Beer News

Grassroots Alabama Group Calls for Boycott of Anheuser-Busch

Did you know that there is legislation in place banning most craft beer from Alabama? Yeah, me either. But now there’s a group who is trying to do something about that. And, to get their voices heard, they’re calling for a Birmingham-wide boycott of Anheuser-Busch products! Free The Hops / Alabamians For Specialty Beer, is a grassroots consumer group working …

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Brazilian Brewery Makes First Yerba Mate Beer Ever

Brazilian brewery Dado Bier has created a new brew — Dado Bier Ilex — using one of the oldest and most traditional elements of South American culture: Yerba-maté tea. The result? An innovative mixed brew which brings the flavor and characteristic aroma of yerba-maté to a surprising beer. According to the company’s press release, Inspired by this tradition, Dado Bier …

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ANOTHER Classy Beer “Cafe” Coming to Portland!

First, thanks to reader “Shel” for the lead on this story! It appears that yet another classy beer “cafe” is coming to Portland (it was never my intent to make blogaboutbeer.com all about Maine but with the huge influx of Maine-beer-news over the past few weeks, it’s tough not to). A company calling themselves Novare Res, LLC went before the …

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3Tides Brewery Making Waves in Coastal Maine

You may have seen this already this morning over at A Good Beer Blog, but Villagesoup.com wrote a piece today about the 3Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewery, a new Maine Microbrewery upda coast in Belfast, profiling brewery owner David Carlson and brewmaster Dan McGovern. Villagesoup.com describes the 3Tides beers as, “homemade and tasty, and they reflect a national movement toward …

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A New Belgian Brewpub and Cafe Portland-Bound? Please Say Yes!

Thanks to Russ — a good friend and regular reader — for the tip on this. Of course, at this point nothing can be confirmed (it was found in a BA discussion forum) but I’ll keep everyone updated as more details roll through. For now: The Pannepot Brewpub and Cafe — a new Belgian Brew Pub, Cafe, and Beer Emporium — will reportedly …

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Changing of the Guard at Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang, a personal favorite of mine, is sad to see one of its veterans moving on, but is excited about the changes to come. According to a statement released by the company today, Randy Thiel, Ommegang Brewmaster since 1997, is heading home to his native Midwest. In February, 2008, he will become Director of Quality Control at the New …

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A Great Barleywine on a Great Winter Day

Today marked the beginning of Maine’s oft-annual January Thaw and temperatures reached 41 degrees (and they say it should read 50 on Tuesday). To celebrate, we got up early and headed to Shawnee Peak for a down-right perfect day of hitting the slopes. The conditions were excellent and we returned home this evening sore in all the right ways. To cap …

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Mayflower Brewing Company: Taste the History

People of Massachusetts rejoice – According to an official press release, Mayflower Brewing Company, a self-distributing microbrewery located in Plymouth, Massachusetts is all set and ready to brew. Director of Brewing Operations, Matthew Steinberg told the press, “We have spent nearly 4 months building our brewery and we are excited to get things started.”  Firing up the kettle is exactly …

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New Belgium’s Fat Tire is for the Fishes

New Belgium Brewing made a lot of news in 2007 — from their wildly popular Fat Tire Amber Ale, to their on-going efforts to make brewing sustainable. Well 2008 seems to be no different. The famous Colorado brewery’s flagship beer suddenly has another characteristic: It’s now a key ingredient in an environmentally friendly form of fish food.  According to Wyoming’s Casper …

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Predictions for Beer in the New Year

2007 was certainly a big year for the beer world. Small, independent brewers have experienced tremendous growth across the country (while, thankfully, sales at the “big three” have remained relatively flat); there has been an explosion in the “green” and organic brewing sector; the popularity of homebrewing continues to rise; on a much sadder note – beer lost one of …

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Shipyard Prelude Winning Big & Small

You know by now that I am always excited when any Maine beer garners positive attention, so when this story about Shipyard Prelude (one Maine beer in particular that is quickly ascending my good list) came across the wire this morning, I had to pounce on it. The Brew U Panel, a group of beer enthusiasts who write for www.savannahnow.com, compared …

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A Beer for the Ladies

It was widely reported last month that figures showed beer sales in pubs across the UK at their lowest level for 70 years with sales supposedly down 49 per cent since they peaked in 1979. But one young entreprenuer is doing her part to change all of that. That’s right, I said “her”. Harriet Easton, 19, unveils Harry’s Beer tomorrow, …

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Solidarity ‘Stache

As the Terrapin Beer Company, which opperates out of Athens, Georgia, continues their long wait for a state brewing license (the company signed a lease for a 45,000-square-foot brewery in March!), frustration among brewers and fans alike is growing. But now the Terrapin team has an answer for those looking to show solidarity: grow your ‘stache! According to the company’s website, It started …

