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    NEWS & BREWS 2 October ‘13

    Govt. Shutdown to Impact Beer Institute Data Reporting

    Unfortunately, while the U.S. government is shut down, new federal statistical data will not be available. This will impact our ability to issue statistical reports for imports, exports, federal excise taxes, domestic production and any other relevant data published by federal agencies.

    At this time, it is impossible to estimate the length of the shutdown or the time it will take for data to be updated once back online. We will continue to be in touch with our government partners and will resume our data reporting as soon as possible.


    Lester Jones

    Chief Economist

    Beer Institute


    Government shutdown means no new breweries, halts beer label approvals

    Until the government reopens, distilleries, wineries, and breweries won’t be able to receive federal approvals of applications to start a new business or sell a bottle with a new label. That’s because the Treasury Department, which is furloughing 90,000 employees, has had to cut back on the services provided by its Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade



    The Village Voice 3rd Annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival  - 100 + Craft Brews, Beer Talks, Food Court, Cornhole + DJs

    October 12, 2013
    Skylight One Hanson
    1 Hanson Pl #708 Brooklyn, NY
    3pm - 6pm

    Prices: $80 VIP
                 $50 GA

    • Entrance to event
    • Complimentary souvenir tasting glass
    • Access to sampling of 100+ beers and entertainment
    • Food available for additional purchase

    Ticket Link
    Brooklyn Pour features over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond with meet & greets, beer talks, food court and more. Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females and Noun) and Joe Steinhardt (co-founder of Don Giovanni Records and guitarist for Modern Hut) will be DJing all day long.
    Check Facebook for updates



    Celebrate with a pig roast, Oktoberfest style bratwursts, and kick ass beers
    - The Jeffrey Beer Bar & Cafe -

    October 12, 2013
    The Jeffrey Beer Bar & Cafe
    311 E 60th Street NYC

    Price: Free entrance - pay as you go

    Passport Holders - The last piece of the puzzle is in place and the 39th bar is now open.  The Jeffrey is open for business now and on October 12th they will be having their 'Official' opening party.

    Check Facebook for Updates


    New Holland Brewing Tasting Event
    - Alewife NYC -

    October 17, 2013
    Alewife NYC
    5-14 51st Ave Long Island City, NY

    Price: Free entrance - pay as you go

    Join Alewife NYC for a night of talking about and tasting beer from Michigan's New Holland Brewing Company.

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    News & Brews 8 June ‘13

    For those of you in the New York City area…

    There are five beer and food events in June you do not want to miss. 

    SAVOR is next weekend (June 14 & 15) in NYC 

    The event is put together and run by the Brewers Association and held at the Altman Building in Manhattan, it's a great chance to try beers from 76 breweries across our great nation, poured by the faces behind the beers, plus salons to learn more about about craft beer and pairings. 

    More Info:

    Checkout the video to learn more about the event:

    Here is the beer & food menu:

    Ticket link:

    This is not a Get Real Presents event but we will be there on Friday. Follow us on Twitter for #SAVOR updates:



    $25 for all you can eat Oysters & Cheeses 

    Friday June 14 - Sunday, June 16, 2013
    5-14 51st Avenue
    Long Island City, NY


    Friday - Beer only (no tickets needed) 

    Saturday & Sunday Price: $25.00 

    • Entrance to the event Noon to 5 pm 
    • All you can eat Oysters & Cheese 
    • Access to sour beers

    Beer is sold separately at the bar. 
    List of Sours & Lambics available via ticket link:



    - A celebration of farm style beers, wines and foods - 


    June 25, 2013
    6:30-10:00 pm
    Alewife in Long Island City

    We've released a few more $50 early bird tickets.
    Otherwise, tickets are only $60 with the discount code
    Ticket link:
    Ticket includes

    - Entrance to the festival

    - Unlimited tastings of Belgian, Dutch, French & American style Farmhouse craft beers 

    - Unlimited tastings of Farmhouse Style wines

    - Tastings of Farmhouse style foods like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles all perfectly paired with featured wines and beers
    Featured Cheeses, Breads & Charcuterie Courtesy of JarlsbergWoolwich Dairy & NY Handmade Breads including:

    • Jarlsberg - Classic style and new Hickory Smoked
    • Snofrisk - firm
    • Woolwich Dairy - Goat Mozzarella and Goat Cheddar
    • NY Handmade Breads - Fresh Rye and French Breads
    • Prosciutto


    Also NY made Cheeses and Meats from Murray's Cheese 

    *This is a 21 and over event

    Brewery, Wine, & Food menu available at ticket link:

    • Get Real Presents is a Craft Beer-focused company made up of Craft Beer & food advocates that host Beer and food festivals in New York City. 


