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Sep 10, 2014
Freddie Kitson

A Month of Beer Festivals

Fun lovers are in for a treat next month when the capital hosts two beer festivals in a space of two weeks.

The annual Delta Beverages Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival takes place on October 11 at Glamis Arena while new venue Sunset Arena hosts another beer festival from October 24 to 25.

While organisers of both festivals will be announcing their performers soon, it is obvious that there will be great packages at both events.

Beer festivals usually present fun-filled environments among revellers in addition to bringing good stage performances.

The Lion Lager festival is known for creating such fun among imbibers through promotions and give-away prizes besides hosting local and international artistes. International musicians that have performed at the beer festival include Beenie Man, P Square, Fantan Mojah and D’Banj. The festival brings fun every year.

On the other hand, the Sunset Arena Beer Festival is likely to bring a fresh feel of the social event through various fun activities.

The two-day festival is expected to feature an array of activities that include music performances, exhibitions as well as beer tasting and drinking competitions among others.

The new venue, Sunset Arena, which hosted the Harare Agricultural Show as Guard Alert Training Ground is situated near City Sports Centre on the fringes of Harare Civic Centre Grounds.

Organisers of the event said they had engaged manufacturers of various beer brands to present their products at an exhibition that promises to be fun-filled.

“This is an event meant to provide exciting outdoor entertainment this summer. The shows will just complement a programme that is mainly meant to give beer drinkers an opportunity to mix, mingle and have fun,” said one of the organisers.

“We want to utilise the new venue because we realised it is good for outdoor entertainment after it hosted its inaugural event, the show shut-down gig. A senior music critic in the country suggested we name it Sunset Arena because it is a place that can host afternoon and night shows, especially this summer.”

During the Harare Agricultural Show shutdown event, the venue hosted an array of dancehall artistes that entertained thousands of merrymakers until sunrise.

Organisers of Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival said they would release complete information about the event early next week.

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Sep 8, 2014
Freddie Kitson

MondoCon to Host Food Trucks, Exclusive Dogfish Beer

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

MONDOCON TAPS INTO AUSTIN’S BEST EATS WITH FOOD TRUCK PARTNERS EXCLUSIVE BEVERAGES FOR THE CONVENTION

An exclusive Dogfish Head beer, special food menus themed cocktails are just some of the tasty treats in store for attendees

Austin, TX—September 8, 2014— Amazing food and drink options are just some of the ways MondoCon is seeking to offer a unique convention experience. Four local food trucks – Frank, JuiceLand, Micklethwait and The Peached Tortilla – will be on hand in the parking lot to offer delicious Austin cuisine to attendees throughout the weekend and a full service bar will be available inside with themed cocktails and a special Dogfish Head brew. The two-day convention takes place on September 20 21 during the first weekend of Fantastic Fest at The Marchesa Hall Theater in Austin, TX.

“When trying to craft our ideal convention, one of the things at the top of the list was to improve upon the food options. Austin is a food town as much as it is a film and music town and we’re eager to bring that experience to MondoCon. We’ve handpicked some of the city’s greatest food trucks to ensure that the dining experience will be as memorable as the panels and screenings themselves. We’re also excited to offer a full service bar in an effort to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere where you’ll want to hang out and have a beer or cocktail,” said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.

EDIBLE EXCLUSIVES
Creativity is the theme of the convention and the food and beverage partners have risen to the challenge to offer some incredible new flavors to their menus. Additionally, the bar will offer several themed cocktails from Alamo Drafthouse’s Beverage Director Bill Norris.

Dogfish Head
Dogfish Head, the official beer vendor, is brewing a special “Mondo Beer” exclusively for the convention. “Mondo Beer” is an English Old Ale that has been aged in Dogfish Head’s one-of-a-kind giant oak tanks at their brewery in Milton, DE. The oak-aging process shares a connection with Texas for its oak tree and the artists of MondoCon who use pulp and paper as the medium for their great works of art. The custom made logo, designed by artist Tyler Stout, can be downloaded here.

JuiceLand
JuiceLand has concocted an exclusive smoothie called “Espresso Greens” – named after the popular poster collecting forum ExpressoBeans.com. The ingredients are banana, cherry, coffee (kohana cold brew), cacao, dates, spinach and almond milk. A photo of the special smootie, available only at MondCon, can be found here.

Frank
Frank has designed a complete custom menu for their food truck at MondoCon featuring delicious new sausages themed to comics creators and artist guests of the convention. The first five selections below will also be available at Frank’s restaurant on 407 Colorado Street from September 15 – 20.

Bryan Lee O’Malley Scott Pilgrim Sex Bob-ombs
Bacon and Pimento stuffed, Panko fried Cherry Peppers…”make you think about death and get sad and stuff.” order of 4

Mike Mignola Hell Boy Nacho Fries
Waffle fries dressed with spicy Habanero-Jack Queso, Cayenne-dusted Bacon bits and spicy Tobacco Onions w/ Cholula Sour Cream

Bernie Wrightson Swamp Salad
Veggie Apple Sage, Seaweed Salad, Miso Aioli shaved Bonito

Val Mayerik Waaaugh! Dog
Duck and pork sausage topped with Gruyere cheese, Habanero-Mango Aioli Fried Shallots

William Stout Tarman
Hudson’s Old Timer Sausage w/ Creamy Garlic “Brains”, Balsamic Tar reduction Zombie Soil

Alex Pardee Bunnywith (Available at MondoCon ONLY. Limited Run)
Rabbit Sausage w/ Fig-Habanero Bacon Mostarda, Goat Cheese Dr. Doppelgänger BBQ sauce

FOOD TRUCKS
See below for cuisine descriptions of the four food truck partners at MondoCon.

