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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - September 2013 Archives

Beachwood Brewing to Bottle Udder Love Milk Stout
Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Tip Top

Beachwood Udder LoveLONG BEACH, Calif. — Beachwood Brewing is excited to release the award winning Udder Love Milk Stout on October 8th, 2013. 

Udder Love is a traditional milk stout that’s packed with rich flavors. The stout begins with Maris Otter malt for a toasty foundation, then layers on three different types of roasted malts for coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. “While milk stouts are a common British style, they are somewhat obscure here in the United States, especially on the west coast,”says Brewmaster Julian Shrago. The beer is finished with milk sugar from the heart of America’s dairyland, Wisconsin, adding a silky mouth feel. “Udder Love embodies the style so well, the flavorful and satisfying session beer perfectly pairs with rich foods and dessert!”

Beachwood Brewing’s Udder Love received a Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival® in the Sweet Stout category. Enjoy this smooth and luscious milk stout and fall utterly in love! “Milk stouts are a personal favorite of mine,”explains Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Co-owner Gabe Gordon. “I am thrilled to finally share Udder Love with Beachwood fans across Southern California.”
Udder Love will be available at both Beachwood locations – sold in 22 oz. bottles on 10/8 and then at finer craft beer retailers across Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties shortly thereafter.
Tagged: Beachwood BBQ and Brewery


Statement from NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser on 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Favor of Missouri’s State Alcohol Code
Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Tip Top

ALEXANDRIA, VA –  Today, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Southern Wine and Spirits’ challenge to Missouri’s alcohol code. In response, National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President & CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement:

NBWA is encouraged that another federal circuit court is recognizing that “the three-tier system is unquestionably legitimate,” echoing the United State Supreme Court. Today’s news from the 8th Circuit joins decisions from the 2nd, 4th and 5th Circuits recognizing that the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Granholm v. Heald was limited to efforts by states to discriminate against out-of-state producers. In today’s ruling, the 8th Circuit noted, “States have discretion to establish their own versions of the three-tier system, and Granholm itself announced the unquestionable legitimacy of the three-tier system in a case involving two different versions of that system from New York and Michigan.” NBWA is optimistic that needless court challenges to state alcohol laws will continue to decline and that changes to state alcohol laws will continue to be made in state legislatures, as they have been for 80 years.


The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, For additional updates from NBWA, follow@NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on  and visit


US Cider Market to Maintain Double Digit Growth in Near Future, According to Canadean Report Published at
Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Tip Top

In-demand research report “USA Cider Market Insights 2013” elaborated by Canadean has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd. According to the study, the US cider market growth is expected to remain in the double digits in the forthcoming years.

London, UK - September 25, 2013 - The US cider market has witnessed considerable growth in the past several years, spurred by the increasing popularity of the product and growing numbers of consumers. Nevertheless, as the initial excitement over cider lessens, the market performance is likely to decelerate to some extent, with the growth rates, though, expected to remain in the double digits in the forthcoming years.

At present, Vermont Hard Cider Co owns the top brand family, Woodchuck. In 2012, Woodchuck dominated the USA cider market with sales reaching over USD 38.59 million. Woodchuck’s sales are forecast to increase by 5% through 2013.

In-demand research report “USA Cider Market Insights 2013” elaborated by Canadean has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd. According to the study, the US cider market growth is expected to remain in the double digits in the forthcoming years.

Report Details:

Title: USA Cider Market Insights 2013 
Published: August, 2013 
Pages: 47 
Price:    US$ 2,044.00

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the cider market in the United States. It offers production and consumption statistics, uncovers foreign trade data, gives a perspective on the industry’s current state and historical development. The research study examines the main factors driving and restraining the growth in the market, scrutinizes the current and emerging market trends, delves into the competitive environment, and discloses essential information on the leading brands and new product activity. The report presents a discussion of burning industry issues, including packaging, distribution channels, legislation and taxation and pricing, besides forecasting the future of the US cider market through 2013.

Report Scope: 

  •     Extensive analysis of the US cider market.
  •     Vital information on the market dynamics, value and structure.
  •     Description of the current situation in the market along with insights into the historic background of the industry.
  •     In-depth analysis of the key market drivers and restraints.
  •     Examination of the current and emerging trends.
  •     Supply and demand as well as foreign trade statistics.
  •     Comprehensive review of the leading brands active in the market with data on new products activity.
  •     Discussion of the important industry issues including packaging, distribution channels, legislation and taxation, pricing, etc.
  •     Future outlook for the US cider market for 2013.


More insightful research reports by the publisher can be found at Canadean page.


21st Amendment and Elysian Partner to Release Pumpkin Beer
Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Tip Top

21A He SaidSAN FRANCISCO — He Said let’s brew a dark beer with pumpkin and spices and put it in a light colored can. He Said let’s brew a light beer with pumpkin and spices and put it in a dark colored can. So they did both and produced a pumpkin beer collaboration like no other: two black pumpkin beers and two white pumpkin beers, together in one box.

Brewing up a pumpkin collaboration beer should be a piece of cake for Dick Cantwell, the pumpkin king at Elysian Brewing and a slam dunk for Shaun O’Sullivan, the 21st Amendment BreweryBrewmaster who brought the world Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer. In truth, brewing up He Said wasn’t that hard. What proved to be more difficult was getting their story about its inception straight.

