Smuttynose 2013-2014 Release Calendar

31 May 2013

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From Smuttynose:

The dates listed below are when we expect to ship these beers from the brewery. When they appear on store shelves or at a bar or restaurant near you may be somewhat later.

To learn more about our Big Beer Series click here.

For our seasonal and periodic releases, click here.

For our Short Batch Series, click here.

June kicks off with a bang!  Farmhouse Ale shipments began May 28 and a new Short Batch beer, Luna Moth, debuts at the brewery on June 7, during tours. A second Short Batch release on June 14 brings the return of Durty, but in a slightly stronger, tweaked version from the previous release. We scored hundreds of pounds of the popular yet hard-to-find Falconer's Flight hop blend for dry-hopping.  

We're also excited to announce a collaboration brew taking place at Smutty on June 17. We're still sorting a few details for a July release, but you'll definitely know the brewery and you might have even had a version of the beer before. Info on new Smuttynose releases can be found on our Brewers Notes blog.

To read our Brewers Notes click here.
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Zuckfultzfus Brewery In Lancaster Co, PA May Be Forced To Close Just 2 Weeks After Opening


From Fox43:

The vision is to build a small, cozy, brew pub in Mount Joy that seats around 30 people. They started the process of licensing in January and  have every license they need but one,  the Brew Pub License. That license means they can sell beer but it can’t be consumed. The reason they don’t have it? Their neighbors sent a petition to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board concerned about parking. And that’s all it took to stop the PLCB from granting a license to the Boyers.  We tried knocking on those neighbors doors, and they kept them closed. Just as the Boyers are fighting to keep their doors open for business.

The next step is for the Boyers is to have a hearing with the PLCB. That process will take about 4 months.

Read more: http://fox43.com/2013/05/31/mount-joy-brewery-fighting-to-stay-open/#ixzz2V51y7iMt

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Announces Expiration of Tender Offer for All Outstanding Grupo Modelo Shares

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From Anheuser-Busch:

BRUSSELS, May 31, 2013 /mbb/ -- Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI; NYSE: BUD) ("AB InBev") announced today the expiration of the tender offer by its wholly owned subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch Mexico Holdings S.R.L. de C.V., to acquire all outstanding shares of Grupo Modelo , S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: GMODELOC) ("Modelo") not already owned by AB InBev for USD 9.15 per share in cash.

The tender offer expired at 2:00 p.m., Mexico City time, on May 31, 2013. The exchange agent for the tender offer has advised that, as of the expiration of the tender offer, a preliminary total of 1,966,744,040 shares had been tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 89% of Modelo's outstanding Series C shares not previously owned by AB InBev. When added to AB InBev's existing ownership interest in Modelo, AB InBev and its affiliates will, following the settlement of the tender offer, own approximately 95% of Modelo's outstanding shares. All shares that were validly tendered into the tender offer and not properly withdrawn have been accepted for payment and will be paid for promptly in accordance with the terms of the tender offer.

On the date of settlement of the tender offer, AB InBev will establish a funded trust that will accept further tenders of shares by Modelo shareholders that did not participate in the tender offer over a period of up to 25 months after the tender offer closing.

Transaction Website: www.globalbeerleader.com

The enclosed information constitutes regulated information as defined in the Belgian Royal Decree of 14 November 2007regarding the duties of issuers of financial instruments which have been admitted for trading on a regulated market.
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Troegs / Devils Backbone / The Church Scratch # 97 On Tap @ Philly Beer Week

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Good news today as the Troegs, Devils Backbone, The Church Brew Works Scratch #97 co brew for Philly Beer week will be on tap this week!
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Friday BeerBuzz - 31 May 2013 Straub Amber, Maibock & IPL w/Bill Brock & Vince Assetta (Video)

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WILK Friday BeerBuzz - 31 May 2013 Straub Maibock & Amber w/Bill Brock

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We’ve had some great guests join us on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz…from as far away as Hawaii to just down the road in Plains, but today marked a milestone.  Our guest today traveled further than anyone has so far to join us in the studio to sample  his beers.

Straub Brewery is located in St. Mary’s, PA and while many may know the name, few people know how historic the brewery is.  Opened in 1872, Straub Brewery recently celebrated their 140th anniversary and in the last year they’ve made some really interesting additions to their packaging and beer line-up.  And what better way to learn more about the Straub Brewery and their great beers than to invite Straub Brewery CEO Bill Brock and Brewmaster Vince Assetta into the studio.

