Grey Sail’s new Great Ketch; Brutopia’s birthday; craft beer’s identity crisis; and more

Grey-Sail-logo-231x300We had some words prepped, but they’re stuck in the other B&C hard drive, which is being held hostage by the Windows 8.1 “We couldn’t complete the updates / Undoing changes / Don’t turn off your computer” circle of Hell [110 minutes and counting; we doltishly didn’t send ourselves a backup file]. So we sought alternate routes for this Tearing-Our-Hair-Out Thursday grab bag…including some this-just-in breaking news! Spirits suddenly soaring at the B&C desk!

On April 7, we reported that Grey Sail’s 3rd Anniversary, an Imperial India Pale Lager that was brewed to commemorate their third birthday, was a huge hit and would become a limited year-round offering, with a name and release date TBA. We’re pleased to announce that the brew will be called Great Ketch Imperial IPL [8% ABV]. It’s an outstanding take on the hybrid style, which combines the smoothness of the lagering process with the waves of flavor from Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops. Great Ketch will be in four-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft, and fingers are crossed for a June release. And be on the lookout for the new six-packs of Pour Judgement IPA! Grey Sail is cranking 24/7!

In preparation for the Dogfish Head Tap Takeover that starts at Norey’s on Friday, all draft beers are half-price tonight [4.30] only from 4 pm until 1 am.

Brutopia kicks off its One Year Anniversary bash on Saturday [5.2]. Go here for details on the eight-day extravaganza, including a pig roast on Sunday and a Masters Brewers Meeting and Tasting, with guest beers and specials for Mug Club members, on May 8.

We usually save the beer-read-links for Saturday, but we’ll share this one today: “Why Craft Beer Will Be Almost Unrecognizable by the Year 2020,” by Jason Notte @ Main St. [Did you know that Founders lost its membership in the craft beer-defining — and re-defining — Brewers Association because it sold a 30% stake to a Spanish brewery?]

Meanwhile, in other “craft” “news”:

We’re going to post a Letterman clip every day through May 20. This one features another of B&C’s pop culture faves, the Hold Steady. [We were just out of the frame when Whiskey Daisy was being asked about the relative sexiness of musicians and comedians; early on in the NBC days, the top of our head was visible during a quick pan of the audience. Alas, we can’t find that memorable moment on YouTube…]

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Celebrate 20 years of Dogfish Head at Norey’s; Revival’s new brew; and more

20coaster-1It’s our 150th post! The time, it flies! We’re not marking the latest Big Number with a beer giveaway [as we did for our 100th], but we will give you a few news items and edifying links:

 Norey’s, the stellar restaurant/beer bar on Broadway in Newport, has been Tap Takeover Central lately, with events featuring Mikkeller and Trappist beers. But you ain’t seen nothing yet: a Total Tap Takeover is kicking off on Friday [5.1], to commemorate two decades of Dogfish Head’s “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” The Milton, Delaware-based brewery debuted in June 1995 with Shelter Pale Ale and has concocted dozens of classic and boundary-pushing brews [they’ll release a 20th anniversary beer in September]. There will be other local celebrations in the coming months, but the Norey’s bash is setting a very high bar, with 20 beers available for your Dogfish-toasting pleasure [go here for descriptions of all of the offerings]:

Aprihop  60 Minute IPA  Sixty One Minute IPA  90 Minute IPA  120 Minute IPA  Burton Baton  Palo Santo Maron  Indian Brown Ale  Namaste  Piercing Pils  Black & Blue  Noble Rot  Midas Touch  Birra Etrusca Bronze  Chateau Jiahu  Kvasir  Rosabi  Olde School Barley Wine  Raison D’Extra  AND Randall the Enamel Animal, an “organoleptic hop transducer module” [aka a double-chambered device that infuses multi-flavored enhancements as the beer is delivered to your glass] will be the 20th!!

The beers will start flowing at 4 pm [Norey’s is open Monday through Saturday from 4 pm to 1 am] and will be pouring until the kegs kick [some will likely still be in action on May 8 and 9 during the Newport Craft Beer Festival sessions]. Cheers to Sam Calagione’s 20 years of innovative beers!

Night_swim Revival Brewing Co.’s newest creation, Night Swim’ah, is making its way to better beer bars all over the state. The Belgian-style wheat ale is a light delight and will be a perfect sum’ah sipper. And down the road apiece, Revival hopes to have four-packs of White Electric Coffee Stout in stores by Memorial Day.

