Things happen fast in the craft brewing world. We have more about Hunahpu’s Day in our previous update here and Jacksonville Gastrofest 2015 here. Here’s the latest bi-weekly Craft Brewing Update on what’s happening in our region and the craft brewing scuttlebutt and goings on around the country:
Central Florida Zoo Hosts Brews Around the Zoo:
Sanford, FL: The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens will be hosting the Brews Around the Zoo event on Saturday, April 11th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For the 21 and older crowd, pre-event tickets are $40 per person for all the beer you care to sample. Brew Around The Zoo will also feature select wines, food from multiple vendors, music and live animals from all around the globe. Click here to find out more information. Get your tickets now as the price jumps to $50.00 per person (if available) at the door during the event.
Night Shift Brewing Releases Picasso:
Everett, MA: Night Shift Brewing will be releasing Picasso, their first 2015 Barrel Society beer on Thursday, 3/19/2015. Picasso is a Wild Ale rye beer fermented with strawberry and rhubarb. As a wild sour, Night Shift Brewing is recommending aging this beer for 3-4 years to increase the complexity, or if you’re impatient, consume it immediately. If you like fruit sours, check with your New England contacts and see if they can help you with a bottle or two. That is, if they’re lucky enough to be in their barrel society.
Green Bench Hosts 2nd Annual Foeder for Thought:
St. Pete, FL: Green Bench Brewing in St. Petersburg, FL will be hosing the second annual Foeder for Thought festival on Friday, March 13th at 4:00 pm. There will be over 40+ house and guest taps available at the event and they will be releasing their new Belgian beer bottle line fermented on oak foeders. The beers will also be available on tap during the event.
The following bottles in their St. Peter’s Belgian Line will be available for the first time ever in the tasting room on March 13th:
Saison de Banc Vert
Saison de Banc Noir
Le Banc Belge
Brettanomyces Conditioned Saison de Banc Vert
Brettanomyces Conditioned Saison de Banc Noir
Oak Fermented Sour Farmhouse Blend #1
Oak Fermented Sour Farmhouse Blend #2
Oak Fermented Sour Farmhouse Blend #3
You can find out more information about Foeder for Thought including ticket prices here.
Bells Brewing Sues Micro-brewer Over Trademark:
In a typical douche move usually relegated to big corporate beer, Bell’s Brewing of Kalamazoo, MI has decided to sue Innovation Brewing of Sylva, NC over what it considers copyright infringement. According to the Detroit Free Press, “Bell’s has filed a federal action against Innovation over the use of its name. Bell’s says its unregistered advertising slogan “bottling innovation since 1985” could lead to confusion with customers. While the slogan is used on bumper stickers, it’s not present on any of the brewery’s beer packaging. Bell’s also uses a slogan “inspired brewing” that’s been part of the legal complaint that the company believes would be confused with Innovation Brewing’s name.”
Innovation brewing is a 500 barrel per year micro brewer defending itself against the 300,000 barrel per year juggernaut. Size aside, Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen (owners of Innovation Brewing) have retained attorneys to defend themselves in the U.S. Trademark Trials and Appeals Board. “[Their Attorneys] say that Bell’s “bottling innovation since 1985″ slogan is not protected by a registered trademark and has not been used in conjunction with the sale of beer.” The Asheville Brewer’s Alliance has also lent it’s support to Innovation Brewing. If you would like to help, please sign the change.org petition requesting Bell’s end it’s lawsuit against Innovation Brewing.
Starbucks Test Markets Stout Coffees:
Various Test Markets, USA: Starbucks has begun test marketing new dark malt flavored coffee treats that mimic the flavors of Guinness stout. Titled “The Dark Barrel Latte,” this coffee confections seeks to capitalize on the coffee stout craze by taking it’s beverages one step further. If brewers can mix coffee into their beers for a pleasant beverage, then why can’t Starbucks mix a little malt into their drinks for the same effect? Genius, I say, although this author wishes Starbucks would’ve chosen a domestic stout. Request one at a starbucks near you.
Cicerone Program Announces New Exam Schedule:
Chicago, IL: If you’re already a Cicerone certified beer server working in the beer industry, listen up. Cicerone has announced a new exam schedule for 2015 for the Certified Cicerone exam. This would be the level 2 exam under the Cicerone program and it involves two parts: An extensive written exam on craft beer and a tasting portion for identification of styles and off flavors. Various study guides exist online both at the main Cicerone site and through other sources and off flavor tasting kits are available through Cicerone as well as the Beer Judge Certification Program through the American Homebrewer’s Association. Click here for a complete list of exam places and times and click here for their exam registration page.
The Rumor Mill:
- Avery is set to release the next beer in it’s Botanicals and Barrels program called Raspberry Sour. We’re guessing it’s a barrel aged raspberry sour.
- The Lost Abbey is releasing it’s first Rum Barrel aged beer, called Santo Ron Diego. A spiced rum barrel aged beer with ginger and orange peel.
- Cycle releases MTuWedThF Stout series for Tampa’s Craft Beer Week. Stop by cycle brewing to try some Monday (cherry vanilla barrel Imperial stout) or other flavor treatments ready to go (gingerbread barrel aged, coffee barrel aged, etc.). Yum.
- Crooked Stave is kicking off it’s Spring Artisan Beer Project with a beer called Progenitor: Noir. Progenitor: Noir is a dry hopped dark sour ale with a resinous hops bite.
- Craftbeerkings.com will be having it’s semi-annual online only craft beer cellar sale starting on March 22nd, 2015 @ 9:00 am PST. Rumor has it that bottles of Cantillon Fou Foune, as well as limited releases and rares from Firestone Walker and Avery will also be offered up for sale.
- Prairie Artisan Ales is releasing a collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing called Coolship Truck, a spontaneously fermented ale. Limited to 800 bottles.