Frank
Frank is a Chicago hot doggery with a focus on Luxurious Sausage Waffle Fries. Located downtown Austin, Texas at 4th Colorado, Frank slings dogs, sausage waffle fries as well as Craft Beer, Hand Made Cocktails, Espresso Drinks Spiffy Milk Shakes.

JuiceLand
Since the summer of 2001, we’ve served superfood smoothies and fresh juices from a little stone cottage on Barton Springs Rd. A merry team of creative friends and family help harmonize 10 Austin locations plus one in Brooklyn, and we’d like to invite you to visit us soon – JuiceLand loves making your drinks come true!

Micklethwait
Central Texas BBQ served up in East Austin specializing in award-winning beef ribs, house-made desserts and bread, world famous jalapeño cheese grits, a rotating cast of fresh-made sausage and of course brisket, pork ribs, puled pork and much more! As seen on Jimmy Kimmel.

The Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla is an award-winning Austin catering company and food truck that specializes in Southern Asian influenced cuisine. The company has garnered national attention for its food from Food Wine Magazine, Live! With Kelly Michael and The Cooking Channel. The Peached Tortilla is set to open its first brick and mortar location in Fall of 2014 on Burnet Rd.

Mondo is creating a convention unlike any other, bringing together unique guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys with the world’s finest artists, designers, toy creators as well as filmmakers, composers and more. Panels and screenings will take place in the theater and the exhibition hall will host booths for individual artists and companies featuring artwork and products for sale. The exhibition hall will also offer a unique chance for fans to interact with creators in an intimate environment. To see the previously announced lineup of panels film screenings visit Mondo-Con.com.
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Sep 8, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Beer festivals abound in Southern Tier

Like beer? You’ll love this fall.

A flurry of beer-centric festivals occupy almost every weekend of the fall calendar in the Southern Tier.

Whether the Binghamton Brew Fest on Sept. 13 or the Finger Lakes Beer Festival at the end of October, the events on tap now jostle with the more traditional harvest and community celebrations that have been a hallmark of fall merriment.

For Theresa Hollister of Apalachin, beer festivals celebrate the same enthusiasm for locally produced goods in a spirit of community and revelry.

“Beer fests have always been a popular thing,” said Hollister, a founder partner of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail. “We are definitely seeing more, and more markets having their own.”

Part of that comes from the proliferation of craft brewers creating and marketing locally made beverages. Hollister pointed to the growth of the beer trail itself, which stretches across the Southern Tier and central parts of New York. In 2011 the trail counted 24 craft brewers in the region. Now, that number has more than tripled to 75, according to Hollister.

Consumers are choosing more of the craft brews in a search for a fresher product, produced locally, with new and creative flavors, said Hollister. Part of their advantage is that local brewers can try smaller batches as compared to the bigger manufactures.

“They can really play around with the ingredient and flavor profiles and try interesting concoctions,” Hollister said.

And with the festivals popping up in counties across the region, consumers have the chance to sample more flavors and brands than they might otherwise, Hollister added.

“For people who maybe wouldn’t go on a day trip on the Finger Lakes, this is a nice way to bring the beer to them.”

Beer- and food-related festivals include:

BROOME COUNTY

Sept. 13. Brew Fest: celebration of craft brewing and New York wines with dozens of breweries and wineries offering sampling selections. Tickets cost $35 and are available at retail beverage centers in Ithaca and Binghamton and online at thebinghamtonbrewfest.com; 4 to 7 p.m. Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Sept. 20. Apple Festival: Annual event featuring over 80 vendors, youth entertainment and fresh New York state apples; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Washington Ave., Endicott; (607) 748-9548

Sept. 25. Parlor City Brew Fest: The third annual event features regional breweries with proceeds benefiting The Family Children’s Society, Inc. that provides mental health treatment, counseling and home care services in the Broome and Tioga counties area, according to organizers. $35 entry. 5 to 8 p.m. Terra Cotta, 81 State St., Binghamton.

Oct. 11. Sudsy Brews and Fiery Foods, microbrew fest featuring a dozen breweries and spicy food from Binghamton area restaurants. Tour a vintage ice cream factory and check out the Vintage IBM Endicott Computing Center during the festival. Noon to 5 p.m. TechWorks! Prototype Workshop, 321 Water St., Binghamton.

CHEMUNG

Sept. 13. Twin Tiers Tap-In: Sample local and national brands with admission covering 25 three ounce tastings and a commemorative glass. Select vendors will provide choice beers which will only be available during the VIP hour from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $40 in advance, $45 at the door for VIP. General admission from 5 to 8 p.m. costs $30 in advance, $35 at the door for general admission. First Arena, 155 N. Main St., Elmira.

Sept. 20-21.

Big Flats Appleumpkin Days: A fall harvest celebration held at a variety of business locations in the Town of Big Flats. Activities throughout the weekend will include prize drawings, refreshments, and food available for purchase. Additionally, a children’s coloring contest is also planned and many craft and product vendors will be set up at the Cottage Gift Shop. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Visit BigFlatsBusinessAssociation.com for more information.