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Sam Adams Utopias Auctioned to Benefit The Leary Firefighters Foundation

Jim Koch, the founder of Samuel Adams, has teamed up with Denis Leary and The Leary Firefighters Foundation to create a very unique package of items to be auctioned off on eBay, just before the holidays. Included in the package is the first bottle of the limited edition 2007 batch of Samuel Adams Utopias autographed by Jim Koch, a custom made Samuel Adams Utopias snifter; …

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Keeping Costs Down: Gritty McDuffs Adds Grain Silo

There have been reports in every news outlet you can think of over the past few months about the raising costs of two of beer’s chief ingredients – both hops and barley malt. But what are breweries doing to combat the increased costs without doing too much damage to their pockets or ours? One Maine brewery, Gritty McDuffs, has taken …

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Flying Dog Flies it Colorado Coop

Eric Warner, president and CEO of Flying Dog Brewing, announced today that as of January 2008, Flying Dog will close the doors on its Denver, Colorado brewery and move all of its production to its state-of-the-art brewery in Frederick, Maryland. Rather than invest the $1 million needed to renovate the Denver location, Flying Dog decided to move everything to Frederick, where …

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No New Brewery for Boston Beer Co. After All

Some of you may remember the report which surfaced here in August about the Boston Beer Co. (the makers of Samual Adams) purchase of 52.6 acres of land in Freetown, Massachusetts for $5.95 million. Well, the plans for that proposed brewery have apparently come to a screeching halt. According to the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, The Boston Beer Co. has …

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Rogue to Celebrate the Fall of Communism with XS Imperial Red

According to a press release just published by Oregon’s Rogue Ales, the brewery is commemorating the decision of the Soviet Union’s President Mikhail Gorbachev that the Communist Party give up its 70-year long monopoly of political power — which happened on February 7th, 1990 — Rogue is releasing its very own Imperial Red on February 7th, 2008. Rogue XS Imperial RedImperial Red is …

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A Trip to Portsmouth New Hampshire for Beer Enlightenment

Yesterday I — and 25 accomplices — hopped in the car (post-brunch at Portland’s The Good Egg) and made our way across the border to the town of Portsmouth, NH in search of some much-needed beer enlightenment. Our quest first brought us to the Smuttynose Brewery, which is located in a small warehouse hidden in an industrial park on the outskirts of town. …

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Shipyard Brewer’s Choice a Royal IPA

Portland’s own Shipyard Brewing Co. officially announced today that their Brewer’s Choice beer — a yearly limited edition recipe created by the brewing teams at Shipyard and Federal Jack’s — for 2008 will be what the brewers are calling a Royal IPA. The beer, which will be available for a limited time beginning in January, will be released nation-wide in 6-packs, …

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Alaskan Barley Wine by the Bottle for the First Time

My friends at the Alaskan Brewing Co. have alerted me to the fact that they will offer a limited release of their award-winning Alaskan Barley Wine in 22-ounce bottles for the first time ever in January 2008. According to a press release from the brewery, Alaskan Barley Wine is produced in small batches each year. Typically this higher alcohol beverage …

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Shipyard Prelude Will Stick it Out Through Long Maine Winter

Something I couldn’t be more excited about, Shipyard Brewing Co. has announced that their seasonal favorite, Prelude Special Ale (which had previously only been available for a very short season right around the holidays),  has been named the brewery’s official winter beer and will now have a place on shelves across the country from November through January. Prelude’s packaging has …

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Widmer & Redhook Unite

After many years of working together (*The Roodhook brewery in Portsmouth, NH was the official east coast brewery of Widmer’s flagship Hefeweizen, for instance), two American craft brewing giants – Redhook Brewing and Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. have finally agreed to join forces, under a new company called Craft Brewers Alliance. According to the official press release, The companies see the merger as …

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Spring House Brewing Co. Coming Soon to a Pennsylvanian Home Near You

Five years, one failed plan for a brewpub, a $350,000 investment, and the refurbishing of a 2,200 square-foot barn (circa 1794)  later, homebrewer-turned-entrepreneur Matt Keasey is finally living the dream all of us homebrewers have – he is opening his very own micro-brewery, in the Lancaster County town of Conestoga, PA. Keasey’s Spring House Brewing Co. will open very soon in …

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A Call to Arms for the Maine Brewers’ Guild

A post on A Good Beer Blog today alerted me to the release of the  Ontario Craft Brewer’s Discovery Pack, a six pack that is now becoming available throughout Ontario featuring beers from six separate breweries. A truly brilliant idea, in my opinion, and a fantastic way to showcase a region’s microbrews. Its good for the breweries involved, good for the …

