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Twisted Pine Brewing Releases World’s Hottest Beer


Twisting Pine Brewing Ghost Face Killa

On May 5, Twisted Pine Brewing will release Ghost Face Killa. No, Ghost Face Killa isn’t a rapper (well, it is that too..) or the name of a gang, it’s the name of a six peppered beer dry hopped with ghost peppers, arguably the hottest pepper in the world rated at over 1 million heat units on the Scoville scale.

100 cases of the death-infused unfiltered wheat-based beer will be released. Besides ghost peppers (also known as Bhut Jolokia), a pepper so hot that it can be weaponized, the beer will include Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero peppers.

I’ve had some fairly hot chili beers in my time such as Shooting Creek Brewery’s Capsicum Stout, a stout brewed with habanero peppers rated at 100,000 scoville units. Even at just 100,000 scoville units compared to 1 million, there was a serious tingling burn in the back of the throat, not unlike pepper spray which I’ve also had the pleasure of being exposed to on more than one occasion. The correlation between pepper spray and capsicum? Capsicum comes from peppers such as the habanero, which pepper spray is derived from.

So if you’re lucky enough to snag one of these bottles, keep it outta your eyes and your pants and enjoy!

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Odell Brewing Announces the Return of Its Small Batch Festival


On May 28, 2011 Odell Brewing will host the Small Batch Revival. The event (formerly known as the Small Batch Beer Festival) returns after a two year hiatus during the brewery’s expansion. Odell Brewing Small Batch Festival

The inaugural event took place in 2007, when over 1000 beer enthusiasts ventured to the brewery to enjoy a variety of beers, live music, and local food. The following year, the event featured over 23 brews and drew nearly 3500 guests.

This year, the brewery will host the event in its newly finished West side parking and lawn areas, and will feature over 25 different beers. Those in attendance can enjoy live performances by Musketeer Gripweed and the Honey Gitters. Food from Nordy’s, Uncle’s Pizza, and Matador Grill will also be available for purchase.

“We are very excited to bring back the Small Batch event this year,” said Adam D’Antonio event organizer, “It’s just our way of saying ‘thanks’ to our amazing beer community.”

The Small Batch Revival will run from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th. There is no entry fee, and beer tokens can be purchased for $4.

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Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Company to Release Collaboration Ale


Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Collaboration

25 April 2011 – Bend, Oregon– Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that they will release two versions of a new collaboration beer later this summer. The style, which is described by brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes as a White I.P.A., combines Boulevard’s expertise in making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes’ mastery in brewing hop-forward ales. The ale will be made at both breweries and released simultaneously throughout each of their distribution territories.

“To say we’re excited about working with Deschutes on this project would be an understatement,” said Pauwels. “We have a lot of respect for Larry and his team, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with them through the collaborative process.”

Pauwels and Sidor began exploring the idea of brewing together after crossing paths several times at craft beer events around the country. The brewers discovered they had much in common in their brewing philosophies, both pushing the envelope whenever possible, yet remaining dedicated to the time-honored traditions that keep them consistent and grounded.

“It will be interesting to see how similar the brews turn out despite being brewed more than 1,600 miles apart,” said Sidor. “That’s part of the fun of working together with a brewery like Boulevard. We both use the latest technologies but also stay true to traditional brewing ingredients and methods.”

Despite both beers being characterized as White I.P.A.s, there will be differences in packaging and in how they will ultimately taste. Brewed at their Bend, Oregon facility, Deschutes’ version will be the second beer in their new Conflux collaboration series and will be distributed throughout their 18-state region in kegs and 22-ounce bottles. Their first collaboration, brewed with Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, is still aging in wood barrels.

Boulevard’s version, christened Collaboration No. 2, will be distributed throughout their 20-state region as part of the Smokestack Series seasonal lineup in kegs and 750ml bottles. The brewery’s first collaboration, a partnership with distinguished Belgian brewer Jean-Marie Rock, was released in January of 2010.

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Viagra Beer!


Those guys in Scotland from BrewDog are at it again. They’ve already done a 32% abv beer, a 41% abv beer, and a 55% beer stuffed in the body of a taxidermied squirrel. What possibly more could they do. Whatever it is, they’ve done it. If it’s actually true or not, I can’t tell but they are definitely for sale on their website and I’m sure this will receive stiff opposition. They have created a beer to commemorate the royal wedding of Price William and Kate Middleton and is quite unlike the last ceremonial beer we shared with you that was being brewed in honor of them. How they can get away with lacing a beer with a prescription drug is a bit farfetched, but I’m not one to spoil the fun.Brewdog Royal Virality Performance

A limited-edition beer containing Viagra to mark the forthcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th. Brewed using various well known aphrodisiacs, the limited edition artisanal beer will only be available to buy from the BrewDog.com website.

According to the specially commissioned label, the Royal Virility Performance contains Viagra, chocolate, Horny Goat Weed and ‘a healthy dose of sarcasm’. The beer is a 7.5% ABV India Pale Ale and has been brewed at BrewDog’s brewery in Fraserburgh.

