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Societe The Urchin Barrel-Aged Sour Ale bottle release at center of holiday food drive

BeerPulse - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:35

[Press Release:]

(San Diego, CA) — In this day and age of ultra-rare beers, it’s become commonplace for consumers to encounter bottles coming in far above the price-tag of everyday ales and lagers. Some of these higher-end creations come in at $20, $30 or even a budget-breaking $40 each. Not to be outdone, the capitalist masterminds at San Diego’s Societe Brewing Company are about to release their most cost-prohibitive offering to-date: The Urchin. Aged in red-wine barrels hailing from California vintners, rested on pristine cranberries from the bogs of New England, then blended to perfection and siphoned into 500-milliliter bottles, this exquisite, extremely limited quaff can be had for a whopping $50 per bottle…or a mere $5 for those who help out needy San Diego families via Societe’s annual holiday food-drive.

As illustrated by the semi-algebraic infographic below, donating 50 pounds of food to the Societe Holiday Food-Drive from now through December 31 will entitle said donor to purchase a bottle of The Urchin at the discounted price of $5. More importantly, it will result in improved quality of life for those who benefit from the donation as well as happiness and fulfillment that go far beyond beer.

As the company has for the past four years, Societe is teaming with The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which cites the following as its most needed food items:
Canned Meats & Tuna
Canned Soups
Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Canned Beans
Dry Cereal
Rice
Macaroni & Cheese
Spaghetti
Infant Formula
Peanut Butter
Powdered Milk

While delivering 50 pounds of the above items will earn the discounted bottle of The Urchin, donations of all sizes and quantities are very much appreciated. Anyone who donates items from the most-needed list at our tasting room will receive $1 off each full beer purchased on the day of delivery.

The newest in Societe’s line of “Feral” (barrel-aged sour) beers, The Urchin is a dry, extremely balanced beer, exhibiting subtle cranberry tartness leveled out by tannins extracted from the wood of the wine barrels in which it matured. The deep crimson ale is light on the palate and finishes with a touch of tinder-box spice.

“Our Feral beers are small-batch, deeply flavorful creations that are highly anticipated by fans of our brewery,” says Societe brewmaster Travis Smith. “We wanted to make the arrival of The Urchin special, using it as a tool to give help back to our community, and we hope connecting it to our food-drive helps boost donations and make a positive impact on families in need of a helping hand.”

Societe’s 2016 Holiday Food Drive kicked-off on November 21 and, in just one week, patrons’ generosity and the enticement of The Urchin have resulted in more than 7,000 pounds of food being donated, easily setting a new record for this charity endeavor. But we hope to continue to amass more food for those in need over the next 30-plus days.

THE URCHIN

Style: Blended barrel-aged ale with cranberries
Descriptors: Tart, tannic, zesty
Alcohol-by-volume (ABV): 5.8%
Ingredients: Water, malt, wheat, cranberries, hops, cultures (Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus)
Format: 500-milliliter bottles
Availability: Societe Brewing Tasting Room (8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Kearny Mesa, San Diego), from November 21 – December 31, 2016
Price: $50/bottle –OR– $5/bottle with donation of 50 lbs of food to Societe’s Holiday Food-Drive

SOCIETE HOLIDAY FOOD-DRIVE

Time-frame: November 21 – December 31, 2016
Address: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Kearny Mesa
Partner: Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Incentives: Donating 50 lbs of food entitles donor to purchase a bottle of rare-beer, The Urchin, for discounted price of $5 (normal price: $50/bottle). Any food donation entitles donor to $1 off all full-beer purchases on date of donation.

History: This is Societe’s fourth year of partnering with Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. In 2015, Societe’s drive resulted in the collection of 4,972 pounds of food.

ABOUT SOCIETE BREWING COMPANY: A production brewery founded by a pair of professional brewers in 2012, Societe Brewing Company produces an array of almost-exclusively draught offerings ranging from hoppy “Out West” ales, to Belgian-inspired and continental “Old World” ales and lagers, and dark “Stygian” ales. The brewery also features a 1,500-square-foot barrel room housing a maturing stock of “Feral” barrel-aged sour ales. Proud to be part of the hotbed of brewing innovation that is San Diego, California, Societe distributes its beers to finer bars and beer-centric restaurants and retailers throughout its home-county, with limited distribution in Central and Northern California. The brewery has earned medals in multiple style-categories at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, and its multifarious portfolio of year-round beer includes The Pupil and The Apprentice IPAs, The Coachman Really Small IPA, The Harlot Belgian Extra, The Pugilist Dry Stout and The Butcher Imperial Stout. For more information, visit the company’s official website—www.societebrewing.com—or follow Societe via social-media on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@societebrewing).​

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Societe The Urchin Barrel-Aged Sour Ale bottle release at center of holiday food drive

BeerNews.org - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:35

[Press Release:]

(San Diego, CA) — In this day and age of ultra-rare beers, it’s become commonplace for consumers to encounter bottles coming in far above the price-tag of everyday ales and lagers. Some of these higher-end creations come in at $20, $30 or even a budget-breaking $40 each. Not to be outdone, the capitalist masterminds at San Diego’s Societe Brewing Company are about to release their most cost-prohibitive offering to-date: The Urchin. Aged in red-wine barrels hailing from California vintners, rested on pristine cranberries from the bogs of New England, then blended to perfection and siphoned into 500-milliliter bottles, this exquisite, extremely limited quaff can be had for a whopping $50 per bottle…or a mere $5 for those who help out needy San Diego families via Societe’s annual holiday food-drive.

