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Aug 28, 2014
Freddie Kitson

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When it comes to craft beer in the Upstate, we often look to Greenville. After all, Greenville has four breweries, almost a dozen growler/bottle shops and no fewer than three beer festivals each calendar year, with a fourth coming up soon. Greenville has the advantage of a progressive residency, an array of different personalities and folks who tend to get out and enjoy what their community offers them.

Then, for craft beer, we look to Spartanburg. Mostly because the fantastic brews of RJ Rockers have been flowing from Spartanburg’s downtown for the better part of a decade and because beers like Son of a Peach have become so widely recognized as the flagship of the company. Plus, the beer store market has started growing and should continue to as the trend goes forward.



New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing, Colorado

6.7 percent ABV

Style: American pale ale

Profile: Crisp, sweetish

Pairing: Fresh fish like Mahi, just about anything grilled

Price: $9 per 22-ounce bomber

Availability: Specialty beer stores

Appearance: A medium, reddish hue, somewhat like mahogany with a lacy, 1-inch head that slips into a light haze on the top.

Aroma: Subtle hops at the front with plenty of sweet malts in the finish. The hops come out a little stronger with each sniff.

Taste: A balanced brew with a dominance of Centennial hops. Sweet in the back with a more citrus bitter at the front of the beer.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied with a touch of sweet stickiness.

Overall: A very drinkable APA that is smooth and balanced without the mega-hoppiness of today’s beer. Perfect collaboration between these two breweries.

But Anderson doesn’t get its due for craft beer. There are three well-known growler/bottle shops in town — Scrooge’s, Growlers Haus and Anderson Bine and Vine — but that’s about it. Sure, there are bars like Mellow Mushroom who have tons of craft beer on tap, and there are a few bars that mix it up with some craft beer taps beside their large, domestic, light brews, but for the most part that just about does it.

And Clemson’s craft beer scene is well represented by two businesses, Nick’s Tavern and Deli and the Bountyland Wall of Beer. Mellow Mushroom and Palmetto Smokehouse and Oyster Bar give it a try as well, but that is about it where craft beer dominance ends in the area.

Then, for events, there are two, the Anderson On Tap beer tasting event put on by the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium in May and the Carolina BrewHaHa, a craft beer festival with dozens of breweries, taking place Sept. 13.

Before those two, Anderson never had an event based around beer. There always has been beer at oyster roasts and benefits, but putting something together that is based entirely around beer didn’t happen until Anderson On Tap and the Carolina BrewHaHa.

To me, that’s kind of sad. Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties make up a great number of beer lovers, but their voices only have been recently heard with the growth of bottle shops and the debut of new beer stores. Recently, the Tamassee craft beer celebration brought brewers and beer lovers together and it was a great event in a great location. But, I’m sure the organizers there would say the same thing that Anderson On Tap and the BrewHaHa would say: “It should be bigger.”

Everyone knows there are plenty of people around the tri-county who love good beer. They are buying that beer like crazy to the point where fraternities are getting the good stuff for their keggers and even redneck festivals like Spittoono are bringing some craft beer to complement the Natty Lights and Buds that usually flow. But that hasn’t always translated into people completely supporting the events that come through our town.

We need to support these and all the events that Anderson puts on. If anything, we have learned that if we just hope others will support events, those events just whither on the vine until organizers give up on them and go to another community. Look at what happened to our old Anderson County Fair, our former balloon festivals and our downtown festivals. Do we want to have to do something two, three and four times before it actually sticks?

We are a growing community that needs events like these to bring people in from all over our fair state and beyond. We should find a way to help turn Anderson into the kind of town that has great farmers markets, great concerts and great events to fill our weekend time. Let’s all be in the pictures over the next year as these events come up and let’s post those to Facebook and Twitter.

Then, we can be on the grow. Then we can rival our neighbors and become even better than we already are.

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Aug 28, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Great NH Beer Events on Tap September-October 2014

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.


