mybeerbuzz.com - The Year In Beer 2012

31 December 2012

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Each December 31st we all pause to reflect on the year that is coming to a close.  We rewind, we reminisce, we celebrate, and we try to package it all into some meaningful moment in life.  So as the ball drops in Times Square, I wanted to sum up the year in beer 2012.

You’ll notice we’ve dropped the term “craft beer” in our title (more on that later), and I’ve decided not to use a countdown format this year.  It all just seems more meaningful if I’m not trying to rank the importance of this years topics and trends instead of just “talking beer.” 

Today I bring you the events, trends and topics that defined The Year in Beer 2012….

Expansion
The growth of beer itself has become a big story, but that story continues to manifested itself in almost pure stainless steel form.  From small to large breweries, it seems like everyone is expanding capacity, expanding their footprint or making the big move and opening a whole new brewery.  Most recently Oskar Blues managed to turn around their new Brevard NC facility in just months and nailed an opening date of 12/12/12.
image Even though Oskar Blues got their start much later, they managed to open their doors ahead of the all-new facilities being built by both New Belgium and Sierra Nevada in the Asheville, NC area.  New Belgium’s announcement came in April and Sierra Nevada in January…yet both are slated for a 2013 ground breaking (New Belgium on-line in 2015).  Not to be outdone, Lagunitas Brewing decided to open a new facility in Chicago (also aiming to open in 2013), Victory works to open their new Parkesburg, PA facility, Sly Fox opens the doors in Pottstown, PA, Smuttynose worked to complete a new brewery at Towle Farm, BrewDog built a new 100HL brewery and just days ago Avery announced their new 30,000 square foot brewery coming to Boulder, CO. 

Honorable mentions go to Stone as they open a new packaging hallSurly as they continue to search for a new brewery location, Pizza Boy as Terry Hawbaker returns to PA and they work to build a new brewery, DuClaw as they negotiate a new brewery location, Iron Hill as they plan to open in Ardmore and our very own Breaker Brewing as they rapidly close in on opening their new Wilkes-Barre Twp. Brewery & taproom.
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It would likely be easier to highlight the breweries that did NOT expand this year as it seems everyone has hit maximum capacity and everyone is buying stock in stainless steel….but here are a few:  Weyerbacher is almost done with their expansion, and other breweries from coast to coast add space, add tanks and add brewing equipment.  Case in point Maui Brewing (here), Naked City (here), Heavy Seas (here), Bullfrog (here), Summit (here), Odell (here), Otto's (here), Sweetwater (here), Ithaca (here), The Alchemist (here), Thirsty Dog (here), Founders  (here), Breckenridge (here), Funkwerks (here), Westbrook (here), Thomas Creek (here), Caldera (here), Stevens Point (here), Captain Lawrence (here), Twisted Pine (here), Cigar City (here), Brew Works (here), Jolly Pumpkin (here)…and MANY more.  So you get the idea right?….good beer is booming and our brewers now have the capacity to make us even more.

Newbies
As our existing breweries map out their growth, some newbies join us and open their doors across the country.  Seems like every week I’m reporting on a new brewery opening it’s doors and here are JUST a few:  Fate Brewing, Gravity Brewing, West Seattle Brewing, Atom Brewing, Yellow Spring Brewery, High Hops Brewery, Ringing Rocks, Twisted X, Burlington Beer, 3 Stars Brewing, Push Craft, Berthound Brewing, Grand Rapids Brewing and literally hundreds more.  To all the new breweries out there we say welcome and best wishes for a successful venture.

Oldies
We would be remiss if we didn’t wish many of our breweries who celebrated significant anniversary's in 2012 a Happy Anniversary. Again just a few… Sierra Nevada (30)--see video below, Rogue (25), Goose Island (25), Deschutes (25), Great Lakes Cleveland (25), Schlafly (21), Great Divide (18), Weyerbacher (17), Firestone Walker (16), Stone (16), Iron Hill (15), Ommegang (15), Terrapin (10)…and of course many more…



Epic
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Stone Brewing also managed to pack two milestone events into one year…not only celebrating their 16th Anniversary but also celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Stone Ruination AND bringing to a close the end of an era as the Stone Vertical Epic series comes to an end with 12.12.12.  Our pal Mitch Steele gave us a great hint when we interviewed him in Sept when he said “think Belgian Christmas Ale” for 12.12.12’s style…so we did.  For 12 years Stone has been producing a special beer released to coincide with the year/day and month leading up to an epic vertical tasting on 12.12.12.  I’m both sad to see the series end but thrilled that our beer community can (and did) support a venture that took close to 12-years to pay off!  As you enjoy your vertical tasting session, be sure to raise a glass to everyone at Stone who had the foresight, vision and persistence to see this 12-year venture to its’ conclusion.

