Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2012

Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Dubbel 4-pks arrive, Barrel-Aged Bigfoot delayed until next year


Just confirmed with Sierra Nevada Product Development Manager, Bill Manley…

The beer simply isn’t ready in the volumes we need to go to market this year. It’s been bumped from our release calendar until next year, which we realized was the 30th anniversary of Bigfoot. As for the Ovila Dubbel 4-pack…It started shipping about three weeks ago and should be making its way into the market as we speak.

It was slated for May release as of early this year. H/T to the By the Glass Show for the lead.

via Sierra Nevada.


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Sunday alcohol sales bill passes House in Connecticut, moves to Senate

House Bill 5021, bipartisan compromise legislation, allows for alcohol sales on Sunday and certain holidays; the ability for retailers to own three liquor licenses instead of two; and a task force to study other necessary liquor law reforms. The bill passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a 116-27 vote and now awaits floor action in the Senate where it must be approved by midnight on May 9, the last day of session. The bill becomes effective upon passage for Sunday sales, and effective July 1 for all other measures.

via Drinks Media Wire.


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CAMRA: Over 33,000 sign e-petition for UK to repeal beer tax increases

Really sad to see the slow death of the UK pub culture, a rate of eight pubs per week according to the report.

Lancashire and the West Midlands were hardest hit by the closures, according to the study covering England, Wales and Scotland. Camra said more than 33,000 consumers have now signed a national e-petition calling for an end to above-inflation beer tax increases in response to a 42% increase in duty since 2008.

via The Press Association.


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May 5 is National Homebrew Day

American Homebrewers AssociationPress Release:

(Boulder, CO) – More than 1 million Americans participate in the homebrewing hobby, and on May 5, many of them will gather to brew two special beer recipes to recognize National Homebrew Day with Big Brew. In 1988, May 7th was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

For 11 years, homebrewers worldwide have celebrated Big Brew. Last year’s event saw more than 14,000 gallons of beer brewed at 308 different celebration sites, located in eight different countries. The local celebrations are tied together by shared recipes, chosen specifically for each year’s celebration.

This year, The American Homebrewers Association (AHA), which organizes Big Brew, selected two recipes that give a nod to the international nature of the celebration. Both beers are brown ales: one is the traditional Northern English variety, while the second is an American twist on the classic beer style.

“First and foremost, National Homebrew Day is a celebration,” explains AHA director Gary Glass, “which is why Big Brew was devised to unite homebrewers around a common recipe. In fact, it’s traditional for homebrewers worldwide to pause at noon CDT (USA) on Big Brew to participate in a simultaneous toast to homebrewing.”

Homebrewers who would like to register their Big Brew event online still have time to do so. Those looking to participate, learn the basics of the hobby or simply enjoy the camaraderie of homebrewing can find a local site to visit on Saturday.

The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 30,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference andNational Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

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Nøgne Ø export ratio drops by 40% as more Norwegians take up craft beer

A few years ago, the brewery shipped 65 percent of its output abroad, confides Tore G. Nybo, general manager. […] As more and more Norwegians deserted industrial lagers for hoppy American and British-style beers, exports were cut to 25 percent, adds Nybo. But this tiny microbrewery (it turned out about 8,000 barrels last year) still sends its brands to 20 countries, including the United States.

via The Washington Post.



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Deschutes update: Collage, Twilight, Hop in the Dark, Black Butte XXIV

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(Bend, OR) – Here is the latest from Deschutes Brewery. Lots of releases coming in May and June…

Two additional notes on Collage and Twilight not mentioned below from this past week’s email blast:

COLLAGE LAUNCH: On May 15th, twelve-ounce bottles will go on sale at our Bend and Portland pubs when their doors open at 11 AM (there will be a 3 bottle limit per person).

