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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - April 2012 Archives

Press Release: From Ashland, OH to Ashland, OR Cheers Across the Country for American Craft Beer Week
Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Tip Top

May 14-20 Marks the “Mother of All Beer Weeks” with Celebrations in All 50 States

Boulder, CO • April 26, 2012—With craft beer delighting the palates of Americans nationwide, beer enthusiasts and beginners alike will come together to toast the seventh annual American Craft Beer Week (ACBW). From May 14-20, celebrations are expected to be held across all 50 states as communities come together to show appreciation on a local level for the more than 1,900 small and independent craft brewers responsible for the steadily advancing American craft beer culture.

“As the craft beer community continues to experience exponential growth, American Craft Beer Week has quickly become an iconic event that underscores the ever-increasing appreciation for small producers in this country,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “This year’s celebrations will once again provide an opportunity for small brewers, enthusiasts and the community of better beer retailers to celebrate this growth and the progressively popular craft beer culture in the U.S. The thousands of scheduled events nationwide underscore the grassroots nature of the craft beer movement.”

Going Social

This year, Untappd, the mobile-based social network that connects breweries with craft beer lovers, will allow 2012 ACBW participants to earn a special badge for enjoying craft beer during the week. Craft brewers are encouraged to leverage the sharing app by listing their brands on the social media site.

Local Celebrations

This year’s events include exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, multi-course food and beer pairing dinners, collaboration beers and retail promotions throughout the U.S. To find a local celebration, visit the official American Craft Beer Week events calendar hosted by

Sample scheduled 2012 celebrations include:

Craft Breweries

Community Craft Beer Festivals

Brewer Tastings

Collaboration Beers

  • Wyoming: Fourteen Wyoming brewers gathered at Wind River Brewing Company in Pinedale to brew their ACBW collaboration—with each providing a different ingredient to add to the kettle. All 14 breweries will simultaneously tap their kegs at the beginning of ACBW.
  • Fort Collins, CO: Nine breweries reunite to brew beer for American Craft Beer Week.
  • Idaho: With a little inspiration from the Idaho landscape, they will be brewing a Sage Pale Ale.
  • Nelson County, VA: Members of the Brew Ridge Trail in Nelson County, VA collaborate on a Honey-Pear Wit beer.
  • Minnesota/ Wisconsin: Twin Port's Brewpubs come together around American Craft Beer Week.


State and Regional Beer Weeks Also Happening During ACBW

  • Albuquerque Beer Week
  • Chicago Craft Beer Week
  • Colorado Beer Week
  • Frederick Beer Week (MD)
  • Long Island Craft Beer Week
  • South Shore Cape Islands Beer Week (NY)
  • Santa Ynez Valley Beer Week (CA)
  • San Antonio Beer Week

Find an expanded list beer weeks happening throughout the U.S.

Abby Berman (on behalf of 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.


Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 2012 first-quarter recap
Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Tip Top

DFHThe following is a blog post from Dogfish Head detailing the results of their first quarter...


"Thanks to all our great wholesalers, retailers and consumers across the 27 states that we currently sell beer to, we had another record quarter. 

By the end of March 2012 we shipped 28% more beer to a smaller footprint than we did during the same period last year. Our depletions grew around the same pace, shipping well over 500,000 case equivalents.

Having had a moratorium on new distribution in 2011, we’ve finally been able to grow our account base in specific markets on all core, seasonal and occasional brands and package sizes. Increased distribution hasn’t diluted our turns-per-brand and package size, with all core beers reaching their fastest rate of sale over the last 90 days. 

Our portfolio mix is exactly where we planned: seven core brands account for 80 percent of our sales, five seasonals account for 10 percent, and sixteen occasional beers account for the other 10 percent of overall shipments.

In following our revised business strategy from 2011, we now sell over 52% of our beer in six states within 150 miles of the state of Delaware. Our current sales pace will allow us to finish 2012 at our anticipated goal of over 171,000 bbls shipped. We’ve added two new Regional Managers based in Florida and Southern California, with another two positions to be filled in the next 60 days. 

We also made another monumental beer/music announcement with the upcoming June release of Positive Contact, a hybrid cider-beer created in collaboration with Deltron 3030. Renowned chefs Mario Batali, David Chang, Joe Beef, Sean Paxton and James Syhabout designed recipes for us that were inspired by this beer.

Our entrance into the gluten-free craft beer market has been well received by consumers across the country. We shipped well over 13,000 case equivalents of Tweason’ale, with larger volumes being shipped three more times this year. Our 18-month, $52 million expansion project broke ground, which will allow us to grow to 600,000 bbls. 

Overall we continue to be committed to a profitable, methodical and steady business growth model that allows us to continue to make Off-Centered Ales for Off-Centered People. We’re looking forward to the rest of the year!"


