An ocean breeze strums past Haystack Rock, a monolith that juts out of the sea, over the Cape Kiwanda shore pines that stand towering over the sea cliff, past the 240-foot-high sand dune that marks its outer edge, and over the relaxed, happy beer drinkers who sit and sip al fresco on Pelican Brewing’s back patio.
Whether it be food, music, or clothing, trends come and go like the wind. However, there are classics that will never go out of style. The same can be said for alcoholic beverages. These timeless drinks will always be bar favorites regardless of the occasion.
Today, owner Gerry Rooney (of Putnam’s Pub & Cooker in Clinton Hill) opens Circa Brewing Co. in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. The 6,000-square foot space is home to a fully-functioning brewery and restaurant that serves a selection of fresh, house made brews, wood-burning pizzas, shareable grilled meat and vegetable plates, light salads, and other seasonally-inspired fare.
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. recognized the sacrifices that America’s veterans have made at the 118th Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) National Convention in New Orleans.Jennifer Yuengling presented a donation to the VFW for $100,000.
Kona Brewing Company has brought one of its most popular small batch creations from the Kona Brewery in Kona-Kailua, Hawaii, to the mainland. Now available in California and Nevada, the traditional Bavarian-style weissbier is medium- to full-bodied with a pronounced fruitiness (banana/apple) and spicy characteristics (clove/nutmeg).
The 2017 German Beer of the Year is now available in bottle and draught in New England. Riegele (pronounced Rig-ula), one of the most decorated craft breweries in Europe, is now available throughout Massachusetts.
Lord Hobo Brewing Company announced plans to increase their distribution footprint with expansion into Florida. LHBCo, who recently celebrated their 2nd Anniversary, grew nearly 415 percent in 2016 and the company is on track to produce 30,000 bbls in 2017.
In the past decade or so, the craft brewing industry has done a fairly effective job of securing beer’s rightful place at the dinner table. An unprecedented number of restaurants offer extensive, stylistically diverse beer lists, and their staffs have enhanced their education to the point where many servers and sommeliers can expound on flavor notes and recommend pairings with pinpoint precision.
In an effort to educate beer lovers about which beers are independently produced, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—launched a new seal touting independent craft brewers.
For Edmund’s Oast brewpub in Charleston, South Carolina, supporting an annual beer festival is a way to generate traffic throughout an entire weekend. This year’s Brewvival, held on February 25, marked the eighth year of the event and is credited with bringing more than 1,000 beer enthusiasts into the city.