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BridgePort Brewing Trilogy 1 Released

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For most of us around Oregon, BridgePort Brewing has been a staple on the craft beer scene for just about as long as craft beer has been produced. In fact the Portland based brewery is the oldest craft brewery in the state. Founded in 1984, BridgePort is celebrating 30 years of producing craft beer by brewing 3 special beers (1 …

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2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Released

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Stone Brewing Co. is celebrating the release of its big, malty, fiercely hopped strong ale: 2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine. Beginning today, eager consumers and collectors may pick up a bottle of this annual release at retailers in select markets across the country. Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine is a brawny beer with a rich malt backbone and assertive …

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Uinta Redesigns Detour Douple IPA Packaging

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I’ve always been a sucker for good design when it comes to beer packaging. A well designed package is important these days with so many options facing consumers on the shelves, so when I see a brewery improve their design, it makes me take notice. Just today, Uinta Brewing Company announced the release of Detour Double IPA in a 12oz bottle …

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Ninkasi Brewing Releases 3 New Beers To Start The Year

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Writing for a beer blog is not a bad gig. You get to try new brews all the time, you get to be creative with writing about beer, and from time to time, you get invited to go to releases of new beers. Recently the team at Blog About Beer had the privilege of attending a release tasting for Ninkasi …

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Redhook Launches “Game Changer Ale” With Epic Tap Handle

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Redhook Brewery announced today that Game Changer Ale, a beer brewed with wings and sports fans in mind, will be available across the United States beginning July 15. Game Changer will also be available at over 925 Buffalo Wild Wings™ restaurants. “Wings and sports go hand-in-hand, and we know there is demand for a good, flavorful draught beer to complement the …

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Top 50 Breweries of 2012 By State

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Today the Brewers Association released the top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries list of 2012 based on sales volume as well as the overall top 50 list in the country (macro brewers included). What’s cool to see is that craft beer is making a bigger and bigger dent in the overall U.S. beer market. This means more and more people are …

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Widmer Alchemy Ale Replacing Drifter Pale Ale

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I do love getting packages in the mail! Those butterflies that arise when you see UPS or FedEx screeching to a halt, the sound of the diesel engine being turned off, and the ringing of the doorbell which signals that in mere moments you will be tearing into something new and exciting. I recently received an email from Widmer Brothers …

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Ninkasi Releases Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout

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Eugene, Oregon based Ninkasi Brewing Company just announced a new addition to their year round lineup of beers. Expected to hit stores in 22oz. bottles any day, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout should be found just about everywhere Ninkasi’s current distribution reaches. “Aged on whole natural vanilla beans, Vanilla Oatis is a unique and delicious take on our traditional Oatmeal Stout,” sai Nikos …

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Alaskan Brewing Using Beer To Power Their Brewery

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The Alaskan Brewing Company is now operating with a new fuel source: beer. More specifically, they are using the wet grain known as “spent grain,”  left over from the brewing process, as the sole fuel source for their steam boiler. Alaskan is the first craft brewery in the world to use this brewing by-product in this way, reducing the company’s fuel oil consumption …

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New Belgium Brewing Releases Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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Ft. Collins, CO, October 17, 2012 – Steeped in tradition, New Belgium Brewing’s annual Frambozen release is aptly named after the Flemish word for raspberries. Now available in most New Belgium markets, the festive beer has become synonymous with holiday celebrations. New Belgium’s annual tradition of sending delegates to the Pacific Northwest continued this year, with the team hand selecting …

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Deschutes Brewery Launches Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA

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October 2, 2012 – Bend, Oregon – Born in a mountain resort town, Deschutes Brewery knows what it’s like to be endlessly in pursuit of untouched perfection – chasing pristine powder slopes on mountain flanks. In similar fashion, Deschutes Brewery chased the perfect hops for this new beer – growing heirloom Cascade hops from the original plant strain at Willamette …

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Deschutes Brewery’s Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale Wins World’s Best Beer

October 1, 2012 – Bend Oregon – Deschutes Brewery swept from Oregon to the world stage as its Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale took the title of “World’s Best Beer,” again! Along with this top honor, this spring seasonal also swept three sub-categories winning World’s Best Pale, World’s Best Pale Ale, and The Americas Best Pale Ale. Cam O’Connor, brewmaster …

