Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daily Beer Digest - 04.26.2011

Miller plans on releasing a version of the already-atrocious MGD 64 with a "nice" twist--"natural lemon flavor" and sucralose aka Splenda. Wow. Really, I mean, REALLY?!?! (Hulu SNL Video).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Daily Beer Digest -- 04.21.2011

Growth updates: Stone grew 42% in Q1 2011, while Dogfish grew 25% in the same quarter. Dogfish hopes to level out at a "lower" level like this for a smoother growing process.

John Trogner, one of the "Troegs" brothers, is helping Stone brew a Cherry Chocolate Stout with the winners of Stone's recent AHA contest.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Daily Beer Digest - 04.14.2011

Late on quite a few updates.

Bell's announced that they'll begin having bottled on dates on their labels in addition to the batch number. For expiration dates, they'll have an A,B,C system for beers that will expire in 6 months, 12 months, or never, respectively. They've started experimenting with this and expect all bottles to have this labeling starting in late April.

The Brewers Association released the top 50 craft breweries for 2010 based on volume.

Three Floyds posted "A Few Tips for a Successful Dark Lord Day."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Daily Beer Digest - 04.07.2011

Today is National Beer Day, celebrating the 77th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.

Tammy Tuck has a great piece on what's helping DC's beer scene thrive--the fact that any beer a retailer can obtain, there is a legal way for it to be sold in the District.

Surly's expansion plans moved a step forward yesterday as the relevant Minnesota Senate Committee voted to move the bill forward.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Daily Beer Digest - 04.06.2011

Dark Lord Day tickets have shipped. I received my e-mail this morning and they were already in Virginia, so it looks like they went out at least a day or two ago.

Oskar Blues posted growth around 50% in the first quarter of this year. Not too shabby.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Daily Beer Digest - 04.05.2011

Sierra Nevada hops on the session trend with A New Shade of Pale, which will apparently make an appearance during Philly Beer Week.

The man who has given up all by doppelbock and water for Lent says things are going well, but he's pretty sick of his brew of choice.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Daily Beer Digest - 04.04.2011

Big news from Founders today: the brewery will begin releasing limited edition beers in 750mL bottles starting this summer. No word on exactly which beers as of yet.

Cigar City bottled its most-recent collaboration with Mikkeller today: Nielsbohrium. Greatbrewers.com indicates that this is a blend of Dirac and Bohr imperial sweet stouts with raisins, aged in rum barrels.

Tammy Tuck over at Young & Hungry has an initial primer on some of the events that will be happening during the week preceding SAVOR.

Allagash will soon be releasing a batch of spontaneously-fermented beers. They're also filling their koelschip today.

Captain Lawrence will be releasing Rosso Marrone Batch 3 on Saturday April 16. The new Barrel Select beers -- Series #2, Raspberry, and Cherry -- should hopefully be ready by July.

Firestone Abacus is soon to be known simply as Firestone Barley Wine.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Daily Beer Digest - 04.01.2011

Sierra Nevada will be releasing a mixed 12-pack with four of its "Beer Camp" beers, including Weizenbock, Juniper Black Ale, California Common, and the very well-regarded Ghidorah Double IPA.

Goose Island's new brewmaster--Brett Porter--discusses his new position on WGN radio.

Fritz Maytag and Ken Grossman give the keynote address at Craft Brewers Conference 2011.

Jean Van Roy, Cantillon's master blender, speaks at CBC 2011.

It looks like Captain Lawrence has some new sour offerings in the works, as it has received label approvals for a raspberry and a cherry blend. The labels appear to be part of the brewery's Barrel Select series, something which I've hoped would become an East Coast Veritas, though they haven't released any bottles in the series since Barrel Select Batch 1.

Russian River is turning 7, and is celebrating the month of April with free shipping on all online orders.