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    BREWS & NEWS 6 May 2013

    There is still time!


    The third annual Madison Craft Beer Week hosts more than 100 events celebrating craft beer in and around Madison, Wisconsin.

    Madison Craft Beer Week runs from Friday May 3 through Sunday May 12, 2013 and features a wide variety of events highlighting Dane County’s vibrant craft beer culture. MCBW 2013 will feature beer dinners, festivals, rare bottle tastings, cheese pairings, brewery tours, classes, movies, Friday Fish Fries, and more – there is truly something for everyone, from novice to connoisseur.

    Madison Craft Beer Week promotes Madison’s thriving craft beer culture, enhancing beer knowledge and appreciation, by sponsoring a ten-day (two weekend) countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for the Madison area’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community.

    Learn more @ the official event website

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    American Craft Beer Week Puts Craft Beer on the Map

    American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), which runs from May 13-19, is helping to put craft beer on the map – literally., the consumer-facing website of the Brewers Association, released the below graphic compiled of logos from breweries in every U.S. state. The tagline “No Red States or Blue States, Only Brew States” is a nod to the collaborative, unified nature of America’s craft brewing community.

    We hope you’ll consider sharing this image with your audience. A hi-res version is available at


    Great Lakes and Deschutes Imperial Smoked Porter Collaboration 

    01 May 2013Bend, Oregon/Cleveland, Ohio – Deschutes Brewery and Great Lakes Brewing Company, both founded in 1988, have come together to create an imperial smoked porter to celebrate their shared silver anniversary. This beer is the second in Deschutes Brewery’s Class of ‘88 collaboration series, which celebrates the anniversary of craft breweries around the country that were founded in 1988. This new beer was created to build on a history of great porters from both breweries: Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter out of Cleveland, Ohio and Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter out of Bend, Oregon.



    Narragansett Rolls Out Summer Ale


     May 1, 2013; Providence, R.I. – “Narragansett Beer celebrates the return of summer with its seasonal craft brew, Summer Ale. Available in the classic 16 oz. Tallboys, this year Narragansett also debuts a 12 oz. can.”

    “Narragansett Summer Ale is brewed at North American Brewery in Rochester, N.Y. This session ale features two-row pale malt and Citra hops. Golden blonde in color, its pour produces a generous white head and balanced carbonation. Summer Ale is 4.2 percent Alcohol by Volume and 24 IBUs.”  

    “Summer Ale is available at leading package stores, bars, and restaurants on draught and in 16 oz. Tallboy cans in New England, Eastern Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, and Florida. The new 12 oz. cans will be available in New England, New York and New Jersey. For more information, visit:  “



    Bud Light launches “MUSIC FIRST”

    ST. LOUIS, May 1, 2013 – This summer, Bud Light Partners with Live Nation, Myspace and Universal Music Group on First-of-its-Kind Program. The artist Lineup Features Kendrick Lamar, Sublime with Rome, Alex Clare and The Flaming Lips. Bud Light Music First will culminate on Thursday, Aug. 1, with “50/50/1,” a never-before-seen live music event that will see Bud Light present one concert in each of the 50 states on a single day.  

    Fans can become part of the Music First experience by downloading the Bud Light Music First app, which is now available through the Apple and Android app stores. The app will be music fans’ primary destination to score Bud Light Music First prizes, including Monster DNA Headphones, Live Nation® Concert Cash®, Universal Music Group (UMG) music downloads and 50/50/1 concert tickets throughout the summer.

    Bud Light has also partnered with Myspace to build an interactive home for the Music First program. The Bud Light Music First Myspace hub, located at, offers fans a single destination on the newly redesigned platform where they can receive updates on concerts, connect and listen to 50/50/1 artists and download the Bud Light app via iOS and Android mobile devices for a chance to win tickets to shows in their town or redeem prizing directly from their desktop computers.  

    Bud Light Music First’s finale, 50/50/1, will feature an eclectic lineup of artists from around the globe. Bud Light unveiled the first 26 50/50/1 artists today, including Kendrick Lamar, Sublime with Rome, Alex Clare and The Flaming Lips.  The 50/50/1 concert series was created in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment.


    Bud Light 50/50/1 concerts will be held on August 1 in the following markets: Birmingham, Ala., Anchorage, Alaska; Phoenix, Ariz.; Little Rock, Ark.; Los Angeles, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Hartford, Conn.; Wilmington, Del.; Miami, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Boise, Idaho; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Iowa City, Iowa; Lawrence, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans, La.; Portland, ME; Silver Springs, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Biloxi, Miss.; St. Louis, Mo.; Missoula, Mont.; Lincoln, Neb.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Portsmouth, N.H.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Albuquerque, N.M.; New York City, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Fargo, N.D.; Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Columbia, S.C.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Nashville, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Burlington, Vt.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Seattle, Wash.; Charleston, W. Va.; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

    To stay up to date on the latest Bud Light Music First announcements, visit the Bud Light Facebook page at or the Bud Light Music First Myspace hub at

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    Brews News Saturday 27 April 2013

    Madison Craft Beer Week – May 3-12, 2013

    Madison Craft Beer Week runs from Friday May 3 through Sunday May 12, 2013 and features a wide variety of events highlighting Dane County’s vibrant craft beer culture. The third annual Madison Craft Beer Week hosts more than 100 events celebrating craft beer in and around Madison, Wisconsin.

    The 2013 Madison Craft Beer Week builds on a highly successful second year, which saw thousands of craft beer lovers enjoy more than 150 events at more than 60 venues.

