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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

Duff Beer

Trump feels the backlash from the beer industry, a music festival is using urine to grow ingredients for brewing, and most importantly, Duff Beer is soon becoming a reality. Get the details on all of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

5 Rabbit Cerveceria Leaves Trump Hotel After Immigration Comments

Rebar Trump
Photo Credit: Trump Hotel Chicago


After Donald Trump made his infamous comments about Mexican immigrants a few weeks ago, the 5 Rabbits Cerveceria decided their beer no longer belonged in the Chicago Trump Hotel’s lounge, Rebar. The owners of the brewery are Latin American and did not appreciate Trump’s less-than-appealing remarks. 5 Rabbits aims to promote a positive image of the Latin American community and they believe that continuing the relationship with Trump Hotels would be hypocritical. Way to stay strong, 5 Rabbits Cerveceria! If you want to check them out, 5 Rabbits will continue to serve up their delicious brews at their taproom in Bedford Park, IL. [Continue reading…]

Duff Beer Becomes a Reality

Duff Beer
Photo Credit: Wall Street Journal

After fighting off counterfeit ‘Duff Beer’ in Chile for quite a while, Fox has decided, ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.’ As many of you know, Duff Beer is a staple on the hugely popular show, The Simpsons. Down in Chile, various companies have been producing contraband versions of the Homer’s favorite brew. Although Fox is claiming this is a violation of intellectual property rights, they don’t have much ground to stand on since the product doesn’t actually exist. By producing Duff beer themselves, Fox gains a better argument in their claim that this product is in fact, their idea. Fox is working with British brewmaster, Paul Farnsworth, to create the recipe for the Simpsons classic. [Continue reading…]

How a Music Festival is Turning Pee Into Brewing’s Next Big Thing

Beer Urine
Photo Credit: flickr user landfeldt

Roskilde Festival in Denmark is taking recycling to the next level. Their new initiative, from piss to pilsner” is leading them to take the urine from beer-drinking festival goers and use it to fertilize crops of barley that will be used to brew beer in the future. When I first read about this, I thought the pee might be used in the actual brewing process… I’m thankful that is not the case. If this initiative works out, festival goers will be drinking the urine-fertilized beer by 2017. Festival directors hope to collect rockstars pee as well. Maybe they could fertilize special crops with that and make some rare rockstar pee-beer. [Continue reading…]

Stone Brewing Teams Up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Creator to Bring Us a Pizza-Inspired Saison

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Zymurgy‘s 2015 Best Beers in America Results

Every year, Zymurgy magazine polls its readers on their top 20 favorite commercially available beers. The results have been tallied up and the AHA published the top beers, top breweries, best portfolio, and top imports. We included the best beers below but for the full set of results, click here.

Beer Location
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder Santa Rosa, CA
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Kalamazoo, MI
3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA San Diego, CA
4. Stone Enjoy By IPA Escondido, CA
5. Founders Breakfast Stout Grand Rapids, MI
6. The Alchemist Heady Topper Waterbury, VT
7. Bell’s Hopslam Ale Kalamazoo, MI
8. Three Floyds Zombie Dust Munster, IN
9. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Milton, DE
10. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Paso Robles, CA
11. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA Bend, OR
T12. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro Longmont, CO
T12. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
T12. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
15. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Chicago, IL
16. Russian River Blind Pig I.P.A. Santa Rosa, CA
T17. Arrogant Bastard Ale Escondido, CA
T17. Founders KBS Grand Rapids, MI
T19. Russian River Consecration Santa Rosa, CA
T19. Russian River Supplication Santa Rosa, CA
21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter Bend, OR
T22. Firestone Walker Parabola Paso Robles, CA
T22. Firestone Walker Union Jack Paso Robles, CA
T24. Firestone Walker Double Jack Paso Robles, CA
T24. Odell IPA Fort Collins, CO
T24. Tröegs Nugget Nectar Hershey, PA
27. Founders All Day IPA Grand Rapids, MI
T28. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Milton, DE
T28. Sierra Nevada Celebration Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
30. Lagunitas IPA Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
31. North Coast Old Rasputin Fort Bragg, CA
32. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
T33. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin San Diego, CA
T33. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale Kansas City, MO
35. Surly Furious Minneapolis, MN
36. Stone Ruination IPA Escondido, CA
37. Deschutes The Abyss Bend, OR
38. Green Flash West Coast IPA San Diego, CA
39. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Longmont, CO
40. Cigar City Jai Alai Tampa, FL
T41. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter Cleveland, OH
T41. New Belgium La Folie Fort Collins, CO
43. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale Longmont, CO
44. Founders Backwoods Bastard Grand Rapids, MI
T45. Victory DirtWolf Double IPA Downington, PA
T45. Fat Head’s Head Hunter North Olmsted, OH
T45. Lagunitas Sucks Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
T45. Stone IPA Escondido, CA
T49. Odell Myrcenary Fort Collins, CO
T49. Russian River Pliny the Younger Santa Rosa, CA
T49. Ballast Point Victory at Sea San Diego, CA

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