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Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week

Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week Shines a Spotlight on Broward Brews
The 1st Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week is scheduled to kick off Sunday, September 15 and run to the 22nd.
The week of tastings and festivities begins with a brewery crawl and the Beer & Body Craft Beer Girls meetup. Tuesday, September 17, a craft beer-and-cheese pairing takes place at Fat Tap Beer Bar & Eatery, followed two days later by a SoFar Sounds session. The seven-day celebration will conclude Sunday, September 22, with Blowouts, Brews, & Drag at Hair Circus in Fort Lauderdale.

Via – New Times

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Los Angeles – Beer Belly’s Koreatown Location Is Closing

Don’t panic! Beer Belly’s Long Beach location will stay open, but the Koreatown location is set to close at the end of this month.
“After eight years of so many blessings, we feel like we accomplished what we set out to do. None of this could have been possible without the help of all our wonderful staff past and present, chef Wes Lieberher, L.A.’s amazing food community, the local and engaging beer community, and the ever-energetic Koreatown community. We don’t know what’s next. We don’t know if it will be us or someone else. But we’re excited for the next story to be told.”
Via LA Mag

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Events announced for PDX BEERWEEK 2019

Portland Oregon, self proclaimed “Greatest Beer City on Earth”, launches their 9th annual Beer Week June 7-16th. This years celebration of craft beer will span 10-days of events across the city.
The 2019 event lineup (June 7-16th), includes a new kickoff party with Mikkeller Brewing, the debut of Bean to Bar: Chocolate and Beer Festival and resurrecting past hits like the Brewers Burger Brawl and Mussels from Brussels.
Via PDX Beer Week

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Top Wine Somm sez – Food and wine pairing is bullsh*t

Speaking at the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough last month, Hanni spoke passionately about the need to completely rethink the concept of food and wine pairing.

“A perfect wine pairing doesn’t exist. We’re doing a lot of damage the way we’re matching wine and categorising it. We need to start a campaign to stop wine and food pairing as we’ve created a lot of bullsh*t around the idea.

“A lot of people enjoy being arrogant about wine and consider entry-level wines as being unsophisticated. We need to educate the trade to better serve the personal interests of wine lovers.

“We need to celebrate the diversity of consumers, not make them feel stupid. You can serve Sauvignon Blanc with steak – why not?”

Echoing Sarah Heller MW’s opinion, Hanni warned that those who believe food and wine pairing has potential in China will be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Via: The Drinks Business

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OREGON – Zwickelmania celebrates 11th year

Zwickelmania celebrates 11th annual event, participating breweries to sell limited-release statewide collaboration beer
Event kicks off Feb. 16 in the Portland Metro area, and continues Feb. 23 across the rest of the state.

Over a decade ago, three-dozen Oregon breweries opened their doors on a Saturday in February for the first-ever Zwickelmania, a free statewide craft beer celebration that allowed visitors to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample beers. About 4,000 craft beer fans took part in the inaugural event, which was designed as a way to promote Oregon’s craft beers and the brewers who make them.

Via: OregonCraftBeer.org

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Why Companies That Have No Business Making Beer Are Suddenly Selling Their Own Brews

The wave started with Blockbuster, back in September. The almost-defunct video store’s swan song had nothing to do with movies, but rather beer: The last standing location collaborated with its Bend, OR, neighbor 10 Barrel Brewing on a black ale appropriately named The Last Blockbuster. Less than two weeks later, Dunkin’ Donuts released a coffee porter with fellow Massachusetts favorite, Harpoon Brewery. It was IHOP’s turn next: The chain followed up the great IHOb debacle with IHOPS, a pumpkin pancake stout made with Keegan Ales. Then, in late October, Planters and Noon Whistle Brewing unveiled their IPA-Nut IPA. Four beers, in two short months, from four companies that all have one thing in common: They do not make beer. So, why the sudden rush to release these craft brew collaborations?

Via Delish

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Detroit Breweries Collaborate to Create Faygo Inspired Beers

For the past four years, Detroit area breweries have teamed up in October to collaborate on innovative beers in honor of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Fall Beer Festival. However, this year’s theme took experimentation to the next level. Seven breweries decided to pay homage to the cornerstone of Michigan pop (not soda), Faygo, the beloved pop brand of Michiganders and Juggalos alike.

Via www.porchdrinking.com

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BrewDog’s New London Pub Features Beer Price Tied to London Financial Index

The idea is interesting — especially considering the pub is in the heart of the London financial district. Fluctuating prices of a beer based on the FTSE financial index. The price of the beer called Hop Exchange goes up as the FTSE 100 goes up. When it has a bad day, the price comes down.

Link: American Craft Beer

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