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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Aug 27, 2014
Freddie Kitson

World of Beer adding another location in Columbus

Columbus is getting another World of Beer. The company and New Tap Gateway announced today (Aug. 27) that they have signed a 10-year lease with Campus Partners, a subsidiary of The Ohio State University, to open a tavern at the South Campus Gateway development.

The new location will feature a 4,500-square-foot patio and beer garden.

“The introduction of an open air beer garden at the South Campus Gateway will be a game changer not only for WOB but for the entire neighborhood surrounding the OSU campus,” Mark Pottschmidt, a partner with New Tap Gateway LLC, said in a news release.

The new World of Beer — joining the Brewery District and Easton locations — is expected to open in March. World of Beer offers more than 500 craft beers in bottles, along with an extensive draft menu.

To read the full news release, see below:


World of Beer (WOB) Franchising, Inc., and New Tap Gateway, LLC, Sign 10-Year Lease with Campus Partners for New South Campus Gateway Location

Rapidly Growing WOB Franchise To Open Third Columbus, Ohio Tavern Featuring

500 Local and Global Craft Beers, Classic Tavern Fare Live Entertainment

Tampa, FL (Aug. 26, 2014) –World of Beer Franchising, Inc. (WOB) and New Tap Gateway, LLC, have signed a 10-year lease with Campus Partners, a subsidiary of Ohio State University (OSU), to develop a new tavern at the South Campus Gateway adjacent to the OSU campus in Columbus, Ohio. WOB is leasing 4,113 square feet at 1568 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201 in the busy South Campus Gateway mixed-use development, a central location for the campus’s 55,000 students, 30,000 faculty and staff. Amanda Hoffsis, president of Campus Partners, and Keith Myers, associate vice president of physical planning and real estate at OSU, were instrumental in signing the lease agreement with New Tap Gateway, LLC, which plans to raise capital for the deal and expects to close within 30 days. This will be WOB’s third Columbus location.

“The World of Beer concept has really evolved since we opened our Brewery District and Easton locations and we are looking forward to introducing Columbus to the new Tavern Fare menu,” said Darren Greene, partner, New Tap Gateway, LLC.

The WOB-Columbus location is expected to open in March of 2015 and will feature an adjacent 4,500 square-foot patio and beer garden transforming an underutilized pedestrian walkway into an active, engaging outdoor environment that will benefit the entire South Campus Gateway development.

“The introduction of an open air beer garden at the South Campus Gateway will be a game changer not only for WOB but for the entire neighborhood surrounding the OSU campus,” said Mark Pottschmidt, partner, New Tap Gateway, LLC.

Celebrating the popularity of craft beer and its culture, WOB offers over 500 varieties of craft beer in bottles along with an extensive draft menu with taps that rotate daily so guests will discover something new and unique on every visit. Signature craft spirit cocktails, ciders and wine along with non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Pairing its craft brews with the franchise’s signature “Tavern Fare” menu, WOB offers sandwiches, main plates and appetizers, such as Giant Bavarian Pretzels and an Artisan Sausage Board, to complement the many beer styles.

Brewing Variety One Beer at a Time

WOB is proud to partner with many local breweries to provide guests with the best variety of local craft beers they won’t find anywhere else. The WOB experience is centered around a global menu of beverages, live music and televised sports. Guests can also enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday nights, as well as monthly brewery nights and spotlights, mini-tap takeovers, and holiday themed events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, WOBtoberfest and more. WOB is working with Campus Partners to host several game day beer festivals at the South Campus Gateway this fall.

Since opening its first tavern in Tampa, Florida in 2007, WOB has grown to 60 locations in 19 states. What began as a neighborhood tavern to sample great craft beers and swap beer-talk for co-founders Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon is becoming a unique cultural phenomenon celebrating the world of craft beers, great food and camaraderie.

