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Craft Beer’s First Seal of Independence

Craft Beer’s First Seal of Independence

The idea was a simple one: a seal to honor those independently owned purveyors of smaller-batch, more traditionally made beer. The seal caught on pretty quickly after it was announced, and, eventually, dozens of such purveyors proudly bore it.

The Brewers Association’s recently announced Independent Craft Brewer Seal ? No. It’s the Good Beer Seal that six New York City bar owners launched in 2009 to honor and differentiate those bars (like theirs) serving and promoting “craft” beer. The Good Beer Seal outside Jimmy’s No. 43 in Manhattan. (Photo courtesy Jimmy Carbone) Two things inspired the Good Beer Seal.

One, restaurants in New York City were slapping the Slow Food movement’s Snail of Approval seal on their windows and materials, a way of telling potential customers that the food they might enjoy was prepared carefully and from quality ingredients, often local.

The other was that New York state did not allow breweries to sell their wares by the glass on-site—that would not come until 2014. In 2009, it was only samples at the end of a tour, […]

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Coronado Brewing Co. to acquire majority share in Monkey Paw Brewing Co.

Coronado Brewing Co. to acquire majority share in Monkey Paw Brewing Co.

(Image courtesy Coronado Brewing Co.) (Press Release)

SAN DIEGO — In today’s tumultuous beer climate, two of San Diego’s most respected and award-winning independent craft breweries are joining forces to deliver more beer to thirsty fans. Coronado Brewing Company will acquire a majority share in Monkey Paw Brewing Company. The move allows Monkey Paw to share in Coronado’s resources, further developing the brand, while simultaneously maintaining the independence, integrity, and quality that Monkey Paw has become known for. The acquisition is expected to close September 1, 2017, for an undisclosed amount.

“We are excited to bring Monkey Paw Brewing Company into our family,” says Brandon Richards, COO, Coronado Brewing Company. “We’re looking forward to partnering with Scot Blair and his team; they have built a tremendous brand from the ground up, and their beers are incredibly well-respected. We can’t wait to share their brand with an expanded audience.”

The partnership will enable Monkey Paw to bring more of its beer to fans throughout Coronado’s distribution footprint. The plan is to grow organically, with Coronado working with […]

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New Belgium Brewing Names Steve Fechheimer CEO

New Belgium Brewing Names Steve Fechheimer CEO

(Press Release)

FT. COLLINS, Colo.– New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Fechheimer as Chief Executive Officer. Steve will oversee New Belgium’s executive team, short-term strategy, industry leadership, and day-to-day operations. Steve joins New Belgium from Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company.

Steve replaces Kim Jordan, New Belgium’s co-founder and former CEO, who has been serving as interim CEO. Kim will continue to serve as the Executive Chair of the Brewery’s Board of Directors and will work with the Board to oversee long-term strategy and vision for New Belgium.

“We are so excited to welcome Steve to New Belgium,” said Jordan. “His expertise at strategy development and execution in the high-end world of spirits, coupled with our 26 years of solid brewing and branding, is a perfect setup for the kind of dynamic future New Belgium is planning. Steve is smart and driven while also being approachable, and we’re all excited about the perfect cultural and business fit. We took our time to find a terrific candidate and feel very […]

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Samuel Adams Collaborates with Five Breweries for New 12-Pack

Samuel Adams Collaborates with Five Breweries for New 12-Pack

(Photo courtesy Boston Beer Co.) (Press Release)

BOSTON –To celebrate the independent and entrepreneurial spirit of the craft beer industry, Samuel Adams has collaborated with five different breweries across the country to brew a limited release 12-pack for the first-time ever, aptly named The Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack . From bartenders to chefs, the collaborative spirit of “craft” is stronger than ever. No industry better exudes this spirit than the craft brewing community, where independent brewers put aside competition to collaborate creatively and challenge each other to push the envelope.

Unlike any other beer collaborations before, this pack features brewers who are part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream , the brewery’s signature philanthropic program. Nearly a decade ago, Sam Adams created Brewing the American Dream to provide loans and coaching to craft brewers and small business owners pursuing their passions and the American Dream of starting their own business. All profits from this collaboration pack will be donated to non-profit program partner and small business lender Accion to support […]

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Beer of the Moment: Pelicano Extra!

Beer of the Moment: Pelicano Extra!

Pelican’s Pelicano Extra! arrived at our Northern California office while we were finishing up the September issue of All About Beer Magazine , which includes (among a myriad of other things) a roundup of Mexican-style lagers. While Pelican’s release came shortly after our deadline, it ended up being among the best of the bunch sampled. This one’s said to be “inspired by the lagers of Latin America,” and certainly fits with the general mold of what we’ve been seeing from such beers. An addition of flaked corn beyond the core six-row malt helps to lighten the beer’s body, while Tettnanger hops serve as its key bittering baseline.

The thought of drinking this along the beach at Pelican’s original place in Pacific City is pretty compelling. Of those dozen-plus promising examples of this style we’d recently sourced for our next issue’s Trending column, the easiest way to go awry is by messing with the feel. These should be hugely drinkable, and the most intriguing takes made subtle tweaks to fit with that lean framework. Pelicano Extra! […]

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Funky Buddha announces The Living Barrel series

Funky Buddha announces The Living Barrel series

(Photo courtesy Funky Buddha Brewery) (Press Release)

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. –Funky Buddha is proud to announce The Living Barrel Series, its latest line of specialty beers with a new, enlightened look. A bit about the series:

“Like the spiraling growth of a tree’s branches, so too are these beers transformed over time thanks to the maturation exclusively in oak wine and spirits casks. Unlike the ageless timber, these bottles are only available for a limited time.”