It was really interesting to hear the history of the brewery from Bill and how many of the practices and brewing processes started by their founder Peter Straub, are still in place today.  One of my favorites was the tradition Peter started of putting a red band around their wooden kegs as a way of identifying Straub Kegs.  That practice not only continues today with Straub Kegs, but the brewery adopted the color red for much of their marketing materials.

Bill gave us some really cool insight on Straub’s reusable bottles and why they’ve continued that tradition.  He also had a lot to say about the first two All-Malt beers to ever come out of Straub and the direction the brewery will take with them in the future.  Bill gave us some insight on the new Summer Seasonal India Pale Lager coming from Straub this summer and FINALLY someone explained to me the Straub Brewery Eternal Tap! It was also an honor meeting Brewmaster Vince Assetta and getting a chance to sample the new IPL!!
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Of course we sampled some beer today, and what better way to kick it off than with the new All-Malt Straub Maibock.  This beer is loaded with malt flavor and it has a classic clean German hop finish thanks in part to the Liberty & Mt. Hood hops grown from German Hallertau stock.  We also sampled the classic Straub Amber and talked to Bill about it’s new packaging….the new Straub cans.  I’m excited to see Straub Amber, Light & Lager hitting cans and I suspect we’ll see more.

It was a lot of fun talking beer with Bill & Vince and be sure to get out and try some of their beers for yourself.

Thank you to Bill Brock & Vince Assetta from the Straub Brewery, Nancy, John & Joe for yet another
fun Friday.
The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together. As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE.
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Samuel Adams / Weihenstephan Infinium 2013

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Today we get a peek at the 2013 label for the Samuel Adams Weihenstephaner Infinium Ale.  The specialty brew returns in 750ml bottles and it remains at 10.3% ABV.
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Evil Twin - Naked Lunch In a Copenhagen heavenly Resto

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Now there’s a name that just rolls off your tongue.  Coming from Evil Twin today we have the label for Naked Lunch In a Copenhagen heavenly Resto.  This Imperial Stout is brewed by DeMolen, it will be packaged in 11.2oz bottles and come in at 10% ABV.
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Flying Dog Raging Bitch Now Available in 12-Packs (Video)


From Flying Dog:

Ralph Steadman described it as "nectar imprisoned in a bottle." The State of Michigan deemed it "detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the general public."

We call it Raging Bitch. Now available in 12-packs, you can experience it like never before.
Credits:
Tim Martin: Writer, director, camera, editor
Alesandra Nicole: Actress
Jess Daumit: Original music
Steph Hyder: Costume designer
Tone Jackson: Hair stylist
Tim Scofield: Set design
And special thanks to:
Positive Dog Training and Animal Actors, LLC
Mt. Airy Auto and Truck Salvage
Alan Saunders
freeSFX
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New Belgium - Let's Talk About Lips Of Faith Paardebloem

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From New Belgium:

Paardebloem is a funny word. It's not even English, it's Flemish (I think). It means dandelion. Yep, the little yellow flower that turns into the weird windmill thing that you blow the petals off and make wishes. Little know fact, it's a totally and completely edible flower, the heads, the leaves, the greens, all of it. And when eaten it tastes vegetal and bitter. Bitter. Yep, like hops. 

Paardebloem (the beer) has been brewed before. It is the brain child of Chris McCombs (AKA Puffy). Puffy is a plant engineer here at New Belgium and a former brewer at Red Rock Brewing in Salt Lake City. Over the years he has gone back into Utah to join up with these folks (at RRB) to create a beer bittered with dandelion greens instead of hops, they call(ed) it Paardebloem. They have made it a bunch of times (it even won some awards (NBD)). And here it is again, in all its awesome glory (it's even in bottles this time). The difference between Paardebloem present and past is that this version was brewed here, at New Belgium, in a larger capacity for further distribution. The Red Rock folks came to Colorado and brewed with Chris, not vice versa. This is great news for everyone who wants to try it, because, for the most part, you can get it. 

What does this version taste like? Well, it's like a strong Belgian golden with some green bitterness (dandelions). And a hint of funk, as it utilized a mixed fermentation with some ale yeast, along with some brettanomyces. Then we topped it off with some wood aged sour beer to emphasize the funk, and add a hint of tartness.

