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Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Week – Phoenix, Arizona


Deschutes Brewery Base Camp

After an incredible week at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco and having the opportunity to hang out with the Deschutes Brewery crew at a few of their Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Week – San Francisco events, we are excited to announce their events for Deschutes Base Came Week – Phoenix, which we are wishing we could attend, but sadly that won’t be the case. If you are in the area, get there and try some of their incredible beers!


Tuesday April 5

  • Beer Tasting at Total Wine & More in Tempe (2-5pm)
    Here’s your chance to discover your favorite Deschutes Brewery beer, and maybe even take some home to further your exploration. We’ll be pouring several of the beers we have for sale in the store.
  • Specialty Reserve Series Beer Tasting at Taste of Tops (5:30-8pm)
    Not only will the giant Deschutes Brewery barrel on wheels, Woody, be here, but you should be too! We’ll be pouring the Lost Barrels of Mirror Mirror (yes, they were really lost and rediscovered in the brewery’s warehouse) and The Abyss ’08 – finely aged for your drinking pleasure. This is a rare chance to try some rare beers from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. Pair your beer with some hand-rolled cigars and view the mad skills of a visiting professional cigar roller.
  • Specialty Reserve Series Beer Tasting at Robbie Fox’s (7-10pm)
    We’ll have some of Deschutes Brewery’s most popular beers – Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Inversion IPA – for you to try at this event, along with the latest vintage of The Abyss. Woody, the brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, will be rolling in around 8 p.m. Pair your beer with some hand-rolled cigars and view the mad skills of a visiting professional cigar roller.

Wednesday April 6

  • Beer Tasting at Total Wine & More in Glendale (1:30-4:30pm)
    Here’s your chance to discover your favorite Deschutes Brewery beer, and maybe even take some home to further your exploration. We’ll be pouring several of the beers we have for sale in the store.

Thursday April 7

  • Whole Foods
    In-Store Beer Tasting (2-5pm) | Tasting and Small Plate Dinner (6-8pm) $10

    Is there really anything better than working a little bit of beer tasting into your grocery shopping trip? Deschutes Brewery will be at Whole Foods with samples of its lineup of craft brews in the afternoon, and a small plate pairing dinner in the early evening. The special brews we’ll be pouring include The Abyss ’10 and Jubel 2010, which is only released once every 10 years.
  • Specialty Beer Tasting at Papago Brewing (7-10pm)
    Deschutes Brewery’s Reserve Series beers are always a little hard to find, but none more so than The Dissident ‘10 which had an extremely limited release. We’ll also be pouring the brewery’s Black Butte XXI, the brewery’s 21st anniversary beer, which is full of chocolaty goodness. A few bottles of Jubel 2010, The Abyss ’07 & ’08 will also be cracked open.

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Federal Small Brewer Excise Tax Bills Introduced in House, Senate


Reps. Jim Gerlach (L) and Richard Neal (R) introduced the Small BREW Act

Reps. Jim Gerlach (L) and Richard Neal (R) introduced the Small BREW Act

Boulder, CO • March 30, 2011Brewers Association (BA) announced today that legislation seeking to enact a graduated beer excise tax rate of $3.50 and $16.00 for America’s small brewers has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. The BA is the not-for-profit trade group that represents the majority of U.S. brewing companies.

The Senate bill, S. 534, was introduced on March 9 by U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Joining Senators Kerry and Crapo were 17 of their Senate colleagues who signed on as original co-sponsors.

S. 534 mirrors the provisions contained in last session’s S. 3339 which gained the support of 28 U.S. Senators. Specifically, S. 534 would reduce the small brewer tax rate on the first 60,000 barrels by 50 percent (from $7.00 to $3.50/barrel) and institute a new rate of $16.00 per barrel on beer production above 60,000 barrels up to 2 million barrels. Breweries with an annual production of 6 million barrels or less would qualify for these tax rates.

“Small brewers have been growing and creating jobs ever since the craft beer revolution began,” said Senator Kerry. “Today there are over 40 small breweries in Massachusetts and 1,700 across the country, and this bill will help ensure that these small businesses keep people on the payroll and create jobs even during tight economic times.”

The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act), H.R. 1236, was introduced by Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) on March 29. Joining them as original co-sponsors are Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.), Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.). Several of these Representatives are members of the House Ways and Means Committee. Like its Senate counterpart, the House’s Small BREW Act would enact a graduated beer excise tax rate of $3.50 and $16.00.

“With the economy sputtering, Congress must create conditions that allow small businesses to become more competitive, protect existing jobs and create new employment opportunities,” Representative Gerlach said.

