Hot Topics In Craft Beer Brewing – October 2019

Tony Hawk Adds Another Title to His Name: Craft Beer Brewer

Tony Hawk, skateboarding legend and icon to thousands of skateboarders has made a deal with Black Plague Brewing to craft Tony Hawps IPA called “Tony Hawps Birdhouse IPA”. Brewed with Centennial Row, Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and White Wheat hops, it has an ABV of 6.5 percent and an IBU of 15.  In an Instagram post, Tony sums it all up nicely: “Never imagined I’d get to help ‘design’ a new beer, but my life keeps taking unexpected – and delightful – turns”. The Tony Hawps made it’s debut on July 20, 2019, and can be purchased at the Black Plague tap room and select outlets in Southern California. The beer is savory and the design on the can is sharp and fearless.  

The Haunted Beer Mansion Only in Portland

If the adult in you crave delicious craft beer, and the child in you wishes to celebrate the spookiest time of the year, then why not merge the two at Portland’s Haunted Beer Mansion, held at the Jupiter Hotel. Held for one day only, on October 19, you can grab a quick taste of up to 30 unique and delectable craft brews.  Besides the beer, you can enjoy the Zombie Brunch Lair, Brunch and Taproom, and cap it all off with the Dead Dance Party. Entertainment is provided by the Ragin’ Vampire Band and DJ Pennywise. Come dressed to kill, and celebrate Halloween with good food, and good people!

Happy Halloween, Georgia’s Largest Brewery is Haunted!

Welcome to the Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia. If you’re a fan of The Ghost Hunter or Ghost Adventures TV show, then it’s a good bet that you’ve seen the story of this most haunted of breweries. In fact, the brewery offers fortunate visitors a tour of the place, especially the second floor and basement while they enjoy some of the best craft beer available in the U.S. For more information regarding both the brewery and its ghost tours, check out their page here. 

Beer and Yoga? Get Fit While Enjoying a Good Brew

Yoga has been around for centuries, but it’s only recently that Yoga enthusiasts have begun to add beer to their sessions. But it’s not after the session, it’s during the session. That’s right, with beer Yoga, you drink your beer while you’re exercising. Even the Yoga moves have beer themed names, such as: Cup holder pose, slurp pose, extended swig-angle pose, hold my drink pose, and a host of others. So if you’re looking for something new to try, or an exercise plan that you’d actually enjoy participating in, do a search for beer yoga classes, and you may find some located near you.

Scary Brews to Savor This Halloween Season

Did you know that many of the best craft breweries in the U.S. make special Halloween themed brews? Well, they do, and all that’s needed is to do a web search for the best Halloween beer or visit sites like Rate Beer and browse their vast selection of rated Halloween beers. If you’re expecting to see a long list of pumpkin pie spice brews, we’ve got good news for you. Halloween beers come in a large variety of beer styles, from ales to stouts.  To help get you started, here are some of the best Halloween beers and their breweries:

  • Halloween Ale from Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
  • Happy Halloween from Taler’s Brewing Company
  • Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
  • Dark Penance from Founders Brewing Company

Texas Beer Company Critiqued for Naming Beer After Nuclear Test Site

Developed by the Manhattan Project Beer Company, their newest brew, named Bikini Atoll is garnering some severe criticism. Bikini Atoll is a string of 23 islands, which were used for nuclear testing from 1946 to 1958. The residents who were relocated to Rongerik Atoll eventually starved due to lack of food, then moved to Kwajalein Atoll and finally to Kili Island.  Add to that, the name of the parent company: Manhattan Project, which refers to the development of nuclear weapons, and you have a good deal of angry people.  Not many people, it seems, are happy with a beer or beer company that represents human tragedy. However, according to a company spokesperson, this is not their intent:

“Throughout brand and naming, we are creating awareness of the wider impacts and implications of the United States’ nuclear research programmes and the pivotal moment in world history that is often forgotten.”