About World of Beer Franchising: World of Beer (WOB) is an uncommon establishment where the experience is as essential as the product. Centered on a diverse selection of local and global craft beers, delicious “tavern fare” and live music, WOB offers the best craft variety on the planet to the beer aficionado and casual beer fan alike. Taverns are currently open in 19 states including AL, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI and will be opening soon in IN, KY, LA, MA, MN, OK and PA. Visit

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Aug 27, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Shock Top adds limited edition banana wheat beer

Shock Top has expanded once again to include a new limited edition beer: Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat. 

The Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with wheat, citrus peels, honey, spice and banana has 5.5 percent alcohol by volume. 

The new Shock Top will only be available on draft at beer festivals, at special events at some retail locations for a limited time, Anheuser-Busch said. St. Louis is the North American headquarters for A-B InBev.

Earlier this year, A-B added Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat as a year-round addition. Also this year, Shock Top debuted a new ad national TV ad campaign created by St. Louis ad agency Group360.

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Aug 27, 2014
Freddie Kitson

3 beer festivals in York this weekend

Bumper season for beer lovers

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The following beer festivals are taking place in York this weekend:


  • The Phoenix in George Street, York, has its summer beer festival from August 29 to 31. There will be 12 ales and three ciders, ranging from 2.8% to 6%, and incorporating various styles. There will also be a barbecue, weather permitting.

  • On the same dates, The Slip in Clementhorpe and The Swan in Bishopgate Street are holding their fifth annual festival. There will be 50+ beers, all from different breweries, plus ciders and perries and live music. There’ll also be a barbecue at the Slip and hot food at The Swan.

  • On Saturday only, The Rose and Crown at Sutton on the Forest has a festival. There will be live music from 6pm onwards, a children’s talent contest, a barbecue and an outdoor beer tent with all pints £2.50. 


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Aug 26, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Behind the tap

Beer festivals can be tons of fun for the revelers who spend the day sipping suds and toasting with friends. But the brewery employees who make the journey and effort to participate have to balance that convivial atmosphere with the harsh realities of another day at the office.

No brewery will be more active and visible during Savannah Craft Beer Week than Savannah’s own Southbound Brewing Co. Co-founder Carly Wiggins wears many hats at the still small but rapidly expanding beer producer, including the responsibilities of marketing and promotion.

She and her co-workers will be sponsoring more than ten events during the lead-in week to the Savannah Craft Brew Fest as well as having a large presence at the festival itself.

“We’re trying to make something happen every single day,” said Wiggins while taking a brief break from spreadsheets and projections to talk about her intense schedule for the week.

Along with pint glass giveaways and tap takeovers, they also scheduled more intimate gatherings like a meet the brewer night at Ampersand where attendees can pick the brains of brewers Smith Matthews and Alex Breard.

“People can ask them questions about anything. Sometimes it’s people who love beer or who want to start their own brewery and want to learn about the path we’ve taken,” added Wiggins.

At the Savannah Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, Southbound will be releasing its new Fade to Red beer and backing the photo booth attraction, where festival-goers can get a fun, themed snapshot to remember their day in a brewery-branded glossy.

Founders Brewing Co. representative Jonathan Sikes will also be participating in tastings and rare beer nights during Savannah Craft Beer Week. Those events include small pours at Whole Foods on Thursday afternoon and bringing a hard-to-find keg of Founders’ Dissenter, a clean, new-release imperial lager to Savannah Distillery Ale House on Friday.

But the core focus of his week will be on the Savannah Craft Brew Fest itself, which he also attended last year.

“With more and more festivals happening each year we are getting to a point to where we can’t attend them all, but this is one that I think a lot of breweries try to participate in, due in part to Savannah being such a fun place to be, with burgeoning tourism and an emerging craft scene as well,” said Sikes.

In his job promoting Founders, which is based on Michigan, Sikes added “It gives us exposure to consumers who have never heard of Founders before and gives them a chance to try our beers and see what we’re all about.”