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Henry Weinhards Launches Across The Nation

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2012) – Henry Weinhard spent considerable time and effort exploring the Pacific Northwest and searching for the perfect location for his brewery. More than 150 years later, beer drinkers across the country have the chance to explore the taste of the Pacific Northwest. This month, Henry Weinhard’s is launching three beers nationally: Private Reserve, Redwood Flats Amber …

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Gluten-Free Beer That Doesn’t Suck

I have to admit I’ve had this fear someday I might have to switch to a gluten-free diet. While for the most part I try to cut out a lot of gluten with my food choices, I couldn’t imagine living in a world where I couldn’t partake in my favorite drink. I’ve talked to many people that for one reason …

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New Belgium Shifts To 16 Ounce Cans

What’s so great about 16-ounce cans? Simple, 4 more ounces of beer than your average 12-ounce can or bottle. While multiple breweries have 16-ounce cans (a pint), the 12-ouncers still remain king of beer containers in the US. New Belgium Brewing out of Ft. Collins, CO is looking at changing things up with its newest year-round beer offering, Shift Pale Lager. …

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New Belgium Releases Snow Day

New Belgium Brewing declares a snow day for everyone! This joyful phrase conjures universal meaning: forget work and enjoy.  Snow Day Ale replaces 2ºBelow as New Belgium’s winter seasonal, bringing warmth and relaxation to cold winter days. Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of the newly developed Midnight Wheat malt. Pleasantly hoppy, the Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade …

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Pearl Jam Gets Their Own Dogfish Head Beer

Two things that I absolutely love in this world other than my family and friends is beer (of course) and music. When the two get together it makes a magical event. While I’ve been to many concerts and enjoyed some good beer, there hasn’t been many unions that I know of quite like the latest Dogfish Head beer being released …

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Let Mississippi Drink Good Beer

Living in the Northwest, I sometimes take for granted that I can drive to a local beer shop and choose from hundreds of great craft brews. We do have some bad laws, such as not being able to get beers like Sam Adams Utopias in Oregon or Washington, but for the most part we have access to quite a few …

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Discovering Craft Beers at the Pike Brewery

I came across this video this morning put out by Bonefish Grill which has Tim Curci (founder of Bonefish Grill) doing an interview at Pike Brewery in Seattle, WA with Charles Finkel. It’s a great interview where they talk about everything from craft beer and prohibition to beer & food pairings. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

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Three More Breweries Begin Distribution in Maine

Just a quick update for all you Maine readers out there: while you’re all patiently waiting for the arrival of Baxter Brewing Co. beers this fall, you’ll have some new out-of-state beery arrivals to help tide you over. Three breweries from across the country have started to distribute their beers in the state of Maine this month and their arrivals …

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BrewDog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin Comes to the U.S.

Tactical Nuclear Penguin, the beer which had for a couple of weeks been the most alcoholic beer in the world — before German brewer Schorschbrau released a 40% ABV beer called Schorschbock and BrewDog fired back with their Sink the Bismarck!, which checks in at 41% ABV and a highly-alcoholic and somewhat pointless cock fight ensued — is now making …

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Tickets for the 2010 American Craft Beer Festival On Sale Now

Tickets went on sale yesterday for the 3rd annual American Craft Beer Festival. Sponsored by BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery, the American Craft Beer Fest features over 325 craft beers from over 80 American brewers. The festival is held at the Seaport World Trader Center on the waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACBF is the largest annual craft beer festival on …

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How Much Would You Pay for a Craft Beer at a Ballgame?

