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October 23, 2007 - Appalachian Root Beer Gets Slot In Giant Food Store Chain
Harrisburg's Appalachian Brewing Company has made a name for itself with its gourmet-style Root Beer as well as its beers. And now it's paying off.

Appalachian Root Beer is specially brewed with a "unique blend of honey, vanilla, pure cane sugar and a whole lotta fun," according to brewery press release, and now, under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture's PA Preferred Program, Appalachian Root Beer will some be coming to the shelves of a Giant Food Store in your area.

If the brand shows a solid sales trend, it is likely to be given a permanent slot at Giant and open the doors to other venues.--JACK CURTIN

October 22, 2007 - Penn Brewing a Grand Champion, Victory, Sly Fox & General Layette Regional Winners in Summer USBTC
Pittsburgh's Penn Brewing was selected one of 11 Grand Champions in the 13th annual United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC) summer session, winning in the Wheat Beer category for Penn Weizen.

Three other Pennsylvania breweries, all local, took various honors in the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast regional judging in the competition.

Victory Brewing of Downingtown took two firsts and an honorable mention in the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast region, Sly Fox Brewing of Royersford earned a first and an honorable mention, General Lafayette Inn of Lafayette Hill won a first and McKenzie Brew House of Malvern won two honorable mentions.

Victory's two championships were for Prima Pils and HopDevil India Pale Ale, while Victory Saison was the honorable mention beer behind the top-ranked Sly Fox Saison Vos in that category. Sly Fox's honorable mention was for Phoenix Pale Ale. General Lafayette won in the Fruit Beer category for Lafayette Biere de Framboises. McKenzie's honorable mentions were for Unicorn Amber Ale and Shane's Gold, a pilsner.

Victory, Sly Fox and McKenzie were also multiple medal winners at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in Denver this month.

USBTC examined a total of 421 beers from 169 breweries across 12 different beer categories. Within each category, the USBTC determined both a Grand Champion and the best entry from each of six U.S. regions: Northeast, id-Atlantic/Southeast, Midwest, Rockies/Southwest, California and Northwest/Pacific, along with an honorable mention beer when merited.--JACK CURTIN

October 18, 2007 - Scott Morrison Back At Dock Street [REVISED & UPDATED]
Scott Morrison returned to Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewpub on an interim basis today, immediately after reaching an agreement with owner Rosemarie Certo.

The return engagement was first reported here yesterday in story which also noted that recently hired head brewer Julius Hummer was let go by Dock Street Saturday night after less than two months on the job.

Morrison, who set up the Dock Street brewhouse and brewed the pub's first beers, is returning for an indeterminate stay. "It will be at least a month," Certo told The Beer Yard today, "or maybe longer. Six months or so would be ideal. Scott still wants to do his own thing, but he's with us for now and he's welcome to stay as long as he wants to. It's a good relationship. He's happy and we're happy. We had a major reunion this morning and it was like he never left."

Morrison will be assisted by Mike Fava, who is sort of the "Jack of all trades" for Dock Street. "Mike has been with us for two years and he's a very key person," Certo said. "He has his hands in everything around here. He does managing, he does wholesale sales from the brewery and he brews. he helped set up the brewhouse and did a lot of brewing with Scott the first time around. Scott will be both directing and training Michael as part of his job, but Michael already knows a lot. He transferred beer yesterday without Scott being here, for example. We'll obviously still be looking for a brewer, but if Scott is here for an extended period of time, it's certainly possible that Michael could be ready to take over after he leaves."

Morrison says that training Fava to perhaps follow in his footsteps is something he figures is right up his alley. "Hey, I did okay with the last guy I trained, didn't I?" he asked, laughing. Ryan Michaels, Morrison's assistant brewer before he was let go by McKenzie Brew House, won two medals, including a Gold, at GABF 2007 last week.--JACK CURTIN

October 17, 2007 - Yards Leases Delaware Avenue Property, Will Move Brewery There In January
Yards Brewing Company has signed a 10-year lease for 28,000 square feet of space in a building at 901 Delaware Avenue, a block off of Spring Garden St., and will move its brewery there by the end of the year, company founder and president Tom Kehoe told The Beer Yard late this afternoon.