    Limited Edition Beer & Bourbon Dinner 

    In celebration of National Bourbon Day, 5 Napkin Burger has partnered with The Bronx Brewery & James E. Pepper 1776 Whiskey, the oldest and most legendary American Whiskey brand.   On June 18th guests can meet the brewers, enjoy dinner, and taste limited edition pours including Bronx Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale and James E Pepper 15 year.  


    5 Napkin Burger has NYC's last case of  Bronx Brewery's Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale and 5NB has one of three bottles of the bourbon.   Known for their vast beer and bourbon lists, 5 Napkin is honoring the perfect trio with their first Beer & Bourbon Dinner taking place at the Hell's Kitchen location.  Below is the complete menu and details for the evening:   


    1 Pint: Bourbon Barrel Aged Bronx Pale Ale - LAST case in NYC

    1 Pint: Bronx Pale Ale OR Bronx Summer
    1 Pour: James E Pepper 15 year bourbon - one of three bottles in NYC

    Apps - pimento cheese potato skins with bourbon bacon, and warm Bavarian pretzels
    Choice of Entree - Original 5 Napkin Burger, Avocado–Ranch Burger,Turkey Burger, Burger Salad, Chicken Tacos, Mahi Tacos or Veggie Burger

    Dessert – Homemade Bourbon Pecan Pie


    The evening begins at 7pm with meet the brewers and dinner starts at 7:30.  The cost is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  There are limited seats, so reservations are necessary.  To make reservations, please email:  5 Napkin Burger is located at 630 9th Avenue at 45th Street (  



    180 - Little Italy's haunt for Italian craft beers 

    German biergartens and Irish pubs have long been all the rage in New York, but there’s a new type of craft beer haunt making a splash in New York: Places specializing in Italian beers. There’s La Birreria, Birreria Roma and now, 180

    180 (located at 180 Hester Street in Little Italy) is a hidden wood-burning pizza speakeasy on the second floor of a tenement that keeps its traditional rustic ambiance consistent with Manhattan’s sexy nightlife by serving a variety of Italian Craft Beers—selected to complete the Neapolitan experience—until as late as 4 am on weekends. Those looking to gather friends over brew and chew should pour the pink peppercorn-brewed Almond 22 Pink IPA (bitter herbal characters balanced with notes of sweet malt) and pair it with any number of available antipasti, such as the Piadina Romagnola (arugula-filled flat bread, prosciutto di San Daniele, Parmigiano and extra virgin olive oil). Those on the hunt for even more robust flavors should request the dry-hopped pale lager, Birrifico del Ducato Via Emilia (with floral and herbaceous hop aromas and a golden color) to complement any heavier tomato and basil dish, such as the classic Don Tonino Pizza (artfully cooked in the open kitchen’s 1000 degree wood-burning oven with house-made Mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, basil and spicy capicola). 


    And if you happen to be in Reno in August?

    CANFEST, the Original International Canned Beer Festival, Announces Fifth Annual Event at the Peppermill Resort Hotel

    RENO, Nev. (May 1, 2013)-- Canned beer gets its fifth year in the spotlight with the return of CANFEST, the world’s original international canned beer festival presented by Mammoth Brewing Company, during the height of the Reno/Tahoe summer season.

    CANFEST, co-presented by The Abbi Agency, traditionally a late autumn event, will happen on August 24, 2013 at the Peppermill Resort Hotel’s Tuscany Ballroom.  The 62,000 sq ft event space will play host to dozens of breweries from around the world, a live band, DJ, and a freshly designed VIP area.

    “The Peppermill is creating a VIP experience that’s unlike anything we’ve offered in the past,” said event producer Ty Whitaker. “This is the first year food is included with the VIP ticket price, and we’ll even have some private tasting booths in the VIP area.”

    CANFEST was the first beer festival in the world to feature only canned beer. Beers from every corner of the U.S., including fan favorites such as Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Sun King Brewing Company, Oskar Blues and international offerings from Belgium, England, and Japan are poured directly from the cans. The event celebrates the ever-growing trend of canning beer and the benefits it offers, such as protecting taste, lightening travel loads, and convenient packaging.

    A portion of the event benefits the Reno Bike Project, a non-profit bicycle shop that promotes and educates the community on the importance of bike use.

