Homebrew Projects to Tackle While We Wait

Homebrew Projects to Tackle While Social Distancing
Since going out for a beer simply isn’t an option right now. ( Please support local breweries by ordering delivery online, if you’re comfortable with it!) But, it’s a great time to make your own beer.
Open up that kit that’s been sitting in the closet gathering dust or order everything required by online delivery — and while you wait for gumption, inspiration, or shipping, Vinepair has plenty of reading recommendations to keep you occupied, too.
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25 Years of Old Rasputin!


Virtual Toast for Old Rasputin’s 25th Anniversary
This Saturday will mark the 25th Anniversary of the first brewing of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

North Coast would love to share this event so they’ve arranged to gather virtually, this Saturday at Noon PDT, to share a “Virtual Toast” with help from their CEO Jeff Ottoboni, Brewmasters Patrick Broderick and Chuck Martins and other special guests, including North Coast President Emeritus & Co-Founder, Mark Ruedrich. The event will be held on Facebook Live

The Crafty Cask – Tippler Nation Virtual Tastings

Join Crafty Cask as they bring craft winery, distillery, brewery, and cider house tastings to you at home through our virtual tasting experiences. You’ll learn about the specific type of tipple they’re sipping on for each event, get introduced to amazing craft makers from around the country, and often hear from the makers and other industry professionals themselves. And, of course, you’ll get a chance to ask questions, meet new friends, and support these amazing small craft businesses directly. Check out their calendar of events and join any or all!
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Time To Raid The Beer Collection!

As the World Shelters in Place, Rare Beer Lovers Raid Their Collections
By EVAN RAIL
The other night, I did something unusual: I opened a 2009 bottle of 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze.
The weird part wasn’t that I chose a spontaneously fermented beer from Belgium: Although I do mostly consume Czech lagers, I happily drink most styles. But that particular beer from my own cellar was one that dated from before the 2009 disaster that shuttered one of Belgium’s favorite lambic breweries for several years. It was not just from Belgium. It was not just sour. It was not just old. It was a truly rare bottle from a different era, one of a very limited number that remain anywhere, and a real collector’s item among connoisseurs.
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Virtual Tours of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries

Vinepair’s Best Virtual Tours of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries
Close to 300 million Americans are currently in stay at home mode.
These measures have left many of us seeking new and novel forms of entertainment. Some enjoy virtual happy hours with friends, while others have elevated those experiences by introducing virtual drinking games to new and old friends. Pretty much all of us are drinking more, with many taking advantage of alcohol delivery services for the first time. But while physical travel is impossible right now, you can escape your four walls via virtual tourism.
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Where you can order beer to-go in Houston

HOUSTON – With the news that dine-in service would be prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a temporary waiver that allows restaurants to include alcohol beverages in takeout and delivery orders.
All alcohol included in takeout or delivery orders must be sold in the original container that was sealed by the manufacturer of the beverage, according to the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission.
Under the relaxed policy, the customer must not be intoxicated and must present valid proof of their identity that confirms they are at least 21 years old when the order is delivered.
According to TABC, there is no required food-to-alcohol ratio.
EaterHouston compiled a list of all restaurants offering cocktail kits, wine, and beer deliveries in Houston.
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Social Drinking in a World of Social Distancing

In the era of social distancing, many drinkers are leaning into technology to stay connected with friends and loved ones. From virtual happy hours to online wine classes, and teleconferenced game nights to an Instagram Live nightclub, we’re finding new ways to socialize over a glass (or two) with our social circles even when we can’t be in the same place.

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Then there’s our REALLY secret ingredient

The maker of saké brand Dassai, Asahi Shuzo Co., has asked the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra to compose a piece of music that will be played in the brewery during the fermentation and maturation processes. The song, to be written by composer Kaoru Wada following a visit to the brewery, will be called Dassai-Megaki, and is expected to be completed by this summer.

Via The Drinks Business

Brewdog Reports Theft of Trailer Load of Beer Worth £150K


Scottish Brewery BrewDog reported the theft of an entire trailer load of beer, worth £150,000, from a motorway service station in Cheshire.
In a tweet on March 24th, BrewDog co-founder James Watt explained that the crime occurred on the way to the brewer’s online distribution center.
The beer, believed to be cans of Punk IPA, was taken from the trailer while it was parked at the Moto Lymm services in Cheshire on Tuesday at around 7:45am.

Really? 7:45 in the morning (rush hour most places) and no one saw a team of crooks unloading 26 pallets of beer from a truck parked at a gas station?

Watt said that there would be a temporary shortage of the beer online due to the theft, but said every effort would be made to increase the stock.

BrewDog’s website is now showing the beer as in stock.

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Oregon Brewers Festival still on for end of July…so far

OBF
Hey friends, a message re: this summer’s Oregon Brewers Festival. As of right now, the festival is still happening as scheduled. We recognize this is an evolving situation and we will continue to update you with any changes. In the meantime, please continue to support your local breweries, beer bars and bottle shops. We need to make sure they’re still here when this crisis is over. We hope to raise a pint together soon. Take care, stay safe, and wash your hands!
Join in the discussion on OBF Facebook

Newsletter from our friends at Bear Republic Brewing

Dear Friends and Family,
At Bear Republic Brewing Co., we feel great responsibility for the role we play in the lives of our guests for over 25 years—even more important to us during this difficult time when we are all being more cautious about how we engage with our guests and the community.

Many of you have called to see if the Bear Republic is open, and at this time, we are doing everything to provide great service and make you feel at home and safe. Governor Newsom mandated all restaurants to cut seating in half, which we are doing as well as spacing guests out so they are not within 6 feet of another table. We have a vast and large space, and a beautiful beer garden, so we can all spread out. In order to further protect our guests and staff, all food and beverage orders will be taken at the bar to limit everyone’s interaction.

We understand that you might feel more comfortable eating at home, we have a to go menu available on our website www.bearrepublic.com. We also have cold beer to go that can be picked up with your order. We are adding curb side service. Please call 707.585.2722 and press 0 to order your to go items.

Although we have no reason to believe that anyone infected with Coronavirus has been in our pub, we have taken additional steps to reduce any risks our guests and staff may face. We have always followed stringent health department regulations and have increased our frequency and rigor in our cleaning steps. Our team knows they have paid sick leave, and that they are expected to stay home if they are feeling ill. This protects everyone.
We are proactively suspending our children’s toys in the beer garden and board games in the pub. We have also postponed Bingo, Paint Night and Trivia. As any other changes arise, we will be communicating them in a timely manner.

We will continue to monitor all updates from county, state and Federal authorities and will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our mitigation procedures on a daily basis. Please take care to follow each of the precautionary steps to protect yourself and your family. Be sure to take home some Bear Republic bottles and cans from the grocery store, but please remember we will remain open and always appreciate your support. Above all, stay strong during this challenging time for our community.

Sincerely,
Marcin Furmankiewicz & the Bear Team
Pub General Manager

Shake shake shake, shake your Budweiser

Budweiser has launched a new nitro lager with a corresponding ad campaign which encourages drinkers to shake their cans.
Ricard Marques, Budweiser’s vice-president of marketing, core and value brands, said: “Nitro Pour ritual adds some theatre and excitement to the traditional beer pour – offering something new without the sacrifice of the traditional Bud flavor they love.
Via the Drinks Business