As illustrated by the semi-algebraic infographic below, donating 50 pounds of food to the Societe Holiday Food-Drive from now through December 31 will entitle said donor to purchase a bottle of The Urchin at the discounted price of $5. More importantly, it will result in improved quality of life for those who benefit from the donation as well as happiness and fulfillment that go far beyond beer.

As the company has for the past four years, Societe is teaming with The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which cites the following as its most needed food items:
Canned Meats & Tuna
Canned Soups
Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Canned Beans
Dry Cereal
Rice
Macaroni & Cheese
Spaghetti
Infant Formula
Peanut Butter
Powdered Milk

While delivering 50 pounds of the above items will earn the discounted bottle of The Urchin, donations of all sizes and quantities are very much appreciated. Anyone who donates items from the most-needed list at our tasting room will receive $1 off each full beer purchased on the day of delivery.

The newest in Societe’s line of “Feral” (barrel-aged sour) beers, The Urchin is a dry, extremely balanced beer, exhibiting subtle cranberry tartness leveled out by tannins extracted from the wood of the wine barrels in which it matured. The deep crimson ale is light on the palate and finishes with a touch of tinder-box spice.

“Our Feral beers are small-batch, deeply flavorful creations that are highly anticipated by fans of our brewery,” says Societe brewmaster Travis Smith. “We wanted to make the arrival of The Urchin special, using it as a tool to give help back to our community, and we hope connecting it to our food-drive helps boost donations and make a positive impact on families in need of a helping hand.”

Societe’s 2016 Holiday Food Drive kicked-off on November 21 and, in just one week, patrons’ generosity and the enticement of The Urchin have resulted in more than 7,000 pounds of food being donated, easily setting a new record for this charity endeavor. But we hope to continue to amass more food for those in need over the next 30-plus days.

THE URCHIN

Style: Blended barrel-aged ale with cranberries
Descriptors: Tart, tannic, zesty
Alcohol-by-volume (ABV): 5.8%
Ingredients: Water, malt, wheat, cranberries, hops, cultures (Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus)
Format: 500-milliliter bottles
Availability: Societe Brewing Tasting Room (8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Kearny Mesa, San Diego), from November 21 – December 31, 2016
Price: $50/bottle –OR– $5/bottle with donation of 50 lbs of food to Societe’s Holiday Food-Drive

SOCIETE HOLIDAY FOOD-DRIVE

Time-frame: November 21 – December 31, 2016
Address: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Kearny Mesa
Partner: Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Incentives: Donating 50 lbs of food entitles donor to purchase a bottle of rare-beer, The Urchin, for discounted price of $5 (normal price: $50/bottle). Any food donation entitles donor to $1 off all full-beer purchases on date of donation.

History: This is Societe’s fourth year of partnering with Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. In 2015, Societe’s drive resulted in the collection of 4,972 pounds of food.

ABOUT SOCIETE BREWING COMPANY: A production brewery founded by a pair of professional brewers in 2012, Societe Brewing Company produces an array of almost-exclusively draught offerings ranging from hoppy “Out West” ales, to Belgian-inspired and continental “Old World” ales and lagers, and dark “Stygian” ales. The brewery also features a 1,500-square-foot barrel room housing a maturing stock of “Feral” barrel-aged sour ales. Proud to be part of the hotbed of brewing innovation that is San Diego, California, Societe distributes its beers to finer bars and beer-centric restaurants and retailers throughout its home-county, with limited distribution in Central and Northern California. The brewery has earned medals in multiple style-categories at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, and its multifarious portfolio of year-round beer includes The Pupil and The Apprentice IPAs, The Coachman Really Small IPA, The Harlot Belgian Extra, The Pugilist Dry Stout and The Butcher Imperial Stout. For more information, visit the company’s official website—www.societebrewing.com—or follow Societe via social-media on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@societebrewing).​

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

FiftyFifty Eclipse Limited Edition Set and vintages now online at Best Damn Beer Shop

BeerPulse - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:04

Sponsored [Paid] Post:

Best Damn Beer Shop has a limited lineup of FiftyFifty Eclipse in stock at the time of this posting. Here is what’s left:

1) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2016 11-Pack Horizontal containing one each of:

