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Deschutes Brewery lands in Michigan starting October 6th with West Side

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:02

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(Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery announced today its craft beers will be available in Michigan beginning October 6th. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with West Side Beer Distributing for distribution of its beers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas.

Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, “We’ve seen a great amount of excitement leading up to our Michigan launch, our last major expansion for the 2014 year. Our fans in Michigan are passionate about their craft beer and we’re looking forward to them being able to get Deschutes in their home state.”

Beer is slated to be available October 6th in the three western Michigan cities, with launch events scheduled for October 8-11th. Initially, Deschutes Brewery will offer Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, the nation’s number one selling craft porter, Inversion IPA, and its winter seasonal, Jubelale. The beers will be available in 6-packs (12-oz bottles) and draft.

Denbow continued, “We’ve been preparing for expanding our distribution area over the past few years, but we always want to make sure we can provide adequate supply to our entire footprint. We are keeping a close eye on capacity, and that’s why we are focusing only on the western portion of Michigan at this point.”

Deschutes launched in Ohio, Kentucky, central and western Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin earlier this year. The western portion of Michigan rounds out the brewery’s geographic expansion for the year.

About West Side Beer Distributing
West Side Beer Distributing distributes a portfolio of great domestic, imported and craft beer across 14 different counties to over 4,000 retailers in Michigan. The family-owned company started in the Metro Detroit area in 1965 and now has 400 team members working out of locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Romulus. To learn more, visit www.westsidebeer.com or connect via Facebook (/WestSideBeer), Twitter (@WestSideBeer) or Instagram (@WestSideBeer).

About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, fine ingredients and hand-crafting have been the focus – for both the beer and the food. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 26 states and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).

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Deschutes Brewery lands in Michigan starting October 6th with West Side

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:02

News Wire: 

(Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery announced today its craft beers will be available in Michigan beginning October 6th. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with West Side Beer Distributing for distribution of its beers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas.

Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, “We’ve seen a great amount of excitement leading up to our Michigan launch, our last major expansion for the 2014 year. Our fans in Michigan are passionate about their craft beer and we’re looking forward to them being able to get Deschutes in their home state.”

Beer is slated to be available October 6th in the three western Michigan cities, with launch events scheduled for October 8-11th. Initially, Deschutes Brewery will offer Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, the nation’s number one selling craft porter, Inversion IPA, and its winter seasonal, Jubelale. The beers will be available in 6-packs (12-oz bottles) and draft.

Denbow continued, “We’ve been preparing for expanding our distribution area over the past few years, but we always want to make sure we can provide adequate supply to our entire footprint. We are keeping a close eye on capacity, and that’s why we are focusing only on the western portion of Michigan at this point.”

Deschutes launched in Ohio, Kentucky, central and western Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin earlier this year. The western portion of Michigan rounds out the brewery’s geographic expansion for the year.

About West Side Beer Distributing
West Side Beer Distributing distributes a portfolio of great domestic, imported and craft beer across 14 different counties to over 4,000 retailers in Michigan. The family-owned company started in the Metro Detroit area in 1965 and now has 400 team members working out of locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Romulus. To learn more, visit www.westsidebeer.com or connect via Facebook (/WestSideBeer), Twitter (@WestSideBeer) or Instagram (@WestSideBeer).

About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, fine ingredients and hand-crafting have been the focus – for both the beer and the food. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 26 states and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).

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32 Quart Heavy Duty Stainless Kettle w/Ball Valve – $134.95 Shipped (Save $35)

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:38

More Beer has just marked down their heavy duty, 8 gallon kettles by a whopping $35 to $134.95.  Shipping is free.  The kettles include two welded 1/2″ threaded couplers, Tri-Clad Bottom, Heavy Duty Food Grade Stainless and a 1/2″ Full Port Ball Valve.  The top port is setup to accept a thermometer.

Heavy Duty Brew Kettle – With Ball Valve (32 Quart/8 Gallon) BE308 - $134.95 + Free Shipping

Limited Time:

More Beer is offering Homebrew Finds Readers 20% off their line of Quick Disconnect Stainless Fittings.  The selection includes 5 variations 1/2″ FPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Male QD1/2″ Barb Male and 1/2″ Barb Female.  Prices start at $7.96 and Shipping is Free with a $59 order.

