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By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Fondren fest fills craft beer void

Fondren fest fills craft beer void

Fondren fest fills craft beer void

(Photo: File photo/Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger) Since 2013, the city of Jackson had been without a beer festival, specifically one that highlights the craft beer that became available through a 2012 state law that raised the alcohol limit for brewers.

The Fondren Renaissance Foundation, in conjunction with Capital City Beverage and Southern Beverage Company, is stepping into the void created when Top of the Hop ended its Jackson festival with Friday’s Mississippi Craft Beer Festival at Duling Hall.

“Since (Top of the Hops) no longer exists in our area, so many different brewers have been introduced in the craft beer market,” Fondren Renaissance Executive Director Jim Wilkirson said. “ It allows not only the public but also our restaurateurs around the area a chance to sample all of the offerings that are now available in the state of Mississippi.”

The event will feature more than 105 craft beer variations between 28 breweries from Mississippi and surrounding states.

Before Mississippi’s law change made it more attractive to craft brewers, the state’s only brewery was Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, said Craig […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Maryville’s first craft beer festival features regional breweries

Maryville’s first craft beer festival features regional breweries

Maryville’s first craft beer festival features regional breweries

MARYVILLE (WATE) – The first ever, Hops in the Hills is in Downtown Maryville this weekend.

The two day festival, part of the Summer on Broadway celebration will take place at 121 West Broadway Avenue. Friday there will be a brew crawl, provided by Knox Brew Tours. Tickets are $10. General admission tickets on Saturday are $40. “The community and beer aficionados will have the opportunity to experience the incredible craft brews that are right in our own backyard,” said Kim Mitchell, director of tourism operations for Blount Partnership. “In 2013, Tennessee ranked 23rd in the nation with craft breweries. We know East Tennesseans, along with residents of the surrounding states, share an affinity for craft beer, and we’re excited to be able to provide an avenue for them to make memories while enjoying quality brews.”

Hops and The Hills will feature several local and regional craft breweries. Mitchell said she hopes the festival will become a yearly event.

On Saturday, those attending the festival will also be able to attend two seminars, led by Trent Gillar […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on 2014 Was Another Great Year For American Craft Beer [Infographic]

2014 Was Another Great Year For American Craft Beer [Infographic]

2014 Was Another Great Year For American Craft Beer [Infographic]

The craft beer revolution isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with 2014 proving another great year for brewers across the United States. According to the Brewers Association , there were approximately 1,521 operating craft breweries nationwide in 2008. By the end of 2014, there were 3,418. Of those, 1,412 were brewpubs, 1,871 were microbreweries and 135 were regional craft breweries.

The number of barrels produced has also skyrocketed from 9 million in 2008 to 22 million in 2014. Craft brewers now have an 11 percent share of the beer market – the first time small and independent brewers have obtained a double digit market share. They’re aiming for 20 percent by 2020. The situation isn’t just rosy at home – exports are also booming. CHICAGO, IL – MAY 09: Bottles of Atwater Brewery beer sit on a table at the American Beer Classic craft beer festival at Soldier Field on May 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) In 2004, American craft beer exports were worth just $2.9 million. Ten years […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival announced

Third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival announced

Third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival announced

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Officials have announced the third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival will take place June 13.

The Hattiesburg American ( http://hatne.ws/1GjSKqE ) reports festival officials announced Tuesday the event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot. Organizers say the festival is designed to support and expand the craft beer culture in Mississippi. Participants will be able to sample more than 100 craft beers from 30 breweries around the country.

Beer offerings from Mississippi include samples from companies such as Southern Prohibition Brewing, Slowboat Brewing Company and Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company .

The Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival began as part of FestivalSouth in 2013. About 300 patrons attended the inaugural event. By last year, that number had grown to more than 800.

___Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival announced

Third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival announced

Third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival announced

(Photo: Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American) Craft beer enthusiasts have a special reason to look forward to the two-week long celebration that is FestivalSouth.

During a small gathering Tuesday at the Keg and Barrel, downtown and festival officials announced the third annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival will be from 1-4 p.m. June 13 at the Historic Train Depot.

The event, which is designed to support and expand the craft beer culture in Mississippi, will showcase more than 100 beers from 30 breweries. Beer offerings will come from Mississippi companies such as Southern Prohibition Brewing, Slowboat Brewing Company and Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, as well as from breweries around the country including Abita Brewery (Abita Springs, Louisiana), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) and Traveler Beer Company (Burlington, Vermont.)

“This event offers you a chance to meet with like-minded people if you’re a craft beer enthusiast,” Southern Prohibition sales manager Emily Curry said. “And if you’re not a craft beer enthusiast, still come, and I challenge you to not find at least one beer you’re going to love.

“It’s about the beer, […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on HopFest offered beer lovers taste of 250 craft beers

HopFest offered beer lovers taste of 250 craft beers

HopFest offered beer lovers taste of 250 craft beers

By DAVE ECKERT

Special to The Star

This past Saturday, it was an afternoon of suds in Waldo.

I’m talking about HopFest 2015, the craft beer festival. Featuring more than 50 breweries and some 250 craft beers, the fifth annual HopFest featured some of the best brews from local, national and international producers.

