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Melvin Brewing’s St. Louis Location Changes Ownership & Launches Renaming CampaignMay 12, 2023 | Brian Margiotta
Since the Roadhouse Brewery Group completed its acquisition of Melvin Brewing Co. last December, the future of Melvin Brewing’s Eureka location in the St. Louis area has been uncertain. This week, both Melvin Brewing & the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation revealed new details on the future of Melvin Brewing Eureka.
BREAKING | 2023 World Beer Cup Results AnnouncedMay 10, 2023 | Tristan Chan
For the first time in its 14 competition history, the World Beer Cup has shifted from taking place every other year to becoming a yearly event.
This year’s World Beer … Read More
Colorado Breweries Win Big at 2023 World Beer Cup AwardsMay 10, 2023 | Tristan Chan
In the first year that the Brewers Association moved the 2023 World Beer Cup to a yearly event, Colorado breweries came out and had themselves a massive showing. Often referred … Read More
Three Chicago Breweries Launch the Brewer’s TriangleMay 9, 2023 | Emma Wargolet
Chicago is well-known for its multitude of breweries, and it can be overwhelming for a first-time visitor to try to decide which ones to go to. Certain Chicago neighborhoods have more breweries than some, such as Avondale and Logan Square. Three of the breweries in this area have combined forces to create the Brewer’s Triangle, a newly formed conglomerate of Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, Ravinia Brewing Co. and Metropolitan Brewing.
Urban South HTX Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With 8 Circus-Themed Collaboration BeersMay 4, 2023 | Ruvani de Silva
While Urban South HTX just turned three (in “beer years”) they feel significantly older. They have successfully established themselves in the Houston beer scene, at the forefront of Houston’s ever-escalating fruited sour boom. Created as the R&D branch of NOLA’s largest brewery by volume, Urban South HTX arrived on the scene with more than a pinch of cheek and a strongly anti-establishment identity as part of craft beer’s new guard. Pushing the boundaries of the possible, Urban South HTX is known for their avant-garde flavors, from Strawberry Nesquik and Starburst Gummie to Cheeseburger and Detroit Style Mexican Pizza–yes, these are all real beer flavors.
Fiction Beer Co. Opening Second Brewery & Taproom Location in ParkerApril 20, 2023 | Tristan Chan
Denver’s Fiction Beer Company (Fiction) is ready to write its next chapter by opening a second brewery and taproom location in Parker, CO.
The iconic book-themed brewery, which has gained notoriety over recent years for its proficiency in brewing Hazy IPAs, Lagers, and specialty barrel-aged beers, slush-styles, and seltzers, is primed to extend its reach by opening a second location at 19523 Hess Rd, Parker, CO. Fiction Beer Company’s Parker location, which is slated to open in May 2023, will once again feature the brand’s iconic signature book bar, a spacious taproom, and will eventually add an outdoor patio space as well.
The PorchCast Ep 104 | Sam Tierney & Brad Miles: Firestone Walker Innovation TeamApril 18, 2023 | Tristan Chan
In episode 104 of The PorchCast, our team had the chance to sit down with Sam Tierney, Propogator Brewery Manager, and Brad Miles, Innovations Manager for Firestone Walker Brewing. This dynamic duo heads up research and development for Firestone Walker and the two been essential in the creation of iconic brands like Mind Haze, Hopnosis, and the recently released Double Hopnosis West Coast Imperial IPA featuring Cryo Hops just to name a few.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Miles and Tierney to find out a bit more about how R&D works at Firestone Walker, how their small-batch collaborations come about, and what other exciting products they’ve been working on as well as so much more.
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2023 Brewers Association Industry Award WinnersApril 17, 2023 | Brian Phipps
Yesterday, the Brewers Association announced its Industry Award recipients for 2023. The five recipients are Ret. Representative Peter DeFazio, Ben Edmunds, Jessica and Richard Fierro, and Julie Rhodes. All will be officially honored at a ceremony on May 8, 2023, at the Craft Brewers Conference. Starting in 1987, the Brewers Association presents the Industry Awards to individuals that “inspire, defend, and innovate within the craft brewing industry.”
BREAKING | Karben4 Set to Re-Release Ale Asylum BeersMarch 16, 2023 | Emma Wargolet
For those across the Midwest, Ale Asylum Brewery in Madison, Wisconsin, was a staple of their beer fridge until they closed in July of 2022 after 16 years of operation. Less than a year later, however, their bold flavors are set to make a comeback under the Karben4 Brewing flag. Karben4 owners, brothers Ryan and Zak Koga, are excited to re-launch these staples of Madison craft beer in the same city that they operate their brewery.
2023 Parabola & Parabaloid Vintages Aged in a Trio of Rare Whiskey BarrelsMarch 15, 2023 | Tristan Chan
One of the country’s most prolific barrel-aged beers just received an added upgrade. Firestone Walker’s Parabola, which is regarded as one of the country’s pioneers in the barrel-aged Imperial Stout … Read More
Denver Beer Company Opens Fourth Taproom Location in LowryFebruary 23, 2023 | Zoe Lanterman
Since their opening their downtown Denver taproom on Platte Street in 2011, Denver Beer Company’s hyper-focus on the local community has allowed them to become one of Denver’s most recognized breweries in the state. This road map has led to the opening of multiple neighborhood taproom locations throughout the last decade with outposts in Arvada, South Denver’s Rosedale neighborhood, Sunnyside, and this week yet another in the Lowry neighborhood.