That take on festival day appearances is shared by Will Avery, head brewer for Kennesaw’s Burnt Hickory Brewery. He sees beer festivals as a chance to interact with beer drinkers one-on-one.

When discussing the Savannah Craft Brew Festival, he said “I was there for the whole fest last year. I drank our beers all day and talked to people.”

He plans on doing the same this year. “I don’t view festivals as recreational. Part of my job is to rep a product I work on 10-14 hours a day.”

A wide variety of Burnt Hickory’s beer will be available at its Tap Takeover at Your Pie in Sandfly on Friday night, where all of the available draft beers will be exclusively from Burnt Hickory. Flagship brews Ezekiel’s Wheel and Cannon Dragger will be there, along with this year’s version of 9353, a beer Avery describes as a Peach Berliner Weiss.

The event will also feature the very last keg of music-inspired beer Lake of Fire, a red rye ale influenced by band The Meat Puppets. The similarly rock-n-roll themed Toolin’ for Ale-nuss is a riff on the punk music of The Meatmen. Ale-nuss is so limited that Your Pie will see the only keg outside of those kept at the brewery reserved for tours and tastings.

“It’s somewhere between a big brown and robust porter,” said Avery.

After a full week of smiling, shaking hands, giving out swag and educating fans about beer, these industry players and their cohorts will be ready and deserving of a vacation from all the festivities.

“Monday, yeah. I’ve got to take Monday off,” said Southbound’s Wiggins. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to sit on the beach and talk to nobody.”

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Aug 25, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Akron RubberDucks to host craft beer festival

The Akron RubberDucks are hoping to hit a home run with its first craft beer festival.
The team will host the Ballpark Festival of Beers at Canal Park from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20.

“This is just another way of us reaching out to the community and making Canal Park the epicenter of Akron, as it should be,” said Jim Pfander, general manager and chief operating officer.

The festival, sponsored by Goose Island Beer Co., will showcase more than 100 local, regional and domestic beers. It will take place on the field, with the beer vendors set up on the warning track.

There also will be music and food from Canal Park concessions.

“A lot of people do beer fests but we’re going to do one with a ballpark atmosphere,” Pfander said. “Being on a baseball field and being able to walk in the outfield and sample a lot of different, great craft brews, it’s going to be a fun event.”

The RubberDucks, the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are still working on the brewery and beer list. But Goose Island, Spaten, Kona, Redhook, Widmer Brothers, Destihl, Elevator, Summit, Hoppin’ Frog, Fat Head’s, Jackie O’s, Alltech, Breckenridge and Left Hand already are lined up.

Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the gates the day of the event. They include a commemorative tasting glass and 15 drink tickets.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Canal Park box office, by calling 330-253-5153, or online at And sorry, kids, but this event is only for those 21 or older.

Pfander hopes to turn the beer festival into an annual event. Times certainly have changed from when he first entered professional baseball 15 years ago, when the beer selection at the ballpark basically came down to Budweiser or Miller. Fans now expect craft beer to be available, he said.

Beer festivals also are a common promotion for minor-league baseball teams, which are always looking for ways to use their stadiums outside the baseball season.

Many hold beer events, including the Charleston RiverDogs, Dayton Dragons, Lansing Lugnuts and Fort Myers Miracle.

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Aug 25, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Mexico is the World’s sixth largest Producer and Consumer of Beer, why not …

Like many sectors of Mexico’s economy, the beer industry has long been dominated by a powerful duopoly. But a flourishing craft beer movement led by independent microbreweries is showing signs of finally forcing open this lucrative market.

Since assuming office in December 2012, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has passed major reforms to combat monopolies and foster greater competition in key industries such as energy and telecommunications. Mexico’s beer industry, which is worth approximately $20 billion USD a year, according to government figures, is also experiencing significant change.

