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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - May 2013 Archives

Deconstruction Nearly Complete, New Belgium Brewing Adjusts Asheville Construction Timeline
Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 by Tip Top
New BelgiumSite development and building construction to begin in 2014

(May 29, 2013 – Fort Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing announced today that it has nearly completed deconstruction at the site of its future Asheville facility and will continue site development and building construction later in 2014. The adjusted construction timeline is the result of increased capacity coming online in Fort Collins this year. With 70,000 barrels of capacity recently added, the Fort Collins brewery can produce up to 920,000 barrels, which will take New Belgium through 2015 sales projections.
“We’re in a good situation as far as capacity in Fort Collins right now,” said New Belgium Spokesman, Bryan Simpson. “With deconstruction in Asheville wrapping up, our plan is to operate at maximum efficiency in Fort Collins and bring Asheville online at just the right moment. Along with our construction partners and the City of Asheville, we look forward to using the additional time to balance the many elements of such a dynamic project.”
Current estimates are for about an 8-month adjustment to the construction timeline. Once underway, the construction phase will take place over 22 months as originally projected. The scope and physical attributes of the project remain the same. In the meantime, New Belgium will continue to work with the community to develop bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the area. All recovered materials slated for repurposing have been down-streamed to contractors or put into storage for future use. Once construction is complete, the brewery is expected to create more than 150 jobs in the area.
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Belgo IPA, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse to Debut and India Pale Lager
Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by Tip Top

Grimm BrothersLoveland, Colorado, May 24, 2013:  Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, never one to be told what to do, will debut Over My Dead Body, an India Pale Lager      (IPL) on Friday, May 31st, 2013.  This will be a draft only release and generally available at that time in our Taproom and throughout our market.

“An IPL is not a typical beer for us”, stated Don Chapman, President of Grimm Brothers.  “We’re more focused on German styles and in fact I’ve been known to say that we’d brew a beer like this ‘over my dead body’.  Things change, I’m still alive.”

The IPL recipe was developed by Grimm founder Aaron Heaton and was championed by Director of Marketing/Adult Supervision (yes, that’s his real title), Paul Ferguson, who participated in the brewing.  “We decided to let the marketing guy take a shot at a brew”, added Chapman. 

 “Lead Brewer, Michael Becker had a firm hand on the controls at all times.”, Ferguson emphasized.  “My roll was closer to head cheerleader than quarterback.  It was hugely fun and we managed to create a great beer!”

According to Heaton, “It’s close to an American IPA but uses our signature lager yeast instead of an ale yeast.  With the softer and more rounded character of this yeast, we emphasize the up-front grapefruit and other citrus notes to showcase the hops.  A touch of malt and caramel and a light zing from the bitterness brings balance, but don't be fooled, this is a hop forward IPL using Centennial, Citrus, Cascade, Amarillo, and Sorachi Ace”

The name, Over My Dead Body, was inspired both by Chapman’s earlier sentiments and by the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale, The Three Snake-Leaves (Die drei Schlangenblätter).  It’s a clever tale of deceit, betrayal, and ultimate redemption.


About Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is one of the premier craft brewers of Northern Colorado.   Founded in July, 2010, Grimm Brothers is a two time Great American Beer Festival medal winner and Gnarly Barley Brew Festival People’s Choice award winner three years in a row.  Located in Loveland, Colorado, Grimm Brothers specializes in German Style Ales and Lagers brewed in the traditional manner but with innovative American freedom.  Grimm Brothers operates a Tap Room at 623 N. Denver Ave., Loveland, CO offering our fine beers for on premises consumption and carry-out sale and is widely distributed throughout Colorado.


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Lisa 'Beer Goddess' Morrison New Co-Owner of Belmont Station
Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by Tip Top

PORTLAND, Ore. --  Belmont Station owner Carl Singmaster announced today that he is bringing on a new business partner, Lisa "Beer Goddess" Morrison, to manage the day-to-day operations at Portland's most highly regarded beer store and café.

Morrison is joining the Belmont Station family as co-owner, sharing financial responsibilities with Singmaster, in addition to managing the daily operations.

"When my bride Amy & I decided to move to Oregon years back," notes Singmaster, "I had planned to be an investor & part-time adviser to Belmont Station to help them grow the business. Instead I wound up buying the majority ownership upon arrival in 2006 and have spent the past seven years working with a phenomenal group of beer lovers in the best beer community in the world to grow Belmont Station into the special place it is now. Having recently completed an expansion of our Biercafe, I believe it's time for someone new to lead the next stage. When I realized that Lisa Morrison, an internationally revered writer and promoter of craft beer, was interested, it seemed the perfect match to ensure that Belmont Station continues to be a premier place for brewers to display their art and beer lovers to congregate and share good times with great beer."

As host and producer of Beer O'Clock Radio, the Northwest's only weekly commercial radio show about beer; author of the beer traveler's guidebook, "Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest"; and writer for several blogs and columns in national magazines, Morrison is one of the preeminent beer evangelists in the country. She also has taught dozens of classes on beer -- from simple tastings to proper glassware -- and has founded and organized numerous beer events and fundraisers. But Morrison says while her decade-plus of work has been mostly about broadcasting information about beer, she looks forward to working one-on-one with customers, brewers and distributors to craft a more personal connection with beer.

