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Short’s Brewing Co. announces partnership with Lagunitas Brewing Co.

BeerNews.org - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:11

[Press Release:]

(BeerPulse Note: Lagunitas is fully owned by Heineken)

(Elk Rapids, MI) – Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire and Elk Rapids, MI announces plans to partner with The Lagunitas Brewing Company based in Petaluma, CA, America’s ninth largest brewery.

The partnership stems from Short’s desire to successfully navigate the ever-evolving craft market while maintaining its creatively fearless identity. Lagunitas’ 19.99% equity stake in Short’s will be managed by Lagunitas U.S. Holdings — or LUSH. The founding principle of LUSH is to build relationships with, and support, regional breweries. In keeping with this, Short’s will maintain their individual brand image while gaining additional resources for continued opportunity to invest in Short’s staff, the Northern Michigan community, and opportunities to push the boundaries of creativity.

Joe Short stated, ”I never imagined Short’s would become such a successful regional brewery. The secret to that success has always been to surround myself with good people. The best people; who in many ways are smarter and more talented than myself. I’m confident all successful businesses would tell you a similar story. This partnership with Lagunitas is just another part of evolution in the cycle of our dynamic and growing business. I’ve grown so much personally and professionally during my time at the helm of Short’s Brewing Company that I understand now, more than ever – the continued success of Short’s and its people rely on me to make smart and strategic decisions. This is just one of them.”

When asked about the partnership between Short’s and Lagunitas, Lagunitas’ founder, Tony Magee, stated, “Having Joe and Scott and all their talented people joining up with the LUSH group is mostly cool but also kinda weird. Have you met those guys? I thought Bellaire was in Canada…”

The craft brewing community has always focused on relationships, and Short’s is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the LUSH community. “Pride, passion, and love of the work will always remain paramount. I’m super excited and proud because for the first time EVER, we’ll be operating without restriction, experiencing what true independence feels like,” stated Short. “I really admire Tony. His vision and level of understanding of the industry is fascinating to me. With his ability to share Lagunitas’ 24 years of experience, this partnership is going to bring some serious awesomeness to the people of Short’s.”

Check out a message about the partnership from Joe Short and Scott Newman-Bale below:

About Short’s Brewing Company

Located in the heart of Downtown Bellaire, MI, Short’s Brewing Co. was established in 2004 by Joe Short. In 2009, Short’s began keg and bottle distribution in Michigan via their Elk Rapids Production Facility. Starcut Ciders is a division of Short’s Brewing Company born out of a desire to celebrate the bounty of Michigan orchards. The brewery is known widely for their flagship and experimental brews including Huma Lupa Licious and Soft Parade. Short’s prides themselves on producing fearlessly creative beers, handmade by people who care in Northern Michigan.

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How to Fix a Keg That Leaks – 5 Things to Check

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:00
Adventures in Homebrewing has a nice step by step write up on fixing keg leaks.  I particularly like #5 “Post O-Rings”.  I find that to be a particularly pesky leak.  I’ve lost at least one full tank of CO2 to a bad oring that cost pennies – See: Checking for Gas QD CO2 Leaks for more on […]
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Scofflaw resumes canning after expansion that tripled tank fermentation capacity

BeerPulse - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:57

[Press Release:]

(Atlanta, GA) – Following an expansion that has tripled capacity, Scofflaw Brewing Company has returned to canning its beers while meeting ever-increasing demand from taprooms, bars and restaurants in Georgia for kegged beer.

“The demand for our beer has just kept increasing and that’s a very pleasant surprise,” said Matt Shirah, co-founder of Scofflaw. “When we first started, we had no idea that we would need this kind of production capacity before the end of our first year. Now that we finally have the tank expansion in place, it’s enabling us to meet the demand for kegs and at the same time return to distributing cans.”

Using the in-house Wild Goose 250 canning line, the initial July release of cans through United Distributors has focused on Basement IPA, the juicy and approachable hazy IPA featuring Citra hops. It’s now available in new all-black cans. The brewery also plans to resume canning Double Jeopardy, an imperial IPA featuring Simcoe hops, and limited releases of Hooligan, another of Brewmaster Travis Herman’s range of IPAs, this one featuring Galaxy hops.