The world’s sixth largest producer and consumer of beer, Mexico brews over 8.6 billion litres annually, while the average Mexican drinks 60 litres per year. But the two dominant breweries, Grupo Modelo and Cuauhtemoc-Moctezuma, control 98 percent of the market, according to a US Department of Agriculture report from 2013.

Microbreweries account for less than one percent, although their combined market share is growing rapidly by 50 to 60 percent a year.

Cuauhtmoc Moctezuma

Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Beers


Grupo Modelo Beers

Breaking the mould

When we started out 10 years ago the market was completely closed. The only beers that existed were those of Modelo and Cuauhtemoc-Moctezuma,” said Jesus Briseño, the tall, middle-aged founder of Guadalajara’s Minerva brewery.

Minerva, which proclaims itself the leader of Mexico’s “beer revolution”, sought to shake up the industry by encouraging Mexicans to embrace new styles of beer, while using legal action to open up the market. The latter path led to a federal decree in 2013 limiting the duopoly’s use of exclusivity contracts which prevent most bars, stores and restaurants from selling rival beer brands.

Although many bars still only serve a narrow range of commercial lagers and darker beers, trendier areas of Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Queretaro now house dozens of specialist pubs that stock pale ales, pilsners, porters, stouts and wheat beers.

I love the natural taste, the aroma and the sediment,” Mexican engineer Alejandro Lino says, while sipping cacao-infused pale ale at a Minerva-run brewing workshop in Guadalajara.

I’m so in love with craft beer that I haven’t drunk Corona in years,” he added, in reference to Modelo’s flagship beer, which market research firm Millward Brown named Latin America’s most valuable brand in 2013.

An amateur homebrewer, Lino had come to check out the workshop where enthusiasts can learn to make their own beer.

“The workshop is a means of democratising knowledge and a place for us to experiment with new beers on a small scale,” Briseño said. It is part of a wider effort by Minerva to “create a stronger beer culture,” he explained.

Promoting craft beer

Founded in Guadalajara in 2004, Minerva has grown from a staff of three to 48. Production at its new factory – a vast hangar brimming with shiny steel tanks, bags of malt and cases of freshly bottled beer – totalled 1.1 million litres last year. Their goal for 2014 is 1.5 million.

In 2008, Minerva and local microbrewery Cerveceria Revolucion cofounded the Guadalajara Beer Festival to showcase Mexican craft beer and introduce previously unavailable European imports.

Having begun as a modest collection of beer stands in a small city square, the annual festival has since morphed into a major three-day event with live music, workshops, food stalls and fairground rides. Now staged in a huge forum on the outskirts of Guadalajara, it draws up to 30,000 attendees a year and claims to be Latin America’s largest beer festival.

Jesús Briseño owner of Cerveza Minerva Company

We think the more craft beer that exists and the more exposure it has, the more the entire industry will benefit, Minerva included,” Briseño said.

Petra Kittel, a German expatriate who founded Guadalajara’s La Blanca microbrewery in late 2012, sold her first batch of beer at the festival that same year. “It really helps [to publicise your brand]. It’s a gigantic event,” Kittel stated.

A dozen other beer festivals have since sprung up across Mexico. Meanwhile, Minerva has sought to strengthen the burgeoning craft beer culture by opening its brewing workshop and launching El Deposito, a popular franchise bar.

There are now seven Deposito branches in middle-class neighbourhoods across Guadalajara and Mexico City, all of which stock Minerva’s complete range, including a unique ale matured in oak barrels previously used to age tequila, plus other Mexican craft beers and British, Belgian and German imports.

Minerva were the pioneers. They did a great job showing people that there’s more to beer than Corona,” added Kittel, who comes from a family of Munich-based brewers and produces her own range of German-style wheat beers.

Globalisation has also influenced the craft beer craze“, Kittel said, noting that it was fuelled by the increased availability of imports and “Mexicans who travelled to Europe and tried different beers there.”

Opening the market

As the brewing revolution has taken hold, a few businesses have completely rejected commercial beer, such as Guadalajara’s “Pig’s Pearls” burger restaurant, which only stocks craft beer.

