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20% Off BYO Magazine & BeerTools Pro

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:00
BeerTools has a 20% sale going on right now.  With that you get 20% off any order of $10 or more at BeerTools.com.  Use coupon code SPRX5 to get the deal. BeerTools has four different Brew Your Own Magazine offerings – a 1 Year Subscription delivered to the US, two international BYO Magazine offerings and a […]
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Patent No. 4505941A: Lauter Tun For The Filtration Of Wort During Brewing

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:03
Today in 1985, US Patent 4505941 A was issued, an invention of David W. Raines, for his “Lauter Tun For The Filtration Of Wort During Brewing.” Here’s the Abstract: Lauter tuns are used for the filtration of wort during brewing. In use the wort runs off through a filter bed and...

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10% Off at Spice Jungle + Free Shipping – Vanilla Beans

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:00
Spice Jungle – www.spicejungle.com – is offering Homebrew Finds Readers 10% Off.  All products ship for free. Spice Jungle offers a number of vanilla beans including beans sourced from India, Indonesia, Madagascar (Madagascar Bourbon both A and B), Mexico and Tahiti. From the product description Madagascar Bourbon – “Vanilla bean fans that we are we only […]
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Adjustable 2 Roller Grain Mill – $99.99 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:58
Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  2.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain.  3.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer. and… […]
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Flying Dog wins freedom of speech case against Michigan Liquor Control Board

BeerPulse - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:32

Press Release:

(Frederick, MD) – Good Beer, No Censorship prevails.

The United States Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Michigan Liquor Control Commissioners can be held accountable for violating Flying Dog Brewery’s First Amendment rights related to the 2009 ban of the sale of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA in the state.

“This ruling is invigorating,” Jim Caruso, Flying Dog CEO, said. “It’s taken a few years, but now appointed bureaucrats are accountable for imposing their personal agendas and prejudices on the public, and for committing the crime of violating Flying Dog’s right to Freedom of Speech. This is refreshing, and I hope this Federal Court ruling benefits breweries, wineries and distilleries in other states, as well.”

The Supreme Court had long established that the power to regulate alcohol does not authorize the violation of free speech rights. Yesterday’s landmark ruling confirms again that officials who nonetheless violate First Amendment rights are not immune from liability.

Caruso added: “This huge victory would not have been possible without attorney Alan Gura and the support of Alan Gottlieb and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.”

The Commission originally deemed the Raging Bitch label “detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the general public” and prohibited the beer from being sold in Michigan. Flying Dog found that to be an appalling attempt at state censorship, as well as a clear violation of its First Amendment rights.

“Let this be another lesson to the politically-correct crowd. There’s no free ride for violating Americans’ free speech rights,” Flying Dog Attorney Alan Gura, of Washington, DC-based Gura & Possessky, PLLC, said. “In 21st Century America, officials cannot ban words, artwork and poetry they dislike. Illegal censorship causes real harm, and Michigan’s liquor commissioners will now be made to pay real money for the damage they’ve done.”

The ruling will allow Flying Dog to recover damages from the loss of sales during the ban, which Caruso plans to use to establish a Freedom of Speech society in the brewery’s hometown of Frederick, Md.

A full timeline of the almost six-year brouhaha is as follows:
• September 2009: Flying Dog requested approval to register Raging Bitch in the state
• November 2009: That request was denied by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission
• April 2010: Flying Dog appealed the decision a hearing in front of the Commission
• July 2010: Commissioners denied Flying Dog’s appeal
• March 2011: Flying Dog filed suit in U.S. District Court against the Commission and each of its individual Commissioners
• April 2011: Flying Dog filed a preliminary injunction requesting that Raging Bitch be sold in Michigan while the case is pending
• June 2011: With the Federal case pending, the Commission reversed its ban on Raging Bitch, allowing it to be sold in the state

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Flying Dog wins freedom of speech case against Michigan Liquor Control Board

BeerNews.org - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:32

Press Release:

(Frederick, MD) – Good Beer, No Censorship prevails.

The United States Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Michigan Liquor Control Commissioners can be held accountable for violating Flying Dog Brewery’s First Amendment rights related to the 2009 ban of the sale of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA in the state.

