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Brewers Duvel, Firestone Walker combine, creating craft beer empire

Brewers Duvel, Firestone Walker combine, creating craft beer empire | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The craft beer world is getting a little smaller. Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker have signed an agreement to combine their U.S. operations. The deal will see Duvel making an investment in Firestone Walker, but both companies plan to continue operating independently.

Terms of the partnership, which the breweries stopped short of calling a merger or acquisition, were not disclosed, as both companies are privately held. The transaction is expected to close later this year...[click headline for more]

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Pabst will brew beer again at site of historic brewery

Pabst will brew beer again at site of historic brewery | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Pabst Brewing Co. will again brew beer in Milwaukee at the site of its historic former brewery, which the company shut down nearly 20 years ago.

The company will open a microbrewery, including a tasting room, at the former Pabst Brewing complex on downtown's west side. Most of the former brewery buildings have been redeveloped into a hotel, apartments, offices and other new uses, with more projects in the works.

The new brewery and tasting room will open in a former church, at the southeast corner of W. Juneau Ave. and N. 11th St., that was later used as an employee training and conference center by Pabst Brewing...[click headline for more]

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Behind the Scenes at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery

Behind the Scenes at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It’s still early on a summer morning as my girlfriend and I careen through the verdant hills of southwest Ohio towards Athens. This quirky college town, with its cobblestone streets and lefty shops, is home to arguably one of America’s most underrated breweries: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery. The brewery, known for aggressive IPAs, barrel-aged imperials, and funky sours, frequently places on Ratebeer.com and Beer Advocate top 100 lists, collaborates with giants like Crooked Stave and Hill Farmstead, and yet, isn’t widely known beyond the Midwest...[click headline for more]

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Sales of growlers pump up Florida craft brewers, please customers

Sales of growlers pump up Florida craft brewers, please customers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Bartender Lizz Hutcherson is serving more happy customers lately at Green Bench Brewery. Until two weeks ago, she had to turn away out-of-staters toting growlers, upset they couldn't fill the large containers with 64 ounces of the local flavor.

"It would happen for me at least twice a week," she said while taking a late lunch on a slow Friday afternoon. "A lot of eye rolls."

Now, a new state law allowing sales and refills of the 64-ounce containers is not only quenching customers' thirsts but also helping brewers at the cash registers. Before this year, Florida had already legalized 32 and 128-ounce growlers, but the 64-ounce growler remained confoundingly illegal. On July 1, Florida became the 50th state to legalize that size, regarded by many in the industry as the perfect size for consumers....[click headline for more]

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Meet The Pink Boots Society, A Community For SF Women In The Beer Industry

Meet The Pink Boots Society, A Community For SF Women In The Beer Industry | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Tiffany McFarland and Erica Talbot are co-presidents of the San Francisco chapter of the Pink Boots Society, an organization that provides awareness and education for women in the beer industry.

Last week, we met up with them at SF's oldest beer bar, Toronado, located just around the corner from Tiffany’s apartment in the Lower Haight. It’s Tiffany’s go-to bar, where she likes to drink Russian River Brewing Company's Blind Pig IPA with Layla, one of her three Bernese Mountain Dogs, sitting by her side... [click headline for more]

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Mexican micro-brewers step out of the shadow of the country’s beer giants

Mexican micro-brewers step out of the shadow of the country’s beer giants | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Rodrigo Escudero comes from thoroughbred Mexican beer stock, Coronas and Tecates coursing through his family’s veins.

From his immigrant great-great-grandfather on down, his forebears worked for the country’s two mega-breweries, and he started his own career as an intern with the world’s largest beer exporter, Grupo Modelo, maker of the college and beach-party favorite Corona.

