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
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
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
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.
Happy New Year!
Russian River Brewing Company
Pliny the Younger 2021 Release
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, key employees, and myself 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.
Via RRBC Blog
The Good Hop saved thanks to the strength of its community and social media.
“It’s been a tsunami of emotion wrapped up in a sharknado of goodwill. Last week you saw a TGH post saying we were in real danger of closing our doors. We had one ask: share TGH’s posts on your own social media feeds and talk us up to your friends, family, and coworkers. We hit “send” then waited. Would people actually share or would they just keep scrolling?” the owner, Melissa, shared on instagram.
Suddenly, the TGH crew was seeing their posts reshared everywhere! Suddenly, a whole lot more people knew about The Good Hop and wanted to help save it. Did it work?
Visits to their website jumped 400%, which helped get the word out about The Good Hop holiday beer boxes. “We sold more boxes yesterday–the first day they went on sale–than we’ve sold in the last 3 years COMBINED.You did this. YOU. Never could we have imagined the response we would get from you guys when you knew our little corner bar was in danger.” Melissa shared.
Keep the momentum building!
Read More on thegoodhop instagram feed.
Guinness Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson Is on a Mission to Make More Than Stouts (but Also Stouts)
While the Maryland brewery produces several stouts — after all, it is Guinness — head brewer Hollie Stephenson says it has been her mission to “challenge people’s perception of Guinness as a traditional stout brewer.” She’s done this by leading its experimental brewing program, which has produced its signature light golden lager, Guinness Blonde, along with the fruity Guinness Salt and Lime Ale, and the citrusy Guinness Galaxy IPA. Indeed, the 4,000-square-foot taproom introduces visitors to about a dozen experimental beers at any given time, Stephenson says.
Twenty-six collaborated on a Harvest IPA, brewed in Redmond at Wild Ride Brewing.
For its third iteration, the Oregon Brewers Guild brought together twenty-six of Oregon’s breweries to collaborate on State of Excitement No. 3, a Harvest IPA brewed at Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing.
Via Oregon Brewer’s Guild
Online ordering and delivery have become a must have for many breweries trying to survive the pandemic.
The new and improved BearRepublic.com now offers online beer sales, in CA only.
Check out the new design and find your favorite beers.
Beer shipped to you(CA only)
Stay tuned for more updates on merch and beer availability.
The Brewing Network will be broadcasting the 2020 GABF Competition Awards Ceremony via their Youtube channel today starting at 5pm MDT (4pm PDT).
Click the link below to watch:
GABF AWARDS LIVE STREAM
A day to celebrate Canadian beer and the people who brew it, sell it, deliver it, serve it and drink it.
Via Canadian Beer Day
THE FINAL 2021 PINK BOOTS HOP BLEND IS…? SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 7, 2020 @ 4:00pm PST. Tune in live when the final 2021 Pink Boots proprietary hop blend will be disclosed. This event will be hosted by Kelly Lohrmeyer and Tiffany Pitra from @yakimachief and promises to be a fun and educational experience. They will lead an interactive discussion with the 15 voting teams as they shed some light on each team’s hop blend creation process. This is open to the public via live stream on YouTube.
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ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS LAUNCHES BEERFEST IN A BOX!
Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF) is bringing the beer festival experience to you! Each ‘Beerfest In A Box’ contains 8 incredible craft beers from 8 amazing Alberta craft breweries. Some of them are old friends, while others might become your new favorite.
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.
Read the Rest on The Beer Connoisseur
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