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September 25, 2014 - Belgium's Brouwerij De Halve Maan Plans a Beer Pipeline Beneath Bruges
FROM REVIEWED.COM ( Daniel Wroclawski)
Pipelines are a vital part of our modern world. They transport vital fluids like water, gas, and oil from refineries to shipping depots and power plants. But the geniuses at Belgium's Brouwerij De Halve Maan have decided to build a pipeline for another vital fluid: beer.

According to Flanders News, the booze tube will be built in the city of Bruges, connecting the brewery to its bottling plant by way of a pipe that can handle 6,000 liters of beer per hour.

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The pipeline will run three kilometers from the brewery in the city center to the bottling plant on the outskirts, giving the beer a 10 to 15 minute thrill ride.

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September 24, 2014 - Victory Brewing Announces Canning Line for Parkesburg
VICTORY WEBSITE NEWS RELEASE
DOWNINGTOWN, PA, September 23, 2014 – In response to consumer demand and much online speculation, Victory Brewing Company® (Victory) is pre-announcing installation plans of a canning line in their new, Parkesburg facility slated for 2015. Summer Love Ale is the first beloved Victory brand tentatively scheduled to make its aluminum debut. Victory believes offering strategic brands in a can format will meet the growing fan demand and introduce their beer to a larger audience.

“The Parkesburg facility was built with the idea that it would enable us as creative brewers to expand our brand in a way our thirsty fans would appreciate. It only seems to make sense that the first Victory brand to be found in a can should be Summer Love Ale since it embodies all the fun and freedom summertime has to offer and a can is fitting for so many outdoor activities that come with that time of year,” says President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski.

September 23, 2014 - Sly Fox Kan Jam Tourney This Weekend Is the World's Largest
NEWS RELEASE
One thing almost as popular as Sly Fox Brewing Company's delicious portfolio of authentic and original beers is Kan Jam™. Kan Jam is an outdoor game for four players that is sweeping the nation with weekend warriors voraciously playing pick-up games on suburban lawns, parking lot tailgates and anywhere else they can find room.

In 2011, the southeastern Pennsylvania brewery held their first Kan Jam Tournament, and, on September 27 they will host 120 teams at the brewery in Pottstown, PA as part of the 2014 Can Jam Free Music Festival.

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Kan Jam is played much like horseshoes with teammates on either end of the court; pins are replaced by 2' tall, open-topped cans (kans), and instead of shoes players toss a flying disc. The main difference, though, is that teammates help one another score points by deflecting the disc into the kan....Sly Fox has modified Kan Jam's official rules to include the provision that participants can only use one hand to deflect, and must always play with a can–preferably a Sly Fox beer can–in their hands.

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September 18, 2014 - "Meet Anne-Françoise Pypaert, the First Female Trappist Brewmaster"
FROM THE BELGIAN BEER SPECIALIST WEB PAGE (CHUCK COOK):
But at the top of the brewery ladder, there has never been a women in charge as brewmaster at any Trappist brewery. Until last year, that is. In late October, 2013, Jean-Marie Rock, celebrated brewmaster at Brasserie d’ Orval, at l’ Abbaye Notre Dame d’ Orval, retired. His replacement had been named some months earlier: Anne-Françoise Pypaert, Director of Quality Control since 1995, and second in command to Mssr. Rock.

Entire story with lots of photos here.

September 18, 2014 - Irony, Thy Name is Pabst
FROM BREWBOUND NEWS
Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are reporting that Pabst Brewing Company – the Los Angeles-based producer of heritage beer brands like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lone Star and Olympia -- will be sold for upwards of $750 million.

Russian brewer Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market consumer brand, are partnering to purchase the Pabst Brewing Co., according to multiple reports citing sources familiar with the transaction.

Complete story is here.

September 15, 2014 - Yuengling Expands Distribution to Connecticut
NEWS RELEASE
Pottsville, PA, September 2014 – D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery, is pleased to announce that it is expanding the distribution of its highly sought-after brands to the state of Connecticut.

Four wholesalers have been selected to distribute the brands throughout the state....

The initial rollout, targeted for late September and early October, will include Yuengling’s flagship beer, Traditional Lager as well as its award winning Yuengling Light Lager and Black & Tan brands.

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September 10, 2014 - Dogfish Head Will Add Distillery to its Production Brewery
DOGFISH HEAD NEWS RELEASE
Back in 2002, in a rural Delaware scrapyard, Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione picked up a little stainless steel feed bin that he had big plans for.

Sam worked with engineers and welders to reshape the tank in the form of a pot still – lovingly named ‘Frankenstill’ – and Dogfish Head’s days of hand-distilling gin, rum and vodka began.

For a dozen years, Dogfish’s little “distillery that could,” perched on the second floor of our Rehoboth Beach brewpub, has been putting out an extremely limited selection of rum, vodka and gin. Most has been sold right out of the pub and at select retailers in Delaware. But now, after an expansion at our nearby Milton brewery, we will have the space to kick our distilling up a notch (or three).

“Dogfish Head’s distilling roots run deep,” says Sam. “We’ve been putting our off-centered thumbprint on the distilling world for over a decade, and I’m excited that we’re now able to take this project to the next level by broadening production and distribution.”

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September 09, 2014 - Brewers Association Brings "Beer Geeks" Program Back for GABF 2014
FROM BREWBOUND (David Eisenberg)
Hoping to provide knowledgeable support for the volunteers that keep the beer flowing at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the Brewers Association (BA) has announced the return of its ‘Beer Geeks’ program.

Consisting of 100 homebrew club members and other so-called ‘beer geeks,’ the program, which was introduced last year, aims to provide volunteers with access to “core brewery and brand information” about the beers they’re pouring so as to better serve and educate festivalgoers.

Beer Geeks stems from the demands of both brewers and volunteers alike that have clamored for additional support, say show administrators.

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September 03, 2014 - Victory To Open Fourth Brewpub in Virginia
PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL (Francis Hilario)
Victory Brewing Co. is expanding its footprint outside of Pennsylvania for the first time, with plans of opening its fourth location in Virginia in 2016.

The brewpub, called Victory at Courthouse Square, will span three floors of the Leesburg, Va. building, which is expected to break ground later this year, according to Loudoun Times.

The fourth location will feature a 300-seat restaurant and upper-level terraces for outdoor dining...

Read the complete story here.