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Upcoming Beer Festivals

2 Jan

SF Beer week

Oktoberfest isn’t the only time for masses of beer drinkers to gather and play ridiculous games while downing liter after liter of delicious brew.  In fact, beer festivals happen year round all over the world and thanks to certain cities that recognize the importance of their local breweries as well as the significance of beer culture in general, there are entire weeks dedicated to beer.  Check below for an upcoming celebration near you in January and February.  If you don’t see anything nearby, have a look at beerfestivals.org for some smaller but still great festivals around the world.

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Dogfish Head – Gluten-Free

27 Dec

 

Nothing makes us sadder than the realization that some people can not enjoy beer for medical reasons. Celiac Disease is no joke.  It damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy.¹ Fortunately for those diagnosed with celiac disease, they can treat the symptoms of celiac and heal the vili in the lining of the intestines by eating a gluten-free diet.²  Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.  The same base ingredients of our favorite beverage, BEER!

Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware has listened to the cries of the gluten-free masses and created its Tweasonale.  Coming to shelves late January 2012, this “fruit-foward” gluten-free beer will be released 4 times per year to satisfy the hop cravings of more than 3 million diagnosed Americans³.  You don’t have to be on a gluten free diet to enjoy gluten free beer either. After all it’s still…Beer!

Check out the brewery’s website to learn more and find the beer here : http://www.dogfish.com/

¹ ² http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001280/

³ http://www.celiac.com/articles/1164/1/Celiac-Disease-Statistics/Page1.html

White Castle Testing Beer Sales

24 Dec

Nothing goes together quite like a burger and a craft beer, so it seems only natural that American fast food joints should be carrying the stuff.  Unfortunately, due to government red tape, increased liability and a public image to uphold, the only drinks available have been soft drinks.  Yet it seems obvious that beer would sell and easily cover any government licensing or increase in insurance costs, and that’s what White Castle in Lafayette, IN is testing.  Beginning only with domestic brews for $3, if they see success, it’s only a matter of time before we might be able to pick up a full-flavored craft IPA to wash down our burgers.  Check the link below for an article on other ways White Castle is trying to increase revenue.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/21/white-castle-beer-wine_n_1162755.html

Flying Dog Brewery Making Big Changes in 2012

18 Dec

Flying Dog Brewery

Flying Dog is a great example for gauging the craft beer industry’s success and potential in its relative infancy.  An announcement in June by the brewery to shrink distribution costs left 13 states without Flying Dog’s beer and seemed to be a sign that the company was struggling to remain profitable.  The change paid off however and Flying Dog is up 25% in 2011 with a majority of that increase coming from areas local to the brewery (Washington D.C. and mid-Atlantic territories).  Now, for 2012, Flying Dog will be distributing new metal packaging for its beers; that’s right, cans.  The first brew to be canned will be the Underdog Pale Ale but Flying Dog has plans to can their other brews, including some of their 12 new releases scheduled for next year.  It’s exciting to see the craft beer industry thriving and evolving.  Cheers Flying Dog!  Follow the link below to see the full article on BrewBound.

http://www.brewbound.com/news/flying-dog-has-big-plans-for-2012

Site Update

17 Dec

After nearly a day of intermittent site connectivity, Brewing and Beer is back and fully migrated to a new host.  We’ve made a few small changes but everything should be working properly and we’ll be resuming our usual daily posts.  Thanks for visiting us!

National Growler Day – December 17, 2011

16 Dec

hangar 24 growler

The holidays are a special time when long unseen friends and relatives can come together and share each others’ company with a nice local craft beer.  So why shouldn’t there be another holiday added that reminds us to use our environment-friendly, refillable growlers to go out and buy great tasting, locally made beer?  Hence the movement by The Beer Mapping Project to proclaim December 17 as National Growler Day, a day to buy a cool new beer carrying vessel or get some use out of your old one.  That’s reason enough for us to head to our local brewery and buy some beer.

http://beermapping.com/2011/12/12/national-growler-day/

Happy 15th to Six Craft Breweries

13 Dec

stone schmaltz bear republic fireston-walker three floyds arcadia

2011 saw the 15th anniversary of six craft breweries that have made game-changing contributions to the industry.  Stone, Shmaltz, Arcadia, Firestone-Walker, Three Floyds and Bear Republic have all made a name for themselves by making great beer; but not every brew could be a Sublimely Self-Righteous.  For a great read by Draft Magazine on these six brew houses with questions like “What is the worst beer you’ve ever brewed?” and “Where do you see yourself in 15 more years?” posed to each respective brew master, follow the link below.  Also, for a look at how far they’ve come you can find the original Stone Brewery website created in 1997 here.

http://draftmag.com/features/sweet-15/

Bud Enters the Home Draft Market

13 Dec

Anheuser-Busch is entering the home draft market.    Seeming to follow suit from Heineken, with their Draughtkeg and Krups Beertender and from Coors and Miller’s pig keg offerings, the Draftmark is making it’s debut in select St. Louis stores this week with Budweiser, Shock Top Belgian White, and Bass Pale Ale on offer.  It will be interesting to see how successful the BIG brewery will be with their home draft system.  The Draftmark fits on a shelf inside your refrigerator, has a rechargeable battery and a “permanent pouring system”. Draftmark owners will be able to buy refills for their system and Bud is claiming freshness for 30 days.

If Bud expands their refill offerings to some of their more exciting brews, like Bodingtons Pub Ale or Stella Artois, they may have a real winner. We here at Brewing and Beer aren’t always kind to the big 3, but we’re always interested in new ways to enjoy beer.  We have only two questions so far: When is the Draftmark going national, and why in the world of beer does it require a battery?

Learn More: www.anheuser-busch.com/s/index.php/anheuser-busch-brings-premium-draft-beer-experience-home-with-draftmark/

Beer Advent Calendar

10 Dec

…but instead of candy, it’s beer.  The Beer Advent Calendar is exactly what it sounds like, except each day includes a full write-up and review of its respective brew by the best bloggers in the business.  And if that weren’t enough, they’re extending their advent through the 31st, that’s 7 bonus beers!  Head on over to Seacoast Beverage Lab to see the full list of craft brews and reviews.  Don’t you just love the holidays?

Four Dogfish Head Releases In Stores Soon

8 Dec

If you happen to come across Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA on tap on your next trip to the pub, buy it, drink it and bask in its delicious glory.  It’s a brewery that focuses on making each of their beers something special, so when Dogfish announces 4 new limited release beers, pay attention.  The new brews include the 120-Minute IPA(15-20% ABV, 120 IBUs), Fort raspberry Belgian Ale(15-18% ABV, 49 IBUs), World Wide Stout(15-20% ABV, 70 IBUs), and the Burton Baton(10% ABV, 70 IBUs) – a cross between an English style Old Ale and an Imperial IPA.  Follow the link below to read the amusing descriptions of each of these beers and then use the Fish Finder to see where you can pick up some of your own.

http://www.dogfish.com/community/news/press-releases/four-big-dogfish-beers-coming-your-way.htm

Dogfish Head Fish Finder