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Stone Brewing Co. debuts “Quingenti Millilitre” series


Stone Brewing Co. debuts "Quingenti Millilitre" seriesAs we reported in May, Stone Brewing Co. had planned to start releasing barrel aged beers in bottles in their newly found Quingenti Millilitre series. A couple months later, the first beer in the series is just about ready and raffle tickets can be purchased for your chance to win one of the 500 or so bottles in this release. Read below to learn more about the release.

Escondido, CA | Aug 03, 2011 — Stone Brewing Co. is launching a new series of specialty beers dubbed Quingenti Millilitre. These limited release beers will be featured in cork-finished 500ml bottles, and will present a new tier in Stone’s award-winning lineup, encompassing beers that have been barrel aged, dry hopped, or otherwise made extra, extra special. First up? Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

When San Diego homebrewer Ken Schmidt won the Stone March Madness Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally back in 2009, he was brought in to brew a scaled up batch on the Stone Brewing Co. system, along with Garrett Marrero of Maui Brewing Co. Unbeknownst to the world, the wizards at Stone had something else up their sleeve: the brewers squirreled some of the resulting beer away in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill Distilleries. Now, some two years later, they are ready to unleash it in all of its glory.

The only problem? There’s not very much of it. As a result, Stone is initiating a drawing to impartially decide who can get their hands on a bottle. Starting today and continuing through August 16, fans can purchase $1 tickets—the proceeds of which will be donated to two local charities, the Escondido Creek Conservancy and Interfaith Community Services—which will enter them into a raffle for a chance to buy one of the 500 or so bottles that Stone is expecting the barrels to yield.

The lucky folks that are randomly selected at the end of the drawing will then have until September 18th to purchase and pick up their bottle in person from the Stone Company Store in Escondido. Full details of the drawing and tickets are available at here.

*Thanks to Brown Paper Tickets for agreeing to waive their processing fees to allow the chosen charities to receive the maximum benefit!

Future Quingenti Millilitre releases are slated to include:

  • Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF Aged in Red Wine Barrels
  • 2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels, the release of which will be tied to the forthcoming book, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance (Ten Speed Press, 10/2011)
  • Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale Aged in Scotch Barrels
  • 21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale Aged in American Oak Barrels

…and plenty more.

1 comment 08.03.2011 |

California Governor Signs Brewery Tasting Room Bill


Beers from Stone's Sour Fest

California doesn’t seem to go out of their way very often to make things easier for craft breweries or those wanting to try new things in the beverage industry, but for once, they have eased the burden on many up-and-coming craft breweries.

With the signing of AB 1014 by California Governor Jerry Brown, breweries are now exempt from having to follow the unnecessary and burdensome building requirements designed for food facilities for their tasting rooms, where only beer will be poured. Previously, breweries wishing to have a tasting room at their brewery would be required to follow the same requirements which would often lead to tens of thousands dollars worth of improvements such as installing several industrial sinks and redoing electrical wiring and plumbing.

The Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos, California ran into this very issue last year when the Health Department handed them a cease and desist order to stop tasting room operations. The Health Department told them they had been operating illegally for the previous four years without the required health permit, while the Alcohol Control Board said they were 100% in compliance with the license they were issued four year prior. Luckily for The Lost Abbey, the Health Department would either receive a lot of complaints about their targeting of the tasting room or realize they don’t know what they’re doing (or both) and dropped their cease and desist, just days before The Lost Abbey began cutting concrete and making the necessary changes to be in “compliance”.

Back to AB 1014, “This bill will relieve craft brewers from the unnecessary burden of installing restaurant grade equipment that simply isn’t needed to pour a taste of beer,” said Tom McCormick, Executive Director of the California Small Brewers Association. “This is a common sense law that garnered bipartisan support at the Capitol. Yet another example that good beer brings people together.”

The bill, authored by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego and Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, passed both the Senate and Assembly floor votes unanimously.

“We are an industry the state can be proud of,” said McCormick. “Craft brewers by nature tend to have environmentally sound practices, we employ a lot of people and we give back to our communities in many ways.”

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. launches ‘Wild Rivers’ Campaign Aug. 1


Sierra Nevada / Western Rivers Conservatory

As if it’s a surprise to anyone that knows Sierra Nevada Brewing and the monumental steps they take to minimize their impact on the environment and be a sustainable brewery, well, they are at it again. From the same people who were named ”Green Business of the Year” by the EPA, they happily announce the launch of their third annual “Wild Rivers” campaign. See below for the press release.

Chico, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — a pioneer in sustainability and craft brewing—announced today the launch of the third annual “Wild Rivers” campaign. Wild Rivers is a campaign dedicated to helping preserve vital waterways across the country.

For every 12-pack of Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada seasonal beer purchased in the U.S. from August 1 through September 10, Sierra Nevada will donate a portion of proceeds to river conservation-focused partners across the country, including Western Rivers Conservancy, a non-profit based in Portland, Oregon.

“Great water is essential to making great beer,” said Ken Grossman, Founder and President of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “We are committed to preserving natural waterways both in the Sierra Nevada that offer our inspiration, and across the nation.

“We measure the success of our business not only on the quality of our beer, but also our contribution to a healthy environment,” Grossman said.

