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“Toasted” makes a big difference in The Bruery Mash & Coconut

The Bruery Mash & Coconut

The Bruery Mash & Coconut was once only available to those individuals in the brewery's "Reserve Society" and those lucky friends they shared it with. This latest batch of the coconut heavy barleywine now available to the public. Because good beer is meant to be shared.

In the process of upscaling this recipe, the brewing team was blown away at how much more coconut flavor and depth came from toasted coconut instead of flaked coconut. The next step? Renting commercial ovens to toast 1000s of pounds of the tasty, tropical flakes.

All in all, 400 pounds of in-house roasted coconut went into each batch of Mash & Coconut. Beer Street Journal was on site in Placentia, California when the barrels were emptied in July. You'll see bits of the barrel char and even some coconut chunks on the floor of the brewery in the images below. The smell of coconut and oaky bourbon was delightfully inescapable. Every breath made your mouth water. Back in the taproom, our clothes still had faint hints coconutty oak on them.

The Bruery Mash & Coconut is a limited release, in 750-milliliter bottles.

Style:Barleywine (w/ Coconut. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Latest Release: August 2017

13.1% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in 21st Amendment Brewing, Beer News, Brooklyn Brewing, Funkwerks, Headlines

Brooklyn Brewery purchases equity stakes in 21st Amendment, Funkwerks

New York based Brooklyn Brewery has taken minority stakes in both San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery (21A) and Fort Collins, Colorado’s Funkwerks. The trio is creating a combined sales team.

The baseline purpose of this deal is competition. The beer industry in the United States is rapidly changing as big beer companies, like Anheuser Busch InBev and Heineken, are purchasing craft breweries, plus the growth of private equity-backed breweries.

Rather than shop for a buyout, it is time to join forces.

Brad Lincoln, co-founder of Funkwerks tells Beer Street Journal that their brewery only has two salespeople, both in Colorado, yet ships to seven states. “We can’t afford more employees to compete in the markets that sustain us,” he said.

It’s a known fact that sales generally increase in distribution territories that have salespeople. 21A ships to 24 states, and boasts a 20 person sales team. Brooklyn touts nearly that many for just New York City.

The search for a solution rather than a cash-out led Lincoln to his close friend Dave Duffy, who is the vice-president of business development at Brooklyn Brewery. “Brooklyn is seasoned in brewery partnerships both here and abroad. They understand the challenges,” Lincoln said.

Yesterday, Michigan’s Short’s Brewing announced Heineken backed Lagunitas is buying a minority share in their brewery for similar reasons. Both Lincoln and Scott Newman-Bale of Short’s said nearly the same thing about their new financial associates: “They are a partner that will leave us alone and let us be us.”

Per Lincoln, “This is how we grow, fight, and compete, and eventually – grow.”

Throughout the rest of 2017, Brooklyn, 21st Amendment, and Funkwerks will be hard at work creating a national sales platform, slated to go live in January 2018. The idea of sharing brewing operations (ex. 21A brewing at Brooklyn) has been thrown out there, but no immediate plans to do so.

The equity percentages or value of Brooklyn’s financial investment were not disclosed.

Posted in Beer News, Duclaw Brewing

DuClaw Brewing seeks investor or buyer

Rosedale, Maryland based DuClaw Brewing is seeking an investor or new owner. The brewery recently hired Equity Partners to assist with the search.

Dave Benfield, a Maryland native, founded the brewery as a brewpub in 1996. Since then, the brewery has expanded into a full production facility and distributes in 13 states.

It is important to note that this sale or investment opportunity is to help manage and assist the strategic growth of the brewery.

Questions to DuClaw Brewing were not immedately returned.


Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This

Dogfish Head among the first breweries to adopt “Indie” seal

Delaware based Dogfish Head will be among the first breweries in the U.S. to adopt the “Independent Craft” seal on their packaging.

Today, the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group operating in the interests of small and independent craft breweries, announced a licensed “seal” designating a brewer’s independent status. If a brewery meets the BA’s definition of craft, they can obtain a free license to place on their packaged products.

Among the first will be Dogfish Head. The brewery’s founder Sam Calagione made a statement on the company’s website today, applauding the Brewers Association’s efforts.

