Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye IPA is back!

NEW YEAR, NEW BEERS!
Coming in hot! Bear Republic is starting out the new year with a bang and bringing back one of their most requested, OG beers of all time, Hop Rod Rye IPA.

“I am VERY excited to see a return of Hop Rod Rye. Before I started brewing for BRBC I was a pub regular, and this was my go-to ale. Bursting with classic Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial aroma and rich maltiness, this original Rye IPA is one of Bear Republic’s greatest creations.” – Brewmaster, Roger Herpst
Want to get your hands on Hop Rod Rye? Visit their Lakeside Pub to get fresh pints, crowlers, and cans.
Hop Rod Rye will be hitting general distribution in early February and will be included in the new Bear Republic Variety Pack!

Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival Returns


Event Returns In-Person Under Guild Management, Vaccination Required.
The Oregon Brewers Guild announces the return of the Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival, to be held on Saturday, March 5th at GoodLife Brewing in Bend, Oregon. The event, previously held as a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild which dissolved at the end of 2021, will now be a fundraiser for and managed by the Oregon Brewers Guild.
Full press release here

Russian River Postpones Pliny the Younger Release

The surge in omicron has many industry events reevaluating plans to cancel, postpone or go forward with events that are planned for the coming weeks and months. One well-known event, Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Younger release has been postponed until late March. The annual event draws beer consumers from around the country who travel to the Santa Rosa, California brewery for a long wait in line to buy the popular double IPA.
Read more on ProBrewer

Oregon – 2022 Zwickelmania® Dates Announced

Read More at OBG site here
Annual Open-House Style Event Returns to In-Person with Precautions
The Oregon Brewers Guild announces the return of their 14th Annual Zwickelmania® event. The statewide open-house style celebration of Oregon craft breweries will be returning safely in-person in February and is free to attend. As in previous years, the event will be held on two separate weekends, highlighting Portland breweries on Saturday, February 19th and then statewide on Saturday, February 26th.
“Zwickelmania® has been a staple event for the Guild for over a decade and we are very excited to be able to transition back to in-person this year,” shared Christina LaRue, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “We made the pivot last year to an online platform, offering virtual brewery tours and panel discussions with brewers via Zoom and social media. Our members are looking forward to being able to offer guests an in-person experience and will be ensuring the safety of the public, as well as their teams is a top priority.”

Hell or high water… SF Beer Week Returns

The world’s most cherished craft beer celebration returns…
SF Beer Week – Feb. 11-20
SAVE THE DATES
Sure, there’s uncertainty in the world — but one thing is for sure, SF Beer Week is returning in 2022!
Advance listings and the Week’s initial schedule launch in January, when tasting boxes, ticketed offerings, Valentine gift ideas and similar on-demand offerings help set the table for a festive 2022 SF Beer Week. Mix in the Winter Olympics, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Black History Month and a BOATLOAD of special releases, and you know, now matter if in person or on demand, it’s going to be a great time.
More Info Here

Sisters are doing it for themselves!

Move over monks: Belgian nuns join in on brewing tradition
A group of Belgian nuns has turned to beer brewing, an occupation undertaken by monks for centuries, to fund much needed renovation work.
Maredret Abbey in Belgium is a 20-strong Benedictine community, founded in 1893. The Abbey’s nuns, struggling to scrape together the funds for some much needed renovation work, turned to brewing to raise the money.
Maredret Abbey nuns teamed up with a brewer five years ago, in the hopes of producing some beer infused with some of their history and values, in order to fix the leaky roofs and cracked walls.
Abbey beers, where a brewer pays royalties to use the Abbey name, are common in Belgium. But until now only monks have been associated with these brews.
Read more…The Drinks Business

Chuckanut Brewing announces Portland Taproom Opening

The lager masters at Chuckanut Brewery are opening a taproom in Portland, OR on December 9th, 2021. The Bellingham, Washington founded brewery recently closed their flagship brewpub, but expanded their production facility and plan to make the Portland location dubbed the “P Nut Beer Hall” a focus of their operations going forward.

The new beer hall is located at 920 SE Caruthers St in Portland in the busy SE Division neighborhood. The hall features a large beer hall style table, lots of windows and bar height areas to mingle as well as a party room for private groups, game nights and special events. For those that prefer the great outdoors there’s lots of picnic tables out front.

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Maui Teams with Chula Vista to Honor 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

A collaboration developed with veteran-owned Chula Vista Brewery of Chula Vista, California along with Best Defense Foundation, a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating veterans from past conflicts by preserving their stories and educating future generations about the heroism and sacrifices of those who have served.
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Do we really want to used the term “LIGHT” around spirit barrels? : )

JACK DANIEL’S TO LIGHT HOLIDAY BARREL TREE AT THE FORUM IN SUPPORT OF MILITARY FAMILIES

Top Barrel of the Display Will Be Auctioned to Help
Send Military Home for the Holidays 