Shirah and Herman expected to have three 90-barrel fermentation tanks and one 90-barrel bright tank delivered in April to the brewery located in the Bolton neighborhood of Westside Atlanta. When delivery was delayed, three new 60-barrel fermentation tanks and one 60-barrel bright tank were quickly acquired to keep up with demand. The 90-barrel tanks finally arrived and were operational in June. The additions give Scofflaw an annual brewing capacity of 16,500 barrels.

The new tanks create an opportunity to brew more R&D beers in the company’s original 15-barrel and 30-barrel tanks as well as increase production of its barrel-aged Absentium line of stouts. The R&D beers include Double Basement as well as a new beer made with honey. The wider selection of beers are being brewed in anticipation of the changes in Georgia law starting Sept. 1 that will enable brewers to sell beer by the pint to consumers. Breweries will also be able to sell up to a case of packaged beer for carryout.

Scofflaw will serve beers from its inaugural year during the One Year Anniversary Party to be held Sept. 16.

About Scofflaw Brewing Co. – www.scofflawbrewery.com
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine and USA Today as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Scofflaw resumes canning after expansion that tripled tank fermentation capacity

BeerNews.org - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:57

[Press Release:]

(Atlanta, GA) – Following an expansion that has tripled capacity, Scofflaw Brewing Company has returned to canning its beers while meeting ever-increasing demand from taprooms, bars and restaurants in Georgia for kegged beer.

“The demand for our beer has just kept increasing and that’s a very pleasant surprise,” said Matt Shirah, co-founder of Scofflaw. “When we first started, we had no idea that we would need this kind of production capacity before the end of our first year. Now that we finally have the tank expansion in place, it’s enabling us to meet the demand for kegs and at the same time return to distributing cans.”

Using the in-house Wild Goose 250 canning line, the initial July release of cans through United Distributors has focused on Basement IPA, the juicy and approachable hazy IPA featuring Citra hops. It’s now available in new all-black cans. The brewery also plans to resume canning Double Jeopardy, an imperial IPA featuring Simcoe hops, and limited releases of Hooligan, another of Brewmaster Travis Herman’s range of IPAs, this one featuring Galaxy hops.

Shirah and Herman expected to have three 90-barrel fermentation tanks and one 90-barrel bright tank delivered in April to the brewery located in the Bolton neighborhood of Westside Atlanta. When delivery was delayed, three new 60-barrel fermentation tanks and one 60-barrel bright tank were quickly acquired to keep up with demand. The 90-barrel tanks finally arrived and were operational in June. The additions give Scofflaw an annual brewing capacity of 16,500 barrels.

The new tanks create an opportunity to brew more R&D beers in the company’s original 15-barrel and 30-barrel tanks as well as increase production of its barrel-aged Absentium line of stouts. The R&D beers include Double Basement as well as a new beer made with honey. The wider selection of beers are being brewed in anticipation of the changes in Georgia law starting Sept. 1 that will enable brewers to sell beer by the pint to consumers. Breweries will also be able to sell up to a case of packaged beer for carryout.

Scofflaw will serve beers from its inaugural year during the One Year Anniversary Party to be held Sept. 16.

About Scofflaw Brewing Co. – www.scofflawbrewery.com
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine and USA Today as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Stainless Steel Keg Dry Hop Filter – $5.79 + $2.99 Shipping

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:30
Stainless Steel Basket Beer Keg Dry Hop Filter.  300 micron mesh. 29cm x 7cm / 11in x 2.7in 7/25/17 8:30 AM Central: This is selling for just $5.79.  Shipping is $2.99 to most US addresses. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability. Portable Stainless […]
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Inkbird ITC-310TB, Dual Stage w/12 Programmable Timers – 20% Off for HBF Readers

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:00
Itc-301TB by Inkbird.  Digital Dual Stage Pre-Wired Temperature Controller with 12 Timers. My contact at Inkbird has said that timers start when a certain temperature is reached. Dual stage means that the Itc-310TB can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit […]
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10% Off Cryo Hops via MoreBeer’s Hop Sale