Packaging Innovation
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This year saw some really exciting packaging innovations in the beer world.  First off Stone revolutionized the world of fresh and hoppy IPA’s by creating a new distribution paradigm with their “Enjoy By” IPA series.  Creating limited sized batches of fresh hoppy IPA’s with the Enjoy By date as the main feature of the label and shipping them each time to a specific and limited market was brilliant…but getting the distribution chain to cooperate with the distribution speed necessary to support this venture was miraculous.  Once again my hats off to everyone at Stone and the only thing that leaves this venture falling short for me is that Northeastern PA has not seen a drop of it yet.   Hint hint!
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Cans have been all the rage for years now, but leave it to our pal Dale Katechis at Oskar Blues to take it further.  Of course the one brewery that lead the campaign for great beer in cans also lead the way with a specialty screw-top bottle-shaped can for their two Sun King collaborations Chaka and The Deuce

As imageif that wasn’t enough, Oskar Blues released what I’m proclaiming “package of the year” with their Dale’s Pale Ale 19.2oz Royal Pint CansDale Katechis himself was nice enough to send me samples of both packages, and let me tell you that they both simply feel great in your hand, and what could be better than 19.2 ounces of Dale’s Pale Ale in your hand.  As Dale himself said, “Booya!”

Honorable mentions in the imagepackaging arena go to our pal Shane Welch for the slim can he used for his Sixpoint Resin and in a surprising move I’m handing out two honorable mentions to none other than Anheuser-Busch.  First for their Bowtie shaped can (details here too) but more importantly, the can package I think will revolutionize beer can packaging in the future…their Open Ended Can.  This new package has a lot of potential, especially as it  eliminates the need for glassware on the go without forcing you to drink out of a small can or bottle opening.  Watch out for further adoption of this design coming soon.

Go WESTY Young Man
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While this may not be the most amazing event of the year, what 2012 recap could conclude without some mention of the recent frenzy to buy what is regarded by some as the “best beer in the world,” Saint Sixtus Westvleteren XII.  Approved for sale in the U.S. a year ago, we followed along with the state-by-state sale locations announcement, the frenzy to buy it and of course the subsequent eBay debacle.  I’ve been asked a hundred times about this beer over the years, and while I do consider it to be a great beer, I personally don’t think ANY beer is the “best beer in the world.”  If you get a chance to try or buy some, enjoy it.  If you think the price is too high and the bottles are too rare to make it worth the work, I’d say then you and I agree.

Craft Versus Crafty
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As I mentioned above, I decided not to use the word “craft” in this year’s title.  It was a tough decision for me and an even more difficult stance for me to take.  Recently the Brewers Association wrote a press release “calling out” the large breweries who were pretending to be small craft breweries in their marketing and brewing efforts.  The press release was called “Craft vs. Crafty” and it even included a grid showing off who is “craft”, who is “small” and who is “independent” in an attempt to show that drinkers DO care about who brews their beer.

I’ll admit reading this press release, I couldn’t help but feel the Brewers Association was behaving more and more like the very large marketing machines that they were complaining about…and while I absolutely understand the argument and the importance of the argument to the industry, I can’t help but think we are leaving the high-road position and heading toward the mud.

Now don’t get me wrong, I know the big guys control close to 90% of the beer market in the U.S. and the little guys fight for the remaining 10%, and even knowing that whether it is won or lost, this battle will lead to the end of many small breweries in the U.S.  So yes I know the future of “craft” beer may hang in the balance, but it’s my opinion that we underestimate both the power of the movement and the intelligence of the consumers.

As someone who gets asked over and over again what beer to drink, people are astounded when I reply that while I can recommend a good beer or two, people shouldn’t listen to me at all.  As a beer drinker I’m continually horrified when a beer “expert” tells you what to drink or better yet, when these same “experts” declare what is the best beer in the world or even the worst beer in the world.  In my opinion, no one should listen to anything we say, and instead go try a beer or two… and here’s a novel idea….Decide for Yourself!

