NEPA Craft-Beer Lovers Get Labeled !

31 December 2010

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We’ve had some interesting discussion on mybeerbuzz lately about content, and as we march into the new year I want to re-assure some of my readers.  First and foremost mybeerbuzz.com is and has always been devoted to covering the craft-beer scene in NEPA.  Recently, we’ve taken on a new and exciting role by publishing up-to-the-minute new beer label approvals.  By doing this, our readers get the absolute FIRST look at new beer-label approvals and we all help to grow our local craft-beer market.  On some days, these label approvals can be somewhat prolific, and there are some readers that are worried the NEPA content is getting lost in the mix.  I’m committed to bringing you the best of both worlds.  Full coverage of all things craft-beer related in NEPA, and the best of national and international breaking beer news.

With that in mind we’ve added a new feature on mybeerbuzz.com to begin labeling/tagging our posts.  Moving forward, I’ll be labeling all of the posts relevant to our local market with an “NEPA” label.  As you can see in the graphic above, this label appears at the bottom of the post AND it’s linkable.  What that means is if you only want to see NEPA content…click on the NEPA label at the bottom of any NEPA post and you’ll see ONLY NEPA posts!  I don’t plan to go back and add labels for our older posts, but we will be implementing the NEPA label moving forward, and perhaps a few other labels to help you sort out content.

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Avery–duganA IPA

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I’ve been posting out the new packaging changes coming out of Avery Brewing, so here’s their duganA IPA.  This is the 22oz packaging and it comes in at 8.5% ABV and 93 IBU.  “Lupulin Rapture Incarnate!  As fervent devotees of hops, we found ourselves on a quest to create a transcendental IPA capable of quenching our voracious lupulin desires.  Our mantra became ‘unity of bitterness, hop flavor and aroma.’  Enlightened, duganA IPA was born.  A brutally bitter, dank, piney and resinous ale designed for those seeking a divine hop experience.””

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Sierra Nevada–Tea Ale

imageI really love the one-off keg-only brews that come out of Sierra Nevada.  Today the guys received 1/2 bbl label approval for Tea Ale brewed with Ginger Peach Tea…..and it comes in at 8.6% ABV so this is some pretty serious tea.

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White Birch Brewing–Barrel Aged Night Falls & Hop Session Ale

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Thanks to our good pals at Bella Vista distributors in Philly, we’ve been able to get White Birch Brewing beers in our local market…so it was exciting to see label approval today for their Barrel-Aged Night Falls American Wild Ale.  This is a low volume bottle-conditioned wild-yeast Ale that is 9% ABV and is packaged in 25.4oz bottles.  If you believe the sample packaging this is a VERY low batch (154 bottles?).  “Night Falls and all is black.  Dark malts, hints of oak and a wild undercurrent.  A soft wild side and smooth finish.  Invite the night.”  As a bonus, here’s the new Hop Session Ale 22oz packaging, also approved today.  This is a 7% ABV low batch (200 bottles?) hoppy sessionable ale.  “Starting with a blend of west coast hops for a balanced, bitter effect.  We close the session out by dry-hopping the beer for a nice resiny mouth feel.  Best when fresh, this beer is not for aging.”
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Hoppy Feet–Clown Shoes Black IPA

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Now I’ll admit I haven’t tried any of Mercury Brewing’s Clown Shoes series of beers, but I simply love the packaging, and hopefully the beer is up to the marketing.  I’ve seen more than a few label approvals for Mercury brewing Clown Feet, and they’re all great.  This is the 22oz packaging for the black IPA…”Hoppy Feet has been lovingly crafted using bittersweet and roast malts.  West coast ops add complexity and balance.  We invite you to grab a glass, put up your feet and enjoy.”  As the label says, expect a bottling date in Jan 2011.  This label is registered by Frosty Knuckle Brewing Co / mercury brewing out of Ipswich MA.

imageAs an added bonus, here’s their Clementine White Ale (also approved today).  This is a 6% ABV traditional Belgian-style wit brewed with “Clementine essence.”

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De Proef - Draeckenier–Belgian Ale (2-c)

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Our friends at Shelton Brothers are always bringing is some interesting Belgian Ales, so I was excited to see label approval today for Draeckenier Belgian Ale (25.4oz 7.5% ABV).  I also like that their logo translates to “

Never fear always thirsty!”…and of courese it helps that this is brewed by our co-brewing pals at DeProef in Lochristi Belgium.

