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Founders Brewing Company to Release All Day IPA Session Ale

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Founders Brewing All Day IPA

Founders, one of my favorite midwest craft breweries, just announced that they will be releasing an IPA session ale a month from today which will remain in their year-round lineup. I’m really excited about this beer and can’t wait to try it.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 6, 2012— Founders Brewing Co.’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Dave Engbers, announced today that All Day IPA would be the next addition to the brewery’s year-round lineup, with availability limited to Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and the greater Chicago area beginning on February 6, 2012.

All Day IPA is a session ale that has the traditional qualities of an India Pale Ale with significantly lower alcohol. At 4.7% ABV, the beer is highly drinkable, but maintains the intense tropical aromatics and complex flavors consistent with Founders’ portfolio.

This beer was in development for nearly three years before the brewery perfected it. Then, the All Day IPA recipe won the silver medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival. Due to capacity constraints and multiple expansions, Founders Brewing Company now feels they are prepared to launch their first year-round product since 2006. Limited distribution is due to the soft hop harvest. “We will never compromise a recipe in order to increase sales,” explains Engbers.

“It’s the beer that almost wasn’t,” says Co-Founder, President & CEO Mike Stevens. “It’s tough to brew and gave us more than one problem throughout its development. But then we realized that this is the beer we’d all been waiting for.”

Engbers adds, “We pride ourselves on only putting beers in bottles that we would pick out on the shelves ourselves—and we’re picky beer drinkers…it would be just wrong not to be bottle All Day IPA.”

The last beer that Founders added to its year-round six-pack and draft lineup was Red’s Rye PA in 2006.

Founders Brewing Company opened their doors in 1997 with the vision of creating some of the most unique craft beer in the world. Today, Founders has a loyal following, with several beers lauded nationally and internationally as award winners in their respective categories. They are currently rated the second highest brewery in the world by ratebeer.com.


1 comment 01.06.2012 |

The California Growler Initiative

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California GrowlersNo one is to say for sure if these online petitions actually make an impact, but this is a law that would be nice to see changed. In many states, one can get nearly any size or type of growler or container filled with beer. It can be brewery specific or a $4.99 non-marked growler. In California, a weird law requires a brewery to only fill a growler that they sold and with their branding. That means the Russian River Brewing, Alpine Beer Co and FiftyFifty Brewing growlers that you paid $30 each for are only good at those establishments and when you’re not using them, they’re going to be taking up a lot of space sitting on the shelf.

But why? Why make people waste additional money on something they already have? Why waste more glass making someone purchase something they already have eight others of? It’s redundant and a waste of money and resources. Personally, I don’t buy growlers now that I’m in California because most breweries seem to sell expensive, branded growlers that cost $20-30 for the glass itself, not counting the $10-20+ beer you’re filling it with. Some people collect growlers, that’s awesome, but I don’t want a closet full of hundreds of dollars worth of growlers that aren’t being used but I need to keep in case I go back for a growler fills during my travels.

With the help of Governor Jerry Brown, California has been making some headway in frivolous laws pertaining to alcohol like the ban on infusing spirits and burdensome beer tasting room requirements and hopefully a change can be made here.

Currently in the State of California, if you buy a growler container it can only be filled with beer from the brewery that sold that growler. You can’t put Stone beer into a Sierra Nevada growler.

So how about creating a Brewed in California growler that can filled at any of the growing amount of breweries in California? Beer tourists from around the world would love to have Kern River’s Citra or Eagle Rock’s Revolution XPA!

It would be something that tourists from out of state could have as a souvenir and something that people from California could use when they travel to San Diego or Santa Barbara or San Francisco.

It would also be more eco-friendly. One, re-usable container for multiple beers. And I firmly believe it would spur more beer purchases which would help a small niche industry grow and create new jobs.

If you would like to travel from Truckee to Temecula and try great craft beer, then please sign my petition.

Click here to sign the petition.