It was my dream job,” he said. “The smell. The people. The vibe.”  ...[click headline for more]

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Sierra Nevada Partners with 600-Year-Old German Brewery on New Oktoberfest Beer

Sierra Nevada Partners with 600-Year-Old German Brewery on New Oktoberfest Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

On a trip to Germany this spring, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. finalized its inaugural partner, Augsburg’s Brauhaus Riegele, for a brand new Oktoberfest beer. Released each fall starting in 2015, the collaborative seasonal will feature a different German brewery every year. The partnership blends centuries of brewing tradition with modern spirit, giving craft drinkers the ultimate Oktoberfest, a Bavarian festival beer unlike any they’ve experienced in the US.... [click headline for more]

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Indiana couple travels 8,700 miles every 6 weeks to visit England pub

Indiana couple travels 8,700 miles every 6 weeks to visit England pub | International Beer News | Scoop.it

One Indiana family is willing to go the extra mile for a pint at their favorite pub - 8,700 miles, to be exact.While most people's favorite bars tend to be a short walk or car ride away, Dolores and Matthew Lawrence take a round-trip flight every six weeks to visit The Plough in Shustoke village, England.The couple have already spent $75,000 to visit the pub near Birmingham. They discovered it on their first trip to Britain in 2011..[click headline for more]

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New Ladies That Beer group proving that ale is not just for the blokes

New Ladies That Beer group proving that ale is not just for the blokes | International Beer News | Scoop.it

When you talk about real ale, some people are still too quick to reel off the cliches of beards, woolly jumpers, and sandals.

But the idea that beer is a “man’s drink” should have been consigned to history years ago. As CAMRA is keen to point out, the number of women drinking ale has been on the up for years – and you can see the evidence of that at any local pub or beerfest.

One beer festival regular is Julie O’Grady – and she’s now spreading the ale gospel through new group Ladies That Beer...[click headline for more]

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In India, it's Three Cheers for Craft Beer

In India, it's Three Cheers for Craft Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

In a mood to down beer? There’s plenty of choice. From light Kingfisher Ultra to bitter-sweet Carlsberg Pilsner to the full-bodied Stella Artois. For those looking for more exotic brews, there’s London Pride, a smooth dark amber ale, or the creamy Belgian wheat beer Hoegarden and dry beer Asahi—all available in stores across the country.

But if it’s freshly brewed, off-the-tap beer that you seek, you have to head to Bengaluru in the south, Mumbai and Pune in the west or Gurgaon in the north. These are the only places that offer craft beer at the moment, but that should change soon. “The market for microbreweries is developing. Currently, only four to five states have allowed microbreweries...[click headline for more]

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How a New Indian Beer Went Viral Offline

How a New Indian Beer Went Viral Offline | International Beer News | Scoop.it

New Delhi: Brewing beer wasn’t the original calling of Ankur Jain, whose first venture as an entrepreneur was a healthcare information start-up he founded in 2002.


When the venture was being incubated in New York, he frequented Brooklyn Brewery, run by a former Associated Press correspondent who opened the outlet after he had had enough of covering the West-Asia conflict... [click headline for more]

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Getting Crafty in Singapore

Getting Crafty in Singapore | International Beer News | Scoop.it

IT started with coffee. Then food, and on to cocktails. Now, Singaporeans' love affair with the global craft movement is reaching a new segment of the food and beverage (F&B) industry - beer.

More restaurants and bars are stocking or importing their own craft beers than ever before, with distributors either popping up or jumping onto the bandwagon. Meanwhile, beer guzzlers are fast eschewing their Tiger draft for more exotic names like Barefoot Bohemian, St Peter's Cream Stout, Magic Rock Cannonball or Bateman's Mocha Beer....[click headline for more]

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Bottle of 140-year-old Arctic Ale beer sells for £3,300 - BBC News

Bottle of 140-year-old Arctic Ale beer sells for £3,300 - BBC News | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The beer - Allsopp's Arctic Ale - was brewed in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, for an expedition led by Sir George Nares in 1875. It was discovered in a box in a garage in Gobowen, Shropshire.