“This ruling is invigorating,” Jim Caruso, Flying Dog CEO, said. “It’s taken a few years, but now appointed bureaucrats are accountable for imposing their personal agendas and prejudices on the public, and for committing the crime of violating Flying Dog’s right to Freedom of Speech. This is refreshing, and I hope this Federal Court ruling benefits breweries, wineries and distilleries in other states, as well.”

The Supreme Court had long established that the power to regulate alcohol does not authorize the violation of free speech rights. Yesterday’s landmark ruling confirms again that officials who nonetheless violate First Amendment rights are not immune from liability.

Caruso added: “This huge victory would not have been possible without attorney Alan Gura and the support of Alan Gottlieb and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.”

The Commission originally deemed the Raging Bitch label “detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the general public” and prohibited the beer from being sold in Michigan. Flying Dog found that to be an appalling attempt at state censorship, as well as a clear violation of its First Amendment rights.

“Let this be another lesson to the politically-correct crowd. There’s no free ride for violating Americans’ free speech rights,” Flying Dog Attorney Alan Gura, of Washington, DC-based Gura & Possessky, PLLC, said. “In 21st Century America, officials cannot ban words, artwork and poetry they dislike. Illegal censorship causes real harm, and Michigan’s liquor commissioners will now be made to pay real money for the damage they’ve done.”

The ruling will allow Flying Dog to recover damages from the loss of sales during the ban, which Caruso plans to use to establish a Freedom of Speech society in the brewery’s hometown of Frederick, Md.

A full timeline of the almost six-year brouhaha is as follows:
• September 2009: Flying Dog requested approval to register Raging Bitch in the state
• November 2009: That request was denied by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission
• April 2010: Flying Dog appealed the decision a hearing in front of the Commission
• July 2010: Commissioners denied Flying Dog’s appeal
• March 2011: Flying Dog filed suit in U.S. District Court against the Commission and each of its individual Commissioners
• April 2011: Flying Dog filed a preliminary injunction requesting that Raging Bitch be sold in Michigan while the case is pending
• June 2011: With the Federal case pending, the Commission reversed its ban on Raging Bitch, allowing it to be sold in the state

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Beer In Ads #1498: Pick A Pair In Purple

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:11
Wednesday’s ad is for Business, from the 1960s. Part of their “Pick a Pair” ad campaign, showing that even a dainty woman can lift a six-pack, two even. This simple ad shows a woman in a purple dress holding up two six-packs of Bud cans. She’s looking at us with an...

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Hands On: Eva Dry E-500 with Kegerator Condensation Trial

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 17:00
I have a converted chest freezer kegerator that (years ago) was building up with condensation.  Literally, standing water.  At that point, I had not added a collar, so it’s not like it was a major air leak.  The seal was factory tight. I looked for solutions and finally settled on the  Eva-dry E-500.  This uses a […]
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Patent No. D6506S: Design For A Beer-Mug

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:38
Today in 1873, US Patent D6506 S was issued, an invention of J. Ernest Miller, for his “Design For a Beer-Mug.” There’s no Abstract, and even less information aprt from the following, that the “nature of my design is fully represented in the accompanying drawing, to which...

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18th Street Brewery begins construction of new facility in Gary, Indiana

BeerNews.org - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:07

Press Release:

(Gary, IN) – A massive vault originally built to store fur coats in the 1950s is being transformed into a brewing operation as part of an expansion plan by 18th Street Brewery – one that will double its production capacity, create new jobs and serve as a catalyst for business in the beachfront community they call home.

“The Vault” – located immediately west of the brewery at 5725 Miller Ave. – is a 1,100 square-foot space that will be home to five 15-barrel fermenters, Northwest Indiana’s first canning line, a bottling line and one of the largest barrel-aging programs in the area. There will also be a small sampling room there, providing a space for invitation-only events involving the brewery’s exclusive barrel-aged and sour beers. That production will be happening in addition to the eight 10-barrel tanks currently being used in the brewpub.

The combined investments will allow 18th Street Brewery to increase production from roughly 500 barrels a year to more than 1,000. Construction on “The Vault” is expected to take several weeks, with doors opening and production set to begin in April.

“We have enjoyed tremendous growth in our first year and we are determined to keep that going,” owner Drew Fox said. “We wanted to find a production facility that would fit our expansion needs for years to come and had been looking for quality structures with as much as 20,000 square feet available. We looked at buildings across Northwest Indiana and saw many with promise – Hammond being at the top of the list. But in the end, we opted to re-invest where we started and, with this expansion, maintain our relationship with Gary as a business partner.”

