Finally, a new edition of beer notes…
Yuengling: Craft Business Daily reports, “[...] everything but signed on the dotted line to enter Ohio, perhaps this fall. Lou Romano tells us Yuengling is in the ‘infancy stages’ of conducting due diligence in the state, so no hard timelines have been determined. However, ‘unless something drastic occurs,’ an announcement is expected in the next few months…”
Also of note, Yuengling will be bottle Oktoberfest beginning late summer/early fall.
Flying Dog Brewery: Filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in court to have its Raging Bitch beer sold in Michigan while its case against the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is in process.
Smuttynose Brewing: “Nearly three months after its brew day, Smuttynose Maibock is bottled and conditioning in our warehouse. Maibock is the third Big Beer release of 2011 and marks the second time we’ve run 22-ounce bottles on our new filler. This year’s release tips the scales at 8.7% abv and will begin shipping out the week of May 9. [...] Finally, I can share that we’ll be brewing Homunculus [<- label] during the second week of May.”
Fullsteam: Announcing the introduction of the Apothecary Series and the first two releases, a rhubarb ale called Liborius Gollhardt and a farmhouse ale called Summer Basil. It reads as though both beers will debut in June and will be available (at some point) in 750s.
Mayflower Brewing: New bottling line will be installed this month.
Jackie O’s Brew Pub: Another update on upcoming releases
Yazoo Brewing: Another batch of Hop Project was just released.
Bonus I: Ever heard of a brewery in a state complaining that they are locked in with a distributor that doesn’t do a good job in supporting its brand? There are a lot of stories like that and New York is one of those states where a brewery can’t escape such a distributor. However, change could be coming thanks to a proposed bill.
Bonus II: In Massachusetts, work is underway to allow for grab-and-go growler fills.
Bonus III: There are lots of updates on the Free the Hops stuff in Alabama. I’d summarize but there is too much. Read it all here.
Bonus IV: Carlsberg thinks it has figured out how to market beer to women.