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May 24, 2016 - Carlsberg To Recreate 1883 Beer, "Forefather to Modern Lagers"
About a year ago, scientists at the Carlsberg Research Laboratory were rummaging around in the old cellars of Carlsberg in Copenhagen, Denmark and stumbled upon one the "one of the very first Carlsberg beers brewed with the original pure yeast from 1883," per company release.

It was an incredible find as this pure yeast "revolutionized the world's beer brewing in 1883" and is responsible for most of the lager beers in the world today. "Without it, we wouldn't have the type of beer that is now 90% of the world's market," said Britain's leading Beer Historian Martyn Cornell of the pure yeast.

The scientists have been conducting "intense research" since the discovery, and last week they were finally able to extract 133-year-old living yeast cells from the bottle.

With the yeast cells in hand, Carlsberg and its "leading brewing experts" are now using "'Jurassic Park'-style techniques," to rebrew a new/old beer "in the most authentic manner, using the original pure yeast and the exact same recipe, ingredients and brewing techniques as in 1883."

When Carlsberg makes the beer available, it will be "the first time in more than a hundred years," that consumers taste a brew that is "the forefather to most lager beers today."

May 24, 2016 - Ballast Point Will Build East Coast Brewery in Virginia
?Back in April, we reported that Virginia could be the site of an imminent East Coast brewery for Ballast Point, which Constellation management hinted at on the most recent call. By now, the brewer has confirmed plans to build in Botetourt County, Virginia.

They'll invest close to $50 million to build out the facility: Ballast has an agreement to purchase the 259,040 sq. ft. Lawrence Companies building located on International Parkway in Botetourt Center at Greenfield, where it plans to create 178 jobs in manufacturing and retail operations, per announcement.

"In our quest to provide the best quality, freshest beer to all of our customers, an East brewery started to make a lot of sense to us," said Ballast Point founder Jack White in statement. "We are excited by the opportunity we see in Botetourt County, and we're looking forward to getting to know the local community as we get established there."

Virginia has been actively attracting such businesses: Governor Terry McAuliffe met with brewery heads at their headquarters in San Diego during his September 2015 West Coast Marketing Mission. Local officials said they were able to move quickly by matching Ballast "with an available building and all the infrastructure to help meet their requirements." A special Western Virginia Water Authority partnership also helped secure the deal.

INCENTIVES. To snag Ballast Point, Botetourt County and the Roanoke Regional Partnership worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The Roanoke Regional Partnership estimates the project will have an overall annual economic impact of $376,442,866 and spur creation of more than 540 secondary jobs.

Governor Terry McAuliffe approved a $2,400,000 grant from the Commonwealth's Opportunity Fund to assist Botetourt County with the project. (Recall that he announced a similar amount -- $3 million -- from the same fund to seal the recent Deschutes deal. That brewer will invest $85 million for its upcoming Roanoke, VA site.) The company will also be eligible to receive a $250,000 grant from the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. The county will provide $1,402,177 in tax incentives along with performance grants anticipated at $650,000, a potential AFID grant of $250,000, and permit fee waivers, per announcement.

May 07, 2016 - Local Brewers Win Ten Medals at 2016 World Beer Cup
With Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant leading the way, seven breweries in the Delaware Valley market won a total of ten medals at the 2016 World Cup last night; the award ceremony was the final event of the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this past week.

Iron Hill took home one Gold and four Silver medals:

Category: 62 Belgian-Style Tripel
Gold: Bedotter, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Lancaster

Category: 79 British-Style Imperial Stout
Silver: Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Media

Category: 29 Aged Beer
Silver: Solzhenitsyn, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Media

Category: 11 Coffee Beer
Silver: Overload Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - West Chester

Category: 91 Double Red Ale
Silver: Valentinus IPA, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Wilmington

Three additional Gold medals were part of the total wins:

Category: 47 American-Style Dark Lager
Gold: Jump Seat Black Lager, Lancaster Brewing Co.

Category: 43 German-Style Bock or Maibock
Gold: Maibock, Stoudts Brewing Co.

Category: 3 Fruit Beer
Gold: Shady Spot, Susquehanna Brewing Co.

Plus another Silver and a Bronze:

Category: 69 Classic English-Style Pale Ale
Silver: Puddlers Row ESB, Conshohocken Brewing Co.

Category: 10 Chocolate Beer
Bronze: Kerplunk! Imperial Chocolate Stout, Spring House Brewing Co.

This year's World Beer Cup saw 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries—a 38.5 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2014 World Beer Cup, which had 4,754 entries. Entries were judged by an elite international panel of 253 judges from 31 countries. Judges awarded 287 out of 288 total possible awards (A gold award was not presented in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category).

Pennsylvania's 11 medals (include one each won by Roundabout and Straub in Western PA) placed it fourth among the states which were home to an award winning brewery and tied for seventh among the nations which won medals.

May 04, 2016 - Smithsonian Announces New Initiative To Document Brewing History
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced today at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry to explore how the beverage and brewing connect to larger themes in American history.

Part of the “Smithsonian Food History” project, this initiative is made possible through a donation from the Brewers Association of Boulder, Colo., the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers.

Museum staff have researched and documented American food and beverage history for more than two decades and will work with the Brewers Association, American brewers and beer historians to document and collect the stories and history of modern American brewing. Beer and brewing have been an important part of the American experience since before the nation’s founding and into the present day, and beer production for the past 30 years has been connected to significant social, cultural, economic and environmental movements across the country. The team will explore the unique connections between brewing and broader themes, including advertising, agriculture, industry, innovation, business and community life.

“Brewing has a long and deep connection to our country’s history, and the museum’s collections explore the history of beer from the late 19th to early 20th centuries,” said John Gray, the director of the museum. “The support of the Brewers Association allows our staff to collect the more recent history, including the impact of small and independent craft brewers who continue to advance the U.S. beer culture and inspire brewers worldwide.

The museum currently houses several small but important collections related to brewing and beer consumption in America. The bulk dates from the 1870–1960s, including the collection of former Brewmaster Walter Voigt of Ruxton, Md., which is composed of brewing instruments and tools, advertising materials, beer bottles, trays and taps, as well as technical papers, prints and photographs from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York and Pennsylvania. As American brewing continues to expand in scope, scale and impact, the museum is uniquely positioned to document the stories of American brewers and to collect the material culture of the industry for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the public.

“The craft brewing revolution in America has had a profound social, cultural and economic impact on this country,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “America is a beer destination. We are honored to support this effort and work with the National Museum of American History to chronicle and showcase the significant achievements small and independent brewers have made throughout this nation’s history.”