Apple Brandy – Sapphire
Cognac Barrel – Orange
Grand Cru – Gold
Old Forester Dark Purple
Templeton Rye – Green
Vanilla – Ivory
Yellow – Buffalo Trace
Buffalo Trace – Yellow
Coffee – Lavender
Elijah Craig 12 – Purple
Woodford Reserve – Light Blue
Evan Williams – Black

2) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2016 6-Pack Horizontal containing one each of:

Apple Brandy – Sapphire
Cognac Barrel – Orange
Grand Cru – Gold
Coffee – Lavender
Elijah Craig 12 – Purple
Woodford Reserve – Light Blue

3) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2012 Old Fitzgerald

4) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2014 High West Bourbon

5) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2015 Old Fitzgerald – 1 LEFT

6) FiftyFifty Eclipse BA Really Tasty – 1 LEFT!

Make sure to sign up for the email newsletter as well which goes out every other Friday usually. If that link doesn’t work, the sign up button is at the bottom of the BDBS home page.

And since it’s the holiday season, you can buy gift cards for your beer drinking friends or family members. They probably will have never received a beer store gift card before so that will be pretty cool.

Follow social media updates:

 

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Obligatory disclaimer: BeerPulse only acts as a conduit of information and carries no responsibility in the fulfillment of the order. You must be at least 21 years of age to order alcohol in the U.S.. Supporting stores like Craft Beer Kings helps support BeerPulse as well so we would encourage you to do business with them.

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FiftyFifty Eclipse Limited Edition Set and vintages now online at Best Damn Beer Shop

BeerNews.org - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:04

Sponsored [Paid] Post:

Best Damn Beer Shop has a limited lineup of FiftyFifty Eclipse in stock at the time of this posting. Here is what’s left:

1) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2016 11-Pack Horizontal containing one each of:

Apple Brandy – Sapphire
Cognac Barrel – Orange
Grand Cru – Gold
Old Forester Dark Purple
Templeton Rye – Green
Vanilla – Ivory
Yellow – Buffalo Trace
Buffalo Trace – Yellow
Coffee – Lavender
Elijah Craig 12 – Purple
Woodford Reserve – Light Blue
Evan Williams – Black

2) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2016 6-Pack Horizontal containing one each of:

Apple Brandy – Sapphire
Cognac Barrel – Orange
Grand Cru – Gold
Coffee – Lavender
Elijah Craig 12 – Purple
Woodford Reserve – Light Blue

3) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2012 Old Fitzgerald

4) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2014 High West Bourbon

5) FiftyFifty Eclipse 2015 Old Fitzgerald – 1 LEFT

6) FiftyFifty Eclipse BA Really Tasty – 1 LEFT!

Make sure to sign up for the email newsletter as well which goes out every other Friday usually. If that link doesn’t work, the sign up button is at the bottom of the BDBS home page.

And since it’s the holiday season, you can buy gift cards for your beer drinking friends or family members. They probably will have never received a beer store gift card before so that will be pretty cool.

Follow social media updates:

 

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Obligatory disclaimer: BeerPulse only acts as a conduit of information and carries no responsibility in the fulfillment of the order. You must be at least 21 years of age to order alcohol in the U.S.. Supporting stores like Craft Beer Kings helps support BeerPulse as well so we would encourage you to do business with them.

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Reader Tip: Carboy Heater…. $9.99! + Bundles With Buy More, Save More Sale

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:04
Thanks to HBF Reader Ari for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Carboy heater from Adventures in Homebrewing. About from AIH.. “The Carboy Heater is a small heating wrap that is stuck directly to the fermenter to increase heat by 5-20° F. This heat wrap distributes 32 watts of heat over an area of 2 […]
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10.2 Cu Ft Deep Freezer… $199 – Kegerator or Fermentation Temp Control

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:25
10.2 Cubic Foot Deep Freeze.  Includes storage basket. Use for a nice sized kegerator or temp controlled fermentation chamber. Also: Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds As of this posting Wal-Mart has this for just $199.  That is a bargain for a large deep freeze like this.  Buy online to […]
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Anchor Christmas Ale 1997

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:04
It’s day twenty-three of my seasonal sprint to Christmas featuring all 42 labels from Anchor’s Christmas Ale — a.k.a. Our Special Ale — all different beers (well, mostly different) and all different labels, each one designed by local artist Jim Stitt, up to and including this...

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12 Deals of Christmas… Speidel Fermenters!

