I'll follow up with more later on once the beverage-induced fog lifts, but just a quick thank you note to everyone involved with last night's tasting event. I struggled to come up with a name that included all of the various clubs & people represented there and the best I can do for now is NEPA Beer Lovers. This started with the NEPA Beer Club and spread to include the Dean Martin Book Club, some of our local home brewers and the wonderful brewing professionals at our home town brewery. If I forget anyone it, I apologize...but thank you to Leo, Bob, Darel, Tim, Josh, Kevin, Bob, Brian and everyone who came along to share an AMAZING collection of beers and some wonderful conversation & company. Cheers to everyone and stay tuned for more details to follow.
Now I know what you're thinking here, and as much as you're close it's ethanol, (not methane).
From Sierra Nevada:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to create onsite ethanol from spent yeastSierra Nevada Brewing Company and E-Fuel Corp have joined forces to create a high-grade, inexpensive ethanol fuel.
They plan to make fuel from discarded beer yeast using the Efuel 100 MicroFueler. The first-ever home ethanol systems will be housed at the brewery in Chico, California.
“The plan is to have a machine here on site that would distill the ethanol that’s remaining in the yeast slurry,” said Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Sustainability Coordinator.
“We could make it available for employees. If we have a lot of it we could end up selling it. We could use it for our shop vehicles and company vehicles,” said Chastain.
Currently, production waste is sold as dairy feed to local farmlands. In fact, Sierra Nevada sells 1.6 million gallons of beer yeast waste annually. But not once this system is in place. Testing will start in Q2 of this year with a goal of full-production by q3.
The beer yeast contains between five and eight-percent alcohol content, but the MicroFueler is expected to raise the level to 15-percent.
“Creating ethanol from discarded organic waste is an excellent example of how the MicroFueler can help eliminate our reliance on the oil industry infrastructure. This is especially true when considering Americans reportedly discard 50% of all agricultural farmed products,” said Tom Quinn, E-Fuel founder and CEO. “Using a waste product to fuel your car is friendlier to the environment and lighter on your wallet, easily beating prices at the gas pump.”
This weeks beer finds (yes that's Plural) come to us from Dugan's. Not only does Charlie have Rogue's new bottle Captain Sigs Deadliest Ale (from the Deadliest catch TV show), but also Troegs Nugget Nectar AND Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator on tap. Yum!
27 February 2009
I know there's been all sorts of chatter about this, and I assume most beer lovers have found it already.....but just in case I present Beer Wars!
I just heard from Ed @ Troegs and he tells me Scratch #16 & #17 are kicked on tap but available in limited supply in bottles only. Scratch # 18 will NOT be ready this weekend. Instead today they will be tapping the Scratch # 13 (Oktoberfest) and if (make that WHEN) that kicks, they'll tap Scratch # 12 (IPA). Apparently the brewhouse issues from a few weeks ago are still delaying some of the beers. Also the flying mouflan will not be packaged until mid-march at the earliest -- still waiting on labels. Mouflan is a re-make of the Scratch # 4 (the 10th anniversary celebration beer). This is an aged barleywine style (2008 GABF Bronze) to be released in bombers only---and yes the name is simply a creature name the brothers made up. Here's the press release for those wondering:
Tröegs Brewing Company announces the release of The Flying Mouflan. The Flying Mouflan will be available in 22 ounce bottles only starting in mid-March.
Originally brewed as part of the Scratch Beer Series, the Flying Mouflan is the first beer to come out of the one-off series to become part of the brewery’s roster of production brews. It will be unveiled at numerous events during Philly Beer Week, March 6-15.
“The Scratch Series has given us a chance to incubate new beers that might one day be part of our production line-up,” said Chris Trogner. “The Flying Mouflan was originally brewed as Scratch #4 in 2007. After it won a bronze medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival John and I felt it was important to release this beer. The Flying Mouflan is the first release in what will become a line of 22-ounce seasonal brews.”
Dubbed the Flying Mouflan (for reasons that become clearer toward the bottom of the glass) this strong alluring ale is two beers in one. Cracking open a fresh bottle unleashes hops and heat with more than 100 IBUs emanating from three hop varieties and sweet burn of 9.3% ABV. Cellaring the Flying Mouflan in a cool dark place at 50 degrees for a minimum of four months will mellow out the hops and wash away the heat. If you can resist temptation you will be rewarded with two memorable beers in a single bottle.
- Chip's beer-quest adventure this week takes us to St Catherine's to a Mexican restaurant that smelled like stale beer and bleach, and Irish pub with Keith's Lager and the Merchant Ale House...where the beers are less-hoppy and the kitchen is closed.
- In Canada you can apparently brew & sell your own beer, much more easily than you can in the states (i.e. no TTB or LCB to tap dance around).
