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Virginia Distillery Co. to release 1st batch of whiskey from craft beer collaboration

brewers batch copyVirginia Distillery Company plans to release the first batch of its Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky this week. Batch #1 was done in collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company, a Central Virginia brewery. Release parties at both the distillery’s Visitors Center as well as the brewery will take place on February 10, 2018.

Three Notch’d Brewing created a Wee Heavy style beer especially for batch #1 called “Stage Road”. The brewery used Virginia Distillery Company’s whisky casks to age the beer for a number of months and Virginia Distillery Company took the barrels back for finishing this inaugural release of Brewers Batch. The whisky finished in these casks for 12 months. Read the rest of this entry

Craft beer pioneer Charlie Papazian to leave Brewers Association next year

Exactly one year from today will mark the end of an era for American craft beer and home brewing. Charlie’s a true pioneer. Read the release that just dropped from the Brewers Association.

The Brewers Association (BA) today announced that founder and past president Charlie charlie_pressNU-500x500Papazian will exit the Brewers Association on Jan. 23, 2019, marking his 70th birthday and 40 years building the craft brewing community and inspiring brewers and beer lovers around the world.

 “We are all here today because of Charlie Papazian,” says Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “His influence on the homebrewing and craft brewing community is immeasurable. Who could have predicted that a simple wooden spoon, ingenuity and passion would spawn a community of more than one million homebrewers and 6,000 small and independent U.S. craft breweries.” Read the rest of this entry

Two Decades of Diageo

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It almost seems like Diageo plc has been around forever, given the fact that it owns so many classic, venerable brands, including Johnnie Walker scotch, Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and Guinness stout. But as a company, it’s still a year away from legal drinking age—in the U.S., at least, not in its U.K. home—as Diageo just turned 20 on Sunday.

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Brewers Association Unveils Seal to Signify Independent Beers

As mega-multinationals continue to acquire American craft breweries, the Brewers BACraftSealAssociation (BA) has created a seal designating which beers are still produced by independents.

The seal features the silhouette of a beer bottle turned upside down, which, the BA says, “captures the spirit with which craft brewers have upended beer,” and the words “Brewers Association Certified Independent Craft.”

The seal is available for use free of charge by any of the more than 5,300 small and independent American craft brewers that have a valid TTB Brewer’s Notice, meet the BA’s craft brewer definition, and sign a license agreement. It is available to both member and non-member breweries of the BA.

Breweries can find more information about the independent craft brewer seal at BrewersAssociation.org/seal and consumers can learn more at CraftBeer.com/seal.

Chicha de jora, Machu Picchu & high-altitude light-headedness

On the latest episode of “The Drinkable Globe” I go to Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru in search of chicha de jora, the Incan fermented corn beverage—essentially the Americas’ first beer, long before the Europeans brought their own version. I apologize for my lethargy in this particular video. I was a little loopy and woozy from being about 11,000 feet above sea level.
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Brewers Association releases annual Top 50 Breweries list

brewersassocThe Brewers Association (BA) has just released its annual rankings of the Top 50 Craft Breweries and Top 50 Overall Breweries in the U.S. Of the Top 50 Overall Breweries, 40 meet the BA’s definition of “craft brewer.” Not a ton of surprises this year, other than the fact that Duvel Moortgat USA has shot up to No. 6 on the craft brewers list from No. 15 in 2015. But that’s not really a surprise because the jump is primarily due to the fact that Duvel Moortgat acquired 2015’s No. 13 brewery, Firestone Walker. See the graphics below for the complete lists.

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