First started in 2019, Canadian Beer Day is dedicated to celebrating beer and the thousands of Canadians involved in the brewing, selling, delivering, serving – and enjoying – Canada’s favorite beverage loved by millions across the country. The celebration, which occurs every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, recognizes and celebrates beer and breweries in Canada and the workers directly involved in beer’s supply chain – agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality.
“Beer brings Canadians together, and it’s been a part of our country’s culture and communities for generations. The last 18 months have been a challenging time for Canadians and businesses, specifically those in hospitality and tourism, making beer’s role in bringing friends and family together more important than ever,” said Dana Miller, Interim Director, Communications and Engagement for Beer Canada.
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San Francisco issued a new public health order Thursday that makes proof of full vaccination mandatory for entering a variety of indoor businesses, becoming the first major U.S. city to institute such a rule.
Mark Craig, of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, discovered one of the 50 gold cans in his case of BrewDog. Despite being advertised as “solid gold” and worth £15,000, Mr. Craig has been left disappointed when it turned out the can was mostly made of brass.
As part of a promotional campaign, the Scottish Brewer advertised the chance to discover a “solid gold” can of its flagship Punk IPA beer.
Craig had hoped to fund his wedding by selling the gold can.
“Sales of Punk presumably went through the roof,” Craig said, per The Guardian.
Unfortunately, The Guardian reports that a certificate provided by BrewDog shows that the can is actually only gold-plated. It’s coated in gold plating three thousandths of a millimetre thick.
Despite this, the brewer said it stood by its valuation of the cans at £15,000 “based on multiple factors”
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When they say poke, we say pint.
Now through June 30, your local taproom can offer a free beer to guests who show proof of their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Washington Brewers Guild, which advocates on behalf of the state’s craft beer industry, introduced its “Pokes for Pints” campaign this week. In addition to the complimentary drink, breweries can participate by hosting a pop-up clinic on location, in conjunction with their local health department.
The catch? The freebie is only available if you receive your first or second dose between May 15, when the state liquor board approved the promotion, and the end of June.
“We were hearing a lot of chatter amongst members that were interested in assisting with the effort,” said Annie McGrath, executive director of the Brewers Guild. “It makes a lot of sense, since breweries are hubs for their communities and have found creative ways to support their communities throughout the pandemic.”
Read More Via The News Tribune
Trappist Monks Take On Big Business in Spring Water Beer Battle
In a tale of two extremes reminiscent of David and Goliath, a small monastery known for its commitment to manual labor and rigorous prayer schedule is pitted against a multinational corporation backed by one of the wealthiest families in Belgium.
The monastery, Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, is at odds with a neighboring quarry owned and operated by the multi-billion dollar firm Lhoist over a shared water supply. That long-standing battle appears to now be coming to a close, after the monastery won the favor of the court in a ruling that declared that Lhoist lacks the right to “remove or divert all or part of the water which supply the abbey,” The Guardian reports.
The Benedictine monastery in southern Belgium is one of only 14 in the world authorized to brew Trappist beer. The monks utilize spring water that is hand-drawn from a well in the monastery to brew their unique beer known for sweet caramel notes and grainy flavors.
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Free beer, donuts and more: 12 reasons to get your COVID-19 vaccine
In a bid to get as many people vaccinated as possible, companies and local governments are giving away these freebies.
Not only will your COVID-19 vaccine assist in protecting you from the virus, but it can get you so much free stuff. Companies, organizations and even local governments are offering incentives to those getting their coronavirus vaccines — all you need is to show your vaccine card.
These incentives are especially helpful in urging more and more people to get both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna shots, as recent data has shown that some people are skipping the second shot. Though the CDC has pointed out mild side effects that most people experience after the second vaccine shot, it still largely does not compare to actually having COVID-19. If having to get two shots is part of the concern, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works in just one dose.
Aside from brands offering incentives, some employers are also offering a perk, whether it’s paid time off or a cash bonus. Ask your own employer if you aren’t sure if there’s a perk — you might be pleasantly surprised. To take advantage of all these perks on offer, you have to do your part and get vaccinated first. Here’s everything your vaccine card will get you.
Support America’s small and independent craft breweries through on-premise purchases
The 15th annual American Craft Beer Week returns May 10-16. The national beer holiday, hosted by the Brewers Association (BA) – the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers – encourages beer lovers to visit their local taprooms, brewpubs, and breweries to purchase beer, whether for on-premise enjoyment, to-go, or delivery.
May 10-16, 2021
At local independent craft breweries to support American Craft Beer Week.
Following a tumultuous year with on-premise sales dropping double digits, this year’s holiday honors the creativity, community, and resiliency of America’s small and independent craft breweries by reminding beer lovers that “local beer is better.” As loyal community supporters, many craft breweries responded quickly to the pandemic by producing hand sanitizer for local first responders and collaborating to raise funds for frontline and hospitality workers. Of legal drinking age adults in the U.S., 85% live within 10 miles of a brewery, and craft breweries serve as community gathering places and job creators – providing more than 138,000 direct full and part-time jobs in 2020.
More Here Via BA
WTOP – https://wtop.com/dc/2021/05/shot-and-a-beer-dc-offering-walk-up-vaccines-beverages-at-kennedy-center/
D.C. is offering a walk-up vaccine clinic with a free beer afterward.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the event on Tuesday. It’ll be held at The Reach at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.
Participants have to be 21 or older, and the clinic is administering the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Each person who gets the shot will get a free beer from Solace Brewing Company.
The clinic is part of D.C.’s Vaxed for Mom initiative.
ABC News – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-jersey-shot-beer-program-offers-free-beer-those-who-n1266170
A vaccination card will be the ticket for a free brewski in the Garden State this month. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced a “Shot and a Beer”
URGENT RECALL OF BEERS ISSUED OVER FEARS OF EXPLODING CANS
Beer drinkers are being warned to check their cans after an urgent recall was issued for one product over fears of ‘exploding’ cans and higher alcohol content than stated due to secondary fermentation.
Cans of Bright Brewery’s Pineapple Dream Nitro Milkshake Ale will be taken off shelves at independent supermarkets across Australia due to concerns that the beer cans may rupture after it was warned that “secondary fermentation” may lead to a higher alcohol content than is stated on the packaging.
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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.
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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