Beer is a scarce commodity in Mexico

Beer has become such a rare commodity in Mexico that when it becomes available, police officers have to be called in to control crowds.
It happened at a VIP Supermarket in one Tijuana neighborhood. The minute word got out that it had beer, people rushed to the store and lined up. Almost immediately police officers showed up to keep peace and order. Ever since Mexico ruled beer as non-essential during the COVID-19 crisis, breweries south of the border ceased operations and beer became scarce before stores completely ran out of it.
“I’m in heaven, can’t remember the last time I had a beer,” said Alexis Gonzalez, who was able to buy a 12-pack of Bud Light.
Via Border Report

Pandemic-era women help keep CA craft beer industry afloat

Meet the pandemic-era women helping to keep California’s craft beer industry afloat
When coronavirus landed in California and Bay Area closed its non-essential businesses, the loss in revenue sent the state’s breweries – along with its bars and wineries – into a tailspin.
“We literally now haven’t kegged anything in two months just because there was no point,” says Claudia Pamparana, co-founder of Alameda’s Faction Brewing.
“It’s been frustrating,” she says. “It’s depressing to not have people sitting on our patio.”
The new objective for the foreseeable future for Faction – and for others across Northern California – was (and is) to can that perishable beer and sell it off as fast as possible, while it’s still fresh. So they called the Can Van.
Via SF Gate

Yuengling & Phillies Launch “Cheers PA” to Raise Funds for PA Bar and Restaurant Workers Impacted by COVID-19


Press Release
Yuengling and Philadelphia Phillies All-Star, Aaron Nola, Launch “Cheers PA” to Raise Funds for Pennsylvania Bar and Restaurant Workers Impacted by COVID-19
From May 19 through June 19, we’re calling all PA-lovers to participate in a virtual celebrity fundraiser on PledgeIt and Cameo where fans can donate to HARP for a chance to win signed memorabilia or once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite Pennsylvania legends.
100% of proceeds from Cheers PA will go directly toward HARP to help bartenders and waitstaff impacted by COVID-19.
Let’s raise a glass, and some funds, to #CheersPA!

2020 Oregon Brewers Festival Cancelled

Press release from OBF:
Dear Friends of the Oregon Brewers Festival,

We are devastated to share that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Oregon Brewers Festival, originally scheduled for this July 22-25. This will be the first time in 33 years that the iconic July event will not take place.

This decision was not made lightly. At the onset of the COVID-19 virus, we were hopeful that the situation might resolve itself by late July. But the health and safety of our guests, vendors, staff and volunteers is our top priority, and we have decided the risk of holding the festival is too great. The Oregon Brewers Festival is attended by thousands of visitors from all over the world. The last thing we would want to do is hold an event that could contribute to the spread of the virus and potentially introduce a second wave of infections.

It’s important for us to make sure that when the festival returns next year, it does so in a way that’s safe and ensures our guests feel secure. We will spend this downtime carefully planning on how to hold a successful event in a post-pandemic world.

The Oregon Brewers Festival will return July 28-31, 2021. In the meantime, we urge you to support your local craft breweries and cider makers; place orders for curbside pickup or delivery and follow them on social media for the latest news on how to help. It has been estimated that up to 46% of craft breweries may be forced to close due to the pandemic. The Oregon Brewers Festival is a celebration of craft beer, and we need to make sure our breweries are still standing when this crisis has passed.

Until then, stay safe, be kind, and wash your hands. Cheers!

Founder Art Larrance and the entire Oregon Brewers Festival Team

OR – Virtual Fest Schedule Released

Join the Oregon Brewers Guild from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, for a digital dive into Oregon craft beer. Brewers will give behind-the-scenes brewery tours, explore beer styles and history, and much more. The fest is a fundraiser for the Oregon Brewers Guild.
The tentative schedule is live on their EventBrite page, and features over 30 breweries. A few highlights include a behind-the-scenes tour of The Ale Apothecary’s mythical brewery, housed in a cabin high in the hills above Bend; a Bob Ross-style beer painting class with Leikam Brewing; a live tour of pFriem Family Brewing’s new Cascade Locks Barrel-aging Facility; an in-depth chat with Oregon brewing legend John Harris of Ecliptic; live music and much more.
Need a beer for the fest? (Of course you do). Over 100 breweries across the state are offering delivery and takeout. Find a comprehensive list of options here.
Via Oregon Brewers Guild

DEADLINE EXTENDED — APPLY NOW FOR 2020 FALCONER FOUNDATION BREWING SCHOLARSHIPS TO SIEBEL INSTITUTE

Glen Hay Falconer Foundation

First of all, we hope you are healthy and sane in this time. Given the unique circumstances, we are extending the application deadline to May 15, 2020. So apply now for one of two awesome full-ride scholarships to Siebel Institute.