 The day after Bell’s Brewery finished third in the B&C “What brewery would you most like to see in the Rhode Island market?” poll, they announced a $50 million expansion which will raise their capacity to 1 million barrels. Coincidence? We think not…And this just in: we received a note from Luke Hutchings, Bell’s Brand Ambassador: “It is great to hear that people in Rhode Island are fans of Bell’s! I will be sure to share this with members of our team!” We’ll let you know when the team is ready to share their beers with the people of Rhode Island…

 We’ve been watching David Letterman’s home stretch [and digging into some highlights from the NBC days — ever see the 360-degree show? or the helium segment?] and will be shedding quite a few tears on May 20 when he packs up his microphone and the pencils with erasers at both ends. Dave reflects on his 33 years in late night TV in this interview with the New York Times. [“I’ll miss it, desperately. One of two things: There will be reasonable, adult acceptance of transition. Or I will turn to a life of crime.”] But before you click there, watch his buddies Future Islands, who returned to the show last night:

Every picture tells a story: Proclamation Ale Co., Beer’d Brewing, Beer Labels In Motion, and more

The B&C desk has posted hundreds of thousands of words in the last six months, but today we’re going light on the prose and heavy on the pictures/links.

We’ll have all of the Dogfish Head details on Wednesday, but in the meantime, mark your calendar/set an alert:

Beer’d brews in cans? Yes, please! Vote now [and daily through 5.10]:

Hey Dave, get those tanks going ASAP!

Some fun from Trevor Carmick’s great site, Beer Labels In Motion:

And our pal Richard McCaffrey was front and center at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame induction bash:

The breweries you would most like to welcome to the Rhode Island market are…

On Wednesday, inspired by the arrival of Jack’s Abby and New Belgium announcing that it will be adding PA as the 39th state in its distribution network, we asked, “What brewery would you most like to see in the RI market?” There were nine choices — primarily long shots but feasible someday-maybe candidates [there was also a slot for write-ins]. We received 152 votes: New_Poll_4.27 The “Other”s are mostly in the “it doesn’t hurt to dream” category: Hill Farmstead, 3 Floyds, Trillium [3 votes]; the Alchemist, Bissell Brothers, Surly [2 votes]; Adirondack, Great Divide, New Glarus, Pipeworks, “Support for RI breweries” [1 vote].

sip-can-run2-186x186We will forward the results of the poll to the top three vote-getters, and express the Bottles & Cans readers’ desire to welcome Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Cigar City Brewing, and Bell’s Brewery to the Ocean State. Hey, the B&C desk has considerable clout: our entreaties helped convince Jack’s Abby to bring their lagers to our tiny state, and Doherty’s Ale House finally introduced flights in response to our tireless pleas. So we hope that inspiring Sean Lawson to start shipping cases of Sip of Sunshine to Rhode Island will be the next feather in our cap…

Craft beer’s future, plus a closer look at the top brews; the history of the beer garden; and more!

A 19th-century beer garden

It’s Saturday [and it’s cold; we’re sure the Newport Craft Beer Fest folks are glad they bumped the date up to May 9], which means it’s time to dig into our weekly beer read compendium [and you can still weigh in our latest poll: “What brewery would you most like to see in the Rhode Island market?”]:

Craft beer’s biggest enemy is itself, not Budweiser and Miller, by Jason Notte @ MatketWatch [“Craft beer’s past has romance and hardship, but it’s the future that needs tending to.”]

A closer look at the Brewers Association’s top craft beers, by Carolyn Heneghan @ Food Dive [“Is there a secret sauce to the inner workings of how these top breweries stay on top or how some can see such successful leaps? Watson says it’s all about giving the customer what they want.”]

The 20 craft IPAs you need to try before summer, by Mike Foss @ USA Today [“(IN ABSOLUTELY NO ORDER”; you can get four of them at most better beer stores ’round here, and four more if you road-trip to MA and VT and ME]

Craft Breweries Troll Budweiser With Pumpkin Peach Beers, by Joe Satran @ The Huffington Post [“A group of craft brewers has discovered that revenge is both sweet and a dish best served cold.”]

How the Beer Garden Came To Be, by Philip Sopher @ The Atlantic [“Bad news: Starting (April 24), you won’t be able to brew beer for about five months. That’s the deflating message that 16th-century Germans subject to the Bavarian Brauordnung (beer regulations) would have received. Fortunately, great innovations are borne of extreme limitations. From the Brauordnung sprung one of the world’s most hallowed warm-weather institutions: the beer garden.”]

