Monthly Archives: July 2015

Drinkable Week: Craft beer up 16%, the Pogues whiskey & Baijiu Day

DWWeek4collageOn the latest episode of The Drinkable Week: The American brewery count approaches 4K, some whiskey for the Christmas Eve drunk tank and a day celebrating the world’s biggest spirit.

• The Brewers Association this week released its mid-year figures for the craft beer segment…and it was pretty much more of the same. For the first six months of 2015, craft beer volume was up 16 percent. That means craft brewers sold 12.2 million barrels of beer, up from 10.6 million for the comparable period in 2014. Also of note is the updated brewery count. As of June 30, there are 3,739 operating breweries in the United States. Of course that was a month ago and since nearly two breweries are opening every day, that number is likely over 4,000 now. For a little perspective, that number’s only about half the number of wineries, so ignore all of that talk of a supposed bubble. Still, the number is colossal.

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Drinkable Image: Glenfarclas Scotch whisky distillery, Ballindollach, Scotland, turns 150

Since 1865 the Glenfarclas distillery has been owned and operated by the Grant family. The distillery has consistently produced some of the finest Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, from its flagship 10 year old to its legendary 40 year old. Those who fancy a barrel proof whisky will love the remarkably smooth 105 Cask Strength. Happy 150th anniversary, Glenfarclas!

Photo: Jeff CIoletti

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

The Drinkable Week: Pikesville rye whiskey, New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Denver project & Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest in July

On the latest edition of the Drinkable Week: The rye-naissance continues, New Belgium looks to create a Denver destination and Sierra Nevada goes Bavarian.

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Drinkable Image: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mills River, N.C.

Last year Chico, California craft beer pioneer Sierra Nevada Brewing Company opened the doors to its brand-spanking new East Coast facility in Mills River, North Carolina. Now I get how Charlie Bucket felt in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The brewhouse is just one small piece of this sprawling beer paradise in the greater Asheville, N.C. area.

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Pabst, the Great American Beer Festival & Stoli in the latest Drinkable Week

Pabst returns to its roots, the Great American Beer Festival expands and (partially) rebrands and Stoli celebrates a space age milestone—all in the latest edition of the Drinkable Week. Drinkable2image

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Introducing…The Drinkable Week!

We’re excited to present the inaugural edition of The Drinkable Week, hosted by Jeff Cioletti, founder of The Drinkable Globe and author of the upcoming book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously. We kick off our weekly drinking news show with a few thoughts on Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63, Cachaça and saké. We’d love to hear your feedback here or on Twitter at @JeffCioletti and @DrinkableGlobe

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