Thursday, February 28, 2013

“Cascade Cup” Awarded To Hop Grower Van Horn Farms


Ft. Collins, Co – The Hop Quality Group, a non-profit organization pursuing the mission of promoting open communication between Craft Brewers and hop growers, today announced Van Horn Farms as the winner of the Cascade Cup. The Cascade Cup is awarded each year to the hop grower whose sample of Cascade hops demonstrates excellence in quality to a panel of judges representing the 14 craft brewers involved in the Hop Quality Group.

Judging of 14 cuts of dried whole flower Cascade samples was carried out in the research and development department of Sierra Nevada Brewery, who were playing host to the 57th Annual American Hop Convention and Hop Research Council Winter Meeting. The judges, who between them represented nearly two centuries of hop evaluation experience, probed, pressed, rubbed and sniffed the hops for an hour before declaring a winner. Van Horn Farms emerged victorious, with Golden Gate Farms (S.S. Steiner) as 1st Runner-up and Sodbuster Farms as 2nd Runner-up.

The first US-bred hop to be released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s hop breeding program, Cascade was made commercially available in 1971. Within 15 years it became popular within the nascent American craft brewing industry, eventually coming to nearly define the flavor American “microbrewed” beer in the 1990s. The Cascade hop remains a backbone of American craft beer hop character. The aromatics of the Cascade hop can be described as bright, floral and citrusy, with notes of grapefruit and pine needles.

“Van Horn’s Cascades didn’t necessarily have the biggest, boldest aromatics on the table, but instead showed great intensity, finesse and a wonderful balance of the best elements we look for in Cascades. They were really beautiful,” said judge Val Peacock, a renowned hop researcher working with the Hop Quality Group.

Van Horn Farms was started in 1904 by a French Canadian family in Moxee, WA, and remains a family affair that still works some of its original acreage (and much more), growing Palisade®, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops.

The Cascade Cup trophy, a giant 14-inch hop cone hand-fashioned in glowing green glass and acrylic, was a delightful surprise to the assembled hop merchants and brewers in the Big Room at Sierra Nevada. “It looks like the top of a building”, said one.

The Hop Quality Group is a non-profit organization formed in 2010. The HQG’s work emphasizes research and development and best practices for hop cultivation and processing. Current members of the Hop Quality group are: Bell’s, Boulevard, Brooklyn, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Full Sail, New Belgium, New Glarus, Odell, Russian River, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Schlafly and Stone Brewing Co.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

7 Seas Ballz Deep Double IPA – 7 Seas Brewing Company – Gig Harbor, WA


Some would say that it’s about time that I review something a little more local. Although I tend to focus on West Coast Beers, I do call Washington State home, so why am I not featuring more local brews? Well, the course that I’m on blows like the wind, but I’m proud to say that I’ve finally gotten around to sampling the best that Gig Harbor’s 7 Seas Brewing Company has to offer…their Ballz Deep Double IPA. Gig Harbor is known for it’s fantastic harbor, the local artists and authors, and also for it’s very own Craft Brewery…the 7 Seas Brewing Company. Let’s take a closer look at the brew.

THE BEER:

Ballz Deep is a classic Double IPA. Mostly packed with Pale Ale Malt, it also features copious amounts of Crystal Malt. The marriage produces a firm, sweet malt flavor, while the Yakima Valley Hops provide a ridiculous amount of bitterness, flavor and aroma. This brew is to be savored slowly and deliberately, allowing your senses to be tickled and blown away by the brews layers.

THE STATS:

Original Gravity: 19.0 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 3.25-3.75 Plato
Alcohol by Volume: 8.4%
IBUs: Approximately 82

AVAILABILITY:

16-ounce tall-boy cans
1/2-gallon growlers filled at the Tap Room
On tap at various fine establishments
Kegs - limited availability

THE BREWERY:

In 2008, two gentlemen by the names of Travis Guterson and Mike Runion sought to open a brewery that focused on innovation, a well-crafted product and a strong commitment to the environment. The results were The 7 Seas Brewery, and since then, few can argue that they have cracked the code on producing some truly fantastic beer.

Although the original location was the victim of a horrible fire, they have since relocated to an awesome 3000 square foot building in the heart of the Harbor. Since that relocation, it has been nothing but success for these two visionaries.

The 7 Seas ultimate mission has always been to provide their patrons with the “proper pint”. We’re not talking about your run of the mill craft beer, but instead a truly inspiring pint of beer that will keep patrons returning over and over again. In this capacity, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. If you build it right…they will come.

Their mission is clear; “to create a beer that strikes a perfect harmony between all it’s variables, including, but not limited to; appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, malt complexity and hop flavor/bitterness”.

SUCCESS!!!

At 7 Seas, you get your beer in a can instead of a bottle. This is due to the fact that cans protect beer better from the sunlight, unlike clear bottles. Cans are simply a better way to package beer if freshness is your goal. They’re also easier to recycle, which is a prime concern for this environmentally friendly brewery.

STEWARDSHIP:

7 Seas are a truly GREEN Brewery. Their efforts include:

-       Reducing their carbon footprint through efficient operations
-       Responsible packaging and recycling
-       Recycling spent grain by sending it to local farmers as livestock feed
-       Minimizing waste and encouraging patrons to do the same

THE WEBSITE:


THE REVIEW:

The first thing that catches your eye when you purchase this brew is the packaging. Although it does come in cans, your typical plastic wrapping does not bind them, but rather an intricate suspension system that personifies their continued commitment to the environment. The pour was beautiful producing a nice string head, and a deep promising color. The first sip is luxurious in the amount of hops, but not as bitter as you might think. I wouldn’t suggest that you gulp it down, but as a brew to be enjoyed, there is no substitute. This is probably the best beer that I’ve had in years. You must seek it out.