This beer is devine. Seriously, I have had a few of the versions in the past and this one is my favorite. Go here to find a bottle near you and I hope you like it!
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Brooklyn Brewery - Summer Ale & Sorachi Ace Coming to 30l Collapsible Key Kegs

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This isn’t earth shattering, but I thought you’d want a peek at what appears to be a new 30l collapsible/recyclable key keg coming fro Brooklyn Summer Ale & Sorachi Ace.  This is a U.S. approval but the multi-lingual instruction above have me thinking this will head to Sweden.
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Bell’s Brewery - Robin Goodfellow’s Summer Ale

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No details on this on just yet but I thought you’d want to see the keg label for Bell’s Brewery Robin Goodfellow’s Summer Ale.
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Give Us Liberty (& Give Us Beer)!: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station

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A peek inside the new Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens @ Liberty Station courtesy of Stone’s Brandon Hernandez:

They say good things come to those who wait. Fermentation has proven this true for us time and time again; however, we are, at our core, pretty darn impatient. We have grand aspirations and want to push the craft beer envelope by providing new ways for people to experience hand-crafted ales and lagers. Grand aspirations require grand gestures. Grand gestures take grand effort. Grand effort mandates a boatload of time, and that equates to a whole lot of waiting for our grand aspirations to be forged into reality. Never has this been truer than in the case of construction of our second farm-to-table restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. It took us years to take it from the grand aspiration phase to the tangible and absolutely magnificent (if we do say so ourselves, and we just did) brick-and-mortar bastion of good beer and quality cuisine it’s become. The waiting was the hardest part, but, once again, it was all worth it. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station is open for business and Worthy all of the hard work it took to get it to that point. Allow us to show you around…

The main dining room at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station (above)

Installed in the heart of San Diego’s Liberty Station, a multi-use retail and residential development in the repurposed site that was formerly home to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Training Center, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station was constructed within several interlocking Navy buildings. Aptly, those structures include NTC’s original mess hall. During construction, it was important, both to us and the local historical society, that we maintain the historic integrity of the space. As such, we went to great lengths to pay homage to the venue’s former life while bringing in plenty of fresh features to celebrate its new identity as not just a restaurant, but a Stone restaurant. To that end, there are aspects of our “industrial becoming organic” motif, which combines elements of reclaimed wood and metal, plant-life, water and, of course, stone, to create a multi-faceted yet cogent aesthetic that’s both comforting and thought-provoking.

The shiny new brewhouse is the domain of Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham

So, the place looks great, but what better way to really make this a Stone restaurant than to add a brewing element? Answer: there is no better way! Knowing this and playing off our long-standing desire to construct a brewery separate from our main facility in North County San Diego, we built in a 10-barrel brewhouse with six 20-barrel fermenters, two of which are situated in the cold box with lines siphoning the freshest beer possible straight to the interior bar, creating yet another high quality craft beer experience that goes beyond traditional keg setups. Longtime Stone brewer, Kris Ketcham, oversees all brewing operations in his new stomping grounds and, to date, has already created half a dozen new beers with the help of a rotating staff of Stone Brewing Production Team personnel who’ve lent their time and creativity to our new venture. Those beers include Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Commemorative Imperial Stone Pale Ale, J’s OT Stout, Hoppy Brownie Hemp Ale and Operation Homefront IPA. Many of these beers will only be served at the restaurant.

The dining room and indoor bar in between the cinema area and bocce ball courts

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station can seat 600 people at a time in four interconnected interior dining rooms, two of which are equipped with bars serving a wide variety of draft beers as well as a bottle list boasting more than 100 different Stone-approved craft brews. But wait, there’s more. While the restaurant’s interior accounts for a great deal of cozy convivial dining and drinking space (more than almost any restaurant in San Diego), the exterior comes in at over 12,000 square feet all on its own. Remember, the lengthy name of our restaurant includes the word “gardens.” As such, you can expect plenty of lounge-ready outdoor space to explore. That acreage is made lush with the addition of beautiful flora and fauna (including a historic tree on the site’s extreme southern border), and further beautified courtesy of immense water features and inlaid stone paths and flooring. Separate from our main garden is a small, turf-laid outdoor area equipped with its own bar, from which we’ll project cinematic masterpieces as part of the Stone Movie Night tradition we plan on extending from our original restaurant. There’s also another al fresco section that includes a pair of bocce ball courts that have quickly become some of the venue’s most in-demand real estate.