This is where I come down firmly with the Craft vs. Crafty argument.  Drink what you like…keep an open mind…try all different styles of beer…try a beer from a large brewery….try a beer from a small brewery…and try a beer from a local brewery… and Decide for Yourself!  In the end YOU Decide what you like and You Decide who you want to give your money to.  I want the small craft breweries to thrive as much as the next beer lover, but I want them to do it from a position of strength and not from a position of charity where we hand them our money as part of the war against the big guys.  If we assume people will or people should support small breweries just because of who they are and not because of what they produce, then we’ve all forgotten what happened to the auto industry in the 1970’s.

Drink the beers you love and support the people who you feel deserve your support and your hard earned beer money.  I’m confident that support will likely go to small craft breweries for most of us, but do it for the right reasons and lets end the “us versus them” and “small versus big” dialogue and get back to just loving good beer.

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As the year comes to an end I always like to bid you a Happy New Year and a wish that your 2013 will be even better.  Over the last year mybeerbuzz.com has grown in a way I myself never expected.  As we gain more and more readers, follower and fans, I’m continually amazed not only at how much people love great beer, but how many cool people I’ve met along the way.  We crossed over 1-million page views in September 2012, and believe it or not we’re well on our way toward 2-million already.  Our daily traffic is amazing, and our follower, friend and fan counts continue to grow rapidly.  We’ve also launched a mybeerbuzz App in the Android market place and even more social media activity on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and others to help you keep in touch.

In 2012 we took a major step toward ensuring the future of mybeerbuzz.com by opening our sponsorship opportunities to local and non-local sponsors.  The response has been overwhelming, however the process of securing advertisers and securing the financial stability of the website has also become a considerable challenge.  Balancing the time requirements of the website itself with the time requirements of the sponsorship building activities, all while trying to provide fair pricing has not been easy…so I will take this opportunity as well to remind everyone what a great value our sponsorship opportunities are and how large our audience is.

Our radio show has kept pace with the website and it continues to grow (and grow, and grow…).  In 2012, the WILK Friday BeerBuzz has welcomed great guests like Jim Koch from Samuel Adams, Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery, Dale Katechis from Oskar Blues, Mattson Davis from Kona, Matt Brynildson from Firestone Walker Brewing, Mark Carpenter from Anchor Brewing, Jamie Bartholomaus from Foothills, Bill Covaleski from Victory , Jaime Jurado & Fred Maier from Susquehanna Brewing, Chris Trogner from Troegs Brewing, Dave Hartmann from Long Trail, Pete Kirkwood from Shawnee Craft, Bill Moore from Lancaster Brewing, Jeremy Cowan from Shmaltz Brewing, Spike Buckowski from Terrapin, Mitch Steele from Stone , Dan Kenary from Harpoon, Brett Porter from Goose Island, Jimmy Mauric from Shiner, Brian O’Reilly from Sly Fox, Leo Orlandini from Lion Brewery and many more.

In 2 years, we’ve managed to not only win a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award but also a Pennsylvania Associated Press Award.  My thank you to Nancy Kman, John Webster, Joe Thomas and everyone else at WILK and Entercomm who make it possible to have so much fun every Friday and of course my thank you to all of our great guests.

As we say goodbye to 2012, I’m excited to see what will come next in 2013 as mybeerbuzz.com turns 5-years old in April and the WILK Friday BeerBuzz turns 3-years old in May.  Stay tuned as I suspect there will be some celebration in store.  On a personal note I want to thank my pal Mitch Steele from Stone Brewing.  It was really cool to receive an autographed copy of Mitch’s new IPA book but I was blown away when I saw my name in the acknowledgements.  Thank you Mitch!

To all of our listeners, readers, fans, followers and friends I say thank you and I wish you all happiness and great beer as we continue our mission to bring good beers and good people together….
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Cigar City Torcedores Series #3 DIPA On Tap Now (One of the Hoppiest Beers They’ve Made)

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From Cigar City:

Torcedores Series #3 is on tap now: Josh Brengle's Double IPA. One of the hoppiest beers we've made!
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DuClaw Old Flame Strong Ale Coming 1/16

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From DuClaw:


Drown Your Sorrow

Soothe the burn of infatuation with this unique Strong Ale style brew. A union of fruity esters and rich caramel malt sweetness, will seduce your senses and rekindle forgotten passions, while a warming 7% abv drowns your sorrows, opening your heart to a new love. Click here for more beer info.

