive somewhere.

Life went on. Thanks to social media bar-fly friends reunited and the staff members settled into new situations developing a network of new watering-holes for those of us still in touch to explore.

Life goes on, but I now have a much better feeling for just how important the “Local” is to this society, like it or not.


The Beachmaster First Imperial IPA for North Coast

Who: North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg, CA

What: Releasing The Beachmaster Imperial India Pale Ale

Vital Statistics

STYLE: Imperial India Pale Ale

COLOR: Pale Amber

ABV: 9%


Why: Beachmaster, is dedicated to the great Northern Elephant Seal. This full-bodied winter seasonal is our first ever Imperial IPA.
The Imperial IPA, synonymous with ‘double’ IPA, is known for its high gravity (7.6% ABV or higher), hoppy flavor, and strong body.

Both a tribute and companion to North Coast’s flagship beer,  Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale, our Beachmaster captures the spirit of an American brewing style made popular by west coast brewers looking to test the limits of the traditional IPA.


The Fifth Annual Collaboration Fest Returns March 31st

Who: Colorado Brewers Guild

What: The fifth Collaboration Fest – Collaboration Fest is the headline event of Colorado Craft Beer Week, which runs March 31 – April 7, 2018.

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202).

Why: This festival was created by Two Parts and the Colorado Brewers Guild in 2014, as a way to give brewers the opportunity to brew a unique beer with another brewery.

Collaboration Fest is a unique beer festival in that each beer is created specifically for this event. Colorado Brewers Guild members team up with breweries from near and far to create one-time-only beers.

Collaboration Fest showcases the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. Each brewery chooses who they want to work with, and what style of beer they want to make, allowing for the brewers’ imagination to run wild. Many of these beers will only be available at the festival.

Tickets will be available at CollaborationFest.com.


Scottish Brewer to Build Beer Bar on the Border

Who/What:  Scottish brewery BrewDog announced plans to open a new craft beer bar that ‘straddles’ the border between the USA and Mexico.

James Watt, co-founder at BrewDog commented: “’The Bar on the Edge’ will be set up in the furthest outskirts of the United States, reflecting our ambition to reach every corner of the country as we begin to brew our beers on US soil.

When/Where: With specific locations still ‘top secret’, BrewDog has only revealed that half will be in Texas and the other half in Chihuahua, Mexico. The geographical border will be represented by a dotted line across the center of the bar and along the venue’s outdoor seating area.

Built from old shipping containers, the construction would officially be defined as a temporary mobile building and will serve Mexico beers on the US side, and US beers on the Mexico side, as well as BrewDog’s range of craft beers, brewed in Columbus Ohio.

Why: James Watt added: “It was JFK that said, ‘conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth’. We love the US, and we already have an amazing army of fans over here, but we do not intend to bring BrewDog ‘lite’ to the US. The ‘Bar on the Edge’ is our line in the sand, quite literally.”

For further information, please contact:

E: Brewdog@manifest.nyc

Tel: (347) 601-7870