- Chip brought back some Niagara's Best Beer, which sounds like a pico brewery to me. The guys (and Ruthie) sampled the Blonde (complete with a BLOND on the label), and the Lager (complete with a LOGGER on the label). Unfortunately it sounded like the beers weren't exactly the "Best" the guys had tasted...I believe Ruthie's was even a dumper.
- We coined a new phrase on the show....this tastes very "Beer-y." I like it and I know what you're describing Ruthie. I will use that phrase (actually I hope I don't have a beer that I need to use it with but who knows.)
- I actually heard Jay Daniels taste a beer & speak. Now I'll admit I'm never completely sure who's talking at any given point in the show, but Jay always seems so quiet or not there at all; it surprised me to hear him. Cheers Jay and welcome to the show....and I mean this sincerely. I'm a long-time listener of the guys (back to the Swami Salami days) and they still are my favorite radio team.
- Ruthie & Chip haven't previously tasted a Strawberry Wheat...well now's your chance. Elmer Sudds is currently tapping our very own Lancaster Strawberry Wheat (Wilkes-Barre, PA). Very refreshing beer I might add.
- The beer of the day was the brewers select Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier. Every time I hear about this beer I'm reminded how beer tasting is so very subjective. I sampled the Sample B (Coffee Stout) and Sample A (Blackberry Witbier) with some friends @ River St Ale House. We unanimously loved the Stout and thought the witbier was extremely perfume-y tasting...and the witbier wins by almost 2 to 1. Just goes to show you everybody has an opinion, and there's no right or wrong...especially with beers.
I'll break out of bullet style for the closing since it involves a mybeerbuzz fond memory. A few years back Mrs Beerbuzz and I (and the beerbuzz extended family), toured Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Cape Bretton Highlands. These were all incredibly beautiful places and everywhere we went the beer was Alexander Keiths. Now mind you the Keith's IPA was hardly an IPA and not a great beer....BUT the Keith's Red was actually a very tasty and drinkable beer. To hear Chip mention Keith's in the show today brought me back to that trip and the Keith's Brewery in Halifax....Cheers guys and thanks for the fond memories.
26 February 2009
Our own Leo Bongiorno from Shawnee Craft Brewing will be holding a workshop on Beer Fermentation at the Cigar Club in Scranton March 6th. This event is being held by the NEPA Fermentation School and features three half hour discussions followed by a tasting and critical analysis. The details can be found HERE.
25 February 2009
Welcome to the first of a series of posts I like to call "What's in my belly?" Now I'm not sure even I want to know what's actually in my belly, but believe it or not, I've had requests. Now you may debate if I have requests at all or if someone actually would request belly-info...but it's true. Now far be it from me to review a beer, but in response to your questions....here's what's in my belly this week and I have pictures to prove it--and note the bottles ARE empty.
I just heard from Sarah at Sinuate and she tells me they are running a unique getaway package at Blue Mountain Ski area. The package is called "Brew-Ski" and includes a little skiing at Blue Mountain AND the best part....sample packs of either Samuel Adams or Weyerbacher brews delivered cold to your room....plus some cool souvenir merchandise, some food/beverage vouchers, breakfast for two and direct-to-slope ticketing/access. As a skier...and OK as a beer lover too, this sounds like fun to me. Blue Mountain has some trails that will challenge the experts...and just think about a cold Weyerbacher waiting for you when you're done.
Just another little tidbit about Shawnee Craft Brewing. I spoke to Leo this morning and he tells me he's completed the official PA State brewer licencing process and is now officially a PA state Brewer. Congratulations Leo....one more step done.
24 February 2009
Cheers and welcome to Stoudt's Brewing Co...now officially participating with mybeerbuzz.com. Welcome aboard Brett...the beer loving community Thanks you! Click HERE to go to the Stoudt's Brewing Co page.
In my other never ending quest to present all sorts of "Fun Beer Crap", I give you Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2009. Holy Krausen Batman!
Clicky HERE (and be patient)
23 February 2009
22 February 2009
From Jennie Hatton:
PHILLY BEER WEEK 2009 ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR ‘OPENING TAP’ – THE KICK-OFF EVENTFOR AMERICA’S LARGEST BEER CELEBRATION
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The second-annual Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2009 will kickoff on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m., in the spectacular Comcast Center lobby and Winter Garden (17th street and JFK Boulevard) with the Opening Tap, a celebration honoring over 30 regional breweries whose beer help make Philadelphia “the best beer-drinking city in America.” The Opening Tap will begin with a ceremonial ‘first tap’ using the official Philly Beer Week Keg Mallet, followed by a strolling beer tasting and a festive awards ceremony. Opening
Tap tickets cost $40 and can be purchased online at http://www.phillybeerweek.org/ ($50 at the door.)“The Opening Tap is a one-of-a-kind event featuring our local breweries and their beers, as well as the men and women who create them,” says Don Russell, who along with Tom Peters and Bruce Nichols are the founders of Philly Beer Week.
