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California Craft Brewer Lagunitas Poised For National Presence

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Lagunitas Brewing Co., one of the fastest-growing craft brewers in the country, will begin covering most of the U.S. market after completion of a brewery expansion in April. The increased distribution, coupled with sustained organic growth, could likely mean another year of 60% volume gains in 2012 for the Petaluma, California-based brewer.

Lagunitas beers currently are distributed in 35 states and Washington, D.C., including major beer markets like California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. With a $14 million brewery enlargement that will more than triple annual capacity from 185,000 barrels to as much as 600,000 barrels, Lagunitas will expand into another 14 states, bringing distribution to 49 states. Tennessee will be the lone state without Lagunitas brands, due to the state’s restrictions on high-alcohol beers (Lagunitas brews range from 6%-10% abv). Among the upgrades to the Sonoma County brewery are a 250-barrel brewhouse, a doubling of fermentation space and faster bottling and kegging lines.

Lagunitas founder Tony Magee told Shanken News Daily that he initially was targeting 30% sales growth for 2012, but changed that forecast after January and February numbers came in at double that rate. Magee claimed that Lagunitas—one of the first craft brewers to popularize beer in large bottles—has “quietly been the fastest-growing craft brewer for the last two years.” Sales volume was more than 161,000 (31-gallon) barrels last year, easily placing it among the top 15 craft brewers in the country. Magee said that due to spiraling demand, the brewery is producing at full capacity for the second half of the year.

Lagunitas, like other successful craft brewers, is thus struggling to keep up with demand. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer volume jumped 14% and dollar sales rose 15% in the first half of last year. In addition to the 1,740 craft brewers tracked by the Brewers Association, a further 725 new craft breweries were in the planning stages last year. Magee said the competition doesn’t concern him. “This is the best time in the last thousand years to be opening a brewery,” he remarked.

Lagunitas India Pale Ale is the company’s top-selling and best-performing label. The Lagunitas label, at 6.2% abv, was California’s leading IPA until the introduction of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Torpedo label in 2009. Other Lagunitas year-round beers include Hop Stoopid Ale (8% abv), Maximus Ale (8.2% abv), Imperial Stout (10.1% abv), PILS (6.2% abv), Censored Ale (6.8% abv) and Dogtown Pale Ale (6.2% abv). Seasonal brews include Cappuccino Stout, Imperial Red Ale, Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale and Brown Shugga Ale, ranging in alcohol content from 7.8% to 9.9%.

Lagunitas beers are known among craft beer lovers for their irreverent names, background stories and packaging descriptions, all written by Magee. However, Magee turned serious when asked what is the biggest challenge facing craft brewers today. “Remaining genuine while becoming professional,” he replied.

For more information visit Lagunitas here or stop in and mumble hello on Facebook



Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Lagunitas Brewing Co. March 12

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Lagunitas / Kitchen Door Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries Lagunitas 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 on Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious courses with five great beers from Lagunitas Brewing Co. on March 12 including their Censored, WTF, Imperial Red Ale, IPA Maximus and Hop Stoopid.

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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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s From The Barrel Event Less Than a Month Away

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Firestone Walker From The Barrel

It’s already March and that means Firestone Walker’s From The Barrel event is less than a month away. Join Firestone Walker and Mutineer Magazine as we celebrate everything we love about barrels and the libations they store inside. Bourbon, port, and of course beer will all be enjoyed with great local bites and music from the Tipsy Gypsies.

We hope to see you there.

When: Friday, March 30 from 7pm-10pm

Where: Historic Santa Margarita Ranch
9000 Yuerba Buena Rd.
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Price: Tickets are very limited and are $60 a person.

Visit FromTheBarel.net for more information and to buy tickets.


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The Beer Chicks to Appear on The Cooking Channel

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Eat This Drink That

It was just announced that Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi, known by many in the craft beer scene as The Beer Chicks, will appear on The Cooking Channel on March 4 for a one hour special celebrating food and beverage.

Beer sommeliers, Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi know more about craft brews than most seasoned bartenders, and their love for drink hardly ends there. These authors love wine, mixed drinks, spirits, cocktails and everything food and in Eat This, Drink That – a one-hour Cooking Channel special – they take to the road and introduce us to folks creating brand new rules for pairing food with drink. Hallie and Christina find inspiration for shrimp and grits with absinthe on a shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico with a captain named “Big Sexy.” In Los Angeles, they marry sweet corn ice cream with beer for a float showdown, but can their float take down candied bacon, liquid nitrogen and an illegal spice? Expect savory sweet potato cocktails and unexpected concoctions with passion fruit and coffee.


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Beer Events on the Horizon

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Friday, February 3 – Thursday, February 16
Pliny the Younger Beer Release
Santa Rosa, CA – Russian River Brewing Co.