THE RATING:

10/10 – Fantastic


Arbor Brewing Company, India’s First American Craft Brewery, Now Open


Bangalore, India 1/18/13 — Arbor Brewing Company India opened its doors on December 1, 2012 to a teeming city of 9 million thirsting for good beer.  The brewery is literally a dream come true for Bangalore native Gaurav Sikka who fell in love with craft beer at the Arbor Brewing Company Pub & Eatery while studying at the University of Michigan.

Upon returning to his hometown after college, Sikka discovered an India on the cusp of its own craft brewery renaissance. Much like in the US, the march of the 20th century saw the consolidation of India’s beer market into the hands of fewer and fewer large players.  The production of ales had all but ceased across the country by the 1960s leaving a couple dozen huge breweries mass-producing a mere handful of generic-tasting lager-style beers. Sound familiar?

With the recent passage of brewpub laws across India, small pub breweries are now opening their doors to the eager beer-drinking masses in Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and beyond in the first ripple in a tidal wave of craft beer that is certain to wash over the sub-continent over the next two decades.

Sikka first contacted ABC owners Matt and Rene Greff in 2009 when it appeared that a brewpub law in the state of Karnataka was on the horizon.  When the Greffs visited Sikka to get a feel for the country and to talk about the possibility of forming a partnership, they were surprised to discover a new generation of western-educated, upwardly mobile Indians no longer willing to settle for generic mass-produced domestic beers or over-priced imports pushed out by huge suppliers.

According to ABC founder and head brewer Matt Greff, “there is a rapidly expanding market of beer drinkers emerging in India’s densely populated urban centers who are craving the fresh, all-natural, hand-crafted, locally-brewed, world-class beer that until the past couple of years had been unavailable to them.”

Arbor Brewing Company is one of the craft beer pioneers helping to introduce a new world of flavors, styles, and creativity to Indian beer lovers and connoisseurs with the opening of their beer-centric 12,000 square foot brewpub in the heart of Bangalore’s bustling commercial district.

ABC India features a classic American pub menu with burgers, pizza, nachos, salads and pastas with an authentic American flare often enhanced with a spicy Indian twist.  the beer line-up includes many of ABC’s award-winning recipes from home (including the Bollywood Blonde – a hybrid style biere de garde spiced with orange peel and coriander; Michael Faricy’s Irish Stout, Bangalore Bliss – hefeweizen; Big Ben Pale Ale, Phatt Abbot Tripel, and the Sacred Cow IPA – renamed Raging Elephant for the Indian market) plus a few specialties developed especially for the Indian palate (like the Chai PA, Garam Masala Pale Ale, and Pineapple Blonde).

The Greffs will be joining head brewer Logan Schaedig in Bangalore in February and March to fill the tanks and host a series of beer tasting and media events to officially kick off the new venture.  The brewery will be launching 7 beers at an invitation-only event on 21 February at 7:00 and then the beers will be available to the public on 22 February.

Contact Info

Company: Arbor Brewing Company
Contact: Rene Greff

The Washington Brewers Guild presents the 2013 WASHINGTON CASK BEER FESTIVAL


2013 WASHINGTON CASK BEER FESTIVAL

Saturday March 30, 2013
12-4pm & 6-10pm
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

(Seattle, WA) February 19, 2013 - The Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival on Saturday, March 30. After selling out for several years in a row at the previous venue the event will move to the much larger Seattle Center Exhibition Hall to accommodate more cask enthusiasts this year.

The move to a larger venue is quite an accomplishment for an event with a rather humble beginning. The Cask Festival was conceived by a handful of Guild member breweries back when many beer drinkers were still unfamiliar with cask-conditioned beer. The inaugural event was held at Hale’s Ales Brewery in 2000 with less than 15 Washington breweries and was attended by just a few hundred guests. Today cask beer is widely appreciated by many craft beer enthusiasts and its growing popularity is evident in the number of breweries and pubs that host cask nights on a regular basis.

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall can accommodate nearly 1,500 people per session, almost doubling the previous years’ attendance. But not this year. The supply of cask-conditioned beer is still rather limited and although more and more breweries make cask beer these days many do not have enough cooperage to provide enough beer for a crowd of that size. For this year’s event the attendance goal is set at 1,000 people per session, about 25% increase over 2012, and the event hopes to grow gradually over the next few years. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the event it is still expected to sell out again, even at the larger venue. Early advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, especially for the first session.

The Cask Festival is presented by the Washington Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers. Dozens of Guild members recently gathered in Olympia for their annual “Hill Climb” to visit the state legislators and ask for their support of the Washington brewing industry. There are more than 190 breweries in Washington State and they employ more than 3,500 individuals, generating a significant economic impact on the state’s economy.

The Cask Festival will host two sessions; from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm on Saturday, March 30. Admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the door, if tickets are still available. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes. Tickets are available online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org and at select ticket outlets.

WASHINGTON CASK BEER FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 30, 2013 Ÿ 12-4pm & 6-10pm Ÿ Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

DATE

Saturday, March 30, 2013

HOURS

Session 1: 12-4 pm

Session 2: 6-10 pm

Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins. Taps close 30 minutes before closing.

