Fuller’s Reg Drury dies

June 10th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

Reg Drury, the longtime leader of Fuller’s brewing and operations team in London, has died.

In the final years before he retired in 1999 and later as an ambassador for Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. Drury was well known to American brewers and played a key educational role in the growing craft movement.

He was responsible for modernizing the brewhouse at Fuller’s, switching from open squares to conical fermenters. He was the first brewer to use such vessels for brewing ale – and today, the process is common place.

During his tenure, Fuller’s was awarded the Champion Beer of Britain prize five times with three different beers.

Simon Emeny, Chief Executive, said: “Reg was a true gentleman and he will always be synonymous with Fuller’s,” said Simon Emeny, Fuller’s chief executive. “He was a legendary brewer, a great statesman and a fantastic mentor and will be greatly missed by those that knew him.”

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Karl Ockert to oversee brewing at Deschutes

June 4th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

Deschutes Brewery has announced hiring of Karl Ockert as Director of Brewery Operations. A press release states hewill use his 30-plus years experience in the brewing industry to oversee and guide all functions and activities related to brewing, cellaring, packaging, safety, continuous improvement, maintenance and quality control. Ockert, who spent a total of two decades with Bridgeport Brewing Company, most recently served as an independent consulting brewmaster and the technical director for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

“Karl’s extensive experience in the craft industry and his incredible technical expertise will help us through a critical growth phase as we look to expand production and bring on a second brewery,” said Michael LaLonde, president of Deschutes Brewery. “He’s a great cultural fit for our team as a whole and we look forward to his guidance and input as we continue to grow.”

Ockert was the original brewmaster for Bridgeport Brewing Company in the 1980s, and after stints at some other breweries (small and large), he returned there in the mid-90s as brewmaster and general manager.

Ockert said, “Deschutes has been a respected cornerstone in the craft brewing world for more than 25 years, due to their consistent quality across the board, along with their ongoing experimentation with new styles, processes, ingredients and more. I’m excited to join their team as the company continues to innovate, expand and break new ground.”

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Drinkers to decide which retired Sam Adams beers to resurrect

May 11th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams beers, plans to bring back some retired favorites this year and next, and is letting drinkers determine just what those favorites are. Through online and in-person voting, drinkers will determine which two brews will emerge from the Samuel Adams “vault” for national distribution in early 2016. The choices include beers included more than 20 years ago, including Cherry Lambic.

Here’s how it works:

– Starting today, drinkers can visit the Samuel Adams website http://www.samueladams.com/drinker-favorites to select four beers (from 16 offered) they would like to see back on shelves. Drinkers can return once a day to vote for their favorites.
– After voting closes May 25, Samuel Adams will tally the votes and brew the four beers that get the most votes.
– The four finalist brews will be poured in July and August at the Boston Brewery and select beer festivals nationwide, and a final round of online voting will take place during the summer, where drinkers can vote for the two final winning brews.
– The two beers that get the most votes will be declared winners and re-released in the January 2016 Samuel Adams Variety Pack.

“We’ve been brewing boundary-pushing beers for over 30 years, but with innovation comes the inevitability of having to tuck away the recipes for some our favorite brews to save for another day,” Boston Beer founder Jim Koch said. “We hear from our drinkers nearly every day asking us to re-release their favorites, so we’re excited to make these brews available once again on a national level.”

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Brooklyn, Carlsberg to partner with Norwegian brewery

April 27th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

Brooklyn Brewery and Denmark’s Carlsberg have announced another brewing collaboration, this time with Ringnes in Norway.

The three companies will a new brewery with pub, restaurant, conference facilities and visitor center established at the existing Ringnes E.C. Dahls brewery site in Trondheim, Norway. The brewery will produce both popular local Dahls beer and new beers that take inspiration from both Norwegian and US craft brewing traditions.

E.C. Dahls is the second brewery collaboration between Carlsberg and Brooklyn. One year ago, Carlsberg and Brooklyn opened a brewery in Stockholm – the New Carnegie Brewery – a revival of Sweden’s Carnegie Brewery.

“This is great news for the E.C. Dahls brewery, and great news for beer lovers in Norway and beyond,” said Jørn Tolstrup Rohde, senior vice president for Western Europe at Carlsberg Group. “Carlsberg’s collaboration with Brooklyn continues to explore new possibilities in craft brewing. Carlsberg started its life as a small brewery in Copenhagen back in 1847, and thanks to the resurgence of craft brewing in recent times, more and more people are getting interested in the world of beer. We think that’s very positive.”

Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver, is a frequent visitor to Norway and will help develop a new line of beers for Norwegian beer drinkers. “The new E.C. Dahls will celebrate the great tradition of Dahls and bring the brewery and its portfolio into the world of craft beer,” Oliver said. “Norway already has a great beer scene, and we’re really excited to be part of it.”

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Rahr Malting plans major expansion

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded $610,000 in Job Creation Fund resources to Rahr Malting Corp., which will help the Minnesota company to begin its $68 million expansion and addition of 28 full-time employees.

