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Beer It Forward this American Craft Beer Week

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Monday, May 15 marks the beginning of American Craft Beer Week 2017. The week celebrates the diversity of the American craft beer scene and strives to educate the uninitiated to the many joys of craft beer. In addition, this year the Brewers Association
— the trade organization dedicated to supporting craft beer brewers — have launched a #BeerItForward campaign.

Simply put, Beer It Forward is a way to do something extra with beer. Its a means to make someone’s day, say thank you for a job well done or just an anonymous gesture that shares the craft beer love with someone else. Beering It Forward could be something as simple as buying a pint for a stranger while at a taproom, bringing a six-pack of special brews to a friend or including extra beer in a trade.  Anything that “pays it forward.”

When someone Beers It Forward to you, document their generosity on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and tag it with #BeerItForward.

Get more information about the concept in the infographic produced by the Brewers Association below.

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Reaction to the Wicked Weed sale to Anhueser-Busch

PubOutsideThe Internet blew up yesterday on the news of Asheville, NC brewery Wicked Weed’s sale to brewing behemoth Anhueser-Busch. The reactions ran the gamut from utter outrage to disbelief to acceptance. Put simply, it was polarizing news that caused Twitter and other social media outlets to virtually explode with opinions on the matter.

Dumping beers from breweries acquired by A-B was a common theme among craft beer bars, package stores and restaurants. Brew Studs, a Twitter account linked to a popular beer blog of the same name tweeted:

Texas sour and funky beer brewer Jester King regularly collaborated with Wicked Weed and even carried Wicked Weed beers in their taproom. But, with the news that broke yesterday, that all changed.

“This has been a difficult day for us. The news that our great friend Wicked Weed Brewing was acquired by AB In-Bev came as quite a shock,” wrote Jester King founder Jefferey Stuffings on his brewery’s website. “One of our core principles is that we do not sell beer from AB In-Bev or its affiliates…”

“Because of this core principle,” Stuffings continued. “It pains us to say that we won’t be carrying Wicked Weed anymore at Jester King. We think Wicked Weed beer is some of the best in the world. Their talent, techniques, and patience produces some of the most beautiful beer we’ve ever tasted. That, combined with their great friendship, is what makes this decision so tough for us. But like we said, our core values must be paramount at the end of the day.”

Denver, Colo. brewery Black Project also pulled out of a collaboration they were working on with WIcked Weed.

“…We will not be able to lend our name to the unfinished collaboration beer currently aging in Asheville, NC.” Black Project owners James and Sarah Howat said on their website. “Additionally, the beer we brewed with Wicked Weed here at Black Project will be blended with other existing aged beer we have on hand to make something totally different which we will not consider a Wicked Weed collaboration.”

Breweries are also pulling out of the Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational, a music and beer festival that benefits an Asheville charity that identifies needs in the community and works to resolve them. Both Jester King and Black Project along with Grimm Artisnal, Jackie O’s, Haw River Farmhouse, OEC, Trillium and Wooden Robot have announced they will not participate as planned.

But the shunning from fellow breweries and beer lovers are not the only consequences Wicked Weed has suffered. The North Carolina Brewer’s Guild stripped the brewery of its voting rights and relegated Wicked Weed to only having the ability to be an affiliate member of the guild.

What are your thoughts on the sale? Is it a business move or is it a sell out?

 

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Beer, Brewery Acquisitions

 

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Cigar City 2017 release dates set

CigarCityBrewingFor many Florida craft beer fans, the brewery that epitomizes great Florida beer is Cigar City Brewing Company. Based in Tampa, the brewery was founded by Joey Redner in 2009 with his flagship brew, Jai Alai IPA. The beer was a hit with beer lovers both locally and throughout the Sunshine state and Redner quickly grew his business.

Today Cigar City is still known for its highly-rated flagship brew, but it is also known for its many specialty releases. Beers like the legendary Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout and Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout cause quite a stir in the craft beer community. So much so that Hunahpu’s has its own release day festival that features more than 100 top-tier breweries bringing their best beers for fans to enjoy. This year, Hunahpu’s Day falls on March 11. Tickets are still available and can only be purchased online at here.

For the rest of Cigar City’s release dates see the calendar below.

January

Nitro Series: El Coco Coconut Flan Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai

February

Nitro Series: El Coco Coconut Flan Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai

March

Nitro Series: Hornswoggled Red Ale

Special Release: Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push

April

Nitro Series: Hornswoggled Red Ale

Special Release: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

May

Nitro Series: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

Special Release: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

June

Nitro Series: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai,

July

Nitro Series: Horchata Tropical Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai

August

Nitro Series: Horchata Tropical Ale

Special Release: Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout

September

Nitro Series: Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Special Release: Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

October

Nitro Series: Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Special Release: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

November

Nitro Series: Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout

Special Release: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

December

Nitro Series: Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout

Special Release: Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout

Visit Cigar City Brewing’s website (www.cigarcitybrewing.com) for more beer information and to find the CCB beer closest to you.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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New survey looks at craft beer drinker habits, attitudes

craftNearly one third of all craft beer drinkers are female and more than two thirds drink less than 10 beers in a two-week period are some of the findings in a new survey released by GutCheck, a Denver, Colo.-based agile market research firm.

