It’s the end of May somehow, and we’re back to beer news! After the end of April/beginning of May being the most hectic two weeks of my year, I’m glad to be back bringing you the latest in the craft beer world. A lot has happened since the end of March, but I think these are the most exciting stories right now.
Read up and be ready to chat everyone up at your Memorial Day activities:
5,000 Year Old Beer Recipe Found in China
This week reports were announced that an excavation site in northern China that was thought to be a home brewing set up, well, is! Constructed between 3400 and 2900 BC by the Yangshao culture, the pit contained what remains of a stove, funnels, pots, and amphorae that have been confirmed to have traces of fermented grains in their residue. These findings predate the previous early evidence modern man has found by about 1000 years. 干杯 (that’s cheers in Chinese.)
Ballast Point to Add Outpost in Virginia
Virginia continues to be the new craft beer hotspot after Ballast Point announced they will open a second location in Greenfield, VA. They intend to create an East Coast manufacturing retail operation that will create approximately 175 jobs. They will join Deschutes, Stone, and Green Flash in adding their East Coast representation in the state of VA.
Wicked Weed Sneaks into PA
While no one was looking, Wicked Weed (Asheville, NC) snuck into Pennsylvania. I noticed it first when I was at CBC and there was a tap takeover event at Monk’s Café. I figured it was just a CBC only thing; there were a lot of weird beers on around town that week. Then, I saw that Lancaster spots like The Fridge and Hunger + Thirst had bottles, and I knew they had arrived. Wicked Weed can be found within the Philadelphia markets thanks to Stockertown Beverage. We’re crossing our fingers for Coolcumber bottles this summer.
Smithsonian Announces Brewing History Initiative
Craft beer, and beer in general, is an integral part of our American culture and history. Brewing is an essential part of our world’s history, and documenting the processes used in antiquity are vital. As such, the Smithsonian Foundation announced that they will start a new initiative to document brewing history. Over three years they will collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry to explore how the beverage and brewing connect to larger themes in American history. Pretty cool!
Flying Dog Launches 1st Amendment Society
Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch is their most famous beer, and it is well known throughout the beer community. What is commonly not known is how much Michigan’s Liquor Control Commission disliked this beer name, and told them they couldn’t sell said beer by said name in the state. Flying Dog fought back, since this was a violation of their First Amendment rights, and they won! Damages received from the legal battle have been used to form their new 1st Amendment Society, which will advocate and educate on the First Amendment as well as organize events that promote the arts, journalism, and civil liberties.
- Dogfish Head Bier-de-Provence
- Stone IPA in cans
- Zeroday Episode 08 [Editor approved]
- Victory Cage Radler
- Flying Dog Ancho Lime Paradise Lager [Editor approved]
- Green Flash Cans (Passionfruit Kicker, Sea to Sea Lager, Jibe IPA)
- Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA
- Heavy Seas + Troegs Hoppelbock
Categories: Craft Beer