TWILIGHT LAUNCH: Join us at our Bend Pub on Monday, May 7th and at our Portland Pub on Tuesday, May 8th, around twilight (8:15pm-ish) as we toast Twilight Summer Ale for the first time this season. After the sun sets and all is dark, we will then raise a pint of Hop in the Dark in celebration of all that is hoppy & malty! In addition to having these two brews on tap for the first time this season, we will be offering a special menu sampler with shirts and six-packs of Twilight Summer Ale available for purchase.

Twilight Summer Ale

When: Available May to September

What: Summer Seasonal (6-packs, 12-packs and draft) 

Spending more time outside playing after work isn’t the only sign of summer for Deschutes Brewery fans. They tell us they know summer has surely arrived when they start to see the soothing sight of Twilight Summer Ale on the shelves. We’ve found – and we’re sure you will too – that the vigorous hop essence of this brew is as essential to the season as baseball, BBQs and the smell of freshly cut grass. Twilight Summer Ale’s crisp wafer-like body complements its clever medley of four hops and malts. Whole flower Amarillo, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Tettnang, and Brambling Cross hops sing next to subtle Cara-Pils and Carastan malts. Start sipping the sunshine a little early this year with Twilight Summer Ale.  Its magic is guaranteed to make the summer seem longer.

Where: Available in all 18 states where Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:

5.0% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

35 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

Hop in the Dark – Cascadian Dark Ale

When: Available May to September

What: Bond Street Series (22-ounce bottles and draft)

Released a couple of years ago with great aplomb (it’s amazing what 22 test brews can do), this colored hop assault epitomizes the dark twist on the American IPA. After perfecting the recipe at both of Deschutes Brewery pubs with the gracious input from our fans, Hop in the Dark became a darling of the Black IPA movement. A cold steep of the malt to extract the color, a little dark Belgium candied sugar, and a big helping of  Citra hops—along with several more hop varieties—provides that floral aroma that everyone loves, but doesn’t necessarily expect, from a dark beer.

Where: Available in all 18 states where Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:

6.5% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

75 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

COLLAGE – Hair of the Dog Collaboration

When: Available mid-May

What: Conflux Series No. 1 (12-ounce bottles only)

The newest addition to our Conflux Series of collaboration beers, Collage showcases a joint creative venture that began more than three years ago between Hair of the Dog owner Alan Sprints and Deschutes Brewery owner Gary Fish. These master minds set out to create an intelligent blend of four world-class beers: Deschutes Brewery’s The Stoic and The Dissident and Hair of The Dog’s Fred and Adam constitute the “ingredients:” But like any experiment, this beer is much more than the sum of its parts. Aged for two years in barrels ranging from rye whiskey to pinot noir, the patience and curiosity that drove this brew to fruition is apparent in its final form. Astoundingly unique.

Where: Extremely limited distribution

Beer Geek Information:

11.6% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

Black Butte XXIV

When: Available starting in July

What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and draft)

Every June, Deschutes Brewery fans look forward to an anniversary celebration that changes a bit each year. Our brewers tinker with the recipe with some crazy ingredients (this year it’s dates and figs to replace last year’s orange and chilies) in order to meaningfully commemorate what’s made the brewery great over the last couple decades: experimentation. Black Butte XXIV, a double porter which follows the hop and malt lines of the brewery’s signature Black Butte Porter, is bourbon barrel aged and some crazy ingredient additions ensure that this anniversary brew stands alone. Like all of our Reserve Series beers, we encourage you to drink one upon its release and put some away for later. Some things just get better with age!

Where: Limited availability in all 18 states where Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:

~11% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

2012 World Beer Cup again the world’s largest commercial beer competition

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(San Diego, CA) – The 2012 World Beer Cup takes place on Saturday evening in San Diego.

The event is similar to the Great American Beer Festival in that certified judges put thousands of commercially-available beers to the test in dozens of style categories. The primary differences between the two are 1) international breweries are invited to compete in the World Beer Cup and 2) the WBC is held every two years instead of annually.

A record-shattering 828 breweries from 56 countries have sent a combined 3,949 beers (also a record) to San Diego for this year’s competition. 218 judges from 29 countries will rank beers accordingly across 95 categories. [Ed. note: the Brewers Association says these numbers may not be final.]