That’s the question. Apparently there’s a big hullabaloo about it in Twins Nation (thanks to Beernews.org for bringing it to my attention). Target Field, the will-be new home of the Minnesota Twins organization will be selling cans of Surly Brewing Co. beers at games for a whopping $10 a pop. I guess the high price point (which I assume is …

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Allagash And Their Koelschip in The Atlantic Monthly

It’s always fun to see examples of craft beer-related stories popping up in less-than-traditional mainstream media outlets. The most recent example of this was a story which appeared this month in The Atlantic Monthly of all places (or at least their website; I’m not sure if it made the print edition of the magazine or not) on Maine’s favorite boundaries-pushing …

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Flying Dog Brewery Celebrates 20th Birthday with Raging Bitch

Flying Dog Ales has announced the beer they will introduce next month to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The beer, named Raging Bitch (yep, you read that right) is an Belgian-style IPA and, as usual for Flying Dog, features the fantastic artwork of Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman. According to the press release, The beer itself, an American IPA fermented with Belgian …

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iReport Video Profile of Seven Brides Brewing Co.

First off, I want to apologize for the lack of posts over the last 4 or 5 days. I promise I haven’t gone anywhere, I’m just working on a new WordPress theme for the blog — one which I am attempting to hand-design and hand-code all by myself, teaching myself as I go, so it’s been a bit of a… …

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Long Trail Ales to Buy Otter Creek/Wolver’s Brewing Co.

Famed beer blogger and author of  The Good Beer Guide to New England, Andy Crouch, is reporting that Vermont mega (as craft breweries are concerned, anyway) brewer Long Trail Brewing Co. is in the process of purchasing neighboring Otter Creek/Wolver’s Brewing Co. According to Crouch, Long Trail Brewing Company of Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, is in the process of purchasing the …

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Pugsley Signature Series Brews Win Silver and are Cellar Aged

Of course it’s always a treat to see local boys doing well, so I was pleased to hear the news this morning that Shipyard’s XXXX IPA (the third installment in the brewery’s four-beer-strong Puglsey Signature Series) recently won a silver medal at the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival in the “Ale Modern Style 6% and Above” category. According to the …

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Watch the IamaCraftBrewer.com Videos!

I’m really not sure how I missed this one when it first arrived but I discovered these videos yesterday and thought that they were so good, I wanted to make sure no one else missed them either. Apparently the longer version of the first video embedded below served as the introduction to the keynote speech by Greg Koch, CEO of …

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VICTORY FOR ROCK ART! VICTORY FOR THE VERMONSTER!

It’s official! Initial reports out of the Rock Art camp (both at rockartbrewery.com and the company’s Facebook page) are that Hansens Beverage and Monster Energy drinks have dropped their lawsuit against Rock Art for copyright infringment from their use of the name “Vermonster” on the company’s 10th anniversary barleywine (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, see my …

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Craft Beer in October Issue of Entrepreneur Magazine

Discovered this little blurb which appears in the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine today (via the Oskar Blues Facebook page) about 2009 being a “very good year for beer”. The article describes the fact that craft beer is really weathering the “recession” storm in the U.S. quite well and states the fact that, so far in 2009, Sales of premium …

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New Hampshire’s Pennichuck Brewing Company to Close its Doors

I just received word that New Hampshire’s Pennichuck Brewing Company is closing its doors. The following statement was released yesterday by Phil Jewett, the brewery’s President, This is our first initial announcement that Pennichuck Brewing Company of Milford, New Hampshire, will be closing for good. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many family, friends, brewing professionals, industry …

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A Video Response and More on the @RockArtBrewery Legal Case

Update on the Rock Art case: above is a YouTube video featuring Matt Nadeau of Rock Art Brewery. I had the pleasure of visiting with Nadeau at his brewery in October of 2008 and to put it quite simply, Rock Art is a great brewery producing great beers in a great part of the country. So please hop on Twitter, …

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Rock Art Brewery, Makers of The Vermonster, Told to Cease & Desist

The owners of Monster Energy Drinks, which operate under the name of Hansen Beverage Co.(based in Corona, California) and is actually owned by Anheuser-Busch, have filed a cease and desist order against Rock Art Brewery, LLC of Morrisville, VT, claiming that their beer, “The Vermonster,” infringes upon its intellectual property rights. According to the Burlington Free Press, “The Vermonster” beer …

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Allagash Brewing Co. to Release Vagabond Ale

Maine’s most well-known beer geek brewery, Allagash Brewing (the only Maine brewery to win a medal at the 2009 GABF), has announced the release of the second beer in their new 375 ml series: Vagabond Ale. Vagabond is the follow-up release to the brewery’s now famous Gargamel Ale, which was released this past May. Vagabond was aged for four years …

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Michelob Releases New Fall Sampler Pack But Who Cares?