“Small craft brewers are growing, creating jobs and contributing in small and big ways to the recovery of the American economy,” said Charlie Papazian, president, Brewers Association. “The bipartisan effort by Congressmen Gerlach and Neal is a strong message most Americans will raise a toast to and is indicative of the grassroots community spirit with which Americans are embracing to work towards economic recovery and sustain it for the future.”

Papazian added, “The 1,700+ small American breweries account for about five percent of all the beer enjoyed in the United States and 50 percent of brewery jobs. The bipartisan support the Small BREW Act engenders will help assure a positive impact on agricultural, manufacturing, hospitality and distribution jobs for the future.”

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Anheuser-Busch to Take Over Goose Island


Goose Island

By Josh Noel and Emily York
Goose Island Beer Co., the Chicago-based brewing powerhouse, announced this morning that it will be taken over by Anheuser-Busch (A-B) for $38.8 million.

Goose Island, whose legal name is Fulton Street Brewery LLC, is selling a 58 percent stake in the company to A-B for $22.5 million. The Craft Brewers Alliance, in which A-B holds a 32 percent stake, has agreed to sell its own Goose Island stake to A-B for $16.3 million. The Craft Brewers Alliance owns the remaining 42 percent of Goose Island.

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev N.V. (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewing company based in Leuven, Belgium. AB InBev was formed when InBev NV bought Anheuser-Busch Cos. in 2008.

As part of the deal, A-B will also invest $1.3 million in the Fulton Street brewery to increase production capacity. Goose Island sold approximately 127,000 barrels of beer in 2010.

Brewmaster Greg Hall will be stepping down. Founder and president John Hall will stay on as CEO.

“Demand for our beers has grown beyond our capacity to serve our wholesale partners, retailers, and beer lovers,” Hall said in a statement. “This agreement helps us achieve our goals with an ideal partner who helped fuel our growth, appreciates our products and supports their success.”

He added that the “new structure will preserve the qualities that make Goose Island’s beers unique, strictly maintain our recipes and brewing processes.”

If approved by regulators, the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011.

For the rest of the article, please visit Chicago Breaking Business.

Brewers Association Reports 11 Percent Volume Growth For U.S. Craft Brewers In 2010


11% Growrth For Craft Breweries in 2010

Boulder, CO • March 21, 2011—The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, today released 2010 data on the U.S. craft brewing industry. Small and independent craft brewers1 saw volume2 increase 11 percent and retail sales dollars increase 12 percent over 2009, representing a growth of over 1 million barrels (31 gallons per U.S. barrel), equal to more than 14 million new craft cases.

“Beer lovers increased their appreciation for American craft brewers and their beers in 2010,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Craft brewers’ stories resonate with Americans who are choosing small, independent companies making delicious beers in more than 100 different styles.”

The Association also reported a growth in the number of U.S. breweries, with eight percent more breweries than the previous year. In 2010, there were 1,759 operating breweries. Craft brewers produced 9,951,956 barrels, up from an adjusted3 8,934,446 barrels in 2009.

“Prohibition caused a dramatic decline in the number of breweries in the United States, but the number of breweries is now at an all-time high,” added Gatza. “With well over 100 new brewery openings in 2010, plus 618 breweries in planning stages, all signs point to continued growth for the industry.”

In 2010, craft brewers represented 4.9 percent of volume and 7.6 percent of retail dollars of the total U.S. beer category. The Brewers Association estimates the actual dollar sales figure from craft brewers in 2010 was $7.6 billion, up from $7 billion in 2009.

Overall, the U.S. beer industry represented an estimated retail dollar value of $101 billion. U.S. beer sales were down approximately one percent, or 2 million barrels, in 2010 compared to being down 2.2 percent in 2009. Total beer industry barrels dropped to 203.6 million, down from 205.7 million barrels in 2009. Imports were up five percent in 2010, compared to being down 9.8 percent in 2009. (Note: the Brewers Association does not count flavored malt beverages as beer.)

Gatza added, “We also found that three percent of craft brewer barrels, by volume, are distributed in cans, confirming a growing trend.”

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Brewers Association Seats 2011 Board of Directors


Brewers Association Board of Directors

The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent brewers, is pleased to announce its 2011 board of directors.

Following the member election, held last fall, the following new board members were elected: Stephen Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery, John Mallett of Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company and Steve Bradt of Freestate Brewing Company.

