Part II of today’s beer notes…
New Belgium: Per Craft Business Daily, “Friday we broke news of New Belgium having sent letters to distributors in Ohio and Michigan seeking feedback on operations and markets. Those didn’t signify slam-dunk deals (though Brian “BK” Krueger admits Michigan’s on for early 2012). The letters are actually part of a new, lengthy discovery process NBB now makes when looking at new territories…”
Brooklyn Brewery: Up over 30% year-over-year per Daily Finance.
Flying Dog Brewery: From the same article, “So far this year our sales are up 48%, and the really cool thing for us is that in our local markets, which we consider the mid-Atlantic region, they are up 72%.”
BrewDog: Overseas, they are opening another investment round. [Ed. note: Similar to what happened to The End of History, I'm nearly certain that a news agency failed to follow instructions of their press release embargo and this leaked early. Journalists do the darndest things.]
Grand Teton Brewing: Per a recent newsletter, the brewery is up 60% year-over-year in draft sales. They also hired a new head brewer, Kevin Bolen, formerly of The Ram. Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter is next in the Cellar Reserve Series, due on September 1st. Black Cauldron Imperial Stout will return in the Brewers’ Series on October 1st. Coming Home Holiday Ale will return in the Cellar Reserve Series on November 1st.
Heavy Seas Beer: The Full Pint reports, “The Hop Haarvest Ale will be added to our Mutiny Fleet as the 1st in a yearly series of harvest ales using wet hops from a local Maryland farm. The style was determined an in house recipe competition amongst our crew. The 2011 winner is a fresh wet hop porter and is very sessionable at 5% ABV. Look for the Heavy Seas Hop Haarvest Ale in September in 22oz bottles and limited draft.”
Eagle Rock Brewery: Fighting the bureaucracy of Los Angeles…faced a hearing last Tuesday. Now they wait for a final decision, perhaps to come next month.
High Water Brewing: Pom Cherry Bom is being bottled today.
Intuition Ale Works: Released released Jon Boat, a German-style Kolsch.
Chino Valley Brewery: Has signed a lease for a location at 1630 E Francis St., Ontario, California 91761.
Bonus I: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery reports that Ohio higher ABV beer legislation may not be dead.
Bonus II: A fitting tribute to beer bar owner, Ray Deter, who recently passed away after a bicycling accident.