Invited breweries for the Opening Tap include: Appalachian Brewing, Barley Creek Brewing Company, Brew Works, Dock Street, Dogfish Head, Earth + Bread, Erie Brewing Company, Flying Fish, General Lafayette, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Lancaster Brewing Company, Legacy, Lion, Manayunk Brewpub, McKenzie’s, Nodding Head, Penn Brewery, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Porterhouse, Reading Brewing Company, Riverhorse, Rock Bottom, Roy Pitz, Sly Fox, Triumph, Stewart’s, Stoudts, Troegs, Twin Lakes, Victory, Weyerbacher, Yards and Yuengling.
A group of local beer writers created the awards that will honor each brewery represented at the event. An emcee will announce each award and invite the brewery representative to join them, get their photo taken and receive their PBW award.
“These are not your traditional “Best Of” awards. They have a definite Philly attitude! In this town, we may take our beer seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” says Russell who created the awards with fellow beer writers George Hummel, Bryan Kolesar, Lew Bryson, Jack Curtin, Suzanne Woods, Rich Wagner, Woody Chandler and Carolyn Smagalski.
Food will be available for purchase from the Market at the Comcast Center, and live music is also planned. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age, and no children will be admitted.
Those wishing to take public transportation to Philly Beer Week, can purchase Sip Safely with SEPTA, an unlimited, all-day, bus-trolley-rail pass that will be sold for $9.00, valid any one day between March 6 and March 15. This pass is valid on SEPTA services, to encourage PBW participants to travel safely, rather than driving from event to event. Sip Safely with SEPTA passes are available for sale at most SEPTA locations. More information is available on the Travel section of the PBW site.
To purchase tickets for the Opening Tap or find general information including the ever-expanding schedule of events and list of participants, please visit http://www.phillybeerweek.org/.
I ran into Chris from Breaker Brewing Co Friday night and things are progressing very well. With their first beer in the tank and TTB label recognition the final hurdle, watch for the BB beers to be available soon. The guys also appeared in a Times Leader Article this week. Click HERE to check it out.
21 February 2009
For those that have asked...the podcast of Friday's Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 show has been posted. The show features Leo Orlandini from Lion Brewing and the mybeerbuzz 15 mins of fame. Please do check it out HERE (It's the Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock clip starting at about the 10:30 min point in the show).
A-B’s marketing brain for 20 years is moving on. Bob Lachky, Chief Creative Officer for A-B and who for two decades has helped craft trademark campaigns from "Whassup?" to "I love you, man" to the Budweiser frogs to "Real men of genius," is leaving the company at the end of February in what he calls a "generational change." He says that A-B's sale to InBev of Belgium has nothing to do with the decision. "I just felt this was the perfect time for me to reevaluate," he says.
Lachky, who played a key role in helping A-B become a dominant advertiser on the Super Bowl, joked that he was "fired more times than Billy Martin" for some of the zany ideas that emanated from his department, Jeremiah McWilliams reports. Lachky says he intends to "explore new challenges and opportunities" but he rules out working for the competition. "I'm a Bud man," he says.
A team of senior executives -- many of them groomed by Lachky -- will take on newly decentralized creative functions. His departure will not be welcome news at A-B's roster of creative agencies, however, which regarded him as their primary client and a key personal relationship, according to Ad Age's Jeremy Mullman. Before joining A-B in 1989, Lachky worked at its current lead agency, Omnicom Group's DDB, Chicago, reporting directly to Ron Bess, who today is North American chairman of Euro RSCG, another A-B roster shop that works on Michelob.
Mike from Bavarian Barbarian will be conducting a beer tasting at The Backyard Ale House on Thursday, February 26, from 7pm to 9pm. Backyard Ale House is at 523 Linden St. in Scranton. Their phone number is 955-0192. They'll be pouring 4 BB beers plus I believe Back Yard Ale House will have a 5th one on tap.
This week's beer find comes to us from Elmer Sudds, and it's a favorite of my every year when it comes out. Top shelf in Elmer Sudds cooler, you will find Dogfish Head Fort. This is the seasonal brew that literally features a ton of raspberries. After almost killing one of our friends with raspberry allergies (Sorry J), we really enjoyed our Fort...but be aware. DFH Fort comes in at a whopping 18% ABV, so this brew ill kick your butt and take your name. Cheers and be sure to share one with your friends.
Cheers and welcome to Marty's Blue Room...now officially participating with mybeerbuzz.com. Welcome aboard Ben...the beer loving community Thanks you! Click HERE to go to the Marty's Blue Room page.
I tried to wait until most people had put in their guess on "what was wrong with this picture?" contest. Turns out the makers of the SEPTA pass actually used the skyline of NY City and not Philly at all. Now after all the clamor (imagine that), they have updated the passes to include the Philly Skyline. Honestly, by the end of Philly beer week most attendees won;t be able to tell the difference between New Your City & Philly anyway.