    Tickets are on sale now online at, CRAFT Wine and Beer, 775 Gastropub restaurant, and the Peppermill Resort Hotel Box Office in Reno. VIP attendees will enjoy the festivities of CANFEST from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., a full dinner buffet, and private beer booths for $60. VIP is limited to 400 attendees. General admission attendees will enjoy the festival from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. and ticket cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. All tickets enjoy unlimited tastings.

    Room packages for the event start at $119.99, and can be booked at

    For more information, please visit

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    Brews & News 24 May ‘13

    Lake Champlain Chocolates and Long Trail Create Limited Edition Chocolate Bar


    Burlington, VT – Chocolate. Beer. Jazz. What happens when you combine all three? The Bebop Hop chocolate bar! To celebrate the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, festival sponsors Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) and Long Trail Brewing Company joined forces to create this limited-edition chocolate bar.  


    The Bebop Hop chocolate bar developed into a hop-infused, deep malty caramel covered in a silky blend of milk and dark chocolate. LCC’s Research and Development Specialist Lauren Deitsch and Long Trail Brewmaster Dave Hartmann explain the process of using Long Trail’s raw ingredients for making beer to create a finished chocolate confection.


    “While touring the LCC factory, we observed the caramelizing process,” says Hartmann. “And I thought it would be interesting to try caramelizing some concentrated malt extract, what we brewers call ‘wort,’ a house-made ingredient used in making our beers.”


    “By boiling down the malt extract into a syrup, we were able to use this as a sweetener in our caramel,” explains Deitsch. “Add in Cascade hops and the result is a chocolate bar with a heady aroma reminiscent of Long Trail beers.  This was a true collaboration and the end product, with flavor notes of citrus fruit, grassy herbs and malted caramel, balanced with a sweet blend of chocolate, is incomparable.”


    All profits from the sale of each bar will benefit the FlynnArts “LCC Youth in Jazz Scholarship,” providing performing arts education for young musicians, as well as the FlynnArts Jazz programs. Priced at $4.00, the Bebop Hop bar is non-alcoholic and will be available for purchase from May 20 to June 9. It can be found at Lake Champlain Chocolates’ retail locations on Church Street and Pine Street in Burlington and on Route 100 in Waterbury Center, online at and at the Long Trail Visitor Center in Bridgewater Corners, VT. The Bebop Hop will also be available at the Flynn Center concessions during the festival.


    – All Profits to Benefit the FlynnArts Lake Champlain Chocolates Youth in Jazz Scholarship – 


    (BeerBasics visited both Long Trail and the LCC offices… the story behind the chocolate will be posted Tuesday 28 May 2013… don’t miss it!)


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    4th Annual Springs Preserve Brews & Blues Festival 

    LAS VEGAS – Advance tickets for the Springs Preserve’s 4th Annual Brews & Blues Festival, headlined by Los Angeles-based guitar slinger Dennis Jones, are available for $35 each at

    Featuring an array of craft beers from local Las Vegas brewers and others from across the country and around the globe, Brews & Blues will be held rain or shine Saturday, June 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Pre-ticketing is recommended to avoid long lines, while admission is limited to the first 2,500 ticket holders – so be sure to purchase your tickets now. Tickets also will be sold at the door on the day of the event for $40 each, if any remain. Each entry includes a sampling mug and unlimited beer and food samples.

    Tickets available at 

    Featured breweries include Great Basin, North Coast, Tommyknocker, Speakeasy, Firestone Walker, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, Big Dog’s, Chicago Brewing Co., Joseph James, Triple 7 Brewpub, Tenaya Creek, Coronado, Sierra Nevada, Innis & Gunn, Asahi, and more.

    In addition to Jones, whose album “My Kind of Blues” showcases his “blues you can rock to,” other musical acts include Twice As Good, Scott Rhiner and the Moanin’ Blacksnakes, and the Diane Kallay Band.

    Advance tickets are available on the festival website and at the Springs Preserve box office, 333 S. Valley View Boulevard in Las Vegas (on Valley View between Alta Drive and U.S. 95).

    The festival is open to guests ages 21 and over only.

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    F.Y.I. –

    Homebrew Transportation Bills Pass Illinois and Missouri Legislatures  

    Bills Allow Homebrewers to Transport Their Brews For Club Meetings, Competitions and Festivals  

    Boulder, CO • May 22, 2013 The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is pleased to announce that the Illinois and Missouri legislatures have passed bills that will allow their states’ homebrewers to transport their brews to share with friends and homebrew club members; to enter homebrew competitions; and for sampling at beer festivals.


