Remember this post? Well Samuel Adams is confirming in their newsletter what we suspected back on Feb 8th…their B’Austin Ale and their crowd-sourced beer, are one and the same.
This from SA:
We've now turned your collective feedback into a great beer recipe, which we've been hard at work brewing all month. Here's the brew you asked for: a slightly hazy, medium bodied, amber ale with a spicy hop aroma, notes of toffee and a smooth, yet spicy finish.
We're calling this brew, B'Austin Ale!
We're brewing here in Boston and sending the beer off to Austin for its big debut. B'Austin Ale is launching in Austin at the Girl + Guy party during an interactive conference next month. This special brew will also be on tap in select bars throughout Austin and here at our Boston Brewery.
In other news from Samuel Adams check out the Come Brew with us contest: Visit our Come Brew with Us page to submit your entry between now and March 31st.
Also check out some great details on the MateVeza, Samuel Adams Brewing the Dream philanthropic program winner Jim Woods.
For the full newsletter…
As you may have read by now, we decided to go with the name “Weasel Rodeo” for our second collaboration with Mikkeller, originally called “‘Ale/Malt Liquor in TX’ Geek Brunch, which will be featured at our March 17th Danish Day Festival.
Weasel Rodeo draws its inspiration from Mikkeller’s original version of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, an imperial oatmeal stout, brewed with a blend of “weasel coffee” and other Vietnamese coffees. We ordered a similar blend of coffee to what Mikkeller uses for our version, but also added a small percentage of smoked malt and a bit of ground chipotle pepper as a nod to its Texas birthplace.
Here’s an interesting new brew from Cigar City called Patio Pils Pre-Prohibition Pilsner. This 5% ABV brew is Cigar City’s new summer seasonal and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles. The beer uses 2-row & pilsner malts as well as noble hops to replace the pre-prohibition recipe that uses 6-row barley & cluster hops.
Last week we really enjoyed sampling Marley’s Brewery & Grille beers with their brewmaster Mark Braunwarth. Mark had some great insights on the flavors in these beers and w really enjoyed them all. If you haven’t done so yet, get down to Marley’s in Bloomsburg and try them for yourself.
So what will we be sampling this week? Hint: This week we Arrr tying a new style for the show and reaching out across the ocean to get it…lets hop the beer makes it here!
Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together. (103.1FM or wilknewsradio.com).
Here’s a big new beer from Flying Dog called Single Hop El Dorado Imperial IPA. This 12oz bottle features ONLY El Dorado hops. Know for its citrus flavor, hop bitterness & dry finish, El Dorado is a great choice for this 10% ABV Imperial IPA. Stay tuned for more single-hop beers from Flying Dog.
Update 3/12/2012: This beer will be available in May 2012.
From Flying Dog:
As four-leaf clovers float into the brew kettle, the following poem is read aloud:
“Here’s to a long life and a merry one,
“A quick death and an easy one,
“A pretty girl and an honest one
“A cold beer and another one!”
It’s time again for Flying Dog brewery’s annual release of Lucky SOB Irish Red, brewed with four-leaf clovers handpicked at the brewery on St. Patrick’s Day last year.
“We can’t guarantee you will get good luck by drinking a beer brewed with four-leaf clovers, but are you really willing to risk it?” Flying Dog’s VP of Marketing, Ben Savage, asked. “You get 7 years of bad luck for breaking a mirror or walking under a ladder, so it’s probably not worth rolling the dice.”
Lucky SOB has toasted honey notes with a subtle hop bite and finishes sweet, clean, and refreshing. And at 5% ABV, it’s the perfect accompaniment to chants of “Erin Go Braugh.”
“It was unanimous that we all wanted an easy-drinking, but still flavorful beer for St. Patrick’s Day,” Brewmaster Matt Brophy said. “With a name like Lucky SOB, we needed to have fun with it.”
Lucky SOB Irish Red will premiere on Tuesday, March 6 at Bushwaller’s Irish Pub in downtown Frederick, Maryland. It will be available on draft only in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC through St. Patrick’s Day.
Update 3/5: Hitting NYCity this week:
DeCicco’s of Ardsley
The Beer Necessities
Rattle N Hum
Vintners Beer & Cheese
Bronx Ale House
4th Ave Pub
Here’s your first look at the Sierra Nevada Summerfest (crisp summer lager) 2012 label. Summerfest will be packaged in 12oz stubby bottles and come in at an easy drinking 5% ABV. As a bonus I’ve included the latest 12oz bottle label for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The changes here are very subtle, replacing the full circles in the upper corners with and open scroll. Pale Ale will remain at 5.6% ABV.