“We wanted to support Mexican micro-businesses, not monopolies,” stated owner Oscar Martin. “A lot of people come in asking for Corona or Heineken so I tell them, ‘We don’t have that kind of beer but we’ve got something better for you.’”

The most popular beers include those by Perro Negro from Guadalajara, Insurgente from Tijuana, Libertadores from Michoacan and the Baja Brewing Company from Los Cabos, Martin added.

However, until last year, most points of sale remained closed to Mexico’s microbreweries.

In a bid to circumvent the use of exclusivity contracts, Minerva teamed up with Mexico City’s Primus brewery and British multinational SABMiller to file a complaint with the Federal Competition Commission.

It took three and a half years but last year they ruled that Modelo and Cuauhtemoc-Moctezuma could no longer exclude craft beers from bars and restaurants,” Briseño said.

Minerva Craft Beers

Minerva Craft Beers

Modelo declined to comment when contacted, but Cuauhtemoc-Moctezuma affirmed in a statement that it “cooperated throughout the investigation process and has fully complied with all the requirements established by the commission“.

Although the federal resolution partially opened the market by decreeing that only 25 percent of contracts could contain exclusivity clauses, it fell short of outlawing such agreements.

Among the other obstacles facing microbrewers, their products still cannot be sold in convenience stores. One of the country’s major convenience stores, OXXO, has 11,000 locations but belongs to the same conglomerate as Cuauhtemoc-Moctezuma.

Microbrewers must also import their malt from Europe or the United States because the duopoly dominates domestic malt production.

Enhanced production costs mean Mexican craft beer is effectively taxed at three times the rate of commercial beer, although several breweries are pushing for a fixed-rate quota for all beers so they can sell at more competitive prices.

Mexican craft beers currently retail at double or triple the price of commercial beer, thus pricing many people out of the market.

I prefer craft beer, but if I’m going to a party I’m more likely to buy commercial beer,” said Ricardo Ramos, a recent graduate from the University of Guadalajara, citing the greater availability and lower cost of commercial beer.

Despite having made significant inroads, Mexico’s beer revolution still has a long way to go to overcome such hurdles.


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Aug 23, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Burger Night Fundraiser, Latke Love, Tails and Ales, Fantasy Football on This …

statoin26.jpgStation 26 is going to the dogs.Two beer festivals and a boozy dog wash with the Rollergirls are just the start of the fun this weekend. Marczyk Fine Foods is hosting its second Burger Night fundraiser, The Viewhouse is throwing a fantasy football party, Latke Love is popping up again…and there’s plenty more. Keep reading for a taste of what’s on the culinary calendar this weekend.

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viewhouse-shamrock.jpgFriday, August 22

Head to either Marczyk Fine Foods location from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, when you can “eat a burger and fund a farmer.” The stores have been collecting donations all week for the Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Fund, and all proceeds from tonight’s Burger Night — $8.99 for a Niman Ranch burger — will go directly to the fund.

Joe Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center is a benefit dinner, held in conjunction with the Joe Sakic Celebrity Classic, that benefits Food Bank of the Rockies and its children’s programs. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $250. Learn more and here.

Trinity Grille is hosting a Texas-style BBQ today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is $5; call 303-293-2288 for more information.

Saturday, August 23

The ViewHouse is holding a Fantasy Football Draft Party today. The pigskin party will feature sixty kinds of beers, forty flatscreen TVs, free wings, beers and giveaways. There is a $100 minimum per twelve-person reservation; call 720-878-2015 and go to for more information.

Latke Love’s pop-up restaurant will be popping up at the Denver Urban Homestead today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; the owners are raising funds to open a permanent place.

The Boulder Craft Beer Festival will pour into Boulder today starting at noon. This beer fest will highlight twenty of Boulder County’s thirty craft breweries. There will be plenty of beer, food, live music and games. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; click here for info.