A long line of sizeable gastronomic might commanded by Executive Chef Tausha Lopez

On the food front, it’s business as usual. The menu is made up of favorite recipes popularized at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, with new dishes developed by Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Executive Chef Tausha Lopez. Everything on the bill of fare, whether it be lunch, dinner, brunch or dessert, is composed of ingredients plucked from local purveyors including our very own Stone Farms in Escondido (which is now open on weekends for tours and sales of produce, merchandise and specialty Stone beers like Stone Pale Ale infused with lavender straight from the farm). The same responsible philosophies that guide all we do at Stone has survived the move to San Diego proper intact, and our food—and our guests—will be all the better for it! Come on by and you’re sure to see what we mean. (And if you can’t make it, click here for even more photos of the Bistro.)

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station is located at 2816 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106. For reservations and more information (do you really need more after this brilliant dissertation…OK, go ahead) check out the venue’s official website or call (619) 296-2100. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch is also offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Even with all those seats, reservations are highly recommended. We look forward to serving you up a slice of our newest unique craft beer experience. See you soon!
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Old Forge - Pumpkin Ale Coming to 16oz Cans

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Here’s an exciting new package coming from our pal Damien Malfara at Old Forge Brewing Co as their Pumpkin Ale heads to 16oz cans.  This beer remains at 4.6% ABV and it uses pumpkin, spices & vanilla.
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Great Lakes to Release 25th Anniversary Silver & Gold IPL 6/21

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May 31, 2013/mbb/—CLEVELAND, OHIO—Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) will commemorate 25 years of exceptional beer with Silver & Gold IPL, a brand new India-Style Pale Lager brewed with Dortmunder Gold Lager yeast. The limited-edition beer represents 25 years of brewing history and innovation.

Name Origin: Our silver anniversary isn’t about gold medals. It’s not about accolades or awards. It’s about 25 years of passion and heart. Silver & Gold IPL represents our past and our present, from the early Dortmunder Gold days to our growing family of beers. Silver & Gold is for our neighbors who’ve shared pints and stories with us in the Taproom, for our fans who’ve challenged us to be exceptional from day one, and for us—a bottled reminder of how far we’ve come.

Flavor: Crisp and clean with a pronounced hop presence providing a floral, piney finish

Availability: Silver & Gold IPL will debut on tap in the GLBC Brewpub and in 4-Packs in the GLBC Gift Shop on Friday, June 21st. The time of the release will be published on greatlakesbrewing.com at a later date. Silver & Gold IPL will be available in both draft and 4-Packs throughout GLBC’s distribution region starting June 24th.

Packaging: 4-Pack, Draft

GLBC’s official 25th anniversary is September 6, 2013. On that day, the Brewery will host a neighborhood block party featuring live local music, a photo booth, fresh food and merchandise from Ohio City’s artisan vendors, plus Cleveland sports mascots and other family-friendly activities. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit greatlakesbrewing.com.
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Moylan’s Celebrates Their 1500th batch With Double Kiltlifter (On Tap Now)

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Exciting news from Moylans…and yes this bad boy is 10.2% ABV and on tap now!
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Great Lakes Brewing - Friends of GLBC: Porter Session (Video)


From Great Lakes Brewing:

Great Lakes Brewing Company's Edmund Fitzgerald Porter: Bold. Bittersweet. Complex. Because every season is porter season.

Become a friend of GLBC. Visit
http://www.friendsofglbc.com and upload a photo of you and your favorite GLBC beer, or tweet a picture using #friendsofglbc. You could win a prize! Leave a comment or like an image in the Friends of GLBC gallery.
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Lagunitas Hero (Video)


Check out the Lagunitas Brewing shirt…
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5 Rabbit - Missionario Wheat Beer w/Grape Must & Almond Flour

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Here’s a peek at the 12oz bottle label for 5 Rabbit Brewing Missionario Wheat Beer fermented with grape muscat grape must & almond flour.  This unique beer uses Aldrich almond flour and it will come in at 6.8% ABV.
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Pittsburgh Bar Stops Serving Samuel Adams During NHL Playoffs

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Bad Samuel Adams news during the NHL playoffs from CBSSports:

The Pittsburgh bar Howlers is really getting into the Eastern Conference finals spirit by taking the Penguins' rivalry with Boston and the Bruins to their drink selection. Specifically, Sam Adams, or any other Boston beer (I'm not sure what that includes) will not be available for the duration of the series. They let their patrons know with this sign that made its way to imgur/Reddit.
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Coors Light Halts Production of Puerto Rican Day Parade Cans

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After considerable objection from the Puerto Rican community…Coors has decided to halt production of their Puerto Rican Day Parade Cans.  Details from the NY Daily News:

The state attorney general’s office is investigating a beer behemoth and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in the wake of a scandal over cans displaying the Puerto Rican flag.