Courtesy of Brad Chmielewski (@beerad) on Twitter comes the first look at the 3 Floyds Dark Lord Day 2012 Golden Ticket.
Here are the new 2012 Vintage labels for New Holland Farmhouse Hatter, Black Hatter & el Mole Ocho. These are all 22oz bottles, and while the front label has changed very little, the backing label does now include the “Vintage 2012” tag as well as the new QR codes. In all three cases the QR codes take you to a page detailing each beer. I expect el Mole Ocho in April 2012 and Farmhouse Hatter and Black Hatter to arrive in May 2012.
I can’t count how many times I’ve seen the Stone Arrogant Bastard T-Shirt saying “This aint no fizzy yellow beer”…but today I actually found one that IS. I thought I’d start your day with Cass Fresh…and I quote, “provides ultimate refreshment with FIZZY and crisp taste.”
Here’s an interesting new beer from White Birch Brewing called barrel-aged Total Chaos Imperial Porter. This single-batch beer will come in at 8% ABV, be packaged in 22oz bottles and have a limited run of only 180 bottles total. This beer was created by a “group of friends” and celebrates home-brewing. Looks like in addition to Bill Herlicka, Brian Parda, John Golden, Matt Hunt, Mike Hogan & Todd Russell we’re all involve din the chaos.
Yes this beer actually uses water derived from an actual Iceberg to create this new blue-bottles brew. Coming to us from Quidi Vidi Brewing Co in Newfoundland, Iceberg Beer uses water “harvested from 25,000 year old iceberg water in Newfoundland.” This beer carries the trademarks for Iceberg Beer and Ice Aged and it will come in at 4.5% ABV.
Anheuser-Busch & Budweiser are starting a new program that allow you to use the QR code on your bottle of Bud to “track your Bud.”
This from AB Press :
Digital Experience Traces the Origins of Your Budweiser, Detailing Sources of Ingredients and Care, Commitment and Craftsmanship of Budweiser Brewmasters
ST. LOUIS (Feb. 29, 2012) – Budweiser, the iconic global beer brand, today introduced “Track Your Bud,” a digital campaign integrated with packaging that will allow consumers to trace the origins of the beer they hold in their hands to one of Budweiser’s 12 U.S. breweries.
By using their Smartphone to scan the QR code on Budweiser packaging, downloading the free “Track Your Bud” app or visiting TrackYourBud.com, consumers can enter the Born On Date found on bottles and cans and be taken on a guided tour of the creation of their individual beer by the Budweiser brewmaster responsible for it.
Fuller’s Brewery will be releasing their new Black Cab Stout bottles in March. First released on draft in Nov, this 4.5% ABV stout is the first stout released by Fullers in many many years according to brewmaster John Keeling.
Two new keg packages from our friends at Appalachian Brewing Co: 3 Bostones Belgiun-Style Dubbel (7.5% ABV--Collegeville, PA) & Imperial Pilsner Lager (6.5% ABV--Gettysburg, PA). I’m not sure why it is “Belgiun-style” with the odd spelling so stay tuned. It is spelled correctly just above that label so I suspect it is not a typo.
28 February 2012
For those in the northeast chasing after Russian River Pliny The Younger, I’m earing from multiple sources that PTY will be on draft at Monk’s Café in Philadelphia on Monday 3/5. I’d definitely call to confirm before you make the ride, and I will update as I hear more.
March 3rd @ Capones:
PLINY THE YOUNGER and Friends Event Saturday March 3rd
Tap Time Is 10:30am
Event will be done like the last 2 years where tickets for Pliny The Younger will be sold in line prior to tap time. TICKETS ARE CASH ONLY!!!
FINAL DRAFT LIST FOR THE EVENT
RUSSIAN RIVER PLINY THE YOUNGER
RUSSIAN RIVER PLINY THE ELDER
RUSSIAN RIVER BLIND PIG
and many more…
I’ve expressed my frustration at seeing Troegs Nugget Nectar, Bells Hopslam and quite a few others appearing on eBay. As a lover of great fresh beer, I can only imagine how frustrating it is for a brewer to have heir beer, their name and their reputation for sale by a complete stranger not even in the business of distributing beer. It’s equally frustrating to see that many times the beer is actually taken away from locals by someone selling on eBay.