Tagged: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


Press Release: Portland Brewery Delivering Beer on Bikes
Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Tip Top


Craft Beer Brought to City Residents Like Fresh Milk by Old Town Brewing Company

PORTLAND, Ore.April 26, 2012 - Today Old Town Brewing Company announced its craft beers will soon be delivered via pedal power. The City of Portland has been named by many publications as the beer and biking capital of America. Now Old Town Brewing Company will offer the two together for the first time.

Old Town Brewing Company was recently launched by its sister company, Old Town Pizza. The famous Portland Pizzeria has already been delivering pizza throughout the city by bike for nearly eight years.

"Portland has already shown a passion for beer and biking. We're excited to bring the spirit of Portland to local residents, businesses, hotel guests," said owner Adam Milne.

Available for delivery will be the brewery's Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Irish Red, Winter Ale, Porter, and Pilsner along with Old Town's well-known pies.

Established in 1974 with the opening of its original landmark location in Old Town's Merchant Hotel building, Old Town Pizza is a Portland legend known for its incredible pizza, cozy atmosphere and bustling happy hours. With two locations and a new brewery, Old Town Brewing Company, the Portland Business has garnered attention from shows like Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels, The Tonight Show, and The Travel Channel. "An icon, a must, something to check off your To Experience before You Die list", says Portland Picks.



Press Release: Odell Brewing announces 2012 Small Batch Festival
Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Tip Top


Odell Small Batch FestivalOdell Brewing celebrates brews, music, and community 

Fort Collins, CO. – On May 26, 2012 Odell Brewing will host its fourth Small Batch Festival. The event, which drew around 3000 people last year, is a celebration of Odell Brewing beers and local music and food. 

“Small Batch is the brewery’s way of saying thanks to our amazing community,” said event coordinator Adam D’Antonio. “It’s about sharing our creative brews and just having a good time with friends and family.”

Odell Brewing will feature at least 20 unique beers including its year round favorites as well as limited release Pilot Brews like Wooden Elephant, Coconut Porter, and one selected by the brewery’s Facebook fans. The brewery has partnered with SpokesBuzz, a Fort Collins grassroots music nonprofit, for the entertainment lineup which includes Justin Roth, Constitution, and Musketeer Gripweed. Event goers will also be able to purchase tasty local eats from Choice City Butcher, Cozzolas Pizza, and Moe’s Bar B Que.

This year, Odell Brewing will also award a portion of the event’s proceeds to one local non-profit organization. Charities can apply for the grant on the brewery’s website through April 27th, and the selected organization will be announced on May 1st.

The Small Batch Festival is Saturday May 26th, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Entry is free, and beer tokens are $4. Guests are encouraged to ride their bikes as parking will be limited. For more information, please visit 

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.



Press Release: Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA: New Year-round Beer from Shipyard Brewing Company
Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Tip Top

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPAPORTLAND, MAINE April 25, 2012) ­ Shipyard Brewing Company announces the release of a new year-round beer: Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA. This beer will be available nationwide in early May. 

Monkey Fist is the genesis of a new generation of IPA. The traditional elements of classic English IPA have been redefined by American craft beer innovation. Monkey Fist is edgy, aggressive, and unique in style. This beer is brilliant copper in color and exploding with Warrior, Glacier and Cascade Hop character but able to maintain a beautiful balance. 

"It's easy to load up on hops and create an American-style IPA," noted Bruce Forsley, director of sales. "The trick is to draw out the subtle elements in the hops -- the aroma, the citrus characteristics -- and still maintain harmony with the malt. Our master brewer Alan Pugsley has done a magical job striking this balance with our unique interpretation." 

Monkey Fist IPA marks the third IPA offering from Shipyard. The two other IPAs in the company's portfolio are Shipyard Fuggles IPA (English-style IPA) and Pugsley's Signature Series XXXX IPA (Imperial / Double IPA). More about IPA styles can be found in the Brewers Association's 2012 Beer Style Guidelines:

More about Monkey Fist IPA can be found at this link: This beer is available in 6-packs, 12-packs, single 22oz. bottles, and on draft. Depending on the state, the suggested retail price is: 6-packs - $10 | 12-packs - $17 | 22oz. bottles - $4.50 

Malt: Pale Ale, Malted Wheat, Munich, Crystal, Caramalt
Hops: Warrior, Glacier, Cascade
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Color: Copper
OG: 1.064
ABV: 4.5%
Food Pairings: Blackened Fish, Chicken, Duck, BBQ and Crème Brule
Availability: Year Round 
Available: 12oz Bottles, 22oz Bottles, Keg

More about Shipyard:

Shipyard Brewing Company is located on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine and produces 17 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers. Its products are distributed in over 35 states. A full list of Shipyard Brewing Company's distributors can be found at this link:

For more information: 

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Tagged: Shipyard Brewing Co., Monkey Fist IPA