Some of the new standalone categories introduced at the 2011 GABF will carry over to the World Beer Cup this year as well like Chocolate Beer and American-style Brett Ale.

The USA nearly swept last year’s brewery awards with U.S. breweries taking four of the five honors: Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Iron Hill and Devils Backbone. Asia Pacific took the medal for the Large Company category.

BeerPulse will be live at the Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup Awards Ceremony providing some level of coverage. More on that later this week.


Beer City USA poll kicks off on Tuesday

Online voting starts Tuesday for the national Beer City USA Poll, and three-time winner Asheville — one tie and two solo wins — has to be considered a strong candidate for a fourth consecutive victory.

This would be a solid traffic generator for Always wondered why Charlie Papazian ran it on instead.

via The Asheville Citizen-Times.


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Law outlawing Postal Service booze shipments dates back over 100 years

The Senate passed a bill that would allow USPS to ship alcohol on Wednesday…

Private carriers like UPS and FedEx have shipped booze for years, but the post office has been constrained by a law that’s been on the books since before Prohibition. For legal nerds, the regulations can be traced back to Section 217 of 18 U.S.C. 1716(f) of the Act of March 4, 1909, ch. 321, 35 Stat. 1131, according to the post office’s legal department.

via TIME.


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Sixpoint Apollo Summer Wheat cans have arrived


(Brooklyn, NY) – Sixpoint Brewery announced the launch of Apollo Summer Wheat today. The text below comes from this morning’s email blast.

The last time we launched a new beer, we dissected and glorified the hop cone. As many have noticed over the years, Sixpoint has a fascination – bordering on obsession – with hops. Today we are happy to announce a complete change of pace. We are offering you an entirely new canned creation brewed with finesse and subtlety. The secret and story in this beer is not within the hops, but instead within the yeast.

Apollo is the first-ever summer installment in our seasonal can rotation, and a new style for the brewery as well. In a white can to reflect the sun as well as nod to one of its main ingredients, white wheat, this ale is a clear, bronze-hued elixir to cool down those oncoming scorching days and sweltering evenings.

The inspiration for Apollo came from a land that is very dear to beer. Over the past few years, we’ve traveled to Bavaria several times to experience again the truly golden qualities of their weizens, or wheat ales. A collaboration between Sixpoint Founder/President Shane Welch and Sixpoint Braumeister Jan Matysiak, a German native and Weihenstephan Institute alumnus, the recipe was developed over many tastings and tourings around Bavaria, and put into action back home. Using an ancient Bavarian wheat ale yeast and a 50/50 ratio of wheat malt to barley malt, Apollo ale pays homage to its tried-and-true roots while offering a twist on tradition.

Sixpoint Apollo Summer Wheat


Odell and Thornbridge’s Pond Hopper, Viven Porter coming to Rare Beer Club

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Sponsored Post:

The Rare Beer Club actually features three breweries in May as one is a collaboration beer. You have seen news about Odell and Thornbridge’s Pond Hopper and Rare Beer Club members will have exclusive access to this beer 2-3 weeks before its public release. The other beer to be featured is Viven (Smoked) Porter. Rare Beer Club members will have exclusive access to a limited run of 750s. Only 60 cases of 11.2 oz. bottles will hit the market through Shelton Brothers and not until 4-6 weeks after RBC members received their shipment.

Looks like a solid month to join and it’s not too early to start thinking Father’s Day or Mother’s Day gift either (for you or someone else).

BeerPulse Special Discounts:

Use one of the promo codes below when you order!

BEERPULSE10 – $10 off ANY Beer Club Membership
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More on this month’s featured beers:

viven porterViven (Smoked) Porter: Rated a 96/97 on “A SMOKED Porter at 7.0 vol%. This is the first commercially available smoked porter made inside Belgium. A revelation! […] This time, some bottle conditioning has even done some more complexity. Nose immediately gives roasty and smokey accents, and this in perfect harmony with – again – fruity yeasty flavors.” – Belgian Beer Board.

Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale: “Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale is the love child of this international brewmance. Brewed with English malts and American hops, Pond Hopper brings together the best ingredients each country has to offer, balancing a subtle sweet malt character with hosts of mango and peach hop flavor. It pours a rich golden color with citrus and ripe melon essence in the nose.”




For your first shipment, you will receive the above two beers. Beginning with your next shipment, you will have the ability to substitute in beers from prior shipments that are still available. See more info under ‘Handy Information’ below. Click here for the full list of beers that BeerPulse has featured in recent months.

So, what do I get when I order?

You can order a no-obligation membership or a prepaid membership. There is no cancellation fee. 100% satisfaction is guaranteed. There are three different membership levels:

Platinum – (6) – 750 ml. bottles each month, three bottles of two different beers. $68.95 plus $18.00 S&H per month.

Gold – (4) – 750 ml. bottles each month, two bottles of two different beers. $51.95 plus $15.00 S&H per month.

Silver – (2) – 750 ml. bottles each month, one bottle of two different beers. $31.95 plus $13.00 S&H per month.


Handy Information:

There is flexibility in terms of how often you choose to receive beers and what beers you receive. Personal and gift memberships can be shipped monthly, every other month, quarterly or even on specific months.

Rare Beer Club personal memberships are given additional flexibility through their Future Shipment Update (FSU) Program. Members are sent an email at the beginning of the month detailing the two upcoming selections and a form that allows them to either skip the entire shipment, skip only one of the beers, or add more bottles of either the featured beers or their favorite past selections. In short, you’ll never get a beer you didn’t want as a personal member.

Memberships can also be ordered to give as beer gifts as opposed to just for yourself.




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A Warning about Dogs and Hops

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Sponsored Guest Post:

Here at Northern Brewer we love dogs just about as much as we love brewing (maybe more). For many years, dogs accompanied their owners to work at Northern Brewer and freely roamed our offices. And for many of us, brew day is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with our canine friends. So when we heard about a customer’s scary experience after their dog consumed hops we were shaken and wanted to help. For wider education on the issue, we would like echo a very serious warning about dogs and hops.

Though research is not extensive, ingesting hops can be highly toxic to some breeds of dogs (Golden Retrievers and especially Greyhounds have been documented). There are many scary stories on homebrewing forums about dogs eating hops after unsuspecting brewers left unused hops out in a place accessible to their dog, or dumped their kettle trub and hop sediment into the yard, or had a hop plant in their yard that dropped cones on the ground. Some dogs that ingest hops rapidly develop a condition called Malignant Hyperthermia, in which the body temperature rises uncontrollably. This can be very harmful or fatal to the dog. Some symptoms are restlessness, panting, vomiting, abdominal pain, seizures, rapid heart rate, and high temperature. If a dog has possibly ingested hops and exhibits symptoms, they should be taken to an emergency pet hospital immediately for treatment.

This abstract from the National Institute for Biotechnology Information represents one of the few scientific confirmations of the issue, and this page has a record of one homebrewer’s experience (their dog was fortunately saved).

Keep your dogs safe!

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Anheuser-Busch bounces back in first quarter on strong Bud Light Platinum launch

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Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its first quarter earnings for the year 2012 on Monday morning. The results are especially positive in the United States where performance has been lackluster for several quarters now. Below are management’s comments on the U.S. from the press release.

• Volumes: We estimate that selling-day adjusted industry sales-to-retailers (STRs) grew
by 1.3% in 1Q12, benefiting from favorable weather in the central and eastern parts of
the country, early signs of improvement in employment levels and innovation in the beer

Our domestic US beer selling-day adjusted STRs grew by 1.0% and shipment volumes
(STWs) also grew by 1.0%. Our STR volume performance was driven by a strong
commercial plan which included successful NFL and Super Bowl initiatives and the launch
of Bud Light Platinum at the end of January. Bud Light Platinum has proven to be the
most successful brand launch in the US alcohol industry since 2005, reaching a market
share of 1.4% in the 4 weeks through April 1st 2012, according to IRI data.

