April 11, 2014 marked the first day that craft beer was offered at the innovative, critically acclaimed, six times selected by Pollstar as the “Festival of the Year”, known none other than the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. America’s largest music festival is defined by its diversity and jaw-dropping lineup of musical genres.
Nic Adler of L.A. Vegan Beer Fest and The Roxy, was recruited to develop a tantalizing, foodie paradise within the festival foregrounds. Adler enlisted friend and craft beer advocate, Tony Yanow, (of Golden Road and Tony’s Darts Away) to help assemble the festival’s craft beer list. With approximately 130 beers on tap, many hailing from the Golden State, it proved brews and tunes make perfect music together.
(Eugene, OR) – Following the release of its gold medal-winning Pravda Bohemian-Style Pilsner, Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the release of Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager available throughout all of its distribution areas, May through August.
A region formerly best known for old-school martinis continues to expand its craft-beer prowess—and a brewery that’s not even a year old is, in many ways, leading the way by offering small-batch offerings, tap-room special releases and seasonal farm-to-glass brews.
The 4th annual the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ will be held March 21-23, 2014. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.
Boulder, CO – Break out your banjo and your overalls and get ready to stock your cellar because Uncle Jacob’s Stout is coming back on February 9th. It will be the third release of the highly coveted and critically acclaimed Uncle Jacob’s Stout. The second member of Avery’s Annual Barrel Series, it is a 14.83% ABV stout aged in first-use Bourbon barrels for six months.
Located about 45 miles west of Palm Springs, lies the brewery that has taken off and plans to reach new heights in 2014.
Hangar 24 has an undeniable charm. Perhaps it’s the fields of oranges you pass on your way there; maybe it’s due to the old-school feel of the converted Norton Air Force Base building this Redlands brewery occupies. At the end of a dusty road, with the San Bernardino Mountains serving as a backdrop, the brewery and its large patio is often occupied by a slew of locals enjoying Hangar’s beers. Even if you’re not an aviation geek, it’s is unequivocally cool to watch small airplanes take off and land at the nearby Redlands airport.
On this day in 1935 canned beer made its debut. While the brew back then left little to be desired by today’s craft standards, an ever-growing selection of delicious suds now come in cans.
Today, celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day!
So, why should we appreciate canned beer?
- Convenience. Love the outdoorsy lifestyle? Love fishing or hiking? What about music festivals? Canned beer is simply more travel friendly and convenient.
- It’s cheaper to produce.
- Better quality. Yep, some people still don’t believe it, but beer can taste better because cans don’t let the light in. Light and oxygen are the enemies of great tasting beer. And aluminum can provides 100% protection from harmful UV rays. The sealed lid prevents any oxygen from penetrating the beer inside the can. Recent technology has made even more improvements: can linings are now water-based instead of solvent-based. This lining insulates the beer from the can’s interior surface so you’ll never taste the can.
- Better for the environment. Over 60% of your beer can is made from recycled content. Cans also require less energy to cool down. Less packaging means packing more beer in less space, which reduces a brewery’s carbon footprint. Aluminum cans is easily recyclable. And that will always be cool.
Who’s got great cans? Here are just several ~
- 21st Amendment Brewery: Back in Black Black IPA, Brew Free! Or Die IPA, Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale or lower the boom with Lower De Boom, coming in at 11.5%. You read that right. 11.5% ABV.
- Abita Brewing Company: Their Amber, Purple Haze and Jockamo IPA all come in cans.
- Alchemist: Heady Topper Double IPA–#1 rated beer in the world on Beer Advocate.
- Anderson Valley Brewing Company: Hop Ottin and Summer Solstice
- Ballast Point Brewing Company: Sculpin IPA. Hop heads rejoice, the complex West Coast IPA is now available to take to Blacks Beach or Mission Bay.
- Brooklyn Brewery: 16 oz. Brooklyn Lager
- Cigar City Brewing: Jai Alai IPA is full of citrus and tropical flavors perfect for a day at the beach…or hiking…or fishing.
