Less than two years after unmanageable debt and a bank foreclosure forced San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing to sell to a holding company, auction off its $20 million expansion brewery in Virginia Beach, close its Southern California barrel-aging facility, and pull beer distribution from 42 states to concentrate on its home and neighboring markets, the brewery that helped pioneer the industry-transforming west coast IPA style has quietly returned to the eastern seaboard. Via Forbes
Six events to enjoy during San Diego Beer Week
The 11th annual San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 1-10, has many can’t-miss events.
Make sure these six make it onto your SDBW list.
Via San Diego Union Tribune
Samuel Adams released its exclusive Utopias beer to select locations yesterday, the collection is so rare, only 100 casks were made and it’s illegal in 15 states. Each beer is barrel-aged and hand-bottled, the brewing company calls it “America’s most extreme beer.” It contains 28 percent alcohol by volume and it sells for $210 a bottle. Due to its high 28 percent ABV content, the Utopias collection is illegal in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.
For more information on the beer you can visit the Samuel Adams website here.
Raise a glass to Canada’s world-class beer scene on the first Canadian Beer Day
Brewers and beer drinkers across Canada are raising a glass to recognize Canada’s world-class beer scene and brewing culture today.
Led by Beer Canada, today’s first annual Canadian Beer Day celebration, kicks off with a launch party at Great Western Brewing Company in Saskatoon. Delegates from Canada’s small and large breweries will gather with barley farmers, members of the beer supply chain and beer drinkers, to highlight the history and current contributions the beer industry has on Canada’s culture, economy and local communities.
Via Canadian Beer Day
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)