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Roslyn Brewing Brookside Pale Lager & Baying Hound Aleworks Taj Mahound

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I always like showing off some of the lesser known breweries that are getting label approval.  Not all of these brews will find their way into PA and not all will become something more than a regional craft brewery, but I think they all deserve some publicity for what I know is a hard path to follow in gaining label approval.  In that vein I present Roslyn brewing Co (Roslyn, WA) Brookside Pale Lager (22oz 4.5% ABV—pure mountain water, select barley malt and Yakima valley hops….and Baying Hound Aleworks (Rockville, MD) taj mahound India Style Brown Ale (22oz, 7% ABV)…cheers and good luck guys!

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WILK–A Very Special Holiday Friday BeerBuzz 1-Hour Special

30 December 2010

WILKFridayBerbuzz15Just a reminder in case you missed it. Tomorrow (New Year’s Eve) at 11AM tune in to WILK (103.1FM or wilknewsradio.com) for a very special 1-Hour Friday BeerBuzz. Multiple beers, multiple guests and a ton of beer-fun so don’t miss it!

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Yuengling Bock to Return in 2011 !

YuenglingBockWe were the first to break the news in Jan 2009 that Yuengling would be brewing their bock beer again for the first time since the 1970’s….so I’m excited to announce that they’ll be brewing it again in early 2011. This from the Yuengling blog:

Yuengling Bock Beer is returning to the marketplace for a limited time beginning in February 2011! This much anticipated seasonal offering from Yuengling was initially brought back in honor of our 180th Anniversary and has been a great success since it was introduced in 2009.

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Mikkeller–Barrel-Aged Monk’s Brew & Two Gypsies Our Side Ale

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Here’s the latest release from Mikkeller’s gypsy brew team….Barrel-Aged Monk’s brew.  This is a Dark Belgian Wild year ale aged in Red Wine barrels…and yes it comes in at a BIG 10.5% ABV in a 12.7 oz bottle.  Sadly this ale is inspired by Rochefort’s brewers and in light of the Rochefort fire today, I thought this was a fitting tribute.  This brew uses Candy Syrup, brown sugar and Northern Brewer, Syrian Goldings & Hallertau hops to create this unique ale.  As a bonus I’ve included the keg packaging approved today for Mikkeller Two Gypsies Our Side Ale (7.5% ABV).image  This is a Stillwater collaboration brew that was brewed @ Stillwater and should be available in early 2011.

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Victory Brewing-Headwaters Pale Ale Kegs

imageIn case you had ANY doubt…Victory just received approval for keg packaging for their new flagship beer…Headwaters Pale Ale.  This Is the 1/2 barrel package.

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Rochefort Abbey Saint Remy Brewery–Fire Update!

29 December 2010

Just a few more details and photos (courtesy of reuters & imageglobe.be) from the Rochefort fire earlier today….and some good news!


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This good news from http://www.telegraph.co.uk    :

11:39PM GMT 29 Dec 2010

A large section of the building caught fire in the incident but firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading and no one was injured, the report said. The brewery's vats of the dark "Rochefort" beer also escaped the blaze.

The monks who had been having their evening meal when the fire broke out immediately evacuated the abbey of Notre Dame de Saint Remy-Rochefort.

The abbey in southern Belgium was founded in the 13th century and the monks have brewed beer there since the end of the 19th century.

Francois Bellot of the abbey told RTL-TVI Television he was confident that it would be possible to resume production within a few days.

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Southern Tier–Packaging Updates

imageyesterday we posted the Southern Tier packaging updates so the beat goes on today with updates to harvest, Krampus, Gemini, Hop Sun, Old Man, and Dark Robust  (fanciful name for Porter).  All are very subtle updates, mostly with label coloring.

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August Schell–Stag Series Rauchbier

imageLook for a late Feb release of the August Schell Stag Series Rauchbier.  “Stag Series # 3 was brewed with  a belnd of beechwood and cherrywood smoked malts to create a twist on our interpretation of a traditional Franconian Rauchbier.”  This is the 12oz packaging (keg packaging shown below) and look for it to come in just over 6.5% ABV.
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Samuel Adams–Barrel Room Collection New World Tripel

imageWith all the Infinium excitement, I thought you’d want to see the 2011 Barrel Room Collection New World Tripel packaging just approved today.  This is the25.4oz packaging and yep, it’s 10% ABV.  This is a mild change from last year….AND for some reason Harvest Pumpkin packaging Expired today.