From Jenny Hatton:
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The second-annual Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2009 (Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 15) will include beer runs and bike rides among its more than 500 events. Perfect for beer lovers who also like to get a little exercise, these events will combine running, biking and craft beer. The four active events are:
Saturday, March 7
Le Tour de Philly Brew, a scenic yet strenuous 60 mile ride starting at Yards Brewery (901 North Delaware Avenue) leaving at 10 am sharp with stops at General Lafayette Inn, Iron Hill North Wales for lunch and Manayunk Brewery before recovering back at Yards. Limited to 25 riders. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dock Street to Dock Street - BrewLounge Scavenger Run, a five-mile scavenger run starting at 10 am at the Vietnam Memorial Plaza at Dock and Front Streets, ending at Dock Street Brewery (701 50th Street), including a post-race buffet that is free for participants. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Monday, March 9
Run and Drink with the Brewers, a 5k run through Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park starting and ending at the Bishops Collar (2349 Fairmount Avenue) with Adam Avery of Avery Brewing, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Brian O’Reilly of Sly Fox and Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing on a “pace scooter” handing out beers. Refreshments from Avery Brewing at Bishops Collar after the run. Run is limited to 100 runners. To sign up, please visit The Bishops Collar on http://www.phillybeerweek.org/.
Saturday, March 14 – Visit your Local Brewery Day
The Brewery Bike Ride, a leisurely 14-mile ride open to all skill levels that will visit five of the breweries within Philadelphia’s city limits. 11 am start at Nodding Head Brewery (1516 Sansom Street), then on to Dock Street, Yards, Philadelphia Brewing Company and ending up at Triumph Brewpub. To sign up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second-annual Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2009 will kickoff on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m., in the spectacular Comcast Center lobby and Winter Garden (17th street and JFK Boulevard) with the Opening Tap, a celebration honoring over 30 regional breweries whose beer help make Philadelphia “the best beer-drinking city in America.” The Opening Tap will begin with a ceremonial ‘first tap’ using the official Philly Beer Week Keg Mallet, followed by a strolling beer tasting and a festive awards ceremony. Opening Tap tickets cost $40 and are available for purchase online.
For general information, including the ever-expanding schedule of events and list of participants, please visit http://www.phillybeerweek.org/.
20 February 2009
19 February 2009
18 February 2009
Cheers and welcome to Breaker Brewing Co...now officially participating with mybeerbuzz.com. Welcome aboard Chris & Mark...the beer loving community Thanks you! Click HERE to go to the Breaker Brewing Co page.
17 February 2009
Ahead of the nationwide transition, mybeerbuzz.com will be switching from analog to digital this morning. This is an important transition for both the quality & content of the signal from mybeerbuzz.com. Mybeerbuzz.com analog to digital converter boxes are currently available and will help readers make the transition which is occurring as we speak. Be sure to 1101 0110 1011 0111 0001 1010 1000 1101 0110 1011 0111 0001 1010 1000 1101 0110 1011 0111 0001 1010 1000 1101 0110 1011 0111 0001 1010 1000 1101 0110 1011 0111 0001 1010 1000 1101 0110 1011 0111 0001 1010 1000 1101 0110 1011 0111 0001 1010 1000.
16 February 2009
I'm a huge fan of the MOJO TV show Three Sheets. For those unfamiliar, the host is Zane Lamprey, (who is a riot on his own), but basically Zane visits different cities & countries and "reports" on their drinking culture & hang-over cures. He's a tremendously funny guy who can really hold his alcohol, and yes that alcohol usually includes beer. Well MOJO is off the air so now Zane is running a "Save Three Sheetz" promotion trying to get it back on the air. They're selling shirts, hosting rallies and even hosting "Zane Patrick's Day." As Zane puts it...."I was told I'd never get a job drinking and being a wiseass", so please check out the site and show your support for someone living the dream.
15 February 2009
From Iron Hill:
IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT IS“BAILING OUT” CUSTOMERSWITH THEIR NEW ‘ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN’
WILMINGTON, DE – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, the popular food and drink destination with seven area locations, offers guests their own “Economic Stimulus Package”: five times a week, at least one table of guests will be randomly selected to receive a “bailout,” meaning that Iron Hill will buy them their meal.
“People are watching their wallets now more than ever, so the least we can do is reward a lucky few with a great meal on us,” says Director of Culinary Operations Kevin Davies. “This is a lighthearted gesture that we hope will make people smile in these trying times.”At least five times per week, one table will receive, instead of a check, a card (see below) announcing that they have been bailed out and that their meal is on the house. All seven Iron Hill locations are participating in the bailout; some are offering bailouts more frequently than five per week, as well.