SENECA

Sept. 14. German Festival: Live German band and dancers, grape stomping, grape pies, German food, Polka contest, balloon art and costumes during this fun get-together for the whole family. $5 cover charge, 12 and under free, Free parking; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m, 3862 County Road 150, Interlaken, lucasvineyards.com.

SCHUYLER

Oct. 25. Finger Lakes Beer Festival: Thirty craft brews from 15 New York state craft breweries with live music, food and local beers. Each guest receives a commemorative sampling glass and 25 tasting coupons; $40, $35 advance sales. Watkins International Speedway, www.theglen.com.

STEUBEN

Sept. 13-14. Harvest Celebration of Food and Wine: Tour the wineries of Keuka Lake and sample dishes prepared from locally

Sept. 18-20. Harvest Music Festival: The 19th annual event features Finger Lakes wine and beer tastings, live music, food and fun for the whole family. Thursday 7 to 9 p.m., Friday 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Corning’s Gaffer District, Market Street, downtown area, Corning. Visit www.gafferdistrict.com/events/jazz2.html for more info.

Sept. 20. Harvest Festival: Crooked Creek Hops Farm brings together a day of beer, barbecue and music to showcase the New York State hops industry and introduce people to hops farming. A family friendly festival with events for all ages. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Costs $20 for adults, $10 for 16-20 and under 16 are free. 6700 Holden Road, Addison.

Oct. 4. Crystal City Brew Festival: Over 30 breweries will be on hand to sample and discuss their varieties, with food and music throughout the afternoon from 5 to 8 p.m. $30 pre-sale and $40 at the door. Corning Harley-Davidson 300 Town Center Road, Painted Post. www.crystalcitybrewfestival.com.

TIOGA

Sept. 20. Potato Festival: Learn the history of the potato and why it is important to the Town of Richford. Get free samples of potatoes to bring home. Try potato ice cream and other delicacies made from the mighty potato. Details: visittioga.com/2014-09-20/Potato-Festival.htm

Sept. 27. Tioga Center Pumpkin Festival: Breakfast served until 9 a.m., with contests, games, food, entertainment, train rides for kids and vendors throughout the day during this seventh annual event. Free admission, free parking; 7 a.m. Ransom Park, Tioga Center. www.tiogacenterpumpkinfest.com.

Oct. 4. Annual Apple Festival: Kids’ activities, food, craft artisans and horse and wagon rides during this festival showcasing how people lived 200 years ago. Featuring demonstrations of cider pressing, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, black powder shooting, soap making, candle dipping, quilting, tours of the farmhouse, and more. There will be live musical groups all weekend as well as traditional dancing; 10 a.m., Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum, 9241 New York 38, Newark Valley.

Oct. 24. National Food Day Festival: Free event will feature food demos, tastings, hands on activities, free raffles and more; 3:30 p.m. Owego Elks Lodge.

TOMPKINS

Sept. 20. Homestead Harvest Festival: second annual event with music, square dancing and old time craft demonstrations along with handspinners, fiber arts, goat milking and kids games; noon to 6 p.m. Southworth Homestead, Route 13, Dryden.

Sept. 21. Judy’s Day: In its 10th year, organizers urge guests to go bananas while exploring the fun and fascinating world of fruits with hands-on activities, music, and food are all part of this free learning festival in the outdoor setting of the F. R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell Plantations.

Oct. 3-5. Apple Harvest Festival: A three day celebration of food, fun, and apples during the 32nd annual festival featuring tasty products from farmers, wineries, bakeries, crafters, food vendors and more. Activities include music, dancing, eating, education, a Ferris wheel and giant slide, Iron Chef event, craft fair and street performers; Friday noon to JU6 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; downtownithaca.com.

Oct. 3-12. Cider Week Finger Lakes: The third annual event is a collaboration of local hard cider makers and orchardists to highlight the variety of local ciders from the Finger Lakes. Craft Cider Week offers events such as tastings, cider dinners with local chefs, a local orchard tour, and a cider-flavored square dance. Visit ciderweekflx.com for more information on events and times.

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Sep 7, 2014
Freddie Kitson

NH Oktoberfests and Fall Beer Festivals

New Hampshire’s fall season is packed with great beer festivals and celebrations.

Have an event you’d like to see listed here? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or add it to our events calendar.

Wicked Wine and Brew Fest

September 6
2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Mel’s Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft HWY, Litchfield

Wicked Wine and Brew Fest is a unique tasting event featuring New Hampshire and New England wineries and breweries. Local musicians, artisans, and vendors will also be on hand to celebrate the beautiful fall day. The Telegraph is teaming up with the NH Food Bank to raise money for a good cause while enjoying the New England fall season.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $5. Click here for tickets and more information.


2nd Annual Capital Cup Brew Festival

September 6
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Kiwanis Riverfront Park
15 Loudon St., Concord

Twenty craft breweries will participate in the event sampling local craft selections as well as hard-to-find varieties from around the United States. A beer garden will also be open starting at 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 (including a commemorative glass).Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20. In addition, the Weekend on the Water features dragon boat racing, food vendors, duck boat rides, live music, crew race, maddog fitness challenge race and a rubber duck race!


5th Annual Greater Salem Rotary Club Oktoberfest

September 13
12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Rockingham Park
Rockingham Park Boulevard, Salem

Featuring traditional German food, beer and other beverages. The Chris White Band and Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band will both provide live music during the day. Adults are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Click here for more information.