With this beer we want to take the wheels off the royal wedding bandwagon being jumped on by dozens of breweries; The Royal Virility Performance is the perfect antidote to all the hype. A beer should be brewed with a purpose, not just because some toffs are getting married, so we created something at our brewery that will undermine those special edition beers and other assorted seaside tat, whilst at the same time actually give the happy couple something extra on their big day.

James Watt, Head of Stuff at BrewDog commented:

“We put a bottle in a jiffy bag marked ‘Prince Willy, Buckingham Palace’. We sent it by Royal Mail as we presume they are most likely to know where he lives. As the bottle says, this is about consummation, not commemoration, so we hope he gets it.”

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Avery Brewing to Withdraw from Eight States and Seven Partial States. A Trend?


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Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2010 was 11% by volume and 12% by dollars compared to growth in 2009 of 7.2% by volume and 10.3% by dollars. – Brewers Association

Craft beer has been exploding in recent years, showing incredible growth from quarter to quarter and year to year. With this incredible and rapid growth that the breweries have been experiencing, many breweries have been maxing out their production capacity even after expanding their production facilities and adding additional fermenters with some breweries at a rate of ten 200 barrel tanks within an eight month period as seen with Oskar Blues.

It’s unfortunate, but with the fast growth that these breweries have been experiencing it’s necessary to keep up with demand. Great Divide, for instance, who is pulling out of 12 markets is one of a handful of breweries that saw a growth of 60% in 2010. Allagash who is pulling out of 20 markets saw a growth of 40% in 2010 and ended the year at 24,000 barrels. Dogfish Head and Left Hand Brewing have pulled from four and five markets respectively.

I find it bittersweet. Bitter in that people will not be able to try these incredible brews, but sweet in that our amazing craft beer scene is not only thriving, but growing at an astronomical rate and there are now more options of craft beer available for us to enjoy. According to Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head, pulling out of certain markets is part of their philosophy to “grow strong and smart instead of just growing fast” and I agree that it’s a smart move.


Boulder, CO – Avery Brewing Company plans to withdraw from eight states and seven other partial-state markets beginning in April. Faced with skyrocketing demand–first quarter 2011 production growth for their home state of Colorado is 81% and overall production growth is 75%–the brewery has been forced to make the tough decision or lose the ability to support all markets with a steady supply of fresh beer.

Beginning in April 2011 beer shipments will be ceased to Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Avery Brewing Company hopes to re-enter these eight states at some point in the future once production capacity can catch up with demand. The brewery is also leaving several partial state markets, including: Northern California (Bay Area and Sacramento), Eastern Arkansas, Upstate New York (outside of New York City), Central Florida (Orlando area) and Wisconsin.

Avery Brewing Company would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to those who have supported us–and our beers–in these markets over the past years. To our distributors and their hard working sales staff, to our retailers in on-premise and off-premise channels who have promoted our products with zeal and passion, and to our loyal customers and fans who have challenged their palates and enjoyed our beers over the years: thank you, thank you, thank you!! Our apologies for any frustrations this change brings your way. According to Avery Brewing President/Founder Adam Avery, “We all feel terrible about having to pull out of these markets. No matter how you cut it, it is disappointing that we’ll no longer be able to serve our loyal fans in these areas. ” Ted Whitney, National Sales Director at Avery Brewing Company, added “This is certainly unfortunate, but it was done with the best intentions. It’s about getting fresher beer and better experiences for our customers.”

Avery Brewing Company is one of several craft breweries to announce such cuts in 2011, but these disappointing changes are actually the sign of a very positive trend in the industry. Exponential sales growth for craft brewers can only mean one thing: the craft beer movement is on fire, attracting more followers and gaining mindshare with people of all demographics across the country. More fans means more market potential for all of the craft industry, and that’s a very good thing that will bring more great beer into the lives of Americans everywhere. Here’s to American craft beer in 2011 and beyond!!

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Bill 10 Passes Through House in Georgia, One Step Closer to Sunday Alcohol Sales


As we reported back in February with “Could Georgia See Sunday Alcohol Sales” …. well, the answer is YES! Bill 10 just passed through the House with a vote of 127-44 after passing through the Senate last month where it had failed to hold up for the last 5 years. All that is left is for Governor Nathan Deal to sign it into law and he has already indicated that he would sign it if it passed. The bill has faced intense opposition in the past from not only religious groups, but from teetotaler and former governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue who threatened to use his veto power against it. The current governor, Governor Deal has stated that while he doesn’t drink, he believes in democracy and that it should be up to the people to decide if they want alcohol available in their communities on Sundays.

Bill 10 in itself doesn’t make off-premise Sunday alcohol sales legal, rather it leaves it up to local Georgia communities to decide whether they should be allowed. Also important noting, alcohol is currently sold in restaurants and bars on Sundays … meaning that if people want to go out and drink and possibly overindulge (which we at Mutineer do not encourage or condone), they aren’t allowed to do so in the safety and privacy of their home unless they purchase it the day before. To me, that is very important. Religious groups and even politicians who oppose Bill 10 claim that it will “encourage and promote greater alcohol availability” according to Representative Randy Nix which, in my opinion, isn’t true. If you’re an alcoholic and have lived in Georgia all of your life, I think it’s safe to assume you know there are 6 other days of the week where they can buy all the alcohol they want or they can go to their local sports bar on Sunday and get plastered.