The expansion and investment in a canning line – which began running last fall – will allow 18th Street Brewery to increase its distribution throughout central and southern Indiana.

Fox anticipates continued growth for the brewery – named by Rate Beer as Indiana’s “Best New Brewer” in 2013 – and expects to continue discussions with city leaders across Northwest Indiana about available production space as they grow. But he emphasized his commitment to the City of Gary hasn’t wavered.

“There are some incredibly special things happening in this community that we want to continue to be a part of,” he said. “We will keep doing our part to create jobs and opportunities here, while also working to attract other entrepreneurs willing to join us in investing in this city’s future.”

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18th Street Brewery begins construction of new facility in Gary, Indiana

BeerPulse - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:07

Press Release:

(Gary, IN) – A massive vault originally built to store fur coats in the 1950s is being transformed into a brewing operation as part of an expansion plan by 18th Street Brewery – one that will double its production capacity, create new jobs and serve as a catalyst for business in the beachfront community they call home.

“The Vault” – located immediately west of the brewery at 5725 Miller Ave. – is a 1,100 square-foot space that will be home to five 15-barrel fermenters, Northwest Indiana’s first canning line, a bottling line and one of the largest barrel-aging programs in the area. There will also be a small sampling room there, providing a space for invitation-only events involving the brewery’s exclusive barrel-aged and sour beers. That production will be happening in addition to the eight 10-barrel tanks currently being used in the brewpub.

The combined investments will allow 18th Street Brewery to increase production from roughly 500 barrels a year to more than 1,000. Construction on “The Vault” is expected to take several weeks, with doors opening and production set to begin in April.

“We have enjoyed tremendous growth in our first year and we are determined to keep that going,” owner Drew Fox said. “We wanted to find a production facility that would fit our expansion needs for years to come and had been looking for quality structures with as much as 20,000 square feet available. We looked at buildings across Northwest Indiana and saw many with promise – Hammond being at the top of the list. But in the end, we opted to re-invest where we started and, with this expansion, maintain our relationship with Gary as a business partner.”

The expansion and investment in a canning line – which began running last fall – will allow 18th Street Brewery to increase its distribution throughout central and southern Indiana.

Fox anticipates continued growth for the brewery – named by Rate Beer as Indiana’s “Best New Brewer” in 2013 – and expects to continue discussions with city leaders across Northwest Indiana about available production space as they grow. But he emphasized his commitment to the City of Gary hasn’t wavered.

“There are some incredibly special things happening in this community that we want to continue to be a part of,” he said. “We will keep doing our part to create jobs and opportunities here, while also working to attract other entrepreneurs willing to join us in investing in this city’s future.”

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Wolverine State Brewing Company breaks ground on 6,000-square-foot on-site expansion

BeerNews.org - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:57

Press Release:

(Ann Arbor, MI) – Wolverine State Brewing Company is excited to announce the official groundbreaking of its 6,000-square-foot on-site expansion, which will more than double its production capacity, from 2,200 to 4,700 barrels per year, over the next eighteen months. The expansion will also build out the existing kitchen.

With the expansion, Wolverine State Brewing Co. will increase wholesale seasonal lager offerings and will have the capacity to bottle an expanded variety of lagers. The expansion will also allow Wolverine State to grow its statewide distribution and to keep up with the increasing demand for Wolverine State products in bars, restaurants, and retail accounts.

This is the second major expansion in the brewing company’s history. 2012 saw the first major expansion, with the addition of several fermenters and brite tanks, as well as the addition of the Gulo Room, Wolverine State’s in-house for-rent event space. In December of 2013, Wolverine State Brewing Company’s kitchen opened. The kitchen features in-house-smoked meats, including pork, brisket, and chicken, as well as a full menu featuring a rotating array of dishes made with seasonal, local ingredients.

Wolverine State Brewing Co. was founded in 2006 by lifelong friends and Ann Arborites Matthew Roy and Trevor Thrall. Production began at 2019 W. Stadium in early 2010 under the direction of Brewmaster Oliver Roberts, and the Tap Room opened at that same location later in 2010. Wolverine State, the leader of the lager revolution, specializes in creating balanced, unique, and innovative lagers, of which it boasts a portfolio of more than 50 different varieties.