In late 2008, Iron Hill debuted a brand new menu of fresh, flavorful cuisine that ideally complements their award-winning beers. The new menu includes more than twice as many dishes as the previous incarnation, and covers a variety of cuisines including Asian, Italian and American. It has been enormously well-received by diners and reviewers alike.
“We’re proud of the food we serve, and proud of how well it pairs with our beers,” says owner Kevin Finn. “Our guests wanted more diverse options when dining with us, and we’re thrilled to have come up with so many delicious additions to our menu. It means that we can satisfy their appetites now better than ever.
”The new menu includes items in 14 categories: Housemade Soups, Salad Starters, Big Salads, Appetizers, Shared Plates, Artisan Pizzas, Burgers, Healthy Selections, Sandwiches, Brewhouse Favorites, Beverages, Chicken, Seafood, Pasta, Steaks, and Sides and Add-Ons. Menu items range in price from $3.95 to $27.95. The selections are incredibly comprehensive, with many favorites from the previous menu returning and every section supplemented with additional choices.
Critics and readers have heaped praise on Iron Hill; since 1996, they have consistently been recognized for their outstanding beers and cuisine, accruing more than 100 “Best of” awards from regional magazines. Their hand-crafted beers have also won acclaim and in total, they have received 39 medals from the three most prestigious beer events, the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Real Ale Festival.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has seven locations, in Newark, DE; Wilmington, DE; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; North Wales, PA; Phoenixville, PA and Lancaster, PA. An eighth location, in Maple Shade, NJ, is planned for 2009. All seven locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information about Iron Hill, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit their website at www.ironhillbrewery.com.
Just a few more tidbits on Breaker Brewing Co that I know many of you have been asking about. Chris tells me the first batch of Anthracite Ale is in the tanks and should be ready in about 2 weeks. The guys are still waiting for their TTB label & PLCB registration to be approved. Once these details are finalized and the beers are ready, look for Breaker Brewing Co beers to show up at Kelsey's in Ashley & Elmer Sudds in Wilkes-Barre. I've head the descriptions of their first few beers and I can tell you they sound great and I'm excited to try them out. Cheers guys.....
I've heard from Chris @ Breaker Brewing Co and he tells me they are slowly getting their website up to speed. The guys have listed their core beers, Anthracite Ale, Goldies, Malty Macguire & Old King Coal and put up some new pictures for you to check out. Stay tuned as the site gets completed and as the beers start to roll out.
Clicky HERE to check it out.
14 February 2009
13 February 2009
Cheers and welcome to Old Forge Brewing Co...now officially participating with mybeerbuzz.com. Welcome aboard Damien & Maria...the beer loving community Thanks you! Click HERE to go to the Old Forge Brewing Co page.
So here's a little fun to spice up your cold February evenings. Turns out Olde Main Brewery (Yes it's in IOWA) is running a contest to name their new stout. Winner gets free beer & brewery tours, provided you can make your way out to the brewery. Anyway, just for fun click HERE to try it out.
12 February 2009
From Sixpoint Brewing (Brooklyn, NY):
Sixpoint was raided by the Feds and they put the kabosh on our Hop Obama. Naturally, I was infuriated by the censorship so I decided to do what I've done from the start - turn it into a story and allow the company to serve as a platform for delivering the story. However, this was quickly squashed by the Feds as well. Apparently, they did not want us making the beer NOR did they want me to create a story out of it.
Then, the plot thickens....The Department of Homeland Security gets involved. We recently received an official cease and desist letter from them claiming we must take immediate acts to shut down and exterminate our production, dissemination, and distribution of this brand or the Federal government will enact punitive fines and/or seize control of our brewery.
Don't worry though, the Hop Obama will live on, and be stronger than it ever was. We have a plan.... Kind of like Obi-wan Kenobi when he was struck down by Vader and came back as the guiding voice for Luke Skywalker. There will be a new reincarnation of the beer, along with many others.
Valentine's Day - Aphrodisiacs Paired with Beer Love will be in the air at Victory. Bring your sweetheart to Victory and enjoy a tapas menu delightfully paired with Victory beer. $75/couple. Reservations available 6:30-8:30pm.
Chili Challenge - Sunday 2.15.09Celebrate Victory's 13th Anniversary & Get Chili with Someone You Love. Chili Challenge will showcase the culinary skills of Victory's creative staff. Free chili tasting Noon - 4pm. Stop by Victory, enjoy some chili & beer and vote for the People's Pepper.
Follow The Liter - Thursday 2.19.09Enjoy a bit of Bavaria at Victory Brewing Company. Celebrate with $5 mas liters of Festbier and Wiesen and feast on a German themed menu including Schweinshaxe and Oktoberfest giant pretzels. Try your strength in the Strong Arm competition. Wear your authentic German attire and get a free pretzel. Follow the Liter starting at 6pm in the Beer Hall at Victory Brewing Co.
