Beer News

Redhook Rolls Out Winter Seasonal: Winterhook

Redhook will proudly introduce a new winter seasonal this year. Winterhook, Redhook’s cold weather seasonal, has featured a new recipe each year since 1985. The public will get its first chance to try this year’s version on Wednesday, October 3rd. The first keg will be tapped at 6 PM at the Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. Live music will …

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Sierra Nevada Going Green

By the end of September the Sierra Nevada Brewery will be almost entirely self-sufficient. Currently the brewery is in the process of “going green,” focusing on sustainability. As of now, the brewery has four fuel cells operating 70 to 75 percent of the facility’s power, Sustainability Coordinator Cheri Chastain said. The brewery has spent the summer adding solar panels, which …

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Harpoon Releases Wet Hop Beer

Riding the coattails of Sierra Nevada, Harpoon Brewery announced today that the 20th installment of their famous 100 Barrel Series has been brewed to celebrate the annual hop harvest. Harpoon Glacier Harvest Wet Hop beer is a pale ale made with fresh hops picked just hours before being thrown into the brew kettle. Wet hop beers are brewed using fresh, …

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Beer Prices Soar

On the eve of Oktoberfest, perhaps the most well-known beer festival in the world, the German Association of Brewers announced today (sept 12, 2007) that beer prices in the country will soon be on the rise. Thanks, in part, to the higher costs of bottles, energy and ingredients.

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Japanese Brewery Adds Green Tea to Their Brews

Across the globe Craft Brewers are going to great lengths (and putting just about anything into their beers) to differentiate themselves from the competition, and this is no exception: The chamber of commerce of the Japanese city of Kakegawa and Chiba-based microbrewery Megumi Brewery (which advertises itself as “Japan’s smallest brewery”) have announced that they’ve joined forces to produce “Kakegawa …

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Sierra Nevada Rolls Out Bottles of Freshly-Hopped Harvest Ale

The first year Sierra Nevada made its Harvest Ale with fresh hop flowers, they made only one 100-barrel batch. Also that first year, an entire UPS truck was filled with small boxes of fresh hops bundled together with holes poked into the boxes for freshness. Today, they’re overnighted in mesh onion sacks laid out flat in a single layer of …

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In Brief: The Beast is Back

The recent ending of August (and thus summer, for many of us) does bring with it one VERY good thing – the autumn beer menu. Award-winning Pumpkin Ales, Oktoberfests, and maybe most notably, The Beast. Brewed by Boulder’s Avery Brewing Co., The Beast–a super-hopped, almost syurpy-sweet ale, which boasts a whopping 15% ABV–may be a friend of your taste buds, …

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Peak Organic to Sponsor Farm Aid ’07

Leading U.S.organic brewery Peak Organic Brewery (located in Portland, Maine) has announced their sponsorship of Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Fesitval in New York City on September 9th. Peak Organic praised Farm Aid “for forging the urban-rural partnership needed to ensure the survival of the American family farmer”.  All three of Peak Organic Brewing’s beers–pale ale, amber ale, and nut …

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New Laws Could Cripple Georgia’s Breweries for Good

According to CNN Money this week, while Colorado boasts 44 independent breweries, Georgia, with twice the population, has only three, down from eight a decade ago. And new rules governing brewery tours could reduce that number to zero, says Fred Bensch, owner of Sweetwater Brewing in Atlanta, by driving away thirsty crowds and eliminating the brewers’ best marketing tool.”This would …

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Toast to the Memory of Michael Jackson Slated for September 30th

By now, every beer enthusiast around the world (and probably most everyone else, too, for that matter) knows about the August 30th passing of famed Beer Hunter Michael Jackson (no, not that Michael Jackson), so I won’t take the time to reiterate on this tragic loss. But instead, pass along the news that Friends of Michael Jackson have begun to plan a …

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Salem Beer Works Gets New Brewer

Mike Roy, formerly of Milly’s Tavern in NH, reported last week that he’s taken a new brewing position at Salem Beer Works (a division of Boston Beer Works) in Salem, MA. He’s been training at Boston Beer Works, but made the move to Salem effective September 1st. A sad loss for Milly’s Tavern fans, as Mike’s beers are pretty much legendary in the …

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Three-Man Brewery Wins Big!