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 09:09
MoreBeer’s 12 Deals of Christmas Sale is going on now.  Day 6’s discount takes 15% off a wide selection of Speidel Fermenters.  I own both 5.3 and 7.9 gallon Speidels.  They are great Fermenters.  Check out my Hands On Review of the 5.3 and 7.9 gallon sizes.  See the whole line including replacement parts. Shipping is free with a $59 […]
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100 Pint Vacuum Sealer Bags [Hops & More] – $16.99 + Free Prime Ship

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 08:21
100 FoodVacBags 6X10 Pint Size Vacuum Sealer Bags by FoodVacBags.  Features: Can be used in any clamp style vacuum sealer.  4 mil Heavy-duty bags with embossed air-removal channels.  FDA Approved and BPA Free. I use these and I can tell you that they are nice, high quality vac bags.  They are mentioned in my FoodSaver V2244 […]
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Beer Birthday: Natalie Cilurzo

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 07:48
Today is the 48th birthday of Natalie Cilurzo, co-founder of Russian River Brewing, and the woman who makes everything run smoothly at both the brewpub and the production brewery. You’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer person in the beer world, and though she spent many years working with...

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U.S. brewery count topples 5,000-mark per Brewers Association 2016 Year in Review

BeerPulse - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 07:37

[Press Release:]

A Big Year for Small Beer

2016 Craft Beer Year in Review from the Brewers Association

(Boulder, CO) — Reflecting on the significant impact of small and independent craft breweries in 2016, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looked back on the defining beer moments of 2016.

“In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”

Download Expanded Graphic (PDF)

Of note in 2016:

● Brewery Count: Five thousand strong and growing, there are now 5,005 breweries in the U.S. compared to 10,000 wineries. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.

● Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-year, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.

● Never Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.

● Freedom of Choice: As the world’s two largest brewers merged into a multinational conglomerate two and a half times the size of the U.S. beer market, the BA was at the center of the discussion, advocating for fair competition for the nation’s small and independent craft brewers and access to market ensuring beer enthusiasts get to continue to choose from a vast variety of options. Approximately 65 percent of craft beer lovers said they are drinking more craft specifically because it offers more variety.

● Homebrewing Impact: The National Homebrew Competition continues to be the world’s largest beer competition with 7,962 entries. A recent measurement of homebrewing found that its 1.2 million participants created over 11,000 jobs, resulting in more than $1 billion in spending and over $700 million in revenues.

● Beer Destinations: Recognizing a rising interest in beer tourism, Travelocity enlisted the expertise of the BA to find the country’s best beer destinations and create the very first Beer Tourism Index. Additionally, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the leading community for homebrewers—unveiled a list of cities across the U.S. where homebrewing is on the rise.

● American Craft Beer Abounds Abroad: Craft beer export volume increased by 16.3 percent, totaling 446,151 barrels and worth $116 million. More than 100 small and independent craft brewers export their beer internationally, spreading the culture and community of craft beer and a growing recognition and respect for American brewers.

● Bipartisan Beer Support: With a craft brewery in nearly every congressional district in the country, more than half of the U.S. Congress now supports the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this bipartisan legislation that seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.

● History Has Its Eyes on Beer: With support from the Brewers Association, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry in America. The job posting for a Historian to study brewing history was one of the most viral beer stories of the year, an indicator of how much people care about this vital industry.

● Perfect Pair: Beer and food continue to find harmony on plates and palates. Seventy-three percent of craft beer purchasers gave “complements my meal” as a very or somewhat important selection criteria in their beer choice when dining out. Sixty-three percent select beer based on the food item or meal they are planning to enjoy.

“This has been an exponentially exciting year as the beer community continues to grow and evolve. It is incredible to watch local brewers innovate and validate the new way the world views the U.S. beer scene,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “Much of the dialogue in 2016 centered around the craft brewer definition, who qualifies as a small and independent brewer, what independence means to beer lovers, beer quality and beer appreciation. We will renew our efforts in 2017 on behalf of our members and the beer drinkers around the world and continue to advance the amazing beverage of beer.”

Note: Figures are a compilation of data provided by the Brewers Association, IRI Group and Nielsen and do not represent all craft beer sales. The Brewers Association will release a comprehensive annual analysis of craft brewer production in March of 2017.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

U.S. brewery count topples 5,000-mark per Brewers Association 2016 Year in Review

BeerNews.org - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 07:37

[Press Release:]

A Big Year for Small Beer

2016 Craft Beer Year in Review from the Brewers Association

(Boulder, CO) — Reflecting on the significant impact of small and independent craft breweries in 2016, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looked back on the defining beer moments of 2016.

“In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”

Download Expanded Graphic (PDF)

Of note in 2016:

● Brewery Count: Five thousand strong and growing, there are now 5,005 breweries in the U.S. compared to 10,000 wineries. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.

● Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-year, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.

● Never Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.

● Freedom of Choice: As the world’s two largest brewers merged into a multinational conglomerate two and a half times the size of the U.S. beer market, the BA was at the center of the discussion, advocating for fair competition for the nation’s small and independent craft brewers and access to market ensuring beer enthusiasts get to continue to choose from a vast variety of options. Approximately 65 percent of craft beer lovers said they are drinking more craft specifically because it offers more variety.

