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All Nude Beerfest Returns to the Poconos

Nude Beer Fest 2015

Sunny Rest Resort, based in northeastern Pennsylvania, will again host a beer festival where clothing is banned.

Sunny Rest is a naturalist resort (i.e. nudist resort) where birthday suits are a must. On June 27th, the attendees will let it all hangout, while drinking our favorite beverage – beer.

You want beer? Get a ticket. Oh, and drop your pants. A least it will be warm again right? Tickets are $18 dollars in advance.

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Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies 2014 (By Volume)

Top 50 Breweries 2014

Early today, the Top 50 craft breweries by sales volume in 2014 was revealed. Below you will find the list of breweries by sales volume (both macro and craft combined) below. No surprises when you see Anheuser-Busch at the #1 spot, followed by Miller Coors, then Pabst.

To put things in a little bit of a perspective, the Cartersville, Georgia Anheuser-Busch facility produces around 10 million barrels (310 million gallons) at just that location annually.

Rank Company City State
1 Anheuser-Busch, Inc (a) St. Louis MO
2 Miller Coors (b) Chicago IL
3 Pabst Brewing Co (c) Los Angeles CA
4 D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc Pottsville PA
5 Boston Beer Co (d) Boston MA
6 North American Breweries (e) Rochester NY
7 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
8 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
9 Craft Brew Alliance (f) Portland OR
10 Gambrinus (g) Shiner TX
11 Lagunitas Brewing Co Petaluma CA
12 Bell’s Brewery, Inc (h) Galesburg MI
13 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
14 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
15 Sleeman Brewing Co (i) LaCrosse WI
16 Minhas Craft Brewery (j) Monroe WI
17 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
18 Duvel Moortgat USA (k) Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY
19 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
20 Matt Brewing Co (l) Utica NY
21 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
22 Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paso Robles CA
23 Founders Brewing Co Grand Rapids MI
24 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
25 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
26 Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
27 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
28 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
29 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
30 Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
31 Shipyard Brewing Co (m) Portland ME
32 Stevens Point Brewery Co (n) Stevens Point WI
33 August Schell Brewing Co (o) New Ulm MN
34 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
35 Victory Brewing Co Downingtown PA
36 Long Trail Brewing Co (p) Bridgewater Corners VT
37 Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits San Diego CA
38 Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters Newport OR
39 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
40 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
41 Southern Tier Brewing Co Lakewood NY
42 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
43 World Brews/Winery Exchange (q) Novato CA
44 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
45 Pittsburgh Brewing Co (r) Pittsburgh PA
46 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
47 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
48 Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont CO
49 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe San Francisco CA
50 Allagash Brewing Co Portland OR

Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck’s, Blue Point, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Series brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (b) includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Coors, Keystone, Killian’s, Leinenkugel’s, Miller and Tenth & Blake brands; (c) includes Pabst, Schlitz and 28+ other brand families; (d) includes Alchemy & Science and Sam Adams brands. Does not include Twisted Tea or Angry Orchard brands; (e) includes Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Magic Hat and Pyramid brands; (f) includes Kona, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (g) includes BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer brands; (h) includes Bell’s and Upper Hand brands; (i) includes Sleeman and Sapporo brands; (j) includes Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (k) includes Boulevard and Ommegang brands; (l) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (m) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (n) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands; (o) includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands; (p) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver’s brands; (q) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (r) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families.

Posted in Beer News, Distribution Expansion, EPIC Brewing Company

Epic Brewing Adds More Texas Distribution

Epic Brewing Logo

Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, UT) is annoying further distribution into Texas. The brewery has partnered with Faust Distributing Company who will be covering the Houston area.

“Our Denver brewery recently finished a large cellar expansion” said National Sales Manager Michael Malachowski, “and with the increased capacity we can widen our presence in Texas. The craft beer community in Houston has been asking for us since we launched last August and it’s finally time to answer their call.”

Epic is hosting event in the Houston, Texas area the week of March 10th.

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New Belgium Adds Kentucky

New Belgium Brewing Logo

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, CO) will be begin distributing in Kentucky on March 2nd, 2015.

New Belgium will offer Fat Tire, along with year-round releases Ranger IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA and Snapshot Wheat on draft and in 12-ounce bottles.

Seasonal offerings, including Rampant Imperial IPA, Trippel Belgian-Style Ale and variety packs will also be available in 12-ounce packages.

“We’ve been eyeing Kentucky for quite a while, so it’s exciting to officially open up the state,” said New Belgium Brewing’s Sales Co-Pilot, Brian Krueger. “The glory of college basketball is upon us and the Derby isn’t too far off, so we’re arriving at a pretty fun time in the state.”

New Belgium’s Kentucky Distribution Network

  • Eagle Distributing Company –AB
  • Golden Eagle Distributing, Inc. –AB
  • J.B. Distributors, Inc. –AB
  • Bud of Hopkinsville (Hand Family, LLC) –AB
  • Kentucky Eagle, Inc.-AB
  • Perry Distributors, Inc. – AB
  • River City Distributing – M/C
  • Smith Brothers Distributing Company –AB
  • Stagnaro Distributing – M/C
  • Edward Utley Jr., Inc. –AB
  • Heidelberg of Northern Kentucky – Independent

The addition of Kentucky brings New Belgium’s distribution states to 38.

