Denver’s Falling Rock Tap House is selling off vintage bottles of beer it has collected over the years to generate revenue to stay in business.
“What we’ve sold so far will give us at least six more weeks of life and if we can sell the whole collection off, that’ll probably give us closer to four or five months where we can hopefully survive through this thing,” owner Chris Black told Denver’s FOX31 News.
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
Yakima Chief Hops Releases 4th Annual Pink Boots Blend in Support of Women in Brewing
Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a 100% farmer owned global hop supplier, has announced the release of their 4th Annual Pink Boots Blend alongside Pink Boots Society, an international non-profit supporting women in beer as well as fermentable and alcoholic beverages.
Since 2017, Yakima Chief Hops and Pink Boots Society (PBS) have partnered to create an annual hop blend that empowers women in the brewing profession. The Pink Boots Blend is available to commercial and home brewers and a portion of the proceeds benefit the PBS scholarship funds.
Via Yakima Hops
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Organizers of a Wisconsin winter beer festival known as FlannelFest have filed complaints in two states against an online ticket vendor for failing to turn over money from ticket sales.
The chamber of commerce group in Janesville said third-party vendor Brown Paper Tickets owes $20,000 for online tickets sales to the festival held earlier this year.
John Fugate, board president of Downtown Janesville Inc., said complaints have been filed with the Wisconsin attorney general and the attorney general in Washington state, where Brown Paper Tickets operates.
Via Star Tribune
Passage of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act before year-end expiration vital to small business health
On September 9th, leaders in the beverage alcohol sector are urging industry advocates across the U.S. to participate in a national Day of Action by asking their members of Congress to pass the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, S.362/H.R. 1175 (CBMTRA).
Unless Congress acts, on December 31, 2020, the current Federal Excise Tax (FET) rates for small and independent breweries in Oregon and across the nation will expire. If not made permanent, the FET will increase by as much as 100%.
Via The Oregon Brewers Guild
Molson Coors joint venture unveils cannabis drinks
Truss Beverage Co, a joint venture between Molson Coors and cannabis company Hexo Corp, has unveiled a line of cannabis-based non-alcoholic drinks in Canada.
Via The Drinks Business
Minneapolis protests over the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of local police have severely damaged Du Nord Craft Spirits, despite the business being labeled as black owned. In response to the destruction at this South Minneapolis business, a Go Fund Me page launched over the weekend with the goal of raising $10,000.
Via Beverage Dynamics
Yuengling and Philadelphia Phillies All-Star, Aaron Nola, Launch “Cheers PA” to Raise Funds for Pennsylvania Bar and Restaurant Workers Impacted by COVID-19
From May 19 through June 19, we’re calling all PA-lovers to participate in a virtual celebrity fundraiser on PledgeIt and Cameo where fans can donate to HARP for a chance to win signed memorabilia or once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite Pennsylvania legends.
100% of proceeds from Cheers PA will go directly toward HARP to help bartenders and waitstaff impacted by COVID-19.
Let’s raise a glass, and some funds, to #CheersPA!
FALCONER FOUNDATION OFFERING TWO CONCISE COURSE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SIEBEL INSTITUTE — APPLY NOW
In collaboration with the Siebel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2020. The scholarships are full tuition grants and come with a travel/lodging stipends. Both scholarships are to the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology, a two-week intensive program at Siebel in Chicago in November 2020.
Via Falconer Foundation
North Bay brewery releases ‘F— PG&E’ beer, gets bombarded with 1-star Yelp reviews
Steve Doty, owner of Santa Rosa brewery, Shady Oaks, fed up with multiple years of devastating fires sparked by PG&E power lines made a bold statement last week by way of one of his company’s beer names: “F— PG&E.” (They used the full curse word) When he did he wasn’t the only Northern California resident angry at the utility company, which is why he didn’t expect the kind of backlash the beer name prompted a few days later. Via SFGate
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.
APPLY NOW FOR FALCONER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP TO AMERICAN BREWERS GUILD
In collaboration with the American Brewers Guild, The Falconer Foundation is offering a full-tuition scholarship to ABG’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.
Via Glen Hay Falconer Foundation
The Great American Beer Festival competition is for U.S. breweries and Judges examined 9,497 beers from 2,295 American breweries this year.
The big day when many brewers hold their collective breath waiting to see if their dreams of gold, silver, or bronze, come true at Great American Beer Festival was October 5th. “If you don’t have butterflies in your stomach, you don’t have a beer entered in the competition,” GABF Competition Director Chris Swersey said before the award ceremony. Winning a GABF competition medal can catapult a small brewery to success.
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.
Always willing to stir the pot, Scottish Brewery Brewdog just launched a beer to protest the UK’s political climate, but consumers’ reactions haven’t been as positive as they were for the brand’s past subversive serves.
Via The Drinks Business