Today, I’m happy to announce that as a proud, independent brewery ourselves, Dogfish Head is joining the Brewer’s Association in this effort. I am hopeful there will be thousands of other craft breweries from across the country that will join us in this effort to make it easy for consumers to know which beers are brewed by an independent craft brewer. We think this is important because the identity and integrity of the craft brewing community have come under attack in recent months and years as certain global brewing conglomerates attempt to influence and blur the lines between their brands and those that continue to deliver innovation, imagination and community investment here in America. – Sam Calagione

The seal is a response to decreased transparency in ownership by some of America’s breweries, brought on by brewery acquisitions by major companies like Anheuser-Busch.

Expect Dogfish Head’s packaging to reflect the new seal in the coming months.

Posted in Beer News

Chicago’s Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery to close

This might be a blip on the radar for some. Chicago’s Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery will close at the end of the month.

June 30th will end a 3-year stint at 724 W. Maxwell St.

While the location will close by the end of the month, the beer will live on; brewed at Moxee’s sister location, Prairie Moon in Evanston. The owners also operate Wheatberry Tavern in Buchanan, Michigan.

The full Facebook post can be found below.

After three years of smokin’ and brewin’ on Maxwell Street, Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery is closing on June 30.

Mad Mouse beer is going to continue to be brewed and available at our Evanston restaurant, Prairie Moon.

There are so many fantastic people we’ve met in the past three years and we truly thank you for your support and business. We will miss seeing you. To our regulars (you know who you are), many of whom would come more than once per day, we simply can’t thank you enough for making us a part of your lives. Your friendship has made our time on Maxwell Street very special.

From the time we opened we have had had an amazing staff. Dedicated, thoughtful, and caring people who we are very fortunate to know. Thank you!

You can come see us at our other two restaurants, Wheatberry Tavern in Buchanan, Michigan, and Prairie Moon in Evanston. We also have other irons in the fire so you can expect to hear some updates in the coming months.

Posted in Beer News, Headlines

The Funk Collective stands instead of Wicked’s Invitational

Shortly after Wicked Weed Brewing’s sale to Anheuser-Busch, a number of breweries immediately backed out of their Funkatorium Invitational.

Not long after, Beer Street Journal got wind of a “counter festival” with the ex-pats from the Invitational to rise in place. Ultimately- the brewers that were previously involved in the festival still wanted to have a funk-ing good wild and sour ale party this summer. Just not with Wicked Weed and and their new ABI friends.

Here are the details we’ve been sitting on. The new festival is called “The Funk Collective” and will take place at Birds Fly South in Greenville, South Carolina with Revelry Brewing and city based badasses, The Community Tap.  Full details are found below.

All profits will still benefit the Eblen-Kimmel Charity of Asheville.

See you there.

Full Details:

The Funk Collective: A Gathering of Independent Breweries

July 8, 2017

Hosted by Birds Fly South Ale Project, Greenville, SC. Sponsored by Revelry Brewing Co., The Community Tap, and Birds Fly South Ale Project

25+ Breweries from around the country (list will be released on Thursday, 5/25)

All breweries invited have a dedication to the art of making funky & sour beer

Tickets on sale Friday, 5/26. Special VIP experience will be available for limited ticket holders, more info TBD

Posted in Beer News domain surfaces

This Wicked Weed/Anheuser Busch acquisition has a lot of beer fans across the U.S. feeling pretty hurt. The social media comments have been pretty brutal. Responses from breweries that have collaborated with Wicked Weed in the past, just as harsh.

Today, previous employee and Asheville resident that goes by the name Jed S. Holmes, published an open letter to the brewery on the domain

In the letter, he recalls the four solid years he put in at the Asheville brewery, the increasing corporate feel of the brewery, and a bit of the hypocrisy he sees in the sale.

In 2013 I sat in beer class put on by Wicked Weed that taught me about the inevitable decline of microbreweries purchased by macro-beer. YOU taught me this lesson and you know exactly where your brand is headed.

It is very interesting how many people have to “go on record” that they aren’t happy with the acquisition. Perhaps this is just another step to healing.