7 comments 01.06.2012 |

Bay Area beer expert becomes first woman & youngest person as Master Cicerone

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Cicerone Certification Program

From all of us at Mutineer, a HUGE congrats to Nicole Erny. She is both the first female Master Cicerone as well as the youngest Master Cicerone. Currently she is one of four Master Cicerones.

Chicago – January 5 – The Cicerone® Certification Program today announced that Nicole Erny of Oakland, CA earned the title of Master Cicerone® during testing in November. Erny earned the certification through a series of exams culminating with two days of intense taste testing plus written and oral questioning about beer styles, draft systems, beer evaluation, brewing technology and beer and food pairing given November 9 & 10.

Master Cicerone Nicole Erny

Photo by Jon Weber

While thousands have passed the first level Cicerone exam known as Certified Beer Server, Erny is only the fourth person to earn the Master Cicerone title—the third and top level of the program. She also becomes the first woman and is the youngest of the four who have earned the title. Founded in 2007, the Cicerone Certification Program tests and certifies beer expertise similar to the wine world’s Master Sommelier program. The Master Cicerone exam includes 8 hours of written questions, 2 hours of oral questions and 2 hours of beer tasting and evaluation. Candidates needed an overall score of 85% to pass.

“During the Master Cicerone exam, Erny distinguished herself with her knowledge of all aspects of beer and her skill in tasting beer and creating interesting beer and food pairings,” said Ray Daniels, Director of the Cicerone Certification Program.

Since earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 2007, Erny has worked a specialty beer bartender, consultant and beer educator, putting on classes and beer and food pairings. She has sharpened her palate and beer analysis skills as a homebrewed beer judge and already holds the title of National Judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program.

Since it began offering certifications in January 2008, the Cicerone Certification Program has awarded more than 8800 first level certifications, called Certified Beer Server and 335 certifications at the second level of the program, called Certified Cicerone®. Through 2011, there have been 24 attempts to pass the third-level Master Cicerone exam resulting in the current roster of four Master Cicerones. Erny joins the three other Master Cicerones®: Andrew Van Til of Michigan, David Kahle of Chicago, and Rich Higgins of San Francisco.

The knowledge required for the Master Cicerone certification is outlined in the program’s 19-page Master Syllabus which can be viewed at www.cicerone.org. The website also includes a free 10-question sample exam that allows anyone to assess their Cicerone aptitude.

The Cicerone Certification Program is a service of the Craft Beer Institute, the Chicago-based beer and brewing education organization. The program is directed by brewer, author and beer educator Ray Daniels. A wide range of breweries, beer distributors and retailers participate in the program.


3 comments 01.05.2012 |

New Ohio legislation to allow beer tasting rooms

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Beers from Stone's Sour Fest

State lawmakers in Ohio have recently approved a measure that will allow production breweries to offer tastings and sell beers by the glass in their tasting room, much like is done at wineries. The new law will take effect in March.

If breweries wish to hold tastings before then, they are required to get a second permit which costs an additional $3,906 above their manufacturing license. In contrast, wineries pay $76 per year for their annual license and they aren’t required to pay for a second permit for a tasting room.

The tasting room issue was an amendment to a bill focused on micro-distilleries. Under the new law, the state will allow the opening of more micro-distilleries, of which there are currently only three, as long as they produce under 10,000 gallons per year.



Black Star Launches Online Beer Barter Contest

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Black Star Beer Barter

What would you do or trade for a year’s supply of beer? Would you tattoo a giant red bronco on your back or fork over your precious taxidermy water buffalo? Prove it at The Black Star Barter on February 4th, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana!

If you can’t afford to make it out to Whitefish, you also have the chance to win a trip to The Black Star Barter for a chance to compete head to head for a year’s supply of Black Star beer. Heck yes.

To enter is easy. Enter a photo or video of what you’d do or trade- any beer-worthy object or talent- for a year’s supply of Black Star, get a lot of votes and win a trip to compete in the official Black Star Barter! Hosted at the Great Northern Brewery, home of Black Star Beer in Whitefish, MT on February 4th, 2012, you’ll compete head to head for a year’s supply of beer.

