Colorado Craft Brew News You Can Use 4-14-2012

Based on results from a recently-completed industry survey, the Brewers Association reports record exports of American craft beer in 2011, and for the ninth consecutive year. American craft breweries exported over 110,000 barrels of beer in 2011, valued at an estimated $23.4 million—a dramatic increase of 86 percent by volume and 97 percent by dollars over 2010 exports. In theU.S., small and independent brewers employ nearly 100,000 full- and part-time employees, generate more than $3 billion in wages and benefits, and pay more than $2.3 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes.

Fort Collinsbreweries hooked up for a collaboration beer forColoradoCraft Beer Week (May 12-19). C.B. & Potts, Coopersmith’s, Crooked Stave, Equinox, Fort Collins Brewery, Funkwerks, New Belgium, Odell Brewing, and Pateros Creek all came together at Fort Collins Brewery for the brewing. Each brewery will celebrate the collaboration during American Craft Beer Week which runs May 14-20, 2012. According to David Young at the Coloradoan:  The local and state liquor boards raised questions about the legality of last year’s Collusion Ale and this year’s brew. Mark Couch, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Revenue, said Patrick Maroney with the Colorado Department of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division read an article in the Coloradoan about the collaborative brew, sparking an investigation into the brewing process. Couch said in an email that this year’s brew is being handled legally. Under Colorado Beer Code, brewers are permitted to brew a beer together, but if they want to sell that beer in their respective breweries, they must pay the brewer where it was made for the beer they sell.

Mike Bristol and Bristolbrewing in Colorado Springsannouncing with the addition of their new brewery digs that will increase output by 300 percent, they also plan on keeping it in Colorado. Distribution will be held strictly to our home state! Look for a lot of new beers from Bristolas this year with their Brewhouse Series and the New Belgian Series. Check out the full story on our facebook page or at this link  

Echo Brewing Company opening in the town ofFredericktoday at 2 o clock! The beers on tap today will include a Kolsh, a Red, An IPA and and ESB. Get $3 opening day beers. The Oskar Blues Bonewagon will be on hand with their awesome grub!. They are located at:5969 Iris ParkwayinFrederick.

From the Telegraph UK: In findings that will be toasted by pub quiz aficionados, researchers found drinkers got more test questions right and were quicker in delivering the right answers. Psychologists at theUniversityofIllinoisset 40 healthy young men a series of brain teasers. They involved being given three words, such as coin, quick and spoon, and coming up with a fourth word that links the three - in this case, silver. Half the group drank the equivalent of two pints of beer before doing the tests, while the rest carried them out sober. The drinking group solved nearly 40 per cent more problems than the others, and took an average of 12 seconds compared to the 15.5 seconds needed by sober subjects.

Avery Brewing News with a couple new beers on the horizon:  The 12th in their Barrel-aged Series has been announced. This beer, named “Oud Floris”, is a barrel-aged sour brown ale and weighs in at 9.53% ABV. They have a  production run of 225 cases in 12 oz bottles. Most of this beer was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and smaller portions were aged in bourbon, rum and chardonnay barrels. Stay tuned for release details. Also Avery prepping for their 19th Anniversary with a batch of a Belgian style Tripel called NINETEEN. It will be bottled next month in 750ml bottles and weighs in just above 8 percent.

If you are in the C Springs area today stop into Trinity on Garden of theGods Rd westof i25 for the Saison @ Farmhouse Ale Festival

Hops & Pie presenting the beers of Equinox Brewing of Fort Collins at their Littlest Big Beer Fest tomorrow. The fest will feature four beers from Equinox including a Belgian Style Golden Strong Ale, A Barleywine, an Imperial Brown Ale and a Double Dark IPA. Starts at 2pm. Flights and single pours will be available. Check it out at 29th and Tennyson.

The official Grand Opening date for the 2nd Hops & Berries homebrew store is next weekend starting on Friday.  They will be offering up FREE homebrewing classes all weekend long. Stop by8133 E. Harmony RoadUnit 16 inFort Collins.

News from the Northern Colorado Business Report: As of yesterday, a new shuttle service will take riders betweenOldTownandFort Collinsbreweries on weekends. The service, called Hops & Shops, will loop between Coopersmith’s, Equinox, Black Bottle, Pateros Creek, New Belgium, Odell. Fort Collins Brewery and Funkwerks. SuperShuttle will offer the service from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The shuttle is free this weekend, but costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 15 after this weekend. It will run from Town Pump at the top of hour and half past the hour, but won’t be timed with breweries’ tour schedules. Starting May 4, the shuttle will add pickup and drop off at a few hotels.”

Next Saturday Odell Brewing will release St. Lupulin, the brewery’s beloved summer seasonal. They will have a tapping party at the brewery and you should find it on liquor store shelves through September.

Mississippibeer drinkers are breathing a sigh of relief this morning. After a long battle in the State legislature spanning years, Governor, Phil Bryant, signed a beer bill into law this week that will increase the ABW cap on beer from 5% to 8%. The change goes into effect on July 1st. The initiative is one of many for a local beer organization, Raise Your Pints. With this win, they can focus their efforts in future legislative sessions on other pressing initiatives— like a bill to legalize homebrewing (or raise the ABW cap even more).MississippiandAlabamaare the only two states in theUnionthat outlaw homebrewing. With this news, get ready for a possible land rush of craft brewers into the state.

PetalumaCA’s Lagunitas Brewing Company plans to open a new brewery inChicagoand also said they will never can beers due to concerns with Bauxite Mining. Meanwhile Stone Brewing opened up the possibility to putting some of their beers in aluminum.