Coors Light tried to can the controversy Thursday, vowing to stop production on its Puerto Rican-themed can after outcries from a local community group.

But the state’s top lawman, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, wants to know more about how the beer brand using the popular parade to market its suds.
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Boulevard Expands Distribution Into Virginia With Chesbay

From Boulevard:

(Kansas City,MO) – Beer lovers in Virginia have something new to look forward to this summer. Boulevard Brewing Company, which currently sells a few of its beers in a limited portion of Northern Virginia, will soon expand its footprint to cover the entire Commonwealth. Richmond area residents will find Boulevard beers in their market beginning June 1, with a July rollout in and around Virginia Beach. The remainder of the Old Dominion State will see beers from the Kansas City brewer in August.

Boulevard has entered into distribution agreements with Loveland Distributing of Richmond, Chesbay Distributing, LLC, located in Chesapeake, Va., serving the Hampton Roads area, and Blue Ridge Beverage Company, which services the western side of the state. “We’re delighted to be able to expand our presence in Virginia,” said Steve Mills, vice president of sales for Boulevard. “The state has come a long way in a short time, earning a reputation as a craft-centric market, a place where serious brewers want to be.”

Virginia distributors will feature the brewery’s critically acclaimed Smokestack Series beers, along with Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Single-Wide I.P.A. and 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer from its family of core brands.
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Philly Beer Week - Hammer of Glory Goes Skydiving (Video)

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Brooklyn Brewery Retires Monster Ale

30 May 2013

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Sad but hopeful news from Brooklyn Brewery:

Today it is with a heavy heart that we announce Brooklyn Brewery’s barley wine Monster Ale has reached the end of its run. But although this beer will no longer be produced, its spirit will live on… no, like literally: Monster Ale will age nicely for many years, so for those holding on to a bottle (or keg) there’s still some Monster out there left to enjoy.

After the passing of
Monster the Cat, things were just not the same with Monster Ale. The Monsters had come up in Brooklyn together, enjoying an incalculable tally of beer fans assembled in the Tasting Room basking in the duo’s respective glow, and witnessing the birth of new arrivals such as Local 1, BLAST! and Sorachi Ace, now all on course towards legacies of their own. When Monster was laid to rest, the spirituous, malty libation could be seen aimlessly meandering through the fermentation hall, lazing about the brewhouse, and listlessly watching the bottles fill up with beer in the packaging room, giving the sense to those close with this classic Winter Seasonal that perhaps the end was near.

But don’t worry, even though one of its members has passed, the Brooklyn Beer family may just have some new suds in the oven…
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Lagunitas Beer Circus - Beer Burlesque (Video)


Some interesting Lagunitas Beer Circus video from Mark Day (above) & some beer burlesque:

Lagunitas Beer Circus 2013 with the Vau de Vire Society, Dr Mad Vibe, Fou Fou Ha, SambaDrop, The Klown Korps's TrashKan Marchink Band and more.


And this tidbit from Lagunitas Brewing:;

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The Bruery - French Oak Barrel Aged Bois -- Part 5 of 5 of Our Anniversary Beers

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From The Bruery:

It's the end of May, our 5th anniversary month, so we're finishing off the month of barrel blogs with a focus on the barrel industry itself and some thoughts on French American Oak! This time we went straight to the source (of barrels) and chatted with Kelvin Cooperage to learn about French oak. We just wish there was a way we could explain online how delightful Kevin McLaughlin's Scottish accent is over the phone.

Although our variation of Bois aged in French oak barrels will not be ready until late this year and it is available exclusively to our Hoarders Society members, our bourbon barrel aged Bois is available nationwide to the public right now. As we've mentioned, the rye, brandy, and new American oak barrel aged variations are available exclusively to our Society members.