Schilling’s Oktoberfest

September 20
12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Schilling Beer Co.
18 Mill St., Littleton
(603) 444-4800

Celebrate family, community and autumn’s approach with Bavarian-inspired Schilling beers and local foods at Schilling Beer Co.’s Oktoberfest and First Anniversary Celebration. There will be live music, a classic Oktoberfest tent, a corn hole tournament and many other activities. Schilling family members will be on-hand to celebrate, including Dr. R.J. Schilling, after whom the brewery was named. Admission is free, and families are welcome. Click here for more information.


Symphony NH Oktoberfest

September 27
6 p.m.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
(603) 595-9156

Dust off your lederhosen, pull up your socks, and join us at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to celebrate beer, harvest, and traditional music.

We have your choice of seasonal brews and year-round favorites on tap alongside German beer-hall food favorites like bratwurst and strudel. Festive traditional music will make you feel like you’re in a Bavarian biergarten!

$40 admission price includes a wide variety of beer on tap, German food and dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and live entertainment.

For an additional $10, take an after-hours Brewery Tour.  Tour space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended; select this option at checkout.

This is a benefit for Symphony NH’s community music programs. Click here for more information.


Schnitzelfest

September 27
Butler Park, Central St., Hillsborough
12 p.m.-5 p.m.

A day of great German food, beer and entertainment during foliage season in downtown Hillsborough. Authentically prepared schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato salad, breads and desserts are served under the tent. There are also plenty of beer, wine and craft vendors, shopping opportunities, oom-pah music and more. Click here for more information.


Upper Valley Oktoberfest

October 3
Top of the Hop and Alumni Hall on the campus of Dartmouth College, Hanover
6 p.m.-9 p.m.

A celebration of New England craft brewers and local food. Tickets are $35 and limited to the first 500 purchasers. Your purchase entitles you to 12 tasting tickets upon entry. All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Lions´ local charities and scholarships. Click here for more information.


Exeter Powderkeg Beer and Chili Festival

October 4
12 p.m.
Swasey Parkway, Exeter

Love beer? So do we! The 2014 Exeter Powder Keg Beer Chili Festival will take place alongside the 16th Annual Fall Festival, a long standing Exeter tradition that includes local crafters, vendors and street entertainment. So pack up the family and come on down to experience all the fun Exeter has to offer! Click here for more information.


Attitash Oktoberfest

October 11-12
Attitash Mountain Resort
Route 302, Bartlett

Attitash Mountain Resort will host the 17th Annual Oktoberfest on Columbus Day weekend and will feature live, traditional Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band, dancing, Stein Hoisting and Keg Toss competitions for adults, kids’ activities and games, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent featuring local and regional brewers. This year’s attending brewers will compete for the “People’s Favorite” annual award.

Click here for tickets and more information.


Loon Mountain Oktoberfest

October 11-12
60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln

Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps in the White Mountains during Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of German food, drink and culture. Timed to coincide with peak foliage season, you’ll enjoy beer, brats, and sauerkraut as you reconnect with old friends and make new ones. With an oompah-band providing the soundtrack to fun games like the stein-holding contest and keg toss, you’ll have an awesome time. Click here for more information.


NH Brewfest

October 25
Session 1: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
VIP Session 12 p.m.-1p.m.
Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth

Held on the grounds of Redhook Ale Brewery, this event is a special fundraiser for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in partnership with Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB’s The Morning Buzz.

Admission includes entry to the event, 5oz souvenir sampler cup, beer samples and live music and entertainment.

Enjoy some of the best craft beer, great food and music and support a great cause.

Click here for tickets and more information.

 

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Sep 6, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Elizabeth Hovde: It’s worth the time to research and find local products – The Oregonian

I was “shocked” to learn my two favorite, store-housed, go-to beers were produced by the big guys in the beer industry. It made me “blue.”

 

That revelation isn’t news to a lot of consumers, especially in this beer destination. But I hadn’t been frequenting area pubs and beer festivals nor had I paid close attention to articles about beer. My life is more quesadillas, spilled milk and “Gulliver’s Travels” with the kids.

When I started doing some writing for GrowlerWerks, a group of local engineers developing a growler that keeps craft beer carbonated and fresh, and therefore me happy, I started reading and tasting more. And that’s how I learned the origins of the beer that sometimes lived in bottles in my fridge. I already knew I wasn’t shopping local, but I didn’t know I was making a consumer choice that wasn’t really any different than that of my Coors- or Bud Light-drinking friends.

It’s not that brewery giants are bad: Even if locally made beers are typically better and give my go-to Shock Top and Blue Moon competition, I dig the free market. And encouraging an orange twist in most any edible product is always a good thing, even if doing so is primarily just smart marketing. Cheers, Blue Moon.

My beer palate is largely clueless. It knows it likes beer that is cold, carbonated and usually a little fruity, but it doesn’t know much else. I’m no beer snob. In “Stuff White People Like,” a book that’s a constant riot, Christian Lander writes, “White people don’t like stuff that’s easy to acquire. Beer is no exception. They generally try to avoid beers like Budweiser, Labatt’s, Molson, Coors, and Heineken because if it’s mass produced it is bad. No exceptions. … Being able to walk into a bar and order a beer that no one has heard of makes white people feel good about their alcohol drinking palate.”

