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The best cities to visit around the world for beer lovers? Really?

These are the best cities to visit around the world for beer lovers
Global Beer Lovers’ City Index
https://www.money.co.uk/current-accounts/beer-cities
Comment: Is it just me or is using Breweries per 10,000 people, Bars, pubs & clubs per 10,000 people, Average price per pint to determine if a place is a great beer town ridiculous. Where does the quality of the beer and beer culture figure in?

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Iconic Falling Rock in Denver to Close

An end to an era.
Raise your hand if you have been to the Falling Rock tap house in Denver.
Raise both hands if you have been to the Falling Rock and met up with old friends, met new friends, enjoyed an awesome beer you’ve never had before, sat outside on a warm evening under the stars, stood outside on a bitterly cold evening watching the snow fall, enjoyed some great live music, enjoyed some lousy live music, been downstairs in the crowded basement for a special event, watch Chris Black stand on a table to make an announcement……
On Saturday, proprietor Chris Black announced that the Falling Rock was closing after 24 years.
Read More Via ProBrewer.com

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Trappist Monks Win Water Battle Against Big Business

Trappist Monks Take On Big Business in Spring Water Beer Battle
In a tale of two extremes reminiscent of David and Goliath, a small monastery known for its commitment to manual labor and rigorous prayer schedule is pitted against a multinational corporation backed by one of the wealthiest families in Belgium.
The monastery, Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, is at odds with a neighboring quarry owned and operated by the multi-billion dollar firm Lhoist over a shared water supply. That long-standing battle appears to now be coming to a close, after the monastery won the favor of the court in a ruling that declared that Lhoist lacks the right to “remove or divert all or part of the water which supply the abbey,” The Guardian reports.
The Benedictine monastery in southern Belgium is one of only 14 in the world authorized to brew Trappist beer. The monks utilize spring water that is hand-drawn from a well in the monastery to brew their unique beer known for sweet caramel notes and grainy flavors.
Read More Via VinePair

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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.

More Here Via BA

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Who wants to move to Belgium to make beer…oh, and become a Monk?

Achel brewery runs out of monks to make its beer.
Belgian brewery Achel has lost its Authentic Trappist Product label after its final two beer-brewing monks at St Benedict’s Abbey retired without being replaced. As reported by The Telegraph, Belgium’s Trappist beers are under threat from a shortage of sprightly new monks to replace their aged brewing brotherhood.
More Via The Drinks Business

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SF 2021 Strong Beer Week Paused for Pandemic

From: Shaun O’Sullivan
Hey Strong Beer good people. I hope you’re doing well and connecting safely with each other. This year we are pausing on Strong Beer Month with Magnolia Brewing for obvious reasons.
Strong Beer Month, every February, is largely a month-long retail event that relies strongly on people coming into our locations and enjoying the beers and themselves with our menu pairings, special events and frivolity. We are thinking about doing it later this year, but unsure about that at this point.
We’ll see you again and if you have a Strong Beer Month glass from previous years, head over to the 21st Amendment Brewery and Magnolia and pick-up some beer and pour it into that glass and think of us, as we’re thinking of you. Take care and be well.
Via 21st Amendment

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Oregon Craft Beer Month – Zwickelmania Goes Virtual

The month of February usually brings two of the Oregon Brewers Guild’s favorites: Oregon Craft Beer Month and its annual Zwickelmania open house-style event. Unfortunately, as the pandemic and state restrictions carry on, holding in-person events is still not an option. The good news is the Guild will be holding virtual Zwickelmania events, as well as releasing the fourth iteration of their State of Excitement collaboration beer.
In an effort to help highlight Oregon Craft Beer Month, throughout February the Guild will be promoting its member breweries from across the state via their social media outlets. Origin stories, photos, beer releases, as well as food & beer specials will be the main focus.
The virtual Zwickelmania events will coincide with the original in-person dates
More Via Oregon Craft Brewers Guild

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One of Portland, Oregon’s Oldest Craft Breweries ceases production

One of Portland’s oldest breweries will cease production next month
Portland Brewing, one of the Portland craft-beer scene’s founding breweries, will stop production after 34 years in downtown and industrial Northwest Portland next month, according to a post on the brewery’s Facebook page. The brewery will produce its last MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale by Feb. 5
Read More Via Bend Bulletin

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The Pliny is coming! But only online orders this year…