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 05:30
MoreBeer has one of the largest selections of hops on the web.  They have over 100 different types to choose form.  Falconer’s Flight, Amarillo, Citra, Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade and lots and lots more. As of this posting, promo code HOPWEEK takes 10% off the entire lineup.  All hops also fall under MoreBeer’s free shipping promo.  That […]
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Reader Tip: 10.2 Cu Ft Insignia Freezer [Fermentation or Kegerator] – $229.99

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 05:00
Thanks to HBF Reader Charles for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Insignia 10.2 Cu Ft Deep Freeze from Best Buy. Use for a nice sized kegerator or temp controlled fermentation chamber. As of this posting, Best Buy has this marked down to $229.99.  Check product page for up to the minute price and availability. […]
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Beer & Wine Hobby – Christmas in July Sale – Save 10% Site Wide + Free Shipping w/$49 Order

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 04:00
As of this posting, Beer & Wine Hobby has a Christmas in July sale going on.  The sale discounts nearly everything by 10%.  To sweeten the deal, shipping is free to most US addresses with many orders over $49. Grab the coupon code and full details – Christmas in July and Beer & Wine Hobby – use […]
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10 EZ Lok Brass Inserts (for DIY Tap Handles) – $4.90

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 23:00
10 Pack of EZ Lok Threaded Brass Inserts ( 3/8″-16, .625″ Length).  Use to make your own custom tap handles.  Check out this review for some additional information and insight. 7/26/17 1 AM Central: These are selling for $4.90.  That’s 61 cents off the the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to […]
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Set of Four Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons – $1.59

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:00
Set of four stainless steel measuring spoons – Includes 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, and 1 Tbs sizes with metric equivalents Use to measure on brew day and beyond.  These would make a nice addition to a Brew Day Box 7/26/17 12 AM Central: These are selling for a scant $1.59. Shipping to most US addresses […]
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Beer In Ads #2348: Quail Hunt

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 21:59
Tuesday’s ad is by the Brewing Industry Foundation, from 1945, part of a series of ads the beer industry undertook just as World War 2 was ending, after their “Morale is a Lot of Little Things” series. They were also a precursor to the “Home Life in America” series that was...

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10 lb Storage Container [Grain] – $5 + Free Add On Shipping

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 20:15
Pureness 10 lb container.  Made from FDA approved plastic for food contact. Pet Food Container 7/25/17 10:15 PM Central: This has dropped to just $5. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Price, shipping and […]
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7.1 Cu Ft Chest Freezer [Kegerator or Fermentation Temp Control] – $193.74 + Free Shipping via Amazon

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 19:16
7.1 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer by Igloo You could use this as part of a kegerator/keezer build or as a fermentation chamber.  You would need to use an overriding type thermostat for either of those.  Consider: Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller 7/25/17 9:15 PM Central: This has dropped from $240.99 to $193.74. That’s the best historical direct from […]
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Brewery Vivant to release Million Pound Grisette in honor of Pilot Malt House of Byron Center

BeerPulse - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:17

[Press Release:]

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Brewery Vivant set to release Million Pound Grisette in honor of local partners, Pilot Malt House of Byron Center. The beer is light and refreshing at 4.75% ABV, perfect for mid Summer. It features 100% Pilot Malt House products in the mash: spelt and wheat. Look for a citrus, lemon-pithy tartness on the nose and a slight spiciness and breadiness to the sip. The “grisette” style harkens back to old-world Belgium and is brewed in the farmhouse tradition.

The brewery has been involved with the Michigan-based maltster since they opened in 2012. With annual goals of sourcing a percentage of beer inputs from within a 250-mile radius, Brewery Vivant welcomed Pilot Malt House to the industry. “It’s really been a great partnership,” Says Jason Spaulding, owner and President of Brewery Vivant, “And we’re happy to be able to make a local investment in a quality product.”

Indeed, Pilot Malt House has grown over the last five years from a small rental garage space to a full 17,000 sq ft malting facility. “We’ve honed our craft and the support from Michigan brewers like Brewery Vivant has really allowed us to continue to grow our business.” Says Erik May, owner and President of Pilot Malt House, “When we realized we were coming up on this malting milestone, we wanted to celebrate in a special way. Brewery Vivant was the natural choice. They’ve been with us from the start.” In 2016 Brewery Vivant made the switch in its flagship beer, Farm Hand, sourcing 100% of its wheat from Michigan farms through Pilot Malt House. Farm Hand, Grand Rapids’ farmhouse ale, often touted as the “everyman’s beer,” truly represents the Michigan agricultural heritage.

