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Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2013


Brewers Association Top 50 Brewries 2013

The Brewers Association released today their yearly list showing the top 50 U.S. craft brewing companies, as well as the top 50 overall U.S. brewing companies. Not surprising, Boston Beer Company, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium round out the top 3 for craft breweries and Anheuser-Busch Inc., MillerCoors, and Pabst Brewing Co. top the overall list.

Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 38 were small and independent craft brewing companies.

Newcomers to the craft brewing list were Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., and 21st Amendment Brewery.

To see the full list, click here

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Lost Abbey to Release Tequila-Barreled Beer


Agave Maria ale_single

Beer has be aged in just about every kind of barrel imaginable and San Marcos, CA’s The Lost Abbey has just announced their newest beer that will be aged in Tequila barrels. The beer, which was “inspired by the reverence the Jimadors in the Agave fields of Jalisco Mexico have for a local icon with divine associations,” will be a strong ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in both Anejo and Reposado barrels for a minimum of 10 months. This will be the first Tequila aged beer from The Lost Abbey released to full distribution.

According to the brewery, “Agave Maria has hints of black pepper, sweet sugar, oatmeal, and oak with an earthy, bitter smoked chocolate on the finish. The base beer, a new Agave strong ale, was created specifically to pair with the spiciness of the Tequila, adding a sweet honey-like quality to the beer.”

The new artwork for Agave Maria was created by The Lost Abbey’s resident artist, Sean Dominguez and depicts the Agave Maria mural, blessing Agave piñas as they pass through her outstretched arms, while candles illuminate her image, never being allowed to extinguish.

Agave Maria will be available throughout the Lost Abbey distribution network beginning in April in limited draft and 375 ml cork-finished bottles with an ABV of 13.5%. Expected to be an annual release, look for Agave Maria to be released every spring.

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Hungry Mutineer: Oysters with Optimal Wit Mignonette and Port City Brewing Company


Optimal Wit Mignonette

Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing Company, is a refreshing beer with balanced flavors of coriander, orange, and grains of paradise. This beer pairs so well with a nice sloppy oyster, that it only seemed natural to use it in the preparation instead of simply relegating it to the side. Now, white wine or sparkling is generally the go-to for a mignonette sauce, but I think the kitchen gods will forgive me this delectable transgression.

Optimal Wit Mignonette
24 freshly caught oysters, cleaned and shucked
1 tsp. whole coriander, toasted
1 tsp. orange zest
2 tsp. flat leaf parsley
1 TBS. onion, minced
1/3 c. malt vinegar
1/4 c. Port City Brewing Optimal Wit (or your favorite Belgian-style Wit)
Grains of Paradise Finishing Salt, to garnish (recipe below)

Combine the coriander, zest, parsley, onion, vinegar, and Optimal Wit together in a bowl and use to top the oysters. Sprinkle with the Grains of Paradise Finishing Salt and serve immediately. Drink with an Optimal Wit of course!

Click here to properly learn how to shuck oysters.

Grains of Paradise Finishing Salt
1/4 c. sea salt (use something nice and sticky like Le Saunier De Camargue)
2 TBS. grains of paradise, ground
1/2 tsp. freshly cracked pepper

Combine the ingredients in a small dish and use to finish the Oysters with Optimal Wit Mignonette.

Have you ever cooked with Optimal Wit before? If so, tell me what you made in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @hungrymutineer.

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Hungry Mutineer: Porter Cured Corned Beef with Port City Brewing Co.


Hungry Mutineer: Porter Cured Corned Beef with Port City Brewing Co.

Don’t stop, don’t think, just stop what you are doing and go to the store right now. Monday is St. Patrick’s Day and you need to set your beef to cure for your corned beef dinner.

In investigating corned beef brining recipes I found a lot of stellar recipes, one classic offering from Michael Ruhlman, and a more beer-minded offering from Sean Paxton aka The Home Brew Chef. I studied what these wise men had to say on the subject and then drew a few conclusions of my own. The idea was to use mainly classic spices, but add a twist that would work really well with the porter brine. See the full post »

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Op-ed: Community Support Needed to Make Small Businesses “Prime Time” Concern of WA’s Rep. Hurst



Below is an op-ed by Tiffany Hereth Adamowski, co-owner of 99 Bottles in Federal Way.

Tuesday I went to Olympia to testify before the Washington State Government & Accountability Committee, of which Representative Christopher Hurst is chair. I live in Rep. Hurst’s district, and I was there in support of SB 5731, which would allow Specialty Beer/Wine Stores to sell craft distilled spirits.

I was optimistic going in, as SSB 5731 has already overwhelmingly passed the Senate (43 Yea, 4 Nay), but felt it necessary to attend and give testimony as this bill could ultimately mean life or death for Specialty Beer/Wine Stores like mine.

A little background…
Seven years ago my husband and I quit our full-time jobs and embarked on a new journey as entrepreneurs. We opened a little Specialty Beer Store just nine miles from home, over in Federal Way. It is called 99 Bottles. There we have had the joy of sharing our passion of craft beer with others, selling local, import and American beers.

