Posted in 2011, Surly Brewing

Darkness Day 2011 Announced!

Get ready to fight off the masses to get your hands on some 2011 Surly Darkness!  Darkness Day will be Saturday, October 22nd from 11am – 5pm at Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center, MN.  1200 wristbands to purchase Darkness will be handed out prior to 11am.  Each person with a wristband will be permitted to purchase up to six 750ml bottles for $18 each.

Food and beer will be available.  12oz pours will be available for $4/each.  Everyone will be ID’d, must be 21 to purchase all beer.  CASH ONLY.  ATM’s will be available.

There will also be live bands on stage and Surly Brewing Co. & Surly Darkness merchandise will be for sale.

Darkness will hit stores starting 10/31.

Posted in 2011, Beer News

New England Patriots Struggle Against The Bills AND Miller Lite

MillerCoors is filing a lawsuit with the New England Patriots claiming that they withdrew from a signed agreement to be an exclusive sponsor of the team from 2012 – 2019 to go with a better deal with Anhueser Busch / InBevMillerCoors was a shared sponsorship partner with the Patriots for the last 10 years and was in negotiations to become the team’s exclusive partner when the NFL team backed out of the deal.

A complaint is rumored to have been filed in the Massachusetts state court to uphold their agreement.  Patriots lawyers have stated that they do not have knowledge of an official complaint being filed.  The current deal expires in February of 2012. [BusinessWeek]

Posted in 2011, Brewdog

£1.5 million invested in Equity for Punks

BrewDog announced on Friday that they have sold over £1.5 million in Equity for Punks II and added over 3,500 new shareholders.

Want to be a shareholder in BrewDog?  You still can!  They will be selling shares until 2011 comes to a close or they hit their goal of £2.2million… whichever comes first.  There is also good news for those of us that are international.

You can now purchase these shares online with a debit or credit card at  www.brewdog.com/equityforpunks

Posted in 2011, New Belgium

New Belgium in Asheville?

The Asheville City Council confirmed today that it has been in talks with New Belgium about an East Coast Brewery location.  New Belgium is seeking tax breaks for the new establishment and it is not clear whether or not they will be given at this time.  It is rumored that there could be a $2-$3 million tax break in exchange for bringing approximately 30 jobs to the city of Asheville.

It is also rumored that not all small breweries in Asheville are in favor of this possible New Belgium facility for fear that it would destroy their small town beer scene and hurt their economy.  Oscar Wong of Highland Brewing stated that he was not against them entering Asheville and does not think it would hurt the economy, however he does not feel that the incentives are necessary.


Posted in 2011, New Breweries, Wit's End Brewing Company

Nano Is The New Micro. Check Out Wit’s End Brewing

What better time to open a brewery in Denver, CO than two days before the Great American Beer Festival right?  Well that’s exactly what Scott Witsoe thinks as he is opening the doors of his new nanobrewery, Wit’s End Brewing, on September 26, 2011.  Scott and wife Heather relocated to Denver from Seattle in 2000.  Scott, upon attending GABF for the first time decided that Denver was home and it was time to live the dream.

Scott wants to start out small, hence the nanobrewery.  According to Wit’s End, it’s not about the size of the equipment, it’s how you use it right?!  The brew one barrel batches at a time and these will be hand distributed to a small number of stores, bars, and restuarants in the area.

Added GABF bonus?  They will be a stop on the Denver Brews Cruise that will run Monday – Friday 12noon until 5pm during the festival.

There will be 4 beers in their initial line up for the first week or so of business:  Jean-Claude Van Blond, Super FL i.p.a., Green Man Ale, and Kitchen Sink Porter.

Posted in 2011, Victory Brewing Company

A New Twist On Pumpkin Beer, Inspired by Victory

The pumpkin beers have started to arrive on shelves so that can only mean one thing, it’s almost pumpkin carving time!  While they do not recommend drinking and carving, Victory Brewing Co. is hosting their second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest – Inspired by Victory.  So grab a Festbier or two (but be careful with those knives!) and get the creative juices flowing.

The Details:

When you have completed your pumpkin carving email a photo to [email protected] along with your name, age, phone number, and mailing address by Wednesday, October 12th.  Entries will be posted online by October 14th and commenting will commence until October 21st when the judges will select a winner.  The winner recieves $50 and a great Victory prize pack and will be announced on October 31st!

The Rules:

1.) The pumpkin must feature a victory logo, image, character, etc.

2.) If you tweet/facebook a picture of your magnificent creation, tag Victory.

3.) If you email a picture of your pumpkin to Victory, you have given them the right to do whatever they please with that photo, forever.

4.) Carve your pumpkin, don’t paint it!

5.) Victory is not responisble for injuries incurred while carving and/or drinking and carving.

6.) No beer filled pumpkins and no puking pumpkins… c’mon you can do better than that!



Posted in 2011

Stone 15th Raises $204k

Stone reported today that the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival raised a record $204,000 for charities including The Surfrider Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, Palomar Family YMCA and Fight ALD.