Panama’s Blooming Craft Beer Scene


Panama’s Blooming Craft Beer Scene Is Shaking Up an Import-Heavy Market
The various influences of Spain, Colombia, France, and America on Panama are nowhere more evident than in Panama City’s Casco Antiguo district. In 16th-century Spanish ruins among a UNESCO World Heritage site sits American Bazaar, a tribute to a turn-of-the-century department store and one of the city’s newest restaurants. The food and music are definitely American, and the beer taps will remind you of those at your favorite brew pub. But with names like Fula, Chivo Perro, and Guachimán, Americans won’t find these at their local bodegas or corner bars.
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APPLY NOW — APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2023 FALCONER FOUNDATION BREWING SCHOLARSHIP TO SIEBEL INSTITUTE

** FALCONER FOUNDATION OFFERING CONCISE COURSE SCHOLARSHIP TO SIEBEL INSTITUTE — APPLY NOW **
In collaboration with the Seibel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering a full-tuition brewing education scholarship in 2023. The scholarship is a full tuition grant and comes with a travel/lodging stipend.
The scholarship is for the World Brewing Academy (WBA) Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago, November 6-17, 2023. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology is a two-week intensive intermediate level course that covers every topic critical to successful brewery operations. The course is designed for brewers pursuing a wider knowledge of professional brewing standards and techniques to advance their brewing careers as well as individuals planning to enter the brewing industry. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses.
Applicants must be from the states Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. The scholarship is open to both homebrewers and professional brewers.
Note that the full application must be received no later than April 20, 2023.
Complete details and scholarship application is available at https://siebelinstitute.com/about-us/studying-at-siebel/scholarships
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers to further their knowledge and expertise. The Falconer Foundation has granted 52 scholarships since 2004.
For more information on the Foundation please visit www.glenfalconerfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook.

Tips to a successful Application can be found in the ProBrewer.com Expert Topic section on Brewing Education in A Peek Behind The Scholarship Curtain At The Falconer Foundation

2023 Oregon Brewers Festival canceled

Another dry summer in Portland: Oregon Brewers Festival canceled with no clear return
In its heyday, the festival was an annual event that drew 80,000 people to Portland’s waterfront. It is off for 2023, after returning last summer from a two-year hiatus.
For the third time in four years, there will be no big beer festival at Portland’s Waterfront Park this summer.
The Oregon Brewers Festival returned last year, after COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel the annual event in 2020 and 2021. In a statement, organizers cite several reasons for canceling this summer’s festival, including low attendance, higher costs and extreme weather.
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Oregon Beer Industry Remembers Jim Parker RIP


From The New School
December 12th, 2022 would have been the 62nd birthday of the late, great, Jim Parker. Jim Parker was a storyteller, great beer ambassador, and a lovely human who was one of the last great publicans. His life and legacy goes hand in hand with the emergence of craft beer as a cultural force, and his wisdom and friendship touched and inspired innumerable people in the industry to follow this passion project.
Read more of this excellent article on The New School

Exploring Mexican Craft Beer


From Porchdrinking
By Scott Grossman
Mexican beer has come a long way from the thin-bodied, flavorless yellow beverage chugged poolside on spring break. These days there’s a burgeoning Mexican craft beer scene featuring the robust and flavorful styles that craft beer lovers are familiar with.
Over the past several years, numerous breweries have joined longtime Mexican craft brewers like Hercules, Baja Brewing and Minerva. While Mexico City is the epicenter of the movement with more than a dozen craft brewers, many medium-to-large cities sport at least one decent brewery.
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Bend, OR – Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival – Volunteers Needed


Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival – Volunteers Needed
The Oregon Brewers Guild is looking for a few more volunteers to help with the upcoming Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival this Saturday, December 17th in Bend, Oregon.
12pm-5:30pm: Beer Servers, Check-in
4:30-10pm: Beer Servers, Check-in
All volunteers must be 21 or older.
OLCC Server permits are preferred, but not required to volunteer. We will have pre-shift meetings to go over OLCC regulations, as well as how to recognize and deal with very intoxicated persons (VIPs). If you do have an OLCC server permit, please have it with you for your shift.
As a thank you for your time, you will receive a volunteer shirt and an empty growler from GoodLife. First shift volunteers have the option to receive a tasting package to use after your shift. Second shift volunteers will receive post-shift beers and be allowed to fill your growler at the end of the event.
If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who is, please click/share the link below to complete our online sign up form.
**Please note, the Guild will continue to monitor the current public health situation and may adjust or cancel the event if necessary.
If you have any questions, please contact Christina LaRue.
2022 COWBF Volunteer Sign-Up

NC – Raleigh Brewing Company Holiday Bash (Kid Friendly!)

Raleigh Brewing:
Our Holiday Bash party is TOMORROW starting at 1pm! Don’t forget to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and enter the contest at 4pm for a chance to win prizes.
From 1-7pm, you can also enjoy a bounce house, face painting, yard games, s’mores, live music, photos with Santa, and MORE 🎅🏼
Guests 21 and older can enjoy a pint of Holiday Bash Spiced Winter Warmer before it’s gone!
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New Belgium Brewery & Rotary team up to provide laptops for Front Range Community College students

A prominent Fort Collins nonprofit and one of the city’s most popular breweries recently teamed up to provide free laptops to low-income students at Front Range Community College.
The collaboration between the Rotary Club of Fort Collins (Breakfast) and New Belgium Brewing Co. delivered the first round of expected laptops to FRCC’s Larimer Campus in August, providing 10 used New Belgium laptops to students in need.
While a personal computer is commonly seen as a prerequisite for college attendees, “For many low-income families or students on their own, access to a laptop is out of reach,” said Rotary’s Derek Godfrey.
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer…the Beginning

