Hill’s Farmstead to Start Shipping?

Some great news from Shaun Hill of Hill’s Farmstead via Beer Pulse:

“We’ve been in touch with the state, and we hope after next year we can change laws so we can sell beer via website or mail,” he says. “That would help remedy the complaint that people in California aren’t going to get to taste this particular beer.”

Obviously, this is mostly Hill just thinking out loud, but how frickin’ cool would it be to order some Abner or Edward and have it delivered to your door step? I really hope they figure out a way to do this.


A Wild Turkey Comes to Anderson Valley

Anderson Valley Brewing and Wild Turkey have joined forces, agreeing to a partnership that will give AV access to “hundreds rather than a handful of barrels” previously used to age various Wild Turkey products. AV will exclusively use Wild Turkey barrels for their barrel aging process, the first of which will be a Bourbon barrel aged version of their delicious Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. The beers that will be created through this program will be draft only, with an eye on bottling down the line.

I have absolutely no opinion on the fact that they’ll be using Wild Turkey barrels. I’ve never tried any of their products (though friends who have have not seemed impressed). But I do have an opinion on the fact that AV will be making more BA beers, and that opinion is “Yea!” AV makes some great beers, and I have no doubt that they will make some great BA beers through this program. That’s Bahl Hornin’ for sure.

Read the press release in its entirety here.

“I Swear Officer. I have no idea how that canning line got into my living room.”

In perhaps the weirdest beer news ever, Beer Pulse reported that an 800 pound canning line was stolen from Great River Brewing of Davenport, IA.

First off, unless the equipment was made of copper and you were selling the scraps, why in the world would you even think of stealing a canning line? How does one even go about that? The logistics of it just confuse me.

My favorite line in the story: “Cellarman Tyler Krutzfeldt said the theft couldn’t have been a one-man job.” Unless that man was the Iron Giant. Which would be rad.

In all seriousness: dudes, that just sucks. Here’s hoping they catch the culprits, or culprit in the case of it actually being the Iron Giant (*fingers crossed*).

New Belgium Responds to Lagunitas


Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium brewing, has responded to Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas, and his statements condemning New Belgium for receiving tax breaks and incentives for their new brewery.

For those who missed my first article on this (shame on you), read it here.

You know this is going to be good from her opening statement:

You can imagine that we have a different perception of the process we are going through as we develop our brewery in Asheville.

I could quote more, but I don’t want anything to be taken out of context, so just go and read her entire response.

She brings up some good points, and it is nice that we get to hear from both sides of the argument. I just hope that the next time I visit New Belgium, I won’t get kicked out for wearing my Lagunitas hat.

Well, Apparently I’m Standing in Line at Russian River Again

Per Natalie and the Russian River blog:

Toronado 25th Anniversary beer will be released on Thursday, August 9th, on draft and in the bottle at the pub. The kegs will be tapped when we open at 11am. Then we will release the 750ml bottles when the bus arrives from the Toronado that night for the big shindig and Big Daddy is in the house! Bottles are $25 each, limit 2 per person. We are going to release about 25 cases (appropriately, but not planned) every day starting Thursday night, then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning upon opening. If you want to stop by just to buy bottles, please come Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We will not be allowing folks in just to buy bottles on Thursday night as we will be focused on throwing the best party ever!

Aw hell. At least they’re metering it again, so I stand some chance of getting a bottle. I’m not holding my breath for draft, however.

Say, what kind of beer will it be?

What style of beer is it? Vinnie, the mad scientist, says it is a “sour barrel-aged disproportionate blend of 6 different beers”. Upon tasting it this morning, I would say the beer itself is as big a mouthful as the description! The 6 different components were brewed separately with distinctly different processes, then Vinnie and Dave decided on the final blend together. It is 100% bottle conditioned and has brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus. ABV is 8.75%.

I guess that sounds ok.

Also, read the blog entry, cause there’s a neat little story about the Harvest Ale that they will be releasing in a couple of weeks.

Russian River Harvest Ale

Via Beer Pulse

HopTime Harvest Ale is our 100% wet hop beer which we have not made for several years due to capacity issues.” Vinnie doesn’t stop there and breaks the good news for hop heads everywhere (well, in California anyways) saying “However, we are brewing it again this year for the first time in a while.


Yes. Yes! Oh god, YES! *Ahem*

I’m kind of looking forward to this.

Strauss to NorCal


Strauss to NorCal

Karl Strauss posted this on their website.

Funny thing is, Karl Strauss has been available at my local BevMo for at least a year, but over on Beer Pulse, they say this is the first time they’ll be available outside of SoCal. Distribution is a weird thing.

Anyway, I am excited about this, because I have wanted to try their stuff. I’ve been holding out to see them at my local bottle shop, and I guess I won’t have to wait any longer.