The Million Pound Grisette will be tapped at Brewery Vivant (925 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids) on Thursday July 27 at 3pm. Take-home 16oz pint cans are available also at the brewery while supplies last.

About Brewery Vivant
The brewery is located in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, in a renovated funeral chapel built in the early 1900’s. Their staff of around 60 employees specialize in farmhouse inspired beers and fare in a completely unique setting. Husband and wife partners Jason and Kris Spaulding opened the doors for business in December of 2010. Vivant beers are distributed throughout Michigan and the greater Chicago area. They are the first commercial brewery in the nation to receive Silver LEED Certification from the USGBC. Additionally they are 100% renewably powered, a gold ­level Bicycle Friendly Business, and are a certified B Corporation. Beer the Change®!

About Pilot Malt House
Pilot Malt House is located just south of Grand Rapids in Byron Center, Michigan and started malting in late 2012. Pilot is built on the premise that each kernel of grain that ends up in a beer or a spirit has a story and the story needs to be told. We (along with our hop growing/processing brethren) are the conduit between the craft beer and distilling industries and the agriculture industry. We strive to create and foster a relationship between growers and artisanal makers of beer and spirits – a relationship that largely wouldn’t otherwise exist.

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Brewery Vivant to release Million Pound Grisette in honor of Pilot Malt House of Byron Center

BeerNews.org - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:17

[Press Release:]

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Brewery Vivant set to release Million Pound Grisette in honor of local partners, Pilot Malt House of Byron Center. The beer is light and refreshing at 4.75% ABV, perfect for mid Summer. It features 100% Pilot Malt House products in the mash: spelt and wheat. Look for a citrus, lemon-pithy tartness on the nose and a slight spiciness and breadiness to the sip. The “grisette” style harkens back to old-world Belgium and is brewed in the farmhouse tradition.

The brewery has been involved with the Michigan-based maltster since they opened in 2012. With annual goals of sourcing a percentage of beer inputs from within a 250-mile radius, Brewery Vivant welcomed Pilot Malt House to the industry. “It’s really been a great partnership,” Says Jason Spaulding, owner and President of Brewery Vivant, “And we’re happy to be able to make a local investment in a quality product.”

Indeed, Pilot Malt House has grown over the last five years from a small rental garage space to a full 17,000 sq ft malting facility. “We’ve honed our craft and the support from Michigan brewers like Brewery Vivant has really allowed us to continue to grow our business.” Says Erik May, owner and President of Pilot Malt House, “When we realized we were coming up on this malting milestone, we wanted to celebrate in a special way. Brewery Vivant was the natural choice. They’ve been with us from the start.” In 2016 Brewery Vivant made the switch in its flagship beer, Farm Hand, sourcing 100% of its wheat from Michigan farms through Pilot Malt House. Farm Hand, Grand Rapids’ farmhouse ale, often touted as the “everyman’s beer,” truly represents the Michigan agricultural heritage.

The Million Pound Grisette will be tapped at Brewery Vivant (925 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids) on Thursday July 27 at 3pm. Take-home 16oz pint cans are available also at the brewery while supplies last.

About Brewery Vivant
The brewery is located in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, in a renovated funeral chapel built in the early 1900’s. Their staff of around 60 employees specialize in farmhouse inspired beers and fare in a completely unique setting. Husband and wife partners Jason and Kris Spaulding opened the doors for business in December of 2010. Vivant beers are distributed throughout Michigan and the greater Chicago area. They are the first commercial brewery in the nation to receive Silver LEED Certification from the USGBC. Additionally they are 100% renewably powered, a gold ­level Bicycle Friendly Business, and are a certified B Corporation. Beer the Change®!

