Smuttynose Wins Medals

News from Portsmouth… The entire team at Smuttynose is very pleased to announce that they’ve won two significant gold medals since the last newsletter.

Wheat Wine Ale, which was the final 2010 release in the Big Beer Series, won a Gold Medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in the “Other Strong Beer” category.  Wheat Wine previously won a gold medal in the 2005 GABF “Other Strong Ale” category which has evolved to include lagers and sour beers as well.  Here is a list of all this year’s winners.

Robust Porter took home its second consecutive gold medal at the Mondial de la Biere in Strasbourg, France.  Porter was the only American beer to win in the competition.  Unlike GABF, the Mondial competition doesn’t judge a beer’s adherence to style guidelines, but rather evaluates each beer against the other entrants.  It’s quite an unusual approach, but one that we think holds a great deal of merit in this post-style beer world. You can read about the competition’s criteria here.  Robust Porter is available all year long in six packs and 1/6 and 1/2 barrel kegs and is frequently found in our Variety Sampler twelve pack.

Mongozo wins Double Gold in Israel

At the BIRA 2011 beer competition in Tel Aviv, held during Israel’s International Beer Week, Mongozo’s Fairtrade, organic and gluten-free lager was awarded a Double Gold Medal. The lager was also declared the best beer in the ‘Speciality Beers’ category. Beers from all over the world were entered in the competition which was divided into 59 categories. The participating beers were assessed by an international jury of experts chaired by the Czech beer expert, Josef Tolar.

Jan Fleurkens, Marketing Director for Mongozo, comments: “The Czech Republic is world-famous for its beers and if Josef Tolar, the great master brewer of lagers, along with the rest of the jury, assesses our beer to be so good, then we know that we are on the right track.”

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News from all over…

It’s a knockout collection of amber-to-opaque beers, all generously donated by some of the nation’s best and big-hearted brewers.


We give 100% of the ticket sales from the event to MCR. Tickets to the event make a wonderful early Christmas gift. Get them at . We have also set up a Parade of Darks donation page where people can donate money to Metro CareRing, it’s at . 100% of donations at this secure site go to Metro CareRing. 


Last year we raised $6400 at the door through ticket sales. This year we’re shooting for $7500 at the door and another $7500 in donations. I hope you will help us reach this lofty goal by spreading the word. Learn about MCR and hunger in Denver at .


More news items…

Brewpub preps for early January opening
Beaverton Valley Times
No, the recent flurry of construction at the site will not yield a newer, larger Chili’s Grill & Bar, but rather a homegrown Oregon brewpub, complete with locally brewed beer and food produced at a McMinnville-area ranch. Oregon’s second Golden Valley

Ashton bash underlined quality of brew pubs

EMC Almonte/Carleton Place
During last fall’s re-launch it was announced a brew pub would soon grace the Ashton facility. Ashton, for those unfamiliar with the village, is located on the boundary between the City of Ottawa and the County of Lanark, where we live.

If the FLDS drank beer, they’d drink Polygamy Porter
God Discussion
It’s Polygamy Porter, a brown porter brewed by the Wasatch Brew Pub. According to their site, Wasatch Brew Pub was founded “when Greg Schirf found his way to Utah from Milwaukee,America’s beer capital, only to discover that his newly adopted home state

Residents Re-envision U.S. Route 1
19, 2011) Senior citizen housing, a health care facility and brewpub were among some of the most popular ideas residents churned out Saturday morning when they discussed what they’d like to see happen with the several vacant properties near US Route 1.

Freetail anniversary party
San Antonio Current
This is major step for the brewery, where staffers recently took 10 hours to hand-fill 750 bottles of its annual La Muerta imperial stout. Not only will it cut down on labor, but the bottling line will allow the brewpub to act more like a store by

Hugh Sisson at Heavy Seas brewery (Nicole Martyn)
Baltimore Sun (blog)
After all, Hugh Sisson, the Heavy Seas founder, had resisted businesses outside his brewery for years after he sold his shares in Sisson’s, his first brewpub. Well, the new restaurant, which is expected to open sometime this Spring, has a new venue to

Oak Park brewery idea put on hold
Wednesday Journal
He said officials seem most interested in attracting a brew pub here, a brewery attached to a bar and restaurant. But Keyes said he has no interest in running a kitchen. However, if the right restaurateur came along who was willing to partner up,