"When Carl asked me if I would be interested in partnering with him at Belmont Station, it was a dream come true," Morrison said. "I am thrilled to be a part of such a well-known, highly respected, and well-loved part of Portland's incredible beer community."

Carl and Lisa will be celebrating this new chapter with a party at Belmont Station Friday, May 31 starting at 5 p.m. 

About Belmont Station

Since its founding in 1997, Belmont Station has become Portland's most award-winning beer destination. The bottle shop features more than 1,200 beers have been thoughtfully selected, meticulously rotated and properly stored under UV-filtered light to maintain the freshest selection of beer in the region. The adjacent bier café features 16 rotating taps and a cask beer engine pouring world-class brew -- and features a brand-new covered patio and beer garden and delicious food from the onsite food cart, The Italian Market.


Cheers! Pure Michigan Launches Craft Beer Radio Spot
Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by Tip Top

Pure MichiganCraft Beer Contest Results Announced

LANSING – Pure Michigan is building on its regional warm weather advertising campaign, launched last week, with a new radio ad showcasing Michigan’s craft beer offerings.

The new craft beer radio spot will air in markets including Chicago, Ill., Indianapolis, Ind., Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton Ohio, Milwaukee, Wis., St. Louis, Mo. and Southern Ontario. Michigan beers featured include New Holland Brewing Company’s Dragon’s Milk, Huma Lupa Licious from Short’s Brewing CompanyGrizzly Peak Brewing Company’s Steelhead Red and the Motown Lager from Motor City Brewing Works.

Pure Michigan and Founders Brewing Co. also announced today fan favorite Vanilla Stout will be the Pure Michigan beer style featured in Founders downtown Grand Rapids taproom during Michigan Craft Beer Month.

“Our craft beer industry is booming and we encourage beer enthusiasts across the Great Lakes region and beyond to find their new favorite beer on tap right here in Pure Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  “For a great place to start, head into the Founders Brewing Co. taproom this July and try the special edition Vanilla Stout chosen by fans of Founders and Pure Michigan.”

More than 1,200 fans voted for their favorite of three beer styles – Vanilla Stout, Apple Ale and Wheat IPA.  The winning style, Vanilla Stout came down to a handful of votes in a close race with Apple Ale and will be available in the Founders taproom throughout the month of July.

“It’s cool that so many people voted, and it’s fun to know that we’re brewing a beer for the first time that so many people have already expressed interest in wanting to try,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders Brewing Co. “I love working with vanilla and it works really well in our beers, especially stouts.”

Home to more than 100 breweries, Michigan is fifth in the nation for the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs.  Three Michigan cities took home Beer City USAhonors this week. Grand Rapids was named 2013 Beer City USA with more than 50 percent of the votes and rounding out the top five vote-getters were Kalamazoo in second place and Ann Arbor in fourth.

Michigan's craft beer industry grew by 20 percent in 2012, outpacing the national industry growth rate by 12 percent, and has a total economic impact of more than $133 million in the state.

For more information on beer trail suggestions and brewery tours, visit

Pure Michigan and Founders Brewing Co. remind everyone to drink responsibly. When enjoying a brewery tour or visiting a taproom, please use a designated driver, call a cab or use public transportation. Founders is conveniently located across the street from the Rapid bus station.

Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) serves as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, with a focus on helping grow Michigan's economy. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit:

About Founders Brewing Co.
Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. has made a distinctive mark on the craft beer community by brewing complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, currently ranking among the top 30 largest craft breweries in the nation.

Founders Brewing Co. has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, and its beers are often rated among the best in the world by RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association. For more information, visit


“Summer in Northern Michigan” Collaborative Video Focuses on Traditions of Water, Friends and Craft Beer in the Great Lakes State
Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Tip Top


North Peak(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich) – North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City is longing for warm summer days filled with fun in the sun. In anticipation of such days to come, they’ve introduced a true Michigan collaboration!

Michigan artist/singer/songwriter Jetty Rae lends her words and gritty vocals to an inspiring new video by filmmaker Evan Joling – featuring the high-in-the-sky aerial skills of local kiteboarding icons Matt and Keegan Myers (aka “The Broneah Brothers”) and their M-22 branding, paired withNorth Peak’s seasonal brew Archangel Summer Wheat.

“Everyone at North Peak is READY for summer,” says Greg Lobdell, who – along with Jon Carlson, Ron Jeffries and Mike Hall, are the managing partners of Northern United Brewing Company. “We think this video is a great representation of Summer in Northern Michigan – passionate and creative individuals having fun with family and friends. We can’t wait to share it with everyone!”

The complete video (1:48), shot in the skies over the sparkling waters and along the shoreline of West Grand Traverse Bay, is available for online viewing here.

The North Peak is part of Northern United Brewing Co., which also encompasses the Grizzly Peak and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales craft beer brands, as well as the Civilized line of spirits. NUBC’s philosophy focuses on a dedication to conservation, inspiration and locally sustainable practices. Find NUBC products at stores, restaurants, and bars all throughout Michigan, including: North Peak Brewing Company, Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, all in Traverse City; Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak, in Ann Arbor.


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