The Beer Growler

24 Jul

the beer growler store

There’s a new type of craft beer retailer popping up on the heels of the craft beer industry’s rapid growth: the growler store.  And some early adopters are seeing promising success.  The Beer Growler, based in Atlanta, offers 32 and 64 ounce growlers for sale at $4.99 which can be filled, and refilled, with any of the 40 craft beers, ciders, and root beers on tap.  Prices for a 64-oz fill up range from about $10 – $17+.  Also, if you happen to already own a growler, say from your local brewery, they’ll fill that too.   The Beer Growler currently has one store in operation and there are five more opening soon throughout the Atlanta, GA area.  If you’re interested in buying a franchise, the company is looking to expand to the south and west of Atlanta.

The Brewshed

21 Jul

jr brewing brewshed

Homebrewers all share a common DIY attitude when it comes to their hobby, whether it’s converting an old turkey fryer to a boiler or rigging a jockey box out of a cooler.  But there are some who take it all to another level.  The Brewshed is a home project by J.R. Brewing (2 friends who homebrew together) that is ambitious as it is awesome.  The friends constructed a brewing shed from the ground up in their backyard complete with a 4-tap kegerator, brewing counter and sink, and a dart board.  Follow the link to see the impressive build step-by-step.

http://www.jrbrewing.com/brewshed/

App – Local Suds

15 Jul

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In an attempt to unite the nation under one all encompassing beer app, Local Suds seeks to connect beer drinkers with local breweries by alerting you to news and events from your favorited breweries, directing you to stores that sell your favorite beer, and showing all nearby breweries wherever you are in the country.  The app is still in development but seems to have potential to be the first craft brewery database of its kind and with new breweries opening every day, Local Suds is becoming very relevant.  Are you a brewer? Check out their brewery map and claim your brewery.

Beer Here

25 May

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It’s no secret that beer has played a large role in the history of the United States, from causing social unrest during prohibition to the recent boon of new craft breweries opening EVERYwhere.  Experience a piece of that history with Beer Here, a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society that showcases the history of beer in New York and how it helped shaped the state into what it is today.  And that’s not even the best part; the exhibit concludes with a beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers.  May 25 – September 2.

 

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

Saint Arnold Homefront IPA

23 May

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Memorial Day weekend will bring us a great opportunity to commemorate our servicemen in the best way possible, by drinking beer.  Saint Arnold Brewing Company is releasing Homefront IPA, a limited brew that will see 100% of its profits going to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.  The brewery has set a goal to raise $100,000 with the IPA.

With your help, we believe this is possible. Your support will take the form of purchasing and drinking this beer. There is only one batch, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. (Of course, feel free to enjoy one of our other beers from which we get to keep the profits after that!)  -Saint Arnold Brewing press release

Described as a drinkable West Coast IPA featuring a light body and notes of citrus, Homefront IPA is only available in 22oz bombers in select stores.

Italian Craft Beer Comes to Philadelphia

5 Apr

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The craft beer movement is mostly an American phenomenon, though it’s only a matter of time before craft breweries start popping up overseas.  One country that has caught on to the emerging market of quality brew is Italy, and now you can have a taste of what they have to offer if you find yourself in Philadelphia.  Alla Spina, which means “from the tap” in Italian, is a craft beer bar and restaurant that opened in March and offers 20 beers on tap and 50 by the bottle.  While most of their selection is from the bigger Italian breweries, a good portion (6 of the draft beers) are from Italian microbreweries that are striving to create complex and delicious craft beer.

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Craft Beer Now on Deck at Baseball Stadiums

5 Apr

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Ordering beer at a ballpark used to mean paying a huge premium for a watered down domestic that left your wallet aching and your mind wondering how you got robbed.  Fortunately concession managers around the nation are wising up to the craft beer revolution and 2012 will see more stadiums with craft beer on hand than ever before.  The high prices will certainly remain but it’s certainly much easier to justify a $12 IPA than a $10 Bud, and it certainly gives us more of a reason to get out to the ballpark and watch a game or two.  Check out the list below to see which stadiums are serving up the craftness.

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Tasmanian Beer Shampoo

20 Mar

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Let’s face it, beer smells good; and if you just can’t get enough of that great hoppy aroma, why not lather it into your hair?  Tasmanian Beer Shampoo ($11.50) allows you to do that without bringing a bottle of craft brew into the shower with you.  Brewed by the boutique Tasmanian Dark Isle Brewery. Prized Tasmanian hops straight from the oats houses of the lush Derwent River Valley are infused, then added for their conditioning and antiseptic qualities. You can  actually see the flecks of hops in the bar.  It’s also good for your hair as beer has been famed for generations for its ability to leave hair bouncy, shiny and full of body.

Sonoran Brewing 7 Wives Saison

7 Mar

7 wives saison

Collaboration brews are gaining some serious popularity as of late, and what is typically a partnership between breweries has naturally evolved into one brewery’s inclusion of a renowned chef to help bring together new ingredients to form a unique Saison.  7 Wives Saison from Sonoran Brewing Company is the first beer in an exciting seasonal series that features local ingredients from Arizona and is brewed with the help and creativity of a distinguished chef.  7 Wives was brewed with input from Jeremy Pacheco, chef at Lon’s at the Hermosa, and includes wheat from Pacheco’s father’s Marana farm, fennel from his garden and McClendon’s Select Organic Farm in Peoria, mesquite syrup from Cotton Country Jams in Phoenix, and fresh pink peppercorns from Singh Farms in Scottsdale.  Saison is a style that should lend itself well to these earthy and peppery additions, especially with an accomplished chef giving the final word on how it should taste.  Look for the collaborated brew where Sonoran beer is sold (Arizona).