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
4:30 – 5:30PM – Ceremony
WHERE:
The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90305
The tree lighting ceremony is open to the public and will take place at the Southwest Triangle in the Forum’s parking lot, which faces the corner of Prairie Ave. and Pincay Dr. 
B-roll will be available immediately after the lighting.
WHAT:
Los Angeles will get a taste of a special Jack Daniel Distillery holiday tradition when the Tennessee whiskey maker debuts a seven-tier barrel tree on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at the Forum as part of its “Operation Ride Home” program, which has helped junior-enlisted service members and their families travel home for the holidays since 2011. Representatives from the Forum and Jack Daniel’s, including Colin Coleman, Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador, will be on hand to help illuminate the tree during a special lighting ceremony that is open to the community and will feature DJ Hemingway and themed cocktails for guests.  
* You must be 21 years or older and legal residents of the United States who live within 100 miles of the zip code 90305 to enter this sweep. For terms and conditions and contest rules, please visit thelaforum.com/jdbarreltree

Deadline less than 30 days away! Apply now for a Falconer Foundation Scholarship!

** DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME — FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP TO AMERICAN BREWERS GUILD — APPLY NOW AS DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 13TH **

In collaboration with the American Brewers Guild, we are offering a full-tuition scholarship to the Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering program.
The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction. The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack formal training in brewing science and covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance.
The American Brewers Guild is a premier school for the craft brewing industry dedicated to providing a comprehensive learning experience that focuses on the technical, scientific, and operational matters and issues that brewers face in a craft brewing environment.
The American Brewers Guild is now accepting applications for the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation slot in the Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course that runs from January 24, 2022 through July 1, 2022 with the final week of onsite instruction in Middlebury, Vermont. The full application must be received no later than December 13, 2021. Note: This class is full except for this scholarship slot.
The scholarship is open to professional brewers and homebrewers from the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and California’s northern geographic region (San Francisco/Monterey Bay areas and north). The full-tuition scholarship also includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses for the residential week in Middlebury, Vermont. Full details and scholarship applications are available at www.abgbrew.com.
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers from the Pacific Northwest to further their knowledge and expertise. For more information on the Foundation please visit www.glenfalconerfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook.

It’s like a car wreck, I can’t look away! New World Beer Mile Record

Canada’s Corey Bellemore breaks world beer mile record

The Beer Mile World Classic took place Saturday in Manchester, England, and Canada’s Corey Bellemore took home his third world title in a new world-record time of 4:28.1, making him the first person to ever complete the grueling event in under 4:30.
Read More in Canadian Running Magazine

New Glarus, the power of limited distribution

The Two New Glarus-es: Viewing a Unicorn Brewery From Beyond Wisconsin’s Borders
Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing Company is, by any estimation, one of the most successful craft breweries in American history. It is one of the oldest (born in 1993) and one of the biggest (the 12th largest craft brewer in 2020 and 21st overall brewery, per the Brewers Association).
These figures are all the more astonishing when one considers the brewery’s famously ironclad commitment to sell no beer outside the boundaries of Wisconsin.
Read More in Vinepair

NanoCon Online Registration


December 3 & 4, 2021
Big Ideas for Small-Scale Craft Brewing – Now in an Interactive Online Format
Learn from craft brewing industry experts with replays of live online sessions covering Brewery Operations, Business Operations & Sales, and Start-Ups.
Save $100 if registered by October 11, 2021 for NanoCon Online Early registration.
Register for 2021 NanoCon Online

Eh! It’s Canadian Beer Day!

First started in 2019, Canadian Beer Day is dedicated to celebrating beer and the thousands of Canadians involved in the brewing, selling, delivering, serving – and enjoying – Canada’s favorite beverage loved by millions across the country. The celebration, which occurs every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, recognizes and celebrates beer and breweries in Canada and the workers directly involved in beer’s supply chain – agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality.
“Beer brings Canadians together, and it’s been a part of our country’s culture and communities for generations. The last 18 months have been a challenging time for Canadians and businesses, specifically those in hospitality and tourism, making beer’s role in bringing friends and family together more important than ever,” said Dana Miller, Interim Director, Communications and Engagement for Beer Canada.
Canadian Beer Day

SF Bay Area – Reviving Community with Brewer Weekends

Bay Area Brewers Guild
Hard to fathom fall is here and the majority of 2021 is behind us. Hopefully a summer of hunkering down means better days ahead, and for us at the Bay Area Brewers Guild, we’d like to help bring back community by spotlighting five Bay Area regions — one for each weekend of October.

We’re kicking things off this weekend in the North Bay, where brewers often work hand-in-hand with local farms and use local ingredients, like fresh picked hops for wet-hopped beers. Along with highlighting those releases, other seasonal favorites (Oktoberfest, anyone?), plus fall brewery events, food & beer pairings, and a new brewery opening are all in the mix this weekend.
Collectively, these Brewer Weekends are meant as reminders there’s nearly always something special, fun or new at your neighborhood brewery every weekend, to enjoy safely on-site or grab and go.
They’re also intended as teasers for 2022, when we hope to finally hold these ‘beer week’ style occasions in their fuller glory, five dotted throughout the calendar, and do proper justice to each region’s unique and vibrant craft beer scene.
Until then, enjoy this impromptu 5-weekend October surprise, and help support and appreciate the neighborhood breweries who so often bring us together.
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