BREAKING | Fire Maker Brewing Co. Launches Partnership with Georgia PGAFebruary 1, 2023 | Brandon Cohran
This spring, as golf courses begin to repopulate with slow-playing foursomes and screeching golf carts, Georgia golfers will now have an official beer to drink on the links.
Atlanta’s Fire Maker Brewing Company announced today a new partnership with the Georgia PGA built around their Calamity Jane Blonde Ale. Read More
2023 Colorado Beer Festivals & Brewery Anniversary Tracker | Winter EditionJanuary 27, 2023 | Tristan Chan 1
It might still be Dry January for many folks, but the beer calendar is already beginning to fill up for the first half of the year. And with so many … Read More
You Can’t Spell Union Without U and IJanuary 27, 2023 | Julie Rhodes
On January 17th, 2023, the nearly 100 current employees of Creature Comforts Brewing in Athens, GA filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to unionize under a brand new independent labor banner — BUG or the Brewery Union of Georgia. This does not mean that Creature Comforts has officially unionized their labor force, as a formal election process amongst employees must take place to solidify the new structure and then head to the bargaining table, but BUG organizers are optimistic about the vote. The discussion about unionization began earlier last summer and progressed quickly as many employees cited feeling neglected, overburdened, and unsupported by upper management, who have been busy planning the expansion of a new Creature Comforts facility in Los Angeles. BUG also believes that unionization embraces Creature Comforts’ overarching company values such as ‘“existing to foster human connection” and “building a balanced team of authentic and professional individuals.”
Looking Back on a Decade as Cannonball Creek Celebrates 10th AnniversaryJanuary 20, 2023 | Dev Adams
This weekend, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with a weekend-long celebration commemorating a decade of brewing some of the state’s most highly decorated beers.
Cheers To 125 Years | Filson x Stillwater Beer CollaborationJanuary 18, 2023 | Zoe Lanterman
Collaborations are made to bring out the best of two things, melding knowledge and expertise together to create something better than either could have created alone. This year, two iconic brands joined forces to bring the wild and raw nature of the Pacific Northwest to the mouths of humans through a unique beer series. Filson, established in 1897 to outfit prospectors headed for the Yukon partnered with Stillwater Artisanal, a nomadic beer venture to celebrate over a century of craft and tradition through a limited-release collection of collaboration beers.
New Belgium’s Fat Tire Overhauls Branding and Recipe After 32 YearsJanuary 17, 2023 | Tristan Chan 23
One of craft beer’s most iconic brands is about to look and taste a lot different after 32 years. New Belgium Brewing has announced a complete overhaul of its iconic Fat Tire brand, which includes new packaging, branding, and more importantly, a new recipe.
Enter to Win | Firestone Walker’s “Legendary Brewmaster Experience”January 13, 2023 | Tristan Chan
The same legendary brewery that has produced iconic industry-changing staples like Parabola, Union Jack, 805, Mind Haze, and Pivo Pils is giving one lucky beer fan the opportunity to join the “Legendary Brewmaster Experience.”
Firestone Walker Brewing invites beer fanatics to enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid, four-day, three-night VIP trip to visit all three Firestone Walker breweries in Venice, Buellton, and Paso Robles to brew with their all-star team. The winner of the Legendary Brewmaster Experience will receive an all-access Firestone Walker VIP weekend learning from the likes of co-founder David Walker, and Brewmaster, Matt Brynildson.
Denver’s FlyteCo Beer Supports Local Journalists with Release of Thirst AmendmentDecember 7, 2022 | Tristan Chan
We might be a little biased, but supporting local journalism is critical not only to maintaining a democratic society but also to providing platforms for small businesses and individuals in industries like craft beer.
Unfortunately over the last decade, countless numbers of publications have suffered from budget cuts, key departures, and in some cases closures. In the beer industry alone, we’ve seen notable departures from peers like DRAFT Magazine, BeerPulse, The Hop Review, and All About Beer Magazine before it was eventually revived earlier this year.
Firestone Walker 2023 Brewmaster’s Collective Opens for EnrollmentDecember 6, 2022 | Tristan Chan
When it comes to national breweries, Firestone Walker is the baseball equivalent to a five-tool player. Not only have they been wildly successful in capturing the attention of casual craft beer fans with commercial hits like Mind Haze, Union Jack and Hopnosis, while also gaining the respect of their peers with industry icons like Pivo Pils and Wookey Jack, but they’ve also proven their ability to gain traction with casual beer drinkers through their 805 series.
However, all of that might pale in comparison with what they’ve accomplished through their ever-evolving barrel-aging and specialty release program. While beer fanatics are likely familiar with classics like Firestone Walker’s Parabola, Sucaba and their yearly Anniversary blends, over the past three years, the Paso Robles-based brewery has quietly continued to breathe new life into their barrel-aging and small-batch release programs through the Brewmaster’s Collective membership program. Think of them as the Shohei Ohtani of brewing.