"We just signed the papers,"a relieved Kehoe said in a telephone call. "I've been working on this deal for over a month. Now we have a lot of work to do and that starts right away. We will clean the place up and move the brewhouse in next week and begin building platforms and doing the plumbing work to turn it into a brewery."

The new location has been empty for the past few years after having been a skateboarding facility in its previous incarnation. It has an interior loading dock which is accessible from a side street, Kehoe said, simplifying the process of loading and unloading trucks in that busy section of the riverfront.

Kehoe and former partners Bill and Nancy Barton split up this past summer. He has continued to operate Yards out of their Kensington plant under a lease which runs until the end of the year. The Bartons are in the process of creating Philadelphia Brewing Company, which will begin producing beer at the site after Kehoe and Yards leave.

Kehoe says that, as far as he is concerned, brewing positions at the new facility "belong to the Yards brewers, the guys who are producing the beer now. They've said that they want to stay with me and I've told them the jobs are theirs, but I will need a formal commitment soon."

That conflicts with what Bartons told The Beer Yard last month, that the brewing team would all be joining their new company. If that should happen, Kehoe said, "I have plenty of applications from people wanting to brew for Yards, more than I can handle, in fact."

"We'll no longer be hidden away in a dark corner of the city," Kehoe added, laughing, "but right out there on the Delaware River with great exposure to the public. We'll have a lot of architectural work to do, a lot of construction and plumbing, but I believe we will at least be in position to brew at some level by January, assuming we've gotten all the permits. I'd guess we'll be very heavy on draught when we start up, then move back into regular bottling schedules."

To the extent possible, he added, he will try to stockpile as much packaged beer as he can through the rest of 2007 to keep as strong a Yards presence in the market as possible through the changeover.--JACK CURTIN

October 16, 2007 - Origlio Beverage Acquires Kunda Distribution Operations
In a move which sent shock waves throughout the regional beer community and directly affect the fortunes of several craft breweries, Origlio Beverage, the largest wholesaler in the five-county Philadelphia market, has closed a deal with Kunda Beverage in King of Prussia to acquire its distribution operations by January 2008.

Multiple sources have confirmed the broad outlines of the apparent sale for The Beer Yard Monday evening. The deal was the subject of countless telephone calls in local beer circles after it broke late yesterday, continuing well into the evening and early morning hours.

Insiders say that Origlio is also expected to make at least two more wholesaler acquisitions in the next few months. Conjecture is that these would be businesses located in the western and northern suburbs.

The move will add most of the major local and U.S. craft beer brands currently in the five-county market and an impressive array of high-end Belgian imports to the wholesaler's portfolio.

Origlio signaled its interest in becoming involved in the craft beer segment last year when it sought and acquired the rights to the Sly Fox brand from Kunda. The presence of some of the company's key sales personnel at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last week added further evidence of that interest.

Local craft brands currently distributed by Kunda in addition to Sly Fox include Dock Street, Dogfish Head, Legacy, Stoudt's and Weyerbacher. Major West Coast brands such as Port, Stone and Russian River are also in its portfolio, as are several other well known crafts from across the county and many of the best known and highly prized Belgian and German labels.

A source familiar with the negotiations said that Kunda, which pulled off a major acquisition of its own in 2006 by purchasing Edward I. Friedland, Philadelphia's major distributor of craft and Belgian beers, pulled the trigger on the sale at this time to insure that its personnel would have seniority in the event of any future takeovers by Origlio.

Kunda will keep its retail outlet in King of Prussia and its importing subsidiary.

Whether Origlio will choose to keep all the Kunda brands or whether any of the breweries might object to the shift of its brand to a new wholesaler is unknown at this point.