Arundel Mills

Wednesday, January 16th (6pm - close)
Thursday, January 17th (6pm - close)

Bel Air

Wednesday, January 16th (7pm - close)
Thursday, January 17th (7pm - close)

Bowie Town Center

Wednesday, January 16th (6pm - close)
Thursday, January 17th (6pm - close)

Giveaways will end at 10pm (sharp), so get there early. Supplies are LIMITED. Must be at least 21 years of age. ID required!
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NoDa Brewing Hangover Sweat Berliner Weisse Coming 1/1 (Video)

From NoDa:

This week Chad brings us a berliner weisse to help cure your headache leftover from ringing in the new year: Hangover Sweat. Brewed with ginger, lemon peel and grapefruit zest, this sour beer is delicious at 4.5% ABV. Come in this Tuesday and grab a glass!
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Lost Abbey - Where’s Tomme?

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In case your eyes aren’t blurry enough on New Years Eve…here’s a “Where’s Tomme” puzzle for you.  Can you find Tomme?  Holly hi-res-needed…I can’t!  This from Lost Abbey:

Tomme got lost while holiday shopping! Can you find him?
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Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 - Now Aging In Red Wine Barrels

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One of the things I love about Stone is that they are constantly experimenting with barrel-aging their beers.  Today we get a peek at their Vertical Epic 12.12.12 as it is being loaded into red wine barrels for aging.  Stay tuned as we follow along with this beer.
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Appalachian Brewing - Zoigl Star Coming 1/7 & Chocolate Ave Stout Coming 1/14

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Zoigl Star Lager
(January Specialty)

Mugger ONLY Preview Dates: January 7th-10th  
Release Date: January 11th 

OG 14.0 | ABV 5.9 | IBUs 19

Zoigl is a golden, unfiltered lager beer which was originally brewed only in the region of Eastern Bavaria, between Franconia and the Czech Republic. For centuries, Zoigl was brewed in brewhouses owned by the town or an association of small brewers.

The Zoigl-Star, a six-angular star similar to the Star of David, was the sign of brewers in the middle ages. The star symbolizes the three elements (air, earth, and fire) and the three ingredients (water, malt, and hops) used for brewing. The importance of the yeast was not yet known in the 1400′s.

imageChocolate Avenue Stout
(Winter/Valentines Specialty)

Mugger ONLY Preview Dates: January 14th-17th 
Release Date: January 18th 

OG 14 | ABV 5 | IBUs 18

Chocolate Avenue Stout

The Chocolate Avenue Stout is the perfect blend of dry stout enhanced with sweet chocolate. The abundance of roasted barley and chocolate malt provide a deep dark color and rich robust flavor. The use of subtle hopping allows the chocolate and espresso flavors to shine.  Produced to celebrate the lover’s holiday, this stout is best shared with a loved one!
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What it Takes to Make Narragansett Cream Ale (Video)

From Narragansett:

Our pre-prohibition session Cream Ale delivers an extra pop of hop bitterness found only in cream ales of the early 20th Century, with quality ingredients like 2-row pale, Munich, Vienna, and Cara-malt for a creamy head. Want to learn more about Narragansett's Cream Ale? Visit http://www.narragansettbeer.com/products/cream.
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Touring Greene King Brewery w/Brewer John Bexon

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Deep Ellum - Darkest Hour Launch (Video)

From Deep Ellum:

Tait Lifto's in depth interview with Darkest Hour and the End of the World Launch Party at Good Friend.
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Odell - Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout Bottling Today

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Odell is giving us a look today as the Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout bottles come off the line.  As we mentioned before, Lugene is coming 1/6.
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New Belgium - Rampant Imperial IPA Coming in March

30 December 2012

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Today you get your first look at the label for New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA.  This new beer will replace Belgo IPA and New Belgium’s lineup, and as such it should be release in March 2013.  According to the label, Rampant is loaded with “heavy peach tones, herbal sweetness & aromatic complexity.”  Rampant will be packaged in 12oz and 22oz bottles and come in at 8.5% ABV.
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Flying Dog - Lucky SOB Irish Style Red Ale Brewed w/ 4-Leaf Clovers

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Yes you read that correctly…this lucky new brew from Flying Dog actually claims to be brewed with 4-leaf Clovers.  Lucky SOB is an Irish Style Red that will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 5.5% ABV, I suspect just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  Another interesting tidbit for this label is that the Ralph Steadman artwork is labeled “self poortrait.”  Stay tuned for release details.
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Horny Goat - Don’t Let The Name Fool You : Horny Blonde & Exposed Cream Ale