How the South’s Bourbon Culture Changed Craft Beer
Love a bourbon barrel–aged stout? You can thank a wild and crazy idea cooked up by Jim Beam and Goose Island
Todd Ahsmann slides the six-ounce tasting glass closer to him, gently swirls the dark brown liquid therein, and then lifts the glass to his nose, breathing in deeply.
“I’m getting a bit of chocolate on the nose,” he says.
Then Ahsmann takes a sip, observing the fluid with his tongue, opening his mouth to let fresh oxygen unlock layer upon layer of flavor, even after he has swallowed.
“There’s vanilla, some molasses,” he says. “Some cherry, almond…oak on the back end.”
Ahsmann voice echoes against vaulted ceilings and brick walls lined with charred white-oak barrels, stacked four high, each filled with aging alcohol. But this isn’t a typical Kentucky rickhouse, nor is it some cellar in the heart of Napa wine country. It’s the Goose Island Barrel House, where the Chicago-based craft-beer pioneers age their imperial stout for up to sixteen months in used bourbon barrels.
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Oh, my Gourd! Beer fermented inside massive pumpkin

From: KLEW TV CBS

FRYEBURG, Manie (WGME) — Beer that was fermented inside an award-winning giant pumpkin will be available for tasting at a brewing company in Maine for one day only.
Saco River Brewing, which is located in Fryeburg, said “P-Funk” will be available for a tasting on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
P-Funk is an amber ale that was fermented inside Charlie Lopresti’s 2,080-pound pumpkin. Lopresti is the chief meteorologist at WGME.
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Keeping Cleveland Brew-tiful: Great Lakes Brewing Company Revitalizes Ohio

Consensus Digital Media presents episode #10 of Made in America: Glass Half Full, featuring craft breweries across America. These breweries are pioneering sustainable, innovative business practices that better their communities and the world – while making great beer!
This episode spotlights Great Lakes Brewing Company’s founding brothers, whose love of fresh, local beer inspired them to revitalize the Cleveland brewing industry. Brothers Pat and Dan Conway founded Great Lakes Brewing Company, the first microbrewery in Ohio. After dozens of local breweries closed across the state, the Conway brothers saw untapped potential for bold, flavorful beers – leading to Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Watch it Here!

All around Las Vegas, the craft beer scene is hopping

Las Vegas’ burgeoning craft beer scene is gaining more representation on the Strip as demand for locally brewed ales and lagers is influencing real-life beverage managers. That’s music to the ears of Wyndee Forrest, co-owner of CraftHaus Brewery and president of the Nevada Craft Brewers Association.
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WHITE LABS DEBUTS PUREPITCH NEXT GENERATION INNOVATIONS IN HOMEBREW SIZE

Press Release:

New Homebrew Size Features Resealable Cap and Double the Cell Count for Foolproof Fermentation for Small-Scale and Homebrewers
Bringing the innovation of PurePitch Next Generation (PPNG) packaging to home and small-scale professional brewers, White Labs has reimagined its homebrew size yeast to feature a resealable cap, exceptional breathability, double the pitch rate and verifiable quality at a value brewers will love.
From the industry’s first pitchable liquid yeast to a complete revolution in the way it’s propagated and packaged, White Labs brings 27 years of exploration and innovation to its newest creation, PurePitch Next Generation (PPNG) Homebrew, delivering verifiable quality and consistency in easy-to-use packaging specifically for homebrewers.
“Homebrew is where White Labs began, and while we’ve continued to expand our range of products and packages over the last 27 years through our tireless spirit of innovation, we wanted to ensure we were keeping smaller brewers in mind when expanding our PurePitch Next Generation innovations to homebrewers,” says Chris White, founder and CEO of White Labs. “While this product is intended for homebrewers, we put the same rigorous quality standards into every batch, which results in professional quality yeast that can be used by professional and homebrewers alike.”
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Annual Pink Boots Hop Blend Raises Scholarship Funding for Women in Beer and Alcohol Industry


Press Release:
YAKIMA, Wash., Oct. 18, 2022 – Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a 100% farmer-owned global hop supplier, is pleased to announce the pre-order opening of their 6th Annual Pink Boots Blend in partnership with Pink Boots Society (PBS). PBS is an international nonprofit with a mission to assist, inspire, and encourage women and non-binary individuals in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry through education.
The Pink Boots Blend is an annual hop blend and part of YCH’s commitment to empowering people within the craft beer industry. YCH and Pink Boots Society have worked together for the past six years to raise support for women and non-binary individuals, having generated over $500,000 in total scholarship funding through the Pink Boots Blend.
PBS members collaboratively select the blend, then a sign-up for pre-orders is opened for the craft brewing community interested in brewing a Pink Boots beer. A portion of the sales proceeds is contributed to the PBS scholarship fund. This helps provide educational opportunities to women and non-binary individuals in the industry.
The deadline to sign up is Dec. 31st, allowing time to ship and brew by International Women’s Day on March 8 when PBS hosts their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Brewers are encouraged to register their Pink Boots Blend brew day and join the growing global craft beer industry tradition that inspires community, diversity, and empowerment.

DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME — FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP TO AMERICAN BREWERS GUILD — DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 9TH

APPLY NOW AS DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 9TH
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 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). Full details and scholarship applications are available at https://www.abgbrew.com/index.php/admissions/scholarships/falconer#.Y0RIeuzMKHE.