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

In collaboration with the Seibel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2020. The scholarships are full tuition grants and come with travel/lodging stipends – at this time, the plan is still for the campus course but this could change to the online course depending on circumstances.

Both scholarships are for the World Brewing Academy (WBA) Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago, November 9-20, 2020. 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 May 15, 2020.

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 45 scholarships since 2004.

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

Homebrew Projects to Tackle While We Wait

Homebrew Projects to Tackle While Social Distancing
Since going out for a beer simply isn’t an option right now. ( Please support local breweries by ordering delivery online, if you’re comfortable with it!) But, it’s a great time to make your own beer.
Open up that kit that’s been sitting in the closet gathering dust or order everything required by online delivery — and while you wait for gumption, inspiration, or shipping, Vinepair has plenty of reading recommendations to keep you occupied, too.
Via Vinepair

25 Years of Old Rasputin!


Virtual Toast for Old Rasputin’s 25th Anniversary
This Saturday will mark the 25th Anniversary of the first brewing of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

North Coast would love to share this event so they’ve arranged to gather virtually, this Saturday at Noon PDT, to share a “Virtual Toast” with help from their CEO Jeff Ottoboni, Brewmasters Patrick Broderick and Chuck Martins and other special guests, including North Coast President Emeritus & Co-Founder, Mark Ruedrich. The event will be held on Facebook Live

The Crafty Cask – Tippler Nation Virtual Tastings

Join Crafty Cask as they bring craft winery, distillery, brewery, and cider house tastings to you at home through our virtual tasting experiences. You’ll learn about the specific type of tipple they’re sipping on for each event, get introduced to amazing craft makers from around the country, and often hear from the makers and other industry professionals themselves. And, of course, you’ll get a chance to ask questions, meet new friends, and support these amazing small craft businesses directly. Check out their calendar of events and join any or all!
Via The Craft Cask

Time To Raid The Beer Collection!

As the World Shelters in Place, Rare Beer Lovers Raid Their Collections
By EVAN RAIL
The other night, I did something unusual: I opened a 2009 bottle of 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze.
The weird part wasn’t that I chose a spontaneously fermented beer from Belgium: Although I do mostly consume Czech lagers, I happily drink most styles. But that particular beer from my own cellar was one that dated from before the 2009 disaster that shuttered one of Belgium’s favorite lambic breweries for several years. It was not just from Belgium. It was not just sour. It was not just old. It was a truly rare bottle from a different era, one of a very limited number that remain anywhere, and a real collector’s item among connoisseurs.
Via Vinepair

Virtual Tours of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries

Vinepair’s Best Virtual Tours of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries
Close to 300 million Americans are currently in stay at home mode.
These measures have left many of us seeking new and novel forms of entertainment. Some enjoy virtual happy hours with friends, while others have elevated those experiences by introducing virtual drinking games to new and old friends. Pretty much all of us are drinking more, with many taking advantage of alcohol delivery services for the first time. But while physical travel is impossible right now, you can escape your four walls via virtual tourism.
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Where you can order beer to-go in Houston

HOUSTON – With the news that dine-in service would be prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a temporary waiver that allows restaurants to include alcohol beverages in takeout and delivery orders.
All alcohol included in takeout or delivery orders must be sold in the original container that was sealed by the manufacturer of the beverage, according to the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission.
Under the relaxed policy, the customer must not be intoxicated and must present valid proof of their identity that confirms they are at least 21 years old when the order is delivered.
According to TABC, there is no required food-to-alcohol ratio.
EaterHouston compiled a list of all restaurants offering cocktail kits, wine, and beer deliveries in Houston.
Via Click2Houston