Now comes word from Alpine Beer Co that they are fighting back against eBay sales of growlers & bottles of their Exponential Hoppiness Triple IPA. Unfortunately it may mean the end of bottle & growler sales…this from Pat Mcillhenney (owner & brewmaster) in their newsletter:
You have seen your very last growler of “Exponential Hoppiness” ever to be dispensed.
Since I previously stated if I ever saw a growler of “Exponential Hoppiness” for sale on ebay there would never be another growler sold again. Don’t blame me, but you can see who to blame on the above link. As for bottles of “Expo” on ebay, I’m seriously considering never bottling it again. This is not just a personal issue, it’s illegal. The fact that people drove down from LA to make a quick buck and denying the locals the chance to buy some is also just plain wrong.
So, you can see the timing of the releases listed above. The first two beers were released last week, the next comes out today and the last one comes out tomorrow. That is the most advanced notice you ever receive. Our little operation is focused on supplying the local market with fine beer. If you live in the area you can now get first crack at our releases before they can drive in from points unknown. That’s the best I can do for you, my loyal locals.
Update 4/8/2012: Alpine released an “official” statement:
Much has been made of the decision to do away with filling growlers with “Exponential Hoppiness.” Many people have weighed in on the subject, many who have no involvement and never will feel the decision was rash, rude and unprofessional. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many factors were involved in the decision and considerable time was spent deciding on a course of action. You see, the overriding factor involved in the decision was the illegality of reselling alcohol without a license and the fact I was aware of the illegal practice.
There is nothing new about “Black Market” sales of illegal, limited, rare or banned products in an underground setting. The laws of supply and demand dictate the lucrative venture one may gain from just the right buy and sell opportunity of the right product, whether legal or illegal. Ethics have little to no consideration when making the choice to sell illegally, profit is.
We, as an alcohol seller, have reams of paperwork to file just to see if we qualify to sell alcohol. We were investigated, fingerprinted and had to post a significant bond in order to fulfill the requirements of getting a license. We pay taxes. We pay sales tax and excise tax on all the beer we make and sell. Both the state and federal government hold their hands out for the tax we collect and pay all for the privilege of making and selling beer. So, when someone circumvents the procedure to sell alcohol legally we all should have a problem with their actions. Let’s assume the reason for so much scrutiny is because society wants reputable, honest and trustworthy people to deal in the alcohol industry. We don’t know the reputation of an internet seller.
Selling Alpine Beer on eBay is nothing new and we periodically enter their site to report illegal alcohol sales. Since eBay doesn’t police their site and allows people to list alcohol as easily as entering a thermos for sale, we are forced to view their site for illegal sales. I had stated previously that if I ever found out that growlers of Exponential Hoppiness were being sold on eBay I’d discontinue the growler sales. Someone was nice enough to forward a link to a list of Exponential Hoppiness bottles and a growler for sale to which my only response is to honor my word.
Growlers are for people that live close enough that they can return for refills conveniently and not have to recycle the glass from a six pack. People that ship growler out of the area are totally missing the point of a growler and the whole recycling issue. I can’t support the practice of growler sales for out of area people, period.
We have had to place limits on the amount of bottles people are allowed to purchase. Retail store owner have made a practice of buying as many bottles as we’ll sell them only to return to their store and resell them, another illegal practice. As a result, we have had to limit bottle sales to no more than 4 of any one brand just to discourage the retail store owner from making illegal choices.
We are legally allowed to operate our brewery; our licenses are up to date. But, if we know of an illegal practice that results from our product and don’t take action to mitigate the situation, we become just as guilty as the perpetrator. Action of some sort was warranted because I was aware of the illegal activity. Without taking action I become a law violator by virtue of complicity.
The local reaction has been very supportive. Thank you! The people from the greater Los Angeles area that got offended at my reference to someone driving down just to make a quick buck can chill out. I know specifically of one person getting two friends to act as buyers just so he could increase his purchase quantity, for resale, and he was from LA. Sure there were people from San Diego doing the same thing and they are just as guilty of the illegal offense. Shame on them as well.
In conclusion, Alpine Beer Company is small and has always intended our market to be local. We can’t make more beer, we’ve been making beer at capacity for 8 years now and can’t make any more. To expect our beer to be available outside of San Diego County is unrealistic. We do, occasionally have enough beer to send north, but not very often. Growlers are meant for local use only. Don’t buy a growler for a friend that lives out of the area, you are totally missing the point of what growlers are all about. And, my word is my oath. When I tell you something I expect you to believe it because I’m honest. I was a fireman for a long time and lived by my honesty and trustworthiness and can’t change.