- Founders: All Day IPA is a perfect, light American IPA with notes of grapefruit and pine.
- Golden Road: solely committed to canning since their opening in 2011.
- Good Life Brewing: Sweet As! Pacific Ale
- Hangar 24: Orange Wheat, Pale Ale
- Harpoon Brewery: Harpoon IPA
- Madtree Brewing Co.: Ohio’s first canned craft beer came out with Psychopathy IPA, 6.9%
- Maui Brewing Co.: Big Swell IPA – of course the surf state would embrace cans! Did you have any doubt?
- Mission Brewery: Shipwrecked Double IPA comes in 32 oz. cans and is a whopping 9.25% ABV. Fuck yes.
- New Belgium Brewing Company: Fort Collins’ flagship beer is in cans
- Oskar Blues: Dale’s Pale Ale put craft cans on the map. Try their Scotch Ale or their amazing Ten Fidy Imperial Stout for those chilly nights camping.
- Pabst Blue Ribbon. It’s awesome and cheap and they’re available almost everywhere.
- Piney River Brewing Co.: Float Trip Ale, Missouri Mule IPA - each of their beer cans says, “Pack it in. Pack it out. Enjoy nature.”
- Samual Adams: Boston Lager (my gateway beer of years ago & granddaddy of craft beer) is finally available in cans.
- Sierra Nevada: The 33 year old craft brewery started canning their Pale Ale in 2012. Also enjoy their Summerfest and Torpedo for easy travel.
- Sixpoint Brewery: At 10% ABV, 3BEANS is is a Baltic Porter and the biggest beer the brewery has ever canned. Romano beans are included in the mash, Cacao beans from Mast Brothers Chocolate are the second of the triumvirate. It’s then infused with fresh Stumptown Coffee Roasters cold brew, and then aged on oak.
- Ska Brewing: Ska even has a series of seasonal canned stouts. Vernal Minthe Stout is the third in the series, brewed with spearmint, peppermint, vanilla beans and coco nibs. Autumnal Mole Stout is brewed with spices and three kinds of chile peppers. Also pick up their Modus Hoperandi, a world-class American IPA.
- Surly Brewing Co.: CynicAle 16 oz. is just one of their beers you can get in cans. Also enjoy Wet, the first canned beer made with fresh hops all picked in Washington.
- Wynkoop Brewing Company: You can even get Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout in cans from the Colorado brewery. Each batch is made with 25lbs of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles. Mmmm..
According to Business Insider, as of 2012, cans constituted 53.2% of the beer market while bottles had a 36.5% share. CraftCans.com states there are more than 150 craft brewers currently put their beer in cans.
Bottom line, cans go where bottles can’t. Welcome to the craft canned revolution.
Its blend of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol yielded chicory and some vanilla on the nose. New World Porter is not your typical dark beer, as it’s dry hopped. Citric hops are evident and impart a slightly bitter bite, while splinters of woodiness, chocolate and coffee provide for an even balance.
It poured an obsidian black. The Abyss is aged in bourbon whiskey barrels and brewed with licorice and molasses. This 11% beer had barrel character, but it was never overpowering. Sweet and dark chocolate malts start of the sip, while the finish brings out the bourbon vanilla and coffee.
Light nuances of oak and vanilla and a kiss of bourbon gave it great complexity. It’s definitely on par with a fine dark rum or bourbon as a mature sipper.
Thick and viscous, it definitely lives up to its reputation.
The 6th Annual New York City Beer Week will bring together all 15 NYC craft breweries, nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 100 venues with more than 300 events, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants. The 10 day celebration will commence with the Opening Night Bash at the historic Vanderbilt Hall (Grand Central Station) on February 21st. On January 23, 2014, join the Brewers Guild for an exclusive Happy Hour for members of the press at Heartland Brewery (Empire State Building), where they will announce the craft beer line-up.