● Homebrewing Impact: The National Homebrew Competition continues to be the world’s largest beer competition with 7,962 entries. A recent measurement of homebrewing found that its 1.2 million participants created over 11,000 jobs, resulting in more than $1 billion in spending and over $700 million in revenues.

● Beer Destinations: Recognizing a rising interest in beer tourism, Travelocity enlisted the expertise of the BA to find the country’s best beer destinations and create the very first Beer Tourism Index. Additionally, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the leading community for homebrewers—unveiled a list of cities across the U.S. where homebrewing is on the rise.

● American Craft Beer Abounds Abroad: Craft beer export volume increased by 16.3 percent, totaling 446,151 barrels and worth $116 million. More than 100 small and independent craft brewers export their beer internationally, spreading the culture and community of craft beer and a growing recognition and respect for American brewers.

● Bipartisan Beer Support: With a craft brewery in nearly every congressional district in the country, more than half of the U.S. Congress now supports the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this bipartisan legislation that seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.

● History Has Its Eyes on Beer: With support from the Brewers Association, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry in America. The job posting for a Historian to study brewing history was one of the most viral beer stories of the year, an indicator of how much people care about this vital industry.

● Perfect Pair: Beer and food continue to find harmony on plates and palates. Seventy-three percent of craft beer purchasers gave “complements my meal” as a very or somewhat important selection criteria in their beer choice when dining out. Sixty-three percent select beer based on the food item or meal they are planning to enjoy.

“This has been an exponentially exciting year as the beer community continues to grow and evolve. It is incredible to watch local brewers innovate and validate the new way the world views the U.S. beer scene,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “Much of the dialogue in 2016 centered around the craft brewer definition, who qualifies as a small and independent brewer, what independence means to beer lovers, beer quality and beer appreciation. We will renew our efforts in 2017 on behalf of our members and the beer drinkers around the world and continue to advance the amazing beverage of beer.”

Note: Figures are a compilation of data provided by the Brewers Association, IRI Group and Nielsen and do not represent all craft beer sales. The Brewers Association will release a comprehensive annual analysis of craft brewer production in March of 2017.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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Ball Lock Kegging System… $111.99 with Stacking Promos

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 07:17
5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegging System from Adventures in Homebrewing.  Includes a used ball lock keg, new keg o-rings, Taprite dual gauge regulator, all required tubing disconnects and a faucet.  Pick up a good used CO2 tank locally and you’re up and going. You Get: TapRite T-Handle dual gauge regulator Used 5 gallon ball lock […]
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Schlafly Stout Bout Stout Sampler Pack and White Lager just released

BeerPulse - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 06:58

[Press Release:]

(St. Louis, MO) – Schlafly Beer announces today the latest beers for the winter seasonal Stout Bout sampler as well as the return of the brewery’s Zwicklebier, White Lager. The Stout Bout features three new beers, available exclusively in the variety pack: Vanilla Milk Stout, Mexican-style Chocolate Stout and Toasted Coconut Stout. Schlafly’s celebrated Coffee Stout is also included in the 12-pack sampler. As one of the brewery’s most successful releases last winter, White Lager will also be available in the coming days as an easy-drinking unfiltered lager.

White Lager and the new experimental stouts share a commonality–all of the beers were developed as part of the brewery’s Small Brews program, a weekly experimental brewing day at the Bottleworks location on a 20-gallon Pilotworks system.

Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale explains, “Through our Small Brews program, we experiment with a recipe and try out different variations until we feel that we have a winner. We then test the beers out on our consumers either in our brewpubs or at our signature events. For example, White Lager first debuted at our HOP in the City Festival, whereas these stouts were part of a tasting sampler at our Stout & Oyster Festival in March. Great feedback cues the potential for a larger market roll-out.”

For more about the beers:

Stout Bout: This variety pack debuted last year, but this year’s beers take the sampling experience to a new level with three stouts found exclusively here:

* Schlafly Vanilla Milk Stout (5.2% ABV / 25 IBUs), aged on real vanilla beans, is sublimely smooth and rich, with a balanced sweetness that’s lightly hoppy and mildly bitter.
* Schlafly Toasted Coconut Stout (5.7% ABV / 30 IBUs) captures the tastes and scent of toasted coconut, adding a subtle sweetness to a robust stout through the addition of coconut chunks
* Schlafly Mexican Chocolate Stout (6.2% ABV / 25 IBUs) is brimming with chocolate and cinnamon flavors. The distinctive characters of Mexican Hot Chocolate are the base of this decadent stout.
* Schlafly Coffee Stout (5.7% ABV / 30 IBUs) showcases a 20-year partnership with local St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee, combining traditional English stout with premium French roast coffee for award- winning flavor.

