Archive for November, 2006

Widmer begins major $22 million expansion

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Oregon brewer Widmer Bros. is beginning a $22 million expansion (via The Oregonian). The company broke ground on a new building that will house fermentation tanks and an additional kegging line. Once the expansion is completed, the brewery will nearly double its annual capacity to 550,000 barrels. The expansion will allow Widmers make and sell […]

The best 10 beer cities in the world

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

MSNBC has a list of the “Top 10 cities for beer lovers,” which was compiled by The cities are listed in alphabetical order so Amersterdam is first on the list and Sapporo is last (of the 10, still pretty heady terriroty). Two American cities earned spots – Portland, Oregon, which is no surprise. And […]

Bryan the Brewer heads west

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Bryan Pearson, well known in craft brewing circles for his award winning beers at Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, is headed to Colorado. Pearson is joining Brewing Science Institute (BSI), which sells yeast to craft brewers across the country. He told the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette he’s looking forward to “spending a lot more time in the […]

Wood and Barrel-Aged winners

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago won best of show at 4th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer in Chicago. The festival attracted 71 different wood and barrel-aged beers. Twenty-eight different breweries, representing 14 states, participated. Rock Bottom’s Clare’s Thirsty Ale won the experimental category, then BOS. The brewery has won Best of Show at […]

Shouldn’t Dikta be a beer brand?

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

This is just plain wrong. Lyke 2 Drink reports that Mike Ditkta has his own wine and that Mike Ditka Kick Ass Red and will retail at between $40-$50 per bottle. Ditka has become a brand outside of football. His name is on a successful Chicago steakhouse and on frozen pork chops, barbecue and steak […]

Study Break IPA

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Colorado State University students got their hands pleasantly dirty when their Brewing Science and Technology class visited Odell Brewing in Fort Collins. The students worked closely with brewery founder Doug Odell to brew Study Break IPA on the brewery’s five-barrel pilot system. “This was so much more than a field trip tour of the Odell […]

More success for smaller guys

Monday, November 6th, 2006

The Denver Post profiles Jeff Coleman and Distinguished Brands, the importing company her runs. The story reminds us of the role the big players play in the beer buisness. The three largest brewers in American bre 81% of the beer sold here. The top five importers accounted for almost 80% of the more than 25 […]