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Good News for Craft Beer: Sales of Imports Plumeting

In some good news for Good Beer Advocacy nation-wide, after years of biggering and biggering, it appears that sales of imported beer are on the decline. According to Brandweek, Constellation Brands, Fairport, N.Y., which handles Corona and other Modelo products via the Crown Imports joint venture, did not, as usual, disclose exact figures last month, but CEO Robert Sands did …

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Beer at the Table this Holiday Season

According to a press release from Flying Dog Brewery, they will soon be one of many craft breweries participating in a national program called Craft Beer and Food for the Holidays–a free program organized by the Brewers Association–which highlights the ways in which beer styles complement many traditional American holiday foods. The program (located online at www.beerandturkey.org) explores the pairings of ale with traditional American holiday favorites, …

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England’s Green King Brewing Releases Nation-Wide Premium Cask Ale

There has been much debate lately on the state of cask beer around the world. Some sources saying cask beer is in great decline, while others are heralding its comeback. But regardless of where you stand, this should come as good news: Greene King, the well-known English retailer & brewery, is piloting a new premium chilled cask beer called St. …

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Baltimore’s Brewpubs Drying Up

The city of Baltimore, Maryland was considered one of the up-and-coming beer Meccas in America, not too long ago, but that school of thought is quickly diminishing. Why? In the past few years, the five brewpubs once within the Baltimore city limits have dwindled to two, with one of the remaining pair seriously considering a move to the suburbs, where space is cheap and plentiful. According …

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The Sun’s Shining on Stone Brewing Co.

According to a press release on the brewery’s website, Stone Brewing Co. has announced the upcoming installation of a 360.7kW AC (404.6 kW DC) Photovoltaic Solar System on the roof of its new brewing facility in the Escondido (California) Research & Technology Center (ERTC). The $3.2 million dollar system will supply the brewery with a significant portion of its total …

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Good News for Dogfish Fans

First, is the announcement in today’s Washington Post that, after months of waiting, the new Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, Virginia has opened its doors. According to the Post, after months of delays and patient waiting–the restaurant and brewpub was supposed to open in February–the taps are now happily flowing. And, as if that wasn’t enough, the well-known and …

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Full Sail Brewing Pockets Award for World’s Best Premium Lager

According to a press release, which appeared today courtesy of Full Sail Brewing Co., a panel of international beer judges, who sampled from hundreds of lagers and ales from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia and beyond to find the “Best Beers of the World”, have awarded Full Sail’s–a small employee-owned brewery from Hood River Oregon–Session Premium Lager with …

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Michigan Brewing Co. to be Run on Bio-Diesel

There certainly is environmental friendliness aplenty in the wide world of beer this week. Yesterday I spoke with Cheri Chastain about the environmental efforts of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and today the Michigan Brewing Co. has announced that their entire line will be produced using energy from bio-diesel from here on out. Wow! According to a press release from the Michigan …

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Flying Dog Brewing Co. Releases First Open Source Beer

Denver’s Flying Dog Brewing Co. has finally released their Collaborator Doppelbock, a beer many homebrewers all ready knew as the first “open source” beer to hit the U.S. market. In an innovative marketing move, Flying Dog’s Open Source Beer Project allowed homebrewers to offer on-going recommendations and feedback on the beer’s recipe via a website during its R+D phase. The final user-recommended recipe impressed Flying …

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Nova Scotia’s Government is Pitching In

The province of Nova Scotia likes Keith’s beer. A lot. The government is spending $4.5 million to help Labatt Breweries expand the Oland Brewery in Halifax, the only place where Keith’s India Pale Ale is produced. That represents 10% of the $45-million tab needed for restorations. Premier Rodney MacDonald called it an investment in a historic manufacturing company that would increase exports and protect the jobs for …

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CHARR Honors Alaskan Brewing Co.’s Leadership With Award

JUNEAU, ALASKA — October 1, 2007 — The Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association (CHARR) recently presented the Alaska Spirits Award to Alaskan Brewing Co. for its leadership to improve the hospitality industry. “The hospitality industry is a very important part of Alaska’s social and economic fabric, and the people in the industry represented by CHARR care very much …

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Interview with the Alaskan Brewing Co.

