(San Francisco, CA) – Some news and notes from the Craft Brewers Conference…
Beer drinkers lusting for Russian River Brewing outside of its distribution area may finally get their chance to buy it right off the shelf…in a way.
Sierra Nevada Brewing is planning to do another collaboration beer with Russian River. Unlike the Symposium Sour Brown released at the Public House event last night, this one will be packaged in 750ml bottles and distributed nationwide. The beer will be a Belgian-style Pale Ale finished with Brettanomyces. Details like suggested price and what it will be called are still up in the air but things are in motion for a 2012 release. Expect to see more about this collaboration in the weeks ahead.
The Sierra/RR event wasn’t the only brewers night event taking place on Thursday. Over at 21st Amendment Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing was on hand as the brewers debuted a test batch of an Old Ale recipe that is part of a “future big collaboration.” As recently mentioned, these two breweries are among the fastest growing in the country (top five among those producing at least 10,000 barrels).
Meanwhile, Lagunitas Brewing and Anchor threw a party at Fillmore West where Richard Thompson was performing.
Lagunitas was also the subject of some interesting news earlier in the afternoon.
Draft Magazine reports that, like Stone Brewing, they’re also considering going Euro. “After speaking with him today, it seems the idea of Lagunitas possibly starting a brewery in Europe, or arranging a deal with an existing brewery, is a budding topic of conversation. ‘The idea of craft beer going around the world—it’s going to happen,’ said Magee, ‘but we’re just talking about it now and it’s far into the future.’ While this is all still speculative, and a ways down the road, Magee already has his three favorite locations picked out: Scotland, Italy and southern Germany.”
Awards were handed out during the opening ceremony. Courtesy of Beverage World’s Twitter account, there they are:
Dan Kopman of Schlafly is awarded the Defense of the Industry Award.
Jennifer Talley of Squatters/Salt Lake Brewing Co. is first woman to receive Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in craft beer.
2011 Brewers Association Recognition Award goes to John McDonald of Boulevard Beer.
Former Craft Brewers Conference Director, David Edgar, said that attendance is 39% higher than last year. The total attendance for this year’s event is 3,900 (up from 2,800 in Chicago). One can only imagine, with the World Beer Cup returning next year and the conference being held in sunny San Diego, how fast the 2012 conference will sell out.