About Pilot Malt House
Pilot Malt House is located just south of Grand Rapids in Byron Center, Michigan and started malting in late 2012. Pilot is built on the premise that each kernel of grain that ends up in a beer or a spirit has a story and the story needs to be told. We (along with our hop growing/processing brethren) are the conduit between the craft beer and distilling industries and the agriculture industry. We strive to create and foster a relationship between growers and artisanal makers of beer and spirits – a relationship that largely wouldn’t otherwise exist.

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Beer Birthday: Paul Gatza

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:10
Today is also Paul Gatza’s 53rd birthday. Paul is the Director of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado. He’s held numerous executive positions with the BA and its previous incarnation, the Association of Brewers. An avid homebrewer, Paul is great face for the BA and a terrific...

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Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:00
You can save a bunch by buying keg o-rings in bulk.  Here are some part numbers, background and tips on keg gaskets along with some part numbers and sources for additional keg repair parts. Silicone vs Buna-N Silicone is softer than Buna-N.  Silicone also remains softer at cool temperatures.  Because of this, silicone is supposed […]
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Great American Beer Festival 2017 coming October 5th-7th with new festival layout

BeerPulse - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:39

[GABF 2016 Photo © Brewers Association]

[Press Release:]

Find Your #HoppyPlace at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®

What: For the 36th year, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the renowned American beer festival and competition, to find their #HoppyPlace and sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country.

When:                         Thursday, October 5: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

                                    Friday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

                                    Saturday, October 7*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                                    *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session

                                    Saturday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where:                         Colorado Convention Center

700 14th Street

Denver, Colorado

Why:                            GABF brings together the brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing nation. Since its conception in 1982, GABF has been growing and evolving along with the American brewing community and represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Showcasing scores of diverse beers, Thrillist dubbed the event, “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die.”

This year, GABF will welcome back popular awards and attractions—including the Golden Ticket Giveaway, Heavy Medal Booth and Support Your Local Brewery Pavilion—offering attendees the opportunity to sample unique indie and international award-winning beers.

Ticket Info:                   GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT via Ticketmaster.com.

A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. Members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session. You must have purchased a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale.

Members-Only Session tickets are $70 each, with a two ticket limit per member number.

General Session tickets are $85 public/$80 members (if purchased during the members only sale on August 1) and include:

  • Commemorative tasting cup
  • Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of 3,800 beers
  • Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
  • Access to dozens of educational and interactive seminars
  • Opportunity to speak with brewery representatives at designated “Meet the Brewer” booths.
  • Complimentary artisan cheese samples, craft soda samples and a variety of other food options.
  • Entertainment, including live music, games, costumes, a silent disco and more.

Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer.

Additional ticket information can be found on the GABF website.

 

Website:                       GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com

New for 2017:               New Festival Hall Layout:

  • More Meet the Brewer Booths: Meet and mingle with the brewers behind your favorite beers. This year, there will be over 150 participating brewers!
  • Expanded Brewpub Pavilion: Get a taste of your local brewpub! A record 48 breweries, representing each region of the country, will pour their locally brewed beers right in the center of the festival hall.
  • CraftBeer.com #beertravel Pavilion: There’s no better vacation than a “beercation”! CraftBeer.com will provide an opportunity for established and growing craft beer destinations to interact with 60,000 dedicated beer lovers.

GABF CompetitionIn addition to showcasing quality beers, GABF features one of the world’s largest and most distinguished commercial beer competitions. In 2017, approximately 8,100 beers from more than 2,250 breweries will compete in 96 beer style categories for gold, silver and bronze medals, awarded by GABF’s Professional Judge Panel. (Note: final, official competition statistics will be published on Saturday, October 7, after competition results are compiled and medals are announced.)

The Business of Small BeerThe craft brewing phenomenon is not only quenching the thirst of patrons across the nation, but now with over 5,400 active breweries, it is also having a tremendous impact on our economy. At GABF, discover the economic impact these small and independent breweries have on our national and regional economies. Learn about the recently unveiled Brewers Association independent craft brewer seal and see what’s next for this thriving industry.

Beer and Food:  As beer becomes an increasingly important ingredient on menus, Paired, GABF’s intimate beer and food pairing pavilion, provides a tasty format to indulge in carefully crafted beer and food pairings. Attendees will sample craft beers not served anywhere else in the festival along with foods prepared by the who’s who of celebrated chefs.

