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Green Man Harvester Returns

Green Man Harvester Ale

Green Man Harvester returns to the North Carolina-based brewery’s rotating offerings this month.

Green Man Harvester is a unique reinterpretation of the German Märzen style beer, and is just in time for autumn with its rustic color with hints of toasted grain and caramel flavors. Green Man Harvester displays a clean and bitter palate due to its combination of German Magnum and American Palisade hops.

“Balance is key to this style, and for Harvester the earthy malts and herbal hops meld seamlessly,”  says Green Man’s Head Brewer, John Stuart.

Green Man Harvester is a rotating seasonal offering.

Style: German Märzen
Hops: Magnum and American Palisade hops
Availability: 12oz bottles
Release: September, 2015

6.0% ABV, IBU: 30

Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This, Harpoon Brewing

Harpoon Releases New Beer Brewed with Reclaimed River Water

Harpoon Charles River Pale Ale

Harpoon Charles River Pale Ale will be released tomorrow at select HUBweek events in Boston, Massachusetts. Harpoon Brewery, alongside big-names such as The Boston Globe, MIT, Harvard University, and Massachusetts General Hospital, will host this years HUBweek to commemorate creativity and ingenuity in the arts, sciences, and tech industries. Harpoon Brewery collaborated with Desalitech, a company dedicated to cutting-edge high-volume water purification systems, to create the Charles River Pale Ale brew using water from the local Saint Charles River.

Harpoon Charles Pale Ale was created using purified Saint Charles river water that Desalitech withdrew from the river and was then purified using their treatment platform called reverse osmosis, and was delivered to Harpoon Brewery earlier this month. Brewers began making this one-of-a-kind beer using the clean, purified water from the notoriously dirty Saint Charles River to bring about awareness of the problems facing the lack of clean water and desalinization and water-treatment techniques worldwide.

“Water scarcity is a global challenge that affects millions across the world — we are proud to be a Massachusetts company that is providing solutions and making an impact here in the U.S. and beyond,” said Nadav Efraty, CEO of Desalitech. “We are thrilled to join with Harpoon Brewery to demonstrate the efficiency and high rate of recovery we can achieve when treating water from all types of sources, including the Charles River.”

Harpoon Charles River Pale Ale is a light brew with a hoppy and fruity finish. Harpoon Brewery Charles River Pale Ale will be available at HUBweek and will also be released at the Harpoon Beer Hall in the Seaport District of Boston.

Style: Pale Ale
Availability: on draft at HUBweek (October 3-10, 2015), Brewery Taps
Arrival: September 30, 2015

5.2% ABV

Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This

Georgia Attempts to Tighten Breweries Sales Freedoms


Georgia breweries are really struggling with the powers that be. Over the past year, the state’s small breweries lobbied hard in conjunction with the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild, to try and allow direct sales. (That’s where you can go to the brewery and buy a pint, or bottles to-go.) There are quite a few states that allow this. Actually, almost every state has a work-around, except Georgia and Mississippi.

What the breweries wanted? Direct sales.

After the beer wholesalers and bureaucrats got involved? A watered down, almost completely confusing mess of a “law change” called SB63.

As of July 1st, 2015, Georgia’s breweries can sell tours that come with souvenir bottles, but no beer can be sold by the brewery to the consumer. That change comes with limitations – 36 ounces of free samples on site, and up to 72 ounces of beer (sealed) to-go, per day.

Let’s talk taxes. This is where things get messy. Small breweries already pay an excise tax (aka production tax) on the beer. When the consumer arrives at the brewery, he/she pays 8% sales tax for the tour. Think we are done paying taxes? Nope. Remember the free beer given away per person, per tour? The brewery must also pay a “use tax” on all the free beer given away.

That use tax is what the value of that beer is if sold to the public. To the consumers the brewery is NOT allowed to sell to.

It also raises the question – What is the fair market value of beer that is given away for free? Is that not zero? If it is, that “use tax” is zero as well.

Georgia SB63 opened the door, even just a little bit, to put to-go beer in the hands of brewery tourists. Additionally, special small batch bottles could be released at the brewery on special days. (Almost like Lost Abbey Veritas, Surly Darkness Day, 3 Floyds Dark Lord Day, Wicked Weed Angel Releases… you get the idea.)

Since July 1st, Georgia’s craft breweries have done just that. Almost all breweries have tours that reflect beer sampling, and the ability to choose the size of your free beer and souvenir. Not a perfect situation, but better than before.

Guess what. Despite the above, the Georgia Department of Revenue ever so quietly attempted tightened the rules again on Friday. A new policy bulletin was updated on the DOR website, with some more annotations to the rules. The DOR is telling small breweries that the price has to be the same for the person who samples, and the person who samples and takes beer home.  You can’t change your tour price because your souvenir beer (read: special bottle release) is more expensive:

  1. (Q3)  Can a manufacturer charge varying fees for facility tours?Yes. However, the basis for varying fees may not be due to differences in the volume or market value of alcohol provided to tour attendees. Fees may vary based on the furnishing of non-alcoholic promotional items, the day of the week, live entertainment, etc. However, a manufacturer who furnishes beverage alcohol in the course of a tour must not vary prices based on the change in relative market value or volume of the alcoholic beverages furnished.For example, a manufacturer must charge the same rate for a tour where one tour attendee elects to sample free beverage alcohol during a tour and the second attendee elects to sample free beverage alcohol and receive a free beverage alcohol souvenir.