Use promo/coupon code HBFQUICK20 to take 20% off.  Check it out - Here

Recent More Beer Finds:

Pinned: Deal on Kettles *$10 Off iOS Therm *20% Off Stainless QDs *Recipe Kits from $21

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Brewers Association on why analysis paralysis in the beer aisle is a fallacy

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:37

A recent article in the popular press suggested that the growing number of craft beer choices might not be good for beer drinkers, arguing that for consumers, more options are confusing.

More >> Brewers Association.

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Brewers Association on why analysis paralysis in the beer aisle is a fallacy

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:37

A recent article in the popular press suggested that the growing number of craft beer choices might not be good for beer drinkers, arguing that for consumers, more options are confusing.

More >> Brewers Association.

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American Homebrewers Association offers chance to win free trip to GABF

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:11

Every year thousands of thirsty homebrewers and craft beer enthusiasts descend upon Denver, Colo. to sample the largest selection of commercial beer in the world at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF). It’s a chance to try beer that isn’t distributed in your neighborhood, to run into your favorite pro brewers and to talk beer with a few thousand of your closest friends. This year, we want to send you and a guest on one heckuva trip to the GABF!

More >> American Homebrewers Association (BP sponsor).

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American Homebrewers Association offers chance to win FREE trip to Great American Beer Festival

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:11

Every year thousands of thirsty homebrewers and craft beer enthusiasts descend upon Denver, Colo. to sample the largest selection of commercial beer in the world at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF). It’s a chance to try beer that isn’t distributed in your neighborhood, to run into your favorite pro brewers and to talk beer with a few thousand of your closest friends. This year, we want to send you and a guest on one heckuva trip to the GABF!

More >> American Homebrewers Association (BP sponsor).

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Beer Birthday: Zambo

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:40
Today is the birthday of David Zamborski, better known to the brewing world as simply “Zambo.” He used to brew for BJs in Southern California but a number of years ago moved to San Francisco to take over the brewpub operations at 21st Amendment. Zambo’s been a welcome addition to...

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Nimbus Beer says outright to “avoid cans”

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:16

(Tucson, AZ) – Nimbus Beer posted a company statement on the question of glass bottle vs. aluminum can last week on its Facebook page. The company has chosen to continue with glass instead of adopting the industry-wide trend of cans for reasons spelled out below.

Much has been written about the debate over the years and even in 2014, there still may not be a right answer. At one point, Lagunitas Brewing owner, Tony Magee, even said that the company would be the last U.S. brewery to use aluminum cans.

Breweries like MillerCoors, A-B InBev and New Belgium release periodic sustainability reports that outline both the environmental cost of packaging and beer production. More are joining them.

Nimbus Post:

People are always asking me… “When are you going to put your beer in cans?”

In an attempt to minimize the number of times that I have to answer this question and so anyone that follows the Nimbus Brewery webpage will have no need to email me or personally ask me this question, the answer I most often cite is: most canned foods and drink cause me concern because of what the can is lined with. The fact is, the lining of almost all canned foods and drinks are made with a chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA.

I have long held the position to keep Nimbus Beer in bottles and not to follow the recent trend of some craft breweries. Those that have made the switch to cans or have always marketed their beer in cans act as if they are on the cutting edge of “something big” simply by their putting the fine products they produce into cans and then selling their product to the public without doing the research as to why selling their beer in cans is not such a great idea.

My negative feelings toward this trend have always left me wondering … why! More recently my feelings on the subject were solidified due to a recent study I ran across and published in the May 2013 edition of the published proceedings of the National Academy of Siences. In that article it documented the conclusion of a long term study of bisphenol-A or BPAs, just how seriously dangerous the chemical, bisphenol-A, or BPA actually is.

The extent of what I had long suspected due to reading several previous (and well hidden, likely even intentionally suppressed from the public’s awareness) publications about this chemical more commonly known as BPA, that when ingested by anyone that chooses to eat or drink foods and beverages from canned containers is basically playing Russian roulette with their health. This study documented the extent to which the hazards of ingesting BPAs pose as they actually affect the way genes work all the way down to the DNA level of the genes inside the brain of rats.

Even the FDA agrees that there is a problem with BPA as it is supporting efforts to either replace or, at the very least, to minimize the amounts of this chemical found in most all canned foods and beverages. And, you know it must be bad when even the very lax FDA is concerned!

The west coast styles of beer (such as we produce) typically being more aggressively “hopped” as is with the IPAs being produced throughout the craft beer industry being all the rage, the more bitter the beer, the higher the risk are to these exceptionally dangerous chemicals. The fact is, all of the ingredients in beer, (yeast, hops and malt) as well as soft drinks are very acidic. Have you ever thought, “this is a fantastic beer but every time I drink it I get acid reflux so bad I can’t sleep or I end up losing my lunch or dinner?”

