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WI – Lakefront recalls beer due to ‘risk of explosion’

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Lakefront Brewery recalls bottled beer because of ‘risk of explosion’
MILWAUKEE — Lakefront Brewery announced today that anyone with bottles of My Turn Junk beer should either refrigerate or carefully dispose of them. Brewery representatives say it’s been discovered that the beer contains wild yeast from the cherries it was brewed with, which continued to ferment. Subsequently, CO2 builds up in the bottles, making them at risk for explosion.
Via Fox6

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Get Free Beer for Cig butts & Bottle Caps

After a research by Anglia Ruskin University revealed cigarettes are more damaging to the environment than plastic straws, a bar in Barcelona is taking drastic measures. The study reveals drastic impacts on plant growth where butts are found in the soil and, since Cigarette litter is a major problem on beaches, water pollution concerns. Just one cigarette butt can pollute 3 litres of water, and the contamination can take between five and 20 years to dissipate. Marine life is also known to mistake them for food.
Tackling the issue head-on, Tibu-Ron Group, which operates several beach bars in Barcelona, is handing out free beer and soft drinks to consumers who collect a pint of cigarette butts from the surrounding area joining Zanzibar on Baga Beach, Goa, who started offering free beer to patrons who came to the premises with old cigarettes and bottle caps in February this year.
Via – The Drinks Business

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Congratulations to the latest Falconer Foundation Scholarship winners!

Catherine Wiest and Jaron Shepherd were selected from an outstanding group of talented applicants to receive the 2019 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Siebel Brewing Scholarships. Catherine Wiest is from Pelican Brewing Company (Pacific City, OR) and Jaron Shepherd is from 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, CA).
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship program encompasses over half of the United States geography and the scholarships draw candidates from throughout that region.
Via Falconer Foundation Press Release

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Craft Beer Obstacle Course Debuts at MT Brew Fest

Craft Beer Week, Beer Obstacle Course, & MT Brew Fest all During BeerNow19 – Great Falls Craft Beer Week featuring Mighty Mo Brewing Co., Jeremiah Johnson Brewing, and Black Eagle Brewery seems to be a natural for the first Beer Obstacle Course I’ve ever heard of.

The kick-off event to Craft Beer Week is a fun, but challenging Beer Obstacle Course. Local gyms, climbing centers, and even furniture stores provide the obstacles and we provide the “hydration stations” between the obstacles. Attendee’s get to have a taste of some local beer to help get them through the course while the “spectator section” enjoys live music, food, and a selection of local brews as well.

Check out the events at their website www.gfcraftbeerweek.com.

Via: BeerNow

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Colorado’s unusual booze rules are set to change

On Jan. 1, after years of debate, Colorado’s unusual booze rules are set to change. The state will effectively erase its 3.2 beer law, a Prohibition-era restriction that prevented most general stores from selling full-strength beer.

Among other changes coming into effect.
Via the Denver Post

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More than 1,200 breweries to make Resilience IPA with Sierra Nevada

…To date, more than 1,200 breweries are participating, including craft brewers all over Northern California, major national producers like Founders, Stone, Dogfish Head, Firestone-Walker and New Belgium. Internationally, brewers like BrewDog and Garage Project are also getting in on helping out.

Via www.sfgate.com

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Number of Active U.S. Breweries Surges Past 7,000, For New All-Time High

Craft beer is growing by leaps and bounds. As reported by CraftBeer.com, the number of active breweries in the U.S. surged past 7,000 last month —boosted by small and independent openings— setting a new, all-time high.

The stat, provided by the Brewers Association’s Chief Economist Bart Watson, reveals that as of the end of October, there were 7,082 active breweries in the U.S. That’s an increase of more than 1,100 compared to the same time last year.

Via: VinePair

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BrewDog’s New London Pub Features Beer Price Tied to London Financial Index

The idea is interesting — especially considering the pub is in the heart of the London financial district. Fluctuating prices of a beer based on the FTSE financial index. The price of the beer called Hop Exchange goes up as the FTSE 100 goes up. When it has a bad day, the price comes down.

Link: American Craft Beer

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R.I.P. All About Beer Magazine (1979-2018)

Jeff Alworth brings us the sad news that All About Beer has apparently ceased publishing.

But losing All About Beer hurts. As an institution spanning the entirety of the American craft beer era, it functioned as a reflection of the American beer industry. the late Michael Jackson and Fred Eckhardt, writers who helped launch beer journalism, were stalwarts in its pages. All About Beer covered every business story, new style development, personality clash, and all the trends and development in craft beer since its beginning. From mustaches to goatees to lumberjack beards—as well as the increasingly common faces of women who subvert the facial-hair stereotype—AAB captured brewers in all their phases.