I’ve been following along as we see more and more innovative, convenient and environmentally friendly packaging make it’s way into the beer market. Just a few years ago it was considered ground-breaking for craft beer to come in a can and now it’s commonplace….so welcome to the next new package….The BEER POUCH…and I’m betting it will be big.
Just north of Capri-Sun and south of a juice box, today we have beer pouches. I’ll include all sorts of example photos, but it’s basically the same packaging used for children’s drink pouches, now re-invented in different sizes & forms for beer and other alcoholic beverages.
As you can see Parrot Bay is currently offering a few varieties of Fermented-Malt-Beverages (FMBs) in pouches, we’ve seen hard-cider take advantage of this package and I’m also hearing we can soon expect to see Four Loko start using pouches.
The Great Bear Brewing Co (Wasilla, Alaska) is already using iNcan pouches for at least one of their beers. It’s also interesting to note that while some have an actual cap, some rely on pouring the beer out into a glass or using a straw.
I think we may see some issues related to the pressure beer carbonation may place on the packaging, and the simple issue of “use”, i.e. will it stand up or spill, it is easy to hold & store, how easily does it fail…but I suspect most of these problems are already worked out. It should also be interesting to see if this package really is “green” at all so stay tuned on that one. I can definitely see how an aluminum can would be more recyclable than a pouch, but that remains to be seen.
Sizes range from 12oz to 64oz and there are already specialized fillers for tap/growler-type filling (Yes Growler Pouches too.) Pricing seems very competitive, especially for a startup. I realize a lot of breweries JUST made an investment into can-production, but I won’t be surprised when very soon a label comes through saying “Brewed and Pouched” instead of “brewed & bottled” or “brewed & canned…”
We brought you the news of the upcoming $1 Million expansion at Weyerbacher,and yesterday we brought you the news & video of the groundbreaking ceremony held in Easton, PA. Because there were so many questions after yesterday’s events, Weyerbacher has published the following fact sheet to answer questions about the possibility of a brew-pub, their growth, the new IPA replacement and much more:
February 27, 2012
Groundbreaking: Today’s groundbreaking by Easton Mayor Sal Panto signifies the beginning of construction of a 7500 sq ft. expansion to the Weyerbacher Brewing facility, about a 40% increase in physical space. This additional space will allow Weyerbacher to increase capacity up to 30,000 bbls (31 gals each) as business grows. The new building is expected to be complete in September /October of this year. Weyerbacher began producing beer in 1995 in a much smaller 4500 sq ft facility on S. 6th St., in Easton’s west ward.
I always thought they preferred bicycles, but it looks like New Belgium Brewing will be adding two Nissan Leafs to their local deliver fleet. This from NB Today:
FT COLLINS, CO – February 28, 2012 New Belgium Brewing announced today that it is adding two fully electric plug-in Nissan Leafs to its local delivery fleet and making its on-site electrical charging stations open and free to the public. The two vehicles will be used for local sales support.
Barley Creek's Charity Hombrew Contest and Family BBQ
To celebrate American Craft Beer Week
-Where: Barley Creek's Pint Sized Park and Pavilion
-When: Friday May 18th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
-What: Homebrew Contest and family outing. Bring your friends, your own beer, family, a grill, and some food for a night of local beer and family games!
-Proceeds for the event will go to The United Way
-Categories will be judged by a panel of seasoned beer geeks
-Categories are broken down into Lager/Ale/Belgian Style Beer
-$15 Donation to United Way per beer entered. No limit to how many beers one participant may enter.
-Each Participant will receive 10lbs of free bulk grain just for entering. (any combination of grain from Barley's grain room equaling 10lbs.)
-Best Ale/Best Lager/Best Belgian Beer will each receive a 2012 Barley Creek Mug Club Membership.
-The homebrew club that has the most members participating will receive a trophy.
-"Best of Show" Grand Prize award will be given to the brewer with the overall best tasting, and most memorable beer. He/She will be able to become a guest brewer for a day at Barley Creek and brew their winning recipe to be commercially available on tap at our Brewpub. The brewer will also receive a free 2012 Mug Club Membership and a free sixtel of their finished product, or the equivalent in growler fills.
For information on how to enter or questions about the event email - Joebrews@barleycreek.com
Other activities include but are not limited to...
Yes! We are letting you bring and consume your own beer and food! In fact... you're encouraged to!
So come on down to Barley Creek support the United Way and American Craft Beer Week and overall have a good time!
