Oregon Small & Independent Craft Brewers Urge Participation in National Day of Action

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

Mozart’s Favorite Beer, Resurrected in Denver

Mozart’s Favorite Summer Beer, Lost for 100 Years, Is Resurrected in Denver
Via Vinepair
I’m told fans of historic beer styles have been waiting a long time for the return of Horner Bier. Sure, why not, I’m always ready to try something new and this has a great back story.
Seedstock Brewery has resuscitated Horner Bier, which can now join the ranks of German styles like Merseburger, Broyhan, and Berliner Braunbier. Andreas Krennmair, author of a book on how to brew forgotten Old World beer styles, says he hasn’t yet seen a commercial version of Horner beer. “It seems to be a beer style that sounds interesting and unusual, but at the same time is probably too strange for brewers to even attempt to brew it,” Krennmair says.
Really? Has he seen the American Craft Beer market? Voodoo Donut? Oyster Stout? Beard Beer? Need I go on? If this is too strange I’ve got to try it.

Sonoma Tart Brewer Q & A

Bear Republic Brewing Co. Quality Manager Roger Herpst Talks Sonoma Tart
BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
I did.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
This beer has an amazing tropical nose reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc or Muscat wines, but the balance of the core components—fruity tropical aroma, soft wheat implication of sweetness, tart lacto zing—are what make this beer shine.

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
We wanted to pay homage to our home county—lots of amazing beer comes from Sonoma County and this is no exception. The label artwork features local landmarks unique to our home. The beer also pays homage to the artisan ways our county has lived over the last 100 plus years. The diverse flavor profiles are similar to the wide variety of produce, wine, spirits, dairy and fruit produced here. Sonoma county is known for its artisanal food and drink. We believe this beer fits right in. There is a flavor for everybody.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Tropical, juicy, tart, and crushable. Now in non-IPA package.

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Sixth Annual Honey Beer Competition Results

It’s rather fitting that a beer “Dedicated to Bees” took the top spot in the 2020 Honey Beer Competition, which garnered 220 entries from professional brewers throughout the United States. Rogue Ales and Spirits’ Honey Kolsch took Best in Show honors, marking the beer’s return to the top spot after claiming it in the first two Honey Beer Competitions conducted by the National Honey Board. View the rest of the entries HERE

GABF Goes Virtual

Deadline to Register for GABF Approaching
The first virtual Great American Beer Festival will be a nationwide passport program connecting beer consumers and breweries from October 1-18. The festival culminates October 16-17, with passport-exclusive online content, and the GABF awards ceremony, broadcast by The Brewing Network.
The Competition Awards Ceremony will be broadcast free of charge on October 16 beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT via The Brewing Network and will be a “virtual extravaganza” of award announcements, video of actual judging, human interest stories featuring some of the entering breweries, and more.
The deadline to register as a participating brewery is September 1st. Register here with the Brewers Association to participate.
Via Probrewer.com

OR – OBG Launches Collaboration Series

OREGON BREWERS GUILD LAUNCHES QUARTERLY COLLABORATION SERIES WITH STATE OF EXCITEMENT NO. 2
How do you collaborate on a beer during a global pandemic?
Very carefully.
Twenty-seven Oregon’s breweries recently united to brew a statewide collab, State of Excitement No. 2, a hazy IPA brewed at Portland’s Baerlic Beer Co. The beer release marks the launch of the Guild’s quarterly collaboration series, which builds on the fun everyone had cranking out the Zwickelmania beer the past two Februaries.
“Collaborations are a little different right now, but I suppose just about everything is,” said Baerlic Beer Co. Brewer Stephen Helwig, who led the charge on brewday. “Fortunately, the modern miracle of the internet helped us to communicate, stay organized, and craft a damn delicious beer that shows off the best ingredients Oregon has to offer.”
Via Oregon Brewers Guild

Ohio Brewery’s Braille Ale Supports Visually Impaired Beer Enthusiasts

With Braille on Its Label, This Ohio Brewery’s New Beer Supports the Visually Impaired
West Side Brewing, has teamed up with a local organization to release “Braille Ale,” a raspberry gose set to hit local markets in two weeks time.
Not only will the beer make it easier for those with visual impairments to know what they are buying, a portion of sales will also go to the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI).
Via Vinepair

12th Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting Goes Virtual

12th Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting Goes Virtual Sept. 25-27, 2020
This year’s 12th annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting will be a live online virtual event with remote brewery beer releases and an auction to raise funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign. More than 70 of America’s leading craft breweries have already committed to take part.
Via The Full Pint

Hop Supplier Announces Free Virtual Harvest Experience


Craft Brewing Hop Supplier Announces Free Virtual Harvest Experience Worldwide
YAKIMA, Wash., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a 100% farmer owned global hop supplier, will host a comprehensive virtual event for the entire month of September available for free and to the public, offering a behind the scenes look at hop harvest along with brewing seminars.
Via Yakima Chief

Untappd Beer Festival Rescheduled

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Untappd, the leading social media app for beer, today announced the rescheduled date of its second Untappd Beer Festival in Charlotte, NC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new planned date for the festival is Saturday, April 24. The date is subject to change pending any updates to the phased reopening plan for North Carolina and broader COVID safety measures from the CDC. The festival, which was originally set to take place on May 16, 2020, will be held in the same venue, Bank of America Stadium. Attendees who purchased tickets to a session on the original scheduled date of Saturday, May 16, 2020 will automatically have their tickets honored for the same session on Saturday, April 24, 2021, and those who can no longer attend have the option to receive a refund.
Via Untapped

Largest Rare Beer Auction in the World Goes Virtual Saturday

Largest Rare Beer Auction in the World Goes Virtual, Raising
Hundreds of Thousands for Homeless Youth

 
Portland, Oregon- Brews for New Avenues will host its 9 th annual event virtually this
Saturday to raise vital funds for New Avenues for Youth, an organization that has been
working to end youth homelessness for 22 years. The “live” auction that runs from just
after midnight until 2pm will feature some of the rarest beers donated from breweries
from around the globe, including a 1994 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, one of 200 bottles
produced. Other “live” items include a 3L of Bokke Oma, a 1.5L of de Garde & Tilquin
Avenue No. 4, and a 3L of our collaboration with Cantillon – Cuvée de l’Espérance. The
30-minute virtual program beginning at 1:30pm features guest appearances from
Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, de Garde, Upright, Tioga Sequoia, Great Notion, and Reverend
Nat’s Cider, among others.
Via Brews For New Avenues

OR – Crosby Hop Farm and TopWire Hop Project


WOODBURN, Ore. – Crosby Hops, an integrated hop merchant and processor in the Pacific Northwest today announces its new overarching brand family that includes Crosby Hops, Crosby Hop Farm and TopWire Hop Project. Crosby opened the TopWire Hop Project, a one of a kind experiential beer garden on July 24, 2020.

Via Crosby Hops