Here, straight from the mouths of the pumpkin king and one of the watermelon guys, is exactly what He Said:

Shaun: “I met Dick in 2010. He walked into our San Francisco pub, came over to Nico and me and said he’d always wanted to meet the watermelon guys.”

Dick: “I met Shaun in 1999. He walked into my Seattle pub, came over to me and said he’d always wanted to meet the pumpkin king.”

Shaun: “Later on, while I was knocking his block off at Rock’em Sock’em Robots, Dick mentioned his little pumpkin fest and suggested we attend.”

Dick: “Later on, while hatching a plan to colonize a planet entirely devoted to watermelons and pumpkins I invited him to my massive pumpkin fest.”

Shaun: “One year later, Dick asked me again. Then he kicked me in the shins until I said yes.”

Dick: “Ten years later, Shaun asked me if the invitation still stood. I punched him in the ribs and said yes.”

Shaun: “After drinking the pumpkin elixirs, I told Dick we should do a pumpkin collaboration sometime.”

Dick: “After some cajolery, Shaun and Nico begged me to do a pumpkin collaboration as soon as possible. I said we should brew a pumpkin beer like no other. A Baltic Porter with caraway and cinnamon in a light colored can. Courage!”

Shaun: “I said we should brew a pumpkin beer like no other. A Belgian Tripel with spices in a dark colored can. That’s as big time as it gets.”

He Said is a white Belgian-Style Tripel ale brewed with pumpkin, tarragon and galangal. He Said is also a black Baltic-Style Porter lager brewed with pumpkin, Vietnamese cinnamon and ground caraway. Both beers have an ABV of 8.2%.

Try them both. Two 12oz cans of each version of He Said will be packaged together in a pumpkin-colored carrier that features the likenesses of the two brewers, each telling his side of the He Said story.

Shaun O’Sullivan, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery, said, “Last year I attended Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest – and this is the truth as it happened – I lobbied Nico hard for us to brew a pumpkin ale and release it in a can.”

Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery, said, “I agreed to the endeavor, but only if we could collaborate with the pumpkin king, himself: Dick Cantwell of Elysian.”

Dick Cantwell, Founder of Elysian Brewing and the Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest, said, “Well, it went something like that. In the end, we decided that it would be fun to brew two unusual types of pumpkin beers – a dark and a light – and package them together. And that’s how it happened.”

He Said, part of 21st Amendment Brewery’s Insurrection Series of once-in-awhile four packs, will be available in four-packs and on draft starting in late September in all seventeen of 21st Amendment’s current distribution territories: CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, DE, PA, VA, GA and NC. For up to date availability, events and promotions, visit 21A’s website at

About Elysian Brewing

Elysian operates three pubs and a production brewery in Seattle, producing 32,000 barrels a year. They don’t only make pumpkin beers, but this time of year it’s a lot of what they do, leading up to their Great Pumpkin Beer Fest on October 4, 5 and 6. Elysian has made around 300 different beers since they opened in 1996, both traditional and innovative, in large and small quantities. At least 30 of them have involved pumpkin. Visit Elysian at 

About 21st Amendment Brewery

Hey, we’re Nico & Shaun. We live for great beer. When we opened the 21st Amendment Brewpub in San Francisco in 2000, we vowed to do things differently. To us, the 21st Amendment means much more than just an end to Prohibition. It means the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun.
Tagged: 21st Amendment Brewery Café, Elysian Brewing Company


Bad Water Brewing Showcases Brand Through Fashion
Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Tip Top

Bad WaterSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bridging the gap of designers with retailers, boutiques, fashionistas and the fashion media throughout the world is the success story for Phoenix Fashion Week now under the executive direction of Brian Hill. It’s exactly this kind of bridging which garnished Bad Water’s attention for a new way to showcase the Bad Water brand through a fashionable jewelry piece far beyond typical beer swag.

“We were thrilled at the opportunity to integrate the brand within our fashion industry, something we have aspired to do since our launch of a boutique beer throughout Arizona,” said Bad Water President Lewis Kubitz. This alignment was creatively launched with a challenge to emerging accessory designers, “to design an accessory inspired by Bad Water, be true to your style and functional to beer in some way… that’s it!” Kubitz added.

Each of the emerging designers took the challenge and brought something unique to the table, but it was Clutch Jewelry by owner/designer Stacy Eden which successfully concreted first place. Bad Water will be producing the product for the fashion week at Talking Stick Resort starting October 1st. Also as the official beer sponsor of Phoenix Fashion Week, Bad Water will be sharing a bit of the brave-to-be-bad style with the fashion-forward crowd.

About Bad Water Brewing

Bad Water Brewing produces high quality beer dedicated to sharing a distinct beverage brand for influential individuals whose loyalty never foregoes quality, character, originality and taste. We capture a wayward attitude somewhere between the boundaries of a proud generational heritage and a raw sensual lifestyle. Find us at or follow, and

About Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in Arizona. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events and charitable partnerships, it is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information, please visit

About Clutch Jewelry

Clutch Jewelry is designed and handmade in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fine Jewelry lasts for many lifetimes just the way nature intended it. Our mission is to make art make the world a better place by creating jewelry for the journey. Follow us on, and and