Bear Republic Brewing Co. Quality Manager Roger Herpst Talks Sonoma Tart
BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
This beer has an amazing tropical nose reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc or Muscat wines, but the balance of the core components—fruity tropical aroma, soft wheat implication of sweetness, tart lacto zing—are what make this beer shine.
BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
We wanted to pay homage to our home county—lots of amazing beer comes from Sonoma County and this is no exception. The label artwork features local landmarks unique to our home. The beer also pays homage to the artisan ways our county has lived over the last 100 plus years. The diverse flavor profiles are similar to the wide variety of produce, wine, spirits, dairy and fruit produced here. Sonoma county is known for its artisanal food and drink. We believe this beer fits right in. There is a flavor for everybody.
BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Tropical, juicy, tart, and crushable. Now in non-IPA package.
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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
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.
OREGON BREWERS GUILD LAUNCHES QUARTERLY COLLABORATION SERIES WITH STATE OF EXCITEMENT NO. 2
How do you collaborate on a beer during a global pandemic?
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
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
It is with no surprise, as event cancellations begin to extend into 2021, that Bill and Laura Lodge, founders if the well-known and respected Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines, have announced the cancellation of the event scheduled for January 7-9, 2021 in Breckenridge, CO.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Untappd, the leading social media app for beer, today announced the rescheduled date of its second Untappd Beer Festival in Charlotte, NC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new planned date for the festival is Saturday, April 24. The date is subject to change pending any updates to the phased reopening plan for North Carolina and broader COVID safety measures from the CDC. The festival, which was originally set to take place on May 16, 2020, will be held in the same venue, Bank of America Stadium. Attendees who purchased tickets to a session on the original scheduled date of Saturday, May 16, 2020 will automatically have their tickets honored for the same session on Saturday, April 24, 2021, and those who can no longer attend have the option to receive a refund.
Largest Rare Beer Auction in the World Goes Virtual, Raising
Hundreds of Thousands for Homeless Youth
Portland, Oregon- Brews for New Avenues will host its 9 th annual event virtually this
Saturday to raise vital funds for New Avenues for Youth, an organization that has been
working to end youth homelessness for 22 years. The “live” auction that runs from just
after midnight until 2pm will feature some of the rarest beers donated from breweries
from around the globe, including a 1994 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, one of 200 bottles
produced. Other “live” items include a 3L of Bokke Oma, a 1.5L of de Garde & Tilquin
Avenue No. 4, and a 3L of our collaboration with Cantillon – Cuvée de l’Espérance. The
30-minute virtual program beginning at 1:30pm features guest appearances from
Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, de Garde, Upright, Tioga Sequoia, Great Notion, and Reverend
Nat’s Cider, among others.
Via Brews For New Avenues
The CA Craft Brewers Association invites you to join us for the Craft Beer Summit Experience – an at-home tasting tour of CA Craft beer. The virtual tasting experience includes beer shipped directly to your door from 8 California breweries, a tasting kit with glassware and tasting notes, and access to video interviews with the brewers. This tasting experience is ONLY AVAILABLE TO CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS + YOU MUST BE 21+ over.
Via California Craft Brewers Association
Oregon Brewers Guild Holds the Drink Beer, Be Kind Virtual Beerfest on June 27
Oregon brewers big and small – along with special guests from Russian River Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery and Bierstadt Lagerhaus – join the Guild for its next virtual beerfest.
More info here
Virtual Toast for Old Rasputin’s 25th Anniversary
This Saturday will mark the 25th Anniversary of the first brewing of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.
North Coast would love to share this event so they’ve arranged to gather virtually, this Saturday at Noon PDT, to share a “Virtual Toast” with help from their CEO Jeff Ottoboni, Brewmasters Patrick Broderick and Chuck Martins and other special guests, including North Coast President Emeritus & Co-Founder, Mark Ruedrich. The event will be held on Facebook Live
As the World Shelters in Place, Rare Beer Lovers Raid Their Collections
By EVAN RAIL
The other night, I did something unusual: I opened a 2009 bottle of 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze.
The weird part wasn’t that I chose a spontaneously fermented beer from Belgium: Although I do mostly consume Czech lagers, I happily drink most styles. But that particular beer from my own cellar was one that dated from before the 2009 disaster that shuttered one of Belgium’s favorite lambic breweries for several years. It was not just from Belgium. It was not just sour. It was not just old. It was a truly rare bottle from a different era, one of a very limited number that remain anywhere, and a real collector’s item among connoisseurs.
Hey friends, a message re: this summer’s Oregon Brewers Festival. As of right now, the festival is still happening as scheduled. We recognize this is an evolving situation and we will continue to update you with any changes. In the meantime, please continue to support your local breweries, beer bars and bottle shops. We need to make sure they’re still here when this crisis is over. We hope to raise a pint together soon. Take care, stay safe, and wash your hands!
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In LA, there’s a little something for everyone and is frequently visited by tourists from around the world for its robust beverage scene.
Here’s how one Forbes writer would spend his day beer-hopping from the airport to downtown LA.
Here are 10 can’t-miss events during Arizona Craft Beer Week
Arizona Craft Beer Week is back! Some celebrate love in February, others celebrate their love of craft beer.
The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, puts on this 10th annual week-long celebration to encourage breweries to create new beers and show off the best of the best. Rob Fullmer, the guild’s executive director, is proud of the increase of AZ brewery participation.
Fullmer says. “The past 10 years have really shown a lot of change and growth in our industry. Now there are so many local breweries involved and doing events.”
Starting on Thursday, Feb. 6, Arizona Beer Week kicks off with special beers, dinner pairings, parties and other events hosted at the state’s breweries and beer bars.