Wolverine State Brewing Co. can be contacted at 734-369-2990. For hours and information, please visit www.wolverinebeer.com.

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Wolverine State Brewing Company breaks ground on 6,000-square-foot on-site expansion

BeerPulse - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:57

Press Release:

(Ann Arbor, MI) – Wolverine State Brewing Company is excited to announce the official groundbreaking of its 6,000-square-foot on-site expansion, which will more than double its production capacity, from 2,200 to 4,700 barrels per year, over the next eighteen months. The expansion will also build out the existing kitchen.

With the expansion, Wolverine State Brewing Co. will increase wholesale seasonal lager offerings and will have the capacity to bottle an expanded variety of lagers. The expansion will also allow Wolverine State to grow its statewide distribution and to keep up with the increasing demand for Wolverine State products in bars, restaurants, and retail accounts.

This is the second major expansion in the brewing company’s history. 2012 saw the first major expansion, with the addition of several fermenters and brite tanks, as well as the addition of the Gulo Room, Wolverine State’s in-house for-rent event space. In December of 2013, Wolverine State Brewing Company’s kitchen opened. The kitchen features in-house-smoked meats, including pork, brisket, and chicken, as well as a full menu featuring a rotating array of dishes made with seasonal, local ingredients.

Wolverine State Brewing Co. was founded in 2006 by lifelong friends and Ann Arborites Matthew Roy and Trevor Thrall. Production began at 2019 W. Stadium in early 2010 under the direction of Brewmaster Oliver Roberts, and the Tap Room opened at that same location later in 2010. Wolverine State, the leader of the lager revolution, specializes in creating balanced, unique, and innovative lagers, of which it boasts a portfolio of more than 50 different varieties.

Wolverine State Brewing Co. can be contacted at 734-369-2990. For hours and information, please visit www.wolverinebeer.com.

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Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA 6-packs of cans now available nationwide

BeerPulse - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:42

Press Release:

(Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC) – Oskar Blues Brewery is rolling out PINNER Throwback IPA in 6-packs of 12-ounce CANs nationwide this month, following the release of PINNER in mixed 12-pack CANundrum and on draft. Coming in at 4.9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs, this primo dry-hopped brew is easy to throw back. To put it bluntly, PINNER is the lowest year-round ABV beer to blaze out of Oskar Blues’ brewhouses.

Dry-hopping with several different heady hops, including a killer experimental variety, gives PINNER a tropical, stoned-fruit aroma with hints of pine and smooth malt in the flavor.

PINNER is brewed in both home states of ColoRADo and North Carolina and initially was distributed just in Oskar Blues’ backyards. PINNER joined the mixed 12-pack, CANundrum, in February for national distribution, making that a hotbox of Oskar Blues flagships with the hop-forward Dale’s Pale Ale, the crisp Mama’s Little Yella Pils, the peaty smooth Old Chub Scotch Ale, and now the 4.9 percent ABV PINNER IPA. The PINNER 6-packs are priced in line with the Oskar Blues other 6-packs.

Adding PINNER 6-packs to the iconic line-up of Oskar Blues 12-ounce beers gives everyone a little more reason to #sipsipgive. #pinneripa #canibeblunt #oskarblues #getpinnertrated

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Recently, Oskar Blues secured an additional 60,000 square feet in their Colorado location to allow additional production and add six full-size Brunswick bowling lanes to the Tasty Weasel Taproom.Together, the breweries packaged 119,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing trailblazing craft brews to 36 states and Washington, D.C.

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Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA 6-packs of cans now available nationwide

BeerNews.org - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:42

Press Release:

(Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC) – Oskar Blues Brewery is rolling out PINNER Throwback IPA in 6-packs of 12-ounce CANs nationwide this month, following the release of PINNER in mixed 12-pack CANundrum and on draft. Coming in at 4.9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs, this primo dry-hopped brew is easy to throw back. To put it bluntly, PINNER is the lowest year-round ABV beer to blaze out of Oskar Blues’ brewhouses.

Dry-hopping with several different heady hops, including a killer experimental variety, gives PINNER a tropical, stoned-fruit aroma with hints of pine and smooth malt in the flavor.