We saw improving trends in our total market share in 1Q12 with a marginal decline of 14
bps, our best share performance since 2009. Share gains were led by Bud Light Platinum
which drove 64 bps of growth in share for the Bud Light brand family. Michelob Ultra and
our high-end brands also grew share, offset by share losses in premium regular and

• Focus Brands: STRs for the Bud Light brand family grew by 4.7% in 1Q12 benefiting
from the launch of Bud Light Platinum. Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois STRs grew 7.2%
and 22.5%, respectively, while Budweiser STRs declined 4.3%

• Renovation and innovation pipeline: The pipeline remains healthy with several new
liquids including Ultra 19th Hole, Bud Light Lime Lime-a-Rita, Shock Top Wheat IPA and
Shock Top Lemon Shandy now in the market. New Major League Baseball themed
packaging has also been rolled out for Budweiser

• Revenue management: Beer-only revenue per hl grew by 4.3% in 1Q12, with a brand
mix contribution of 151 bps driven by the introduction of Bud Light Platinum, consumer
trade-up from value brands and the growth of our high-end brands

• Sales and Route to Market: The strength of our distribution network was
demonstrated by the launch of Bud Light Platinum which, according to IRI data, achieved
distribution of over 90% within the first two weeks of launch. Furthermore, at retail, our
balanced approach and pack-price strategies, together with our cross-merchandising
initiatives, resulted in strong execution in the market. We will continue to work with our
wholesaler partners to further improve effectiveness in the field.

Other U.S. notes…

Budweiser global volumes grew 7.3% in 1Q12

o In the United States, Budweiser brand health remained stable. We have already
announced several packaging activations for 2Q12 centered around the Major League
Baseball season and a repeat of the successful Red, White and Blue campaign.

Stella Artois grew by 1.3% globally in 1Q12

o The brand grew by over 23% (STWs) in the United States and by more than 70% in

Beck’s global volumes declined 4.2% in 1Q12. Continued strong growth in the brand’s
home market of Germany was offset by softer performances in the UK and the United

United States: 1Q12 began with the roll-out of Bud Light Platinum at the end of
January, and Shock Top Wheat IPA in early February. For Budweiser, we introduced
limited edition packaging for St. Patrick’s Day, and expect more to come as we
leverage the start of the Major League Baseball season and the 2012 Summer
Olympics. In 2Q12, consumers should see new variants from Shock Top and
Margaritaville, the launch of Michelob Ultra Light Cider, as well as Bud Light Lime
Lime-a-Rita in time for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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Sam Calagione on Brewmasters and “big advertisers”


The Delaware Journal had a lengthy Sunday piece on Dogfish Head founder, Sam Calagione, ahead of the James Beard Awards in which Calagione is once again a finalist. Not a lot of meat here though it’s interesting to see the Brewmasters ‘scandal’ come up again…

The Discovery Channel program didn’t last a full season and the chatter, mostly from Bourdain, was that it was abruptly cancelled because large beer corporations, unhappy that the network was showcasing an independent craft brewer, threatened to pull advertising.

Calagione won’t talk about it. “We were really proud of the show,” he says. “We learned a lot about how big networks work and how big advertisers work. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”

via The News Journal.


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Stone’s Greg Koch joins India’s “first craft brewery” as partner

IBC is also proud to announce the addition of Greg Koch, CEO and Cofounder of Stone Brewing Co., to the team.  Greg will serve as a partner and Chief Advisor to IBC. “I’ve had a chance to visit India and witness first-hand why Avanish and Shailly are so excited, and I have to say I agree with them!  There is tremendous opportunity in India for craft beer.  I also have to say that I’m really excited about these two guys and look forward to helping them bring Independence from boring beers to India!” said Greg Koch.

via Drink With The Wench.


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