Lander goes onto make fun of guys sitting in bars with journals and recording their experiences with hops. Yep. Those guys can be found in these parts. Again, we live in a beer destination. Beer nerds abound. So much so that beer made here helps the state’s economy significantly. Because of that, it will start getting my support exclusively. Knowledge is power.

The Oregon Brewers Guild reported that retail sales of Oregon-made beer sold in the state totaled more than $400 million in 2013. Oregon led the U.S. in percentage of dollars spent on craft beer. And the state’s brewing companies added more than 200 jobs in 2013, directly employing more than 6,600 people. A prost to that.

Oregon’s beer industry also attracts tourism dollars. Brian Butenschoen, executive director of the Oregon Brewers Guild, said in a summer news release that 40 percent of Bend visitors visited a brewery or did the Ale Trail while there. Recent counts show Hood River has a brewery for every 1,433 residents, while Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world, says the OBG.

A CNN article put Portland at the top of its, “8 Best Beer Towns in the USA.” And an August 24 Thrillist article, “Every state in the USA, ranked by its beer,” had Oregon at number one, saying the state might be the epicenter of the craft beer movement and is the “best damn place to be a beer lover” in the United States. The article drenches Portland with compliments, saying, “Much ballyhoo has been made of the sheer number of breweries in the Portland metro area, which tops out at more than 70 and counting. But this isn’t a case of quantity over quality. It’s a case of quantity meeting quality head on. … Even the ‘crappy’ breweries by Portland standards would bury most of their peers based on pure deliciousness.”

We have something worth paying attention to and supporting, which is really convenient if you like beer and root for shopping local whenever possible.

The beer craze here reminded the consumer-me to do my homework. In 2014, we have the ability to research products fairly easily and become aware, quickly, of what’s produced locally. It takes as much time to get better informed about local options as it does for me to look up a favorite movie quote and post it on Facebook. For beer, I’ve been looking at PortlandBeer.com and Beer Guy PDX.

If the price isn’t prohibitive, we can make local choices about meat, produce, coffee and clothing — and adult beverages — more than once in a blue moon.

–Elizabeth Hovde writes Sunday columns for The Oregonian.

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Sep 6, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Drink up: Founders, Brewery Vivant, Perrin line up fall beer festivals – The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three of Grand Rapids’ most prominent breweries have slotted their annual autumn festivals for 2014.

First on the calendar is Perrin Brewing Company’s “sort of annual” Backyard Beer Bash, which celebrates the brewery’s birthday, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 13. The Comstock Park spot will set up outdoors, host live music and offer several limited-release beers, including the new batch of Kona Brown.

On the concert schedule are Particle, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, Thickest Thieves and Soul Club of Grand Rapids. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 day of show.

Those who purchase Bash tickets in advance will be allowed entry to a special pre-party at 3 p.m., with an acoustic set by Jesse Ray and the release of the “Flanders red style ‘Dr. Lacto’” brew, according to the Perrin website.

Next is Brewery Vivant’s fourth annual Wood Aged Beer Fest, 1-8 p.m. Oct. 4. The East Hills brewery will feature 20 limited-release bourbon barrel, wine barrel and oak-aged beers.

This year’s WABF will feature two firsts: it’ll be a street party in front of the brewery, on Cherry St., to accommodate an expected 2,500 attendees. Tickets also will be offered in advance for the first time, available for $12 at the Vivant website only.

Vivant is offering a trio of barrel-aged beers in its taproom now as a fest sneak preview: Whiskey Rooster, Cemetarian and Devastation.

Finally, Founders Brewing Co. will put on its 11th annual Harvest Party Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to closing time. As is tradition, the brewery’s wet-hopped Harvest Ale will be released.

Tickets are $10, or $8 for Founders Mug Club members, and include a commemorative pint glass and your first pour of Harvest Ale. Whiskey Shivers, The Hooten Hallers, The Carboys and Angela Sheik will provide live music.

Founders features another event for hopheads’ calendars: the Breakfast Stout Breakfast, 9 a.m. Nov. 8. Details are TBA.

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Sep 5, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Ohio Craft Brewers Association looks to raise profile

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association is looking for some help in raising its profile in the state. The nonprofit group this week (Sept. 4) released an RFP (request for proposals to the layman) for assistance from marketing/advertising/public relations firms in branding the association.

“This is just the next step in the progression of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association,” said Mary MacDonald, who was hired as the group’s first full-time executive director last year. “[Ohio is] number four in production of craft beer and we need to do a better job of telling our story.”

She has spent her time so far developing a strategic plan and growing membership. There are now 107 members, including 71 craft breweries, she said Friday.

But the marketing effort has been disjointed over the years, she said. “I’d like to have a cohesive message that we can put out there and that our breweries can use as well,” MacDonald said.

The RFP provides a peek into the group’s aggressive goals, which include redesigning its website next year, redoing its logo, and producing billboard ads and beer trail maps. MacDonald cautioned that the group is still getting on its financial feet so goals such as adding billboards aren’t in the immediate future.

The document also highlights two new beer festivals being organized by the group: the Holiday Craft Extravaganza set Nov. 8 in Cincinnati; and the Spring Fest on May 9 in Columbus.

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association was formed in 2007. But it wasn’t very active in marketing or promoting craft beer. That has changed as craft beer continues to surge in popularity, the number of craft brewers in Ohio has exploded and the group hired MacDonald.

