Monday Beer News Roundup

7 12 2009

On Mondays we will look into the world of beer to find what sort of interesting things are happening.

Boston, MA– The Boston Beer Co., makers of the popular Samuel Adams beer line, recently announced their new release of their luxury high-alcohol beer, Utopias. Utopias contains 27% ABV and is illegal in 13 states. Bottles currently sell for the suggested retail price of $150.

Speaking of the Boston Beer Co., the brewery topped Slashspot.com’s map of the 50 most popular craft breweries in the U.S.

Portland, ME– The Allagash Brewing Company announced the release of their first ever spontaneously fermented lambic. The as of yet unnamed beer will be tasted in Philadelphia on December 17th. Unfortunately, the beer may not be commercially available. According to the brewmaster, “Every barrel brewed was not usable — say, each batch was seven barrels, and one or two was no good. Then we fruited some of it, so there isn’t much right now. This will probably be something you see only at the brewery and for special events.” But this is exciting news from an excellent brewery for future beers.

Nuremberg, Germany– The 2009 International Brewers Competition winners were announced on November 19th. The festival winner was the Fuerstentrunk from Hofbrauhaus Traunstein Josef Sailer KG. The United States brought home 26 awards total including 5 golds, 11 silvers and 10 bronzes. Winning American breweries included Saranac from New York,  Lakefront from Milwauke, Lagunitas from California, Rogue from Oregon, Firestone Walker from California, and Dogfish Head from Delaware.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands- Heineken NV just signed a contract with United Breweries, Ltd. to brew and distribute Heineken in India. Heineken NV is currently the third largest brewery in the world. Opening up trade in India will give it a major foothold in the growing South East Asian beer market.

Copenhagen, Denmark– The Danish government has used an abandoned brewery to create hundreds of holding cells for protestors at the UN Climate Change Talks.

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3 responses

7 12 2009
Audra

Any suggestions for must-hit New England stops? The downstairs girls want to do a New England brewery road trip this December and I thought you mind have some ideas!

7 12 2009
awinnett

Boston Beer/Sam Adams is the obvious first stop. Followed by Magic Hat in Burlington,VT. Then I would check out Smuttynose Brewing Co. in Portsmouth, NH, because I love both Smuttynose Beer and Portsmouth. Definitely hit Allagash in Portland, ME. I think their entire line of Belgian styles are amazing. I am also pretty sure they brew the less than stellar Peak Organic line.

8 12 2009
Audra

Clearly we have to hit Allagash — Nat says it’s gotten the most rave reviews she’s seen. Obviously we have to do Sam Adams — it might be illegal if we don’t! 😉 Thanks for the recs!

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