Global Fest 2014 will celebrate the diverse cultures across the globe and features performances from around the world, a colorful parade of national flags, cultural exchanges through food and drink and much more. The festival will run from noon to 10 p.m. today at the Aurora Municipal Center. Learn more at

Rendezvous At The Rock, Rockyard Brewing Company’s own beer festival, will feature over thirty of Colorado breweries showcasing more than ninety beers. There will also be food trucks and live music. Beer will be flowing from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rockyard; tickets are $10 for non-drinkers; $35 in advance; $40 day of and $50 for VIP. For tickets and additional information click here.

Krewe Crescent City BBQ is holding a Gumbo Threaux Down, Gumbo competition today starting at 4 p.m. Entrance in the competition is free; learn more at

Sunday, August 24

Benefiting the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls and Max Fund, Denver’s no-kill animal shelter, Tails and Ales is a dog wash that is just as fun for the dog owners. Station 26 Brewing is crafting a special Tails and Ales brew just for the event and, in addition to dog washes by the fierce Rollergirls, there will be a vendor fair, music, outdoor games, mobile adoption van, food trucks and ice cream! Head on down to Station 26 Brewing between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to get your pooch polished. Click here to learn more.

The Cherokee Ranch and Castle will be cooking up a farm-to-table dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Reservations are $100 and you can make yours here.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food Drink listings — and if you have information for a culinary event you’d like included in our online calendar, send it to

Location Info

Trinity Grille

1801 Broadway St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Denver Urban Homesteading

200 Santa Fe, Denver, CO

Category: General

Aurora Municipal Center

15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO

Category: General

Krewe Crescent City BBQ

1109 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Station 26 Brewing

7045 E. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Hyatt Regency Tech Center

7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

ViewHouse Eatery Bar Rooftop

2015 Market St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Rockyard American Grill Brewing Company

880 Castleton Road, Castle Rock, CO

Category: Restaurant

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N. Daniels Park, Sedalia, CO

Category: General

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Aug 22, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Fresh Hop season begins: Beer events for the week of Aug. 22-28 – The Oregonian

Lucky Lab brewer Ben Flerchinger and volunteer Kris McDowell at last year’s hop- harvest, one of my favorite events of the Beer Year… 

10th Annual Lucky Lab Backyard Hop Harvest

4 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 26, Lucky Labrador Brewpub, 915 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.;

The 2014 fresh hop season begins Tuesday when volunteers gather on the Lab’s back porch for the 10th annual fresh hop harvest. They’ll pick a few hundred pounds of fresh hop cones from vines grown at the pubs and backyards around town, hops that will go into two batches of a fresh-hop ale called the Mutt in honor of the fact that nobody knows what-all varieties comprise the harvest.

Cue a couple of months of uniquely Northwest buzz about the freshest possible hops, fresh-hop beer festivals and any number of great local beers made with just-picked hops instead of the dried or pelletized hops used once the short hop harvest season is over. Brewers in most of the rest of the world use processed hops all the time, but Northwest brewers can and do fill their car trunks or pickup beds with just-picked hops to make once-a-year fresh hop beers for the harvest season.

“We are unique in the U.S.,” says Brian Butenschoen of the brewers guild, “that within about 100 miles of the hop fields we have 80 breweries that can make fresh-hop beers. I don’t think there is a greater concentration of breweries within a 100-mile radius in the country.”

“It is an exciting time, because the harvest reconnects us with the farmers and the agricultural roots of our beer,” says Ecliptic’s John Harris, who led annual hop-field tours when he brewed for Full Sail. “We love hops especially because they’re our spice. Malt is the base, our stock, but hops are what makes a beer come alive.”