Proposals are due Oct. 10, although anyone interested in submitting a proposal must notify the association by 4 p.m. Sept. 19.

To read the full RFP, see below:

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Request for Proposals for Branding Services

Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm EST, Friday, October 10, 2014

Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA), a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, requests proposals for Branding Services for OCBA to be completed and presented to OCBA by 5 pm on Friday, October 10, 2014. Please provide notice of your intention to submit a proposal by 4pm on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to OCBA Executive Director, Mary MacDonald at mary@ohiocraftbeer.org. Electronic submissions of the proposals are preferred and should be submitted to mary@ohiocraftbeer.org with “Proposal for Branding Services” in the subject line. If submitting a hardcopy proposal, 2 copies must be delivered by the proposal deadline to: Mary MacDonald, Executive Director, Ohio Craft Brewers Association, P.O. Box 8249, Columbus, OH 43201.

Introduction

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association was founded 2007 with the intention of unifying craft brewers statewide for legislative initiatives and promotional opportunities. After operating through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors in the initial years, the OCBA hired its first Executive Director in September 2013. The organization also filed for nonprofit status in June 2013 and was designated a 501(c)6 nonprofit in February 2014. OCBA membership went from approximately 40 brewery members in 2012 to a current total of 106 members for 2014 including 69 Brewery Members, 7 Breweries in Planning and 30 Allied Members.

Ohio Craft Brewers Association Mission Statement:

To promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry.


Ohio Craft Brewers Association Vision:

• The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) is recognized as the industry leader for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer.

• The OCBA serves as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state.

• Ohio craft beer industry prospers and evolves because of the OCBA’s advocacy.

• The craft beer industry contributes to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together.

• The OCBA serves as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse product choices for consumers.

Ohio Craft Brewers Association Core Values

• Stewardship: we sustain Ohio’s craft beer industry by promoting the creation of high-quality, unique products.

• Empowerment: we give independent breweries the training and tools to sustain and improve their craft.

• Advocacy: we protect, communicate and advance the rights of Ohio’s craft brewing industry.

• Fun: we commit to an industry culture built on transparency and a deep passion for the craft beer-making community.

Background on the Ohio Brewing Industry

Ohio is a significant player in the world of craft beer and beer in general. Ohio ranked fourth in craft beer production nationally (using 2013 figures) with 1,097,955 barrels. Large regional (Great Lakes Brewing Company) and national (Sam Adams) breweries contribute to Ohio’s craft beer prominence. As of mid-2014 Ohio has more than 95 operating craft breweries (70 are members of the OCBA) with at least another two dozen known to be in planning stages.

Additionally, Ohio is among six states that are home to both Anheuser Busch and Miller Coors Breweries (CA, GA, OH, TX, VA, WI) giving us additional economic and legislative challenges and advantages.

Definition of Craft Brewer

American craft brewers are defined as small, traditional and independent according to the Brewers Association. The Brewers Association is the non-profit trade group whose purpose is to promote and protect American craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts.

• Small: annual production of 6 million barrels or less.

• Traditional: less than 25 percent of the brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.

• Independent: a brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor is derived from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients or their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beers.

Background on the Ohio Craft Brewers Association/Ohio Craft Beer Brand

• To date, no formal brand exploration or marketing has been done for OCBA.

• Until hiring an Executive Director there was not much unified marketing. Pieces were made for specific events without adherence to any branding tenets.

• The OCBA logo was developed by a member of the organization for use in event promotions.

• Ohio Craft Brewers launched a website in 2011 (www.ohiocraftbeer.org) and expects to overhaul the site using new brand standards in 2015.

• Ohio Craft Brewers Association intends to host up to four Signature Events per year throughout the state to raise awareness of Ohio Craft Beer and fund our nonprofit organization. Existing events include Winter Warmer Fest (established, 3/8/15, Cleveland), Holiday Craft Extravaganza (new, 11/8/14, Cincinnati) and Spring Fest (new, 5/9/15, Columbus).

• OCBA has created some merchandise featuring slogans “Think Globally, Drink Locally” and “Drink Beer Made Here” on t-shirts and stickers.

• There is still much work to be done to brand “Ohio Craft Brewers Association” and “Ohio Craft Beer.” As the nonprofit organization representing all of Ohio’s craft breweries we believe it is of utmost importance that we establish a recognizable, compelling brand the we and our member breweries can use to further elevate the profile of Ohio Craft Beer.

• The “Ohio Craft Beer” brand and name is also used by www.ohiocraftbeer.com, an independent website run by a craft beer aficionado which is a more comprehensive and interactive site listing Ohio Craft Breweries.

• Protocols for the use of OCBA logos and branding by member breweries are not established.

• A complete list of OCBA member breweries can be found on our website at www.ohiocraftbeer.org/ohio-craft-brewers-association-member-breweries

Scope of Work

We seek a partner with a proven track record for creative excellence in brand development and execution to help us:

• Evaluate whether our name, Ohio Craft Brewers Association, is broad enough for both the internal work it does for its core audience (Ohio’s independent craft brewers), but also for our consumer audience (Ohio Craft Beer).

• Develop a brand platform for Ohio Craft Brewers Association/Ohio Craft Beer including positioning, personality, promise, differentiation, and value proposition.

• Develop a comprehensive brand strategy (including brand architecture) for a multifaceted brand that addresses relationships between brands (Ohio Craft Brewers
Association vs. Ohio Craft Beer).

