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First Look: 10th Anniversary Samuel Adams Utopias

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Samuel Adams 10th Anniversary Utopias

Samuel Adams is known for coining the term extreme beer and they changed our perception of what beer could be with beers like Millenium, Triple Bock and Utopias. Utopias, the beer known by many as being very expensive at a suggested retail price of $160 per bottle, is very unique. At 28-30% alcohol, it is certainly one to sip and should be treated like a cognac or brandy. Served at room temperature, 2 ounces of it is all that’s required and it can be opened and put back on the shelf, without the worry of it going flat as it’s uncarbonated. You also don’t need to worry about oxidation, as it has characteristics much like many liquors.

But Utopias might look a little different this year as Samuel Adams celebrates a milestone with 10th Anniversary Samuel Adams Utopias. The beer is a blend of liquids that spent time in many different barrels, some for as many as 19 years. After this is blended, Samuel Adams Utopias was aged in finishing barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery, along with Tawny Port casks and Vintage Ruby port casks from Portugal and rum barrels from Nicaragua.

Only 15,000 bottles of the 10th Anniversary batch will be available at select specialty beer and liquor stores starting in November with a suggested retail price of $160 per bottle.


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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. August 20

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Kitchen Door Fifty Fifty Craft Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries – Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. – for a celebration of craft beer, great food and fun people. Kitchen Door, recently honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious courses with six incredible beers from Fifty Fifty.

Tickets are very limited for this intimate dinner and are $65 each, tax and gratuity included.

Mutineer will be on hand at the event and we hope to see you there.

Call or email Tim Seberson ASAP if interested in attending.
707-226-1560 // tim@kitchendoornapa.com


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Brewers Association Reports 2012 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

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Great news, as always, from the Brewers Association!

Brewers Association Reports 2012 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

Boulder, CO • August 6, 2012— The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers1. Dollar sales were up 14 percent in the first half of 2012, while volume of craft brewed beer sold jumped 12 percent during that same time period.

Barrels sold by craft brewers for the first six months of 2012 are an estimated 6.0 million barrels. Despite a number of challenges, including decreased overall beer sales, the mid-year numbers show signs of continued growth for craft breweries. The industry currently provides an estimated 104,000 full-time and part-time jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.

“Generally, most craft brewers are continuing to see strong growth in production, sales, brewing capacity and employment, which is to be celebrated during challenged times for many of today’s small businesses,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Plus it’s a fact that beer drinkers are responding to the quality and diversity created by small American brewing companies. India pale ales, seasonal beers, Belgian-inspired ales and a range of specialty beers are just a few of the beer styles that are growing rapidly.”

The U.S. now boasts 2,126 breweries—an increase of 350 additional breweries since June 2011. The BA also tracks breweries in planning as an indicator of potential new entrants into the craft category, and lists 1,252 breweries in planning today compared to 725 a year ago. Additionally, the count of craft brewers was at 2,075 as of June 30, 2012 showing that 97 percent of U.S. brewers are craft brewers.

“Beer-passionate Americans are opening breweries at a rate faster than at any time since the day Prohibition ended for the beverage of moderation,” Gatza added. “There is nearly a new brewery opening for every day of the year, benefiting beer lovers and communities in every area across the country.”

1 The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.


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Russian River Brewing Company to Release HopTime Harvest Ale

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Russian River Brewing Company

In a recent interview with Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing Company owner and head brewer Vinnie Cilurzo, Mutineer asked him a fairly simple question about his beer: If you could have a Russian River stemmed glass filled with any one specific batch of beer you’ve brewed, what would it be? His answer? Russian River HopTime Harvest Ale. Vinnie continued, “HopTime Harvest Ale is our 100% wet hop beer which we have not made for several years due to capacity issues.” Vinnie doesn’t stop there and breaks the good news for hop heads everywhere (well, in California anyways) saying “However, we are brewing it again this year for the first time in a while.” Vinnie warns us though that these beers don’t age well and must be consumed fresh.

