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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - March 2012 Archives

Press Release: Brewers Association - Craft Brewing Volume Hops 13 Percent
Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 by Tip Top

Brewers Association: Craft Brewing Volume Hops 13 Percent

Total U.S. brewery count tops 2,000

Boulder, CO • March 26, 2012 —TheBrewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent brewers, today released 2011 data on U.S. craft brewing1. Craft brewers saw volume2 rise 13 percent, with a 15 percent increase in retail sales from 2010 to 2011, representing a total barrel increase of 1.3 million.

In 2011, craft brewers represented 5.68 percent of volume of the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97 in 2010, with production reaching 11,468,152 barrels. Additionally, the BA estimates the actual dollar sales figure from craft brewers in 2011 was $8.7 billion, up from $7.6 billion in 2010. Increased retails sales represented 9.1 percent of the $95.5 million dollar U.S. beer market3.

“While the overall beer market experienced a 1.32 percent volume decrease in 2011, craft brewing saw significant growth, surpassing five percent total market volume share for the first time,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that with the variety of styles and flavors to choose from, Americans are developing a strong taste for high-quality, small-batch beer from independent brewers.”


Growth Infographic 2011

Growth Infographic 2011


With 250 brewery openings and only 37 closings, the BA also reported that 1,989 breweries were operating in the U.S. in 2011—an 11 percent increase from the previous year. Small brewers employed approximately 103,585 workers in the U.S in 2011.

“We saw rapid growth in brewery openings last year, particularly with microbrewery start-ups, and these numbers are poised to rise even more in 2012,” added Gatza. “In February 2012, we already topped 2,000 operating breweries—a truly remarkable milestone. We look forward to even more success and the continued expansion of the craft beer market.”

Note: Numbers are preliminary. The Association will publish its full 2011 industry analysis in the May/June 2012 issue of The New Brewer, highlighting regional trends and sales by individual breweries. Additionally, a more extensive analysis will be released during the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, Calif., from May 2-5.


1 The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.
2 Volume by craft brewers represent total taxable production.
3The Brewers Association does not include flavored malt beverages in its beer data set.


Abby Berman (on behalf of the Brewers Association)


About the Brewers Association:

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®SAVORâ„ : An American Craft Beer & Food Experience andAmerican Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer and about homebrewing via the BA's American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.


Press Release: Ithaca Beer Co. Announces Official Excelsior! LeBleu Release Date
Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 by Tip Top


Ithaca LeBleuIthaca, N.Y., March 22, 2012 – Ithaca Beer Co. is excited to announce it will release  Excelsior! LeBleu - Sour Blueberry Ale on Saturday, April 14, 2012 when doors open at 11:00AM.  Ithaca Beer will have special food pairing festivities planned during the day, in celebration of LeBleu’s release.

LeBleu will only be available for purchase in the Tasting Room at Ithaca Beer. Due to heightened demand and limited quantity of this highly anticipated barrel-aged, bottle-conditioned sour craft ale, customers will be restricted to a one case purchase limit.  LeBleu will be sold on a first come, first serve basis only.

Originally intended for a December 2011 release, Ithaca Beer delayed its market appearance,  “We wanted to give it plenty of time to barrel-age, and make sure LeBleu bottle-conditioned properly.  We carefully monitored its progress every step of the way.  We’re excited this beer is now ready for everyone to enjoy!” said brewer, Ben Brotman.

LeBleu is a sour ale brewed with New York State blueberries and wild yeast strain Brettanomyces.  LeBleu is a blend of barrels filled in 2010, and 2011.  It is finished in the bottle with Champagne yeast.  LeBleu is dusty rose in appearance, has a mouthwatering aroma of ripe blueberries, piquant flavor and quick finish.

LeBleu was first brewed in 2009, and has been released annually as a limited batch beer in the Ithaca Beer 750 mL bottle series, Excelsior!, which is named after and inspired by the New York state motto, Excelsior meaning “ever upward.” The Excelsior! series has also produced notable two-time Great American Beer Festival award-winning beer, Brute.

