Happy Friday and goodbye February – well soon. I can’t wait to get to March because it’s my (and Sara’s) birthday month. Currently, I’m really excited about it as squad plans to head to Philadelphia for a long weekend, and I’m living in denial about turning 30. Woo! But, back to February. Let’s wrap up what happened in beer this month.
The Big Story: Changes are Coming for to-go beer at Al’s of Hampden Starting 3/1
This biggest news this month comes from Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing. To those of us who enjoy heading to Al’s to hit up the to-go bottle selection starting 3/1 that option will be no more. Also, the typically unavailable brews from across the country will no longer be on tap either.
Al will be putting his restaurant liquor license away and will only have Pennsylvania beer on tap and only crowler/growler fills as the to-go option. Why? Al cites the recent changes in beer law allowing takeout beers sales from the same distributors from which he as a retailer is forced to buy.
Personally, I’ll be sad to see some of the more interesting beers go, but business is business, gang. I’m also excited to see business changing back to local, fresh beer – something I 100% support. Maybe we’ll see some crazy cool collaborations as a workaround? A girl can dream!
Walmart Sued for Its Fake Craft Beer Brand
While we can’t buy beer at Walmart in Pennsylvania (yet), in other states you can pop in and grab a case with whatever else it is people buy at Walmart. So, Walmart launches this craft beer brand, Trouble Brewing, and in the ultimate pun, trouble is now brewing for them.
In a law suit that started in Ohio, the claimant alleges false advertising by Walmart by inventing a fictitious brewery, “Trouble Brewing,” and attempting to deceive drinkers into thinking they are purchasing from a legitimate new brewery. Trouble Brewing beers are brewed by Genesee Brewing Co., who are under the North American Breweries parent corporation who also manage Magic Hat and Labatt USA, who are under yet another parent company – to make a long story short, it’s complicated.
The lawsuit alleges that the parent company situation is far too large for Trouble Brewing to be considered “craft beer” by the Brewer’s Associations guidelines.
Beers you’re going to want:
New beers are on the horizon, so keep your eyes peeled, and if you see them, let your girl know!
- Southern Tier Thick Mint (yes, it’s a Thin Mint inspired stout)
- DuClaw Sweet Baby Java (Sweet Baby Jesus with coffee)
- Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To 2017 (with kiwi and hibiscus added)
- Victory’s new Tank to Table series
- Ommegang Siren Song (dark ale) & Short Sleeve Saison
- Sweetwater Cool Breeze (cucumber saison)
- New Belgium 2017 La Folie (20th anniversary edition!)
- Uinta’s National Parks series