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Beer fun: the Great International Beer Fest, the ‘Rhode Island Beer’ book tour, Whaler’s at the Grange, Jack’s Abby tap takeovers, and more!

beer_funLooking for some beer fun this weekend? Here are some prime destinations:

 Jack’s Abby roared into RI this week, and there are two more tap takeovers on the introductory slate: tonight [4.24] at Track 84 [aka the winner of the Favorite Rhode Island Beer Bar Bracket; 7 pm-close] and on Saturday at English Cellar Alehouse [5-10 pm]. Say hi to co-owner Sam Hendler and enjoy their world-class lagers, including the new, ultra-limited, quintuple-hopped Excess IPL.

 The 9th Great International Spring Beer Festival is on Saturday [4.25] at the Rhode Island Convention Center, with unlimited sampling of more than 250 different beverages [and free slices from Pizza Pie-er]. There’s a lot of macro in the mix [and not much internationality], but discriminating drinkers should find plenty to sip and savor. We suggest spending lots of time with the bolded locals: 21st Amendment, Bad Martha, Berkshire Brewing, Blue Moon, Bucket Brewery, Coors, Guinness, Finch’s, Foolproof, Goose Island, Grey Sail, Harpoon, Heineken, Magic Hat, Narragansett, Newport Storm, Opa-Opa, Paper City, Radeberger, Ravenous, Revival, Samuel Adams, Shipyard, Sierra Nevada, Stark, Traveler, Trinity Brewhouse, Two Roads, Union Station, Victory, Woodstock Inn, and Yuengling [plus Angry Orchard, Downeast, and Twisted Tea]. Sessions run from 1 to 4:30 pm [with music by the Rock] and 6:30 to 10 pm [the Network]; tix are $52 at the door.

 On Saturday, you have two opportunities to meet ’n’ greet Ashleigh Bennett and Kristie Martin, the esteemed authors of Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History On Tapand sample Innsmouth Olde Ale, the second entry in Narragansett/Revival’s H.P. Lovecraft Series. They’ll be at Barrington Books from 1-2:30 pm and Symposium Books in downtown Providence from 5-7.

 On Sunday [4.26], The Grange will host Whaler’s Brewing Company’s first-ever beer dinner. Click here to see the menu for the three-course bash [6-8 pm, $40pp], which will be followed by a set of standup and storytelling by Vito Lantz around 9. And huzzah to Whaler’s, which was cited as Best No-Frills Brewery in Yankee Magazine’s Best of New England issue.

  You can toast the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s 2015 inductees on Sunday at the Met. We did some typing about that event on Thursday… [And before we head to Pawtucket, we’ll be watching them scrappy Boston Celtics. Chris Forsberg has a sweet piece on this year’s Green: “You’re going to miss this team when its season is over.”]

 Two no-go destinations: the Bucket Brewery will be closed on Saturday, but you can visit them at the Convention Center; and Proclamation is closed all weekend, as they prep their HQ for the arrival of the shiny new brewing tanks.

 And you can still let us know “What brewery would you most like to see in the RI market?” The poll will be open till Sunday.

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Throwback Thursday: Hail to the Schemers!

HOF-LOGOEvery now and then we play along on Throwback Thursday [#TBT]. Today, we’re throwing back with the extraordinary roster of musicmakers and industry pros who will be honored on Sunday [4.26] at the 2015 Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The fourth annual class features the Schemers/Raindogs/Mark Cutler, Brenda Bennett, the Others [congrats to our ol’ pal Bob Angell — good on ya!], the Ascots, and Marty Ballou and Marty Richards [who will all perform at the event], plus Nelson Eddy, George Wein, Paco Zimmer, and Georgie Porgie & the Cry Babies; Duke Belaire, George Masso, and Bob Petteruti were honored at the Hall’s jazz bash, which took place at Bovi’s on Monday.

In the last three years, the late, lamented Providence Phoenix ran cover stories to celebrate the inductees, bursting with bios, notable quotes, and fun facts [here’s a link to the 2013 edition]. We were hoping that another publication would follow our lead and continue the tradition…but, alas, no. You can read about the Class of 2015 at the RIMHOF website. And you can revel in the glorious history and local pride when the inductee exhibits will be unveiled at the RIMHOF Museum [999 Main St, Pawtucket] at 2 pm; the speeches and performances begin at 3:30 at the Met [$20 advance, $25 door; no charge to attend the exhibit ceremony]. To paraphrase 2013 inductee George M. Cohan, it’s gonna be a grand old time.