The “Wild Rivers” partnership, which will be visible at retailers across the nation, aims to raise awareness and increase stewardship of rivers that sustain our communities and ecosystems. Since the program’s start in 2009, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has donated more than $170,000 to its partners to help preserve vital waterways across the country. A portion of these proceeds have supported Western Rivers Conservancy’s work to create parks and protected natural areas along rivers like the Klamath in California, the John Day in Oregon, the Hoh River in Washington, and the Gunnison River in Colorado.

“Sierra Nevada has blazed a trail of environmental stewardship,” said Phil Wallin, President of Western Rivers Conservancy. “We are proud to partner with such a great company to advance our mission to protect the great rivers of the West.”

Besides Western Rivers Conservancy, the 2011 Wild Rivers campaign will support the Ohio River Foundation, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, The River Project, and the Southeast Watershed Forum.

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The Bruery Brings Back Reserve Bottle List


The Bruery

Good news for all the beer lovers out there in the Los Angeles area as The Bruery is bringing back their Reserve Bottle list. On the second Saturday of each month, The Bruery will open up their cellar to the public where people will have the chance to try some of their incredible and rare beers. It’s that easy and there’s no catch, but the bottles are for on-premise consumption only and because of the size and alcohol content of the bottles, they must be shared between two people. For those thinking they can be sneaky and run off with a bottle of Bottleworks XII, bottles will be poured from behind the bar. For the most up-to-date information on what is available, be sure to check out their Reserve Bottle List website.

What might the bottle list look like? Here is the list from July.

  • Papier
  • 100% Brandy Barrel Aged Papier
  • Coton
  • 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Coton
  • Oude Tart
  • BottleWorks XII
  • Melange #1
  • Pinotlambicus
  • Sour In The Rye
  • White Oak

It’s hard to argue with that list.

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Washington State Selects 10 Farmers Markets for Wine & Beer Tasting Pilot Program


Hollywood Farmer's Market

The Washington State Liquor Control Board announced the tentative selection of ten farmers markets throughout Washington to participate in a pilot program allowing wine and beer tasting at the markets. “This pilot is another avenue for Washington’s breweries and wineries to educate customers about their products,” said Sharon Foster, WSLCB Chair. “Because farmers markets take place in a community setting, there are safeguards in place to ensure tastings are conducted with public safety in mind.

The pilot program is a result of Substitute House Bill 1172, and is scheduled to run from September 1, 2011 to November 1, 2012. 47 wineries and 4 breweries qualified to participate, though only one brewery, microbrewery or winery may offer samples per day.

The selected farmers markets include:

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Victory for Raging Bitch but Flying Dog’s First Amendment Fight With Michigan Rages On


Flying Dog Brewery Raging Bitch

After months of ensuing legal battles between the Flying Dog Brewery and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the Liquor Commission has reversed its position pertaining to the ban of Flying Dog’s Belgian-Style IPA Raging Bitch. The controversy began in September 2009, when Flying Dog Brewery applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch, the company’s 20th anniversary commemorative beer, in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”

Flying Dog finally filed suit on March 25th, but not only to overturn their decision, but to deem the Liquor Commission’s ability to ban any beer label that they find offensive unconstitutional. On top of that, Flying Dog Brewery is seeking to recover damages lost from the banning of the beer in Michigan.

“The Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s involuntary reversal of opinion is a victory for craft beer,” Flying Dog CEO and General Partner Jim Caruso said. “Now, the great people of Michigan are no longer denied access to Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Flying Dog’s top-selling beer. But the fight for First Amendment rights in Michigan continues to rage on.”

Rages on it does indeed. “We’re glad that the people of Michigan are now free to decide for themselves whether Flying Dog’s beer labels are, like the beer, in good taste. Our lawsuit forced the Liquor Commissioners to see at least some of the light. But the litigation won’t end until the Commissioners accept responsibility for the damage they’ve caused by violating the First Amendment,” Flying Dog’s attorney Alan Gura, partner at Gura & Possessky, said.

Well done, Flying Dog, keep fighting the good fight. HST would be proud.

1 comment 07.19.2011 |

MillerCoors Temporarily Forced out of Minnesota


MillerCoors Logo

MillerCoors and their portfolio of fine beverage products are being temporarily forced out of Minnesota due to paperwork issues.

According to CNN:

“The MillerCoors brewing company will soon be forced to pull 39 brands of beers from every restaurant, bar and liquor store in the state of Minnesota.

It’s all because the company wasn’t able to renew their brand label registration far enough in advance before the state’s government shut down.

What that means is they’re not able to either distribute or sell their product in this state,” said Doug Neville, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.”

The paperwork issue stems from MillerCoors’ needing to resubmit their paperwork due to an overpayment of fees. In street culture we call those “bribes”. No word on how long #TheGreatMillerCoorsShortageof2011 will last. MillerCoors apparently can’t even leave their product out in distribution; they will have to literally pull 39 brands off of shelves until the government starts back up.

1 comment 07.18.2011 |

Preview of Firestone Walker XV Anniversary Ale Label


Firestone Walker XV Anniversary Ale

The label has been officially released by Firestone Walker and day by day, we come one step closer to their 15th anniversary ale. “XV”, which is a blend of barrel aged beers, should debut in November.

Stay tuned …

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