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October 18, 2014 - November 1st Is Learn to Homebrew Day
On November 1st, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates the 15th annual Learn to Homebrew Day. The day provides an opportunity for homebrewers to draft their non-brewer friends and family to learn one of the most rewarding and emergent hobbies: homebrewing.

Through beer making, demonstrations, tastings and other educational efforts, participating in Learn to Homebrew Day is as easy as finding a local event on the AHA website. Individuals can also organize their own event, register it online, invite friends and brew at home. This year, over 300 events are expected to take place at homes, homebrew shops, breweries and club gatherings both in the U.S. and abroad.

“Homebrewing is at the very heart of the craft beer revolution,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Learn to Homebrew Day encourages people everywhere to be a part of the ever-growing movement and become familiar with the brewing process—the basics of which are much simpler than many think.”

The AHA offers a variety of tools to help people of all skill levels begin brewing:

Let’s Brew: Replete with brewing tutorials, tips on making better beer and tasty recipes.

Zymurgy: An Introduction to Homebrewing: Request copies of the AHA’s guide for the new brewer, or access it online.

Homebrewopedia: A wiki-style website containing an extensive library of recipes, a glossary of brewing terms, homebrew club resources and much more.

“This hobby is as gratifying as it is delicious,” added Glass. “The AHA offers knowledge, resources and a community that make it easy for anyone, anywhere to get involved.”
October 09, 2014 - Stone's East Coast Brewery Will Be Built in Virginia
A three-way battle among Norfolk, Richmond and Columbus, Ohio, for a new Stone Brewing Co. production facility has ended in Richmond's favor, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The newspaper reported Wednesday that Stone has settled on Virginia's capital city for its first eastern U.S. brewing location. It said an announcement was planned for today and attributed the information to "multiple sources close to the discussions."

Aides to Gov. Terry McAuliffe declined to discuss the issue Wednesday. The governor's calendar for today, however, includes a "major economic development announcement" at 2 p.m. in the Executive Mansion.

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October 08, 2014 - Four Brewmasters To Discuss PA's Lager Heritage at "Meeting of the Malts" Panel
Every year a group brewmasters from some of the region's most acclaimed breweries gather together to present an open panel discussion that is widely anticipated by all craft beer aficionados. They call it the Meeting of the Malts and this year the round table will convene at Sly Fox Brewing Company's production facility in Pottstown.

The topic of this year's Meeting of the Malts will be Pennsylvania Lagers, new and old. The panel will engage one another in a conversational dialog about the popular beer style that was born in Pennsylvania.

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The panel includes Sly Fox's Brian O'Reilly, Victory Brewing's Bill Covaleski and Lancaster Brewing's Bill Moore. The distinguished panel will also feature a special guest of honor. legendary, fourth-generation brewmaster, Bill Moeller.

Moeller has been both actively and peripherally involved in the brewing industry for some 64 years. He will speak about his extensive history in the industry as well as his family's involvement in a fascinating part of many local breweries.

Read more here.

(See the Beer Yard Calendar for more information)
October 06, 2014 - GABF 2014 Summary
Quick Overview (from Craft Beer Daily):
This year the festival saw 1,309 breweries in the competition from all 50 states plus Washington D.C. It boasted more than 3,500 beers, accounting for the largest selection of beer ever served. About 6,900 kegs would move through the hall in three days, according to Julia. This massive amount of brew fell into 90 commercial categories and 145 different styles for the 222 judges from 10 different countries to evaluate over the weekend.
Fun Facts:
Half of the 268 medals awarded went to breweries on only five states: Californiia 46, Colorado 39, Oregon 22, Texas 16 and Pennsylvania 12. New Jersey had the best winners/submissions ratio in the nation, earning three medals from 16 entries.

The Official Brewers Association Post Festival News Release
Boulder, CO • October 4, 2014—The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.

To accommodate growth, this year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, with assistance from some 150 competition volunteers. Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 5,507 competition entries (16 percent more than in 2013) from 1,309 breweries, hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

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October 05, 2014 - Breweries in the Philadelphia Region Brought Home 15 GABF Medals for 2014, Including Six Golds [updated]
2014 GABF Gold medals were won by Earth Bread + Brewery (Perkuno's Hammer), Fegley's Brew Works (Arctic Alchemy), Flying Fish (Hop Fish), Sly Fox (Grisette), Tröegs (Tröegenator) and Victory (Golden Monkey).

Iron Hill won a Silver and a Bronze at its Media location and a second Bronze at its Voorhees (NJ) location to account for three medals in all, and both Fegley's and Flying Fish each added a Bronze; those three were the only multiple winners in the region. Other Bronzes went to Barren Hill, Dogfish Head, Triumph (New Hope) and Yards.

Overall, breweries in the tri-state area won 18 medals in Denver, as North Jersey's Kane Brewing won a Gold and both Western Pennsylvania's Four Seasons Brewing and Delaware's Old Dominion Brewing brought home Silvers.

Look for a more extensive look at GABF results here this coming week.

October 02, 2014 - "Festival Set to Celebrate Craft Beer's Ascendance"
USA TODAY (Mike Snider)
DENVER — The craft beer movement continues its healthy buzz.

While overall beer sales have been essentially flat in recent years – and overall production has fallen slightly – craft beer continues to grow. Craft beer's share of the nearly $100 million U.S. beer market rose to 14% in 2013, up from 10% two years ago, while total sales have stagnated.

And interest in beer is overflowing, too. Sales of tickets for the annual Great American Beer Festival, which kicks off here Thursday and runs through Saturday, sold out in 32 minutes when they went on sale in July.

In all, about 49,000 attendees will descend on the Colorado Convention Center to taste — and serve — a festival record 3,500-plus beers from more than 700 breweries.

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