PINNER is brewed in both home states of ColoRADo and North Carolina and initially was distributed just in Oskar Blues’ backyards. PINNER joined the mixed 12-pack, CANundrum, in February for national distribution, making that a hotbox of Oskar Blues flagships with the hop-forward Dale’s Pale Ale, the crisp Mama’s Little Yella Pils, the peaty smooth Old Chub Scotch Ale, and now the 4.9 percent ABV PINNER IPA. The PINNER 6-packs are priced in line with the Oskar Blues other 6-packs.

Adding PINNER 6-packs to the iconic line-up of Oskar Blues 12-ounce beers gives everyone a little more reason to #sipsipgive. #pinneripa #canibeblunt #oskarblues #getpinnertrated

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Recently, Oskar Blues secured an additional 60,000 square feet in their Colorado location to allow additional production and add six full-size Brunswick bowling lanes to the Tasty Weasel Taproom.Together, the breweries packaged 119,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing trailblazing craft brews to 36 states and Washington, D.C.

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Atlantic City Beer Festival celebrates a decade this weekend

BeerPulse - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:29

Sponsored Press Release:

(Atlantic City, NJ) – Cheers to Ten Years, fellow beer lovers! That’s right, March 20 & 21, The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will pour into The Atlantic City Convention Center to celebrate a decade of AC music, brews, breweries and the fine individuals who consume it. Atlantic City, New Jersey is the destination to discover beer and music in 2015!

The producers of fun at Good Time Tricycle Productions are not taking the ten year anniversary of “The Celebration of the Suds” lightly. Attendees in 2015 will see over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries, the biggest music acts to date, interactive touch points such as beer and food pairings, a pop-up jam band space, a state-of-the-art March Madness viewing area and culinary offerings from our favorite AC food and beverage joints.

Over 150 different breweries from around the corner to across the country will showcase their unique libations. The goal of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is to promote and educate attendees on craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to the company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. It is also an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Each year the festival producers review the event and look to further enhance the beer lover’s experience and make each year better than the last. With nine years of history to review, we are proud to have seen the festival evolve organically with great growth in the passion for craft beer. The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival has become one of the country’s largest celebrations of beer. The producers strive to continue to create a world class beer festival experience for attendees. For 2015, the festival will bring in touring headline acts including Taking Back Sunday, Lucero and Everclear in order to create the perfect soundtrack to enjoy great brews, great tunes and thousands of great people. All bands and performers will be featured on the event web site under “Sounds.”

The 2015 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will also feature culinary demonstrations from area chefs; beer seminars hosted by beer personalities and brewers and some “off the wall” activities. Additional festival vendors
News Release: The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival March 20th & 21st
Presented by: WZXL 100.7
{Discover beer and music}

For festival info contact Jon Henderson – jon@goodtimetricycle.com – 609.412.9056
will offer great food and some unique beer-related apparel and goods. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $20, available at the door, to further encourage attendee responsibility. Attendees are also encouraged to utilize the many transportation options in the Atlantic City area, such as jitneys and cabs. New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City Line train arrives right inside the Atlantic City Convention Center and NJ Transit officials report that Beer Fest weekend marks the highest single day ridership numbers all year long (schedule @ www.njtransit.com) This is yet another reason why The Atlantic City Convention Center makes for the perfect home for “The Celebration of The Suds.”

Tickets for the 2015 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival go on sale Friday, November 21st. Tickets are $55 in advance (fees apply) online at www.acbeerfest.com or through Ticketmaster.com and $60 at the door (if available) or $55 at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlets on Fire Road in Northfield or the Black Horse Pike in Egg harbor Township. For group sales call 609.348.7023 (no group discounts available online). Keep in mind the festival has sold out for the last five years, so don’t wait to get tickets.

2015 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will offer special rates to festival attendees. Go to www.acbeerfest.com and click the Information link at the top of the page for hotel options.