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Baltika - 9-Grade Lager

imageI have so many friends that simply love their Baltika heritage, that I’d be in big trouble if I didn’t post the Baltika label approval for today.  Here we have the new packaging for 9-grade Lager in the 1 pint .9 oz size and yes it’s 8% ABV.

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Duvel–Single fermented (Green) Keg Packaging

imageDuvel calls it “Single Fermented”, but we know it as Duvel Green, and  here’s the keg packaging…and YES it DOES get imported into PA….and yes it’s 6.8% ABV.

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Rochefort Brewery–On Fire!

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I am sad to report that as we type this the Abbey of Saint-Remi (aka Rochefort Brewery) is burning. 
I’m still gathering details but this translated from http://www.rtlinfo.be

ROCHEFORT-Wednesday evening there is a heavy fire raged in the Abbey of Saint-Remi in Rochefort. That confirms Mayor François Bellot. The fire is now under control. Have A seventy firefighters extinguished the fire.

The fire originated at 6.30 p.m. and has the oldest part of the Abbey destroyed. The fire is probably caused by a problem to the electrical generators. By the snowfall were there electricity problems in the brewery, which was switched on generators.

The monks enjoyed just the supper when the fire broke out. But there are no victims.

Around 19.20 hours did the fire in the fire. Four main buildings, spread over some 70 metres, are still in the House. The flames are clearly visible from several kilometers.

Various fire brigades were summoned. The firemen of Rochefort were strengthening the Corps from Ciney, Dinant, Beauraing and Marche-en-Famenne. Some 70 firefighters eventually got the fire under control.

The fire continues all night spot in order to avoid the fire to the renewed and not affected buildings.

Four barrels trappist 27,000 litres have been destroyed. The nerve centre of the brewery was, however, no damage, and Also the library continued to be spared.

In the Abbey of Saint-Remy, where the Rochefort Trappist beer is brewed, his daily 35 people get to work.

A number of routes in the surroundings of the Abbey is closed to traffic in order not to hinder the bluswerken.

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Weyerbacher–Papa

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While we’re showing off newly approved labels…why not show off Weyerbacher Papa as well.  In addition to Oscar, these are the latest releases from the Weyerbacher Brewers Select Series…and again it seems to be 12oz bottles….stay tuned for details.

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Weyerbacher–Oscar

WeyerbacherOscarHere’s your absolute FIRST peek at the just approved Weyerbacher Oscar Brewers Select series latest release.  There are few clues as to the style. but it is interesting that t will be packaged in 12oz bottles instead of the traditional 750ml packaging.  Stay tuned for details.

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Lion Brewery Label Fun–Bomb Brewing

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I really love showing off the great brews that come out of Lion Brewery…so I was excited to see a surprise.  Here’s your first peek at the Bomb Brewing.  So far I have little info other than they will both be Lagers….so stay tuned for details.

According to Bomb Lager’s website they will be producing a number of New York City Graffiti-based label designs for so far what appears to be just different packaging for the same beer.  They also appear to be creating bottle wrap designs so we’ll keep our eye on this one.  I also suspect with Lion brewery’s new canning line that we may start to see can packaging as well.

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Southern Tier–Imperial Choklat, Crème Brulee, Farmers Tan, OAT Oatmeal Stout, Mokah, Jah*va, Imperial Iniquity, Oak-Aged Unearthly, Unearthly, IPA, 2X, 422 Pale Wheat, & Pale Ale

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Here’s a quick peek at the JUST approved Southern Tier 2011 packaging changes for the 22oz & 12oz bottles.   Most of these are very subtle changes except perhaps the redesign of Oak-Aged Unearthly to include a lot more blue in the label design for the re-release of this brew.

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Stone–Chipotle Peppers Double Bastard

imageI’m always surprised at the many many combinations of what Mitch and the guys at Stone can do with Arrogant Bastard…and here’s the latest.  This is the newly approved keg label for Chipotle Peppers Double Bastard (1/2 keg size).  This taste-monster comes in at 11.2% ABV so watch out.  According to Stone this will be released on Jan 21-22 and their company store as a special growler-only beer.  Stone periodically releases unusual combinations for growler fills in their company store only.  For what it’s worth, they are naming this a 2010 Double Bastard Ale even though it’s release will occur in 2011.

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