• Establish brand identity, standards, guidelines and systems which can be applied to the following collateral:

— Logo

— Website

— Email newsletter design

— Social media accounts

— Event collateral

— Pop up tent banners

— Ohio On Tap magazine (future editions)

— Beer Trail maps (do not yet exist)

— Billboards

— Membership brochures

— Economic impact brochure for legislators

— Merchandise: stickers, t-shirts, pint glasses, bottle openers, ball caps, sportswear, other ideas welcome

— Ohio Craft Beer Conference promo materials

— OCBA wrapped vehicle


Other promotional collateral available to members:

— Tap handles

— Growlers

— Chalkboards

— Retail stand-alone display for Ohio Craft Beer

Program Budget

As a non-profit organization still building financial capacity, OCBA will evaluate proposals based upon efficient use of current resources and anticipated future resources. Proposals incorporating phases of production that enable us to build our branding along with our financial capacity are appreciated.

Proposal Requirements

• A cover page with firm name, date, name of principal and contact person, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, email address and website.

• Provide a description of company background, experience, clients, characteristics of business strength, and products and services offered.

• Describe your approach and process for brand development. Your organization’s aesthetics, value proposition, and point of view about the value of branding, effective communications, advertising and marketing.

• Provide links to or examples of case studies of your firm providing similar services to organizations similar to ours and the scope of work outlined above. These case studies should include a brief description of the brand identity services provided and a discussion of the outcome.

• Introduce your proposed project team, including consultants. Provide resumes of all personnel assigned to the project including specific experience that each team member would contribute to the project. Identify and define their individual roles.

• References: Supply at least three (3) references that have used your professional services for a similar project. Include a contact name, address, a contact phone number and email.

• Submit a detailed schedule with your proposal for the project which includes critical milestones, assuming a start date of January 1, 2015.

• Provide a detailed fee proposal which outlines the specific activities that will be performed during the brand process. Including any cost saving and/or added value proposals offered.

• OCBA releases RFP 9/4/14

• Notice of Intent to Submit due to OCBA 9/19/14

• Questions due to OCBA 9/26/14

• Proposals due to OCBA 10/10/14

• Invitation to present issued by OCBA 10/31/14

• Finalist interviews 11/3/14 – 11/21/14

• Decision 11/28/14

Proposal Evaluation

Proposals are due to OCBA by 4pm on Friday, October 10, 2014. Selection criteria are outlined below and will be used to evaluate proposals. OCBA intends to negotiate contract terms with the vendor who’s experience, proposal and pricing best fits our needs. This RFP does not commit OCBA to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred in the preparations or submission of proposals. OCBA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received in response to this RFP and to negotiate with any of the vendors or other firms in any manner deemed to be in the best interest of the OCBA.

Selection of the successful proposal will be made by OCBA based upon the bidder’s:

• Responsiveness to work scope and program needs (30%)

• Demonstrated experience and expertise in similar projects (30%)

• Cost effectiveness (20%)

• Comprehensiveness (20%)

Restrictions and Additional Considerations

• Confidentiality: It is understood that proposals may contain confidential information relating to previous client strategies, goals and results. That information will remain confidential.

• Acceptance/Rejection of Proposals: OCBA reserves the right, at its discretion, to reject any proposal that does not meet the stated criteria.

• Disclosure: Other than the name of the selected firm, no other information regarding the candidates or their proposals shall be made public.

• Cost for Preparation of Proposals: OCBA is not responsible under any circumstances for any costs incurred as the result of the preparation or submission of the candidates’ proposals.

• Business License, Registration, Certification: The selected organization shall be licensed to do business in Ohio as required by state codes and maintain current any certification, accreditation, or license(s) required to perform work under this agreement.

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Sep 5, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Local beer festivals get crafty

Things are about to get real crafty for beer lovers in the Lower Hudson Valley. With a bunch of beer festivals taking place locally in the coming weeks, if you lust for lagers, adore ales or need an IPA ASAP, you’ll want to check out at least one of these events. We’ve even included a wine festival for those vino aficionados out there.

The Best and the Wurst

A celebration of local brews, The Best and the Wurst promises a menu of beers made right in your own backyard. You’ll enjoy quaffs from Elmsford’s Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., from Pearl River’s Defiant Brewery and from Yonkers Brewing Co., among many others. On the snack side, there will be Wisconsin-style beer brats, hot dogs and pretzels. All proceeds from the event will fund the Rotary Club of Yorktown’s projects. Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 13. Yorktown Heights Firemen’s Field, Veteran’s Road. $30, $10 for designated drivers in advance at www.TheBestAndTheWurst.com, $40 and $15 at the gate.

World Class Beer Night

Brewster Ice Arena‘s Player’s Sports Bar and Restaurant’s World Class Beer Night will exclusively sell quaffs that have been rated 95 or above by Beeradvocate.com, giving them “world class” status. Selections include Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Co., Dogfish Head’s 90-minute IPA, Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout and many more, with additional beers still being added. You can even make your own suggestions on the event’s Facebook page. If they choose your selection, the first round is on the organizers. Entertainment will be provided by Funk Factor, playing an eclectic mix of both covers and originals. 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Admission is free and attendees will pay as they go. 63 Fields Lane. 845-279-2229.