Separate tickets required for each session

LOCATION

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109

ADMISSION

$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door, if still available. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes.

Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID to be admitted.

Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.

Tickets are on sale online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org and at select outlets; 99 Bottles (Federal Way), Bottleworks (Seattle), Full Throttle Bottles (Seattle), and Malt & Vine (Redmond)

BEERS

Washington Cask Beer Festival is a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. The event features one-of-a-kind handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from over 40 Washington breweries. To stay true to the tradition of cask-conditioned beer the Festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. Poured by gravity the result is smooth ale with a thick creamy head that brings out subtle, nuanced flavors.

HERBERT’S LEGENDARY CASK FEST ALE

Also serving is Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale, a special cask beer brewed collectively by the Washington brewers in memory of Bert Grant, a legendary Washington beer icon. This year’s Herbert’s will be brewed at Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside in collaboration with other Central Washington area breweries. Herbert’s will be available at the Cask Festival as well as select pubs prior to the event.

FOOD

There will be a few snack options available for purchase that are perfect accompaniments to a wide array of cask-conditioned beers; Dante’s Inferno Dogs (assortment of hot dogs), Brave Horse Tavern (house-made pretzels and accompanying sauces), and Mt. Townsend Creamery (assortment of artisan cheeses).

BENEFICIARY

Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers.



New Prosperity IPA to Benefit Whole Planet Foundation


Now available at Whole Foods Market Bellevue, in Bellevue, WA; $1 of each bottle purchased donated to Whole Planet Foundation

What:

Beginning Saturday, February 23, craft beer enthusiasts can give back by buying a new, limited edition beer from Two Beers Brewing Co! Only available at Whole Foods Market Bellevue, our Prosperity IPA is a flavorful 8.4 percent ABV IPA infused with mango, peaches and marigold, then dry hopped with Palisade, Columbus and Simcoe hops. Now available in 22-ounce bottles, $1 of each bottle sold will be donated by Whole Foods Market to the Whole Planet Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization that funds poverty alleviation worldwide by providing microcredit opportunities in communities that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products, with a focus on the developing world.

With tastings in store every Saturday through the end of March, bottles are available for $5.99 each at Whole Foods Market Bellevue. Shoppers can also pick up a Whole Planet Foundation pint glass for just $2.99, with 100% proceeds benefitting the foundation.

Prosperity IPA will also be available at Two Beers Brewing’s tasting room – The Woods – with $1 of each pint sold donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

When:

Available beginning Saturday, February 23; available in store and at the Two Beers Brewing tasting room while supplies last!

Where:

Whole Foods Market Bellevue
888 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Who:

This event is open to the public; Prosperity IPA is available for purchase by anyone 21+

More:

Visit the Two Beers Brewing Facebook page or Whole Foods Market Bellevue website for more information about Prosperity IPA. For more information about Whole Planet Foundation, visit www.wholeplanetfoundation.org.

About:

Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonals and a host of intricate infusions in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Left Hand Brewing Hosts Inaugural Beer Fest & Ski/Board Competition


(LONGMONT, CO) – Heck Yeah!  Left Hand Brewing Co. is proud to introduce Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam on March 23rd in Longmont, Colorado.  The new winter event will feature 23 of Colorado’s finest craft breweries alongside a 25 ft. high ski ramp at Left Hand’s brewery location from    2-7p.m.  Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam will bring the best Colorado has to offer in a family friendly winter wonderland loaded with skis & snowboards,  great music, local food, and craft beer.  Hops & Handrails will benefit 3 different nonprofits, A Woman’s Work, SOS Outreach, and the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Doors open at two with many of Colorado’s great riders showing off their airs, grabs, spins, and flips.  Your junior riders need a little help?  Bring the kids to our Satellite Starts kid zone with boards and skis for riders as young as 2 years.  Riders interested can register starting February 1st via email to Goldberg@lefthandbrewing.com.  Competition gets going at 3:30pm.

In between watching the Rail Jam, attendants can sample a wide variety of beer from Colorado’s finest craft breweries. The Beer Fest kicks off at 2 p.m. for a 3 hour tasting session featuring Left Hand, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, and 20 more local breweries. A $35 tasting cup allows you unlimited tasting during the session.

Tickets to the Beer Fest & Rail Jam are available online for $30 and will be $35 at the door. Entrance to just the Rail Jam is available at the door only for $5, with all the proceeds going to our nonprofits. (The beer fest will be located inside the event campus).

“An event of this magnitude couldn’t happen without widespread community support.  Special thanks to Del’s Masonry, Winter Park Resort, Burton Snowboards and Satellite Board Shop for making Hops & Handrails come together,” Josh Goldberg,  Event Chair said. “We look forward to making this a winter tradition.”


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Brewery Profile - Elliott Bay Brewing Company in Burien, WA


The owners of Elliott Bay Brewing Company met while working at Maritime Pacific Brewing in the mid-1990s. Todd Carden and Brent Norton forged a friendship over beers and discovered that they shared a dream of owning and operating their own brewpub. While working at Maritime Pacific, they also met a brewer named Doug Hindman. In 1997, the first Elliott Bay Brewing location opened in West Seattle. With Hindman making the beer, Carden and Norton brought their dream to life. The rest is history.

