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2,000 Craft Breweries Now Operating in the US

24 May

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The Brewers Association has announced that the official number of craft breweries in the United States has reached 2,000; a number that shows the significant growth of the industry which saw 1,500 operating breweries a mere 4 years ago in 2008.  As reported earlier, the Brewers Association is expecting the explosion of new breweries to continue throughout the rest of the year, predicting 600-700 new beer makers to open their doors in 2012.  The numbers so far seem to be short of their optimistic expectations but the trend is certainly going the right direction and the craft beer industry is at its strongest with no letup in sight.

Here’s the link to the official Brewers Association announcement

Craft Beer at Your Doorstep

10 Feb

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Beerjobber is the new player in the online craft beer game, set to open to the public on February 13 (previously invite only), the site picks up the beer “fresh from the brewery and deliver[s] it straight to your door.”  Having the ability to pick up and ship straight from the brewer means you’re likely to find a new or seasonal beer that isn’t distributed to your state but can be shipped through beerjobber, which allows for breweries to distribute to a wider area without having to deal with postage headaches or finding new distributors.  There are several other online beer stores across the web (links below), but beerjobber’s niche is fresh beer straight from the brewery itself, ensuring you get the best tasting, freshest craft beer from brewers all over the country.

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Brewing and Beer’s Own

8 Feb

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We here at Brewing and Beer just bottled up our first beer, Stuck Firm Vanilla Stout, a smooth and light bodied stout with vanilla present through and through.  The brewing team consisted of the beautiful Allison, her assistant (me), along with the film crew, Hugo and Donn.  We’ve been experiencing some delays getting our first brewing video out, but it will not be our last.  We plan on making original video content a major part of Brewing and Beer and we’d like your help in creating something that you’d like to see.

If you have any suggestions, comments, questions or anything please email us at brewingandbeer@gmail.com.  We are also looking for help with article writing and video production.

Most importantly, thank you for visiting our site. Prost!

Travis Neufeld

Sierra Nevada Begins Canning its Beer

27 Jan

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Sierra Nevada is having a busy week, just days after announcing their new brewery to open in North Carolina, they unveiled their new canning machine which will be sending its first run of aluminum to shelves in about 2 weeks.  And that 2 week delay between canning and shipping can only mean one thing, natural carbonation.  So the little yeast particles you love so much from your Pale Ale bottles will be right where they should be.  Sierra Nevada aims to have the 12-packs of Pale Ale on store shelves in mid-February along with 4-packs of the Torpedo Extra IPA.  The cans should be available everywhere by Memorial Day.

Sierra Nevada to Open Brewery in North Carolina

25 Jan

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After several years in search of an ideal site for their second brewery, Sierra Nevada has chosen Mills River, NC as the future site of its expansion.  Founder and owner Ken Grossman had this to say about the new location:

“Much like Chico, with its close proximity to many creeks, rivers and the Sierras, the location for our new brewery in North Carolina will be situated on property that borders the French Broad River, with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. Of course, building a new brewery from the ground up is no small task, and we anticipate the construction to take between 18 and 24 months. Our East Coast brewery will be built with a sustainable and mindful approach and maintain the integrity of the property and beauty of the natural landscape.”

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Governor Signs New Hampshire Craft Beer Week into Existence

24 Jan

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On January 11, 2012 Governor John Lynch designated June 24-30, 2012 as New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, featuring tastings and tours at breweries across the state, beer pairing dinners, brewing workshops and many other special events.  The week will conclude with one of the states biggest beer festivals, the New England Brewfest, on Saturday June 30.  Check out www.nhbeerweek.com for more info.

Brewery Count Sees Growth in 2011…Again

20 Jan

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The Brewers Association has released a preliminary count of the number of active breweries in operation in the United States at the end of 2011.  The rough count shows a clear increase in active breweries from 1,675 in 2010 to 1,949 in 2011, an incredible 16% increase.  The BA also tracks the number of “breweries in planning”, a snapshot of breweries likely to open in 2012 which jumped to a record 915, meaning we can expect 600-700 new breweries to open in 2012, or in other words, 2 new breweries every day.  Follow the link below to the Brewers Association where they explain what the numbers are and where they came from.  And keep drinking craft beer.

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Yuengling Becomes Largest U.S. Owned Brewery

13 Jan

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America’s oldest brewery recently surpassed Boston Brewing Company to become the number one U.S. manufacturer of beer.  After the acquisition of Anheuser Busch by InBev in 2008, Boston Brewing took the number one spot due to its distribution across the entire nation.  But in 2011, Yuengling, based in Pottsville Pennsylvania, overtook the makers of Samuel Adams thanks to its expansion into Ohio.  Its beers can be found throughout the East coast with distribution stretching as far west as Tennessee and Alabama, though even with Yuengling’s limited reach, it outsold every other American beer manufacturer.

“It just floors me that so much of our beer industry is owned by foreign concerns,” said Dick Yuengling, the company’s fifth-generation owner. “We were not in any race to be the largest domestically owned brewer, but it’s a tremendous honor for us.”

It’s great to see American beer companies gaining ground and this is further proof that the days of Miller and Bud will soon be numbered.

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Anheuser Busch and Miller Coors’ Sales Decline Again

10 Jan

Anheuser Busch sales decline

Both Anheuser Busch and Miller Coors saw overall shipments fall in 2011 by 2.9 percent and 3 percent respectively by estimates of Beer Marketers Insights.  Sales for Budweiser, the number one selling beer in America, declined by 4.6% continuing it’s slump of a 30% decline since 2005.  Overall beer production in the United States is up however thanks to the craft beer industry which saw a 15% increase in sales in the first half of 2011 and is expected to continue this growth into the future.  Anheuser Busch is shifting its focus overseas to help bolster their lackluster performance in the United States.

CSU study says beer brewers adding jobs faster than other industries in Colorado

3 Jan

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Though it may seem obvious, it’s nice to see some credible proof that the craft beer industry is alive and growing.  Colorado State University released a report detailing the impact of breweries on their local economies.  Needless to say, the results are favorable, and may be the reason Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper calls North Colorado “The Napa Valley of Beer”.  Follow the link below to the original article by the Reporter Herald.

Read the full article here

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