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Here’s Why Little Breweries Love to Razz Big Beer

By JONATHAN SHIKES
Big Beer and small breweries have done their fair share of bickering over the years, on everything from tax breaks and supply-chain power to honesty in marketing, the meaning of independence and, yes, even pumpkin peach ales. There has been name-calling, along with lawsuits, temper tantrums and outright trolling.
Read the rest and enjoy a good laugh at Westword

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A guide to 21 Des Moines metro breweries and the bike trails closest to them

The craft brewery industry in the Des Moines area just keeps growing. Now 21 breweries call the region home.
In 1996, Court Avenue Brewing Co. opened its doors and remains the oldest in the metro area. Confluence and Exile celebrate a decade in business in 2022, and others such as 515 Brewing and Fox Brewing have stuck around. Just in the past two years, newcomers such as Lua, Kinship and 1717 opened to expand the craft brewery footprint in central Iowa.
The region’s not done with breweries quite yet. The newest trend brings established breweries such as Toppling Goliath, Big Grove, SingleSpeed and Backpocket to the area with taprooms opening in the next year.
Here’s a guide to the Des Moines-area producers making their mark on the local beer scene, pulling pints and filling growlers for those ready to move past domestic liter lagers. Bonus: We included the bike trails nearest them.
Find it all here on the The Des Moines Register

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The Most Popular Beers in the World (2022)

With the global beer market valued at over $623 billion dollars worldwide, it’s no wonder that beer is something of a universal language, unifying drinkers across oceans. With such international interest, it’s not surprising, then, that news outlets rush annually to aggregate the most popular brews from all corners of the globe.
Check it out on Vinepair

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PDX – 10th Cider Summit Portland Returns!

10th Cider Summit Portland returns June 10 & 11
Oregon’s largest cider tasting festival returns to celebrate in-person
Cider Summit Portland, the area’s largest cider tasting festival, will be held in Portland June 10 and Jun 11 at The Fields Park, 1099 NW Overton St. in Portland’s Pearl District.
This year, Cider Summit returns to an in-person celebration in Portland after two years of virtual events. Attendees will enjoy a tasting selection of 150+ hard ciders from the industry’s leading cidermakers, many of whom will be on hand to guide guests through the available lineup.

Get the details here!

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Georgia Craft Brewers Festival 4/2/22

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and Atlanta Beer Festivals present Georgia Craft Brewers Festival

Atlantic Station Event Space – Atlanta, GA
Friday, April 1 (VIP Preview)
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 1pm-5pm
Featuring 60+ member breweries of the Georgia Brewers Guild and great collaboration beers.
250+ total beers, an expected 25+ special collaboration beers brewed exclusively for this festival.
Live music, great food and more.
Buy tickets to attend here

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Largest Beer Spa in the Woooorld!

Largest beer spa in the world to open in Canada…yes, Canada.
The world’s biggest beer spa, based in Ontario, where you can drink cool beer while lounging in the pool, is set to open in the spring.

The Muskoka Beer Spa, part of Clear Lake Brewing Co, opening on April 7, 2022, which states on its website that it will be the biggest beer spa in the world, will feature an outdoor pool, two large hot tubs, dump buckets, a music stage, an ice rink and four saunas.
Read more in The Drinks Business…

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Hop Culture Announces Beers With(Out) Beards Festival in Portland, ME.


Support The Most Badass Women In the Beer Industry
BRICK SOUTH THOMPSON’S POINT / PORTLAND, MAINE
SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH 2022
In 2018, Grace Weitz conceptualized the first Beers With(out) Beards as part of her graduate school thesis capstone project at NYU. Over the past four years, this celebration of women in beer has grown to attract thousands of attendees and showcase over sixty women-led breweries. Additionally, the fest has featured over thirty-five events highlighting the achievements of women across all aspects of the alcoholic beverage industries. Grace started BW(O)B to create a space where everyone felt welcome to show up, taste amazing beers, and cultivate conversations around how to break through barriers. And now more than ever, we need Beers With(out) Beards.
The fifth annual Beers With(out) Beards takes pride in representing women and femme-identifying folks in the beer industry. And this year, we feel especially empowered by those who have also had the courage to speak up about the importance of equity and inclusion in craft beer. Together, everyone’s voice is stronger.
Join us on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 at Brick South in Portland, ME to celebrate the achievements of women in craft beer. All are welcome at the festival, and you’ll be able to enjoy beer from thirty-five-plus breweries that are either women-owned or owned by femme-identifying people, or that have women or femme-identifiying people in prominent leadership positions.