The beer had been expected to fetch £600 at the auction at Trevanion & Dean in Whitchurch earlier. The winning offer came from a private collector from Scotland, a telephone bidder. Aaron Dean, a partner at the auctioneers, said: "The internet went bonkers when the item came up...[click headline for more]

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Brewbot, the automated homebrew machine, will soon be out in the wild

Brewbot, the automated homebrew machine, will soon be out in the wild | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Many first-time home brewers are surprised to find out how hard it is to make decent beer. Everybody knows that drinking beer can lead to loud, uninhibited philosophizing along with deeply felt and temporary pledges of brotherhood. But actually making the stuff? That calls for a fussy sobriety usually reserved for tax preparation. Temperature, timing, pH, specific gravity, mash efficiency… all of it makes all the difference between something that tastes like Helles Bock and something that tastes like hell. Thankfully, a six-pack of designers and developers out of Belfast has figured out a way to take all that alchemical calculus and put it in an iPhone app. They call it Brewbot...[click headline for more]

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How to Tell the Craft Beer Bar You're in Isn't Really a Craft Beer Bar

How to Tell the Craft Beer Bar You're in Isn't Really a Craft Beer Bar | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Craft beer bars make darling first date spots, wonderful happy-hour locales, and all around awesome places to contemplate the last twenty-four hours over a cold one. Choosing the right craft beer bar will not only impress your Tinder date and coworkers, but will provide you with a watering hole staple for years.

 

But there’s a problem. With great trends come deceitful imposters, and as is the case with phony craft cocktail and wine bars, there are a lot of beer joints that really fall flat. Don’t reinforce your boss’s suspicion that you don’t do your research and end up in a so-called craft beer bar that’s really just a limp keg party in disguise. Here’s how to sift the genuine from the meh.... [click headline for more]

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Bell's Brewery to release 30th Anniversary Ale in September

Bell's Brewery to release 30th Anniversary Ale in September | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Bell's Brewery Inc. will release 30th Anniversary this September to commemorate 30 years of making beer.

The beer is an American Imperial Stout and is a nod to one of the earliest examples of the style released in the United States, Bell's Expedition Stout, Bell's said in a press release.

"This beer is a testament to three-plus decades of hard-work," Larry Bell, Bell's founder and president, said in a press release. "It honors all that has helped us get to this point – hard work, quality and authenticity." ... [click headline for more]

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The Great American Beer Festival Adds More Space, Tickets & Features in 2015

The Great American Beer Festival Adds More Space, Tickets & Features in 2015 | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The Great American Beer Festival has developed some significant stretch marks over the past few years as the craft-beer industry has exploded nationwide. To accommodate that growth, the Boulder-based Brewers Association, which organizes the fest, has tweaked a few things from time to time while essentially keeping most things the same. This year, however, the BA has made some significant changes that bode well for a more satisfying festival experience for both attendees and the breweries that participate in the three-day extravaganza, which will take place from September 24 through September 26....[click headline for more]

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Camra backs pub at heart of student accommodation plans to become Asset of Community Value

Camra backs pub at heart of student accommodation plans to become Asset of Community Value | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Real ale group Camra has nominated a city pub at the heart of a planned £30 million expansion of a riverside student flats complex as an Asset of Community Value.

The Western, in Western Road, is the first pub in the city to be nominated by the Leicester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). A large number of units of student accommodation have been built in and around old industrial buildings near the pub... [click headline for more]

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Talking Expansion and The Next Level of Craft Beer With Surly’s Todd Haug

Talking Expansion and The Next Level of Craft Beer With Surly’s Todd Haug | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Todd Haug, the brewmaster over at Minneapolis’ Surly Brewing Co., is a bit of an intimidating-looking guy, at least if he’s not smiling. Sporting a wild, wiry gray beard, a passerby on the street would probably peg him right off the bat as a metal guitarist, and they wouldn’t be mistaken. This is a guy whose Twitter profile lists “powermad guitarist” before “creator of beer formulations,” priorities clearly in place and tongue firmly in cheek. In short, he’s a character, and one of Surly’s most visible public faces, known for answering questions like “What’s the brewing philosophy in your brewhouse?” with “Don’t fuck it up.” ...[click headline for more]

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You Can Now Rent an Inflatable Irish Pub Called 'The Paddy Wagon'

You Can Now Rent an Inflatable Irish Pub Called 'The Paddy Wagon' | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Good news, party people! You can now rent an inflatable Irish Bar for your next big event. Dubbed “The Paddy Wagon” by its founders, Michael McNamara and Eoghan "Owen" Cahill, the blow-up bar is something akin to an inflatable moonbounce you’d find at kid birthday parties – except with more alcohol and less tots.


