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SF Bay Area – Reviving Community with Brewer Weekends

Bay Area Brewers Guild
Hard to fathom fall is here and the majority of 2021 is behind us. Hopefully a summer of hunkering down means better days ahead, and for us at the Bay Area Brewers Guild, we’d like to help bring back community by spotlighting five Bay Area regions — one for each weekend of October.

We’re kicking things off this weekend in the North Bay, where brewers often work hand-in-hand with local farms and use local ingredients, like fresh picked hops for wet-hopped beers. Along with highlighting those releases, other seasonal favorites (Oktoberfest, anyone?), plus fall brewery events, food & beer pairings, and a new brewery opening are all in the mix this weekend.
Collectively, these Brewer Weekends are meant as reminders there’s nearly always something special, fun or new at your neighborhood brewery every weekend, to enjoy safely on-site or grab and go.
They’re also intended as teasers for 2022, when we hope to finally hold these ‘beer week’ style occasions in their fuller glory, five dotted throughout the calendar, and do proper justice to each region’s unique and vibrant craft beer scene.
Until then, enjoy this impromptu 5-weekend October surprise, and help support and appreciate the neighborhood breweries who so often bring us together.
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Portland Fresh Hops Festival Needs Volunteers!


Portland Fresh Hops Festival Needs Your Help!
The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 17th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning in-person this October 1st and 2nd and we are in need of additional volunteers to help out for the following shifts:
Friday, 10/1 3pm-close: Beer Servers, Check-in
Saturday, 10/2 3pm-close: Beer Servers, Check-in
All volunteers must be 21 or older and FULLY VACCINATED to participate.
Volunteer form

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So strong it’s illegal in 15 states

Boston Beer Company’s 2021 release of its Sam Adams Utopias beer. Which at 28% abv, is illegal in 15 states.
Only launched every two years, Utopias is renowned for its complicated process of barrel-ageing and blending which gives the final product its complexity.
Sam Adams shares that some of the liquid has been aged nearly three decades in wooden Bourbon casks and, after multiple batches are blended, are aged in a total of 86 different barrels that previously held Madeira, Port and sherry. This year, Utopias has had part of the blend aged in Sauternes French oak wine casks as well.
Read More About This Extravagant and Expensive Barrel Aged Beer Here: https://www.samueladams.com/our-beers/specialty-beers/ale/utopias

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6th Annual Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest

Oregon’s freshest Fresh Hop event kicks off the seasonal hop harvest celebrations with 17 straight days of fun September 17 – October 3rd from 8am – 10pm. The 6th annual Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest has yet to miss a year, and this will be the largest lineup of beers so far.

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A Pilgrimage To Meet Germany’s Last Beer-Brewing Nun


It seems that every town in the southern German state of Bavaria — no matter how small — has a brewery, and beer is brewed by all sorts of people. And before you judge farmer Zausinger for his morning beer run, consider who he bought it from: Sister Doris Engelhard, a 72-year-old Franciscan nun. She claims to be the world’s last nun brewmeister, and woe unto anyone who would argue that title. Read or listen to more at NPR

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Portland Fresh Hops Festival Returns This October


Oregon’s Largest Fresh Hops Festival Returns In-Person, Vaccinations Required
The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 17th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning in-person this October, albeit a bit different than
previous years. The event, which has been held previously at the Oaks Park Amusement Park, will be moving to the Glendoveer Golf &
Tennis driving range, with food options provided by Von Ebert Brewing. The event will be held on October 1st and 2nd.
Press Release
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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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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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2 Siebel Concise Course Scholarships From Falconer Foundation in 2021

** FALCONER FOUNDATION OFFERING TWO CONCISE COURSE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SIEBEL INSTITUTE — APPLY NOW **
In collaboration with the Siebel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2021. The scholarships are full tuition grants and come with travel/lodging stipends.
Both scholarships are for the World Brewing Academy (WBA) Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago, November 1-12, 2021. Applicants must be from the states Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. The scholarships are open to both homebrewers and professional brewers. Note that the full application must be received no later than April 28, 2021.
More Here Via Glen Hay Falconer Foundation

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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.