Of course, with religious groups such as the Georgia Christian Coalition losing their cause, they have planned to find the referendum on a local level.

To Georgians everywhere, welcome to the 21st century and congratulations on being treated like adults.

“We are out of the dark ages” said Representative Joe Heckstall and we agree.

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It’s Better To Be Pissed Off, Than Pissed On … Unless You’re Greg Hall


In which case, you can urinate right at the bar?Goose Island's Greg Hall

Yes, you read that right. Greg Hall, brewmaster of Goose Island Brewery and son of founder John Hall decided to turn the bar at Wicker Park’s Bangers & Lace into a urinal after relieving himself into two 8-ounce glasses, both of which he filled completely before leaving them on the bar for the bartender to tend to. It sounds crazy, but keep reading.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

It wasn’t celebrating the $38 million acquisition of his family’s brewery by Anheuser-Busch – it was just a birthday party. But it ended with a bartender saying that Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall urinated into two beer glasses while standing at the bar and Hall saying he “(screwed) up big time.”

The incident Friday at Wicker Park’s Bangers & Lace, which Hall sheepishly blamed Monday on overconsumption, has generated apologies from Hall and lingering hard feelings from the bartender who said he had to clean up the urine left behind.

Totally unacceptable, but sounded like a crazy night and it’s creating a ton of buzz on the internet. The craft beer world’s Charlie Sheen? Perhaps! Be sure to check out the rest of the article on Greg’s wild night.

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Deschutes Base Camp Week Moves Onward to Los Angeles


Deschutes Brewery Los Angeles Base Camp Week

After successful Base Camp Weeks in San Francisco and Phoenix, Deschutes Brewery now moves onward to Los Angeles for five days of incredible beer, awesome people, the best beer bars LA has to offer and great food. If you’re in the LA area, be sure to check the schedule events for your chance to meet the brewers, try Deschutes’ rarest beers (like Lost Barrels of Mirror Mirror), pair it with some great food and hang out with Woody, Deschutes’ mobile bar.

Tuesday April 12

  • Spring Beer Bash at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica (6-10pm)
  • The long-awaited Beer Bash is back at Rustic Canyon Winebar & Seasonal Kitchen. Hosted by Beer Sommelier and Author Christina Perozzi & Proprietor Josh Loeb and featuring a beer inspired menu from Chef Evan Funke & Pastry Chef Zoe Nathan, paired with craft beers from Oregon’s preeminent craft brewery, Deschutes Brewery. Brewer Tim Alexander will be present to talk about the featured award-winning, and hard to get specialty beers The Dissident ’10 and The Abyss ’10. View the complete menu and purchase your tickets, by clicking here.

  • Beer Tasting at Verdugo Bar (5pm-close)
  • Our giant wooden barrel, affectionately known as Woody, and brewer Veronica Vega will be on site for this special Jubel 2010 & Black Butte XXII tasting at Verdugo Bar.

    Wednesday April 13

  • Specialty Beer Tasting at Surly Goat (5pm-close)
  • Our giant wooden barrel, affectionately known as Woody, and brewer Veronica Vega will be on site for this special Jubel 2010 & Lost Barrels of Mirror Mirror tasting at the Surly Goat.

  • Bourbon-Barreled Beer Tasting at Seven Grand (6-8pm)
  • Pair your flights of The Abyss (’07 -’10) with hand-rolled cigars from Leon Cigars in downtown L.A. at Seven Grand with brewer Tim Alexander.

    Thursday April 14

  • Food & Beer Pairing Luncheon at Hot’s Kitchen (12-3pm)
  • Deschutes Night at Congregation Ale House (4pm-close)
  • Our giant wooden barrel, affectionately known as Woody, and brewer Veronica Vega will be on site for this special tasting at Congregation Ale House. Try The Abyss 2008 in bottles as well as Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA, Red Chair NWPA, Hop Henge Experimental IPA and Nitro Obsidian Stout on tap. Yummy!!

    Friday April 15

  • In-Store Deschutes Tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellar (12-3pm)
  • Join us and our big wooden traveling barrel we call “Woody,” at Hi-Time Wine Cellar for an in-store Deschutes Beer tasting. Taste every Deschutes beer they carry along with a special tasting of The Abyss 2007! Get here early before it’s gone…

  • Special Beer & Food Pairing at Side Door (5pm-close)
  • Join us and our big wooden traveling barrel we call “Woody,” at Side Door for an amazing menu that pairs perfectly with Deschutes Brewery beers. There will also be a special tasting of The Abyss Reserve Series Beer from 2008. Hope to see you here!

    Saturday April 16

  • Deschutes Night at Pizza Port in San Clemente (5pm-close)
  • Our giant wooden barrel, affectionately known as Woody, will be on site for this special tasting at Pizza Port in the beah town of San Clemente. Try The Abyss 2008 in bottles as well as Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA, Red Chair NWPA, Hop Henge Experimental IPA and Nitro Obsidian Stout on tap. Yummy!!

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