“Irish pubs are known all over the globe as being the most fun, entertaining and welcoming bars in the world,” co-founder Cahill tells BostInno. “So, we wanted to take this one step further and bring this authentic Irish bar experience to people’s backyard...[click headline for more]

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Big Beer Fight Looms in Myanmar as Brewers Stumble in Europe

Big Beer Fight Looms in Myanmar as Brewers Stumble in Europe | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Big beer’s latest quest for growth has Heineken NV on a collision course with Carlsberg A/S. Both brewers are seeking to exploit the potential of Myanmar, the southeast Asian nation where more than 80 percent of the adult population drinks beer produced by a company linked to the country’s former ruling military.


After Carlsberg opened a $75 million brewery in May, Heineken will inaugurate a $60 million facility later this month. The expansion in Myanmar comes at a time when Europe’s largest brewers are turning to far-flung parts of the world for growth opportunities as sales in their home markets contract...[click headline for more]

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Scots beer firm BrewDog plan to open chain of pubs and restaurants in America

Scots beer firm BrewDog plan to open chain of pubs and restaurants in America | International Beer News | Scoop.it

TRENDY Scottish beer producers BrewDog are planning their own chain of pubs and restaurants in the US. The firm, run by friends James Watt and Martin Dickie, last week announced they will open a £19.3million brewery near Columbus, Ohio, next year.

It will be their first production site outside the original BrewDog brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire. James, 32, has revealed it’s just the start of a massive expansion into America that will extend to bars and restaurants...[click headline for more]

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Singapore Beerfest Draws Thirsty Crowds

Singapore Beerfest Draws Thirsty Crowds | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Even with the sweltering, humid weather and road closures, nothing was going to stand between beer lovers and their ice-cold tipples.

In the first three days of the annual Beerfest Asia starting last Thursday, some 27,000 people trooped down to the Marina Promenade. Another 5,000 people were expected yesterday, when the festival closed at 10pm, making visitor numbers on a par with last year's festival.

This year, they got to pick from 400 different beers, of which more than 100 are new to the festival. These included Japanese beers such as a pale ale from the Hida Takayama brewery... [click headline for more]

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What’s That Got to Do With the Price of Beer in China?

What’s That Got to Do With the Price of Beer in China? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The cheapest beer in Asia can apparently be found in Delhi and the most expensive in Hong Kong. A travel search engine focused on Europe, GoEuro, recently compiled an index of beer prices across 75 cities, including 12 in Asia (13, if you include Moscow). The index encompasses both supermarket and bar prices, basing supermarket prices on the average across five imports and one local brew and bar prices off the same beers served in three hotel chains. Far from comprehensive, the index is still interesting, given the surge in global beer consumption is driven by Asia (as well as Africa)...[click headline for more]

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Ale Trail App to Help Find the Best Pubs

Ale Trail App to Help Find the Best Pubs | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Thought to be the largest brewery-organised trail in the UK, Woodforde’s biennial Ale Trail began on Sunday and runs until September 30, taking in pubs in East Anglia, Essex and parts of London.

The Ale Trail first came about to encourage real ale drinkers to visit pubs and to identify new watering holes to explore across the summer. While 10 years on the objective remains the same, the 2015 trail introduces the added benefit of an app for those who prefer to access information digitally.

Rupert Farquharson, managing director of Woodforde’s, said: “The Ale Trail is a very special promotion as it raises the profile of great real ale pubs, reflects the growing popularity of real ale and delivers a fantastic customer experience. Encouraging customers to enjoy real ale and support their local pubs is, in many ways, at the centre of what our business tries to do...[click headline for more]

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