News and notes from several breweries…
The Alchemist Pub and Brewery: Owner John Kimmich reports, “I don’t know if I have ever discussed my decision to not brew a beer for 11/11/11. I had decided that it was just getting too strong for a beer at our pub. Then I decided that was ridiculous. It will not be aged for 11 months, but it has already been brewed. I made it two weeks ago and it is going to be something else. An Imperial Stout. A portion of it will be aged for the summer in an oak barrel. All will be reunited in a serving tank for a release on November 11th, 2011. It will be called ‘Luscious,’ and it will be exactly that. I might even fill 100 bottles of it and sell it at the pub…we’ll see.”
Oh, and Heady Topper cans are slated for late June barring delays.
Flying Dog Brewery: The brewery reports, “The Alpha Collection has officially been unleashed on Maryland (with more markets to come). This limited-release package is ‘an homage to the hop’ 12-pack that features our Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Snake Dog IPA, and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale.”
Stone Brewing: Answers some questions about its Europe project except for when…and where.
Drake’s Brewing: Update on the brewery’s expansion…
Midnight Sun Brewing: Joining the can revolution, the brewery will can its Sockeye Red IPA according to Craft Cans.
Asheville Brewing: Another hat tip to Craft Cans. The Citizen-Times reports, “Asheville Brewing Co. will double its production equipment and add a canning system in the next few weeks. By July, it figures to be selling canned six-packs of its popular beers all over Western North Carolina.”
Carolina Brewery: More cans. The Chatham Journal notes that another North Carolina brewery is putting its Sky Blue Golden Ale in 12 ounce cans for the first time.
Bonus I: You’ve probably heard about it by now but beer has been banned at the Royal Wedding. Not proper enough for the Royal Family…
Bonus II: Why were Sierra Nevada’s hops banned by the Secret Service?
Bonus III: Above, Foo Fighters played a small concert at Oskar Blues. More about the concert here.
Bonus IV: The House overwhelmingly approved reform to law affecting small breweries in Indiana meaning small breweries can brew more than 20,000 barrels a year without facing additionals restrictions, costs.