Archive for February, 2007

We’ll miss you, Linda

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Linda Starck, who has been a friend to literally thousands in the brewing community for more than 20 years, died Friday. She was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago. Linda – you would only have to say “Linda” (no last name needed) at any gathering of brewers, such as the Great American Beer Festival […]

Alaskan celebrates first at Toronado

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine (2004 vintage) took first place in judging that kicked off the Toronado Barley Wine Festival, which wraps up this weekend in San Francisco. “I think it’s a real honor to win at the Toronado,” said Darin Jensen, an Alaskan Brewing quality assurance analyst and former brewer. “It’s great that our […]

Great beers in the Phoenix Valley

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

azcentral.com picks the top 10 locally brewed beer in the Phoenix Valley. Don’t think they are in order – and since Ed’s Cave Creek Chili Beer (an interestsing novelty in 1993) is listed second let’s hope not. The list (visit the link above for details): Kiltlifter Scottish Ale Four Peaks Brewing Company Cave Creek Chili […]

Rogue’s 10,000th batch

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Rogue Ales master brewer John Maier has brewed his 10,000th batch. (In fact, he brewed it Nov. 14 of last year, but Maier is not one to rush a beer out of the brewery.) Maier brewed the first batch of Rogue Ales in a garage on the Yaquina Bayfront in Newport, Oregon, on May 18, […]

Odell’s Single-Barrel series honored

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

The Coloradoan newspaper Best in Business awards have honored the employees of Odell Brewing with “Innovator of the Year.” The Fort Collins brewery was praised for using its five-barrel pilot system to create it Single Batch Series of beers. “Investing in innovative brewing technologies has positioned Odell Brewing for success by producing truly one-of-a-kind beers,” […]

Odds on an A-B, InBev merger?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

The Financial Times (via MSNBC) has a complete analysis of why the rumored merger between brewing giants InBev and Anheuser-Busch makes sense, and why it might not happen. They said the biggest obstacle to a deal would be reluctance on the part of the Busch family to relinquish management control of Anheuser. The family has […]

Sierra Nevada in the high tech world

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

When Microsoft rolled out is long-awaited Vista software at a large gathering in San Francisco, Sierra Nevada Brewing shared the spotlight. No, Microsft wasn’t handing out free beer. Sierra Nevada representatives were there because the brewery partcipated in early training for Vista. Sierra Nevada was one of about 60 mid-size companies that were part of […]