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I got an email this morning from the folks at Michelob Brewing Co. (owned by Belgium’s largest brewery – Anheuser-Busch) alerting me to the release of their new “Ale Sampler Pack”. Usually when I receive press releases from any of the brewing behemoths like Michelob, they go straight to the virtual trash can. But, for whatever reason, I guess they …

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Canned Craft Beer on NPR’s Weekend Edition

The good folks at National Public Radio ran a piece this weekend during Weekend Edition Saturday which discussed the benefits of Good Beer in Cans and the recent explosion in popularity of canned craft beer. As any long-time reader of Blog About Beer knows, I’m a huge advocate of beer in cans, so I was especially pleased to hear the …

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@dogfishbeer Featured in The Newest Issue of Inc Magazine

My July/August issue of Inc Magazine arrived today (a bit late) and in it I discovered a neat little profile piece on Sam Calagione and his Deleware-based Dogfish Head Brewery, which brought in $28 million in revenue last year, producing 74,600 barrels of their “off-centered” ales. As opposed to the exposé on the brewery which appeared in The New Yorker …

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BlogAboutBeer.com Reads The Wire

Good morning, all, and happy Sunday to you. As I’m sure we’re all sitting here this morning recovering from great beer-filled weekends, I wanted to post some links and stories of interest. First, the Sam Adams Beer Lover’s Choice program is back for 2009. You may remember in 2008 when the Blackberry Whit beat out the Coffee Stout for mass …

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Success in a Can

I’m about to head out on a three day jaunt through the woods of Crawford Notch, NH (with a very important stop at Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery in North Conway on my way home) but I found a great article from the Durango Herald this morning which I wanted to pass along. The article highlights a few Colorado breweries …

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Nanobreweries An Emerging Trend in America

I just wanted to pass along a neat article from MSN which friend passed to me a few days ago about an extremely microbrewing trend emerging around the country which I had never heard of called “Nanobrewing”. According to MSN, “The nanobrewery concept allows one or a few good craft brewers to spend a few weekends a month brewing batches …

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Odell Brewing Brews Twitter-Powered Blackbird Schwarzbier

People-powered, Twitter-inspired beers seem to be all the rage in the quickly growing craft beer two point oh scene. In fact, you may remember a couple of months ago when the Bay Area’s 21st Amendment Brewing brewed what they called a #twitterbrew, during which the brewery’s followers could track the brewing process and follow along through frequent posts to TwitPic.com. …

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21st Amendment Brings Cans to Massachusetts

As any long-time BlogAboutBeer readers know, I am very big on putting craft beer in cans. So I was excited to see this little tidbit come through my inbox the other day — it’s good news for MassHoles and good news for those of us in Maine (because good beer in cans is one step closer to reaching our borders). …

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BlogAboutBeer Reads the Wire

I’m still recovering from a first-hand witnessing of the EPIC Red Sox domination of those Damn Yankees last night and Jacoby Ellsbury’s historic stealing of home plate so rather than an in depth beery anecdote today, I’m just going to report on some of the happenings in the Beer World which have been gathering in my inbox all week. Enjoy: …

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Getting Ready for American Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week — which runs from May 11th-17th — is less than a month away but there are some things you can do ahead of time to prepare for a week of great beer and to show your support for the American Craft Beer movement. I just received the following statement from the press room of the Brewers …

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Legislation Introduced to Allow Maine Brewpubs to Sell Growlers

There is a bill currently making its way through the Maine state legislature which would finally allow brewpubs in the state to offer their beer to patrons in 64oz Growlers. According to the Bangor Daily News, Backers of the measure claim making it easier for brew pubs to sell growlers on site will help support a small but growing Maine …

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Go See Beer Wars Live Thursday!

This Thursday, April 16th is the world premiere of the movie Beer Wars with a nationwide screening and live panel event. If you haven’t yet heard about Beer Wars, it’s been blowing up the world of New Media, with great coverage on many other beer blogs, national media and Twitter (@beerwarsmovie). The film is described as, In America, size matters. …

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