The impact on the overall wholesale picture for the five-county region will be, at the very least, one less distribution option for breweries seeking to enter the market. In addition, an eventual shuffling and swapping of brands among wholesalers is not unusual following a restructuring as major as this one will be.--JACK CURTIN

October 15, 2007 - A-B's "The American Brew," Beer Writers & Craft Wholesalers Also Celebrated In Denver
It wasn't just "all about the beer" at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in Denver last week. The media and craft beer wholesalers enjoyed a share of reflected glory as well.

Award-winning filmmakers Roger Sherman and Jesse Sweet were honored by the Brewers Association (BA) as recipients of the Beer Journalism Award in the Electronic Media category for "The American Brew," an hour-long film commissioned by Anheuser-Busch’s "Here’s To Beer" industry-development campaign. It first aired in April on the A&E channel and is now available on DVD. The film celebrates the rich history of "America's favorite beverage of moderation" and chronicles the evolution of beer throughout the centuries and up to the present day.

Writers Julie Johnson Bradford and Marnie Old were given Beer Journalism awards for their work in print. Bradford, editor of All About Beer, was the Trade and Specialty Beer Media winner for "The Men in the Tall Rubber Boots," which appeared in the magazine's May issue. Old won in the Consumer Print Media category for "Beer Takes the High Road," published in Santé magazine in June 2007.

BA was joined by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) in presenting three new awards to wholesalers. The Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, which recognizes the beer distributor in America who does the most to market, sell and promote craft beer in its market, went to Monarch Beverage Co. of Indiana. The Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award went to Louis Glunz Beer Co. of Illinois, and the Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award went to Cavalier Distributing of Ohio.--JACK CURTIN

October 14, 2007 - Pennsylvania's 12 Medals, Including Six Gold, Lead East Coast GABF Wins
An impressive performance by seven Pennsylvania breweries accounted for more than a third of the total medals and more than half the Gold medals brought home by East Coast breweries from Denver and the 2007 Great American Beer Festival this weekend.

Victory Brewing, Sly Fox Beer and McKenzie Brew House each won two medals, including a Gold each, and Troegs Brewing and Rock Bottom King of Prussia accounted for the other two Golds in the standard beer judging. Allentown/Bethlehem Brew Works received a Gold in the Pro-Am competition. In addition, Stoudt Brewing Company won two medals and Iron Hill one, for a state total of six Golds and 12 overall wins. Pennsylvania finished fourth among the states in total wins, behind California (46), Colorado (28) and, just barely, Wisconsin (13). Oregon was fifth with 11 wins; even if the Allentown/Bethlehem Gold in the Pro-Am competition is discounted by purists, the state was at worst tied for the fourth slot.

Overall, East Coast breweries won 32 medals, three less than in 2006, but they outperformed last year by 11 Gold Medals to seven. In addition to the Pennsylvania wins and two in Delaware (details on both states' medals can be found in our story posted yesterday), medals were garnered by breweries in New York (6), Maryland (5), Maine (2), Massachusetts (2), Virginia (2) and New Hampshire (1).

In New York, Captain Lawrence took a Gold for Cuvee de Castleton, Southampton Publick House won a Silver for Double White Ale and Bronze for McHenry Lager, Blue Point won Silver for Toasted Lager, and Chelsea Brewing (Hop Angel IPA) and Olde Saratoga Brewing (Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer) each won Bronze. The Olde Saratoga win gave the region a clean sweep in the German-Style Pilsner category, behind Gold for Sly Fox Pilsner and Silver for Victory Prima Pils.

In Maryland,Rock Bottom-Bethesda had a trifecta--Gold for Brown Bear Brown, Silver for Firechief Ale and Bronze for Right On Rye and Clipper City Brewing won Gold for BaltoMärzHon and Bronze for McHenry Lager. A bit further south in Northern Virginia, Great American Restaurants won Gold for Crazy Jackass Ale and Capitol City Brewing Co. received Bronze for Milkman Stout.