The West Seattle brewpub soon earned the hearts of the locals. Conveniently situated in the junction business district, otherwise known as downtown West Seattle, Elliott Bay Brewery Pub quickly became known to locals simply as “the pub.” Not only did they build a reputation based on the award-winning beer, but the pub is also known for its great food and outstanding service. The casual, neighborhood atmosphere is perfect for the neighborhood – a family-friendly destination for an affordable, tasty lunch or dinner accompanied by great beers.

Eventually, Carden and Norton realized that the Elliott Bay Brewing Company formula was ready to be exported to other Seattle neighborhoods. In 2007, Elliott Bay Brewing opened its second brewpub – in the heart of downtown Burien. In 2012, a third location was added in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood. Each of the locations offers the same recipe for success: great beer, great food, and great service. Each of the locations has it's own brewery. All three of the brewpubs feature beers from the others, but focus on house-made beers.

For information about all three of the brewpubs, visit the Elliott Bay Brewing Company online at www.elliottbaybrewing.com

BURIEN

Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
255 SW 152nd St.
Burien, WA 98166
206-246-4211


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Epic Brewing to Launch in Washington


Salt Lake City, UT, February 20th – After almost three years in business, Epic Brewing is set to expand its reach to Washington State with a line of 17 brews.  Epic is currently available in twelve states, including the District of Columbia.

The Washington launch will take place over the course of several days, from Tuesday, February 26th through Friday, February 27th, in the Seattle/Tacoma area.  Epic’s National Sales Manager, Michael Malachowski, and Pacific Northwest Sales Rep, Eric Wilderson, will be in attendance at the events.

“We have been excited to launch in Washington for quite a while,” said Epic’s co-founder, Dave Cole, “And with the opening of our Denver facility close at hand, we felt the timing was finally right.”

The first event will take place at the Pine Box in Seattle on Tuesday, February 26th at 6pm, with seven different Epic brews available on draft.  On Wednesday, February 27th at 5pm, Epic representatives will be at Pint Defiance in Tacoma with four brews on draft and 22oz bottles available as well.  On Thursday, February 28that 5pm, Beer Junction in West Seattle will host a Brewers Night and on Friday, March 1st at 5pm, Bottleworks in Seattle will host the final event, also a Brewers Night.

“We are really looking forward to launching our beers in Seattle/Tacoma,” said Epic’s National Sales Manager, Michael Malachowski.  “A lot of people have been asking when Epic would be available in Washington and we are thrilled to finally be able to make this announcement.”

Alpha Beer Distributing located in Kent, WA will handle distribution in Washington.


Sacramento Beer Week Launches Fourth Year of Celebrating Local Beer


SACRAMENTO (February 13, 2013) – The 4th Annual Sacramento Beer Week (SBW) will be held from February 22 – March 3, 2013. Throughout the Sacramento Valley, breweries, pubs, restaurants and other beer-loving businesses will celebrate Sacramento craft beer culture and Northern California’s legacy as the birthplace of the modern craft beer movement.

Last year, more than 100 businesses hosted beer tastings, tap takeovers from visiting breweries, beer dinners, food pairings and more. SBW is anchored by the Capital Beerfest on March 2 at Cal Expo, where thousands of beer fans will sample from almost 100 breweries to benefit the Runnin’ for Rhett Foundation. New features this year will include a cocktail competition from the Sacramento Bartenders Guild and several exclusive collaborative beers from local breweries. A new beer magazine, Hops to Table, has been introduced to chronicle Sacramento’s craft beer scene.

SBW organizers have also introduced a local campaign to promote responsible drinking. “Drink Safely Sacramento will use social marketing strategies to reduce the harm from drinking alcohol,” says Dan Scott, founder and executive director of Sacramento Beer Week. “We aim to make Sacramento safer, improve people’s lives and maybe even save a few.”

Sacramento has ten beer producers within city limits, another fifteen less than an hour away and eight new regional breweries scheduled to open in 2013. “Sacramento Beer Week and the caliber of locally-produced craft beers are yet another example that help to illustrate the reality of Sacramento’s designation as the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America,” said Steve Hammond, president and CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The region’s heritage of quality craft beer production is second to none and, as showcased during SBW, provides an additional element to the culinary reputation that continues to grow both inside and outside of the Sacramento region.”

Glynn Phillips, owner of Rubicon Brewing and president of the Northern California Brewers Guild, was an early supporter of the event. “Sacramento Beer Week has helped to elevate the presence and importance of craft beer in our region. Rubicon has been here for 25 years and I am still surprised at how many people learn of our beer through Sacramento Beer Week.” Scott credits the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. “The success of Sacramento Beer Week comes from the hard work of our craft beer community.

We should all be proud that Sacramento is now a major destination for craft beer lovers from around the world. Sacramento is a boomtown for craft beer and fans are happily drinking it down.”

Complete information is available at www.SacramentoBeerWeek.com and www.CapitalBeerfest.com.

Contact Info

Company: (916) 743-6565
Contact: Dan Scott

 

2013 Beer Week Events at Portsmouth Brewery: Feb. 22 – March 3


It’s Beer Week time again! Portsmouth’s bars, restaurants and breweries will be hosting a smorgasbord of special events from February 23-March 4.

Being the first brewery in Portsmouth since 1950, we’re always a little extra excited when Portsmouth Beer Week comes back around.  A lot has happened in the Seacoast beer scene since we opened in 1991, which means there’s a lot to celebrate.  Back then; no one even brewed an IPA…

Since we don’t sell beer off premise, all of our events are happening in the pub, which gives us a great chance to change things up a bit.

