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.
Discovering (and Creating) Austin’s Best Self-Guided Beer Tours
You can choose one of these beer crawls listed, auditing Austin’s taproom and beer bar scene, or create your own customized crawl from notes from the experts.
Via Austin Chronicle
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.
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.
According to a Brewers Association (BA) report, the number of U.S. breweries is forecast to swell to 9,200 in the next two years. (Currently there are more than 7,600 breweries in the U.S.)
Using the BA’s brewery database and TTB permit data, BA chief economist Bart Watson predicts nearly 2,000 breweries will open by this time in 2021.
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
Well apparently Texas is…
While some use bourbon and pickle juice as a hangover cure, Texans appear to prefer their brine in beer.
Martin House Brewing Co. and Best Maid Pickles, both located in Fort Worth, have collaborated to release a sour beer made with pickle juice called Sour Pickle Beer.
Brewee’s been developed to open up a whole new world for beer lovers looking to discover the best and brightest breweries in the area. It’s a great way to discover new spots in your neighborhood or during your journeys all over the world.
Via – Craft Beer & Brewing
The Largest Celebration of Women in Craft Beer Returns to NYC
Last year, Hop Culture Magazine created a female-oriented beer fest.
August 7th, Hop Culture kicks off the second run of the Beer With(out) Beards Festival. Festivities will begin with a week-long pre-game hosted at bars all around the city, starting with the Blind Tiger. You can find the entire list of this year’s events here.
Via – Forbes
Things are gonna get festive when the St. Louis craft beer scene is celebrated July 26 through August 3. Those 9 days are a celebration of the city’s brewing past and present. The annual event, in its eleventh year, was started in 2009 by St. Louis beer enthusiast Mike Sweeney as a way to honor the city’s significant role in the history of beer in the United States and to showcase the city’s thriving craft beer scene. St. Louis Craft Beer Week kicks off with the 2019 St. Louis Brewer’s Picnic at 10th and Locust streets downtown.
Via Riverfront Times
The 32nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon, Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27, 2019 (note: the festival is NOT open on Sunday this year).
OBF is packed with great events
7/24 – I Love A Parade! Following the Oregon Brewers Brunch is the Oregon Brewers Parade, which starts on Wednesday, July 24, at 11am and is open to all ages. You do NOT need a ticket to walk in the parade. Up to 500 beer lovers will walk from Ecliptic Brewing (825 N Cook St) to the grounds of the Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Please be prepared, as this will be the farthest distance we’ve ever traveled for the parade. (About 2.5 miles)
Read more about OBF Events and the Fifteenth Annual Sasquatch BrewAm Golf Tournament Friday, (July 26)
New breweries opening soon in Mobile, Alabama – It’s a region that doesn’t get a lot of beer-press. Here’s a look at what’s new and what’s next for the brewing industry in coastal Alabama.
Looking for an ultimate beer-tasting experience? Try hitting one of the country’s top beer festivals, where attendees often get the chance to taste rare beers from heavy hitters and hyped breweries while chatting with the brewers who made them.
Not sure where to start? Check out this list of the best beer fests in America.
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Meet the king of collabs Kyle Harrop. Way back in the day, Harrop’s first release was Great Maple, a Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Even before it was released, Harrop’s reputation had earned the beer looks from beer media, and people were excited and trying to get their hands on his product. Great Maple was an absolute hit, and was followed by Boss Tycoon, Harrop’s collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing, and Frenched Toast, his collab with Great Notion Brewing. Harrop became beer famous. “The success of the collabs started the phones,” Harrop said. Other brewers wanted to collaborate, and consumers wanted to know where they could get his beer.
In today’s Artisanal Craft Brewing, no idea or ingredient is off limits. We’ve seen beers made with lobsters, Oysters, Mangalitsa pigs, candied ginger and gingerbread cookies, human urine, Norwegian money, and yeast harvested from beard hairs.
So be prepared to be shocked (and maybe a little grossed out)
16 brewers share the strangest beers they’ve ever made.