Cincinnati Winter Beerfest returns this March

Cincy Winter Beerfest returns March 6 and 7 at the Duke Energy Convention Center with beer from more than 130 breweries around the country.
The two-night celebration will feature more than 400 local, regional and hard-to-find craft beers from breweries including Madtree Brewing, Fretboard Brewing Company, Taft’s Brewing Co. and Braxton Brewing Co.
Via WLWT5

Zwickelmania is about to hit Oregon

ZWICKELMANIA 2020
Zwickelmania celebrates its 12th year this Saturday, Feb. 15 in Portland, and statewide on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Zwickelmania is a statewide celebration of the Oregon craft beer scene. More than 100 breweries across the state open their doors for tours, tastings, meet-the-brewer sessions, and, of course, free samples.
This free event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both Saturdays.
This year, Zwickelmania will run concurrently with Oregon Craft Beer Month. This month-long celebration will include tap takeovers, beer festivals, panel discussions and more. Stay tuned for details!
Visit OregonCraftBeer.org/Zwickelmania for a regularly updated list of participating breweries.

OregonLive and Labrewatory collaborate on #FakeBrews IPA

Let’s make a beer! The Oregonian/OregonLive and Labrewatory collaborate on #FakeBrews IPA
Ever wondered what it’s like to make a beer?
Yeah, me too. So, I’m going to do just that.
I figured if I’m going to write about and critique beer and breweries, I should have a hands-on understanding of the process, its complexities and its challenges. And I figured readers might want to know how it’s all done, too.
So I reached out to Nick Herrera, the head brewer at North Portland’s Labrewatory to see if he’d be willing to pair up with The Oregonian/OregonLive and do a beer collaboration – an endeavor I know very little about.
Via Oregonlive

Utah’s Toasted Barrel Brewery Pays Off Local Students’ Lunch Debt

One Utah brewery has started the new year in the plus column for community karma points by making a noble donation to a local elementary school. Throughout December, Toasted Barrel asked patrons at its tasting room to donate to the cause. On Thursday, Salt Lake City’s Toasted Barrel Brewery donated $1,300 to the nearby Washington Elementary School to pay off student lunch debt.
Via VinePair

Does Your Homebrew Taste Like Homebrew?

Four Reasons Your Homebrew Tastes Like Homebrew (and How to Prevent It)
The best part of being a homebrewer is sharing your beer. But, if you’ve noticed your friends don’t finish their pints, or give it a generic, “It’s good!” for feedback, you may be making one of these very common mistakes. Here are four reasons your homebrew might be subpar, and what you can do about it.
Via Vinepair

A History of the Ancient Peruvian Corn Beer Chicha, (Not) Made With Human Saliva

An Alternative History of Chicha, the Ancient Peruvian Corn Beer (Not) Made With Human Saliva
Chicha de jora, or “chicha”, is a corn-based brew originating in southern Peru. Ancient in origin, found on street corners and in municipal markets in the Andean regions of Peru and Bolivia. There vendors pour it in repurposed plastic soda bottles to go, or ladle it into pint glasses for passersby to guzzle on the sidewalk.
Via VINEPAIR

Portland Oregon’s 10 best beers, ranked

In early 2019, Andre Meunier started a tour of Portland breweries with two goals.
One, get to know the Portland beer scene more deeply to strengthen his coverage of it. And two, provide a comprehensive resource for craft-beer enthusiasts for where to go and what to try.
Via The Oregonian/OregonLive

Falconer Foundation Awards American Brewers Guild Scholarship

News Release from Falconer Foundation
From an outstanding group of talented applicants, Annie Johnson of PicoBrew (Seattle, WA) has been named recipient of the 2020 American Brewers Guild scholarship. Annie will be attending ABG’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course that runs from January to June 2020. The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction in Middlebury, VT. The course covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance with a special emphasis on practical issues.
Via Falconer Foundation