Ithaca Beer was founded in 1998 by Dan Mitchell, and has brewed and bottled award-winning craft beer at its present establishment ever since then.  Ithaca Beer plans to open a new brewing facility and brew pub on 82 acres of land, with plans to also farm items for the pub.

The Tasting Room will be open from 11:00AM – 7:00PM on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  Plenty of additional parking is available along Mancini Way – next to the brewery parking lot.  Cars parked on Route 13/Elmira Road may be ticketed and/or towed.


Tagged: Ithaca Beer Company, Le Bleu


Press Release: Odell Double Pilsner Flies Again
Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 by Tip Top


Odell Double PilsnerOdell Brewing celebrates the return of Double Pilsner

Fort Collins, CO. – On March 31, 2012, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Double Pilsner. Double Pilsner, a creative take on the traditional Bohemian Pilsner, replaces Mountain Standard for the warmer months as one of the brewery’s four pack offerings.

Bohemian by tradition American by craft, Double Pilsner is filled with rich sweet German Pilsen Malt and spicy Noble Hops. The Odell brewers took the storied style and increased both the malts and hops to increase the ABV and body while balancing the crisp hop character that is so prominent in this style of beer.

“Aromatically, Double Pilsner buzzes with notes of beeswax, ginger and a sharp Riesling white wine,” said Lee Williams in his 2011 review for Denver Off the Wagon. “On the palate, flavors of fresh mint leaf, lemon pith and quinine all busily vie for attention and cumulatively give the beer a breezy Czech pilsner freshness.”

Odell Brewing will celebrate the Double Pilsner release with a tapping party in the brewery’s Tap Room on Saturday, March 31st featuring local food, back yard games, and live music by the Gin Mill Gypsies from 4-6pm. 

Double Pilsner is available through September within the brewery’s ten state distribution region.

Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-three years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was recently named a “Top Company of 2010” by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek. 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.


Tagged: Odell Brewing Company, Double Pilsner


Shoreline's 2009 Barrel Aged Series
Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 by James Kitchens

(Michigan City, IN) - Shoreline Brewery has a recent Facebook post regarding their 2009 Barrel Aged Series. Details are below...

From the Shoreline Brewery Facebook post:

"2009 Barrel Aged Series line-up. Also included is what they are aged in... Lost Sailor Imperial Stout in Bourbon Barrel, Curse the Goat Dopplebock in Bourbon Barrel, Discobob Celebration Ale in Bourbon Barrel, Big Bella Heavy Scotch in Bourbon, Rye, or Brandy Barrel, and Imperial Raspberry Ale in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel. All bottles are $20 except for the Imperial Raspberry which is $25. Save $20 and get a free T-shirt when you buy a case of 12 ( this sale does not include the Imperial Raspberry)"

Picture from the Facebook post:

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Link to Shoreline Facebook post

Tagged: Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant


FiftyFifty's 2012 Eclipse Futures Update
Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 by James Kitchens

(Truckee, CA) - FiftyFity Brewing has an update on their 2012 Eclipse Futures. Note that sales of futures start on April 16th, which is one day later than previously reported. Details are below...

Information from FiftyFifty Brewing:

2012 eclipse





Dear Beer Lover, 

*CORRECTION: We will have 6 styles this year!*

We know that you've been waiting for it, and the time is near... announcing plans for 2012 Eclipse Futures! This year we will be producing 6 epic styles of our award winning barrel aged imperial stout.  Futures go on sale April 16th.  

Click here for details.  Make sure to visit our website for ordering instructions as we get closer to the date!

You can also stay connected with us via Facebook (FiftyFifty Brewing Company) and Twitter (@5050Brewing).
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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
11197 Brockway Rd.
Truckee, California 96161

Link to FiftyFifty information
Tagged: FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Imperial Eclipse Stout