It is these very acids that cause BPAs to leech from the lining of the can that are sold to an unsuspecting public believing that drinking beer from a can is safe; but, these same BPAs are going right into your body via the beer you drink from a can! The actual level of BPAs in these types of beers have the potential to be so high that, in fact, you should seriously consider not ever consuming any canned beer (or canned foods for that matter) at any time in your home or when you are out and about due to the risk of ingesting BPAs.

Current FDA laws, combined with terrific lobbying in Washington D.C. by the chemical companies that make BPAs and the manufacturer’s of the cans themselves, is the reason that there are no standards for labeling of BPAs in canned products. Always remember, “simply because a can does not say it has or does not have BPAs does not mean that the can does not contain BPAs.”

Be safe, be wise and at all times, AVOID CANS! Buy your beer in brown glass bottles and when you do, be safe knowing this fact as you are primarily buying Nimbus branded beers!

Remember: When you see the monkey on the label, you’ll know, It’s a “Natural Selection”!!!

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Nimbus Beer says outright to “avoid cans”

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:16

(Tucson, AZ) – Nimbus Beer posted a company statement on the question of glass bottle vs. aluminum can last week on its Facebook page. The company has chosen to continue with glass instead of adopting the industry-wide trend of cans for reasons spelled out below.

Much has been written about the debate over the years and even in 2014, there still may not be a right answer. At one point, Lagunitas Brewing owner, Tony Magee, even said that the company would be the last U.S. brewery to use aluminum cans.

Breweries like MillerCoors, A-B InBev and New Belgium release periodic sustainability reports that outline both the environmental cost of packaging and beer production. More are joining them.

Nimbus Post:

People are always asking me… “When are you going to put your beer in cans?”

In an attempt to minimize the number of times that I have to answer this question and so anyone that follows the Nimbus Brewery webpage will have no need to email me or personally ask me this question, the answer I most often cite is: most canned foods and drink cause me concern because of what the can is lined with. The fact is, the lining of almost all canned foods and drinks are made with a chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA.

I have long held the position to keep Nimbus Beer in bottles and not to follow the recent trend of some craft breweries. Those that have made the switch to cans or have always marketed their beer in cans act as if they are on the cutting edge of “something big” simply by their putting the fine products they produce into cans and then selling their product to the public without doing the research as to why selling their beer in cans is not such a great idea.

My negative feelings toward this trend have always left me wondering … why! More recently my feelings on the subject were solidified due to a recent study I ran across and published in the May 2013 edition of the published proceedings of the National Academy of Siences. In that article it documented the conclusion of a long term study of bisphenol-A or BPAs, just how seriously dangerous the chemical, bisphenol-A, or BPA actually is.

The extent of what I had long suspected due to reading several previous (and well hidden, likely even intentionally suppressed from the public’s awareness) publications about this chemical more commonly known as BPA, that when ingested by anyone that chooses to eat or drink foods and beverages from canned containers is basically playing Russian roulette with their health. This study documented the extent to which the hazards of ingesting BPAs pose as they actually affect the way genes work all the way down to the DNA level of the genes inside the brain of rats.

Even the FDA agrees that there is a problem with BPA as it is supporting efforts to either replace or, at the very least, to minimize the amounts of this chemical found in most all canned foods and beverages. And, you know it must be bad when even the very lax FDA is concerned!

The west coast styles of beer (such as we produce) typically being more aggressively “hopped” as is with the IPAs being produced throughout the craft beer industry being all the rage, the more bitter the beer, the higher the risk are to these exceptionally dangerous chemicals. The fact is, all of the ingredients in beer, (yeast, hops and malt) as well as soft drinks are very acidic. Have you ever thought, “this is a fantastic beer but every time I drink it I get acid reflux so bad I can’t sleep or I end up losing my lunch or dinner?”

It is these very acids that cause BPAs to leech from the lining of the can that are sold to an unsuspecting public believing that drinking beer from a can is safe; but, these same BPAs are going right into your body via the beer you drink from a can! The actual level of BPAs in these types of beers have the potential to be so high that, in fact, you should seriously consider not ever consuming any canned beer (or canned foods for that matter) at any time in your home or when you are out and about due to the risk of ingesting BPAs.