Criteria for the survey included both make and female beer drinkers over 21 years of age. Respondents had to have more than $30,000 a year in earnings and must drink both craft and domestic beers. Finally, the respondent must be the primary purchaser of beer in the family or share that responsibility and must have purchased beer within the two weeks prior to taking the survey.

Not surprisingly, the survey found that craft beer drinkers prized variety in their beers with about half of all respondents revealing that they had consumed craft, domestic and imported beers during the review period. But, no single brand ran away with the votes. And, since variety is so valued, no single style of beer significantly dominated the standings. Of the styles surveyed, lager was consumed by 51% of survey-takers with pale ale coming in with 41%, wheat beer came in third with 37%.

Purchasing decisions were most often driven by taste for respondents with grocery stores listed as the top place to buy beer 63% of the time. Word of mouth was also a high scoring category when drinkers were asked how they chose a new beer to try. Liquor stores came in a close second with 62% saying that is where they purchased their beer. Bars and restaurants came in third with 55%.

An overwhelming 80% of craft beer drinkers think of themselves as supporters of local businesses, one third of them believe craft brands acquired by corporate brands are sell-outs. Of those who think brewers that sell to big beer are sell-outs, 26% say they would avoid buying these brands.

Craft brands with the highest awareness among consumers are Sam Adams, Yuengling and Sierra Nevada. Notably, the brand with the highest recognition is not a true craft beer. Blue Moon garnered an 81% for recognition even though it is not technically a craft brand.

Males were the highest number of survey-takers with 35 to 39 grabbing the highest-responding age group. The southern United States responded most often to the survey with the Midwest coming in close second.  Beer consumption within the two weeks prior to taking the survey was required of all counted respondents, but the survey revealed that spirits were consumed by 71% and wine sipped by 60%. Only 37% of respondents drank hard cider.

 

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Beer, Beer News

 

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5 courses, 5 beers at Black Sheep dinner

black-sheep-roof-1-988x768Perhaps the best physical feature of Riverside’s Black Sheep restaurant is its roof-top bar/dining area. Add the inventive flavors of Chef Waylon Rivers’ food and a cold craft beer and you have all the ingredients for a magical evening.

To make just such an evening come true for diners and imbibers, the restaurant has scheduled a roof-top, walk-around tasting dinner paired with beers from the award-winning Aardwolf Brewing Company of San Marco

This is a casual event so come anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28. But, be sure you will have enough time to enjoy five different courses prepared by Chef Waylon Rivers all paired with beers from Aardwolf Brewery.  Cost is $60 plus tax and gratuity.  Please call (904) 380-3091 to make reservations.

Tasting menu and pairings are listed below:

STATION 1
RUBY SIPPER CURED SNAPPER
purslane, peach gel, basil, thai chili
BEER: HIBISCUS-PEACH INFUSED BELGIAN PALE ALE

STATION 2
KUMAMOTO OYSTER
watermelon mignonette, micro coriander
BEER: GOSE

STATION 3
GAMJATANG
smoked pork shoulder, gnocchi, shiso, benne
BEER: FARMHOUSE ALE

STATION 4
RAVIOLI
short rib, truffles, radish, chard
BEER: HOPPODITY #3 IPA

STATION 5
MINI ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
profiteroles, coffee and cocoa nib ice cream, spiced mexican chocolate
BEER: EL MARIACHI

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Beer Dinner

 

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New Belgium adds watermelon beer to summer lineup

new-belgium-brewery-logoWhat is summer without watermelon? I mean really, you remember those childhood days when you eagerly awaited the slicing of the melon and burying your face in the sweet, red flesh, right? Well, the brewers at New Belgium sure do and they have whipped up a refreshing summer brew that embraces the summertime tradition while adding their own unique twist. Heavy Melon, the brewery’s newest entry in the fruit beer category, is a sweet melon infused brew with a touch of tartness.

The brewery’s second summer offering, Juicy Mandarina, takes advantage of citrusy Mandarina Bavaria hops and a hibrid yeast that imparts fruity flavors and accentuates the hoppy flavors of the brew.

Read the official press release below to learn more abut these two summer releases from New Belgium Brewing Co.:

Ft. Collins, Colo., April 27, 2016 – The heat of summer will be here in no time and New Belgium is ready for refreshment with its latest seasonal Heavy Melon. This super crisp and refreshing American-Style Fruit beer is brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus offer an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness.