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I’ve been enjoying my way through a sample box sent to me by Horny Goat Brewing… (You can read about…Hopped Up & Horny IPA & Chocolate Cherry Stout and Brownie Porter & Stacked Milk Stout) and today we decided to sample two more.  Once again I remind you not to get fooled by the name.  Horny Goat may have an interesting marketing angle on their beer names, but the beers have been solid. 
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Today we sampled their Horny Blonde Lager and their Exposed Cream Ale.  These are probably the two most innocent of offerings from Horny Goat as far as flavor profile is concerned.  Horny Blonde is a very traditional German-style lager and while it’s not a style I’d consider myself an expert in, I believe this beer will have pretty strong appeal, especially to someone moving toward craft beer.  Horny Blonde is a pale lager with a really clean mouthfeel and a slightly hoppy finish.  I can picture this one working really well as the weather grows warm and it’s one lager-lovers will really enjoy.
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Exposed Cream Ale uses traditional cream ale pale malt and wheat malt but they add in oats for a smooth mouthfeel.  Exposed has the feel of a session ale and seems like another beer that someone making the move to better beer would enjoy.  Exposed Cream Ale had a cleaner finish than I expected, but at warmer temperatures, wasn’t tasting quite as dry as I would have expected.  The good news is you’re likely to enjoy Exposed Cream Ale enough that it will be gone before it gets to a warmer temp.  All in all a very nice example of a Cream Ale. 

Check these Horny Goat brews out for yourself and you’ll see what I mean when I say, “Don’t let the name fool you.”
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21st Amendment - Lower De Boom Barleywine Now in 12oz Cans

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Here’s your first look at the great new can coming from our pal Shaun O’Sullivan for 21st Amendment Lower De Boom Barleywine Style Ale.  This is a great looking 12oz can and according to the label this Barleywine is “packed with citrusy hops.”  Lower De Boom will back that claim up with 92 IBU and of course it’s big at 11.5% ABV.
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Mikkeller - Big Worster American-Style Barley Wine (18.9% ABV)

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This morning we have a new brew coming from Mikkeller called Big Worster American-style Barley Wine Ale.  Big Worster is brewed at DeProef, it will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles and come in at a BIG 18.9% ABV….and of course we have another great label from our pal Keith Shore.
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Pyramid Imperial Pils Coming To 12oz Bottles

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This morning we have new beer coming to 12oz bottles from Pyramid called Imperial Pils - Czech-Style Pilsner.  This new lager from Pyramid will come in at 7% ABV and look for a spring release.
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Sierra Nevada - 2013 Ruthless Rye Returns Early Jan

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Today we get a look at the 2013 label for Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.  This beer will return for 2013 in 12oz bottles and should be hitting shelves in early Jan.  Ruthless Rye remains 6.6% ABV.
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Samuel Adams - Summer Ale 2013

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Today we have the 22oz and 12oz bottle label for Samuel Adams 2013 Summer Ale Seasonal Brew.  This beer is a wheat ale that uses lemon peel & grains of paradise as well as Noble hops and for 2013 it will be packaged in 22oz bottles as well as 12oz bottles and come in at 5.2% ABV.
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Summit - Unchained Series Batch 12 - 100% Organic Ale

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Today you get your first look at the Summit Brewing Unchained Series Batch # 12….100% Organic Ale.  This beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 4.6% ABV.
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Revolution Brewing - A Little Crazy Belgian-Style Pale Ale 12oza Bottles

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Here’s a new beer and a new label design for Revolution Brewing.  Looks like a Little Crazy Belgian-Style Pale Ale will be make the move from draft-only to be packaged in 12oz bottles (like their Oktoberfest).  Most releases from Revolution are packaged in 22oz bottles so this is an interesting label.  A Little Crazy will come in at 6.8% ABV.
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Native American Groups Institute Alcohol Blockade for New Year’s Eve In Whiteclay, NE

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PINE RIDGE, S.D., Dec. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/mbb -- Vowing "we will live up to our obligation once again and be idle no more," Oglala Lakota Women and allies from the Deep Green Resistance will blockade the border of Pine Ridge and Whiteclay, Nebraska to prevent alcohol from entering the Pine Ridge Reservation where alcohol sales, possession and consumption are illegal, according to Alcohol Justice.