Wanna step behind the glass and see our brewery up close?  You can take a brewery tour everyday at 3pm for the duration of beer week.  As always, the tours are free and all tour-goers get a coupon for a half-priced sampler paddle.

We’re also excited to announce a Portsmouth Brewery Tap Takeover!  It will last all week and it’s happening right in our own bar.  That’s right, this is the one of the rare times when we can offer ten house-brewed beers direct from our serving tanks. No guest taps this week!

The rest of our schedule is a bit different than in past years. Instead of releasing one beer at the end of the week; we’ve got FOUR different collaborations brews coming out over two days.  The beers will be available on tap when we open in the morning, but each collaborating brewer will join Tyler in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge from 6pm-8pm to meet, greet and share samples of one of their own beers, as well as their collaboration brew.  There will also be Chef Todd-created food pairings for each beer. Check ‘em out:

Wednesday, February 27 from 6pm-8pm

-Oatmeal Pale Ale brewed with Rik Marley from Flying Goose Brew Pub. This golden-colored pale ale gets a soft, yet full mouthfeel from oats in the mash, while healthy doses of Simcoe and Zythos hops add a hefty hop pop.  This beer tips the scales at a modest 5.5% and will be paired with cheddar and corn fritters.

-The first of two Seacoast collaborations was brewed with Annette Lee, co-owner and brewer at Throwback Brewery in Hampton.  Holy Molé Porter is a chocolate, molé-spiced porter made exclusively with regionally grown and Massachusetts-malted Valley Malts, cinnamon, cumin and locally-grown jalapeño peppers that were smoked at Throwback (a process we like to call chipotle-ization).  Chef Todd will be serving molé-braised chicken taquitos alongside this 6.8% beer.

Thursday, February 28 from 6pm-8pm

-Cirque de Citron was brewed with Tim Adams from Maine’s newest craft beer cool kid, Oxbow Brewing Company. This dark saison was brewed with Buddha hand, citron (both are exotic citrus fruits) and Chinese long pepper in the kettle plus lots of Amarillo hops in the hopback.  Tyler says this one is a bit more heavy duty, at 7.9%.  Imagine how tasty this will be alongside a crispy spring roll stuffed with Vietnamese-spiced tofu and veggies!

-Last but not least, new-kid-on-the-Seacoast, Great Rhythm Brewing, teamed with Tyler to brew a wheat stout, named Total Eclipse of the Stout.  This 6%, black beauty has an unusual grain.  All the color and body in this beer comes from specialty wheat; which means no specialty barley malts were added to the mash.  Homemade hazelnut brittle studded with chocolate-covered cacao nibs will accompany “TEOTS.”

We hope you will join us in celebrating Portsmouth Beer Week 2013.  There’s a lot going on, so come on out and lift a pint.

We’ll see you at the pub!

For more information about Smuttynose’s Portsmouth Beer Week events, check out their blog post.  The rest of 2013s Portsmouth Beer Week events can be found on the official website: http://2beerguys.com/portsbeerweek/.


Friday, February 22, 2013

5th Annual New York City Beer Week


Now under the direction of the New York City Brewers Guild, the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week (February 22 – March 3, 2013) will bring together 12 NYC craft breweries, nationally and internationally renowned breweries, tons of beloved NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for the premier craft beer spectacle of the year. Celebrated events such as NYC Brewer’s Choice 2013, The 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now Fest, and The 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival will return as part of this year’s Beer Week. The week also features brand new boutique craft beer events, celebrity chef food & beer pairing dinner menus, educational tours, and ambitious tap takeovers from NYC Guild Brewers and beyond.

5th Annual New York City Beer Week Signature Events

Friday, Feb. 22: NYC Beer Week Opening Night Bash
Galapagos Art Space: 16 Main Street, Brooklyn | 7 – 10 pm | $45

Ticket price includes an official NYC Beer Week 2013 tasting glass, and unlimited beer tastings from over 20 American craft breweries. NYC Brewers Guild members and other acclaimed breweries will pour their latest craft beers.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: NYC Brewers Choice 2013
City Winery: 155 Varick Street, NYC | 6 – 10 pm | $60

Join 20+ brewers who will each personally pour his/her most special beers alongside a thoughtful food pairing provided by NYC chefs and artisanal food producers. Dave Broderick (Blind Tiger, Beer Sessions Radio) and Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43) carefully curate the list of brewers and food purveyors to present their favorite specialty beers and artisan treats. Scott Vaccaro, owner/head brewer of Captain Lawrence Brewing, is the keynote speaker.

Sunday, March. 3: NYC Beer Week Closing Party
La Birreria at Eataly: 200 Fifth Ave., NYC | 12 – 4 pm

The official closing event will showcase various beers from NYC Guild breweries paired with food selections from Eataly’s lunch menu. It’s a pay-as-you-go event; there’s no fixed price. Reservations can be made via UrbanSpoon.
Beer Week Special Events

Saturday, Feb. 23: Bronx Ale House Presents Rare & Barrel-Aged NY State Breweries Tasting
Bronx Ale House | 216 W. 238th St., Bronx

Beer list will feature rare and barrel-aged beers from NY State breweries.

Saturday, February 23 – 26: d. b. a. Brooklyn Presents The 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival
113 N. 7th St., Brooklyn

More than a dozen specialty casks will be tapped simultaneously over the four-day festival. The event will include the “Mega Beer Raffle” fundraiser featuring lots of rarities and vintage bottles. All raffle proceeds will benefit the family of the late Ray Deter, founding partner of d.b.a. Cash Bar.