All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits and book your hotel rooms now. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

For up to date information or inside notes follow us:

Web: www.acbeerfest.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acbeerandmusicfest
Instagram: #acbeerfest or @acbeerfest
Twitter: @acbeerfest

Featured Musical Artists
Session 1 Friday, March 20, 8pm to 12am – Let Live, The Menzingers, Taking Back Sunday
Session 2 Saturday, March 21, 12pm to 4pm – Solus Rex, TBD, Lucero
Session 3 Saturday, March 21, 6pm to 10pm – No Risk, TBD, Everclear

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Atlantic City Beer Festival celebrates a decade this weekend

BeerNews.org - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:29

Sponsored Press Release:

(Atlantic City, NJ) – Cheers to Ten Years, fellow beer lovers! That’s right, March 20 & 21, The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will pour into The Atlantic City Convention Center to celebrate a decade of AC music, brews, breweries and the fine individuals who consume it. Atlantic City, New Jersey is the destination to discover beer and music in 2015!

The producers of fun at Good Time Tricycle Productions are not taking the ten year anniversary of “The Celebration of the Suds” lightly. Attendees in 2015 will see over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries, the biggest music acts to date, interactive touch points such as beer and food pairings, a pop-up jam band space, a state-of-the-art March Madness viewing area and culinary offerings from our favorite AC food and beverage joints.

Over 150 different breweries from around the corner to across the country will showcase their unique libations. The goal of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is to promote and educate attendees on craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to the company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. It is also an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Each year the festival producers review the event and look to further enhance the beer lover’s experience and make each year better than the last. With nine years of history to review, we are proud to have seen the festival evolve organically with great growth in the passion for craft beer. The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival has become one of the country’s largest celebrations of beer. The producers strive to continue to create a world class beer festival experience for attendees. For 2015, the festival will bring in touring headline acts including Taking Back Sunday, Lucero and Everclear in order to create the perfect soundtrack to enjoy great brews, great tunes and thousands of great people. All bands and performers will be featured on the event web site under “Sounds.”

The 2015 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will also feature culinary demonstrations from area chefs; beer seminars hosted by beer personalities and brewers and some “off the wall” activities. Additional festival vendors
News Release: The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival March 20th & 21st
Presented by: WZXL 100.7
{Discover beer and music}

For festival info contact Jon Henderson – jon@goodtimetricycle.com – 609.412.9056
will offer great food and some unique beer-related apparel and goods. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $20, available at the door, to further encourage attendee responsibility. Attendees are also encouraged to utilize the many transportation options in the Atlantic City area, such as jitneys and cabs. New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City Line train arrives right inside the Atlantic City Convention Center and NJ Transit officials report that Beer Fest weekend marks the highest single day ridership numbers all year long (schedule @ www.njtransit.com) This is yet another reason why The Atlantic City Convention Center makes for the perfect home for “The Celebration of The Suds.”

Tickets for the 2015 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival go on sale Friday, November 21st. Tickets are $55 in advance (fees apply) online at www.acbeerfest.com or through Ticketmaster.com and $60 at the door (if available) or $55 at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlets on Fire Road in Northfield or the Black Horse Pike in Egg harbor Township. For group sales call 609.348.7023 (no group discounts available online). Keep in mind the festival has sold out for the last five years, so don’t wait to get tickets.

2015 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will offer special rates to festival attendees. Go to www.acbeerfest.com and click the Information link at the top of the page for hotel options.

All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits and book your hotel rooms now. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

For up to date information or inside notes follow us:

Web: www.acbeerfest.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acbeerandmusicfest
Instagram: #acbeerfest or @acbeerfest
Twitter: @acbeerfest

Featured Musical Artists
Session 1 Friday, March 20, 8pm to 12am – Let Live, The Menzingers, Taking Back Sunday
Session 2 Saturday, March 21, 12pm to 4pm – Solus Rex, TBD, Lucero
Session 3 Saturday, March 21, 6pm to 10pm – No Risk, TBD, Everclear

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Beer Birthday: Alexandra Nowell

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:11
Today is also the birthday of Alexandra Nowell, brewmaster of the recently opened Three Weavers Brewing in Inglewood, southwest of L.A. She’s brewed previously at a variety of Bay Area breweries, including Moylan’s and Drakes, before moving south to Kinetic Brewing a couple of years...

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On-premise beer volumes trends trail off during February, likely due to harsh weather

BeerPulse - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:43

Press Release:

(Leesburg, VA) – The following is a monthly news release from GuestMetrics LLC, providing data on on-premise beverage alcohol trends.

