Happy Beer News Friday! It’s been a whirlwind month for Sara and me — between Asheville, camping, and moving for me it’s been a little difficult to stay abreast of what’s happening out there.
I’ve been spending a lot more time enjoying the beer I’m drinking and being present as opposed to Instagramming every moment of my life, but I still found time to read up on the latest and keep you in the loop, too. Here’s what went down in beer for the month of July.
Brewers Association Stats
Again, we have a reason to celebrate! According to the information released by the Brewers Association this week, the number of craft breweries in the US is up to 3,739 the most since pre-prohibition, and there are 1,755 currently in planning. This is an increase of 669 from the previous year. Remember, this may seem like a lot, but there are 10,000 wineries in the US. Also, craft beer sales by volume are up as well. From January through the end of June 2015, approximately 12.2 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 10.6 million barrels during the first half of 2014.
Yards Releases PYNK Early, Benefits Tyanna Foundation
Yards Brewing Company’s now-annual seasonal, PYNK, has been released early this year. This saison features 3,300 pound of sour and sweet cheers and raspberries in each batch creating a beautifully pink brew with a tart berry flavor. $1 from each case and five cents from each pint sold of PYNK is donated to breast cancer research and awareness.
Since 2013, $18,000 has been donated to The Tyanna Foundation, which focuses on improving the lives of breast cancer patients as well as increasing awareness and generating money for research, services, education, treatment, and patient care. Ninety percent of the foundation’s funds raised in each state stay in that state to support local breast cancer efforts. Since it released early this year, go get one and feel good about giving back while drinking a delicious brew.
Miller Responds to Blue Moon Lawsuit
In California, a lawsuit was filed against Miller Coors regarding their crafty brand, Blue Moon. A man found that the distinct lack of transparency on the label regarding Miller Coors as the true owner and brewer of Blue Moon to be false advertising and decided to sue Miller Coors. Some time has passed since the initial allegations, and now Miller Coors has responded:
MillerCoors is tremendously proud of Blue Moon and has always embraced our ownership and support of this wonderful brand. The class action filed against MillerCoors in California is without merit and contradicted by Blue Moon Brewing Company’s 20-year history of brewing creative beers of the highest quality. There are countless definitions of “craft,” none of which are legal definitions. We choose to judge beer by the quality, skill and passion that goes into brewing it. Back in 1995, Keith Villa, Blue Moon’s founder and head brewmaster had to work extremely hard to convince people to try his cloudy, Belgian-style beer. Today, MillerCoors is proud that Blue Moon has invited millions of drinkers to try something new, while helping pave the way for the current explosion of creativity in the brewing community.
While I understand where this dude is coming from, I think it’s really important for everyone to understand that the definition of “craft beer” isn’t a legal definition that has government requirements to maintain. Is the idea of these “crafty” beverages pretty shady? Absolutely. But the definition of “craft beer” was put forward by the Brewers Association to serve as a guideline. We, the consumers, industry professionals and advocates, are the ones holding brewers accountable for this and giving value to the term. It will be interesting to see if this case continues to move forward and what the final ruling will be.
New Local Beers: Pizza Boy Brewing Funky Applesauce and Mango Sourer, Zeroday Brewing Phresh Hop
We’ve got three new beers to try that just released in Harrisburg. Over at Al’s of Hampden you can grab bottles of Funky Applesauce an oak aged ale brewed with honeycrisp apples and Mango Sourer an ale aged in oak barrels with mangoes. Both are available for in-house consumption and according to the Facebook page if you ask real nicely you might be able to get some to-go. Over at Zeroday you can get their Phresh Hop ale brewed with hops and malts fresh from Deer Creek Malts. Gotta love fresh local brews!
Categories: Craft Beer