Pliny the Younger Triple IPA, the bigger little brother to Russian River’s already massive Pliny The Elder, will be available for consumption for only two weeks at the brewpub from February 3rd until February 17th.

Doors open at 11:00 am

www.russianriverbrewing.com

Saturday, February 11th
Barrel-Aged Series release – Muscat d’Amour & Rècolte Sauvage

Boulder, CO

In honor of Valentine’s day, the Avery Brewers have decided to play match maker and offer two of their small production Barrel-Aged beers to the public. Celebrate the holy union of two Wild Ales and visit the Avery Tap Room in Boulder, CO. Give your best to the bride (#10 Muscat d’Amour) and the groom (#11 Récolte Sauvage) but be sure to stock up before you leave. Purchases will be limited to 6 bottles each.
4pm – 11pm

www.averybrewing.com

Friday, February 10 – Sunday February 19
SF Beer Week

All week long at locations across the greater Bay Area.

Northern California’s beer community will converge in San Francisco for an outstanding week full of special releases, sour beer nights, IPA fests and countless beer pairing dinners. There will be literally dozens of events consecutively happening during this very special hop filled weekend. Fine food and drink is crucial to SF culture and beer is no exception. Restaurants, Bars, Brewpubs, cafés and hell probably even the library will be offering events and specials that highlight quality brews for this very beer gathering presented to you by the San Francisco Brewers Guild.

Still having trouble grasping the magnitude? Check out the SF Beer Week schedule of events.

If you want my advice – scour through the event listings, plan your week, grab your friends, pack into a car, head to The City, and prepare yourself for a week long extravaganza that will expose you to more quality beers than you ever thought possible (also be prepared to pee more than you ever thought possible).

www.sfbeerweek.org

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Mutineer Magazine to Sponsor Firestone Walker From The Barrel Event

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Firestone Walker From The Barrel

Mutineer Magazine is pleased to announce that we are once again sponsoring Firestone Walker’s From The Barrel event held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA. The March 30th event, now in its second year, will feature the finest ports, bourbons and barrel aged beers beers in a celebration of all things barrel aged.

Bourbons scheduled to pour include Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam Black, Angel’s Envy, Woodford Reserve, Eagle Rare 10 year and several others including small production California spirit makers.

Ports and Porto wines from some of the Central Coast’s premiere wineries will also be featured. Wineries scheduled to pour are Cass, Roxo Cellars and Le Vigne with several more to come.

Rare barrel aged beers from California breweries Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Anchor Brewing and Russian River. New this year will be two out of state breweries, Jolly Pumpkin from Michigan and Crooked Stave from Colorado. Stay tuned for announcements of other breweries.

Guests will also have the chance to snack on tapas from local restaurants and dance to stirring sounds of the Tipsy Gypsies, all making for a perfect evening.

When: Friday, March 30 from 7pm-10pm

Where: Historic Santa Margarita Ranch
9000 Yuerba Buena Rd.
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Price: Tickets are very limited and are $60 a person.

Visit FromTheBarel.net for more information and to buy tickets.


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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Napa Smith Brewery. Feb 13

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Kitchen Door Craft Beer Dinner with Napa Smith Brewery

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with hometown brewery Napa Smith Brewery for a celebration of Northern California craft beer, great food and San Francisco Beer Week. Kitchen Door, recently honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants on Napa Valley, will be pairing four delicious courses with four great beers from Napa Smith on February 13 including their Pilsner, Ginger Wheat, Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Grateful Dog Barleywine.

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

Visit the SF Beer Week listing for the event here.


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SF Beer Week: The Three Ring Circus

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Three Ring Circus - SF Beer Week

Sean Z. Paxton adding the dulce de leche during the brewing process. Photo courtesy of Sean Z. Paxton

Calling all Bay Area Readers!

SF Beer Week is almost here and Chef Sean Z. Paxton, most commonly known as Homebrew Chef, is getting ready once again to strut his stuff. He is collaborating with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Shmaltz Brewing Company and Ninkasi Brewing Company to orchestrate a boisterous carnival of craft beer, incredible food and a circus performance.
 
Sean will be pairing the meal with twelve mostly “rare and unusual beers”, one I am particularly excited about the Three Ring Circus Ale is flavored with dulce de leche and dry “peanuted.” It is a collaboration brew brought to you by the aforementioned breweries and was concocted at Speakeasy in San Francisco. Dinner will be a “whimsical, circus-inspired 9-course menu to accompany the show” and knowing what I do of Mr. Paxton it should be one hell of a show meal. 
 
For tickets to the Three Ring Circus Dinner go to: www.threeringcircus.eventbrite.com

For more information on SF Beer Week events check out: www.sfbeerweek.org
 


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