The BA board officers remain the same with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery returning as Vice Chair, Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant returning as Secretary/Treasurer and Nick Matt of F.X. Matt Brewing Co. returning as Chair. Matt was elected by the board to serve an at-large term. Additionally Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing Company will serve on the Executive Commitee as a Past Board Chair.

“I am pleased to return as board chair to work with leaders from across the craft brewing industry, along with the staff of the Brewers Association,” said Nick Matt. “It is an honor to play a leadership role in helping the BA represent the interests of small brewers and the community of brewing enthusiasts.”

The Board provides strategic direction for the Brewers Association. With 37 full-time employees and additional independent contract staff, the Brewers Association serves 1,634 Brewery Members, 223 Wholesalers, 348 Allied Trade Members and 25,000+ American Homebrewers Association Members. See the full post »

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Deschutes Brewery to Expand



Deschutes Brewery today announced that it has finalized plans to expand its brewery headquarters in Bend, Oregon. Due to customers’ continued consumption of the brewery’s damn tasty beers, Deschutes plans to add 6,750 square feet to its production facility, which will include five new shiny fermentation tanks and a fresh remodel of the tasting room and gift shop.

“Demand is rising in our local market and among our loyal fans in the states where we sell our beer,” said Gary Fish, president and founder of Deschutes Brewery. “This expansion is an investment in our future to make sure that we are ready for the increased demand.”

Specifically, this project will create a new building to house the fermentation tanks, a new two-story building to house future processing equipment, an electrical control room and new restrooms and showers for the staff. The expansion will allow Deschutes Brewery to brew an additional 105,000 barrels per year, along with enhanced processes to continue ensuring beer quality and consistency. This will be the first phase in a two-phase expansion. The second phase will take place in several years and include five more fermentation tanks.

Water and energy efficiencies are built in to the new design, including the installation of a continuous use cleaning system and the addition of a water re-use tank which will save thousands of gallons of water and energy per year. Additional sustainability features include a heated warm rinse tank, which will save hot water and steam for tempering tanks between cycles. The brewery will continue with designs to capture CO2 from the fermenting process and decrease waste to the City sewer system.

Local firms BBT Architects and R&H Construction are designing and building the project, and Walker Structural Engineering is completing the structural design. Construction on the space is slated to begin mid-May 2011 when engineering is complete, and will be finished in mid-2012. Visitors will still be able to easily access the brewery for tours, tastings and merchandise during the construction process.

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Firestone Walker and Mutineer Magazine Present From The Barrel Event


Firestone Walker's From The Barrel Event

Mutineer Magazine is proud to be a sponsor of Firestone Walker’s From The Barrel event to be held at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California on April 8.

In celebration of the 78 years since the end of prohibition The Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Mutineer Magazine are gathering the very best booze to come from wooden barrels. The finest ports, bourbons and beers will be gathered and presented to a privileged congregation of barrel enthusiasts at this special event on Friday, April 8. This event is a celebration of the barrel and the wonderful libations that come from barrels.

This inimitable event will take place at the picturesque and historic Santa Margarita Ranch, the perfect backdrop for this intimate event. Tickets are $50 person and the tasting will take place from 7pm-10pm.

Bourbons scheduled to pour: Blanton’s, Bulleit, Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Buffalo Trace and more soon to be announced.

Ports from some of the Central Coast’s premiere wineries to include: Cass, EOS, Paso Port, Eberle, Le Vigne and Roxo Cellars with more to be added.

Breweries/Rare barrel-aged beers scheduled to pour:
Firestone Walker
-Sticky Monkey
Lost Abbey – TBA
Russian River – Supplication
Stone – TBA
Ballast Point – TBA
New Belgium – Le Terroir (Dry Hopped Sour Ale)
The Bruery – Melange #1

The rich and complex libations presented will be accompanied by tapas offerings from some of the Central Coast’s finest. Guests will enjoy tapas from Chef Chris Kobayashi (Artisan), Chef Mark Sahaydek (The Grill at Avila Beach Golf Resort), Chef Justin Gabbert (Novo), Chef Paul Kwong (Mee Heng Low Noodle House), Chef Antonio Varia (Buona Tavola) and one more yet to be named.

Please don your glad rags and join us for a tremendous celebration of the end of temperance and the amazing flavors that only come from the barrel. Tickets are very limited and the event is expected to sell out fast. For tickets and more info visit the event website or call 805-544-3508.

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Redhook Brewery – Big Announcement Coming Soon


Redhook's Big Announcement

“Psssst. Redhook’s big announcement to come March 14″ was all the email said with the above image attached. So, I guess we wait.

Stay tuned.

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