PLINY THE YOUNGER RELEASE
Pliny the Younger 2021 Release Cancelled at Both Breweries Due to COVID-19, Bottles Available ONLINE Only
Like most major beer releases and other special events during this COVID-era, we are hitting the pause button and scaling back our annual 2021 Pliny the Younger release! Planning for the 2021 Younger release has been a huge topic of discussion for Vinnie, Natalie and key employees throughout 2020. It is very difficult to plan for much of anything these days, let alone a major beer release which draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to our 2 breweries in Sonoma County. We have had to make some hard decisions based on many factors, first and foremost being the health and safety of not only our employees and customers, but also the community in which we live. Our business operations are also dependent upon both state and local health orders which can change, and likely will continue to change, at anytime. Therefore, there will be no in person release at either brewery this year. While we are sad to miss seeing our loyal friends and fans from around the world, it has become clear that it will not be safe for us to gather again by February. Neither of our pubs have been allowed to reopen for indoor dining since we closed in March 2020 due to the unrelenting spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. In December, we had to shut down outdoor dining again due to a major virus surge which continues to ravage all of California. Although our Downtown Santa Rosa pub is still operating with takeout only, our Windsor pub will remain completely closed until further notice.

We just brewed this year’s 4 batches of Pliny the Younger, which is about 1/3 of what we produced last year. Our signature 510ml bottles will be available for sale as part of a mixed case for a limited time through our website for direct shipping to consumers within the state of California. Vinnie and Natalie plan to host a couple of virtual tastings during what would be our normal release time in February via Facebook LIVE! We are also taking this year off from wholesale draft distribution as the majority of our accounts who would carry Younger are either closed or only able to offer takeout. More importantly, we are very concerned for the health and safety of our wholesale accounts and their employees. Large crowds tend to gather wherever Younger is available, which can lead to unintended and dire consequences during a global pandemic. The last thing we want is to be responsible for creating super spreader event. We want everyone to be around enjoying Pliny the Younger in 2022! So please grab a beer and keep reading to learn all the details of our modified 2021 Younger release!
Read more at Russian River Brewing Co.

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Waterline Brewing owner dies after illness


Mark Anthony Mueller, a prominent figure in Wilmington North Carolina’s craft beer scene, died after an extended illness. He was a partner at Waterline Brewing Co. in downtown Wilmington and was one of the founders of the Port City Brew Bus.
He died Thursday night, according to an update to a GoFundMe campaign that was started to help Mueller’s fight against kidney and liver disease.
Mueller, 39, taught beer-making classes at Cape Fear Community College and was also a volunteer at Frying Pan Tower in the Atlantic Ocean. Friends posted on social media Friday remembering his friendly spirit, which earned him a nickname as an ‘unofficial mayor of Wilmington.’
Via Wilmington Star

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Denver’s Iconic Falling Rock Sells Off Vintage Beers to Stay Afloat

Denver’s Falling Rock Tap House is selling off vintage bottles of beer it has collected over the years to generate revenue to stay in business.
“What we’ve sold so far will give us at least six more weeks of life and if we can sell the whole collection off, that’ll probably give us closer to four or five months where we can hopefully survive through this thing,” owner Chris Black told Denver’s FOX31 News.
Via ProBrewer

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Everything You Need to Know About Pliny the Younger 2021!

Happy New Year!
Russian River Brewing Company
Pliny the Younger 2021 Release
Like most major beer releases and other special events during this COVID-era, we are hitting the pause button and scaling back our annual 2021 Pliny the Younger release. Planning for the 2021 Younger release has been a huge topic of discussion for Vinnie, key employees, and myself throughout 2020. It is very difficult to plan for much of anything these days, let alone a major beer release which draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to our 2 breweries in Sonoma County.
Via RRBC Blog

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TheGoodHop Saved!


thegoodhop
The Good Hop saved thanks to the strength of its community and social media.
“It’s been a tsunami of emotion wrapped up in a sharknado of goodwill. Last week you saw a TGH post saying we were in real danger of closing our doors. We had one ask: share TGH’s posts on your own social media feeds and talk us up to your friends, family, and coworkers. We hit “send” then waited. Would people actually share or would they just keep scrolling?” the owner, Melissa, shared on instagram.
Suddenly, the TGH crew was seeing their posts reshared everywhere! Suddenly, a whole lot more people knew about The Good Hop and wanted to help save it. Did it work?
Visits to their website jumped 400%, which helped get the word out about The Good Hop holiday beer boxes. “We sold more boxes yesterday–the first day they went on sale–than we’ve sold in the last 3 years COMBINED.You did this. YOU. Never could we have imagined the response we would get from you guys when you knew our little corner bar was in danger.” Melissa shared.
Keep the momentum building!
Read More on thegoodhop instagram feed.

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How this brewer’s cancer diagnosis inspired his incredible thirst for life

Chicago native Jonny Coffman was working his way up in the bar industry, from bartender to brand ambassador for Goose Island Brewery, when he received a stage 3 melanoma diagnosis and was given 3-5 years to live. Instead of giving up, he put his strength and senses on full display.
Video Via NBC Today Show – Beer ambassador survives stage 3 cancer — and has a brew made in his honor