Started in 1963 by Ed McLaughlin in Scotland, Kelvin Cooperage has been supplying distilleries and breweries with new, used and repaired barrels. Operated by his sons Kevin and Paul, the company is currently based in Kentucky with approximately 70,000 barrels onsite at their command. (Whoa)

Both Kevin and Paul grew up in Scotland where their father owned a small cooperage that repaired barrels for the whiskey industry. At age 16, Kevin started an apprenticeship repairing barrels as a journeyman cooper (which means not yet master level), before his family moved to southern California. As the family business slowed down, he decided to go back to school, managed to get a golf scholarship at Pepperdine University and landed a sales job. He realized after three years it was time to breathe some new life into the family business. The manager of the business was on his way out anyway, so Kevin headed back to Scotland to take over.

But, he hated the weather in Scotland. "It's too cold. It's freezing, miserable! And scotch whisky was on the decline," Kevin explained. Kelvin Cooperage moved to Kentucky in 1991 and has grown from 4-5 employees with about 20,000 barrels to about 60 employees, shipping about 40,000 barrels a year with 70,000 onsite at their 9 acre space! "We've been fortunate in that we've diversified with different markets and products. We make all types of barrels. A lot of places make new barrels for wine, but we're the only one doing new, used, and repairs. I really don't have a lot of options in life so I'm stuck with this," he laughs.

When it comes to barrels in the beer industry, Kevin has noticed their clientele has gone from "one beer customer out in Oregon" to now projecting 5% of their business for 2013 coming from the beer industry. "The beer guys are becoming more aware of what the barrel can do for beer," he noticed. "What the beer guys are doing is incredible, and we can offer anything in barrels. We want to be that call for experimentation." So in other words, Kevin likes to make it weird, which is great news for us, because we can't seem to just let a beer be "normal".

We've aged Bois in French Oak barrels from both Kelvin Cooperage and Tonnellerie de Mercurey and Patrick and the crew have found notes of marshmallow and tropical fruit, musty wood, and some spicyness so far, but these barrels still have a while to hang out before this beer is done. Compared to new American oak barrels (some of which we also got from Kelvin, at a medium-plus toast level for all you supergeeks) which had more tannic flavors and notes of charred wood and burnt caramel, it seems like the French oak provided some softer and more aromatic flavors .... so far. Differences in flavor could possibly be attributed to the type of oak used and where it was sourced from in France. As you can see on this handy map, there are a lot of options for where to source French oak.

Kelvin's Director of Production & Quality Control, William Hornaday, filled us in on his French oak barrel and wood aging thoughts.

Both American and French Oak can impart similar flavors just depending on the preparation of the wood and barrel. French oak will contribute more flavor in less time than American oak because French oak is less dense making it easier for [liquid] to move in and out of the wood. Toast level is the biggest factor to flavor and depending on the toast level you will get a large range in flavor. Fresh oak, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, almond, smoky, woody, spicy, cinnamon, etc. Those flavors are listed in order from light toast moving up to a heavy toast.
Most wood aged beer is made in a used bourbon barrel which will impart heavy flavors from the product that filled the barrel first: bourbon! You will still get smoky, woody, and mocha characteristics as well from the barrel. Those flavors will be much more prominent in a new barrel than a used one.

For those Society members looking to try some of the Bois variations, on Saturday 6/1 we'll be offering 5 oz pours of the new American oak and brandy barrel aged variations for $7 each staring at noon. Pours are limited to one per person and will be available until we run out!

Read more about cooperage and the differences between French and American oak at these stellar resources:

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Full Sail Brewing joins the ALS Therapy Development Institute in the 'Ales for ALS' Campaign to Battle Lou Gehrig's Disease

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From Full Sail Brewing:

Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing is proud to be one of the 38 craft brewers across the country that has joined the Ales for ALS campaign in support of the ALS Therapy Development Institute’s (ALS TDI) mission to discover and develop effective treatments for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As part of the program, participating brewers receive a special blend of experimental hops donated by both B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion.  From these hops each participating brewery brewed a unique beer and will donate a portion of the sales to ALS TDI.

