MEET THE MOST UNLIKELY BEER MAKER IN NORTH AMERICA
SPENCER, Mass.—Father Isaac Keeley knew nothing about beer. He was a 59-year-old Trappist monk who rose daily at 2:30 a.m. to pray for most of the next four hours. Yet there he was, at a local public house in 2009, discussing plans for the brewery he would build on the 2,000 cloistered acres of Saint Joseph’s Abbey in central Massachusetts.
The talks were interrupted by the arrival of a round of cold ones for the table, further unsettling Father Isaac. He sipped hesitantly from the large, sweating glass.
“It was delicious,” he recalls. “I asked, ‘Is this really beer?’”
Read the rest of this great piece at https://news.northeastern.edu/2022/01/26/spencer-brewery-trappist-monk/
The Two New Glarus-es: Viewing a Unicorn Brewery From Beyond Wisconsin’s Borders
Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing Company is, by any estimation, one of the most successful craft breweries in American history. It is one of the oldest (born in 1993) and one of the biggest (the 12th largest craft brewer in 2020 and 21st overall brewery, per the Brewers Association).
These figures are all the more astonishing when one considers the brewery’s famously ironclad commitment to sell no beer outside the boundaries of Wisconsin. Read More in Vinepair
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
Support America’s small and independent craft breweries through on-premise purchases
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.
May 10-16, 2021
At local independent craft breweries to support American Craft Beer Week.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
San Diego Welcomes First Latina-Founded Community Brewing Space, Mujeres Brew House
When you think iconic beer zones, San Diego city and county rate high with most craft beer enthusiasts. I eagerly look forward to seeking out Mujeres Brew House in the city by the bay on my next trip down.
“On July 1, 2020, the Mujeres Brew Club in San Diego will open the first Latinx women-founded and women-led community brewing space, educational facility, and taproom dedicated to empowering people of all backgrounds, specifically focusing on women of color in the craft beer industry. According to co-founders Carmen Favela and Esthela Davila, Mujeres Brew House will be managed by women and for women with the intent of breaking down barriers of entry into the beer scene.”
Mujeres Brew House is an incorporated non-profit collaboration between Border X Brewing, Mujeres Brew Club, and progressive community gallery space Bread & Salt.
If the beer matches the concept I see nothing but blue skies for this great idea. Via Vinepair
PR – The Michigan Brewers Guild has just released the 2020 edition of its annual publication, Michigan. The Great Beer State. The 72-page magazine includes stories about the creativity and consistency behind brewing; beer quality tips for consumers; and how member breweries give-back in big and small ways around Michigan.
A highlight of the publication is the pull-out map and listings for 293 member brewery locations spread out throughout Michigan’s two peninsulas (up from 281 in last year’s issue).
“We look forward to the Great Beer State magazine every year,” says Scott Graham, the Guild’s executive director. “It is always fun to review the brewery listings, map and other information in a printed format that you can hold in your hands and turn the pages.”
The 80,000 copies of the magazine have been distributed to member breweries, Michigan welcome centers, chambers of commerce and visitor bureaus, retail locations and other beer-supporting businesses around the state. A flip-book version is also available online at MiBeer.com (under resources). An additional 10,000 copies of the pull-out map were also printed.
Oregon City, OR
Coin Toss Brewing is ready to open back up for business following the COVID-19 quarantine. The brewery will hold a grand re-opening this Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, with an expanded outdoor seating area and the release of a special “thank you” beer. Business hours going forward will be 3pm to 6pm Tuesday through Thursday; 3pm to 8pm Friday; 12pm to 8pm Saturday; 12pm to 6pm Sunday; and closed Monday. The brewery is located at 14214 Fir St. in Oregon City.
Dixie Beer was founded in 1907, and destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Rebuilt through out-of-state contract brewing, and the help of the late Tom Benson and his wife Gayle, owners of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, Dixie now has a sparkling new brewery just outside of downtown New Orleans. Via The Beer Connoisseur