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Trading Barley for Bread: Brewers Look Beyond Kvass

Trading Barley for Bread: Brewers Look Beyond Kvass

(Photo by Our Name Is Farm) The name of the beer is Toast. And like the kvasses that have recently emerged stateside, Toast drives home the epigram of “liquid bread” by using the starchy sugars from bread to fuel beer fermentation.

“What’s different about kvass versus what we’re doing with Toast is that we’re seeing bread as something that has the same fundamental element of other grains, long-chain carbohydrates for brewing,” says Madi Holtzman, the USA director for Toast Ale, a company that only makes beers derived from a mash bill with roughly 30 percent rescued bread content.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who tried Toast Ale on his show Friday Night Feast , called the stuff “bloomin’ good.”

Kvass (pronounced “quass”) isn’t the only beer style to use bread, though it might have put the idea on the modern radar. As this magazine has published in the past , kvass isn’t strictly beer but rather a traditional Eastern European drink that brewers have reimagined into a beer style. Historically, it involved fermenting leftover rye bread using wild […]

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Coming Soon: September 2017

Coming Soon: September 2017

EVENTS

(Photo courtesy Two Roads Brewing Co.) Sept. 16-17

Ok2berfest

Stratford, Connecticut

Now in its fifth year, Two Roads Brewing Co.’s Ok2berfest celebrates a hallmark time of the year for beer with about 4,000 attendees. Patrons receive a half-liter stein and their first beer with the price of admission, and can expect food trucks, games, and more along to accompany the heavily German-influenced selection of Two Roads beers. On Saturday, the brewery will pour an altbier brewed specifically for the event, and on Sunday it will be pouring a similarly special schwarzbier. tworoadsbrewing.com/events @2RoadsBrewing Sept. 16 7th Annual Wood-Aged Beer Fest Grand Rapids, Michigan Roughly 12,000 people attend this festival, which features over 20 Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus sours, bourbon barrel-aged beers, and wine barrel-aged beers developed by Brewery Vivant staff. A mix of “old favorites” and newly developed beers, the tap list takes over a year to curate. www.breweryvivant.com/events/ (Photo courtesy Louisiana SPCA) Sept. 23 Nola on Tap New Orleans, Louisiana More than 25,000 attendees […]

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Southern Tier and Victory to open brewery in Charlotte, N.C.

Southern Tier and Victory to open brewery in Charlotte, N.C.

(Photo courtesy Artisanal Brewing Ventures) (Press Release)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Having joined forces under the Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV) umbrella in 2016, Southern Tier and Victory is now currently ranked 13th overall in total annual production among craft breweries. Now the two brewers are teaming up in the Queen City to create a truly unique brewery experience. Located in Charlotte’s Lower South End neighborhood, this family of breweries will open a one-of-a-kind concept on the corner of Yancey Rd. and Old Pineville Rd.

The 28,000 sq. ft. facility will feature a production brewhouse, fermentation cellar and packaging lines, a fully equipped quality assurance lab, an expansive tasting room, a front patio with skyline view, indoor/outdoor private event space, a flexible beer garden and ABV’s corporate offices. Its anticipated total capacity of nearly 700 guests and will feature a custom-built 25BBL brewhouse from JV Northwest as well as a packaging hall.

Within this brewhouse, Southern Tier and Victory will craft new innovations specific to Charlotte and the Carolinas. These beers will be poured locally, allowing for incubation of […]

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Green Flash to open brewery in Lincoln, Nebraska

Green Flash to open brewery in Lincoln, Nebraska

(Photo courtesy Green Flash Brewing Co.) (Press Release)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. —Less than one year after opening doors to their second brewery on the east coast, Green Flash Brewing Co. announces they are expanding into the Midwest and opening a third location in Lincoln, NE. They have purchased a 10,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room with a restaurant in the Nebraska state capital, and will join Lincoln’s burgeoning craft beer community. The new brewery was purchased intact, and Green Flash expects the tasting room, restaurant, and brewhouse to be open and operating by the end of this year. Upon opening, Green Flash will be able to offer fresh beer with regional prices in the Midwest, and will focus on the consumer connection in their Lincoln tasting room. The move reveals Green Flash’s long-term strategy to increase their strength as a national brand by establishing regional footholds in key cities across the United States.

“We hope to become a local favorite in our new Nebraska home,” states Mike Hinkley, Co-Founder of Green Flash Brewing Co. “And […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on New Belgium Brewing Group Acquires San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Co.

New Belgium Brewing Group Acquires San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Co.

New Belgium Brewing Group Acquires San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Co.

(Press Release)

SAN FRANCISCO & FORT COLLINS, Colo.— A group led by New Belgium Brewing Company has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of San Francisco’s iconic Magnolia Brewing as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. The newly-formed partnership will be a majority-owned subsidiary of New Belgium, with Elysian Founder Dick Cantwell and Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel as minority partners. The partnership will continue to operate both Magnolia locations with existing staff and brands. Cantwell will head up brewing operations, working alongside Magnolia founder Dave McLean, who will be an employee of the partnership. It will be Dick’s first brewing gig since leaving Elysian in April of 2015 after its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

“I’m tremendously excited to be back in the beer business and looking forward to working with the team at Magnolia to develop new beers and new ideas,” said Cantwell. “This project is the natural evolution of a longstanding strategy of collaboration between myself, New Belgium and Oud Beersel.”