Beer Institute Press Release:
Beer Institute and Brewers Association Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan Tax Relief Legislation for Brewers
Bill repeals doubling of 1991 excise tax and provides additional economic relief to small brewers
Washington, DC – The Beer Institute and the Brewers Association today applauded members of the United States House of Representatives for the introduction of H.R. 836 the Brewers Excise and Economic Relief (BEER) Act, which effectively returns the federal beer excise tax back to its pre-1991 level of $9 per barrel.
“There is strong, industry-wide support for this legislation, and we thank Congress for its bipartisan effort to institute tax fairness for one of the most productive sectors of the American economy,” said Tom Long, President and Chief Commercial Officer of MillerCoors, and Chairman of the Beer Institute. “We commend Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Tom Latham (R-IA) for their leadership on this important issue, and we urge Congress to help provide relief to low- and middle-income families and businesses in America’s brewing community by passing this legislation as quickly as possible.”
Today, there are over 2,053 brewing companies in the United States operated by national brewers, regional brewers, regional craft brewers, microbrewers, and brewpubs. These job-creating businesses are in every state in the nation. In fact, a majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery. In addition to reducing the tax burden on large brewers and beer importers the legislation introduced today provides specific relief to small brewers by reducing their tax burden from $7.00 to $3.50 per barrel.
“This type of tax relief can act as a stimulus to America’s small breweries,” said Rich Doyle, cofounder of Harpoon Brewery and Chairman of the Brewers Association. “While our industry has been able to remain successful in the recent past, we’ve faced raw material cost increases that have reduced our margins and severely challenged our bottom line. This measure would go a long way toward sustaining our businesses and our employees, benefitting local communities in all 50 states.”
The 1991 doubling of the federal excise tax remains the only so-called “luxury tax” still in place. All of the taxes on luxury products such as yachts and jewelry that were increased that same year have since been repealed due to the devastating consequences they had on jobs, the economy and the industries impacted. Today, more than 40 percent of the retail price of beer is comprised of various taxes, and beer taxes at all levels of government add up to more than $36 billion annually.
“At a time when the economy is struggling and manufacturing jobs are being lost, America’s brewers, beer importers and suppliers stand out as a rare positive story of local businesses committed to good-paying jobs and contributing billions of dollars in economic activity,” said Jeff Becker, President of the Beer Institute. “This relief will preserve American jobs and help breweries – large and small – remain competitive now and in the future.”
Directly and indirectly, the beer industry contributes approximately $190 billion annually to the U.S. economy and provides more than 1.7 million jobs with wages and benefits of nearly $55 billion.
“Many small breweries are family-run operations situated in small towns and communities across the country,” added Charlie Papazian, President of the Brewers Association. “These are exactly the types of small businesses that provide important local jobs and need tax relief in this struggling economy.”
Approximately 50 percent of all beer purchased in the United States is by consumers with household income of $50,000 per year or less. That means the relative impact of beer excise taxes on households in the lowest income brackets is 6.5 times greater than those with the highest incomes.
Companion legislation is expected to be introduced in the United States Senate in the coming weeks
11 February 2009
I know I reported on this a week or so ago, but I thought you'd get a kick out of seeing the label. Victory will be releasing a Brett yeast version of it's Wild Devil, and also a Bavarian-styled Saison called Helios. Look for the Wild Devil to come in around 6.7% ABV and the Helios around 5.5% ABV...available in the future @ the brewpub and in bottles.
09 February 2009
Shadowbrook Resort in Tunkhannock will hold it's 5th annual beer festival on Saturday Feb 28th from 1-5PM. Tickets will be $20 per person and they are expecting about 50 brands. Mrs beerbuzz and I attended the first festival and it was nice. Mostly distributors, but the price and the crowd size were just right and it made for a fun day.