Ø Traffic: On-Premise traffic started off 2015 on a strong note at +2.6% for the 4-week period ending 1/25/15, but then decelerated to -0.7% during the most recent 4 weeks thru 2/22/15, due to the series of winter storms east of the Mississippi over the past month. YTD, overall on-premise traffic is +0.9% (versus -0.7% from ‘14), and in terms of the main channels: Casual Dining is +1.9% YTD (vs. -0.4% in ‘14), Bars/Clubs is +0.6% YTD (vs. -1.9% in ‘14), and Fine Dining is -0.1% YTD (vs. -1.6% in ‘14).

Ø It will be key to monitor trends in the coming weeks to see whether improvements in the US economy, lower gas prices and the end of winter storms allows the improved trends we were seeing in January to resume.

Ø Beer: Beer volumes started off 2015 on a much better note at +0.3% during the 4-week period ending 1/22/15, but then decelerated to -4.1% during the latest 4 weeks as on-premise traffic slowed. Year-to-date, beer volumes are -2.0%, an improvement from the -3.4% during 2014

Ø Premium Light’s y/y share has moderated from -1.9 during 2014 to -1.3 YTD; conversely, Craft’s y/y share gains have slowed from +1.8 during 2014 to +1.0 YTD; Imports’ y/y share loss worsened slightly from -0.3 points during 2014 to -0.4 YTD; and Cider’s y/y share gain slowed slightly from +0.5 during 2014 to +0.4 YTD

Ø While Pale Lagers continue to lose share at the hands of the various Ales and Cider, the scale of the y/y share losses have slowed significantly for Pale Lagers, going from -2.2 during 2014 to only -1.3. IPA’s on the other hand, saw their y/y share gains moderate from +1.4 during 2014 to +1.2 YTD. Additionally, the y/y share gains for Cider, Bitter Ales, Stout Ales, Amber Ales, Brown Ales, and Imperial Ales all slowed slightly

Ø Spirits: Spirits volumes started off 2015 on a much better note at +3.1% during the 4-week period ending 1/22/15, but fell to -0.9% during the latest 4 weeks as on-premise traffic slowed. Year-to-date, spirits volumes are +1.0%, a solid improvement from the -0.3% seen during the full year 2014

Ø In terms of y/y volume growth for the specific spirits categories during year-to-date: Irish +12% (vs. +7% in ‘14), Bourbons/Blends +5% (+13% in ‘14), Brandy/Cognac +7% (+2% in ‘14), Tequila +5% (-1% in ‘14), Gin +1% (-1% in ‘14), Vodka -1.0% (-4% in ‘14), Canadian -0.4% (-7% in ‘14), Scotch -6% (-6% in ‘14), Rum -4% (-7% in ‘14), and Cordials -10% (-14% in ’14).

Ø Domestic Craft Spirits continues to take strong share, and appears to be picking up momentum. In y/y terms, Domestic Craft gained +2.5 points of volume share year-to-date (vs. +1.9 points in 2014); Imported Spirits lost -2.9 share points year-to-date (vs. -1.9 points in 2014); and Domestic Non-Craft is also picking up steam, gaining +0.4 points of volume share year-to-date (vs. flat in 2014)

Ø Wine: Wine sales were up +2.9% during the first 4 weeks of the year, but then decelerated markedly to -0.6% during the latest 4 weeks with the on-premise traffic slowdown. Year-to-date, wine sales are up +1.1%, a slight improvement from the +0.7% in wine sales during the full year 2014

Ø During the last 8 weeks, the largest y/y share gainers were Red Blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Prosecco, and Moscato, while the largest share donors were Merlot, Champagne, and Riesling

About GuestMetrics LLC
GuestMetrics collects check-level data from the Point-of-Sales (POS) systems of over ten thousand restaurants & bars closely representative of the broad on-premise sector across geographies, and with respect to the make-up of casual dining, bars/clubs, fine dining, and lodging. GuestMetrics turns billions of raw transactions into intelligible information that is transforming the business operations of everyone from the independently-owned bar/restaurant on the corner, to multi-national chains, to the food & beverage companies that supply them. Please visit www.GuestMetrics.com for more information and to schedule a free demonstration.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

On-premise beer volumes trends trail off during February, likely due to harsh weather

BeerNews.org - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:43

Press Release:

(Leesburg, VA) – The following is a monthly news release from GuestMetrics LLC, providing data on on-premise beverage alcohol trends.