Right on the heels of my recent interview with Jon Cadoux of Peak Organic Brewing, this evening I got to chat with Heather Conlin, the Special Projects Manager of Alaskan Brewing Co. Here is what she had to say: What is your role at Alaskan Brewing? My role has sort of evolved over time, but currently I work in human …

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Newport Beach Brewing Co. to Sue City Officials

Newport Beach officials have imposed a new set of regulations on the Newport Beach Brewing Co. after nearby residents residents complained of brewing company patrons being noisy, fighting, urinating in the parking lot, and even committing vandalism around the neighborhood. What to do has been debated for months by the planning commission and then the City Council. So, what did they …

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An Interview with the Founder of Peak Organic Brewing

This evening I was lucky enough to sit down for an exclusive interview with Jon Cadoux, the founder of Peak Organic Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine. The pesticides used in non-organic farming have been linked to cancer, Developmental Toxicity, Reproductive Toxicity, Endocrine System Toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Immune System Toxicity, and more. The good news, however, is that in the past decade, sales …

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Mobil Advertising from Deschutes Brewery’s Big Barrel

Thirsty Oregonians (Oregonites?) gather around the Deschutes Brewery Big Barrel at the brewery in Bend Oregon Tuesday. The wooden-barrel-on-wheels has 16 taps serving eight Deschutes Brewery ales. The mobile beer barrel served Bend-otans (ahh I give up…) before heading to Portland; after which it will travel to Seattle, where the brewery will park at the Seattle Oktoberfest on Sept. 21. Following Seattle’s Oktoberfest celebration, the berral-mobil …

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Drink Your Pizza!

Drinkable pizza beer? That’s right! Successfully combining two of my most favorite things, Tom Seefurth’s pizza beer (formally known as Mamma Mia Pizza Beer) will soon be coming to Chicago store shelves. The unlikely combination, heavy with tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano, will begin production at a Wisconsin brewery in the next 2 weeks and should be available by early …

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Coming Soon to Blog About Beer…

Blog About Beer will bring you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Heather Conlin, the Special Projects Manager at the Alaskan Brewing Co., this coming Weekend. The discussion will center around their beers, their involvement with the Coastal CODE program (see blogroll on the right-hand side of this page) and their on-going efforts to protect the Pacific Ocean, so stay tuned! Cheers.

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Expansion of Maryland’s Oliver Ales Planned for ’08

Best known for his Wharf Rat pubs in Fells Point and near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Bill Oliver is now looking to get the craft-brewed Oliver Ales they serve into bottles and onto store shelves. After brewing beer onsite in the basement of the 107-year-old building on West Pratt Street for 15 years, Oliver is looking to open a …

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Maine’s Shipyard IPA Wins a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles County Fair

This is the 10th West Coast Award Received by Portland Maine-based Shipyard Brewing Company in 2007! PORTLAND, MAINE (September 5, 2007)­ – Shipyard Brewing Company has been honored with gold and silver awards in the prestigious Commercial Beer Competition at the 85th Annual Los Angeles County Fair. This internationally recognized fair is the largest in North America and is attended …

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Alaskan Brewing Co. Committed to Helping Pacific Coastline

The Alaskan Brewing Co. has created the Coastal CODE (Clean Oceans Depend on Everyone) to encourage everyone to keep our oceans healthy. The small craft brewery located in the coastal community of Juneau, Alaska, is committing 1% of proceeds from its newly released Alaskan IPA to the Coastal CODE Fund, created in partnership with The Ocean Foundation. This unique initiative …

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Steve Hindy: From Beirut to Brewery

cnn.com/videos profiled Steve Hindy, co-founder and brewer at Brooklyn Brewery in NYC, this morning. Discussing his move from beat reporter for the Associated Press in Beirut, to brewer in New York City (and the striking similarities). Click here to watch.

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Invasion from the North

Montreal microbrewer McAuslan Brewing Inc. is taking a plunge into the ocean that is the U.S. beer market. Three popular brands from its St-Ambroise line – Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale and Apricot Wheat Ale – are scheduled to hit shelves in northeastern states by Nov. 1 and across the rest of the country early next year. McAuslan’s four-bottle cases will …

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What’s Brewing in Maine

In case you haven’t yet figured it out by the huge number of Maine-related stories on Blogaboutbeer.com, I do in fact live in Portland Maine. And it really is one of the greatest beer cities in the United States, home to such incredible craft beer staples as Shipyard Brewing Co., Allegash Brewing, Peak Organic, Gritty McDuff’s, D.L. Geary’s, and many …

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A Brewery Which Survived Katrina is Giving Back

The Abita Brewing Co., located just 30 miles north of New Orleans, survived the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita virtually unscathed (the brewery did go without power for a week, rising fermentation temperatures, and Abita had to dump about 1,000 barrels of spoiled beer. But total damages amounted to less than $25,000). Now the brewery is giving back to …

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A Santa Cruz Brewery Goes Organic

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Co. run by the husband and wife team of Chad Brill and Emily Thomas, is officially brewing entirely organic brews now – an emerging trend in the brewing industry (think Peaks Organic, or Wolavers, who distributes organic beer nationally)… well, in the U.S. as a whole, I guess. According to The San Jose Mercury News, “Getting organic …

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