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The Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing & Distilling

The Michael James Jackson Foundation is a grant-making organization that funds scholarship awards to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within the brewing and distilling trades. The program is open to candidates at the beginning of their careers, as well as those looking to continue their education. The MJF awards present an opportunity for members and patrons of the brewing and distilling industries to directly fund a more just, equitable, and dynamic future.
Via The Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing & Distilling

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Available Now! 4th Annual Pink Boots Blend in Support of Women in Brewing

Yakima Chief Hops Releases 4th Annual Pink Boots Blend in Support of Women in Brewing
Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a 100% farmer owned global hop supplier, has announced the release of their 4th Annual Pink Boots Blend alongside Pink Boots Society, an international non-profit supporting women in beer as well as fermentable and alcoholic beverages.

Since 2017, Yakima Chief Hops and Pink Boots Society (PBS) have partnered to create an annual hop blend that empowers women in the brewing profession. The Pink Boots Blend is available to commercial and home brewers and a portion of the proceeds benefit the PBS scholarship funds.

Via Yakima Hops

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Oregon Brewers Guild Releases State of Excitement No. 3


Twenty-six collaborated on a Harvest IPA, brewed in Redmond at Wild Ride Brewing.
For its third iteration, the Oregon Brewers Guild brought together twenty-six of Oregon’s breweries to collaborate on State of Excitement No. 3, a Harvest IPA brewed at Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing.
Via Oregon Brewer’s Guild

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Janesville winter beer bash out $20,000 from ticket vendor

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Organizers of a Wisconsin winter beer festival known as FlannelFest have filed complaints in two states against an online ticket vendor for failing to turn over money from ticket sales.
The chamber of commerce group in Janesville said third-party vendor Brown Paper Tickets owes $20,000 for online tickets sales to the festival held earlier this year.
John Fugate, board president of Downtown Janesville Inc., said complaints have been filed with the Wisconsin attorney general and the attorney general in Washington state, where Brown Paper Tickets operates.
Via Star Tribune

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PDX – Rogue Ales Is Closing Its Pearl District Pub

Rogue Ales Is Closing Its Pearl District Pub After 20 Years
This is the second pub belonging to the Newport-based brewery to close this year.
It’s been a rough week for Portland beer lovers.
Following the indefinite closures of Bailey’s Taproom downtown and Back Pedal Brewing on Northwest Flanders Street, Rogue has announced it is shuttering its public house in the Pearl District after 20 years—and this closure appears to be permanent.

Via Willamette Week

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Outside: How Hops Became the Star of American Brewing


The craft beer revolution turned the tall cousin of cannabis into a breakout ingredient, infusing your brew with flavors and aromas that range from stone fruit to barrel oak. Christopher Solomon hits the road to understand why hop madness isn’t over yet—and why brewers and plant breeders are always on the prowl for the next big thing.
Via Outside Magazine

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Pink Boots Hop Blend Oct 7!


THE FINAL 2021 PINK BOOTS HOP BLEND IS…? SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 7, 2020 @ 4:00pm PST. Tune in live when the final 2021 Pink Boots proprietary hop blend will be disclosed. This event will be hosted by Kelly Lohrmeyer and Tiffany Pitra from @yakimachief and promises to be a fun and educational experience. They will lead an interactive discussion with the 15 voting teams as they shed some light on each team’s hop blend creation process. This is open to the public via live stream on YouTube.
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It’s Come To This – Beerfest in a Box

ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS LAUNCHES BEERFEST IN A BOX!

Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF) is bringing the beer festival experience to you! Each ‘Beerfest In A Box’ contains 8 incredible craft beers from 8 amazing Alberta craft breweries. Some of them are old friends, while others might become your new favorite.
Via ABF

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Mozart’s Favorite Beer, Resurrected in Denver

Mozart’s Favorite Summer Beer, Lost for 100 Years, Is Resurrected in Denver
Via Vinepair
I’m told fans of historic beer styles have been waiting a long time for the return of Horner Bier. Sure, why not, I’m always ready to try something new and this has a great back story.
Seedstock Brewery has resuscitated Horner Bier, which can now join the ranks of German styles like Merseburger, Broyhan, and Berliner Braunbier. Andreas Krennmair, author of a book on how to brew forgotten Old World beer styles, says he hasn’t yet seen a commercial version of Horner beer. “It seems to be a beer style that sounds interesting and unusual, but at the same time is probably too strange for brewers to even attempt to brew it,” Krennmair says.
Really? Has he seen the American Craft Beer market? Voodoo Donut? Oyster Stout? Beard Beer? Need I go on? If this is too strange I’ve got to try it.

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Sixth Annual Honey Beer Competition Results

It’s rather fitting that a beer “Dedicated to Bees” took the top spot in the 2020 Honey Beer Competition, which garnered 220 entries from professional brewers throughout the United States. Rogue Ales and Spirits’ Honey Kolsch took Best in Show honors, marking the beer’s return to the top spot after claiming it in the first two Honey Beer Competitions conducted by the National Honey Board. View the rest of the entries HERE

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GABF Goes Virtual

Deadline to Register for GABF Approaching
The first virtual Great American Beer Festival will be a nationwide passport program connecting beer consumers and breweries from October 1-18. The festival culminates October 16-17, with passport-exclusive online content, and the GABF awards ceremony, broadcast by The Brewing Network.
The Competition Awards Ceremony will be broadcast free of charge on October 16 beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT via The Brewing Network and will be a “virtual extravaganza” of award announcements, video of actual judging, human interest stories featuring some of the entering breweries, and more.
The deadline to register as a participating brewery is September 1st. Register here with the Brewers Association to participate.
Via Probrewer.com

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OR – OBG Launches Collaboration Series

OREGON BREWERS GUILD LAUNCHES QUARTERLY COLLABORATION SERIES WITH STATE OF EXCITEMENT NO. 2
How do you collaborate on a beer during a global pandemic?
Very carefully.
Twenty-seven Oregon’s breweries recently united to brew a statewide collab, State of Excitement No. 2, a hazy IPA brewed at Portland’s Baerlic Beer Co. The beer release marks the launch of the Guild’s quarterly collaboration series, which builds on the fun everyone had cranking out the Zwickelmania beer the past two Februaries.
“Collaborations are a little different right now, but I suppose just about everything is,” said Baerlic Beer Co. Brewer Stephen Helwig, who led the charge on brewday. “Fortunately, the modern miracle of the internet helped us to communicate, stay organized, and craft a damn delicious beer that shows off the best ingredients Oregon has to offer.”
Via Oregon Brewers Guild

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Ohio Brewery’s Braille Ale Supports Visually Impaired Beer Enthusiasts

With Braille on Its Label, This Ohio Brewery’s New Beer Supports the Visually Impaired
West Side Brewing, has teamed up with a local organization to release “Braille Ale,” a raspberry gose set to hit local markets in two weeks time.
Not only will the beer make it easier for those with visual impairments to know what they are buying, a portion of sales will also go to the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI).
Via Vinepair

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12th Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting Goes Virtual

12th Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting Goes Virtual Sept. 25-27, 2020
This year’s 12th annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting will be a live online virtual event with remote brewery beer releases and an auction to raise funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign. More than 70 of America’s leading craft breweries have already committed to take part.
Via The Full Pint