Quick correction/retraction: In my critique of the Brewers Association press release, I mentioned three breweries as having had poor years from a growth standpoint. I erroneously neglected to cite the source for those stats (The May/June issue of The New Brewer) and erroneously identified Lost Coast Brewery as Lost Coast Brewing. In addition, I have been informed that the Brewers Association mistakenly indicated a 12% loss for Lost Coast when the brewery actually reported a 12% gain. The BA will be notified of their error if they haven’t already. My apologies for my perpetuating the messiness!
And now for some updates from three states I don’t give nearly enough love: Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee!
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 8 comes out next month. The beer will be a strong Scotch Ale based on the winning recipe of the Big Batch Brew Bash. The Houston Chronicle’s Ronnie Crocker has, in the past few weeks, written not one, not two, but three articles (or is that last one just a cut-n-paste of #2?) on Phillip Kaufman, the winning homebrewer, who is working with Saint Arnold on the beer. One thing to glean from those posts is that one of the upcoming beers in the series will be a Barley Wine though speculation is that DR #9 will be a different style. Crocker also reports that the brewery continues to maintain year-to-year growth above 20%.
I had planned on posting this last week so I hope these bits on Alabama aren’t too old . . .The Beermingham blog recently did a feature on Alabama’s most notable craft brewery, Good People Brewing. The Free the Hops blog has been reporting on some beer dinners taking place soon. Danner from Free the Hops also has a new ‘Brew of the Week’ blog for the Birmingham Weekly called, “Hopped Up.”
And from Nashville, TN, an update that is technically 1-2 days late but the beer should still be on tap . . . “Join brewmaster Linus Hall at 12th South Taproom on Wednesday, August 19th, starting at 6:30 PM, for the release party for Yazoo Brewing‘s first high-alc beer, “Sue“, a deliciously smoked porter brewed with cherry-wood smoked malts.
For every pint of Sue you purchase, you’ll get to keep the nifty Yazoo pub glass the beer came in. If you missed this beer at the Music City Brewers Fest, you’ll want to catch this event. “Sue” was one of the most requested beers at our tent that night, surprising even us! And since we can’t legally serve it at our own Taproom (got to love Tennesse laws), you’ll want to try this one while you can.”