Boston Beer Company won the only Gold in the New England states, for Samuel Adams Double Bock (in a category when Sly Fox Instigator was the Bronze); a second Massachusetts win came from Cambridge Brewing Co., a silver for Cambridge Amber. Allagash Brewing Co. took a pair of Bronze Medals for Maine, winning with beers named Victor and Four. And Portsmith Brewery of New Hampshire won Silver for Wheat Wine to round out the East Coast totals.

In the brewery and brewpub awards, Pabst Brewing and brewer Bob Newman were the Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year, Firestone Walker Brewing and brewer Matthew Brynildson were the Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing and Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey and Tomme Arthur were the Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year. The Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year were Redrock Brewing Company and Kevin Templin; the Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year were Montana Brewing Company and Travis Zeilstra.

GABF sold out completely for 2007 and a record-breaking attendance figure topping last year's 41,000 is expected to be reported when everything is tallied up. This year, 107 certified judges from seven countries tasted 2832 beers which were entered by 474 breweries in 75 style categories and 222 medals were awarded. There were 408 breweries on the festival floor, pouring 1884 beers, an estimated 25,000 gallons in all.--JACK CURTIN

GABF results by state were calculated based upon statistical data organized by Bryan Kolesar, proprietor of The Brew Lounge.
October 13, 2007 - Victory, Sly Fox, McKenzie, Troegs, Rock Bottom & Allentown/Bethlehem Brew Works Win GABF Gold Medals
In an impressive showing for the Delaware Valley, ten local breweries won 14 Medals in the beer judging at the 26th Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony in Denver, Colo.

The medal total included six Gold Medals and two medals each for Victory Brewing Company of Downingtown, Sly Fox Beer of Royersford and Phoenixville, McKenzie Brew House in Chadds Ford and Malvern, and Stoudt's Brewing of Adamstown.

Victory took Gold for Victory Festbier and Silver for Prima Pils, behind Sly Fox's Gold for Pikeland Pils. Sly Fox also won Bronze for Instigator Doppelbock. McKenzie won Gold for Saison Vautour and Bronze for Wee Heavy. Troegs Brewing Company of Harrisburg won a Gold in the Doppelbock category for Troegenator Doppelbock and the Rock Bottom Brewery location in King of Prussia won Gold for its Broad Street Barleywine.

Allentown/Bethlehem Brew Works received a Gold Medal in the Pro-Am Beer Competition, along with AHA member Chris Bowen. Pro-Am entries are brewed by professional craft brewers based on award winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.

Stoudt's Brewing Company of Adamstown won Silver for its Weizen and Bronze for its Ofest. Iron Hill Media won Bronze for its Kriek de Hill. Stewart's Brewing of Bear, Del., earned a Silver for its Oktoberfest and Dogfish Head of Milton, Del., won Silver for Midas Touch.

Additionally, Philadelphia writer Marnie Old won the Beer Writer of the Year award in the Consumer Print Media Category in the Brewers Association Beer Journalism Awards competition.

Storylines for the event including Victory's first ever GABF medal, McKenzie Brew House winning a Gold and a Bronze the year after the dismissal of perennial medal winning brewer Scott Morrison and Troegs winning medals two years in a row for Troegenator (Silver in 2006).

Here are the winners by category:

Category: 9 Specialty Honey Lager or Ale - 39 Entries
Silver: Midas Touch, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Category: 17 Aged Beer (Ale or Lager) - 30 Entries
Gold: Broad Street Barleywine, Rock Bottom Brewery - King of Prussia, King of Prussia, PA

Category: 21 German-Style Pilsener - 47 Entries
Gold: Pikeland Pils, Sly Fox Brewing Co., Royersford, PA
Silver: Prima Pils, Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, PA

Category: 28 Vienna Style Lager - 37 Entries
Bronze: Stoudts Ofest, Stoudts Brewing Co., Adamstown, PA

