A prominent Fort Collins nonprofit and one of the city’s most popular breweries recently teamed up to provide free laptops to low-income students at Front Range Community College.
The collaboration between the Rotary Club of Fort Collins (Breakfast) and New Belgium Brewing Co. delivered the first round of expected laptops to FRCC’s Larimer Campus in August, providing 10 used New Belgium laptops to students in need.
While a personal computer is commonly seen as a prerequisite for college attendees, “For many low-income families or students on their own, access to a laptop is out of reach,” said Rotary’s Derek Godfrey. Read the rest in the Fort Collins Coloradoan
How the South’s Bourbon Culture Changed Craft Beer
Love a bourbon barrel–aged stout? You can thank a wild and crazy idea cooked up by Jim Beam and Goose Island
Todd Ahsmann slides the six-ounce tasting glass closer to him, gently swirls the dark brown liquid therein, and then lifts the glass to his nose, breathing in deeply.
“I’m getting a bit of chocolate on the nose,” he says.
Then Ahsmann takes a sip, observing the fluid with his tongue, opening his mouth to let fresh oxygen unlock layer upon layer of flavor, even after he has swallowed.
“There’s vanilla, some molasses,” he says. “Some cherry, almond…oak on the back end.”
Ahsmann voice echoes against vaulted ceilings and brick walls lined with charred white-oak barrels, stacked four high, each filled with aging alcohol. But this isn’t a typical Kentucky rickhouse, nor is it some cellar in the heart of Napa wine country. It’s the Goose Island Barrel House, where the Chicago-based craft-beer pioneers age their imperial stout for up to sixteen months in used bourbon barrels. Read More in Garden & Gun
From: KLEW TV CBS
FRYEBURG, Manie (WGME) — Beer that was fermented inside an award-winning giant pumpkin will be available for tasting at a brewing company in Maine for one day only.
Saco River Brewing, which is located in Fryeburg, said “P-Funk” will be available for a tasting on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
P-Funk is an amber ale that was fermented inside Charlie Lopresti’s 2,080-pound pumpkin. Lopresti is the chief meteorologist at WGME. Read the rest here
Consensus Digital Media presents episode #10 of Made in America: Glass Half Full, featuring craft breweries across America. These breweries are pioneering sustainable, innovative business practices that better their communities and the world – while making great beer!
This episode spotlights Great Lakes Brewing Company’s founding brothers, whose love of fresh, local beer inspired them to revitalize the Cleveland brewing industry. Brothers Pat and Dan Conway founded Great Lakes Brewing Company, the first microbrewery in Ohio. After dozens of local breweries closed across the state, the Conway brothers saw untapped potential for bold, flavorful beers – leading to Great Lakes Brewing Company. Watch it Here!
YAKIMA, Wash., Oct. 18, 2022 – Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a 100% farmer-owned global hop supplier, is pleased to announce the pre-order opening of their 6th Annual Pink Boots Blend in partnership with Pink Boots Society (PBS). PBS is an international nonprofit with a mission to assist, inspire, and encourage women and non-binary individuals in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry through education.
The Pink Boots Blend is an annual hop blend and part of YCH’s commitment to empowering people within the craft beer industry. YCH and Pink Boots Society have worked together for the past six years to raise support for women and non-binary individuals, having generated over $500,000 in total scholarship funding through the Pink Boots Blend.
PBS members collaboratively select the blend, then a sign-up for pre-orders is opened for the craft brewing community interested in brewing a Pink Boots beer. A portion of the sales proceeds is contributed to the PBS scholarship fund. This helps provide educational opportunities to women and non-binary individuals in the industry.
The deadline to sign up is Dec. 31st, allowing time to ship and brew by International Women’s Day on March 8 when PBS hosts their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Brewers are encouraged to register their Pink Boots Blend brew day and join the growing global craft beer industry tradition that inspires community, diversity, and empowerment.
CHEERS TO THE LAND
Breweries honor the terroir that makes Oregon beer so great.
By Tim Neville
Great beer starts with great ingredients.
In Oregon that means citrusy hops grown in sustainable ways that keep rivers healthy and salmon swimming free. You can create depth with rich barley coaxed from volcanic soils in Central Oregon fields. To add some nose, consider some Columbia River fruit plucked from a newly revitalized heritage orchard.
Thirsty yet? In October brewers from around the state are pulling out all the stops to create a wide array of “Cheers to the Land” beers, all in a limited release during that festive month. Each will highlight just how important a thriving agricultural industry is, not just for awesome beer but also for preserving the landscapes and farms that make Oregon such a tasty place to visit.
