Monday, May 07, 2012

Weekly Brew Bits Update: 5/7/12

Plenty of news to get you caught up on this first Monday of May.

~ Every two years, the Craft Brewers Conference concludes with the presentation of World Beer Cup awards. Philadelphia was represented on the winner's stage by Dock Street (a bronze for Prisoner of Hell in the Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale). Life at Tröegs got still more sweet with a bronze medal for Troegenator, up against 29 other entries in Traditional German-style Bock. But, no one likely came home more deservedly happy than Iron Hill, which continues to prove its awesomeness and provide more ammunition against its critics. On the back of its Media location powerhouse brewer, Bob Barrar, and his Old Ale and Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill brought home a gold medal for each of the beers in addition to Small Brewpub of the Year honors.

~ Have fun with this latest bit of promotion from Philly Beer Week and Jose Pistola's Casey Parker.

~ Life dealt me more than I could fit in along side a visit to the annual Sly Fox Goat Races & Bock Fest. Looking for a decent wrap-up online. Not finding much. Jack Curtin's got a bit of a tease after resurfacing, but I guess everyone else was in San Diego.

~ Red Hook tweeted a memorial for one of their own, Ben Harris, killed in a tragic and "freak accident" by a keg that exploded during the cleaning process. Beaver County Times and The Huffington Post have details.

~ Amidst all the New Belgium, Victory, Sierra Nevada, et al expansion news, did you miss the Lagunitas bombshell that they were setting up a new shop in Chicago? Here was a well-measured view from Chicago put together over at Ale Heads.

~ Three beers from Brooklyn Brewery that should do very well as canned offerings this summer.

~ AMEN, sister! Here's a great article from the marketing coordinator at Great Divide in Denver, Colo. that I've yet to share my very similar sentiments on.

~ Also coming from Colorado is the very well-respected voice of New Belgium saying "not so fast" on the craft-in-can-lovefest.

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