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Do we really want to used the term “LIGHT” around spirit barrels? : )

JACK DANIEL’S TO LIGHT HOLIDAY BARREL TREE AT THE FORUM IN SUPPORT OF MILITARY FAMILIES

Top Barrel of the Display Will Be Auctioned to Help
Send Military Home for the Holidays 

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
4:30 – 5:30PM – Ceremony
WHERE:
The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90305
The tree lighting ceremony is open to the public and will take place at the Southwest Triangle in the Forum’s parking lot, which faces the corner of Prairie Ave. and Pincay Dr. 
B-roll will be available immediately after the lighting.
WHAT:
Los Angeles will get a taste of a special Jack Daniel Distillery holiday tradition when the Tennessee whiskey maker debuts a seven-tier barrel tree on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at the Forum as part of its “Operation Ride Home” program, which has helped junior-enlisted service members and their families travel home for the holidays since 2011. Representatives from the Forum and Jack Daniel’s, including Colin Coleman, Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador, will be on hand to help illuminate the tree during a special lighting ceremony that is open to the community and will feature DJ Hemingway and themed cocktails for guests.  
* You must be 21 years or older and legal residents of the United States who live within 100 miles of the zip code 90305 to enter this sweep. For terms and conditions and contest rules, please visit thelaforum.com/jdbarreltree

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It’s like a car wreck, I can’t look away! New World Beer Mile Record

Canada’s Corey Bellemore breaks world beer mile record

The Beer Mile World Classic took place Saturday in Manchester, England, and Canada’s Corey Bellemore took home his third world title in a new world-record time of 4:28.1, making him the first person to ever complete the grueling event in under 4:30.
Read More in Canadian Running Magazine

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Beer festival in church graveyard sparks outrage

CNN
Church sparks outrage after hosting beer festival in graveyard
A vicar in County Durham was forced to defend the decision to host a four-day beer festival in his church’s graveyard after images of revelers leaning on headstones and using graves as tables sparked outrage.
Read More Here: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/grave-beer-festival-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

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PBR Will Pay You to Put Up Beer Ads in Your Home


Until September 24, (better hurry!)
PBR is giving away free beer-branded swag, allowing customers to decorate their cribs with advertising by using items like shower curtains, rugs, duvet covers, toilet paper, cutting boards, and even toilet seats.
After receiving your plethora of PBR booty, PBR says it will pay customers to post images of these in-home ad campaigns on social media.
“Each item has a corresponding monetary value, once participants send Pabst Blue Ribbon posts as proof of installation, then you get paid to ‘run’ the ads inside the comfort of your home,” the announcement states. “Why? Because Pabst Blue Ribbon’s ads need a home and they’d rather pay you than a media fat cat.” (who are you calling fat!?!)
Impress your friends???

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Rogue’s Paint the Can Dead Contest is Back for Year Two


For the second year in a row, Rogue Ales & Spirits is celebrating its flagship beer with the ‘Paint the Can Dead’ campaign. Starting today, Rogue is challenging fans to create their own original Dead Guy inspired can art on a special edition blank white can. New this year, a panel of celebrity judges will pick the grand prize winner to receive a $2000 cash prize. Twenty-four weekly runner-up prizes will also be awarded throughout the competition.
Read More at Rogue’s Paint the Can Dead Contest

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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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No-Mo Homebrew in Antarctica?

Australian Scientists in Antarctica Aren’t Allowed to Brew Their Own Beer Anymore
And researchers will only be able to bring in half as much alcohol as was previously allowed.
Most people don’t need much to be happy. You give me some good records and a case of beer, and I could be left alone for days. But if you only gave me half a case of beer? Well, that could be trouble. It’s a dilemma Australian scientists holed up in Antarctica are going to have to deal with. The Australian government is planning to seriously tighten alcohol rules at their stations — including slashing the amount of beer, wine, and spirits expeditioners can take to the icy continent nearly in half.
Read More at Food & Wine

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There Are Italian Villages That Will Pay You To Move There and Start a Business

(CNN) —
These pretty Italian villages want to pay you $33,000 to move in
Ever dreamed of opening an artisan boutique and settling down for good in an idyllic village in Italy’s deep south where it’s warm almost all year-round — and get paid to do it?
For those willing to take the plunge, it could soon no longer be just a dream.
The region of Calabria plans to offer up to €28,000 ($33,000) over a maximum of three years to people willing to relocate to sleepy villages with barely 2,000 inhabitants in the hope of reversing years of population decline.
These include locations near the sea or on mountainsides — or both.
This isn’t money for nothing, however. To get the funds, new residents must also commit to kickstarting a small business, either from scratch or by taking up preexisting offers of specific professionals wanted by the towns.
There are a few other catches, too.
Read More Here