Current FDA laws, combined with terrific lobbying in Washington D.C. by the chemical companies that make BPAs and the manufacturer’s of the cans themselves, is the reason that there are no standards for labeling of BPAs in canned products. Always remember, “simply because a can does not say it has or does not have BPAs does not mean that the can does not contain BPAs.”

Be safe, be wise and at all times, AVOID CANS! Buy your beer in brown glass bottles and when you do, be safe knowing this fact as you are primarily buying Nimbus branded beers!

Remember: When you see the monkey on the label, you’ll know, It’s a “Natural Selection”!!!

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

A First Look at M-80 IPA

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:14

I received a recent More Beer order yesterday afternoon.  That order included the all grain version of More Beer’s newer M-80 IPA.  That recipe features American Pale Malt, Crystal 15, Columbus for bittering, followed by Simcoe, more Columbus, more Simcoe and a generous does of Centennial for dry hopping.  I’m using WLP-001.  More Beer’s recipes also come with Priming Sugar, and a Whirlfloc tablet.

The directions call for three medium sizes oranges to be added a couple of days into fermentation.  That’s both the zest and the fruit (discarding as much of the pith as possible).  Sounds delicious to me.

From the beer description: “… Because of the similarity of hops, one MoreBeer! staffer dubbed it a mini “Pliny The Elder... but with orange”. High praise indeed.”

M-80 was designed by fellow homebrewer Carlos Musquez.  Carlos is also a graphic designer and designed matching labels to go along with M-80.

M-80 is available in both All Grain and Extract Versions

Limited Time:

More Beer is offering Homebrew Finds Readers 20% off their line of Quick Disconnect Stainless Fittings.  The selection includes 5 variations 1/2″ FPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Male QD1/2″ Barb Male and 1/2″ Barb Female.  Prices start at $7.96 and Shipping is Free with a $59 order.

Use promo/coupon code HBFQUICK20 to take 20% off.  Check it out - Here

Recent More Beer Finds:

Pinned: Deal on Kettles *$10 Off iOS Therm *20% Off Stainless QDs *Recipe Kits from $21

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40 Plate Wort Chiller – $134.95 Shipped (Save $25)

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:07

Product Description - Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

40 Plate Counterflow Wort Chiller WC115 - $159.95 $134.95 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section - Here - to see if this is still available.

Limited Time:

More Beer is offering Homebrew Finds Readers 20% off their line of Quick Disconnect Stainless Fittings.  The selection includes 5 variations 1/2″ FPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Female QD1/2″ MPT Male QD1/2″ Barb Male and 1/2″ Barb Female.  Prices start at $7.96 and Shipping is Free with a $59 order.

Use promo/coupon code HBFQUICK20 to take 20% off.  Check it out - Here

Recent More Beer Finds:

Pinned: Deal on Kettles *$10 Off iOS Therm *20% Off Stainless QDs *Recipe Kits from $21

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Gordon Creek Brewery closes after 15 months of beermaking

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:20

Gordon Creek Brewery owner and brewer Sam Sorrells said Tuesday he made the decision to close the doors mainly because of financial reasons. The brewery, which is on East Pine Street, released its first batch of beer in May 2013.

More >> Hattiesburg American.

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Gordon Creek Brewery closes after 15 months of beermaking

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:20

Gordon Creek Brewery owner and brewer Sam Sorrells said Tuesday he made the decision to close the doors mainly because of financial reasons. The brewery, which is on East Pine Street, released its first batch of beer in May 2013.

More >> Hattiesburg American.

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Reader Tip: Gluten Free Beer Brewing Recipes…$0 + Gluten Free Finds

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:49
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‘Graffiti’ trademark at center of dispute between Blue Moon and Post No Bills Beer Bar

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:47

"Graffiti epitomizes what craft beverages stand for today," he says, "originality, no rules, beautiful elements." And it’s about to get litigious. Moses owns trademarks on Stomper Graffiti, a wine label, and Graffiti as they are used for alcoholic beverages. A couple of years ago, popular premium domestic brand Blue Moon introduced a Graffiti Collection of new beers.

More >> Monterey County Weekly.

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‘Graffiti’ trademark at center of dispute between Blue Moon and Post No Bills Beer Bar

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:47

"Graffiti epitomizes what craft beverages stand for today," he says, "originality, no rules, beautiful elements." And it’s about to get litigious. Moses owns trademarks on Stomper Graffiti, a wine label, and Graffiti as they are used for alcoholic beverages. A couple of years ago, popular premium domestic brand Blue Moon introduced a Graffiti Collection of new beers.

More >> Monterey County Weekly.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

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