Archive for May, 2007

Going green with New Belgium

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

NBC Nightly News featured New Belgium Brewing in Colorado as part of its “America Goes Green” series. The report started with the rules that founders Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch set from the outset: “Having fun, brewing world class beer, promoting beer culture and being environment stewards.” It included the fact the brewery is wind-powered, […]

Czech Zatec bound for US

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Importer Merchant du Vin will begin distributing a Czech beer with decidedly Old World links in June. Zatecky Pivovar, which brews Zatec beer, claims a heritage that goes back to paying brewing taxes in 1004. The town of Zatec is located in the The Zatec region, famous as the home of aromatic Zatec hops, better […]

Barley demand could brew higher beer prices

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Canada’s beer companies have issued a news release stating they want Prairie farmers to grow malting barley. Ron Waldman, president and CEO of Saskatoon’s Great Western Brewing Company and a board member of the Brewers Association of Canada, says the brewers association is only taking the first step to “open a dialogue” with farmers. He […]

Plant your own beer garden

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Before you gets your hopes up, the Canadian humor site The Toque may be funny but not authoritative. Still you have to love this idea: People will generally buy bottled beer out of convenience, but there is nothing quite as satisfying as the sweet nectar grown from your very own beer garden. It even includes […]

Wyeast debuts gluten-free yeast

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Wyeast Laboratories will soon begin selling two of its most popular yeasts to homebrewers in gluten-free form. The Oregon yeast lab already offers the yeast to commercial brewing companies. Wyeast 1272 GF American Ale II and Wyeast 2206 GF Bavarian Lager will be sold in Activator Pure Pitchable Yeast packages. The gluten-free yeast will be […]

Aussies get lower alcohol choice

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Headline: Boutique beers sales up 12%, mainstream sales flat. Just another quarterly update from the United States? No, this is from Australia. In reaction, Foster’s has decided for the first time to produce a weaker version of Victoria Bitter (also known as VB), putting a yellow-label on the 3.5% abv beer. VB, which has been […]