More Information:        Click here for Great American Beer Festival history, facts and figures.

2017 Sponsors:            GABF is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors.

Social Media:               Follow @GABF on Twitter, hashtag #GABF and #HoppyPlaceLike GABF on Facebook; and follow @greatamericanbeerfestival on Instagram.

 

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries representing more than 70% of overall brewery businesses. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

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 Facebook and 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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Great American Beer Festival 2017 coming October 5th-7th with new festival layout

BeerNews.org - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:39

[GABF 2016 Photo © Brewers Association]

[Press Release:]

Find Your #HoppyPlace at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®

What: For the 36th year, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the renowned American beer festival and competition, to find their #HoppyPlace and sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country.

When:                         Thursday, October 5: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

                                    Friday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

                                    Saturday, October 7*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                                    *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session

                                    Saturday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where:                         Colorado Convention Center

700 14th Street

Denver, Colorado

Why:                            GABF brings together the brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing nation. Since its conception in 1982, GABF has been growing and evolving along with the American brewing community and represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Showcasing scores of diverse beers, Thrillist dubbed the event, “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die.”

This year, GABF will welcome back popular awards and attractions—including the Golden Ticket Giveaway, Heavy Medal Booth and Support Your Local Brewery Pavilion—offering attendees the opportunity to sample unique indie and international award-winning beers.

Ticket Info:                   GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT via Ticketmaster.com.

A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. Members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session. You must have purchased a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale.

Members-Only Session tickets are $70 each, with a two ticket limit per member number.

General Session tickets are $85 public/$80 members (if purchased during the members only sale on August 1) and include:

  • Commemorative tasting cup
  • Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of 3,800 beers
  • Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
  • Access to dozens of educational and interactive seminars
  • Opportunity to speak with brewery representatives at designated “Meet the Brewer” booths.
  • Complimentary artisan cheese samples, craft soda samples and a variety of other food options.
  • Entertainment, including live music, games, costumes, a silent disco and more.

Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer.

Additional ticket information can be found on the GABF website.

 

Website:                       GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com

New for 2017:               New Festival Hall Layout:

  • More Meet the Brewer Booths: Meet and mingle with the brewers behind your favorite beers. This year, there will be over 150 participating brewers!
  • Expanded Brewpub Pavilion: Get a taste of your local brewpub! A record 48 breweries, representing each region of the country, will pour their locally brewed beers right in the center of the festival hall.
  • CraftBeer.com #beertravel Pavilion: There’s no better vacation than a “beercation”! CraftBeer.com will provide an opportunity for established and growing craft beer destinations to interact with 60,000 dedicated beer lovers.

GABF CompetitionIn addition to showcasing quality beers, GABF features one of the world’s largest and most distinguished commercial beer competitions. In 2017, approximately 8,100 beers from more than 2,250 breweries will compete in 96 beer style categories for gold, silver and bronze medals, awarded by GABF’s Professional Judge Panel. (Note: final, official competition statistics will be published on Saturday, October 7, after competition results are compiled and medals are announced.)

The Business of Small BeerThe craft brewing phenomenon is not only quenching the thirst of patrons across the nation, but now with over 5,400 active breweries, it is also having a tremendous impact on our economy. At GABF, discover the economic impact these small and independent breweries have on our national and regional economies. Learn about the recently unveiled Brewers Association independent craft brewer seal and see what’s next for this thriving industry.

Beer and Food:  As beer becomes an increasingly important ingredient on menus, Paired, GABF’s intimate beer and food pairing pavilion, provides a tasty format to indulge in carefully crafted beer and food pairings. Attendees will sample craft beers not served anywhere else in the festival along with foods prepared by the who’s who of celebrated chefs.

More Information:        Click here for Great American Beer Festival history, facts and figures.

2017 Sponsors:            GABF is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors.

Social Media:               Follow @GABF on Twitter, hashtag #GABF and #HoppyPlaceLike GABF on Facebook; and follow @greatamericanbeerfestival on Instagram.

 

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries representing more than 70% of overall brewery businesses. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

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 Facebook and 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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