08 February 2009
I'm still working to get Wegman's Wilkes-Barre on board so we can dedicate a full page just to Wegman's. In the mean time I have their full list of beers, so I thought I'd post that up. My thank you to Dave for helping out with the list:
Dos Equis Amber
Dos Equis Especial
Lienenkugel Berry Weiss
Lienenkugel Honey Weiss
Lienenkugel Sunset Wheat
Milwaukee's Best Light
Miller Genuine Draft
Miller High Life
Seagram’s Wild Berry
St. Pauli Girl
St. Pauli Girl Dark
Yuengling Lager Light
Yuengling Black n Tan
Yuengling Lord Chesterfield
Victory Golden Monkey
Victory Hop Devil
Victory Prima Pils
Victory Storm King Stout
Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
Weyerbacher Merry Monks
Weyerbacher Old Heathen
Bartels n James Coolers
Blue Moon Seasonal
Extra Gold Lager
Hook & Ladder Backdraft
Hook & Ladder Golden Ale
Iron City Light
Ithaca Apricot Wheat
Labatt’s Honey Lager
Killians Irish Red
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Lucky Kat
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Magic Hat Seasonal
Mike’s Hard Variety
Mike’s Hard Lemonade
Mike’s Hard Lime
Mike’s Hard Lemonade Light
Mike’s Hard Berry
Mike’s Hard Cranberry Lemonade
Mike’s Hard Ice Tea
Mike’s Hard Ice Tea Light
Mike’s Hard Midnight
Mike’s Hard Pomegranate
Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde
Pocono Pale Ale
Sam Adams Irish Red
Sam Adams Crème Stout
Sam Adams Weisse
Sam Adams Black Lager
Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
Sam Adams Light
Sam Adams Imperial Pils
Sam Adams Mix 6 Pack
Sam Adams Seasonal
Saranac Pale Ale
Saranac Black n Tan
Saranac Pomegranate Wheat
Spaten Optima or
Steagmaier Gold Medal
Twisted Tea Light
Twisted Tea Variety
Woodchuck Granny Smith
Woodchuck Dark & Dry
Abbey De Leffe
Achiever Busch Seasonal
Bud American Ale
Bud Light Lime
Michelob Pale Ale
Michelob Amber Bock
Michelob Amber Ultra
Wild Blueberry Lager
Parrot Bay Coolers
Appalachian Mountain Lager
Appalachian Purist Pale Ale
Appalachian Scottish Ale
Appalachian Variety Pack
Genesee Cream Ale
J.W. Dundee Honey Brown
J.W. Dundee Pale Ale
J.W. Dundee Craft Pack
Lancaster 4-Grain Amish
Lancaster Hop Hog
Lancaster Milk Stout
Lancaster Rare Rooster
Lancaster Strawberry Wheat
Mendicino Variety Pack
Young’s Double Chocolate
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Troegs Rugged Trail Nut
Troegs Pale Ale
Troegs Hopback Amber
Troegs Double Bock
Troegs Dead Reckoning
Stout Gold Lager
Stout American Pale Ale
Stone Pale Ale
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Sam Smith Taddy Porter
Sam Smith Organic
Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout
Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale
Paulaner Hefe Weizen
Ommegang 3 Philosophers
Harpoon Raspberry UFO
Green Flash IPA
Dogfish Head Raison
Dogfish Head India Brown Ale
Dogfish Head 90 Min. IPA
Dogfish Head 60 Min. IPA
Dogfish Head Seasonal
Chimay Red Premier
Chimay Grande Reserve
Chimay 500 Anniversary
Boulder Hazed & Infused
Abita Turbo Dog
Abita Purple Haze
Sly Fox Phoenix
Sly Fox Pilsner
Sly Fox Royal Weisse
Sly Fox Dunkel
Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout
Bell’s Amber Ale
Bell’s Pale Ale
Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
Brooklyn Schneider Hopfen-Weisse
Brooklyn Pennant Ale
Blue Point Hoptical Illusion
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Cape Ann Fisherman’s IPA
Flying Dog Doggie Style
Flying Dog IPA
Flying Dog Old Scratch
Flying Dog Tire Bite Ale
Great Divide Hercules
Great Divide Titan IPA
Great Divide Wild Raspberry
Humboldt Red Nectar
Left Hand Jack Man Pale ale
Left hand Sawtooth Ale
Lost Coat Downtown Brown
Lost Coast Great White
Lost Coast Indica IPA
Mad River Steel Head Extra Pale Ale
North Coast Red Seal
North Coast Old Rasputin
North Coast Scrimshaw
Rogue Back Obi Soba
Rogue American Amber
Rogue Brutal Bitter
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Mocha Porter
Rogue Morimoto Hazlenut
Sea Dog Blueberry
Sierra Nevada Porter
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Seasonal
Sly Fox Route 113 IPA
Smuttynose Old Brown Ale
South Tier Phin/Matt
South Tier Unearthly IPA
South Tier Seasonal (Krampus)
St. Bernardus Abby
Thirsty Dog Old Leg Humper
Two Brothers The Bitter
Wychwood Fiddlers Elbow
If you haven't had the beer or heard the story check out THIS LINK. I'm particularly fond of Palo Santo, but even if you're not, after watching the movie you will be. Check it out.
06 February 2009
We started this week's show with a brief recap of last week's Cave Creek Chili beer session. I did ask John fr a folow up plumbing report, but the guys seemed to want to focus more on the hot-taste of the beer rather than the gastro-results.
The beer of the week was Hofbrau Dunkel...a German dark lager that everyone seemed to enjoy. Chip chatted a little about yeast culturing and proprietary yeasts and how protective breweries are with their yeast...BUT then it happened....
Chip always mentioned Purvs and Jessup Beverage which we always love, but today a very pleasant surprise. Chip gave a plug for Sabatinis and suggested listeners go visit Sabs to check out their great beer selection. Congratulations to Lindo for getting some beer recognition he definitely deserves.