Category: 29 German Style Märzen - 58 Entries
Gold: Victory Festbier, Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, PA
Silver: Stewart’s Oktoberfest, Stewart’s Brewing Co., Bear, DE

Category: 34 Bock - 23 Entries
Gold: Troegenator, Tröegs Brewing Co., Harrisburg, PA

Category: 35 German Style Strong Bock - 22 Entries
Bronze: Instigator, Sly Fox Brewing Co., Royersford, PA

Category: 55 South German Style - 60 Entries
Silver: Stoudts Weizen, Stoudts Brewing Co., Adamstown, PA

Category: 58 French- and Belgian Style Saison - 35 Entries
Gold: Saison Vautour, McKenzie Brew House, Malvern, PA

Category: 60 Belgian-Style Sour Ale - 28 Entries
Bronze: Kriek de Hill, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Media, Media, PA

Category: 71 Strong Scotch Ale - 28 Entries
Bronze: McKenzie Wee Heavy, McKenzie Brew House, Malvern, PA

More Beer Yard GABF Coverage will be posted Sunday or Monday.--JACK CURTIN

NOTE: An earlier Flash News Report said that Stoudt's Brewing also won a Gold Medal and did not include either Rock Bottom or Dogfish Head as medal winners. We apologize for the errors.
October 12, 2007 - Pliny the Elder Takes 2007 Alpha King Title in Denver
Russian River's Pliny the Elder and brewer Vinnie Cilurzo were crowned the 2007 "Alpha King" champions at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver today at Falling Rock Tap House, in Denver. The annual competition is held in conjunction with the Great American Beer Festival.

Pliny the Elder, arguably the nation's most popular and sought-after double IPA ,comes in at 100 IBUs and registers 8.0% alcohol by volume.

The Alpha King competition is sponsored and was created, by Hop Union, Yakima, WA, a major supplier of hops to craft brewers; the Northwest edition of the national Brewing News chain and White Labs, San Diego, a supplier of yeast to craft brewers.

The 2006 winner was Boundary Bay Imperial IPA brewed by Ed Bennett.--JACK CURTIN

October 09, 2007 - SABMiller and Coors Combine US Operations Into A Joint Venture
SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company announced this morning that they have signed a letter of intent to combine their U.S. and Puerto Rico operations. The transaction is expected to generate approximately $500 million in annual cost savings by the end of the third full year of combined financial operations, according to a press release.

The closing transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2007 and MillerCoors is expected to have have combined net revenues of approximately $6.6 billion and beer sales of 69 million U.S. barrels (81 million hectoliters). SABMiller and Molson Coors will have a 50% voting interest in the joint venture and five representatives each on its Board of Directors. SABMiller will have 58% economic interest and Molson Coors will have 42% economic interest.

The new company, MillerCoors, will be headed by Molson Coors Vice Chairman Pete Coors as chairman and SABMiller CEO Graham McKay as vice chairman. Molson Coors chief executive Leo Kiely will be the CEO of the joint venture, and Tom Long, Miller CEO will serve as president and chief commercial officer.

From the press release: "MillerCoors will build on the unique attributes of both Miller Lite and Coors Light to ensure compelling differentiation. The new company will also be better positioned to meet the increasingly diverse demands of U.S. beverage alcohol consumers through imports like Peroni, Molson and Pilsner Urquell; craft varieties including Leinenkugel’s, Blue Moon and Henry Weinhard’s; and specialty beers like Miller Chill, Killian’s and Sparks. MillerCoors will have more flexibility and resources for brand-building initiatives and increased levels of innovation in taste, product attributes and packaging."--JACK CURTIN

October 09, 2007 - Kennett Brew Fest Will Cut Ticket Sales By 1000 in 2008
Jeffrey Norman, chairperson for the annual Kennett Square Brew Fest, told The Beer Yard yesterday evening that his committee would limit sales for the popular event by "at least 1000 tickets" next year.

