Boston Beer Company, maker of the Samuel Adams beer lineup and the nation’s largest craft brewery has announced the expansion of its Brewing the American Dream program. First introduced in 2008 and expanded into a nationwide program in 2012, Brewing the American Dream is a partnership with the non- profit organization Accion and is an effort to help budding entrepreneurs in the food and drink industries obtain financing and receiving the mentoring and coaching they need to survive and thrive.
Boston Beer president/founder Jim Loch knows the realities of small business ownership all too well since he, too, was denied funding when he launched the Samuel Adams product line almost (more…)
This past weekend was an important one for craft beer fans and for the beer industry in general. The Great American Beer Festival, the massive, impressive, larger- than- life, granddaddy of all beer events was held in Denver Colorado. It was back, bigger and better than before and it showed once again that something already large and influential can continue to expand, grow, and change with the times.
The 2012 Great American Beer Festival was, once again, expanded to accommodate the large number of breweries and record number of beers. Looking at the numbers, this year’s event (more…)
Day one of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival is underway.
Great American Beer Festival
The Great American Beer Festival, one of the largest beer festivals on the planet and the largest competitive event of its kind, kicked off at the Denver Convention Center today, Thursday, October 11, 2012. Thousands of thirsty festival- goers waited (more…)
America has hundreds of beer festivals each year, but there is one festival that tops them all in terms of sheer size and beer products offered. I am referring, of course, to the Great American Beer Festival, held in the early Fall each year. This year, 2012, will mark the 30th anniversary of the competition/festival and it is likely going to be the largest and most highly attended yet.
Once again, the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver will host the event, scheduled to run from Thursday, October 11 through (more…)
Blue Moon Brewing, a division of Coors Brewing, has announced the winner of its “Craft the Next Blue Moon” promotional program. The winner is Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale and it will be offered in an upcoming Blue Moon variety pack.
Blue Moon started this latest round of competitions just a few months ago, pitting Caramel Apple Spiced Ale against two other craft creations, Dark Chocolate Bacon Porter and Blackberry Tart Ale. Blue Moon fans were asked to taste and judge each beer at designated tasting sessions around the United States. Fans were also asked to comment on ingredients, package design, etc., and then cast their votes. Caramel Apple Spiced Ale beat out its two competitors and has now won the right to be brewed and sold on a larger scale.
Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale is brewed using apple juice and spices and the finished product has an alcohol level of 5.8 percent by volume. Look for it in the Blue Moon Variety 12- Pack sometime in August.
The World Beer Cup is among the most prestigious beer competitions, attracting entrants from across the globe and spanning a wide range of beer styles. The 2012 World Beer Cup competition is now complete and it has turned out to be the largest, most actively participated World Beer Cup yet, with 54 countries, 799 breweries, and 3,921 beers going head- to- head for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals across 95 categories.
Judging is complete and the winners have now been announced for the 2012 World Beer Cup. Here is a complete list of winners taken straight from the Brewers Association/World Beer Cup web site, including the category, style, number of beers entered in the competition, along with the medal winners and their locations:
Blue Moon Brewing, the craft beer branch of the widely known and distributed Coors Brewing, is preparing to launch a new seasonal beer for the Fall of 2012. Rather than leave the decision to management, Blue Moon is going to let the public select the newest release based on the results of a series of tastings held at select locations. There are three finalists under consideration:
Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale: This beer is a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg spices combined with caramel malts and real apple juice.
Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale: Made with blackberries, as expected, with a taste that balances between sweet and tart and is backed by a subtle malt character.
Blue Moon Dark Chocolate Bacon Porter: The most unusual in the group, this beer is brewed with added dark chocolate and hickory smoked bacon for a unique flavor combination.
Tastings will take place in only a few states but will begin very soon and continue through the end of March, 2012. The winner will be announced later, likely in April. Here is a list of cities, dates, times, and locations for these Blue Moon tasting events:
FEB 26, 2012
Noon – 4:00PM | Baconfest@ The Harley Davidson Museum
MAR 1ST, 2012
Arlington Heights, IL
5:00 – 7:00 PM | Fox & Hound Smokehouse & Tavern
MAR 1ST, 2012
2011 Great American Beer Festival is now officially over. It ran from September 29 through October 1 and it will go down in the books as the largest yet. A total of 526 breweries took part in this year’s festival, contributing a total of 3,930 beers to the competition. The numbers are up significantly from last year and with growth in the craft beer industry at its present level, the figures are bound to be even higher in 2012.
Great American Beer Festival, photo by Jason E. Kaplan
A total of 248 medals were handed out to well- deserving breweries across the United States. Here is a list of 2011 winners:
Brewers across the United States gear up in the early Fall and head to Denver, Colorado for what amounts to the largest beer competition in the USA. I am referring to the Great American Beer Festival, an event that begun in 1982 and continues to attract many of the best and brightest stars in the world of craft- brewing along with thousands of adoring fans just waiting to sample each beer product.