As Funky Buddha has grown so has its barrel-aging program. Our current barrel cellar consists of over five hundred oak casks of all types. On the floor right now are hundreds of Bourbon barrels filled with everything from imperial stout to double brown ales; saisons aging in Chardonnay casks; and a multitude of unique wine and spirits casks including rum, tequila, and even luscious Cabernet. Each beer is sampled regularly to examine how the beer has matured and picked up characteristic of the barrel, which can lend everything from boozy complexity to subtle hints of spice and vanilla.

In upcoming months […]

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Mikkeller Brewing NYC to open this fall at Citi Field in Queens, NY

Mikkeller Brewing NYC to open this fall at Citi Field in Queens, NY

(Photo courtesy Mikkeller) (Press Release)

Mikkeller , and its founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, are proud to announce their first East Coast brewery “ Mikkeller Brewing NYC ” (a.k.a “Mikkeller NYC”). MKNYC is scheduled to open this fall at Citi Field, in Flushing, Queens. Mikkeller, the renowned Denmark-based “gypsy” brewery, opened its first U.S. Brewery in San Diego, CA in 2016 and has been looking for the right opportunity to create an East Coast brewery ever since.

Following the success of Mikkeller’s “ballpark beers” (Henry Hops and Say Hey Sally) at Citi Field this season, Bjergsø jumped at the opportunity to make Flushing the New York City hub for Mikkeller. (Photo courtesy Mikkeller) “Since launching Henry and Sally at Citi Field in April, the Mikkeller team and I have come to appreciate how baseball fans in Flushing are quite similar to Mikkeller fans around the world. Devotees like The 7 Line Army are fanatical about the quality and performance of their team and their community. They invest time, effort and emotion into supporting the orange and […]

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British Columbia’s Craft Beer Renaissance

British Columbia’s Craft Beer Renaissance

Today, brewpubs like Persephone Brewing Co. are thriving in British Columbia. (Photo courtesy Persephone Brewing Co.) Presented by The BC Ale Trail

Craft beer’s re-emergence in the late part of the 20th century has followed many crooked and winding paths. In Canada, in the late 1970s, an ongoing series of worker strikes at the big three breweries (Molson, Labatt, and Carling) created frustration at both the governmental and consumer levels. Those conflicts helped pave the way for a craft beer renaissance, particularly in the province of British Columbia, which would become the site of the country’s first brewery and brewpub.

“Strikes became more and more common, much to the frustration of government, who owned all the retail liquor stores,” says Paul Hadfield, owner of Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub and Canadian craft beer pioneer. “In BC, the strikes caused the provincial government to need to buy beer from Washington State to fill in the holes.”

This combination of no competitive marketplace and a lack of beverage variety led John Mitchell to open a small brewing venture in Horseshoe […]

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Breweries Dabble with Beer-Infused Sauces

Breweries Dabble with Beer-Infused Sauces

What pairs better with a crisp pilsner or lager than a rack of ribs slathered with vinegar sauce at a cookout? Or matches the collaborative fireworks of spicily sauced dishes and IPAs?

Brewers with marketing savvy (and, frequently, culinary sides to their businesses) are capitalizing on those gustatory harmonies by bringing them down a degree of separation. Now available is a smattering of brewery-branded sauces, though the beer presence in them is probably subtler than one would think.

Jason Rogers, the chef for Oskar Blues Brewery, says beer makes up about a 20th of the volume of each entry in Oskar Blues’ lineup of sauces. The idea started in Oskar Blues’ restaurant, where, Rogers says, he would add beer to the restaurant’s wing sauce, “just so I had beer on the line to drink while I was cooking.”

Customers loved the idea of beer-infused sauce, and so Oskar Blues partnered with Paul DiBello (aka Captain Spongefoot, a hot sauce maker whom Rogers describes as a “kind of a Captain Ahab”) and began packaging the brewery’s current lineup […]

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Unibroue Unveils Lune de Miel for Summer

Unibroue Unveils Lune de Miel for Summer

(Photo courtesy Unibroue) (Press Release)

CHAMBLY, Canada —Quebec’s top craft brewer Unibroue announces the launch of its most recent seasonal offering, Lune de Miel, a specialty brew arriving just in time for summer. The new beer will be gradually available as of mid-June in 12 oz four packs and Sommelier Selection variety packs at retailers across the United States, as well as on tap in selected bars and restaurants.

Available for a limited time only, Lune de Miel is a Belgian-style amber ale with a beige head heralding its lusciously warm honey nuances. “Honey is added during the bottle refermentation process, to blend harmoniously with the beer’s hoppy nose and spicy, herbaceous and floral flavours,” reveals Brewmaster Jerry Vietz. “Brewed with local Québec honey, Lune de Miel is a strong amber ale on lees that has an aging potential of three years.”

“Lune de Miel’s mellow notes make it a great match for various types of dishes,” says Sylvain Bouchard, Unibroue’s Beer Sommelier. “It partners brilliantly with chicken tournedos, honey mustard pork loin or mild German […]