The action, which is only part of what Norman said he hopes will be "a major announcement" in coming weeks, will be taken because long lines at brewery stands this past weekend led some attendees to offer complaints at the BeerAdvocate website yesterday. Norman replied almost immediately with his own posting, writing that "I hear you all loud and clear and can assure you that my committee has as well in an email I sent this morning at 8 am."

Including 300 tickets for the limited attendance Connoisseur Tasting before the four-hour main event, more than 3000 tickets were sold for this year's festival, which featured the beers of 47 breweries. Everyone who purchased tickets online will receive a follow-up email explaining the restriction on sales for 2008, Norman said.

"With nine more breweries this year we spread the site out and I thought we had enough space. Actually, I guess we did, but I obviously miscalculated for the brewery lines. I’ve fired the first shot across my committee’s bow and, in no uncertain terms, have guaranteed that this won’t happen again," he stressed.

The ten-year old festival, which has grown into one of the region's largest and most popular, attracts brewery participation from as far away as California and attendees from several surrounding states. Norman said that it is the "financial life blood" of Historic Kennett Square, a non-profit organization "whose mission is to actively support and enrich the community vitality and pride, to help preserve the historic district and small-town atmosphere of downtown Kennett Square."

Norman had some words of praise for attendees at the event. "I think most people had a great time and that the crowd was well behaved even with the heat. Everyone who made a comment about the lines has been civil and I’m hoping that's because we’ve earned that over the years. I think it's fair to say too that the Connoisseur portion was was great and that the bathroom situation, which we'd had some problems with last year, was good, because we added additional facilities. I’d appreciate it if you focus on those two aspects of the event," he laughed.

Overall response in the BeerAdvocate thread was indeed favorable. In addition, several posters praised the Connoisseur session in particular and some of those pouring the beers as well as attendees made a point of commending the festival staff for its help and good humor.--JACK CURTIN

October 09, 2007 - Release of Victory Brewing's Baltic Thunder Postponed
The release of Victory Brewing Company's long-awaited Baltic Thunder has been postponed as a result of production difficulties, according a news release received this evening from Patrick Mullin, bar manager at The Drafting Room in Exton.

Mullin wrote that he was told by Victory sales director Steve German that the originally planned 750ml bottles arrived "3mm out of spec and cannot be run on the bottling line with the same crowns. [A]decision was made to switch to 22oz bottles, change labels and change boxes." The latter two items have, fortunately, not yet been printed.

No new release date has been set, Mullin said.

Baltic Thunder is Victory's reformulated version of Heavyweight Brewing Company's Perkuno's Hammer, a Baltic Porter which was one of the favorite releases of the closed New Jersey brewery. The brewery was closed by Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver in 2006 so that they could pursue other ventures. Victory founders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski were such fans of the brew that they licenses the rights to recreate it from the Heavyweight founders. The name change resulted from a legal conflict over distribution rights to the brand name.

The Drafting Room's "One Final Victory for Heavyweight" event on Saturday, October 20 has been canceled for now. It was to have featured the draught release of Baltic Thunder and "the last known keg" of the original Perkuno's Hammer. along with bottles of several other Heavyweight beers and an appearance by Baker and Zwerver.--JACK CURTIN

October 08, 2007 - Garrett Oliver Will Edit Forthcoming Oxford Companion To Beer
Brooklyn Brewing's Garrett Oliver has signed on as the Editor-In-Chief and leading author of The Oxford Companion to Beer, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2011. The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food, published in 2003, has been widely acclaimed. It won the 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Book Award.

The Oxford Press volume will be similar to Jancis Robinson's The Oxford Companion to Wine considered a seminal book on wines. It will offer thousands of entries on every beer-related topic imaginable, from history to styles, detailed methods of production, ingredients and their varieties, politics of beer, topics of debate, yeasts, climate change, wild fermentations, innovations and more.

"It will be unlike any beer book ever published and we couldn't be more happy to be adding this title to our Oxford Food Reference list," said Christian Purdy, director of publicity for Oxford University Press-USA.