Local Craft Brewers are Getting More Than Their Share of Loyal Followers

According to a report from the Motley Fool, craft been is on the upswing in 2019 with a 4 percent increase. In fact, it is the microbrewery that is the driving force behind the growth of the beer industry, as a whole.  This bodes well for beer lovers as commercial breweries, such as Pabst and Anheuser-Busch,  have stood up to take notice, and are in the process of creating new and different, high quality beverages in order to compete, as well as purchasing local microbreweries that appeal to them.

Beer Brewed with Electrolytes? Does it Really Do a Body Good?

Marketed specifically to exercise enthusiasts, beers brewed with electrolytes contain potassium, sodium, and calcium. These electrolytes are geared towards refreshing the post-workout body. These beers have a lower than normal alcohol count of 2 to 3 percent by volume, along with the electrolytes. While these pros sound peach, there is still a major con: Alcohol dehydrates the body. Alcohol does not boost performance. So, in the end, these beers may be a great way to relax after an afternoon mowing the lawn, or a day at the ballpark, but it’s far from the best choice when it comes to benefiting the athlete as a nutritional option. Even beer with 2 to 3 percent alcohol by volume, can make you tipsy enough to stumble during a run, or drop a weight at the gym.

Rosé  Beer? The Next Best Thing?

If you haven’t heard of rosé beer, then you’re not the only one. This newfound favorite among beer lovers is made from up to 49 percent fermented grapes, which makes it a beer/wine hybrid. While this beverage hybrid has been around for a while now, it’s when rosé  wine became popular with the people, that breweries took notice, and began crafting their own brews. Known as a summer favorite, it’s rosé beers light, fruity flavor, and scarlet to pink color that lends it to backyard grilling.

Beer Recall Due to Risk of Explosion

Lakefront Brewery, a Milwaukee Wisconsin brewery, announced that bottles of their beer, “My Turn”, to either dispose of the bottle with care, or place them in the fridge. According to sources, it appears that the wild yeast used in the fermentation process is not quite done, and may continue the fermentation process after bottled and sold. The gases produced by the yeast will build up, and an explosion can occur. While the beer itself is fine to drink, you should still try to dispose of it.

Well-Being Coffee Cream Stout, a Delicious Non-Alcoholic Beer

Non-alcoholic beer is a niche in the craft beer industry, to be sure, but that niche is quickly gaining ground with fans. There’s a good reason for this, as non-alcoholic beer lets you enjoy the taste of beer, without any of the tipsy after effects, untoward drug interactions or health issues. In fact, Anheuser-Busch forecasts that NA beer sales will increase from 8 percent to 20 percent by 2025. One of the best non-alcoholic, or NA, beers on the market today comes out of the WellBeing Brewery. Beer lovers, check this out: Because they are non-alcoholic, they have no shipping restrictions, and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S., so you can order NA beers to your heart’s content from any brewery in the U.S., if you don’t have them at your local corner store.

What Happens When You Brew a 9000 Year Old Beer Recipe?

Food historian Tasha Marks teamed up with beer expert Susan Boyle and professional brewer Michaela Charles to recreate a beer from a 9000 year old recipe dating back to the era of the Pharaohs. In order to create a beer as close to its original form as possible, they used ancient methods as well as clay vessels. The resulting batches are reported to be reminiscent to the beer consumed by the populace of ancient egypt during the time of the pyramids. According to Marks, “I expected a thick, tasteless gruel-like mixture that was mildly alcoholic…but to all of our surprise, it didn’t just work, but it was absolutely delicious.”

Hard Seltzer? Why Craft Breweries are Introducing it to their Customers

While craft beer is still bringing in the dough, 2019 did see a bit of a slowdown in overall profits. As such, many breweries are diversifying and beginning to brew hard seltzers. Hard seltzers are similar to the seltzer’s offered by soft drink companies like Canfields, but with a bit of a kick. Hard seltzers are different in that they contain alcohol. Industry experts see a possible $1 billion in sales for the upcoming year. At the time of this writing, hard seltzer’s like Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water are selling like hot cakes, with a growth rate that sees no sign of slowing soon.

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