Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup
Deschutes gets charitable, Victory merges with Southern Tier, and Cascade heads to the UK. These are the latest and greatest stories in the craft beer world. Keep reading for the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
Deschutes is constantly fundraising through various efforts such as the Street Pub, Community Pints, and dedicating $1 per barrel sold to deserving nonprofits, among other things. These programs, along with the help of very thirsty beer lovers, worked to shatter fundraising records this year. Deschutes announced that they were able to give approximately $860,000 to charitable organizations across their distribution area in 2015. That almost triples last year’s donation amount of $285,000! The new Street Pub and Community Pints programs are likely contributing to this wild success.These innovative charitable programs help set Deschutes apart from other breweries in a way that everyone can appreciate. Keep up the good work, Deschutes!
In case you missed it, Southern Tier Brewing and Victory Brewing announced last week that the two breweries will be merging to form Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV). The new group will be managed by Arlington Capital Advisors, a private equity firm but they will both still operate independently. The merger is intended to increase capital and resources without selling out to big beer. It will also allow for an expanded presence in the Northeastern region, where both breweries are based. This means the two breweries will continue to put out the high-quality beer we all know and love. If there are any changes, they will likely be for the better. But really, how can Southern Tier’s Crème Brûlée get any better?
Cascade Brewing is teaming up with James Clay, a specialty beer distributor, to bring their wares to the United Kingdom. Cascade, a brewery known for their Northwest-style sour ales, will start their venture into the UK with four beers: Strawberry, Blackcap Raspberry, Sang Noir, and Cranberry. The Portland-based brewery will be a nice addition to the distributor’s profile as it is lacking in Northwestern US breweries. Other American brewers distributed by James Clay include Left Hand, Brooklyn Brewery, Anchor Brewing, Flying Dog Brewery, and Victory Brewing.
Dogfish Head has been known to take part in Record Store Day. Just last year, Dogfish put out a compilation album titled, “Music To Drink Beer To.” It included artists such as Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and A Tribe Called Quest. The brewery was also named the Official Beer of Record Store Day 2015. For this year’s celebration of music, Dogfish will once again be the ‘official beer’, they will release Vol 2 of “Music to Drink Beer To,” and they have created a new brew to commemorate the occasion. “Beer To Drink Music To” is a Belgian-style Tripel brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. The beer is inspired by the many bands that Sam loves: peppercorns as a shout out to the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper, orange peel as a shout out to REM’s ‘Orange Crush’, and cardamom as a shout out to Phish. It started shipping last week and should be available on shelves and on tap any day now.
While we do not condone violence or bad sportsmanship, we cannot deny the hilarity of someone getting hit in the balls. Alexandre Perron, the brother of Francis Perron, got upset when the referee called a penalty on his brother during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game. He retaliated by throwing an entire can of beer directly into the ref’s danger zone. At this time, I cannot confirm that the can had craft beer but I can confirm that the clip is funny. Alexandre Perron was arrested after the incident took place.