Still, it seems a curious object of veneration, this sticky, aromatic cousin of cannabis that grows inches a day during high summer. Its leafy, thumb-size cones are used for almost nothing but to preserve beer and give it bitterness, tasks for which they are uncannily perfect — far better than the witches’ brews of herbs and spices brewers used in the centuries before hops became the standard. Without hops, beer would be a sweet, grainy gruel where bad bugs thrived. Without hops — and the thousands of variations of flavor and aroma that derive from different varieties, and when and how they are used in the brewing process — brewers would have far fewer outlets for their creativity. And that creativity reaches its most feverish pitch during the hop harvest.

Though hops add bitterness to beer, fresh-hop beers are more about fleeting nuances of flavor than overbearing bitterness. “I don’t want anything overpowering, especially bitterness,” says Van Havig of Gigantic brewing. “I try to make a delicate beer — I keep the malt profile simple and I don’t make big beers, either, because I don’t want a lot alcohol to get in the way of the flavor. I think of them as ephemeral beers, because the hops have their brightest character, the most volatile oils when they’re fresh. It’s hard to describe, but it’s the same as eating a tomato ripe from the vine and one from the supermarket.”

Those aroma and flavor compounds quickly sublimate, says Havig — the biological clock is ticking. “When should you drink these beers? The instant that they’re put on tap,” Havig says, “because the volatile compounds are already dissipating. Come back in a week and you’ll find a very different beer.”


Salem Ale Works tasting
5-8 p./m. Friday Aug. 22, Uptown Market, 6620 S.WE. Schiolls Fy. Rd., Beaverton;

Salem Ale Works was founded by two college friends and former wildland firefighters; Justin Ego and Jake Bonham. Their shared experiences and love of great craft beer gave rise to the formation of a nano-brewery in 2013 and you can taste some of those beer tonight.


First Tequila Fest PDX
5 – 10 p.m. Friday Aug. 22; 4-10 p.m. Saturday Aug. 23, Portland Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St.; $15 $25, tix at

Tequila fans rejoice, you now have a festival of your own: more than 35 top tequila producers from around the world will be represented Tequila Fest PDX, including include Cuervo, 1800 and Gran Centenario. Portland’s own, Sandoval’s (which has the biggest airport tequila bar in the nation at PDX) will also be represented. Entertainment includes Latino music from Cabo Wabo, Espolon and the Aquiles Latin Quartet and the new festival benefits The Oregon Humane Society and Milagro Theatre.

Rev. Nat at the bar 

Apple Bandit Cider Night
5-8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 23, Reverend Nat’s Public Taproom, 1813 NE Second Ave.;

Apple Bandit ciders won Best-in-Show at the recent second annual Portland International Cider Cup and they’ll make their draft debut in Portland Saturday evening. The taproom will feature the award-winning Apple Bandit Original on draft, as well as the silver medal-winning Apple Bandit Ginger Bite. Bottles will also be available for to-go purchase. The staff and cidermakers from Apple Bandit will travel all the way from Applegate, Oregon to attend the event and be warded their PICC trophy. Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider will also be pouring 10 additional taps of their own unique hard ciders.

Hokusei/Breakside Beer Dinner
7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 26, Hokusei, 4246 SE Belmont St.; August 26th, $35/person , reservations required: 971-279-2161.

Hokusei and Breakside Brewery join forces for an izakaya-style menu from Hokusei, paired with some of Breakside Brewery’s fine summer brews. The beer dinner begins with drinking snacks and a pint of one of Breakside’s delicious brews, followed by four courses, each with its own beer pairing; plus Breakside brewers will be on hand to talk about the beers and pairings.

  • Course 1

Oregon albacore carpaccio
paired with
The Man Who Made Dessert, a wild-yeast fermented belgian-style Apricot ale.

  • Course 2

Oregon saba misoni,
paired with
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec

  • Course 3

mushi dori,
paired with
Yuzu White, a witbier brewed in collaboration with Hokusei.

  • Course 4

Smoked Oregon coho
paired with
Habanero Passionfruit Sour

  • Course 5

kinoko and shishito gohan
paired with
Summer Bock


– John Foyston

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