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Kona Brewing is Now a Subsidiary of Craft Brewers Alliance

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Kona Brewing Company

Kona Brewing Company, best known nationally for their three craft brews, Longboard Island Lager, Fire Rock Pale Ale, and Wailua Wheat Ale (as well as lesser known Big Wave Golden Ale and Pipeline Porter), has taken their 9 year partnership with Craft Brewers Alliance to the next level. They are now recognized as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. Craft Brewers Alliance brands also include Red Hook, Widmer, and Goose Island Beer Company. CBA was named as the eighth largest U.S. brewer, based on domestic shipments in 2009. Craft Brewers Alliance is paying 13.9 Million for the acquisition of Kona Brewing Company. See the full post »


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Swedish Divers Come Up For Air: This Time With 19th Century Beer

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Photo Credit: Marcus Lindholm, AP

Bottles of what are claimed to be the world’s oldest surviving beer are displayed. Divers said they found the beer this week while salvaging champagne bottles from a wreck discovered near the Aaland Islands in July.
Photo: Marcus Lindholm, AP

Remember our excitement back in July about a discovery of the world’s oldest champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea? Well, that excitement is back, as divers have just recently found what is believed to be the world’s oldest surviving beer in that same shipwreck. See the full post »


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Tuned Pale Ale: Musical Beer Bottles FTW!

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Tuned Pale Ale

Gizmodo recently released an article about Tuned Pale Ale. The small batch pale ale was released in bottle that feature a musical scale down the side of its labels. Each notch on the label, designed by Chris Mufalli, coordinates with a musical note. When the beer level matches a notch, a different note can be played.

To problem is, once you drink past a note, you can no longer play it. And unless you open several bottles and figure out how play all them at once, you will need a band of friends just to play a tune. Regardless, the concept is fun and definitely makes for a memorable party game.

Unfortunately, the beer no longer appears to be in production.


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“Mutinous Battle Chai” Story Featured on Tapped Out Radio

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Mutinous Battle Chai Article

Earlier today, Mutineer Magazine’s Brian Kropf and Ashley Routson were invited to join John Haggerty and Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing Company on Episode 12 of Tapped Out Radio, where they discussed the inspiration for “Mutinous Battle Chai” and its upcoming release party at Falling Rock Taphouse during the Great American Beer Festival.

The audio podcast can be found HERE.

Want to know more about the “Mutinous Battle Chai” collaboration project? Issue 13 of Mutineer Magazine, now on newsstands, features an intimate look into the recipe development and brewing process of Mutineer’s first collaboration beer, featuring New Holland Brewing Company. Also check out the original announcement.

If you are headed to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival this month, join us on September 17th at 2pm at Falling Rock Taphouse for the official release party. The event is a fundraiser for A Child’s Right, with 100% of the proceeds of “Mutinous Battle Chai” being donated in an effort to support global water relief. And make sure to RSVP on RateBeer and Beer Advocate. (RSVP is not required for access to the event).

Special thanks to Bill Brister, Anthony Vertucci and Liz “The Beer Wench” for featuring our story on Tapped Out Radio!



Firestone Walker To Expand Proprietor’s Series Distribution in 2011

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Firestone Walker Proprietor's Series

Limited, specialty cult beers can be really exciting, but not when they only reach the hands of the privileged few. This is why I am thrilled to announce that Firestone Walker Brewing Company plans on making several of its rare beers, called the Proprietor’s Reserve Series, available outside of the West Coast market (which includes New York, New Jersey, Virginia and for the first time, Colorado.

“Every brewer relishes testing the outer limits of their creativity and equipment.” — Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Co. “We have been honing these beers for a while, but I wasn’t sure that we would ever produce them at any appreciable level. The brew team is fired up!” See the full post »



Craft Beer Calendar: Notable Craft Beer Events – Week of August 30th

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Ballantine Gastropub

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Willoughby, OH: Troegs Beer Party

  • Location: Ballantine Bar
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Description: “Come meet Mike Watters of Troegs Brewery as you sample through 7 of their great beers paired up with small plates. Beers include Sunshine Pils, Dreamweaver, Trogenator, Hopback Amber, Dead Reckoning Porter, and Java Head Stout.”
  • Cost: $25 pre-sale, $30 at the door
  • See the full post »


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    PubCakes = Beer + Cupcakes FTW!

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    PubCakes
    PubCakes is a new baking venture in San Diego, CA that combines two of the world’s greatest ingredients: beer and cupcakes.

    “I am often asked how I came up with the idea to combine beer and cupcakes. PubCakes started with a love of beer and a desire to share it with others. Chocolate stout cakes have been around for a while, but I couldn’t find mention of any other beers being used for baking cakes. So to fill a semester off of school, I spent my free time playing in the kitchen with cupcakes and beer. Amazingly, it worked! I would bring them out to my friends at different bars, until I became known as the cupcake girl.” — Misty Birchall, PubCakes founder. See the full post »



    Delaware: A Craft Beer Mecca On The Rise

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    Greetings From Delaware

    When thinking of craft beer in Delaware, probably your first and only thought is Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Rehoboth Beach and Milton. After opening its doors in 1995, making “off-centered beers for off-centered people”, Dogfish Head has blazed a trail throughout the industry, pushing the envelope with original brews — everything from IPAs, to the uber unique Midas Touch, crafted from a recipe found in the dna scrapings from earthenware found in King Midas’ crypt. Each year, they take it further with collaborations and new experimental recipes.

    Recently, there have been a number of up-start breweries and brewpubs making some noise in America’s first state. Some of these brewers have been putting out beers since 1995 as well. See the full post »



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