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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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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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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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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 […]

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Firestone Walker to Release Adversus Double IPA

Firestone Walker to Release Adversus Double IPA

(Photo courtesy Firestone Walker Brewing Co.) (Press Release)

PASO ROBLES, Calif. —Combining the aggression of North American hops with the tranquility of traditional pilsner malts, the next release in Firestone Walker’s Leo v. Ursus Chronology achieves the improbable: a big, bold beer made for summertime sipping.

Adversus—an unfiltered double IPA—is set to be unveiled at all Firestone Walker locations this Saturday, and will roll into Firestone Walker’s national markets for a limited time starting next week.

“We’ve always wanted to use a light European-style pilsner malt for brewing an IPA, and this was our opportunity,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Some of the more delicate malt nuances might be lost because we are hopping the bejusus out of this beer, but the pilsner malt still provides a certain palate levity that is fitting for the summer season.”

Adversus marks the second release in the Leo v. Ursus Chronology that was launched in late February. The chronology is composed of limited one-off beers released on a quarterly basis. Adversus will land in different Firestone Walker markets at variable times […]

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The Blackberry Farm Brewery Partners with Brew Hub on New Line of Cans

The Blackberry Farm Brewery Partners with Brew Hub on New Line of Cans

(Photo courtesy Blackberry Farm Brewery) (Press Release)

WALLAND, Tenn. —The Blackberry Farm Brewery has partnered with Brew Hub of Lakeland, FL, to introduce a line of canned craft beers launching in July 2017. While the brewery’s cork and cage bottles have been the brand’s hallmark and a great success in the craft beer market, the line of canned beers is designed to offer a Blackberry Farm beer option ideal for outdoor adventures, spending time with friends and being present to enjoy everyday moments.

Packaged in twelve ounce cans, the initial launch consists of three new Blackberry Farm Brewery beers: Coyote Tactics IPA, TN Times Pilsner and Screaming Cock Pale Ale. Each can features unique label art created by Southern artists who have relationships with Blackberry Farm. “Much like the beers, we wanted each label to have its own personality,” said Roy Milner, Blackberry Farm Brewery’s Chief Fermentation Officer. “Working with artists familiar with Blackberry Farm’s culture ties this project closer to the people that we interact with on the Farm. We want the cans to […]

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Elderflower Blossoms in Beer

Elderflower Blossoms in Beer

(Photo courtesy Victory Brewing Co.) Known by some as “bartender’s ketchup,” the elderflower liqueur St. Germain rose to prominence by cutting through and softening bold and acidic flavors in cocktails. Given that utility, it’s only natural that elderflower has now migrated into beer as well.

Consider the characteristic flavors of sours, saisons and many Belgian-style ales: Esters lend notes considered fruity, floral, peppery and herbal, and stubborn yeast and bacteria can ferment the beverages to crisp, dry finishes, inspiring thoughts of citrus, stone fruits and wine. Those complexities and palettes, redolent of cocktails, made the parallel jump almost inevitable.

“I don’t think that craft beer is taking a cue from cocktails, but I do think that our consumers aren’t limited to one type of beverage,” says Bill Covaleski, whose Victory Brewing Co. released its Blackboard #3: Berliner Weisse with Elderflower last year.

“There are sometimes inspiring ingredients that pop into people’s minds at the same time for some reason,” he continues. “I don’t feel like this is a coordinated movement, I think it’s almost a zeitgeist aspect […]

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Coming Soon: June 2017

Coming Soon: June 2017

EVENTS

June 2-3

Pink Boots Society 10th Anniversary Conference & Beer Festival

San Diego

To honor its milestone anniversary, Pink Boots Society, an organization dedicated to assisting and encouraging women to further their careers in the brewing industry, is throwing this celebration at the historic Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. The conference on June 2 will include seminars and presentations by prominent females in the brewing industry, and the beer festival on June 3 will benefit the Pink Boots Society Scholarship Program. June 1-10 Philly Beer Week Philadelphia In its 10th year, this 10-day celebration of beer across the City of Brotherly Love includes events such as an Opening Tap beer tasting and one particularly eye-catching number titled “Get Yer Fill of Pils and Pierogies (and Board Games).” J une 3 Burning Can Lyons, Colorado This celebration of outdoor community, organized by Oskar Blues Brewery, features outdoor games that include dogs and bike jump contests, live music and a beer tasting with breweries like Crooked Stave Artisan […]