Saturday, Feb. 23 – March 2: Urban Oyster Tours

- Brewed in Brooklyn Tour: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2, 2013 (12 pm – 3:30 pm, $60)
- Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl of Williamsburg: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 (1 pm – 4 pm,    
   $65)
- Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl of East Village: Feb. 28 (3 pm – 6 pm, $65)
- Brewery, Winery, & Distillery Tour: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 (12 pm – 3:30 pm, $70)
   Tickets available at urbanoyster.com, 347-618-8687

Monday, Feb. 25: Blue Smoke Presents Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner
Battery Park City: 255 Vesey St., NYC | 7 pm | $80

Blue Smoke and Captain Lawrence Brewing come together for a standout beer dinner showcasing a special food & craft beer pairing menu.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Resto NYC Beer Dinner w/ Shmaltz Brewing, Captain Lawrence, and Empire Brewing
111 East 29th St., NYC | 7 – 10 pm | $70

Executive Chef Preston Clark will design a 3 – 4 course food pairing menu with standout craft beers from Shmaltz Brewing, Captain Lawrence, and Empire Brewing. Resto will shape the menu to uniquely compliment beers from these fine local breweries. Selections will include Funky Jewbelation (Shmaltz), Hop Manna (Shmaltz), White Aphro (Empire), and Golden Delicious (Captain Lawrence).

 Tuesday, Feb. 26: Applewood Beer Dinner w/ Kelso Beer Co.
501 11th St., NYC | 7 pm

Kelso Beer Co. and Applewood will incorporate all facets of the beer production process into this farm-to-brewery-to-table dinner. It’ll feature 5 – 6 courses with dishes such as Beer Poached Sausages, Beer Braised Short-ribs, and even some brewery fresh spent grain pretzel rolls sweetened with malt syrup from the brewery. Kelso Beer List: Pils, Nut Brown Lager, Rauchbier, Pale Ale, and Cabernet Aged Industrial IPA.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Sycamore Presents Kelso Brewery Night
1118 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn | 7 pm | Cash Bar

Kelso Beer Co. will showcase their latest craft beer releases.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: Idle Hands Bar Presents NY State Breweries Tasting from Ommegang
Barrier Brewing & More + Bourbon | 25 Ave. B, NYC | $10

Beer list will feature selections from exclusively NY State breweries.

Saturday, March 2: Get Real Beer & Alewife Presents “The 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now” Local Beer and Pork Festival
5-14 51st Ave., Long Island City | 12 – 10 pm | $40

“aPORKalypse Now” will feature 10 pigs, all local breweries, cask ale, beer and food pairings, and a special VIP hour.

Saturday, March 2: Jimmy’s No. 43 Presents Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree
43 East 7th St., NYC | 12 – 3 pm | $35

Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree will be hosted by craft beer author Josh Bernstein (Brewed Awakening), and will feature 14 homebrew creations curated by Bernstein and Jimmy’s No. 43 brunch treats.

Saturday, March. 2: Taproom 307 Presents NY State Breweries Tasting
307 3rd Ave., NYC

Beer list will feature selections from exclusively NY State breweries.

March 2 – 3: Mugs Ale House Presents Split Thy Skull XIV
125 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn | Cash Bar

Mugs Ale House will pour around 20 beers each day that are 8% ABV and over. The 2-day event will feature a cask of Blood Brothers IPA, brewed by Brooklyn Brewery for their 20th Anniversary. Lineup will be announced soon at mugsalehouse.com.

Sunday, March 3: Murray’s Cheese Bar Beer Dinner w/ Garrett Oliver
264 Bleecker St., NYC | 5 – 7 pm | $75

Join Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Murray’s resident cheese expert Aaron Foster for a 5-course beer dinner at Murray’s Cheese Bar. Dishes will feature ingredients from Murray’s and be paired with some very special, even “non-existent,” Brooklyn Brewery beers. With Garrett and Aaron sharing their humor and wealth of knowledge as the courses roll out, this event is a treat for both your taste buds and intellect.

The mission of the New York City Brewers Guild is to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through innovative events, programming, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city. The 5th Annual New York City Beer Week continues a beloved citywide celebration of the breadth of exceptional craft beers from around the region and around the world!

The Village Voice partners with The New York City Brewers Guild for the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week. The official Beer Week website will launch in connection with The Village Voice in January 2013.

About the NYCBG:

The New York City Brewers Guild is a pending 501[c]6 non-profit founded to advance New York City’s brewing industry – and thereby lessen human misery. Guild breweries include Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Chelsea Brewing Co., City Island Brewery, La Birreria at Eataly, Harlem Brewing Co., Heartland Brewing Co., KelSo Beer Company, Rockaway Brewing Company, Shmaltz Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery and 508 GastroBrewery.


27th Annual California Festival of Beers


May 24, 2013 5:30 – 8:00 PM & May 25, 2013 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The California Festival of Beers is one of the largest and oldest regional beer festivals in California. This year the Festival will continue in its tradition of unique craft beers, great food, live music, and sunshine. We will host the Festival in the Madonna Inn Meadows, a beautiful expanse of lawn nestled between parks, mountains, and hotels in San Luis Obispo. The event benefits Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, a nonprofit organization providing free services to the community since 1977.