Sources tell Beer Street Journal that this new annotation comes after pressure has been place on the DOR by Georgia’s biggest distributors, who are upset that special bottles that have been recently released by local breweries, didn’t hit distribution. It’s an indirect demand for total control of the brewery’s product. If we site the most recent release examples, that’s less that 1,000 special release bottles from two breweries. Total. Yet, the distributor are raging about the holiness of the three-tier system, and fair business practices.

If you are still with me this far, basically, after months of hard work in the Georgia Senate, the breweries of Georgia finally were thrown the tiniest, most pathetic bone by the lawmakers. The breweries found a way to work with the law and bring extra money into their small business. What the Georgia Department of Revenue is doing doesn’t seem procedurally sound. A re-intereptation of this capacity should warrant an open, 30 day public commentary,  which the small breweries have not been afforded.

Something tells me, the real battle for Georgia’s small breweries has just begun.

Posted in Beer News, Fireman's Brew

Fireman’s Brew Offering Public Stock Options

Fireman's Brew Lineup

Fireman’s Brew, the brainchild of two Los Angeles, California firefighters, have announce public stock options this week. The goal with adding investors is to take the Fireman’s Brew brand national.

4,000,000 shares of Fireman’s common stock are being offered, for an aggregate offering price of $5,000,000. Qualified investors must be residents of the state of California, and willing to invest a minimum of $5,000 dollars for 4,000 shares. (Although, the brewery notes they might wave that minimum.)

Currently, Fireman’s Brew is available in California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska,, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York, and Virginia.

Interested parties, see for more info. (Opens in new window.)

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Beer Pairings with Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza (Sponsored)

Sponsored Post

Screamin Sicilian has us completely hooked on frozen pizza again. For a long time the Beer Street Journal team has been drinking fridges full of craft beer, and ordering in pizza. Half the time the pizza arrived hot, the other half of the time we were lucky to get it the same day we ordered it.

When Screamin Sicilian came to us with these new frozen pizzas to try, one taste and we knew. These are best pizzas Beer Street Journal has ever put in our freezer.

So, with four new Screamin Sicilian pizzas to pair with awesome craft beer, Beer Street Journal and Screamin Sicilian bring you a new round of pairings.

Three Little Piggies

You love meat pizza? Screamin’ Sicilian’s BBQ sauce based, sausage, pulled pork and bacon pizza better be your choice. Since this pizza is hearty, we loved Stone Pale Ale 2.0. A brand new recipe for one of their oldest and popular beers, now with a more “tropical” hop note.

Boss Hog

Screamin Sicilian’s spicy Italian sausage pizza. Spicy and hoppy go well together. Starr Hill’s Northern Lights IPA has also just been reformulated, and better than ever. Try also SweetWater IPA, or Port Anniversary Ale for good measure.

Spicy Clucker

Probably Screamin’ Sicilian’s craziest pizza. The jalepeno, chicken, bacon, ranch, and cheese pizza needs beer that’s just as crazy. That pizza goes big and so did we. New Holland Dragon’s Milk (aged in bourbon) and, because we could, Sierra Nevada Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. Rich pizza needs rich beer. Especially aged in bourbon.

Friar Cluck

A white meat chicken parmesan pizza, requires a beer with a little nuance. The Bruery’s Saison Rue makes the breaded chicken and piles of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese pop. People fought over this pairing.

All in all, Screamin’ Sicilian has a diverse lineup that changes the frozen pizza game. Just like craft beer changes your perception of what beer can be. You are here on Beer Street Journal because you love beer. All you need is some of the best frozen pizza to tie it all together. Go Screamin’ Sicilian. Your beer needs the best.


Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This

The Makers of Wheaties Cereal Brings You – HefeWheaties

Hefewheates Box

Wheaties, the breakfast cereal of champions, is bringing you the next logical step in your day, Beer. Introducing HefeWheaties.

First off, Wheaties cereal is not actually in the beer. There is wheat (it is a hefeweizen after all), so the brand connections are pretty easy to make. General Mills partnered with Fulton Beer, a brewery based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The idea got its start earlier this summer, thanks to connections members of Fulton Beer has with folks at General Mills. The evolution into HefeWheaties was simple once group got in the same room.

“We were intrigued from the get-go on this idea for many reasons, including that we’re both Minneapolis companies, and that the beer and the cereal both started from the same place in terms of raw ingredients and the same city,” says Ryan Petz, president and co-founder of Fulton

HefeWheaties will be available for a limited time in the Twin Cities, starting August 26th, at 3 pm at the Fulton Beer taproom for on-premise consumption. Cans will be available in retail in mid-to-late September.

HefeWheaties is a 16 ounce canned offering.

Style: Hefeweizen
Availability: 16oz Cans. Minnesota only.
Release: 8/26/16

?? ABV



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