What is a wet hop beer, or a fresh hop ale? Fresh Hop Ales are hopped exclusively with fresh and undried (“wet”) hops. This ale should have characters similar to the style to which it is brewed with the added nuances of green, almost chlorophyll-like character with fresh, new beers. These beers may be aged and enjoyed after the initial “fresh-hop” character diminishes. A unique character from “aged” fresh hop beers may emerge, but they have yet to be identified and discussed.

Look for it at the Russian River brew pub in Santa Rosa in the next several weeks. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview in Mutineer Magazine Issue #25 on newsstands nationwide September and October.


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Ticket Sales Begin August 2 for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival

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Planning on heading to Denver for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival? Be sure to grab your tickets early as all sessions will definitely sell out!

If you’re a Brewers Association or American Homebrewers Association member, tickets will go on sale on July 31 before opening up to the general public on August 2.

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Visit the Great American Beer Festival website for more information.


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Terrapin Beer Co. to Release Samurai Krunkles

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Terrapin Samurai Krunkles

Terrapin Beer Co. has announced the release of Samurai Krunkles, a follow-up beer to Capt’n krunkles which took the BeerAdvocate forums by storm. Samurai Krunkles will be released on July 15 available in 22 ounce bottles and on draft in restaurants, bars, and package stores across the Southeast.

According to the press release, “This most recent episode of the Krunkles saga finds our friend traveling around the Pacific Rim. Storms at sea leave Krunkles shipwrecked on the coast of Japan. Taken in by the Samurai, Krunkles develops a love for the diversity of culture, the delicious cuisine, and the skills of the ancient warriors. He decides to extend his stay and eventually becomes known as Samurai Krunkles.

In Side Project 17, Samurai Krunkles takes on the Orient. This Asian-inspired IPA is brewed with fragrant jasmine rice, ginger and jasmine green tea for a bold and unique set of flavors built to balance out the hoppy kick present in all Krunkles brews. Yes, Krunkles is known for his love of hops and the Samurai Krunkles is no exception with five hops in the mix. This beer is our homage to the man and the beers we think he brewed while studying with these ancient masters. We call it his version of the tea ceremony.”

Planned Release: July 15th
ABV: 7.1% IBU’s: 70 O.G.:6.5
Malt: 2-Row, Best Munich, Victory, Pale Crystal
Hops: Columbus, Nugget, Falconers Flight, Zythos, Sorachi Ace
Other: Green Tea, Jasmine Rice, Ginger, Dextrose


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Pakistani Steam Roller Smashes 39,617 of Bottles of Liquor

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To celebrate a campaign fighting counterfeit and illegally trafficked liquor bottles, the Pakistan Coast Guard did the only logical thing: run over thousands of bottles with a steam roller.

According to The News International:
To observe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a huge quantity of drugs and tens of thousands of bottles of liquor were destroyed at the Hawkesbay beach by the Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) on Tuesday…The aim is to educate the people about the risks of drug abuse, especially among the youngsters, who are the future of the country.

It should be said that as a human male, breaking glass is woven into my DNA, so to utilize glass breaking as government protocol at a scale necessitating steam rollers is, well, awesome. It’d be like arming police officers with fireworks or deciding small claims court decisions with video games…while impractical, it does win serious points for morale and overall excitement.

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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Sierra Nevada July 16

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Kitchen Door / Sierra Nevada Craft Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co – for a celebration of craft beer, great food and fun people. Kitchen Door, recently honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious courses with six incredible beers from Sierra Nevada.

Tickets are very limited for this intimate dinner and are $65 each, tax and gratuity included.

Mutineer will be on hand at the event and we hope to see you there.

Call or email Tim Sebeberson ASAP if interested in attending.
707-226-1560 // tim@kitchendoornapa.com

Save the date for the August craft beer dinner featuring FiftyFifty Brewing on August 20.


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