Southern Westchester Food Wine Festival

What began in 2012 as a one-day event known as the Taste of Scarsdale has exploded in the past two years, drawing thousands of attendees and expanding into a three-day celebration of all things food and wine with dozens of participating vendors. There’s plenty of events and activities taking place, but some highlights include a celebrity chef battle among Rocco DiSpirito, Graham Elliot, Franklin Becker and Dave DiBari on Sept. 19; Mrs. Green’s Healthy Eating Pavilion; and hands-on grilling demonstrations. There will also be live music, tastings, food trucks, kid zones and much more. The festival runs from Sept.19-21, but event times, prices and venues vary. Visit sowefwf.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Big Brew NY Craft Beer Festival

Returning to the Westchester County Center Sept. 20, the Big Brew NY Craft Beer Festival promises more suds and fun than ever before. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a 4-ounce tasting glass and the opportunity to try any of the more than 250 varieties of beer being offered. Half Time, which describes itself as “The World’s Biggest Beer Store,” will be giving away more than $30,000 in beer and merchandise. 5-9 p.m. 198 Central Ave., White Plains. General admission tickets are $60, designated driver tickets are $10 and $85 VIP tickets include an extra hour of tasting (4-5 p.m.), access to more than 25 VIP-only brews and beer-infused hors d’oeuvres. 973-927-2794. Bigbrewny.com.

Hudson River Craft Beer Festival

Another event featuring all things New York, the Hudson River Craft Beer Festival returns to Beacon’s Riverfront Park for a day of fun, food, brews and tunes. Featuring more than 30 beers (almost all of which hail from the Empire State), the event features selections from Tuckahoe’s Broken Bow Brewery, from the Peekskill Brewery and from Brewster’s Bull and Barrel Brew Pub, to name a few. There’s also a smorgasbord of food to choose from, ranging from Texas BBQ to Jamaican and West Indian cuisine and just about everything in between. Combine all that with live music and the scenic views of the Hudson River and you’ve got a recipe for some frothy fun. 1-5 p.m. Sept. 20. $45 in advance and $55 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. 1 Flynn Drive. Hudsonrivercraftbeerfestival.com.

Hudson Hop and Harvest

A day-long celebration of craft beer and farm-to-table food, the third annual Hudson Hop and Harvest promises locally brewed craft beers and food sourced from area farms. Hop and Harvest is more than just a beer and food festival, though. It will feature a farmers market, crafts from local artisans, and four stages with live music all day. 2-9 p.m. Oct. 4. Admission is free and attendees will pay as they go. Riverfront Green Park, Hudson Ave., Peekskill. Hudsonhopandharvest.com.

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Freddie Kitson

Cincy Beerfest set to return to Fountain Square, expands event

CINCINNATI — One of Cincinnati’s biggest beer festivals is just around the corner but you still have time to get tickets.

Cincinnati’s Craft Beer Block Party will return to Fountain Square on Sept. 12 and 13. The festival will feature more than 200 craft beers from Cincinnati and across the country.

New this year is a Sunday tailgate party. Organizers said fans can help cheer on the Bengals at the square while quaffing craft beer.

Dozens of different beers will be on tap and fans can watch the team take on the Atlanta Falcons on the big screen. The start and date times for the tailgate session will be released closer to the event time.

Fifth Street will be shut down between Vine and Walnut streets to make room for the event.

Advance tickets are on sale right now for the VIP section. The VIP tickets get you access to 24 special beers, (think rare/expensive/hard to find,) as well as a souvenir mug and 25 sampling tickets.

Those beers will include:

  • Triple Digit Chicow! (Hazelnut Double Brown)
  • Triple Digit Aftermath (Scottish Wee Heavy)
  • Triple Digit Coconut Chicow! (oh my)
  • Ommegang Gnomegang
  • Samuel Adams TBA
  • Elevator Horny Goat
  • Mt Carmel Pale Ale
  • Moerlein Brewery Special Release
  • Great Lakes Silver and Gold
  • Thirsty Dog Old Druid
  • Sierra Nevada Ovila Dark Saison
  • Hoppin’ Frog Hop Heathen
  • Hoppin’ Frog TBA
  • MadTree Double IPA
  • Jackie O’s Waka Waka Waka
  • Fathead’s BA Battle Axe
  • Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
  • Stone Mixtape Vol. 5
  • Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca
  • …and 5 more TBA

Those passes will be sold until 5 p.m. the day of the event.

The fun doesn’t end there either. Friday night is Big Joe Duskin Blues night with performances from Rio The Ramblers, Tickled Pink and The Blue Birds Big Band. Saturday night will feature TAG., Truslow and the headline act will be Bad Veins.

Plus plenty of food trucks will be on hand to serve up tasty treats.

If you can’t get your tickets before then don’t worry, you can passes at the gates.

To get a wristband to drink, it’ll cost you $15. Then you’ll have the option of either choosing pint glass tickets or sample serving tickets. After than it costs $5 per pint or $2 per sample to refill.

If you’re planning on going but not drinking, you can get a $10 designated driver ticket that gets you access to the VIP area (better access to bathrooms,) plus soft drinks and water.

There’s a way to get to sample the beers without getting a ticket too. Organizers said there are still a couple spots for volunteers to pour those beers and help out during the event.

Click here find out more about the event or to sign up to volunteer or check out their Facebook page.  Advance tickets can also be purchased at The Party Source in Bellevue, Ky., and Rock Bottom Brewery at Fountain Square.

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