Cheers guys....good show as always and do get down here and check out Sabatinis.
05 February 2009
From Chris Wilson:
This is our upcoming release in the Brewer’s Select Series.
The beer should be available in the Visitor’s Center on Saturday, March 7th.
Echo - “A Deep-Copper Rye-PA”
We have timed the release of Echo to coincide with Philly Craft Beer Week (3/6-3/15). We will be taking part in events nearly every night throughout the Philadelphia Area, including the suburbs, and plan to feature Echo at most of them. Keep an eye on the website for a full list of events. You also have a chance to find it in Maryland, Western PA, Boston, NYC and parts of Florida. A very limited amount of 12oz. bottles will be available at our Visitor’s Center as well.
It will be a 6.8%, 60IBU IPA, brewed with pale, crystal, carapils, and 30% rye along with a good dose of Simcoe and Centennial hops. This deep-copper ale combines the citrus kick of the hops with the spicy twang that comes from 30% rye malt. It is a Winter IPA to bridge the gap between now and Spring.
03 February 2009
I had the pleasure of spending part of the evening talking with Chris Miller & Mark Lehman from Breaker Brewing Co. First off, I want to thank the guys for spending so much time on the phone with me and answering all of my questions...but more importantly I'm very happy to report that Breaker Brewing Co is a very exciting venture that I suspect will produce some really great local beers.
Mark and Chris literally built their brewing system by hand and even grew some of the hops in Chris' back yard and I'm confident that time, effort, and passion for brewing will come out in their beers.
I have all sorts of details that Chris & Mark were willing to share, and even more details to share in the future as they move forward. But here are the basics....Chris & Mark started with a home brewing kit about 5 or 6 years ago, progressed to a 10-gallon system, and eventually to the 1.5bbl system they just built for BBC. They are beer lovers and go in with the simple idea of always brewing a better beer.
The guys plan to brew a handful of core beers including a pale ale, a stout, a blonde ale, a scottish ale and possibly even a seasonal warmer-style beer later next winter. Yes these beers have names, but stay tuned for that. Once the label approval process is complete, I'll post out the names. I can tell you based on the specs they shared, the Pale Ale & Stout sound great. Look for the Pale Ale to be a 5% ABV, 40-50IBU with Centennial, Fuggles & East Kent Goldings among other hops, fermented with an american yeast. Look for the Stout to have chocolate malts, some mild hop character and a few other ingredients I won't share, that make it sound truly yummy.
Breaker Brewing Co will be keg-only for now with the possibility for growler sales at certain locations in the future. The guys shared some of the bars that their beers will be available in, and promised to get me a formal list as each bar signs on. I can tell you the list of verbal agreement bars will guarantee local beer lovers will be able to find BBC beers in many of our regular bars....so stay tuned.
The process to build a licensed brewery in your garage is not an easy one. Mark & Chris both related the steps they had to go through with the TTB, the LCB, the local zoning authority and even their neighbors to get all of the paperwork in line. I can tell you that anyone that goes through this process, including a phone-book sized collection of paperwork, must love brewing beers. I for one am very excited to taste their first few brews.
The guys have promised to keep us up to date, so stay tuned here for the latest Breaker Brewing Co news. I also plan to stop down and visit the "brewery" soon, so I'll send some updates after my visit. The Times Leader will also be interviewing the guys later this week, so watch for an article to appear there as well in the future.
Finally, I wanted to highlight that these guys are dedicated and passionate about the beers, and as I said above I think that energy will come out in their brews. Also know that Chris & Mark have many aspirations to grow Breaker Brewing Co, so watch as they brew, enjoy their beers and support them as they grow.
Breaker Brewing Company was named to pay tribute to the local miners and mining history of the Wyoming Valley and I'm excited that these guys plan to brew hometown beers for hometown beer lovers in that hometown tradition.
Cheers & Welcome to Chris & Mark...
UPDATE: If you know of any bars looking to carry Breaker Brewing Co beers please let me know and I will give them Chris' e-Mail info.
Yes I know it's been a sort of Southern Tier week...so why not post more. Cuvee 2 is planned for a feb release. From Paul Cain @ Southern Tier:
“ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark ruby red color, roasted malt flavor with apparent bitterness. Finishes with a rich caramel and espresso aroma.
AMERICAN OAK IMPRESSIONS: Impressions of vanilla crème, classic crème brûlée and nougat. A little more oak flavor than series one, but with creamy intensity.”
02 February 2009
Looks like Souther Tier will be releasing an Oak Aged version of their Unearthly IPA in March/April 2009 timeframe.
2-row carapils malt
Kettle Hops: Chinook, Cascade
Hop Back: Styrian Golding
Dry-hopped: Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook