Celebrate American Craft Beer Week May 10-16

Support America’s small and independent craft breweries through on-premise purchases
What
The 15th annual American Craft Beer Week returns May 10-16. The national beer holiday, hosted by the Brewers Association (BA) – the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers – encourages beer lovers to visit their local taprooms, brewpubs, and breweries to purchase beer, whether for on-premise enjoyment, to-go, or delivery.

When
May 10-16, 2021

Where
At local independent craft breweries to support American Craft Beer Week.

Why
Following a tumultuous year with on-premise sales dropping double digits, this year’s holiday honors the creativity, community, and resiliency of America’s small and independent craft breweries by reminding beer lovers that “local beer is better.” As loyal community supporters, many craft breweries responded quickly to the pandemic by producing hand sanitizer for local first responders and collaborating to raise funds for frontline and hospitality workers. Of legal drinking age adults in the U.S., 85% live within 10 miles of a brewery, and craft breweries serve as community gathering places and job creators – providing more than 138,000 direct full and part-time jobs in 2020.

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Shot and a beer: DC offering walk-up vaccines, beverages at Kennedy Center

WTOP – https://wtop.com/dc/2021/05/shot-and-a-beer-dc-offering-walk-up-vaccines-beverages-at-kennedy-center/
D.C. is offering a walk-up vaccine clinic with a free beer afterward.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the event on Tuesday. It’ll be held at The Reach at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.

Participants have to be 21 or older, and the clinic is administering the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Each person who gets the shot will get a free beer from Solace Brewing Company.

The clinic is part of D.C.’s Vaxed for Mom initiative.

Washington State approves beer sales at axe tossing joint

In first for Washington, state finally approves beer sales at Capitol Hill axe tossing joint Blade and Timber
Capitol Hill’s axe throwing bar will finally be a bar. The state liquor board has finally approved Blade and Timber’s application ending years of back and forth between the venue and officials over allowing participants to purchase alcohol at the Broadway venue.
It’s a historic moment, the company says, for beer and axes.
“This victory marks the first time in Washington state’s history to grant a designated axe throwing venue approval to serve alcohol while patrons throw axes,” a release on the approval reads.
Blade and Timber is calling the approval a “pilot” and says sales under its new snack bar liquor license can begin Friday:
The venue will be the first axe throwing experience in the state to pilot serving beer. The approach includes a multitude of measures to prioritize guest safety above all. Safety measures include restricting guests 21 years or older to two beers during their 90-minute axe throwing session. Further, guests are trained by certified staff prior to handling an axe and will throw in fully enclosed lanes.
The decision is a triumph for axe tossers looking to unwind and internet commenters across Capitol Hill who take joy in pointing out the inherent hilarious danger of mixing the throwing of sharp items with liquor. It will also help the Blade and Timber chain continue to operate in Seattle.
Read More Via Top of the Town

Oldest known whiskey bottle to be auctioned

World’s ‘oldest currently known whiskey bottle’ to be auctioned in June
A bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey that has been dubbed the “oldest currently known whiskey bottle” is set to be auctioned in June by Boston-based Skinner Auctions.

oldest whiskey bottle
Credit: Skinner Auctioneers
The front of the bottle is embossed with lettering that states it’s from Evans & Ragland in La Grange, Georgia. Meanwhile, the back has a typed note taped to it that advises that “This Bourbon was probably made prior to 1865.”

Now, since “prior to 1865” is a relatively open-ended time scale, Skinner’s rare spirits expert Joseph Hyman extracted small amount of liquid using a needle, so that it could be sent off for carbon dating.

The result? Scientists from the University of Georgia and the University of Glasgow judged the most likely date range for the bourbon to be between 1763 to 1803, with 81.1 percent probability.

“The age was a shocking surprise, albeit a pleasant one, for both myself and the scientist,” Hyman told Food and Wine.

The auction will run from June 22 to 30, organized by Skinner Auctioneers.

Meanwhile, we previously reported that whisky brand Fistful of Bourbon would pay someone $100,000 to be its next hand model. “Here at Fistful of Bourbon, we’re looking for a new leading star, someone that can truly wow us with their panache,” said Anthony Bohlinger, US brand ambassador at Fistful of Bourbon. Find out more about that here.

Via The Drinks Business

LIVE YOUR DREAM – GO TO BEER SCHOOL AT SIEBEL INSTITUTE – APPLY NOW

Application Deadline (4/28) Approaching for 2 Siebel Scholarships – APPLY NOW!
In collaboration with the Siebel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2021. The scholarships are full tuition grants and come with travel/lodging stipends.