Connoisseur Tasting – May 24th (5:30-8:00 pm) $50.00

Grand Tasting – May 25th (11:00 am-4:00 pm) $75.00

VIP Pass – May 24th (5:30-8:00 pm) and May 25th (11:00 am-4:00 pm) $150.00

Location: Madonna Inn Meadows, 100 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Questions? Please contact Hospice of San Luis Obispo (805) 544-2266

Hope to see you Memorial Weekend to share great beers in the sunshine with good people and fun music!



Contact Info

Company: Hospice of San Luis Obispo
Contact: Kalysa Hamilton

 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

No-Li Brewhouse to Begin Exporting to Sweden


Despite limited distribution in the U.S., Spokane, Wash.-based No-Li Brewhouse announced that it will begin exporting its beer to Sweden.

John Bryant, No-Li’s co-founder, told Brewbound.com that the decision to export the company’s beer over 4,000 miles away from home was largely based on its success in international competitions.

“We know our beer travels well,” he said. “We are winning medals around the globe and this makes a ton of sense for No-Li. It is nice validation for something to be selected for distribution internationally.”

Earning distribution in Sweden is no simple task, Bryant said. Before any imported beer can be sold Sweden, it must pass a rigorous government taste test. And No-Li’s Crystal Bitter ESB and Born & Rasied IPA apparently caught the attention of government officials at last fall’s Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival. 500 cases of IPA and ESB beers will begin their journey to Western Europe on Monday, Bryant said.

No-Li joins a growing list of popular craft beer brands like Stone Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewing and Brooklyn Brewery, whose products are witnessing increased acceptability overseas. In fact, the Brooklyn Brewery’s number two market (behind New York City) is Sweden.

The Brewers Association reported that over 110,000 barrels of beer from American craft breweries was exported in 2011. With over 13,000 barrels imported, Sweden was ranked as the second largest market, behind Canada, on that list.

Bryant expects more U.S. craft breweries to look at exporting as a way to grow overall production volume.

“If No-Li from Spokane can go to Sweden and compete, I bet there are plenty of breweries on the East Coast that can too,” he said. “Maybe there is a larger community to reach beyond our borders.”

Brewery: No-Li Brewhouse


Address:
1003 East Trent Ave
Spokane, Washington 99202-2185
United States


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alabama Brewing Industry Experienced Third Straight Year of Triple-Digit Growth in 2012


The Alabama Brewers Guild has completed its 2013 survey of the Alabama-based brewing industry. With 94% industry participation, the study shows that the brewing industry in Alabama has experienced triple-digit growth each year since 2009.

Participants paid taxes on 19,301 barrels of beer in 2012, up 118% from the previous year. In addition, the breweries and brewpubs participating in the survey directly employed 85 individuals at the end of 2012, up 204% from the previous year. Both categories have seen more than 100% growth annually since 2009. Brewpubs were asked to only include employees participating in beer production, not restaurant staff.

Jason Wilson, Founder of Back Forty Beer Company and President of the Alabama Brewers Guild responded to the results. “It is clear that the craft brewing industry in Alabama has flourished in an otherwise stagnant economy. Right now, our largest concern is growing to meet demand.”

According to Dan Roberts, Executive Director of the Alabama Brewers Guild, the brewing industry in Alabama really began to flourish in 2009 with the passage of the Gourmet Beer Bill. “Small breweries thrive by innovation. Before the law changed in 2009, breweries were prohibited from producing many high-quality and experimental beer styles. There are twelve breweries and brewpubs operating in Alabama right now. Ten of those businesses were created after the laws started changing in 2009.”

Since 2009, other restrictions on beer production have been eased. Roberts continued, “When the current Alabama Code was written in 1975 it simply did not account for microbreweries, but the situation is improving.” Wilson points to a 2011 change that allowed limited on-site sales at production breweries. “These tap rooms are essential in fostering the relationship between brewers and their community.” In addition to local support, microbreweries and brewpubs often serve as prominent tourist attractions for the areas in which they operate.

The explosive growth is expected to continue as the Alabama industry catches up to the national craft beer sector. The study projects a conservative estimate of 38,944 barrels in 2013, up 102% from last year. In addition, the breweries and brewpubs participating in the survey project that the industry will directly employ 189 professionals by the end of 2013, up 122% from last year.
Contact Info

Company: Alabama Brewers Guild
Contact: Dan Roberts

 

Rogue Irish Style Lager – The Rogue Brewery – Newport, OR


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- On this, the anniversary of our 200th review, we at MJTB decided to get back to our roots, as we sampled Rogue's Irish Style Lager. But the journey has just begun. We look forward to the next 200 reviews, as we continue to follow the path of brew. -  Erin go bragh

Saint Patrick’s day is right around the corner. And although it celebrates the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick (AD 385–461), most people see the holiday as an opportunity to march in parades, wear green, the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating, and the drinking of beer. I myself have a heavy Irish background. My family consists of O’Brien’s and O’Reilly’s, and although they make up only a portion of the mix that is my family, on this particularly day, I associate heavily with my ancestral Irish roots. It’s for that reason that I’ve decided to check out Rogue’s Irish Style Lager. Although it’s not brewed in Ireland, it does embody the spirit, as well as a reputation for quality that stems from Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon. Let’s take a look at the brew.