    Learn more @ the official event website

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    Or contact Bill Rogers: (608) 204-6258


    American Craft Beer Week® 2013

    Boulder, COApril 25, 2013—From May 13-19, craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike will come together for the eighth annual celebration of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW). With the tagline “Big Week, Small Breweries,” ACBW is an opportunity to toast the more than 2,400 small and independent American craft brewers who continue to make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing destination. Once again, ACBW celebrations are expected to be held across all 50 states.

    “The popularity of American Craft Beer Week is indicative of the craft beer renaissance that continues to captivate the U.S.,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “This week is about uniting for a common cause: support and celebration of our nation’s small and independent brewers and the millions of beer lovers who have helped evolve an industry and put the U.S. on the brewing map.”

    New for 2013 is the American Craft Beer Week Coast to Coast Toast. For the first time ever, ACBW will be commemorated by a simultaneous toast. At 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 16, small brewers and craft beer lovers nationwide will raise a glass of their favorite craft brewed beer to toast ACBW and the delicious beer that it celebrates. To find a toast location near you, visit the official American Craft Beer Week events page, hosted by

    Untappd, the mobile-based social network that connects breweries with craft beer lovers, is also offering an American Craft Beer Week Badge for users who check-in during ACBW events.

    Additionally, craft beer fans from across the country can sign the American Craft Beer Week Manifesto, pledging their support to craft beer and their love for “the artisans who approach their craft with originality, dedication and passion.” From tap takeovers and tasting tours to food pairings and festivals, ACBW will be celebrated in many ways across the U.S. To find a local celebration, event or promotion, visit the above-mentioned ACBW events page.  A selection of scheduled 2013 celebrations includes:

    American Craft Beer Week National Toast

    Coast to Coast Toast to Craft Beer w/Stone Brewing Co.; Westerly, RI

    ACBW Coast to Coast Toast at Iron Horse Taproom; Washington, D.C.

    American Craft Beer Week Toast at Howells & Hood; Chicago, IL
    Coast to Coast Toast to Boulder’s Craft Beer Phenomenon; Boulder, CO

    Craft Breweries

    Gritty McDuff’s Brewpub 25th Anniversary Celebration; Portland, ME

    Mayflower Brewing Company 4th Annual Open House; Plymouth, MA

    Anaheim Brewery Founder’s Day; Anaheim, CA

    5th Annual Short’s to Short’s Paddle; Bellaire, MI

    Meet the Brewers of the San Francisco Brewers Guild; San Francisco, CA

    Rahr & Sons Summertime Wheat Glass Night; Dallas, TX
    Right Brain Brewery - ACBW Firkin’ Friday; Traverse City, MI

    Craft Beer Festivals
    3rd Annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival; Scottsdale, AZ

    HopFest Kansas City 2013; Kansas City, MO

    Brewers Association of MD "Maryland Craft Beer Festival"; Frederick, MD

    2013 Wort Transformation Awards Ceremony; Papillion, NE

    Third Annual Brews with Attitude Craft Beer Festival; Tampa, FL
    Third EVER Mother’s Day Festival; Springfield, MO
    Wheatstock; Lincoln Park, MI

    Food and Beer Events
    American Craft Beer Week – Spokane Style!; Spokane, WA

    4 Course Dinner and Pairing Featuring Uinta Brewing Co.; Salt Lake City, UT
    Elevation Beer Co. - Chef vs. Chef; Louisville, CO
    Knee Deep Beer Dinner at 775 Gastropub; Reno, NV

    Beer & Cheese Tasting with Teton Valley Creamery and 460 Bread; Victor, ID

    Craft Beer Tastings and Tours
    Brewery Rickoli American Craft Beer Week Releases; Wheat Ridge, CO
    Crow Peak Night at the Ale House; Rapid City, SD
    Old Chicago Tap Takeover featuring Odell Brewing Co.; All Colorado Locations
    Roughtail Oaked Imperial Black Rye Ale Release at Tapwerks; Oklahoma City, OK
    Shmaltz Brewing Media Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; Clifton Park, NY

    Portsmouth Brewery – Brewing with Botanicals; Portsmouth, NH

    State and Regional Beer Weeks Also Happening During ACBW
    Chicago Craft Beer Week

    Frederick Beer Week (MD)
    Lexington Craft Beer Week (KY)

    Long Island Craft Beer Week

    San Antonio Beer Week

    Santa Ynez Valley Beer Month (CA)

    Seattle Beer Week

    Session Beer Month

    Find an expanded list of U.S. beer weeks and join the conversation on Twitter with #ACBW.

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    Starr Hill Brewery Introduces Grateful Pale Ale

    Charlottsville, Va. (April 25, 2013):  Starr Hill Brewery, introduces Grateful is a medium-bodied session pale ale brewed with two-row and caramel malt.  The beer is also brewed and dry hopped with a mix of Topaz, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops which produces a huge citrusy, piney hop aroma and flavor, but the beer is refreshing and easy to drink.

    Grateful Pale Ale will be available at retail beginning May 1 in six-packs (12-ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and ½ barrels).  The beer is 4.7 percent alcohol by volume, 26 IBUs and will be priced at parity to other Starr Hill brands.  Grateful Pale Ale is currently available in Starr Hill’s summer variety pack (12-pack) called The Life.  The Life contains three bottles each of Grateful Pale Ale, Northern Lights India Pale Ale, Starr Pils Lager and The Love (wheat beer).

    Grateful Pale Ale will be available through July.  It will then be replaced by Boxcar Pumpkin Porter, Starr Hill’s fall seasonal beer.

    Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan.  The company brews more than 20 brands of beer representing a variety of beer styles.  Starr Hill brands are distributed in Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, South Carolina, New Jersey and Delaware.