Readers of the late, lamented Providence Phoenix [and NewPaper] know that we go waaaay back with the Schemers. So we’re throwing back by reproducing the [slightly tweaked and edited] liner notes we wrote for Remember, the band’s 2004 CD [which you can purchase here]. [Note: We’ve shared a bit of trivia re: the 1987 NewPaper cover after the liner notes.]

Thanks to Mark, Emerson, Jimmy, Dickie, and all the other Schemers [Ed, Mark, Pete, Rick, Rene, Matt, and Bob] and Raindogs [and Dino Clubbers and Men of Great Courage and Tiny String Banders] for decades of pleasure [aka some fun]. And they ain’t done yet: the Schemers still play a few times a year — and are working on a new album! Long may you run, gentlemen! We salute you!

Jimmy Berger, Rene Blais, Emerson Torrey, and Mark Cutler
The early ’80s Schemers: Jimmy Berger, Rene Blais, Emerson Torrey, and Mark Cutler

It’s June 28, 1984. Twenty minutes ago, the Schemers won the WBCN Rock ’n’ Rumble — the first not-from-Boston band to capture a very prestigious prize in a potentially career-changing battle of the bands. They played two exhilarating sets [and I’m not just working from hazy memory here; the tape of the absolutely incendiary second set is surging through my headphones as I type]. I walked out of the club, dazed, thrilled, and delirious. I found the backstage door and talked my way into the celebratory fray. And this is the moment, the defining moment of the night, what I still tell people about 20 years later: Finding Mark Cutler quietly huddled in a corner with the singer from Dub 7, the band the Schemers had bested. He was commiserating, bonding, finding common ground. Amidst the cork-popping and high-fiving, Mark was embodying the qualities found in the best Schemers songs: empathy, warmth, sincerity. The other qualities — exemplary songwriting and ace musicianship — had put them in the winner’s circle.

It’s November 6, 2003. I’m typing, they’re staring. Let me explain: I have a four-foot-wide-by-six-foot-high reproduction of a 1987 NewPaper cover leaning against the wall to the left of my desk. It’s the cover with Bill Flanagan’s definitive Schemers story, written to commemorate their glorious run and then-painful breakup: “Please don’t forget my name: Farewell to the Schemers.” The image appeared on the cover of the issue celebrating the 25th anniversary of the NewPaper and the Providence Phoenix, and was one of a dozen that were displayed at the birthday bash — which was headlined by the Schemers.

On October 23, 2003, I had the singular pleasure of introducing the Schemers at that party. I fretted for weeks about what to say — how to convey what it meant to me, to long-timers at the paper, and to hardcore fans in the audience, to have the Schemers as the musical keynoters for the event. I yammered nervously for a bit and then hit on this truth: “The Schemers are the best band this state has ever known.”

The fans of the band — the fans who saw them in the earliest days when Ed Tabela was the lead singer and there were six members; the fans who saw Mark and Emerson and Jimmy and Rene grow up in public at still-legendary clubs and joints whose names are long forgotten; the fans who saw them open for X at the Living Room in 1982, perhaps the most hot-wired night of music ever heard in Providence; the fans who showed up week after week at club after club in 1985 and ’86 when the band was at its absolute peak; the fans who mourned the band’s dissolution in 1987, but ultimately realized that they had pushed and climbed and stretched and reached their limit — who knew the Schemers as surely as the Schemers knew them. It was a perfectly symbiotic relationship.

But [suddenly] it’s 16 years later, with them staring and me typing. After their set at the 25th bash, Mark asked me to write some notes for this package. A few days later, the giant cover found its way into my room. It’s been a time of reflection and contemplation — so many stories, so many memories. And the Mount Rushmore-like image of the Schemers has provided a wonderful reminder of how many of those stories and memories have been played out with the Schemers as the soundtrack.

All right, it’s getting misty in here. I realize I haven’t “backed up” my moment of truth re: the Schemers being the best band the state has ever known. But these are my notes, and it’s my truth. Other Rhode Island bands have had greater commercial success, and a slew of others have had a longer shelf life. No matter.