Rahr Corp.’s expansion plans include the construction of a malt house, pilot brewery and technical center, maintenance warehouse, and distribution center. New parking, green space, ponding, and other site improvements are also part of the plan. The Job Creation Fund resources will go directly toward the cost of the pilot brewery and technical center, maintenance warehouse, and distribution center. This funding is contingent on Rahr meeting its hiring and investment goals.

“We’re very excited to be able to continue growing in our home base of Shakopee,” William Rahr, president and chief executive officer of Rahr Corp., said for a press release. “This is the first time in our 168-year history that we have asked the state to support our expansion of jobs and production, so we appreciate the state’s recognition of the economic benefits that Rahr’s expansion will bring to Minnesota.”

The expansion includes:

– The addition of a new 115,000-square-foot malt house will add 70,000 metric tons of annual malting capacity, for a total of 460,000 metric tons. This amount is enough to brew 6 billion bottles of the average craft beer or 12 billion 12-ounce cans of the average light beer. Upon project completion, the company’s headquarters in Shakopee will be the largest single-site malting facility in the world.

– The 20,000-square-foot pilot brewery and technical center will further Rahr’s position as an industry leader in brewing ingredients and improve the company’s understanding of how its products perform in a realistic brewery environment. The first floor will house a pilot brewing and micro-malting center, and the second floor will house an expanded malt quality control lab.

– The 15,000-square-foot maintenance warehouse will allow for storage of the parts and equipment needed to maintain the malting facility.

– The 80,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for Brewers Supply Group (a wholly owned subsidiary of Rahr Corporation that supplies premium ingredients to brewers, winemakers and distillers) will primarily be used for warehousing and order fulfillment. About 6,000 square feet will be used for the bagging of malt, ranging from bulk loads down to smaller sizes for craft brewers. The facility will serve Rahr’s brewery customers across the United States, including many of Minnesota’s new craft brewers.

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Economic impact of brewing in New York

April 21st, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

The numbers aren’t quite up to date — and given recent growth they would likely be even more impressive — but the growing economic impact of brewing in New York’s state economy is apparent.

Impact of craft beer in New York state

The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) &#151 whose motto is “Think New York, Drink New York” — found that in 2013 the impact of craft beer on New York State to total $3.5 billion (up from $2.2 billion in 2012). The figure takes into account the number of full-time jobs generated by the local beer industry (11,366 jobs); wages ($554 million paid); state and local taxes paid ($748 million in taxes); and craft beer tourism ($450 million in tourism dollars).

“When the NYSBA was founded in 2003 there were only 38 breweries in the state, today there are over 200,” David Katleski, NYSBA co-founder David Katleski said in a press released. “Through years of relationship building in Albany, we were able to help craft legislation that laid the foundation for the growth we are seeing today. New York State is certainly on the national radar as a brewing powerhouse, and these numbers show the results of a craft beer friendly New York State.”

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Brew Hub to make Toppling Goliath beers

April 13th, 2015 | Posted by Real Beer

Toppling Goliath, an Iowa brewery that makes bold-flavored beers highly pursued by beer enthusiasts across the country, has become the latest to strike a deal to have a portion of its beer made by Brew Hub.

Brew Hub was founded in 2012 in St. Louis and is building a network of five breweries across the country that primarily will produce beer for other breweries, such at Toppling Goliath. The first came on line in Lakeland, Fla., last year and the next will open outside St. Louis in 2016. The Lakeland facility will brew Toppling Goliath in 2015, but the St. Louis brewery will make most of it beginning in 2016.

Brew Hub will make PseudoSue and other popular brands in Florida, then ship the beer back to Decorah, Iowa, to be distributed throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. Toppling Goliath also will expand distribution to Minnesota.

Toppling Goliath produced approximately 3,200 barrels of beer in 2014. The partnership with Brew Hub will allow the company to increase its volume to nearly 20,000 barrels annually. Brew Hub will package the beer in cans, bottles and kegs.

“We began brewing our beer in 2009, and the positive response from consumers was almost immediate, but it has been overwhelming,” said Toppling Goliath founder Clark Lewey. “It’s been really gratifying to brew craft beer that people love, but we have been unable to meet consumer demand for several years, which has really been frustrating for us, retailers and consumers. Our partnership with Brew Hub will allow us to grow Toppling Goliath the way we always dreamed, and we could not be more excited.”

Lewey and other members of the Toppling Goliath team toured Brew Hub’s Lakeland, Florida, brewery in 2015 to discuss a potential partnership. During that meeting, Toppling Goliath asked Brew Hub to brew their two flagship brands, PseudoSue and Dorothy’s New World Lager. Lewey wanted to see for himself how well Brew Hub could brew their beer.

“Once I tasted our beers brewed by the Brew Hub team, I got really excited,” Lewey said. “That was the proof I needed to know this partnership was the way forward for Toppling Goliath.”

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