THE BEER:

This would be considered a truly traditional Irish Lager. Back in 1998, Rogue Brewmaster John Maier decided that he wanted to create an Irish style lager that would float Guinness. It had to be perfect, so he truly pour himself into the project. It took him four batches to get it just right. John used acidulated malts imported from Europe that resulted in a crisp, apple flavor profile. The bottle label displays a famous Irish Flutist.

“From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world.”  - Saint Arnold of Metz, The Patron Saint of Brewers

THE SPECS:

12º PLATO
28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond
5.0% ABV

THE BREWERY:

When I think of Craft Breweries, Rogue is the industry standard that others are measured against. Based out of Newport, OR, Rogue beers are available in just about every corner of the United States. They are well known for producing dozens of specialty brews such as their famous Dead Guy Ale, as well as their not-so-famous Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale. Since they began operations out of a basement in 1988, on a scenic little stream called Lithia Creek, they have been pushing boundaries in both creative instincts, as well as the marketing of their products.

But what truly sets them apart from their competitors are the standards that they set for themselves. Rogue sees the brewing process as an art form, which should be given as much attention as possible. To them, it’s not just about profit, but about art as well.

THE WEBSITE:


THE REVIEW:

The beautiful thing about Rogue is that they always seem to get it right. They never try too hard, but instead, always seem to achieve the highest standards of quality, as well as a high degree of attention to detail. Their Irish Style Lager is no exception. The pour was cool and crisp, producing an effervescent head, and a golden coloring promising a light, refreshing beer. I was prepared for the strong scent that usually accompanies a Rogue brew, but instead, I detected very little aroma. The first sip reminded me of an apple orchard, with floral overtones, and a nice citrus finish. It’s light compared to other offerings from Rogue, but the taste and body of the brew made for a nice, refreshing break from the usual heavy beers from Rogue.

RATING:

7.5/10 – Light and refreshing


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Platinum, Platinum, Platinum, Platinum


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (February 18th, 2013) – Rogue recently won four “Best of Show” Platinum awards at the World Beverage Competition. The WBC is the largest competition in the world for beverages, wine, spirits and beer. It is founded on the premise that beverage products should be judged not by the strength of their marketing or the budget of their sales force, but rather on the quality and innovation of the product itself.

The 4 Platinum-winning products (and categories) are:

Morimoto Imperial Pilsner – (IPA/Pilsner)

Chipotle Ale – (Infused/Flavored)

Dead Guy Ale – (Wheat/Rye/White)

Shakespeare Stout – (Porter/Stout/Dark Amber/Brown Ale)

Contact Info

Company: Rogue Ales & Spirits
Contact: Brett Joyce

 

American Brewing Teams Up with Emerald City Comicon


Two Year Anniversary Celebration

Open House & Fundraising Event

Saturday, March 2, 2013 · 1 pm – 11 pm

Live Music · BBQ · New Merchandise · Beer!

American Brewing Company is proud to announce that it will be celebrating its two-year anniversary by hosting an open house (21 and older) Saturday, March 2 from 1 pm – 11 pm at their brewery, located at 180 W. Dayton St., Warehouse 102 in Edmonds, WA. The tasting room will feature live music by local artists Steve Stefanowicz, a rock and blues acoustic performer from 2 pm – 5pm, and Third Train Running, an acoustic blues and folk band from 7 pm – 9 pm. BBQ will be served from 5-7 pm.

Along with their flagship beers-American Blonde, Breakaway IPA and Caboose Oatmeal Stout-American Brewing Company will proudly present their newest release, “Flying Monkey Dogfight Pale Ale”.

“We were presented with a very unique opportunity this year”, says owner, Neil Fallon. “The Emerald City Comicon organizers approached us about brewing an official beer for this year’s convention.” Brewers Skip Madsen and Dan Payson set about creating a perfectly balanced pale ale that has a great citrusy nose. Though hop-forward it finishes dry and will be an excellent session beer at just 5.7% ABV (Alcohol by Volume). “The team at Comicon put all of their creative talent behind the marketing designs,” continues Fallon, “we’ll have limited edition glass growlers, t-shirts, and aluminum growlers for sale at our Anniversary Celebration”. For more information about the Flying Monkey Dogfight Pale Ale, please visit their blog site.

In conjunction with this celebration, they are incorporating a fundraising event for the Edmonds Food Bank. Bring a donation of canned goods and receive raffle tickets for a chance to win American Brewing Company swag, while helping to fill the shelves of the local food bank. “We are currently feeding 1,800 to 2,000 people each week,” says Peggy Kennedy, Director of the Edmonds Food Bank. According to Ms. Kennedy they are providing for approximately 370 families who shop for about a three day supply at each visit. They are in constant need of replenishing their store so any and all donations are gladly accepted.

In its second year of operations, the American Brewing Company:

- Was named “Biggest Overachiever” in the Seattle Met Magazine’s Cheap Eats and Beer issue, July 2012
       
- Brave American Brown Ale was named one of the Best Seasonal Beers in Seattle Magazine, October 2012
       
- Named “Rookie of the Year” at the American Heart Association’s 2012 South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk. An award presented to first-time fundraising companies that demonstrate an outstanding effort as a team in raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Walk.
       
- Was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for their “Polska Porter” making this the second year in a row that they’ve medaled at this prestigious national competition.
      
- Breakaway IPA was listed number one in the Top 10 West Coast IPAs in Beer West Magazine, Winter 2012/2013.

American Brewing Company is extending their hours for this event in the hopes that it will allow everyone a chance to stop by and join in the celebration.