We do this to save the lives of our relatives who cannot defend themselves against the harms of alcohol due to the inability of the state of Nebraska to properly police illegal retailer alcohol sales and activities in the town of Whiteclay," stated activist Olowan Martinez. "We do this to prevent abuses of all forms from reaching into our sacred homes and to show our future generations how to protect our homeland by any means necessary!"

What:

Alcohol Solidarity Blockade

When:

Monday, December 31, 2012, 9 PM

Where:

Border of Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Whiteclay, Nebraska

Who:

Representatives from:          

  • Oglala Lakota Nation
  • Deep Green Resistance
  • Community Supporters

Why:

To stop the illegal alcohol activity at Whiteclay, Nebraska such as:     

  • Retailer participation in alcohol smuggling into the Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Trade of alcohol for sex
  • Loitering at the premises of alcohol retailers with open containers
  • The inability of Nebraska Liquor Commission to stop illegal retailer activity
  • Recent homicides and physical violence
  • Alcohol sales to minors
  • Alcohol sales to intoxicated people

25% of Pine Ridge Reservation youth suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
2/3 of Pine Ridge Reservation adults suffer from alcoholism.

PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1xNEb)

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Lazy Magnolia Expanding To 19.5K Barrels in 2013

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Some exciting expansion news for Mississippi’s first brewery since prohibition…Lazy Magnolia.  We brought you some expansion news already (here and here)Looks like Lazy Magnolia will be expanding their brewing operation even more in 2013….aiming for 19,500 barrels in 2013.  Details from MSBusiness:

The brewery, the first in the state since Prohibition, also will expand its warehouse footprint from 10,000 square feet to nearly 30,000 square feet as it gears up to produce more barrels of beer each year.

In 2005, the Hendersons brewed 600 barrels and gradually grew to 14,900 in 2012.

Next year the total is expected to be 19,500 barrels, increasing year by year to a projected 55,694 barrels in 2017.
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Long Trail - Arena Ale

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No details on this one just yet, but today we have a keg-label approval for Long Trail Arena Ale.  Stay tuned.
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Mendocino Seasonal - Black IPA

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Here’s a new one from Mendocino Brewing’s seasonal line called Black IPA--ale brewed with orange peel.  Black IP will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 6% ABV.
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Old Forge - Irish Draught & Eleven Black Ale

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Two new keg beers coming from our pal Damien Malfara at Old Forge Brewing today.  Today we have Irish Draught (Irish Style Ale) and Eleven Black Ale.  Stay tuned for details.
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Boulder Beer - Shakenbake IPA

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No real details on this beer so far, but today we have the keg label for a new brew from Boulder Beer called Shakenbake IPA.  Stay tuned for details on this one.
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Great River Brewery Partnering w/Mississippi River Distilling On Tasting Room

imageA great mix of resources coming today as Great River Brewery and Mississippi River Distilling work together on some specialty releases and a new tasting room.  This from QCTimes:

Mississippi River Distilling Co. co-owner Ryan Burchett said the distillery and Davenport’s Great River Brewery are partnering on an expansion to the distillery building that will allow the brewery to brew specialty beers on site in LeClaire and create a tasting room that will serve both companies’ products.

Burchett said the two companies have been collaborating on marketing projects and on products. The brewery has used old whiskey caskets from the distillery to make beer, and the distillery plans to distill beer from the brewery into a beer whiskey.
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Evil Twin - Yin and Yang Coming to 4-Packs

29 December 2012

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Here’s a peek courtesy of Evil Twin at the packaging layout as Evil Twin brings their Yin & Yang to new 4-packs.  Stay tuned for release details.
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Against The Grain - Rico Sauvin IPA 22oz Bottles

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Here’s a look at the 22oz bottle label coming from Against The Grain for Rico Sauvin--An IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops.  Rico looks a little kinky and according to the label, “he’s out for one thing…to be inside you.”  Rico also uses Sauvignon Blanc grapes also and will come in at 8% ABV.  Is that a bundle of grapes in your pants or are you just happy to see me?  How’s the IPA….Not Baaaaaaaad….”
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Churchkey Coming to NY

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From DNAInfo:

The brew began selling in stores across Portland and Seattle in early 2012, but only hit Brooklyn when Camilo Dominguez, beer expert at The Brooklyn Sandwich Society, came across it at a tasting.

American Beer Distributing Company, Inc. confirmed that The Brooklyn Sandwich Society is the only local spot known to serve the low-profile beer.
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