White Lager: The German-style Zwicklebier offers an unfiltered twist on traditional lagers. The style dates back to the Middle Ages with a noticeably hazy, golden hue, hint of orange zest, and silky finish. Recognized by Joshua Bernstein for Eater as “your new thirst-quencher,” White Lager offers an easy-drinking beer with 25 IBUs and a strong malt backbone of Europils and wheat. White Lager presents the drinker a smooth and zesty full-flavored beer that clocks in at 5.5% ABV, a welcome departure from the higher-alcohol winter warmers inundating the market this time of year.

White Lager can be purchased in six-packs ($8.99 suggested retail) across the brewery’s distribution region. The beer can also be enjoyed on draft at the Schlafly Tap Room or Bottleworks brewery-restaurants as well as select on-premise locations. The Stout Bout sampler pack will be available in retail only across the brewery’s distribution region for $14.99 suggested retail. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution and White Lager, visit www.schlafly.com/beers/distribution.

About Schlafly Beer: Founded in 1991 in St. Louis, Schlafly Beer is the largest locally owned and independent craft brewery in Missouri, proudly offering more than 60 unique styles of craft beer. The celebrated brewing company continues to define craft with a dedication to sourcing the best ingredients, supporting local sustainability and community efforts whenever possible, and delivering a superior beer experience from year-round to limited-edition styles. In 2016, the brewery plans to use 102 hop varietals, 77 malts and grains, 59 different spices and fruits, and 10 different yeast strains to make its beers. Schlafly Beer’s production of 60,000 barrels of beer took place between its two brewery-restaurants, Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St.) in downtown St. Louis, and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.), located in Maplewood. The Schlafly Tap Room was the first new brewpub to open in St. Louis since Prohibition and is housed in a restored wood and brick building on the National Historic Register. Schlafly Bottleworks offers free weekend tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. on the hour, and every half hour on Saturdays. Schlafly Tap Room offers free brewery tours every Sunday. For a full listing of Schlafly Beers and for more information on distribution, visit www.schlafly.com. Find Schlafly Beer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Schlafly Stout Bout Stout Sampler Pack and White Lager just released

BeerNews.org - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 06:58

[Press Release:]

(St. Louis, MO) – Schlafly Beer announces today the latest beers for the winter seasonal Stout Bout sampler as well as the return of the brewery’s Zwicklebier, White Lager. The Stout Bout features three new beers, available exclusively in the variety pack: Vanilla Milk Stout, Mexican-style Chocolate Stout and Toasted Coconut Stout. Schlafly’s celebrated Coffee Stout is also included in the 12-pack sampler. As one of the brewery’s most successful releases last winter, White Lager will also be available in the coming days as an easy-drinking unfiltered lager.

White Lager and the new experimental stouts share a commonality–all of the beers were developed as part of the brewery’s Small Brews program, a weekly experimental brewing day at the Bottleworks location on a 20-gallon Pilotworks system.

Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale explains, “Through our Small Brews program, we experiment with a recipe and try out different variations until we feel that we have a winner. We then test the beers out on our consumers either in our brewpubs or at our signature events. For example, White Lager first debuted at our HOP in the City Festival, whereas these stouts were part of a tasting sampler at our Stout & Oyster Festival in March. Great feedback cues the potential for a larger market roll-out.”

For more about the beers:

Stout Bout: This variety pack debuted last year, but this year’s beers take the sampling experience to a new level with three stouts found exclusively here:

* Schlafly Vanilla Milk Stout (5.2% ABV / 25 IBUs), aged on real vanilla beans, is sublimely smooth and rich, with a balanced sweetness that’s lightly hoppy and mildly bitter.
* Schlafly Toasted Coconut Stout (5.7% ABV / 30 IBUs) captures the tastes and scent of toasted coconut, adding a subtle sweetness to a robust stout through the addition of coconut chunks
* Schlafly Mexican Chocolate Stout (6.2% ABV / 25 IBUs) is brimming with chocolate and cinnamon flavors. The distinctive characters of Mexican Hot Chocolate are the base of this decadent stout.
* Schlafly Coffee Stout (5.7% ABV / 30 IBUs) showcases a 20-year partnership with local St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee, combining traditional English stout with premium French roast coffee for award- winning flavor.

White Lager: The German-style Zwicklebier offers an unfiltered twist on traditional lagers. The style dates back to the Middle Ages with a noticeably hazy, golden hue, hint of orange zest, and silky finish. Recognized by Joshua Bernstein for Eater as “your new thirst-quencher,” White Lager offers an easy-drinking beer with 25 IBUs and a strong malt backbone of Europils and wheat. White Lager presents the drinker a smooth and zesty full-flavored beer that clocks in at 5.5% ABV, a welcome departure from the higher-alcohol winter warmers inundating the market this time of year.

White Lager can be purchased in six-packs ($8.99 suggested retail) across the brewery’s distribution region. The beer can also be enjoyed on draft at the Schlafly Tap Room or Bottleworks brewery-restaurants as well as select on-premise locations. The Stout Bout sampler pack will be available in retail only across the brewery’s distribution region for $14.99 suggested retail. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution and White Lager, visit www.schlafly.com/beers/distribution.