If the judges choose you as the ultimate barterer you’ll be walking away with 365 days of pure liquid gold; the greatest prize ever conceived by man, beer.

For last year’s Black Star Barter, we predicted “…buffalos, live or stuffed, preferably stuffed for safety’s sake, the world’s largest burrito, and people claiming to be able to sneeze with their eyes open, but don’t take our word for it, go and see for yourself. Mutineer Editor in Chief Alan Kropf has already started the bartering with tots. Tater tots. Good luck beating that.”

Unfortunately, Alan’s tots didn’t cut the mustard but we hear the rest of our predictions came true as sacrificial offerings for a year’s worth of free beer. Speaking of sacrificial offerings, this year, Mutineer Alan is offering up “one kitten.” The rest of Team Mutineer isn’t quite sure what that means, but it’s sure to be interesting.

To enter, visit facebook.com/blackstarbeer.



Craft Beer Radar: Notable Upcoming Beer Releases

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Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

This 8.9% ABV brew is made with locally-roasted coffee from Black Dog out of Summit Point, West Virginia. Flying Dog’s Imperial Coffee Stout, which is hitting shelves and draft lines in the mid-Atlantic this week. Once an experimental release named simply Coffee Stout, the brew has now found its spot in Flying Dog’s permanent seasonal rotation, which Flying Dog plans to release Kujo each winter.

Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half
Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half

Founders Brewing Co.’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Dave Engbers, has announced that Curmudgeon’s Better Half would be the next release in the brewery’s 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning on February 13, 2012, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a re-branding of the beer formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, which has only been served at Founders’ taproom and in extremely limited draft distribution. Curmudgeon is an old ale brewed with molasses and aged on oak; it becomes Better Half after aging—for 254 days—in bourbon barrels that have more recently been aging Michigan maple syrup.

Odell Brewing SaboteurOdell Brewing Saboteur

On December 14th, Odell Brewing began shipping this year’s batch of Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale, a classic brown ale aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. “Brewed on a big chocolaty brown ale base, Saboteur was aged with a clean and fruity strain of Brettanomyces in oak to give it nice vanilla and brown sugar layers,” said Zach Turner, quality assurance manager for Odell Brewing. Saboteur is offered in 750ml Belgian style cork and cage finished bottles and will be available in the brewery’s ten state distribution region beginning in late December or early January 2012.

The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

After John Kimmich lost The Alchemist Pub and Brewery in Waterbury, VT to Hurricane Irene, Stone Brewing Co. Brewmaster Mitch Steele heard of the loss and immediately sent out an email to John asking if there was anything he could do to help. Eventually, John flew to California and teamed up with Mitch and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Company and they collaborated to create More Brown Than Black IPA. Proceeds from the beer, released December 19, will benefit the Waterbury Good Neighbor fund.
The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

Goose Island and Frontera Grill XocolatlGoose Island and Frontera Grill Xocolatl

Xocolatl is a collaboration beer between Chicago’s Goose Island and Rick Bayless’ Mexican restaurant Frontera Grill. The draft only beer is a barrel aged chocolate barley wine made with chocolate beans, Mexican vanilla and ancho chili and aged for 18 months in barrels previously housing Elijah Craig 18-year-old whiskey. Xocolatl will be on tap when Frontera opens its doors next Wednesday at 5 p.m and is expected to last only a couple of days.


1 comment 12.16.2011 |

#TEBOWMANIA Hits Beer Scene

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TEBREW Beer

Eagle, Colorado’s Bonfire Brewing is creating some buzz with their Tebrew – The Sunday Sipper. The barleywine, which features a likeness of Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow kneeling and praying … with a frosty mug of Bonfire Brewing beer … won’t be distributed and you have to visit the brewpub to try it. The response on their facebook is a mix of applause and accusations of blasphemy and if nothing else, it’s certainly entertaining to read.



Craft Brewers Create Jobs Through Recession

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Beer sales have been down during the current economic slump, but Eliane Quijano found a pair of brothers whose craft brewery has been creating jobs along with their signature beers.



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