New Belgium stands to align with a couple of venerable and long-standing […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Constellation Brands acquires Funky Buddha Brewery

Constellation Brands acquires Funky Buddha Brewery

Constellation Brands acquires Funky Buddha Brewery

(Photo courtesy Constellation Brands) (Press Release)

VICTOR, N.Y.— Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its purchase of Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery, reinforcing its strategy to lead the high-end beer segment in the United States. Funky Buddha is the fastest growing craft brewery in Florida, and produces bold craft beers made with high quality ingredients. It has an award-winning portfolio led by Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA. Funky Buddha joins Constellation’s Craft & Specialty Beer Group in the beer division.

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery was founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, by husband and wife Ryan and Giani Sentz. As the demand for Funky Buddha’s beers skyrocketed, Ryan and Giani invited Ryan’s brother KC Sentz, and his wife Melissa Sentz, to join the business. In 2013, the Sentz family started Funky Buddha Brewery, located in the heart of Oakland Park’s burgeoning Culinary Arts District. At 54,000 sq ft and with a capacity of 45,000 BBLs, Funky Buddha Brewery is South Florida’s largest craft microbrewery by size and […]

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Coming Soon: August 2017

Coming Soon: August 2017

EVENTS

Aug. 8-12

Great British Beer Festival

London, England

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Great British Beer Festival is the Campaign for Real Ale’s flagship event, bringing hundreds of beers, ciders and perries together with information about CAMRA’s work in protecting English pubs and supporting real ales, not to mention the Champion Beer of Britain competition. This year’s festival will introduce a new English wine section and a new selection of London street food vendors, and will still include the festival’s beloved pub games and brewery bars. (Photo by Mike Albright Photography, courtesy Bend Brew Fest) Aug. 10-12 Bend Brewfest Bend, Oregon More than 90 breweries and cideries, as well as a selection of wines from the Willamette Valley Vineyards, will be present at this event along the banks of the Deschutes River. Special features of this festival include the Brewtality tent, where patrons can discuss their beverages with the brewers who made them, and the X-tap, a fast-paced rotating pouring station that only serves low-production and rare beers. […]

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Brewers Association Releases Mid-Year Metrics

Brewers Association Releases Mid-Year Metrics

(Photo courtesy Brewers Association) (Press Release)

BOULDER, Colo. —Small and independent craft brewers demonstrated continued, but slowed, growth, according to new mid-year metrics released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. American craft beer production volume increased five percent during the first half of 2017.

“The growth pace for small and independent brewers has stabilized at a rate that still reflects progress but in a more mature market. Although more difficult to realize, growth still exists,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “The beer world is highly competitive and there is certainly a mixed bag in terms of performance. Some breweries are continuing to grow, whereas others are having to evolve their position and nurture new opportunities to ensure they keep pace. Many brewers are benefiting from on-premises and taproom sales, and recent state-based reforms have the potential to help brewers in new regions capitalize on this growth.”

As of June 30, there were 5,562 operating breweries in the U.S., an increase of 906 from the same […]

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New Tech Sends Shockwaves Through Beer

New Tech Sends Shockwaves Through Beer

When it comes to brewing, hops can be challenging.

There’s the taste end of things, for every hop can offer something novel and different to a particular beer; there’s the agricultural end of things, since hops are very particular about where they grow; and then there’s perhaps the most difficult aspect of humulus lupulus : the economics of the plant.

From 2015 to 2016, the average price of a pound of hops in the United States climbed to $5.72 from $4.38, up an incredible 30 percent despite an 11 percent increase in production (from 78.8 million to 87.1 million pounds), according to the United States Department of Agriculture. This followed a 19.3 percent increase in the price of hops from 2014 to 2015, and continued a trend spawned by the proliferation of IPAs and novel hop varieties that has pushed hop prices—especially those that are trademarked or bought on the “spot” market without ahead-of-time contracts—skyward.

Technology has a history of stepping in to address similar problems with high costs, whether it be plastic reducing the cost of […]

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Left Hand introduces Milk Stout Nitro cans

Left Hand introduces Milk Stout Nitro cans

(Photo courtesy Left Hand Brewing Co.) (Press Release)

LONGMONT, Colo. —In 2011, Left Hand made history and pioneered the way for beer drinkers to enjoy a draft-like experience at home with the release of Milk Stout Nitro bottles. Left Hand Brewing Co. is back at it again with the first ever US production run of a US made nitro widget can. Milk Stout Nitro cans will make Left Hand’s most popular and influential beer more accessible than ever. Now nitro fans can take the beer on the go and drink a perfectly smooth and creamy Milk Stout Nitro right from the can. While a glass is recommended for the perfect pint from any package , cans bring greater drinking versatility.

“Beer fans have been asking for Milk Stout Nitro in a can for years. We have been exploring options for some time with the hopes of being able to someday deliver. We started canning some of our core and seasonal brands last year, but engineering our canning line to produce nitro with the highest quality […]