About Schlafly Beer: Founded in 1991 in St. Louis, Schlafly Beer is the largest locally owned and independent craft brewery in Missouri, proudly offering more than 60 unique styles of craft beer. The celebrated brewing company continues to define craft with a dedication to sourcing the best ingredients, supporting local sustainability and community efforts whenever possible, and delivering a superior beer experience from year-round to limited-edition styles. In 2016, the brewery plans to use 102 hop varietals, 77 malts and grains, 59 different spices and fruits, and 10 different yeast strains to make its beers. Schlafly Beer’s production of 60,000 barrels of beer took place between its two brewery-restaurants, Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St.) in downtown St. Louis, and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.), located in Maplewood. The Schlafly Tap Room was the first new brewpub to open in St. Louis since Prohibition and is housed in a restored wood and brick building on the National Historic Register. Schlafly Bottleworks offers free weekend tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. on the hour, and every half hour on Saturdays. Schlafly Tap Room offers free brewery tours every Sunday. For a full listing of Schlafly Beers and for more information on distribution, visit www.schlafly.com. Find Schlafly Beer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Ends Soon: Free 6 Gallon FerMonster Fermenter from love2brew + 4 Strains of ECY In Stock

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 06:27
For a limited time, love2brew is giving away free 6 gallon FerMonster Fermenters with the purchase of ANY three beer recipe kits.  This includes extract, partial mash and all grain recipe variations.  Your order will also qualify for free shipping to US addresses. Free FerMonster from love2brew Also from love2brew… East Coast Yeast – love2brew is one […]
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Straub Groundhog Altbier released in Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio as winter seasonal

BeerPulse - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 05:27

[Press Release:]

(St. Marys, PA) – Straub Brewery is launching its newest batch of limited-release Straub Groundhog Altbier. The traditional, German-style, winter seasonal ale is available in 12-packs throughout Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio while supplies last.

Copper in color, well-hopped, and with a pronounced malt flavor, Straub Altbier is an ideal craft beer for cooler months, as both a favorite libation for guests at holiday gatherings and for a memorable pairing with cozy and celebratory comfort foods.

Straub Brewery craftsmen brew the authentic Altbier every fall with German ingredients—including German pilsner malt, German ale yeast, and imported German hops—for a firm, bitter, and Honestly Fresh™ edge.

“This is the fifth year we have brewed Straub Altbier for our winter seasonal beer to celebrate the holiday season, which in this part of the world isn’t over until Groundhog Day,” said Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta. “The Altbier style harkens back to the early era of German brewing when the beers were ales. Even when lager beer became all the rage in the nineteenth century, the Rhinelanders stubbornly stuck to their old tradition of ale brewing. Kind of reminds us of the history here at Straub, and our Fiercely Independent ways! So put on some lederhosen, cook some brats and kraut, and open a bottle of Straub Altbier.”

For parties and other gatherings, Straub Altbier pairs well with such favorites as:

Finger foods like deviled eggs, bruschetta, shrimp, and sourdough pretzels; cheesy dips and hummus; ham and turkey dinners; smoked sausage; venison steaks and chili; winter soups; sweet-marinated tofu, tempeh, or seitan; brunch classics like scrambled eggs and French Toast; New Year’s sauerkraut; and popular bar eats, such as pizza, hot wings, deep-fried pickles, and onion rings. Also, for homemade dishes, adding a few tablespoons or a full bottle of Straub Altbier can transform every bite of an appetizer or main course into a memorable feast.

About Straub Brewery

Straub Brewery, Inc. is an international award-winning brewery founded in 1872 by German immigrant Peter Straub, who, at age 19, left his family and homeland in search of the American Dream. Today, Straub Brewery is an American Legacy Brewery™.

Located in St. Marys, PA, Straub Brewery is one of the oldest and most historic breweries in the United States, and is still owned and operated by its founding family, now into its sixth and seventh generations. Fodor’s Travel named Straub Brewery one of the “5 Best Places in America to Drink American Beer.”

Straub Brewery produces Straub American Lager, Straub American Light Lager, Straub American Amber Lager, Straub IPL (India Pale Lager), and a lineup of seasonal craft brews, such as Kölsch Ale, Vienna Lager, Dunkel, Helles, Doppelbock, 1872 Lager, Maibock, Groundhog Altbier, Oktoberfest, Pilsner, and Hefeweizen.