“Our brewers got creative for a great cause and brewed a Pacific Northwest Wit. It’s a mash up of different influences resulting in a delicious, complex, refreshing pint that blurs traditional style categories. The Wit comes from using a combination of raw and malted wheat in the recipe and from fermenting the beer using a classic Belgian yeast strain that was donated by our friends at Wyeast Laboratories. The Northwest twist is pure hop goodness in the form of a custom blend of experimental varieties from Loftus Farms in Yakima, WA. Our brewers also added Aromatic and Honey Malt to give the beer a fuller malt profile and beautiful orange hue. The beer starts with aromas of spicy yeast, citrus hops and hints of strawberries and apples, balanced by rich malt flavors with notes of honey, finishing with nectarine/tangerine flavors and a clean hoppy bite. We are proud to have been asked to participate and support our friends the Smith family at Loftus Farms, who are very involved in this great cause,” said Barney Brennan, Full Sail Brewing Company’s Brewing Supervisor.  (ABV 6%, IBU 65) For the months of June and July, Ales for ALS PNW Wit will be available exclusively on tap at Full Sail’s Tasting Room and Pub in Hood River, Oregon, while supplies last.
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Deschutes Confirms They Are Entering Philadelphia Markets July 1st To Stay

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We’ve been hearing rumors of a permanent return of Deschutes to the Philadelphia, PA area markets since their Philly Beer Week visits in the past.  Via twitter, they just confirmed that they will return to the Philadelphia markets July 1st to stay.  I smell some Mirror Pond in my future!

From Deschutes:

PHILLY! We've been teasing Philly craft beer fans for a few years now by sending a few truckloads of our favorite Deschutes beers out east for Philly Beer Week. Beginning July 1st, the teasing will stop as we are sticking around for good in the greater Philly area. For details on where you can find our damn tasty brews near you, contact Muller Inc.



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IOWA! (July 20-25) We're excited to begin selling our beer in your fine state at the end of July. We're kicking things off at the Cityview Beer Fest with Deschutes beer officially for sale on Monday, July 22nd. Stay tuned for event details at: www.deschutesbrewery.com/events and look for our team in Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.


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Stone 17th Anniversary - Gotterdammerung IPA

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Today we get a peek at the label for the annual Stone Anniversary beer.  This is their 17th Anniversary Beer and it is called Gotterdammerung IPA.  This beer uses all German hops (some experimental) Herkules, Hersbruker, Magnum, Merkur, Opal, Smaragd & Strisselspalt--dry hopped with Sterling and exclusively Pilsner malts.  Stone 17 will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 9.5% ABV….Look for an August 2013 release.
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Cigar City To Employ “Random Chance” For Barrel-aged Hunahpu's Imperial Stout Bottle Release

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Interesting news from Cigar City
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No-Li Brewhouse - “Spokane Style” Comes to SAVOR 2013

Congratulations to everyone at No-Li Brewhouse for being selected to serve “Spokane Style” at SAVOR 2013. They are one of 76 participants and they’ll be pouring Jet Star Imperial IPA & Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout on 6/14 & 6/15. 
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Kona Wailua Ale Returns As 1st Aloha Series Beer w/New Bottles/Packaging

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From Kona:

Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, May 30, 2013/mbb/ —Now in its sixth year on the mainland, Wailua Ale, Kona Brewing Company’s Aloha Series beer brewed with real passion fruit, returns to shelves with the same great recipe, a new look, and a slightly shortened name. Wailua Ale will be available mid-May in all 36 states where Kona brews are available, including the five newest midwestern markets added earlier this year.

First brewed in Hawaii asLiliko'i Wheat in 1998, this taste of summer became known as Wailua Wheat in 2007 when demand for it surged and distribution began on the mainland. Now called “Wailua Ale,” the beer’s recipe remains unchanged with passion fruit and wheat malt as key ingredients, however its new name emphasizes the beer’s profile as a refreshing summer ale. Wailua Ale willbe available on draught and in stores now through September, 2013 and can be sourced quickly and easily with Kona’s onlineBeer Finder.

Named after Maui’s Wailua Falls, Wailua Ale has a crisp, refreshing taste that complements many summer foods including grilled mahi mahi, barbecue pork ribs, salads and Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Wailua Ale has an ABV of 5.4%, an IBU of 15, and is brewed with generous amounts of Millenium hops.

Wailua Ale is the first Aloha Series beer to be bottled in the new packaging. Beer drinkers will notice the new 12oz. bottle is now embossed with a Hawaiian island chain and “Liquid Aloha” lettering, and has a slimmer overall shape. This makes shipping more efficient and less taxing on the planet. In 2010, the company reduced the weight of Kona  bottles by 11%, which translated to3,375 tons of carbon dioxide being eliminated from the air, and was equivalent to taking 638 cars off the road for a year. Similarly, the new Kona bottle is now an additional 5% lighter and will eliminate another 2,718 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to taking 514 cars off the road for a year.