“Since our first days back in 1991, New Belgium has been crafting fruit beer and Heavy Melon continues our tradition of pushing boundaries, while making creative and innovative beers,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing specialty brand manager. “Heavy Melon uses only real ingredients and even though it’s a watermelon beer, it’s actually born from the same place as other New Belgium favorites like Citradelic, Ranger, and Fat Tire. The pressed watermelon juice we sourced comes from Yakima Valley, the same region that grows almost all our hops.”

Heavy Melon has a juicy, mouthwatering start with a spritzy crisp finish and pours a bright golden color. This medium-light body beer comes in at 5 percent ABV, with 14 IBUs.

Heavy Melon
Style: American-Style Fruit Beer
Malts: Pale and Caramel 80
Hops: Nugget
ABV: 5%
IBU: 14
Food Pairing Ideas: Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic and watermelon; vanilla ice cream.
Availability: now in 12 oz. bottles and draft, starting May 30 in folly packs in 12 oz. cans

To learn more about Heavy Melon, check out New Belgium’s blog “Get Ready to Crush Some Heavy Melon Ale”.

Juicy Mandarina IPA
Also available this summer is Juicy Mandarina IPA. This Hop Kitchen release offers a wave of exotic hop flavors. Juicy Mandarina IPA sports a full array of island hop vibes courtesy of citrusy Mandarina Bavaria, vibrant Calypso, tropical Galaxy, and a bonus experimental hop #522 that rounds out the ensemble with bright, breezy floral notes. Fruity hybrid yeast accentuates the burst of hops, while soft wheat mats float each sip across the tongue with ease.

Juicy Mandarina IPA is 6.5 percent ABV and 65 IBUs. It’s available on draft only.

Juicy Mandarina IPA
Malts: Wheat
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso, Galaxy and experimental hop #522
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 65
Availability: Draft only

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Dogfish Head introduces new saison for summer

PrintSam Calgione of Dogfish Head Brewing Company has always been a rebel in the craft beer industry. His brews are creative, intriguing and often confounding. Beers brewed at the brewery often contain exotic ingredients like rooibos tea from Africa, grape juice infected with noble rot and doum-palm fruit. Not your everyday beer ingredients.

For the summer season, the brewery has introduced a new beer with even more unusual ingredients. Biere De Provence, is a saison brewed with lavender, bay leaf, marjoram and chervil as a nod to the aromatic herbs used in Southern French cuisine.

To learn more abut the brewery’s summer offerings, read the full press release below:

MILTON, DE (April 27, 2016) — Dogfish Head is proudly celebrating 21-years of boycotting the Reinheitsgebot. Highlighting a commitment to creating off-centered ales with creative and unexpected ingredient and flavor combinations, Dogfish Head has curated an ‘Off-centered Summer’ releasing three beers that pair perfectly with the sweaty months.

Brand new for 2016 is  an ode to Dogfish Head’s celebrated tradition of creating culinary-focused brews. Inspired by the aromatic and flavorful Herbs de Provence of Southern France, this complex and refreshing Saison was brewed with lavender, bay leaf, marjoram and chervil. Fermented using a Belgian yeast strain, the golden amber beer clocks in at 8.3% ABV and 30 IBUs, and will be available on taps and retail shelves beginning late May.

Back by popular demand and also available beginning late May is Festina Peche, Dogfish Head’s tart summer session sour brewed with peach juice. This neo-Berliner Weisse is unique in that the fruit complexity is woven into the aroma and taste through the natural fermentation of the peach sugars. No need to doctor this beer with fruit wedges – just open and enjoy! The pale straw-colored brew clocks in at 4.5% ABV and 8 IBUs, making for a unique and highly sessionable summer beer.

Continuing Dogfish’s commitment to the art community, Festina Peche’s label features original custom illustrations by Drew Millward. Millward’s art has been featured on iconic labels, posters and apparel for clients such as Nike, Foo Fighters and Phish. He also created the labels of three other Dogfish seasonal beers this year, interpreting the flavors of each beer into eye-catching and intricate works of art.

“We are proud to release these two culinary ingredient-infused beers on the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot,” says Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione. “We have always believed this law is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship.”

Rounding out the Off-centered Summer releases is Namaste, the summer brew bursting with good karma. The Belgian-style Witbier quenches thirst with every sip, filling the palate with notes of dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and coriander. Clocking in at 4.8% ABV and 20 IBUs, this beer is an ideal session beer for hot days in the sun. Dogfish Head fans have also been known to mix Namaste with orange juice to create a “beermosa,” perfect for summertime brunches. Namaste is available on taps and retail shelves year-round.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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