Tag Archives: craft

The Brewshed

21 Jul

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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.

Odell Footprint Region Ale

6 Feb

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Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, CO is giving us yet another great example of a collaboration brew with a unique twist.  Odell Footprint Region Ale is a specialty ale brewed with one ingredient from each of the 10 states in Odell’s “distribution footprint”:  hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Arizona prickly pear, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chilies, South Dakota honey and oak barrels from Missouri.  Each ingredient was added by a guest brewer from their respective state.  The result is a strong ale with prominent fruit and honey flavors and an ABV of 9.5%.  Footprint will be available in 750ml cork and cage finish bottles throughout the brewery’s distribution area.

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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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Stone’s New Collaboration Brew

14 Jan

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Stone Brewing has teamed up with Bear Republic and Fat Head’s Brewing to create the next craft beer in their Collaboration Series lineup: TBA Extra Hoppy Brown Ale.  Brewed with five types of malt and four types of hops along with brown sugar and molasses, TBA is sure to be a big mixture of nutty brown malt with a strong hop kick.  In other words, absolutely delicious.

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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.

2012 Off-Centered Film Fest

9 Jan

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Nothing goes together quite like movies and beer, making us wonder why there aren’t more theaters that serve alcohol.  But soon, beer and movies will come together in a new and very entertaining way.  The 2012 Off-Centered Film Fest by Dogfish Head isn’t just an excuse to meet up and watch movies while drinking craft brew, though it is a big part of it; but it’s also a chance to show some creativity and make a film of your own featuring the beer you love.

Located at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX with a date to be announced (sometime in April), the Off-Centered Film Fest will be taking submissions as of January 13, 2012 via their website. Films can be no longer than 5 minutes in length, must contain a “WESTERN OFF-CENTERED” theme which can be interpreted however the director sees fit, and all submissions must include a reference to Dogfish Head in the script OR have Dogfish Head product placement in the film.  Entries must be received by March 5, 2012 and prizes include cash ($1,000 for 1st place) as well as airfare, hotel, tickets to the event, and a bag full of Dogfish Head goodies.  Happy Filming!

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500 Beers

9 Jan

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You know those books that list some dude’s 500 favorite beers that you should try but would never be able to track down, ultimately leaving you with a sense of failure and disappointment?  This isn’t one of those books.  500 Beers ($15) is simply a great way to keep track of the beers you’ve tried, want to try, or will never drink again.  With space to keep track of labels, locations, pictures, and notes as well as a progress tracker, this is the best way to document your journey through the wonderful world of craft beer.

Documentary: Beer People

5 Jan

Beer People from Alan Torres on Vimeo.

An interesting look at the culture of beer in Michigan, showcasing the people who created and continue to shape it.  Beer People is available in full-length from Vimeo and is definitely worth the 20 minute runtime.  The video clearly shows why the craft beer industry is growing and why that’s a good thing through interviews with brewmasters, homebrewers, hop farmers, and bar owners.  Only available for a limited time.