Archive for February, 2010

New stuff: beers, labels and guides

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Press releases from our email box: “Your Beer. Your Label.” For a limited time a Newcastle Brown Ale microsite includes an application allowing visitors to create their own personalized beer labels. Final concepts are also added to an online gallery for fans to vote for their favorite design. Back in Brown. Speaking of labels, Dundee […]

Independent British brewers flourish

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Local, meaning mostly smaller, breweries are outperforming the overall beer market in Great Britain. According to the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) there was a 16.8% average increase in individual brewers’ sales turnover. “In 2009, through the worst of the recession, local brewers record volume growth of 3.75%,” the report states, and “those in production […]

Brewing, cooking stars plan Manhattan brewery-pub

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This press release sent a shock wave through online beer world Saturday: Four well-know brewers are joining forces with Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Italian food emporium Eataly to open a brewery-pub on a New York City rooftop with breathtaking views of the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings. The four breweries collaborating on this project […]

Pennsylvania 6-pack battle resumes

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

State Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, joined by the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council and the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, has backed a new bill that they said would “make sweeping and historic changes to the way beer is sold in Pennsylvania.” It would allow a six-pack, a 12-pack or a case of beer to be sold, […]

Sierra 30: The pioneers have spoken

Monday, February 15th, 2010

What is Sierra Nevada 30: A Collaboration of Brewing Pioneers? This video, featuring the protagonists, includes ruminations on the last 30 years and a hint of what beers to expect in celebration of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s anniversary. More at the Sierra 30 website.

Mardi Gras, Magic Hat style

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Mardi Gras comes a little later in Burlington, Vermont, than New Orleans, but then so does spring. The 15th annual annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras weekend begins Feb. 26, featuring music, moonpies, parades and community aid. This all-ages extravaganza is a “party with a conscience” to benefit the Women’s Rape Crisis Center of Chittenden County […]

Britain appoints minister for pubs

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The British government has appointed a minister of pubs, who will be in charge of trying to slow the rate at which pubs are closing. Wentworth MP John Healey, also housing and planning minister, will head a five-minister task force. The Morning Advertiser reports he is considering tax breaks for pubs and giving tenants the […]