It’s truly a sad way for the magazine to end. Folks like Julie Johnson and Daniel Bradford have put decades into the business, and writers and editors sweated out tough stories and late nights making deadlines. Jon Page, the managing editor during its late, greatest phase, added this. “During my time at the magazine, it wasn’t uncommon to meet brewers who were inspired to start their breweries after reading All About Beer Magazine, or to meet readers who had collected years worth of issues. Going back nearly four decades, the magazine’s archives are truly a treasure trove of brewing history and culture.”

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Opportunity Awaits — Deadline a month away for ABG Brewing Scholarship

A great opportunity for the right candidate, a full-tuition scholarship to the Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course offered by American Brewers Guild. Application deadline is November 8th.

From Glen Hay Falconer Foundation:

In collaboration with the American Brewers Guild, we are offering a full-tuition scholarship to the Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering program.

The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction. The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack formal training in brewing science and covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance.

The American Brewers Guild is a premier school for the craft brewing industry dedicated to providing a comprehensive learning experience that focuses on the technical, scientific, and operational matters and issues that brewers face in a craft brewing environment.

The American Brewers Guild is now accepting applications for the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation slot in the Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course that runs from January 20, 2019 through June 29, 2019 with the final week of on site instruction in Middlebury, Vermont. The full application must be received no later than November 8, 2018. Note: This class is full except for this scholarship slot.

The scholarship is open to professional brewers and homebrewers from the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and California’s northern geographic region (San Francisco/Monterey Bay areas and north). The full-tuition scholarship also includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses for the residential week in Middlebury, Vermont. Full details and scholarship applications are available at www.abgbrew.com.

The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers from the Pacific Northwest to further their knowledge and expertise. For more information on the Foundation please visit www.glenfalconerfoundation.org.

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What’s the big deal with “Big Beer” vs. Independent Craft

A chuckle rippled through the craft beer industry a couple of weeks ago when one of three people to accept a Great American Beer Festival medal on behalf of Seattle’s Cloudburst Brewing used his 10 seconds of fame to unbutton his flannel shirt and display a salty sentiment to the crowd, both in the auditorium and those live streaming the event at home.

In red letters, below a mischievous grin and a Seattle Mariners cap, his white T-shirt read: “F**K AB-INBEV”

Josh Noel has a great interview up with Cloudburst Brewing’s founder and former Elysian Brewing employee Steve Luke on the now infamous shirt he flashed during the GABF awards. But the interview covers a whole lot more. For those wondering what people have against “big beer” and their tactics, the interview is a great introduction to the independent brewers mindset.

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Busch Heir Calls Cannabis The Future

Adolphus Busch V — great-great-grandson of Adolphus Busch, otherwise known as the original Busch in Anheuser-Busch — is launching ABV Cannabis, a Colorado-based startup that sells marijuana vaping pens. “I saw that cannabis is the future,” Busch told The New York Post. He’s the latest heir to an American business empire to turn to weed. In June, Ben Kovler, a descendant in line for the Jim Beam whiskey fortune, took his Chicago-based cannabis cultivator, Green Thumb Industries, public in Canada. “It’s not a coincidence,” John Kaden, chief investment officer of weed-focused hedge fund Navy Capital, told The Post. “Alcohol is the most immediately affected” as marijuana gets legalized by states. T! he U.S. cannabis industry is expected to grow to $75 billion by 2030, according to research from Cowen. By comparison, U.S. alcohol sales totaled about $180 billion in 2017.

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Brewers In Their Own Words – Brewers Survey Results

Beer writer Jeff Alworth recently surveyed brewers to learn more about how they are compensated, and how they feel about that compensation. He concluded his three-part report (the link is to the third, but read them all) with a balanced overview, letting the participants do the talking. One example: “As long as I am here I know I will never get a single paid day off, livable wage, sick day, 401k or any kind of health benefit and that is insane to me but I enjoy working in the industry and I am learning fast. I just want to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can, so I can move on to a place that actually takes its employees lives seriously.”
But there are also great places to work: “You have a job, full-time, until you decide to leave. Time off and sick leave aren’t tracked too heavily unless it seems someone is taking advantage of them. In slow seasons management finds hours for all employees so there is no seasonal drift in employment. Promotion from within is the norm, management will work to progress you on whatever career path you want within the brewery.” Read all the responses.