DON’T MISS 2014 MILWAUKEE BEER WEEK APRIL 26 – May 3

WHAT: The ultimate celebration of craft beer is back and bigger than ever for the fifth consecutive year!

Milwaukee Beer Week is the only premier event dedicated to beer tasting, sampling, and socializing in the “Brew City.” Kicking-off April 26 and running through May 3, this year’s extravaganza will consist of an even larger list  of public and exclusive events in and around the Greater Milwaukee area that are free to attend!  

Be sure to watch the Events section of the Milwaukee Beer Week website to see real-time event updates and confirmations as they become available and monitor our countdown clock at http://milwaukeebeerweek.com/.

 WHEN: 5th Annual Milwaukee Beer Week         Saturday, April 26 – Saturday, May 3

WHERE: Milwaukee, WI 

Inaugural Craft Beverage Expo to Address “Craft as Community” in Opening General Session

San Jose, CA – Producers of Craft Beverage Expo, the highly anticipated trade show and conference created to unite the growing artisan wine, beer, spirits and cider industry, today announced details surrounding the Opening General Session to take place on Tuesday, May 6th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the San Jose Convention Center. Themed “Craft as Community – A Brooklyn Case Study,” the session will explore the importance of collaboration among participants within the craft industry to collectively continue building consumer excitement, momentum and demand.

The session will be moderated by Steve Hindy, Co-Founder, Chairman and President of The Brooklyn Brewery, which distributes its beers in 25 states and 20 countries, and was named as one of America’s top 25 breweries. Hindy is also the author of Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery and The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink.

“All of us craft beverage entrepreneurs share a commitment to the traditions of our craft and to the communities we serve,” states Steve Hindy. “We all celebrate local culture and we strive to be part of that culture. Our products say something about who we are and where we came from. The Craft Beverage Expo is an opportunity to share our stories with like-minded people.”

American Craft Beer Week® (May 12-18, 2014)

WHAT: For the ninth consecutive year, the Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) a celebration of U.S. craft brewers. From May 12May 18, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the craft beer revolution via hundreds of events that showcase the innovative and economic contributions of today’s small and independent brewers. Across all 50 states, craft breweries, brewpubs and retail partners, will host exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, multi-course pairing dinners, collaboration beers, retail promotions and much more.

WHEN: Monday, May 12–Sunday, May 18, 2014

WHERE: Here. There. Everywhere. Visit the official American Craft Beer Week events calendar, hosted by CraftBeer.com, for a full – and growing – list of local celebrations in all 50 states.

 WHY: With more than 2,700 craft breweries and hundreds more popping up across the country every year, the observance of ACBW is more relevant than ever. It’s a time to both honor and celebrate the art and tradition of small brewers.

ACBW gives beer beginners, beer enthusiasts and beer geeks in all 50 states the chance to share the renaissance of flavorful, appealing, world-class craft beer produced by American small businesses—the backbone of this country. For the last three years, ACBW was celebrated by breweries, brewpubs and retailers in all 50 states. Last year, more than 55,000 beer lovers were part of the Facebook community and the hashtag #ACBW was used more than 26,000 times in the month leading up to and during the week. With the continued interest in and growing popularity of craft beer, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.

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The Right Place establishes statewide hop growers network

Regional non-profit economic development organization The Right Place announces that it, along with regional partners and statewide hop growers, has established the Michigan Hop Network, a non-profit association dedicated to improving and promoting Michigan’s developing hop-growing market.

With initial support from a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, The Right Place and its partners have worked tirelessly for the past year to bring together Michigan’s hop growers and craft brewers with the goal of strengthening the state’s craft brewing supply chain. This week, the group’s founding members approved the association’s bylaws, elected a board of directors and officers, and filed paperwork with the State of Michigan for official non-profit status.

The new membership-based network will provide a variety of services and support to its members and the Michigan hop industry, including:

•         Conducting educational programming and instruction on commercial hop growing and processing in Michigan
•         Facilitating best practice exchanges, sharing of techniques and knowledge
•         Enlisting the support of Michigan higher education institutions for research and development of hop horticulture and processing
•         Promoting and marketing the utilization of Michigan hops
•         Partnering with other organizations to advance the interest of Michigan hop growers and craft brewing

“Craft brewers have been very supportive and clear in their message to us in saying it’s all about quality and consistency of the hops,” stated Jeff Steinman, Owner, Hop Head Farms, and Board Chair, Michigan Hop Network. “As our industry continues to build in Michigan, growing and producing quality hop products will be critical to long-term success. Our goal is to ensure that Michigan growers and processors produce amazing products and establish Michigan as a destination for quality hops.”

Although most of the 30,000 acres of hop farms across the nation are centered in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, Michigan hops are quickly becoming a strategic advantage for many craft brewers throughout the Midwest. According to information from the Michigan State University Extension, there were over 200 acres of commercial hops grown in Michigan in 2013, with over 100 more acres planned for 2014. To support the growing acreage in Michigan, 10 harvesting centers (called picking centers) and 8 processing operations are now established throughout the state.

“If Michigan growers can provide high-quality hops and provide consistency in quantity, the sky is the limit for our industry here,” stated Rick Chapla, Vice President of Business Development, The Right Place, Inc. “The Michigan Hop Network supports this emerging industry in the state, and provides the collaboration and education needed to its members.”

Over the next several months, the new board of directors will further refine the association, establish a regular meeting schedule and approving membership applications. Parties associated with the production or distribution of hops or beer in the State of Michigan interested in membership can contact The Right Place at info@rightplace.org.

For more information visit: www.rightplace.org
 

Pucker Up for Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse

A refreshingly sour German-style wheat beer will join brewery’s year-round lineup this week

Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse, the first beer to join Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s year-round lineup in more than two years, started with a brewing mishap.

In the initial steps of brewing a batch of Lawnmower, nobody had noticed that half of the malt ended up on the floor rather than in the mill. The result was 136 barrels of half strength wort, and brewer Stephen Rawlings had two choices: dump it all or pull 10 gallons off and see if he could make something out of it. He put the 10 gallons into a carboy, topped it off with a bottle of funky Belgian beer known to have lots of bacteria in it, and stuck it in the boiler room to sour for a couple of days. Then he boiled it, let it ferment normally and the happy result is what is now being called Boiler Room Berliner Weisse.

The brewers’ efforts to make lemonade out of lemons resulted in a slightly tart, relatively low alcohol beer (3.5% ABV) that will be released on draft on Wednesday, March 19th, followed by 22-ounce bottles on Monday, March 24th.

Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse is the first new beer in the brewery’s year-round lineup since the introduction of Saint Arnold Endeavour in February 2012. Rawlings was also the mastermind behind Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 13, Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 4 and Saint Arnold Weizenbock – all small batch brews.

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