“Although the seasons don’t change for us in Hawaii, I have heard that many mainland beer drinkers who enjoy a good light summer brew will often set their summer calendars to when they see Wailua Ale on shelves and taps,” said Kona president Mattson Davis. “Passion fruit is a staple in our gardens and Hawaiian farmers markets, and we eat it year-round in jams, as an ice cream topping and as a popular shave ice flavor. It was a great day when we discovered passion fruit also worked so well in craft beer, and I am stoked to share this distinct taste of Liquid Aloha with the mainland.”
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Smuttynose Towle Farm Update - A View From Above

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From Smuttynose:

Check out these aerial photos of our new brewery! 
The main brewery building is now weather-tight.  Floors have been poured and interior finishes are being installed.  The permanent electrical connection is live, while other utilities are coming online soon. The farmhouse-to-pub conversion is completely framed out and exterior work is under way.

Other elements are coming together as well. Our new beehives have been populated and the apple orchard is in middle of it's transformation, but we're most excited about our new brewhouse which will arrive from
Krones, a German firm, in early September.  If you've seen our current brewhouse, imagine one twice the size, with twice the number of vessels and lots of consistency-making automation.  It's like the brewhouse version of a Ferrari-BMW hybrid- quality engineering, strong dependability and high performance.  A new bottling line is being built in Italy right now.  The schedule currently projects November as when we'll start brewing. 

The sections from right to left are: the brewhouse, the cellar and the main entrance, which is in front of the packaging line, and warehouse.  The office is just above the main entrance on a second floor. 

The building by the trees, on the right, will be the pub.

A view of the main drive.  We thought we'd start showing you that now.

Stay tuned for more updates and more delicious beer.

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Stone’s Greg Koch Slams Shandys & Radlers For Their Effects on US Craft Beer

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An interesting tidbit from our pal Greg Koch from Stone Brewing on the effects that the massive introduction of Shandys and Radlers into the beer market will have on US craft beer.  More details and comments here.
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Deschutes - Twilight Summer Ale Available Now, Fresh Squeezed IPA & Black Butte XXV Coming in June

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From Deschutes:

TWILIGHT SUMMER ALE

Twilight Oval Logo Break out those lawnmowers, BBQ's and camping gear, because it's time for the return of the summer beers. Twilight Summer Ale is a great compliment to those warm days and long nights where whole flower Amarillo, Northern Brewers, Cascade and Tettnang hops blend perfectly with sweet malts for a sensational seasonal ale. This clever, straw colored ale makes you think that you're sippin' on pure sunshine in a glass. Grab a 6-pack or two to share this summer ale with those you love most!

SEASONAL

5.0% ABV | 35 IBU's

Availability: May-September in 6-packs, 12-packs and draft where Deschutes beer is sold



FRESH SQUEEZED IPA

Fresh Squeezed Oval Logo Perfectly named, this beer tastes like freshly juiced hops with a hint of malt to provide the perfect balance of flavors and aromas. Citra and Mosaic hops give the beer its tangerine AND citrus-like flavors and are a perfect combination to create a "fresh hop" flavor without using fresh hops. Enjoy a pint of this magnificent IPA on your back porch, with friends or with your favorite home cooked meal and SQUEEZE every last drop from your bottle...

BOND STREET SERIES

6.4%ABV | 60 IBU's

Availability: June-September in 22-oz bottles and on draft where Deschutes beer is sold



BLACK BUTTE XXV

Happy 25th Birthday to us! This luscious dark imperial porter has a dried fruit sweetness from figs and dates, chocolate notes from cocoa nibs, a slight tartness from added currants, and a hint of vanilla from Bourbon barrel aging. Grab a snifter at our pubs' 25th Birthday Celebrations on June 27th or grab a bottle at a bottle shop near you. Since we are still aging this delicious brew, specs will soon be available on our website. Cheers to 25 years of craft beers!

RESERVE SERIES

ABV and IBU's TBD

Availability: Limited availability in 22-oz bottles and on draft where Deschutes beer is sold beginning late June
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Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection New World Tripel & Stony Brook Red

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Today we get a peek at the 2013 labels for the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection New World Tripel (two versions) & Stony Brook Red (also two versions).  These are subtle color updates for both 750ml labels.  New World Tripel will remain at 10% ABV and Stony Brook Red at 9% ABV.


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