20091230

Colorado town getting another micro-brewery

Alaska once was regarded as the wild frontier of America where the entrepreneurial spirit could thrive. Colin and Shannon Westcott have reversed that trend.

When they moved to Fort Collins, CO, from Anchorage in 2005, they established Hops & Berries, a homebrew shop catering to beer and wine makers. But, that hasn't been enough for them.

Colin, who once was the head brewer at Kettlehouse Brewing Co. in Missoula, MT, is working on another project called the Equinox Brewing Co. It will operate next door to Hops & Berries at 125 Remington Street, with an April 1, 2010, target opening date. There already are several small breweries in the northern Colorado town, but Westcott plans less of a competitive venture than one that will continue to encourage homebrewers by supplying recipes with each beer it serves.

The plan is to serve British-style ales on six taps -- porter, India pale ale, red ale, golden ale and one more style to be decided.

The micro-brewery, which will not offer food, will work initially off a small production system that will brew 8½ barrels -- about 270 gallons -- at a time.

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Cape Cod Beer expands again



As many brewers cut back in the face of an ongoing global economic malaise, Cape Cod Beer keeps growing.

Four new tanks were installled today at the Phinney's Lane facility in Hyannis, MA. The expansion is only natural since the brewery nearly ran out of supply in July and August.

This year, the brewery produced approximately 3,000 barrels -- about 744,000 pints -- of beer. The expansion will increase capacity by 45%, according to owners Todd and beth Marcus.

In the fall of 2006, Heavy tourism areas usually have their own food or drink that people remember year-round and can't wait to have during the next visit.

Cape Cod Beer opened in March 2006 with the motto "A Vacation In Every Pint." It almost immediately found demand outstripping supply. That fall, three new fermentation vessels were installed, doubling the facility's original production capacity.

The company, which distributes mostly in the immediate area, has added a third expression to its year-round line. Beach Blonde, a light-bodied ale, was added to Cape Cod Red and Cape Cod IPA in September.

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20091207

Japanese Space Beer finally on the market

I've been updating you since 2008 on the experiment to grow barley in space, then use it to make beer. Now it can be reported: Sapporo has gone to market with the new product.

The Japanese brewer had been working with Okayama University and the Russian Academy of Science during the five-month growing project on the International Space Station to grow the barley.

The beer is selling for about $110 U.S. per six-pack.

Before you take a look at the video above, take a look at my earlier stories to help set the scene. In chronological order:

Beers in space (5/27/2008)
• Space beer a reality (12/2/2008)

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Beer Connoisseur Magazine to debut

Magazines may be going belly-up in many categories while the eocnomy stumbles along, but that isn't stopping Lynn Davis.

The founder and editor of Beer Connoisseur Magazine will see the new title debut on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, December 8.

The quarterly magazine, published in Atlanta, is being billed as a beer guide for both novices and experts. The debut issue already has been mailed to charter subscribers.

The magazine, says Managing Editor Nick Kaye, will focus on the marriage of beer and food, with articles in the first issue on the rise of the gastropub trend, beer and cheese pairing, and other topics such as domestic and international travel. It also profiles individuals in the industry and reviews of various brews.

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20091205

Powerful Scottish beer banned in UK

"Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times."

If you put that statement on your label, it should be no surprise it will anger many people.

That's what happened to BrewDog's Tokyo*, the strongest beer sold in the United Kingdom. Yesterday (December 4), it was banned from sale yesterday for promoting excessive drinking.

Tokyo* has an alcoholic content of 18.2%, roughly quadruple that of the average beers sold in the UK.

The Portman Group, the alcohol industry watchdog, said the beer breached its code on alcohol packaging. Chief Executive David Poley said: "It's obviously unwise for any company to urge consumers to drink to excess. We won't allow irresponsible marketing whether it's for a big brand or a niche product."

And Charity Alcohol Focus Scotland complained about the message on the label as well as its alcohol level.

BrewDog is located in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its oak-aged imperial stout has been on sale since July at £10 (about $16 US) for each 330ml bottle. Only 3,000 bottles were produced.

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