    House Bill 630 passed through the Illinois House and Senate without receiving a single vote against it, and is expected to be signed by Governor Pat Quinn. The Missouri legislature passed Senate Bill 121, which included an amendment to the state’s homebrew law, expanding homebrewer rights in the state.


    Once signed by the respective state governors, these bills will permit homebrewers to share their creations with friends, family and neighbors beyond the confines of their homes; enter their brews into competitions; serve their beers at festivals; and get feedback on their beer at homebrew club meetings. These activities were common until they were recently deemed illegal in both states. The Illinois bill will also allow homebrew supply shops to conduct brewing demonstrations and offer samples to customers.


    Illinois and Missouri are home to an estimated 48,000 and 13,000 homebrewers, respectively, who will soon enjoy brewing without the tight restrictions of the previous state alcohol laws.


    In early May, Alabama passed legislation to permit homebrewing, making it the 50th and final state to do so. Now, for the first time since pre-Prohibition days, homebrewing will be legal in every state in America. The hobby of homebrewing has seen exponential growth in recent years, and the AHA estimates that more than one million Americans brew beer or make wine at home at least once a year.



     Get Real Presents "Farmhouse Fest"
    A celebration of farm style beers, wines and foods – 


    June 25, 2013 at Alewife in Long Island City

      6:30 - 10 pm


    Use A French Press to Add Flavor to Your Beer

    You could buy Dogfish Head's Randall, but all you really needs is a French press, some beer, and fresh herbs, spices, or fruit.


    From the Breweries:


    Hops In HE'BREW Hoppy Variety Pack® (May - August 2013)

    Giving new meaning to "adult education," Shmaltz's brand spanking new Hops In HE'BREW Hoppy Variety Pack® will have you memorizing this equation in no time: four hop-centric, 12 ounce beers in one Hoppy Variety Pack equals a very happy hophead. The Hops In HE'BREW Hoppy Variety Pack® is made up of Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale®, Hop Manna IPA®, Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.® and HE'BREW's debut seasonal lager -- David's Slingshot Hoppy Summer Lager®. Variety packs are the spice of the craft beer world and the fourth most popular craft beer "style" in the country; combine the enthusiasm for variety packs with the fervor over hoppy beers and you have a match made in craft beer heaven -- the Hops In HE'BREW Hoppy Variety Pack®. Please note that outside of the Hops In HE'BREW Hoppy Variety Pack®, David's Slingshot® will only be available on draught nationally.

    Scoring a Hop Victory With David's Slingshot Hoppy Summer Lager® (May - August 2013)
    Once upon a time a young shepherd named David defeated the Goliath summer lager market by using his slingshot to fling a cascade, saaz, summit, citra and crystal hop into a smooth, refreshing, seasonal brew. The result: a victorious, sessionable summer sensation with plenty of hoppy goodness, and a bit of rye on the finish. David's hand-crafted slingshot will prove a beer-force to be reckoned with at any summer gathering. Look for HE'BREW's® first lager on draft, or in 12 ounce bottles as part of the Hops In HE'BREW Hoppy Variety Pack® this summer.


    From the WEB:

    York County Heritage Trust Microbrew Festival – June 22nd

    Thu, 23 May, 2013 01:30 PM PDT

    Date/Time: Saturday, June 22nd from 6pm – 10pm Location: Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess Street, York Tickets: $60.00 Admission includes dozens of craft brew tastings, full meal, and live bands all evening.     …

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    What part of beer don’t you understand?

    Thu, 23 May, 2013 05:17 AM PDT

    Ohio’s Fat Head’s Brewery, which makes one of America’s most celebrated India Pale Ales, plans to open a brewpub in Portland, Ore., one of America’s most celebrated beer cities.

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    Beer Man: Newcastle Bombshell is not your typical blonde ale

    Thu, 23 May, 2013 02:20 AM PDT

    Nearly every American craft brewery and brewpub seems to have a blonde ale on its menu, yet one of the best I've had was recently released and is made in Scotland.

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    Crooked Fence Opens Barrelhouse; Rolling in Dough Heads to Boise

    Wed, 22 May, 2013 12:03 AM PDT

    Rolling Dough takes over former La Vie en Rose space. by Tara Morgan Downtown Boise may be up to its Black Butte in craft brews and pub food, but Garden City hasn't hit the tipping point yet. That's why Crooked Fence Brewing is venturing into the brewpub business with a new concept called Crooked Fence...

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