Ø Traffic: On-Premise traffic started off 2015 on a strong note at +2.6% for the 4-week period ending 1/25/15, but then decelerated to -0.7% during the most recent 4 weeks thru 2/22/15, due to the series of winter storms east of the Mississippi over the past month. YTD, overall on-premise traffic is +0.9% (versus -0.7% from ‘14), and in terms of the main channels: Casual Dining is +1.9% YTD (vs. -0.4% in ‘14), Bars/Clubs is +0.6% YTD (vs. -1.9% in ‘14), and Fine Dining is -0.1% YTD (vs. -1.6% in ‘14).

Ø It will be key to monitor trends in the coming weeks to see whether improvements in the US economy, lower gas prices and the end of winter storms allows the improved trends we were seeing in January to resume.

Ø Beer: Beer volumes started off 2015 on a much better note at +0.3% during the 4-week period ending 1/22/15, but then decelerated to -4.1% during the latest 4 weeks as on-premise traffic slowed. Year-to-date, beer volumes are -2.0%, an improvement from the -3.4% during 2014

Ø Premium Light’s y/y share has moderated from -1.9 during 2014 to -1.3 YTD; conversely, Craft’s y/y share gains have slowed from +1.8 during 2014 to +1.0 YTD; Imports’ y/y share loss worsened slightly from -0.3 points during 2014 to -0.4 YTD; and Cider’s y/y share gain slowed slightly from +0.5 during 2014 to +0.4 YTD

Ø While Pale Lagers continue to lose share at the hands of the various Ales and Cider, the scale of the y/y share losses have slowed significantly for Pale Lagers, going from -2.2 during 2014 to only -1.3. IPA’s on the other hand, saw their y/y share gains moderate from +1.4 during 2014 to +1.2 YTD. Additionally, the y/y share gains for Cider, Bitter Ales, Stout Ales, Amber Ales, Brown Ales, and Imperial Ales all slowed slightly

Ø Spirits: Spirits volumes started off 2015 on a much better note at +3.1% during the 4-week period ending 1/22/15, but fell to -0.9% during the latest 4 weeks as on-premise traffic slowed. Year-to-date, spirits volumes are +1.0%, a solid improvement from the -0.3% seen during the full year 2014

Ø In terms of y/y volume growth for the specific spirits categories during year-to-date: Irish +12% (vs. +7% in ‘14), Bourbons/Blends +5% (+13% in ‘14), Brandy/Cognac +7% (+2% in ‘14), Tequila +5% (-1% in ‘14), Gin +1% (-1% in ‘14), Vodka -1.0% (-4% in ‘14), Canadian -0.4% (-7% in ‘14), Scotch -6% (-6% in ‘14), Rum -4% (-7% in ‘14), and Cordials -10% (-14% in ’14).

Ø Domestic Craft Spirits continues to take strong share, and appears to be picking up momentum. In y/y terms, Domestic Craft gained +2.5 points of volume share year-to-date (vs. +1.9 points in 2014); Imported Spirits lost -2.9 share points year-to-date (vs. -1.9 points in 2014); and Domestic Non-Craft is also picking up steam, gaining +0.4 points of volume share year-to-date (vs. flat in 2014)

Ø Wine: Wine sales were up +2.9% during the first 4 weeks of the year, but then decelerated markedly to -0.6% during the latest 4 weeks with the on-premise traffic slowdown. Year-to-date, wine sales are up +1.1%, a slight improvement from the +0.7% in wine sales during the full year 2014

Ø During the last 8 weeks, the largest y/y share gainers were Red Blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Prosecco, and Moscato, while the largest share donors were Merlot, Champagne, and Riesling

About GuestMetrics LLC
GuestMetrics collects check-level data from the Point-of-Sales (POS) systems of over ten thousand restaurants & bars closely representative of the broad on-premise sector across geographies, and with respect to the make-up of casual dining, bars/clubs, fine dining, and lodging. GuestMetrics turns billions of raw transactions into intelligible information that is transforming the business operations of everyone from the independently-owned bar/restaurant on the corner, to multi-national chains, to the food & beverage companies that supply them. Please visit www.GuestMetrics.com for more information and to schedule a free demonstration.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

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