I feel that this is a smart move for the organization, as it allows them to expand their market and to keep up with the very tight craft beer market. This also allows those of us Michigan beer lovers to brag even more about what makes Michigan beer great!
Garret Ellison from MLive.com saw it and contacted me to see if I would answer a few questions. Any time I can talk about Michigan beer and the Michigan Brewers Guild, I love it, so I agreed to talk with him.
Ironically, I had to give up my tickets this morning for Saturday due to a personal conflict. I was hoping to attend Friday’s session as a media person (I DO have this blog after all), but I didn’t request a media pass.
I apologize to Garret and MLive.com for my ‘Brian Williams’ moment, but I had all intentions to attending…
Cheers to my family and friends! I hope you all have a great (and safe) time in Grand Rapids! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the MICHIGAN BREWERS GUILD for 10 FUN AND TASTY YEARS OF FREEZING MY BEHIND!!! (You’re the only reason I’d go out into the snow and cold!)
By the way, the tickets for Friday’s session is still available! Get your tickets NOW by going HERE! ($45 in advance, but $50 at the gate (if still available))
Founders Brewing Co. (link) announces a week dedicated to the release of what has been rated by many as the best beer in the world… KBS or Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
Residents and visitors of Grand Rapids will begin to enjoy this incredible beverage with a week full of events from March 9th – 14th. It is being distributed starting March 30th.
KBS is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolates that is aged in oak bourbon barrels for a year in the caves beneath Grand Rapids.
Last year, Founders made an event of the release, which included special happening in and around the Grand Rapids area (which was at that time named Beer City USA) to much success. This year, they kicked it up a notch. Starting Saturday, February 14th at 11AM ET, they’re using EventBrite to allow you to reserve a spot to pick up bottles of KBS in the Founders Taproom. That magic ticket will allow you then pickup and pay for your bottles from March 10th – 14th. Proceeds from the EventBrite reservations will go to Grand Rapids Whitewater.
They’re also hosting tappings in or around GR at various bars from the March 9th to the 13th, with a main tapping on the 14th at Founders Taproom. You can even enjoy more of Grand Rapids with KBS Week hotel packages with some area hotels!
Recognition Also Bestowed Upon Departing White House Chef Sam Kass
In a press release posted on December 17th, because of their support and advocacy of homebrewing, President Barrack Obama and outgoing White House Chef Sam Kass were given special lifetime memberships in the American Homebrewers Association.
Placing politics aside, this is really cool! I hope that future U.S. Presidents and White House chefs continue their support of homebrewing. Unfortunately, you probably have to buy your own membership, but you can by clicking on the link HERE.
Come on, Disney (now owner of Lucasfilm)… can’t you just be nice for once?
It seems that Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse, New York, went to get a trademark for a beer they’ve been brewing for 7 years called ‘Strikes Bock’, but Lucasfilm is opposed to it!
This strikes a nerve with me because Disney had Twitter take away my original Twitter account name (@TheLionKing) by saying that I said disparaging things about The Lion King (which anyone who knows me would tell you that I would never do). So, Twitter gave me this name instead (@TheLionKing_) which was a HUGE difference!
I’m backing the Rebels (of Empire Brewing Co.) in this fight with the evil empire of Lucasfilm/Disney!!!
(Note: I’ve been to enough of these to know that some people will try to sell their extra tickets at the gate. Also, some people will try to sell extras online, but watch out for scalpers… those tickets will probably be disabled/confiscated.)
Also, they have posted the program online in PDF format for your researching purposes. Get a copy of it from this page – link on the right side.
I got my ticket ready for Saturday… See you there!
(Note to anyone from the Michigan Brewers Guild – This blogger [read as: MEDIA] would appreciate info on getting credentials for Friday’s session PLEASE!!!)
The Brewer’s Association just announced the winners from the GABF 2014 (Great American Beer Festival), which was held in Denver, Colorado on October 2-4, 2014. Hopefully they double-checked their math and clerical entries before making the announcements!!! The press release is below…
234 BREWERIES CELEBRATE MEDALS AT 2014 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®
268 Professional Medals Awarded, 461 First-Time Participants Compete
Boulder, CO • October 4, 2014—The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.
To accommodate growth, this year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, with assistance from some 150 competition volunteers. Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 5,507 competition entries (16 percent more than in 2013) from 1,309 breweries, hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
2014 Brewery and Brewer of the Year AwardsVery Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)
Draught Works Brew Team
Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by O-I
Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management
Devils Backbone Brewing Co.—Outpost
DB Brewery Team
Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Beer Institute
AC Golden Brewing Team
Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Rockne Van Meter
Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)
Brasserie Saint James
Josh Watterson & Matt Watterson
Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Country Malt Group
Bronze: Coastal Empire Beer Co., Dawn Patrol Breakfast Stout
3. American-Style Pale Ale (145 entries)
Gold: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits– Sripps Ranch, Grunion
Silver: Peekskill Brewery, NYPA
Bronze: Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Reef Donkey APA
4. American-Style Amber/Red Ale (140 entries)
Gold: Canteen Brew House, Dougie Style Amber Ale
Silver: Capitol City Brewing Co., Amber Waves Ale
Bronze: Bootlegger’s Brewery, Rocco Red Ale
5. Imperial India Pale Ale (135 entries)
Gold: Columbus Brewing Co., Creeper
Silver: Port Brewing Co., Hop 15
Bronze: Russian River Brewing Co., Pliny the Elder
The 2014 GABF competition featured three new categories: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer, with 41 entries; Historical Beer, with 12 entries; and Kuyt Beer, which had no entries. There were two categories in which one of the three possible medals was not awarded:
English-Style Brown Ale (67 entries): no silver medal
Golden or Blonde Ale (90 entries): no gold medal
2014 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Country Malt Group, Hopunion and White Labs
Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are: Gold: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish 80 Shilling, Bear Republic Brewing Co. Brewmaster: Team Bear Republic / Richard Norgrove, and AHA Member Michael Kelly Silver: Spencer Pale Ale, Kokopelli Beer Co. Brewmaster: Kokopelli Brew Crew, and AHA Member Daniel Christensen Bronze: I Wanna Rauch!, Springfield Brewing Co. Brewmaster: Ashton Lewis & Bruce Johnson, and AHA member Keith Wallis
Summary: 2014 Great American Beer Festival Statistics
710 breweries in the festival hall
More than 3,500 beers served at the festival
More than 3,200 volunteers
1,309 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
5,507 beers judged (not including 89 Pro-Am competition entries), a 16 percent increase over 2013
90 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
222 judges from 10 countries
Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 61.2 (excludes Pro-Am beers)
Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 279
2014 Great American Beer Festival Official Sponsors
Microstar Keg Management
Snyder’s of Hanover
103.5 The FOX
Additional GABF sponsors are recognized on the festival website.