What follows are my nonscientific, completely subjective and often random thoughts about HopFest and its hops and malt-based beverages.First off, as a longtime participant in these types of mass-consumption events, the first thing you need for a successful tasting experience is a game plan. While trying to navigate 250 brews can be really hard work requiring dedication, focus and restraint, it’s also a lot of fun.And it doesn’t take much of anything other than an empty glass and a decent amount of stamina. I do like to have a plan, though it’s fairly simple. I try and note the beers I haven’t tried before, including many of the hard-to-get offerings they poured at HopFest, and target those first.Second, just like wine tastings, I hit the […]

By in AZ Craft Beers, Craft Beers, FL Craft Beers Comments Off on Craft beer in cans celebrated in Scottsdale, 5/16

Craft beer in cans celebrated in Scottsdale, 5/16

Craft beer in cans celebrated in Scottsdale, 5/16

(Photo: Murphy Bannerman/The Republic) Looking to broaden your brew horizons?

At the AmeriCan Canned Craft Beer Festival in Scottsdale this weekend, makers and distributors will be pouring more than 300 local and national brands, about a quarter of which are not sold in Arizona stores.

For example, Cigar City Brewing of Tampa will bring Jai Alai, Maduro, Invasion, Florida Cracker and Tocobaga beers, which you can’t find in the Grand Canyon State.

The festival, in its fifth year, will include live music, food for sale, a VIP tent, a beer-science garden and beer games, said Jen Pruett, the festival’s spokeswoman.

Two Tone Lizard Kings, Dry River Yacht Club, Catfish Mustache and DJ Slippe will provide the tunes. Eats will be provided by such restaurants as Brat Haus, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Craft 64, Angel’s Trumpet and Arizona BBQ Club.Two new features this year are the Bell’s Brewing Stadium lounge and the Crafty Bastards Chill Zone, where visitors can relax and cool off."There’s no festival like this that has this array of breweries around the country that are showing the […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Craft Beer Festival Moving Indoors; Beer-sharing fantasies revealed

Craft Beer Festival Moving Indoors; Beer-sharing fantasies revealed

Craft Beer Festival Moving Indoors; Beer-sharing fantasies revealed

Oklahoma’s notorious weather has once again tested the resourcefulness of its residents, this time targeting those determined to celebrate craft beer. As usual, red-dirters have reacted with aplomp, moving the The Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival , which is Saturday, inside the Cox Convention Center.

The sold-out event is a congregation of beer-makers and beer-lovers, which inspired Nathan Poppe to ask the question: With whom in the history of mankind or fiction would you toss back a cold one? I sent the question out to a some of our most prominent brewers and Nathan and I answered the question, too.

The biggest surprise was how each of us missed the opportunity to treat some of history’s loveliest ladies to an intoxicant — wait, beer isn’t an intoxicant in Oklahoma, I forgot. My mistake. It won’t happen again — until our state laws have the rust dusted off. But back to my original point. Seriously, no one chose to buy Betty Draper a beer. Lord knows she deserves one now. No one bought Jeannie the genie, Audrey Horne […]

By in AZ Craft Beers, Craft Beers, TX Craft Beers Comments Off on 13 Non-Distro Beers to Try at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival

13 Non-Distro Beers to Try at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival

13 Non-Distro Beers to Try at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival

Zach Fowle There are some incredible canned beers available in Arizona — truly, there are. But they’re only part of what makes the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival great. The bigger draw to this annual aluminum event is the ability to try beers you never see on our state’s shelves. We’ve combed through all 250-plus beers available at this year’s festival to find 13 must-try brews you’ll never see again — at least until next year.

Austin Beerworks – Heavy Machinery Half IPA
The dirty secret of this "Half IPA" is that it’s actually just a pale ale. But that doesn’t detract from its quality. Part of a series of seasonal IPAs released every other month, this Austin-born brew is made with small amounts of hops added during the boil (which decreases the beer’s bitterness) while tons of Centennial and Citra are added during fermentation (which boosts its mango and lemon-zest aroma). While the bouquet and hop flavor are robust, the beer’s 5.6 percent ABV is less so.

Cigar City Brewing – Tocobaga
Tampa, […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Some advance tickets still left for Saturday’s Great River Craft Beer Fest

Some advance tickets still left for Saturday’s Great River Craft Beer Fest

Some advance tickets still left for Saturday's Great River Craft Beer Fest

IRONTON –  Saturday’s Great River Craft Beer Festival is closing in on 300 pre-sold tickets so a great crowd is anticipated, says organizers.

If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $25 but to avoid the crowd purchase them in advance at Ironton’s Pack Horse Shop, BW3’s in Ironton and Portsmouth, Leo’s Carry Out in South Point, the Bottle and Wedge in Huntington, the Party Connection in Portsmouth and Ashland Beverage Center and Tri-State Industrial Supply in Ashland.

Tickets are available online at https://beerfests.com/events/great-river-craft-brew-fest.

Close to 20 craft brewers will be at the Ro-Na Theatre, 310 S Third St., Ironton, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 serving a variety of their award winning brews.The Portsmouth Brewing Company and the Athens, Ohio-based Jackie O’s, Strongsville, Ohio The Brew Kettle, Great Lakes and Buckeye Brewery from Cleveland and Hinterland Brewery from Green Bay, Wisconsin along other breweries from surrounding states.

A $20 advance purchase ($25 at the door) ticket permits you to enter the event floor with the opportunity to sample […]