Straub Brewery has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Gold (Straub American Lager) and Bronze (Straub American Light Lager) medals from the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship; Bronze medal (Straub Kölsch Ale) from the 2016 World Beer Cup; a Silver medal (Straub Dunkel) and three Bronze medals (Straub Amber Lager, Straub Doppelbock, and Straub 1872 Lager) from the 2016 Raise A Glass Competition; the 2016 “Leadership in Reusable Packaging” Award from the Pennsylvania Resource Council for its 16-ounce Straub American Lager returnable package; and a 2015 “Brewer Partner of the Year” Award from the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Recently, Straub Brewery was a filming location for the 10th Anniversary season of the popular FIREBALL RUN adventure-travel TV series, which will air in 2017.

For more information and to connect with Straub Brewery on social media, please visit: www.StraubBeer.com.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Straub Groundhog Altbier released in Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio as winter seasonal

BeerNews.org - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 05:27

[Press Release:]

(St. Marys, PA) – Straub Brewery is launching its newest batch of limited-release Straub Groundhog Altbier. The traditional, German-style, winter seasonal ale is available in 12-packs throughout Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio while supplies last.

Copper in color, well-hopped, and with a pronounced malt flavor, Straub Altbier is an ideal craft beer for cooler months, as both a favorite libation for guests at holiday gatherings and for a memorable pairing with cozy and celebratory comfort foods.

Straub Brewery craftsmen brew the authentic Altbier every fall with German ingredients—including German pilsner malt, German ale yeast, and imported German hops—for a firm, bitter, and Honestly Fresh™ edge.

“This is the fifth year we have brewed Straub Altbier for our winter seasonal beer to celebrate the holiday season, which in this part of the world isn’t over until Groundhog Day,” said Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta. “The Altbier style harkens back to the early era of German brewing when the beers were ales. Even when lager beer became all the rage in the nineteenth century, the Rhinelanders stubbornly stuck to their old tradition of ale brewing. Kind of reminds us of the history here at Straub, and our Fiercely Independent ways! So put on some lederhosen, cook some brats and kraut, and open a bottle of Straub Altbier.”

For parties and other gatherings, Straub Altbier pairs well with such favorites as:

Finger foods like deviled eggs, bruschetta, shrimp, and sourdough pretzels; cheesy dips and hummus; ham and turkey dinners; smoked sausage; venison steaks and chili; winter soups; sweet-marinated tofu, tempeh, or seitan; brunch classics like scrambled eggs and French Toast; New Year’s sauerkraut; and popular bar eats, such as pizza, hot wings, deep-fried pickles, and onion rings. Also, for homemade dishes, adding a few tablespoons or a full bottle of Straub Altbier can transform every bite of an appetizer or main course into a memorable feast.

About Straub Brewery

Straub Brewery, Inc. is an international award-winning brewery founded in 1872 by German immigrant Peter Straub, who, at age 19, left his family and homeland in search of the American Dream. Today, Straub Brewery is an American Legacy Brewery™.

Located in St. Marys, PA, Straub Brewery is one of the oldest and most historic breweries in the United States, and is still owned and operated by its founding family, now into its sixth and seventh generations. Fodor’s Travel named Straub Brewery one of the “5 Best Places in America to Drink American Beer.”

Straub Brewery produces Straub American Lager, Straub American Light Lager, Straub American Amber Lager, Straub IPL (India Pale Lager), and a lineup of seasonal craft brews, such as Kölsch Ale, Vienna Lager, Dunkel, Helles, Doppelbock, 1872 Lager, Maibock, Groundhog Altbier, Oktoberfest, Pilsner, and Hefeweizen.

Straub Brewery has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Gold (Straub American Lager) and Bronze (Straub American Light Lager) medals from the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship; Bronze medal (Straub Kölsch Ale) from the 2016 World Beer Cup; a Silver medal (Straub Dunkel) and three Bronze medals (Straub Amber Lager, Straub Doppelbock, and Straub 1872 Lager) from the 2016 Raise A Glass Competition; the 2016 “Leadership in Reusable Packaging” Award from the Pennsylvania Resource Council for its 16-ounce Straub American Lager returnable package; and a 2015 “Brewer Partner of the Year” Award from the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Recently, Straub Brewery was a filming location for the 10th Anniversary season of the popular FIREBALL RUN adventure-travel TV series, which will air in 2017.

For more information and to connect with Straub Brewery on social media, please visit: www.StraubBeer.com.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Homebrew Starter Kit – $49.99 Shipped – Bundles with 12 Deals of Christmas

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 05:10
Homebrewing Starter Kit from MoreBeer.   Since MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple promo codes you can get in on the Deal of the Day (while supplies last) and their 12 Deals of Christmas sale. Homebrew Starter Kit BRKIT100 – $69.99 $49.99 + Free Shipping Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount. Availability: This is a More […]
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Keg Connection Holiday Keg Sale

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 05:00
Keg Connection has discounted a variety of kegs as part of a holiyda keg sale.  No discount code is needed.  Each product page should reflect sale prices if this is still going on. One thing you should consider is that these bundles with Keg Connections $7.95 Flat Rate Shipping. Holiday Keg Sale at Keg Connection […]
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