I have spent more time with the Schemers than with any other band. It has been time very well spent. They are as vital now as they were 20 years ago. That’s because empathy, warmth, sincerity, exemplary songwriting, and ace musicianship are timeless.

springfieldlasttimearound-600x600schemers_cover[Here’s that trivia: When we assigned the “Farewell to the Schemers” cover, we asked the illustrator to model the drawing on the cover of  Buffalo Springfield’s third and final album, Last Time Around, with Cutler looking in the opposite direction of his bandmates and toward his future with the Raindogs. Deadlines passed, and the illustrator kept asking for more time; when we finally drove to her house to pick up the illustration — a few hours before the the NewPaper’s deadline — we were dismayed to see that she had gone rogue and merely rendered variations on the poses from the band’s latest promo photos. [Sigh.] It’s ironic to note that Buffalo Springfield recorded for Atco — which released Raindogs’ two albums in 1990 and 1991.]


Poll: “What brewery would you most like to see in the RI market?”

Pachaug Trail - "Welcome to Rhode Island sign" at Beach Pond, Hope Valley, RI

After the two weeks of March madness that was the Favorite Rhode Island Beer Bar Bracket, we resolved to be a poll-free zone for awhile. But two events on Tuesday — Jack’s Abby’s arrival in RI and New Belgium announcing that they will begin distributing to Pennsylvania [the 39th state on its beer finder] in August — inspired us to bump up a survey that we’ve had on the back burner:

“What brewery would you most like to see in the RI market?” We’ve included nine feasible candidates [don’t hold your breath for the Alchemist or Russian River] based on their 2014 sales volume [as reported by the Brewers Association], distribution footprint — and [ok-ok] a bit of wishing and hoping. Here’s the annotated list [with closest-distributed-to-state and rank on BA’s list of Top 50 US Craft Brewing Companies]:

Bell’s [NY, #7]
Cigar City [NY]
Deschutes [PA, #8]
Great Lakes Brewing [NY, #23]
Lawson’s Finest Liquids [CT]
New Belgium [PA-to-be, #4]
Terrapin [NJ]
Tröegs [CT/MA, #44]
Wormtown [MA]

Have a beermaker that you think should be on the list? Add ’em in the Other field [you make three choices per visit; we’re not blocking repeat votes]. We’ll keep the survey going for a few days.

Let your most-desired breweries know how much you love them and we’ll let them know. And then, to gratify the refined palates of the Bottles & Cans readership, the trucks will soon roll into RI with cases of Two Hearted Ale and Nugget Nectar and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and…

Today’s the day: Jack’s Abby arrives! Plus, a talk with brewmaster Jack Hendler


Local beer enthusiasts had been asking the question for the last few years: “When will Jack’s Abby be in Rhode Island?” On March 27, we posted the answer: “Jack’s Abby coming to Rhode Island in late April.” And now the wait is over: today, the trucks started rolling and the bottles and kegs will be arriving all over our tiny state.

Some background: The Framingham, MA brewery is helmed by Jack [brewmaster], Eric [financial whiz], and Sam [sales guru] Hendler [the name is a nod to Jack’s wife, Abby and a wink at the European monks’ brewing tradition]. The brewery opened in the summer of 2011 and the brothers immediately distinguished themselves from the craft pack by producing lagers with a unique twist — masterfully combining the time-honored brewing process with the full and glorious range of flavors from the malts and hops that are used in ales. [Their first brew was Red Tape, inspired by the slog through licensing and regulation hurdles.] Lagering has a longer and cooler fermentation process and uses a different yeast strain; the style has a smoothness and crispness that results from the extended tank time, which is typically three times longer  than ale-making [one to two weeks]. Most small breweries don’t have enough fermenters to make lagers [and need more product in the pipeline]; only a half-dozen or so are lager-only.

Hoponius Union, an India Pale Lager, showcased Jack’s Abby’s brewing alchemy [the style was soon made by Magic Hat, Samuel Adams, Widmer Brothers, and many others; the first instance of IPL that we can find was Shmaltz’s Coney Island Sword Swallower, which was released in 2008].  In the next three years they added to their offerings and reach, distributing in VT, NY, CT, and PA; in December, they announced a major expansion from their current 12,000-square-foot site to a 67,000-square-foot space. In 2014, they brewed 14,000 barrels [barrel = 31 gallons]; they’ll make about 20K this year, will make about 50K at the new place, and could eventually produce 125,000 barrels. They’ll also start canning their world-class lagers and will add a restaurant at the sprawling facility, which they hope to open by year’s end.