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WARSTEINER Rolls Out New Logos in U.S.

Warsteiner USA New Packaging

Starting in February, 2015, WARSTEINER is rolling out new logos and branding in the United States. The idea is to update a refresh and modernize the more than 200 year old brewery’s look.

“Millennials are embracing WARSTEINER as their own,” said Laura Sprengard, brand manager for Warsteiner USA. “Our new, more modern look better reflects our customer base – now and into the future – without departing from the history that makes us so special.”

The breakdown on the WARSTEINER change:

  • Refreshed Logos:The WARSTEINER name features a larger, simpler font in metallic gold. Within its round logo, the typical German typeface for “s” in WARSTEINER is substituted with a new anchor in the form of the stretched “t”. The “A Queen among Beers” tag has been removed to improve legibility.
  • New Name for Flagship Pilsener and Dunkel:Warsteiner’s flagship pilsener, WARSTEINER Premium Verum, is now WARSTEINER Premium German Pilsener. WARSTEINER Premium Dunkel is now WARSTEINER Dunkel.
  • New Bottle Labels: The WARSTEINER Premium German Pilsenerlabel is redesigned in metallic gold and black while the WARSTEINER Dunkel label is now amber.
  • New Bottle Caps:The WARSTEINER Premium German Pilsener cap switches to black while the WARSTEINER Dunkel cap changes to amber.
  • New 12-Pack and 6-Pack Design:WARSTEINER Premium German Pilsener 12- and 6-packs are now gold and black while WARSTEINER Dunkel is now amber; 12-packs more clearly reveal contents. All packaging emphasizes the brand’s key differentiators – the German Purity Law of 1516 brewing tradition and its position as the No. 1 imported premium pilsener among German private breweries.
  • New Pilsener Can and Package Design:WARSTEINER Premium German Pilsener cans have an updated metallic gold finish with prominent black accents. The new packaging reveals contents.

WARSTEINER opened in 1753, outside of Warstein, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.

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Did Cigar City Just Troll Us All?

Cigar City Front Door

It started with an article on Sunday about Anheseur-Busch getting a meeting with Cigar City Brewing.  You might have seen the Beer Street Journal article mentioning that A-B is hungry for another craft brewery purchase, even if they don’t get the Tampa craft brewer.

Cigar City later went on record saying they are NOT selling to the beer giant.

Today, the brewery posted a picture to their Facebook page, promoting their involvement in The Florida Strawberry Festival.

Look closely. Check out that door. If you don’t know, that’s an Anheuser-Busch logo.

Of course, we’re 99.9999999% sure it’s a joke, and we’ve all been trolled. Well played, Cigar City. Well played.

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A Bar Calls Out Negativity. Something I Totally Get [Op-Ed]

The Common Table

The Common Table, craft beer gastropub in Dallas, Texas let their feelings about the state of craft beer and some of their clientele fly on Facebook today. It’s pretty amazing.

Now, I know that with constantly writing about beer, traveling to breweries and more, I get my share of rare beer. Luck favors the bold. On the subject of negativity however, this is pretty great.

Everytime I click post to Beer Street Journal, or send a tweet or an Instagram, I have this feeling that washes over me for few seconds. A feeling that someone is going to hate this. When I say hate, I mean, the beer, my post, my writing, my grammar, my phrasing, or a combination of all of it.

Negativity bleeds across all my timelines, from Twitter, to Facebook and everything in between. I’ve had readers tell me to kill myself on multiple occasions. I’ve had Redittors call me retarded, fat, uneducated, even called my mother a whore. (A note to those people: You aren’t going to hurt my feelings. I was nerd growing up, and got the shit kicked out of me for years. You can’t hurt me. Someone should hug you more.)

A bar calling out the negativity in craft beer is incredible. These folks understand the hatred. Yelp, Beer Advocate forums, Reddit forums, email listservs. There really is no perfect way to distribute a case of rare beer. They are basically set up to fail, but they keep doing it for the love of beer. I’ve seen people complain in places that have an amazing tap lineup, that there’s “nothing new.”

I started Beer Street Journal more than six years ago, because I wanted people to get excited about all this amazing beer being made. Maybe help the industry grow a little. It’s my life.

BSJ is news based, and very little editorial. I will say, if you are reading this. You are surrounded by some of the best, and most creative beer in the world. You won’t like every one of them. That doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Plus, if they do, and you don’t, that doesn’t make them wrong. In that glass is someone’s hard work, passion, life savings, even a kid’s college fund.

Experimenting (and tasting) is what makes craft beer fun. If it was the same thing over and over again, none of this would exist.

I say this with all sincerity. Drink. Be Awesome. Be Positive. Most of all… Be Happy.