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PDX – Lompoc Brewing closing after 23 years

It is with great sadness we announce Lompoc Brewing is closing after 23 years in business. The closure will include the brewery, as well as 5th Quadrant and Sidebar, and its two pubs on North Williams Avenue. The final day of business will be Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. That means this weekend is the last weekend, next Monday is the last Wing Night, and next Tuesday is the last Tightwad Tuesday; it truly is The Last Waltz with Lompoc Brewing.
Via OregonLive

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Sam Adams “Utopias” beer is illegal in 15 states


Samuel Adams released its exclusive Utopias beer to select locations yesterday, the collection is so rare, only 100 casks were made and it’s illegal in 15 states. Each beer is barrel-aged and hand-bottled, the brewing company calls it “America’s most extreme beer.” It contains 28 percent alcohol by volume and it sells for $210 a bottle. Due to its high 28 percent ABV content, the Utopias collection is illegal in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.
For more information on the beer you can visit the Samuel Adams website here.
Via RochesterFirst

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Today is the first Canadian Beer Day!

Raise a glass to Canada’s world-class beer scene on the first Canadian Beer Day
Brewers and beer drinkers across Canada are raising a glass to recognize Canada’s world-class beer scene and brewing culture today.
Led by Beer Canada, today’s first annual Canadian Beer Day celebration, kicks off with a launch party at Great Western Brewing Company in Saskatoon. Delegates from Canada’s small and large breweries will gather with barley farmers, members of the beer supply chain and beer drinkers, to highlight the history and current contributions the beer industry has on Canada’s culture, economy and local communities.
Via Canadian Beer Day

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2019 GABF Competition Medal Winners

The Great American Beer Festival competition is for U.S. breweries and Judges examined 9,497 beers from 2,295 American breweries this year.
The big day when many brewers hold their collective breath waiting to see if their dreams of gold, silver, or bronze, come true at Great American Beer Festival was October 5th. “If you don’t have butterflies in your stomach, you don’t have a beer entered in the competition,” GABF Competition Director Chris Swersey said before the award ceremony. Winning a GABF competition medal can catapult a small brewery to success.
Via Craftbeer.com

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Ten Things to Look For at this year’s Great American Beer Festival

The 38th annual GABF started yesterday at the Colorado Convention Center, prepared yourself for sensory overload! This year, the projected 62,000 festival-goers will be able to sample more than 4,000 beers from 800 breweries. (Lord help us!) The competition will include more than 9,600 beers from 2,300 breweries, competing to win medals in a 107 categories.
Via westworld

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38th Annual GABF

There were 7000 breweries at the end of 2018 in the US, with another 1000 expected to open this year.
And many of those will be descending on Denver this week for, of course, the 38th annual Great American Beer Festival. In 1982 at the first GABF there were about 25 breweries pouring. This year there will be over 800 breweries pouring over 4000 different beers to an expected attendance of 62,000.
Headed to GABF? Check out the list of events here.
Via Probrewer.com

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The History of Beer Is the History of the World

Homer Simpson sez “beer is the cause of, and the solution to, all of life’s problems”. Some scientists claim beer may be the origin of civilization as we know it. The first civilizations emerged along the great river valleys of the then known world: the Tigris and Euphrates, the Ganges and Indus, the Yangtze and Yellow.
Via Outside Magazine

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Portland Fresh Hops Festival kicks off Friday night

Portland Fresh Hops Festival
It’s nearly here! Fresh Hops Fest kicks off tomorrow night. There are still limited tickets left for Friday night, but we’re getting close to our cap! Or stop by Saturday. We’re around from noon-8 p.m. with a kids area (noon-5), live music, food trucks and more. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
WHAT: 16th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival. The beer list is almost finalized. Check out our working list here. We’ll have food from Urban German and other vendors.
WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 and noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
WHERE: Oaks Amusement Park
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.

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Bilberries for Beer at Welsh Brewery

Hafod brewery is offering beer in exchange for 100 grams of freshly picked bilberries forage from the local moorlands by the public.
Normally the brewery procures the berries from rangers from the Clwydian Range Area but owner Martin Godfrey wanted to “step up production” and so, has called on locals for help.
The brewery says every 100 grams of foraged bilberries will earn the picker a bottle from this year’s batch of Bilberry Brew.

Via The Drinks Business

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Volunteers Needed for Portland Fresh Hops Fest

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Portland Fresh Hops Fest Volunteers
We need your help? The Portland Fresh Hops Festival and other events can’t happen without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Interested in volunteering? All volunteers receive a shirt, a $5 food voucher, as well as a glass and drink tickets that can be used at the festival outside of your shift. Shifts are available on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. Read more about volunteer benefits and apply for a volunteer shift by clicking here.

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Plan a Beercation to Bavaria, Germany

Beyond Oktoberfest: Everything You Need to Plan a Beercation to Bavaria, Germany
“My advice for a beer lover going to Bavaria would be to not get overly fixated on Munich,” says Joe Stange, who co-hosts the “One More Road for the Beer” podcast about beer and travel. “It’s a beer-garden amusement park and worth seeing, for sure, but don’t miss Franconia — especially Upper Franconia, Bamberg, and the villages around it.”
The Bavarian beer scene includes more than 800 breweries, spanning some of the world’s oldest names and ultra-modern craft stylists…
Via Vinepair

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Craft beer companies pouring into Cincinnati

The brewpub industry in Southwest Ohio is overflowing – it has increased eight-fold in the past eight years.
The Ohio Craft Brewers Association reported in 2018 that craft brewers contributed a $967 million and 8,300 jobs to the Ohio economy. In 2011 there were 45 independent breweries in Ohio, now there are more than 300. Greater Cincinnati is home to 55 of them.
Via Local 12