Eric, Jack, and Sam Hendler
Eric, Jack, and Sam Hendler

To celebrate Jack’s Abby’s arrival in the Ocean State, we asked Jack Hendler a few questions. Here’s the exchange:

What was the brew that opened your eyes — and palate — to how good beer can be? I think I’m probably  unusual [compared] to most craft brewers. I had little to no understanding of the brewing process and very little experience drinking craft beer. It took me two years of brewing commercially before I fully enjoyed my first IPA. I’m partial to the beers of Bavaria and got my first exposure in Munich the summer before my first brewing job. The beer culture in Germany really was eye-opening at the time.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about running a brewery? Most misconceptions relate to believing brewing beer is a fun job. I certainly love what I do, but there are few tasks in a small brewery that don’t require earplugs, eye protection, steel toe boots, coveralls, and a steady supply of water to stay hydrated.

You’ll be bringing your newest beer, Excess IPL, to the tap takeovers. Tell us about how you concocted that hop-crazed new brew! We’ve been experimenting with how to create increasingly hoppy beers. We’ve built a new proprietary hop-dosing system and released a number of double- and triple-hopped versions of our current beers. Excess IPL is the culmination of all this R&D and we think it will be an incredible hop experience. [It’s made with Citra, Chinook, Equinox, Calypso, and Simcoe hops.]

What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten to a beer? I love watching people drink Fire In the Ham for the first time. Fire In the Ham is our smoked Helles, and for many it’s their first experience with drinking a beer that smells like bacon. [Fire In the Ham is usually released in July.]

What’s been the most satisfying aspect of your overwhelming success in the last four years? The most satisfying aspect has been building an outstanding team that’s a pleasure to work with.

JacksAbbyHoponiusUnionIf you haven’t been crossing state lines to savor Jack’s Abby’s lineup, here’s what’s headed our way: the year-round brews — Hoponius Union [6.7% ABV], Smoke & Dagger [black lager, 5.8%], Jabby Brau [a session brew, 4.5%], Mass Rising [double IPL, 8%], and Leisure Time [wheat lager with spice, 4.8%]; and the seasonal Sunny Ridge [pilsner, 5.1%]. Jack said that we will also get most of their specialty beers. The following stores will get deliveries today [4.21]: Bridge Liquors, Campus Fine Wines, Crossroads Liquors, High Spirits, Island Wine & Spirits, Malik’s Liquors, Nikki’s Liquors, Sandy’s, and Town Wine & Spirits.

You can sample Jack’s Abby’s brews — and meet Sam Hendler — at four tap takeovers: on Wednesday [4.22] at Doherty’s Ale House [6-10 pm]; Thursday [4.23] at What Cheer Tavern [5-10 pm]; Friday [4.24] at Track 84 [8-10 pm]; and Saturday [4.25] at English Cellar Ale House [5-10 pm]. Doherty’s and Track 84 will have Nitro Smoke & Dagger, and all locations will have the super-limited Excess IPL.

Jack’s Abby’s slogan is “Drink Local. Drink Lager.” You should drink to that — the wait is over!

Proclamation Ale Company gets a “real brewhouse”; and the Brewers Association’s 2015 State of the Industry Report

Shiny new aluminum on the way!
Shiny new aluminum on the way!

Last week, Dave Witham posted that Proclamation Ale Company was brewing its last batch on their startup three-barrel system. On Thursday we asked him for details about the improved setup and the schedule re: renovating and installing the shiny new aluminum; on Sunday, he posted the answers on his website [thwarting our “exclusive” — curses!!]:

We’re super excited to have a real brewhouse coming in, which will allow us to fill our current 10 bbl fermenters in one batch instead of 3 and a half batches. (good times)

And the best news is, it means more beer for everyone. We’re also bringing in more fermenters shortly after the brewhouse (1st arrives in about 3-4 weeks) so things are looking up.

The only potentially bad news is that we will be offline for the next 10-12 days while we do all the necessary retrofitting to the brewery to get the new gear inside. However, we actually planned this time and left the fermenters full of beer so hopefully no one will miss us and beer will still go out on close to the same schedule…(hoping…)

The other piece of bad news is that the tasting room will remain closed while we do all the work. The place will be a hot mess the next week or two and we won’t really be able to bring anyone in to hang out and grab some beers.

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Last week, more than 11,500 brewing industry professionals and 600 or so exhibitors attended the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Portland, Oregon. The event featured the presentation of an extensive analysis of 2014 data on US craft brewing growth, which you can click to here.

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