Proceeds from sales go to the Oregon Agricultural Trust, a nonprofit that helps farmers and ranchers protect their land and pass it on to the next generation. “We are so lucky,” says Bryan Keilty, a brewer at Gorges Beer Co., which has locations in Portland and Cascade Locks. “There aren’t too many places in the world that can grow what we grow here.” Read the rest on Travel Oregon
The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 18th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning to Oaks Amusement Park this year and we are looking for a few more volunteers for the following shifts:
Fri 9/30 5:30-8:30pm Beer Server or Check-in/Sales
Sat 10/1 1:00-4:00pm Beer Server or Check-In/Sales
Sat 10/1 3:30-6:30pm Beer Server or Check-In/Sales
Sat 10/1 6:00-9:00pm Beer Server or Check-In/Sales
The event will be held on:
Friday, 9/30 from 4pm-8pm
Saturday, 10/1 from 12pm-8pm
All volunteers must be 21 or older.
OLCC Server permits are preferred, but not required to volunteer. We will have pre-shift meetings to go over OLCC regulations, as well as how to recognize and deal with very intoxicated persons (VIPs). If you do have an OLCC server permit, please have it with you for your shift.
You will notice that shifts have been shortened to three hours. As a thank you for your time, you will receive a volunteer shirt, as well as an event glass and drink tickets that can be used at the festival outside of your shift.
If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who might be, please click/share the link below to complete our online sign up form.
If you have any questions, please contact Christina LaRue. 2022 PDX Fresh Hop Festival Volunteer Sign Up
Developmental Pathways Hosts Event at Brewability and Partners with Community Advocates to Encourage People with Disabilities to Vote
The nonprofit will host a premiere party for “My Vote Matters” music video at the Englewood-based brewery on Sept. 15 to drive voter registration and education. About Brewability:
Since its inception in 2016, Brewability has been serving up inclusivity alongside beer and pizza. Founded by a former special education teacher, Brewability is a brewery and pizzeria staffed primarily by people with developmental disabilities. Located in Englewood, Colorado, this establishment is where good food, good drinks, and good times are accessible to everyone. From hand-crafted brews to a bone-conduction, vibrational dance floor, Brewability is on the forefront of fun and inclusivity. Find more information about the event and Brewability here
Live Podcast at Chuckanut Brewery with John Holl
Well known craft beer cookbook author and podcaster John Holl will be recording a live podcast at Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut Tap Room on September 10, Saturday at 5 pm. The podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience in the tap room and feature all kinds of topics between two Port of Skagit breweries. South Nut Tap Room is located across the road from the Port of Skagit Airport in Burlington, WA. John has been covering the beer industry as a reporter, writer and editor for nearly 20 years. Currently he is the editor of All About Beer and the on-air host for Drink Beer Think Beer podcasts.
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The Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest returns for it’s 7th year in 2022 at Portland’s “top food cart pod” the Prost! Marketplace on N. Mississippi Ave. The beer garden features ten food trucks and ten rotating taps. Each day of this 17 day fresh hop marathon will feature seasonal rare seasonal beers with special tappings nearly every day celebrating some of the best and brightest breweries and regions. Sep 16, 2022 – Oct 2, 2022 Get the details here!
This brewer is determined to make the world’s 2 best lagers in Biddeford
Brienne Allan, who accidentally started a movement after posting about sexism in the brewing industry, is starting fresh in Maine with her niche brewery, Sacred Profane, opening this month.
Absolutely diabolical! Would you ever be able to stop drinking it?
Press release: Anspach & Hobday launches salt-flavored beer
We’re delighted to have partnered with South London based brewery, Anspach & Hobday for a unique collaboration in celebration of our 140th birthday.
The team at A&H, led by co-founders Jack Hobday and Paul Anspach, have been creating new wave, craft beer since 2013. Alongside their classic core range, they create pleasing experimental beers and bespoke collaborations, pouring quality into everything they do. This month sees the launch of their Sea Salt & Lime Gose brewed with Maldon Salt. Read all about it here
The 33rd Oregon Brewers Festival returns after a two-year hiatus to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon, July 28
through July 30, 2022. There are some important differences in this year’s festival, which I’ve included below, along with a few
Oregon’s longest-running brewfest will be three days long in 2022. This year, the festival has been downsized slightly to
accommodate the realities of 2022. High gas prices and challenges with airlines make travel more difficult, and more than half of
OBF’s attendees have historically come from outside the Portland area. The footprint of the fest is a little smaller, going from
the Morrison Bridge to Pine Street. Additionally, the parade is not happening this year, for reasons beyond our control. Despite
these differences, we anticipate this being one of the most lively OBFs yet, and all signs point to it being very well-attended. Read more and get advanced ticket package here
CA Craft Beer Week Returns This July
Launched to offset closures and Covid, regional craft leaders from the California Craft Brewers Association, Bay Area Brewers Guild, San Diego Brewers Guild, Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, Orange County Brewers Guild, Inland Empire Brewers Guild, Sacramento Area Brewers Guild, and Central Coast Brewers Guild are excited to bring back CA Craft Beer Week in 2022, July 15-24.
Dozens and dozens of events, tastings and other activities are happening — including a wave of California collaboration beers from breweries across the state headlined by those taking part in the official California Craft Brewers Collaboration — so start planning and check back often! Get the details here!