Both scholarships are for the World Brewing Academy (WBA) Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago, November 1-12, 2021. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology is a two-week intensive program that covers every topic critical to successful brewery operations. The course is designed for brewers pursuing a wider knowledge of professional brewing standards and techniques to advance their brewing careers as well as individuals planning to enter the brewing industry. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses.

Applicants must be from the states Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. The scholarships are open to both homebrewers and professional brewers.
Note that the full application must be received no later than April 28, 2021.

Complete details and scholarship applications are available at https://siebelinstitute.com/about-us/studying-at-siebel/scholarships

The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers to further their knowledge and expertise. The Falconer Foundation has granted 47 scholarships since 2004.

For more information on the Foundation please visit www.glenfalconerfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook.

Manhattan’s Forgotten Brewpubs

A Short History of Manhattan’s Forgotten First Wave of Brewpubs
“I’ve lived in lower Manhattan my entire adult life,” says Torch & Crown co-founder John Dantzler. “But there wasn’t anyone making the beer here that I wanted to drink. It’s a major discrepancy that we’re in the most densely populated part of the country and there isn’t a brewery built to serve the community.” That wasn’t always the case, however, by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, Manhattan used to be a hotbed for brewing operations. Especially in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
What happened?
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Dogs of Ninkasi Photo Contest!


DOES YOUR DOG EMBODY THE PERSONALITY OF ONE OF OUR BEERS? SHOW US WITH A PHOTO AND WIN SWEET PRIZES!
To enter, share a photo of your dog on Instagram representing one of our beers and don’t forget to tag us @ninkasibrewing so we see it. (Don’t have Instagram? You can email us your entry at info@ninkasibrewing.com.) All entries must be received by July 4th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be selected and announced by July 31st. Good luck!
THE RULES
Photos must include: 1) your dog, and 2) a Ninkasi beer. Bonus points will be given for props and costumes that help embody the Ninkasi beer your dog is showcasing. For example, Penny the Red Heeler above is showcasing Dawn of the Red with Dawn of the Red props. This part is open for interpretation of what the beer means to you.
Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 4th at 11:59pm PST.
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Brewdog CEO Reveals Dragon’s Den Investors Missed Out On £360M Payday

BREWDOG CEO REVEALS DRAGON’S DEN INVESTORS MISSED OUT ON £360M AFTER PRODUCERS REJECTED THEIR SCREEN TEST
James Watt, the CEO and co-founder of craft beer giant BrewDog, has revealed that the Dragon’s Den investors missed out on “by far the best deal” in the show’s history after producers rejected their screen test.
Via The Drinks Business

Beer thieves trash pub when keg heist goes awry

Beer thieves left red-faced, trash pub as keg heist goes wrong
Five beer thieves who attempted to steal kegs of beer left for collection outside the The Twa Tams in Perth, Scotland, trashed the pub after their heist went awry. The robbers attempted to make off with the kegs at around 8.20pm on 13 March, only to discover that they were empty and contained no beer, according to the Daily Record. Realising their error of judgement, four of the five fled the scene but a fifth, apparently incensed, threw a keg through the bar’s antique stained glass window, shattering it.
Via The Drinks Business

Thieves steal beer that was barrel ageing underwater

Three breweries based in Mar del Plata in Argentina have been left mystified after barrels containing 600 litres of beer were stolen from an underwater shipwreck where they were being aged for several months. As reported by local news site La Capital, breweries Heller, La Paloma and Baum had teamed up with the Thalassa Diving School in order to carry out an underwater beer ageing project.
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AU – Brewery’s Urgent Recall of Beer Due to Exploding Can Fears

URGENT RECALL OF BEERS ISSUED OVER FEARS OF EXPLODING CANS 
Beer drinkers are being warned to check their cans after an urgent recall was issued for one product over fears of ‘exploding’ cans and higher alcohol content than stated due to secondary fermentation.
Cans of Bright Brewery’s Pineapple Dream Nitro Milkshake Ale will be taken off shelves at independent supermarkets across Australia due to concerns that the beer cans may rupture after it was warned that “secondary fermentation” may lead to a higher alcohol content than is stated on the packaging.
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Beer Spa Opens in Denver

The Beer Spa by Snug, a “wellness spa offering therapeutic beer bath treatments” has opened its doors in Denver, Colorado. The spa includes four private beer therapy rooms and a high-tech relaxation lounge, alongside a ten-tap self-pour taproom. Each therapy room features a cedar hot tub for hops, barley, and herb-infused hydrotherapy treatments, as well as an infrared sauna, rain shower, and relaxation deck.
Via ProBewer.com