Two years ago voters approved 1183 to privatize liquor sales in Washington State. Since that time, sales margins have started to go downhill…

We look at options for diversification. Our first choice would be to bring in craft spirits. Our dream was always to run a specialty alcohol store, not a tavern. But the law, as is, won’t allow us to bring in spirits. Why?

Approval of 1183 made Washington State Law state that to sell liquor a store must be 10,000-square feet or larger, be a former state store or meet another criteria which we do not.

Flash-forward two years: 60% of the former state liquor stores have gone out of business. National corporate chains BevMo and Total Wine & More are taking advantage of Washington Liquor Laws written in their favor. We fight against these billion-dollar corporate liquor chains for customers…in beer sales only. See the full post »

Russian River Brewing Releases Pliny the Younger to Record Crowd


Pliny the Younger

It’s that time of the year again as Santa Rosa, CA’s popular Russian River Brewing released their annual cult favorite Pliny the Younger. Even though California is at the height of a state-of-emergency-sized-drought, constant rainfall–the first the area has received in months–couldn’t keep people from lining up down 4th street in record numbers.

Those thirsty for Pliny had already begun a line as early as 11:30pm the night before the release and were brought coffee and doughnuts early in the morning from Russian River staff to help warm and wake them up. See the full post »

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Jelly Belly Candy Company Releases Draft Beer Flavored Jelly Beans


Draft Beer Jelly Belly

The jelly bean company known for introducing unique flavors like buttered popcorn, cantaloupe, and even dog canned food, made headlines this week as they introduced a jelly bean inspired after draft beer. Of course, marketing candy that kids love that is inspired by booze can be a bit tricky and naturally some parents were outraged, but this isn’t the first alcoholic themed jelly bean they’ve introduced. Jelly Belly also sells Margarita, Piña Colada, Mojito, and Strawberry Daiquiri, among others. For other beverage themed jelly beans, they sell A&W Cream Soda, A&W Root Beer, Cappuccino, Dr Pepper, Island Punch, Mixed Berry Smoothie, and Sunkist Lemon (and Lime, Orange, and Pink Grapefruit), and quite a few more.

A beer flavored Jelly Belly, according to the company, has been on the to-do list for quite some time and the development of the flavor took three years. The jelly bean, inspired by the Hefeweizen style of beer, has an “effervescent and crisp flavor” and “Beer connoisseurs will find the flavor profile to be clean with notes of wheat and a touch of sweetness. The aroma is mildly bready”

The jelly bean company, which is famous for creating “recipes” which instruct customers to eat a certain combination of jelly beans to create a certain flavor, has created the same for these. Their recipes include combinations for Beer Sangria, Apple Cider Shandy, and a Michelada, which uses a Tabasco flavored Jelly Belly to complete the combination.

Jelly Belly Draft Beer Combinations

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An Interview with Norm Johnson of 12 Man Pale Ale and Former Seattle Seahawk


12 Man Pale Ale

Norm Johnson used to be in the business of kicking field goals. From 1982 to 1999, he was a kicker in the National Football League. During that time, he spent 8 years in Seattle playing for the Seahawks followed by the respective teams of Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. As an NFL kicker, he was a 2-time Pro Bowler and All Pro, and he helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl XXX in the 1995-96 season. It’s been 15 years since he has played and he still sits at #10 on the NFL’s list of all team leading scorers.

These days, Norm is in the business of beer. He, along with his business parter Neal Nilsen, have created 12 Man Pale Ale to much success throughout Washington. Like the Seahawks, his beer is popular. Like tickets are for the Seahawks, his beer is similarly hard to find.

With the Seattle Seahawks playing the New Orleans Saints tomorrow in the Divisional Playoffs, we couldn’t think of a better time to get in touch with Norm and learn a little bit more about 12 Man Pale Ale.

While you were in the NFL, did you have any interest in home brewing or did you have an elevated interest in beer?
When I was here with the Seahawks, I got here in ’82. I lived not far from the Redhook Brewery which is one of the earlier craft breweries and really enjoyed craft beer way back then. I really got into beer and got to know some reps and such and it was kind of always around beer. Then I started doing a little bit of experimenting with home brewing near the end of my years here in Seattle and that went with me when I went out to Atlanta. I don’t know if I was ever really any good and I didn’t get into the science of it, but I understood it, made some home brewed beer, and had fun with that. So I’ve been around and interested in beer for a long time.

You lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Seattle as a member of each city’s respective football team. Did you have a favorite city in terms of the beer they had available to drink?
Funny you asked that. When I left Seattle, I was a craft beer fan. I went to Atlanta and I couldn’t really find any craft beer that I enjoyed. That was frustrating. It was even more frustrating in Pittsburgh. I guess I could call myself a beer snob, which I’ve been since the early ’90s. And in my travels at that time, things have changed in the last 20 years. But in the early ’90s, over on the East Coast where I spent about 9 years, it was a struggle finding good craft beer, and I was very frustrated with that. See the full post »

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