No one agrees more than those of us here at Blog About Beer that it can often be best not to run with the big boys, and no where is there an better example of that than the folks at Whitewater Brewing Co. Whitewater, a small Northern Ireland brewery, has produced an ale which has been named one of the best 50 beers in the …

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A Third Sam Adams Brewery Only Days Away

The Boston Beer Co. Inc. (NYSE: SAM) purchased 52.6 acres for $5.95 million today as a possible backup site for a new brewery. Michelle Sullivan, Boston Beer’s spokeswoman, said the company currently does not have plan for the Freetown, Mass. site. Boston Beer is also currently working to purchase an existing brewery 60 miles outside of Philadelphia for $55 million. If …

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CEO of Coors steps down

Maybe he finally realized that he represented a horrible product that constantly does all it can to completely ruin the true nature of the necture we all love… maybe not. Either way, Rockey Mountain News is reporting today that Frits van Paasschen is stepping down as Coors Brewing Co. CEO to accept a senior executive job at a company outside …

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Pale Moon Rising

Sources are now confirming that Coors Brewing Company is creating AC Golden Brewery, a “brand incubation company” that will “introduce above-premium beers to the marketplace using a new approach,” Beer Marketer’s Insights Express reported yesterday. The report says the new “brewery” will roll out brands through a slow build, similar to Coors’ marketing of their Blue Moon Belgian White Ale. The report …

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Rogue Nation names official National Bird

NEWPORT, OR (August 28, 2007) – Today the Turkey has been named the official bird of the Rogue Nation. To commemorate this momentous occasion Rogue Juniper Pale Ale has been dedicated to “the turkey in each of us.” An axe and the dedication have been added to the serigraphed 22oz bottles and Juniper Pale Ale tap stickers. Even if some do …

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Tsingtao soars on rising beer demand

As previously reported, beer consumption in the People’s Republic of China is up – WAY up. And Tsingtao Brewery Co Ltd, China’s best known beer brand, is leading the campaign. Tsingtao posted a 63.4 percent increase in first-half of ’07, as rising Chinese incomes boosted demand for beer and a taste for more expensive brews. The brewery, which is partially owned …

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High Demand Leaves Zimbabwe’s Brewery Taps Dry

Beer has joined the list of commodities fast running out in Zimbabwe. The high demand to hit the bottle is a sign of people attempting to drown economic hardships, one of the nation’s breweries said Friday. “We have witnessed an unprecedented demand for our lager beer products. Average sales are rising fast and approaching 300 000 litres per day,” George Mutendadzamera, general manager-corporate affairs …

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Fighters to Your Corners

  Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams beers, has been conducting tastings around the country all summer long where consumers can help pick one of the beers that will be sold in the 2008 Brewmaster’s Collection 12-pack. The winning beer will also be sold in six-packs throughout the U.S. This year’s contenders are a spicy, fruity (particularly banana) Dunkelweizen …

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Award-winning Brew not to be Bogged Down

Cranberries move over, In the UK’s Somerset Country bog water is now being turned into an award winning beer, courtesy of Exmoor’s first microbrewery. Real ale lover Jim Winzer, and his wife Elke, who run the Crosslanes House Hotel in Allerford, have joined forces with Exford farmer Lindley Williams to produce and market their new Dunkery Ale, using water from a spring at nearby …

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Do Caffinated “Beers” Violate Federal Law? AGs seem to think so…

Attorneys general from Maine and more than two dozen other states asked federal regulators Monday to launch a probe into the advertising techniques of companies marketing caffinated beer-hybrids with slogans such as “You can sleep when you’re 30,” saying they are targeting underage drinkers. A letter written by the attorneys general to the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (which oversees …

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Pumpkinhead Wins!

One of our favorite Maine Brews proved a winner this weekend. Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pumpkinhead Ale won 1st place in the Specialty Beer Category at the 13th annual California Brewers Festival in Sacramento, California. Shipyard’s Chamberlain Pale Ale also received 2nd place in the English Pale Ales category. Sea Dog Brewing Company (which is owned by Shipyard) also took home …

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