FIRKIN’ MARCH MADNESS
IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT
TO HOST CASK TOURNAMENT
FEATURING BEERS FROM ALL NINE LOCATIONS
WILMINGTON, DE – This March, as fans everywhere cheer on their favorite college basketball team, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will host its own tournament, pitting casks of beer from all nine locations against each other to determine this year’s champion. Guests can participate by visiting specified Iron Hill locations during the various rounds, drink the featured beers and decide which location will move closer to becoming the Firkin’ March Madness winner by helping finish their favorite firkin.
Firestone Walker will open their new brewery restaurant on Friday. The interior pictures look great and word is they will also be serving local wines as well as their own beer. Details & video can be found HERE courtesy of KSBY.
27 February 2012
We’ve been teasing it for a week or two but it’s time to mark your calendars AND join the Friday BeerBuzz Text Club (Text beer to 99404). Advanced sales will go to our text club members and this one will sell out fast so join now and watch for details!
Saturday April 21st 9AM-7:30PM—We’re heading to Appalachia Brewing Co & Troegs NEW Hershey Brewery and you can join us.
Facebook EVENT HERE!
WILK and Krugel's Georgetown Deli say it's time to take the Friday Beer Buzz on the road!
Join us Saturday, April 21st, 2012 onboard the FBB Bus and pay a visit to Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg where we'll get a tour of the facility, samples, and enjoy lunch ...at ABC's fabulous Abbey Bar with over 50 Belgian beers in bottles and draught along with their own fresh handcrafted brews.
Then it's off to the all-new Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey where we'll get a special 'behind-the-scenes' custom tour (maybe even conducted by Chris Troegner!) and get to sample some of their best including at least one 'scratch' beer!
The price is exceptional but seating is limited. Tickets will be on sale soon but Friday Beer Buzz Text Club members will get first crack at 'em. To join the FBB Text Club, text BEER to 99404!
More details on the way, check out www.wilknewsradio.com and keep listening to WILK, 910, 980, 1300am and 103.1FM!
We brought you the story about Weyerbacher’s upcoming $1 Mil expansion (story HERE)…and as much is there’s not a lot to see here, I did think you’d want a peek at the photo Weyerbacher is tweeting out today of the “ground breaking”…or “ceremonial first dig” as they are calling it. Here’s the raw video footage too:
One of my favorite Weyerbacher beers, Tiny will make an incredibly rare appearance in a Firkin on 2/29 @ Standard Tap in Philly. Details here from Weyerbacher:
Wed 2/29. Leap Day firkin @ Standard Tap. You’ll probably never see this in a firkin again (or in a keg, for that matter). Tapping at 6pm. 901 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA.
From Bristol Brewery (Colorado Springs, CO):
Right on, Josh.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 we at Bristol Brewing Company lost a most worthy and beloved member of our family, Josh Osterhoudt. Josh was one of those people that, even when you met him for the first time, you felt like you somehow knew him already. Instantly warm, enthusiastically engaged, so quick with that one-of-a-kind laugh of his, Josh was pretty much on everyone’s list of favorite people.
Here’s a great photo courtesy of Dogfish Head showing off the 2012 4-packs of Aprihop IPA (brewed with real apricots) coming to retailers later this week.
In an interesting twist, the Roanoke Time is reporting that, in their search for an east coast facility, Sierra Nevada Brewing turned down an offer of almost $13 million in incentives from the state of VA & Roanoke County.
For almost a full year, the Roanoke Valley's economic development leaders had quietly focused on landing the first East Coast site of the craft beer giant while media and the public tracked them elsewhere, including Christiansburg, which had been eliminated by late April. Roanoke County and the state dangled almost $13 million in incentives to lure Sierra Nevada. Yet a host of other bait attracted the company's attention for its expansion, code-named "Project Fishbowl."
Full Article HERE.
Summit Brewing Co announced today they will be undertaking a new $6 Million expansion in 2013 & 2014 to meet the growing demand for their beers. Summit will be adding on to their existing building to increase fermentation space as well as an additional packaging area. Started in 1986, Summit is still Minnesota’s largest craft brewery at roughly 105,000 barrels.
You don’t have to speak German to know this guy is not having a great day after he accidentally spilled a tray of beer on Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Brasserie Artisinale et Didactique du Flo Blehen (Hannut, Belgium) — Cuvée du Flo Blonde &
Upright Brewing Company (Portland, Oregon) — Five
From the Rare Beer Club:
We’re very excited about this beer as its appearance in the Rare Beer Club represents the very first time that it has been distributed outside of the small Belgian region where it's made. ..