Oxford University Press is the world's largest university press, publishing more than 4,500 new books a year. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries (including the Oxford English Dictionary) and reference books, and journals. Oxford University Press is a division of Oxford University, England.--JACK CURTIN

October 07, 2007 - First Off-Premises Dock Street Beers Ship to Wholesaler
When the new Dock Street Brewpub opened in West Philadelphia in August, owner Rosemarie Certo promised that the brewery would be sending some of its beers to off-premises accounts as well as pouring them onsite.

That promise will be validated on Monday, October 8, with the release of kegs of Dock Street RYPA (a Rye IPA) and Dock Street Pumpkin Ale to wholesaler Kunda Beverage.

The beers are slated for The Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's.

Brewer Julius Hummer told the Beer Yard during yesterday's Kennett Square Brewfest, where he was pouring his new Satellite Espresso Stout, that the IPA, created by interim brewer Scott Morrison, will remain part of his menu because of its popularity with the pub's customers, as will Morrison's Kolsch.

Hummer has already added his own Left Coast Red Ale and an Imperial Oatmeal Stout to the mix and promises more new brews shortly.--JACK CURTIN

October 01, 2007 - Anheuser-Busch Apparently Not Purchasing Budvar After All...At Least Not Now
The purchase of the Czech Republic's Budejovicky Budvar by Anheuser-Busch, the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, seems to have turned into a non-event.

According to the Prague Daily Monitor last Thursday, told the country’s Chamber of Deputies that the Czech government is not going to privatize the Budejovicky Budvar brewery at this time. "This is no privatization," he said, adding that a tender will be issued for the transformation of state-owned Budvar in October and the transformation of the brewery into a joint-stock company would take about 12-18 months. Topolanek also dismissed speculations that his adviser Marek Dalik is in talks with A-B.

The two brewers have been locked in trademark disputes around the world over the use of the name "Budweiser" for decades. By buying Budvar, A-B, which took over US distribution of Budvar under the Czechvar brand name, could put an end to the expensive litigation.--JACK CURTIN

October 01, 2007 - Texas Businessman Offers Beer Tasting and Hop Appreciation Kit
Brian Lewis thinks big like a Texan should, and the result for the Houston businessman is, a new website which offers the world's first-ever beer tasting kit, "designed to train all levels of enthusiasts how to better taste and appreciate beer."

The Beer Tasting and Hop Appreciation Kit has as its main component thirteen different hop samples and a Beer Appreciation Guide to teach the user how to properly appreciate beer, along with a color chart of "12 different shades of beer." A "scent refresher" is provided to "help reduce scent fatigue after repeated sniffs of hops and tastes of beer."

The kit also includes access to two online databases, a Hop Database which pairs hundreds of commercial beers with the hops used in brewing them and a Terms Database which offers extensive list of terms used to describe beers and their characteristics.

"While the concept of a wine tasting kit has been around for a long time to help train the palates of wine drinkers, the concept of a beer tasting kit is new," Lewis said in announcing the product, adding that his inspiration came as the result of using allergy medication for the first time "after having no real sense of smell my whole life, a result of living in Houston.

"I was brewing a batch of homebrew and trying to explain to my wife how hops affect the beer's flavor. In frustration I pulled the remaining bits of hops out of my fridge and told her to take a sniff and taste the beer. She complied and looked at me with a somewhat exasperated look on her face and said 'Why didn't you just say to do this to begin with?' I then took a smell myself and realized that the essence of the beer had never come through so clearly to me before because I could finally smell for the first time in my life. That's when I realized that everyone should be able to experience what I was experiencing."

Lewis claims that the kit was designed with "all levels of beer enthusiasts in mind, from the most seasoned home brewer to the certified beer judge. There is always something more to learn about beer, which is the beauty of this tasting kit, something for every level of beer connoisseur. After all, is there anyone out there that can identify thirteen different hops by name? I sure as heck can't, but with this kit I can."--JACK CURTIN