The Beer Connoisseur Club

BCClubLogoIt’s about time someone recognized the need for a club of beer aficionados.  The folks at The Beer Connoisseur® have been in the beer scene for about five years now – publishing a great magazine, keeping us up-to-date on the industry, and telling us of beer events around the country.

Their latest venture – The Beer Connoisseur® Club, is an extension of that passion for beer in that they want to, in their words, “…become the world’s most common place where people meet, share, learn, and organize around beer!”  It will be a national club, complete with membership cards and magazine subscriptions.

Membership is only $35 per year and the membership benefits, should you choose to take advantage (and you should), can save you more than the membership fee in discounts on brewery apparel, dining, homebrew equipment, event tickets, other club memberships, beer tours, and more.  There will be members-only events and brewery tours, and even a concierge service you can employ as a member when you travel to arrange for VIP treatment at some of the club’s global partners!

The Beer Connoisseur® Global Network of Partners includes Allagash Brewing Company (ME), Red Brick Brewing Co (GA), Breckenridge Brewery (CO), Asheville Brewery Tours, and many others.

So why not?

Right now the club is trying to raise the initial funds to cover “…the fulfillment of the member’s magazine issues and membership cards, and to support the club staff and start-up costs for live events around the country.”  There currently is a Kickstarter project to do just that, and you can help by backing the project.  Here’s what you can get by

Pledging $1 or more:

They’ll raise a glass to you and nod their heads as a “Thank You!”

Pledging $35 or more (Founding Member):

You’ll become a founding member and receive a one-year membership in The Beer Connoisseur Club, 12 months of FULL ACCESS to the new BeerConnoisseur.com, including Beer School!  You’ll get special recognition in the Fall 2015 edition of the magazine – your name will be printed (you can opt out of this)!

Pledging $60 or more (Founding Connoisseur):

Same as the $35 level, but doubled!  Two years of membership and magazine subscriptions, plus the founding member perks!

$100 or more (Founding Sponsor):

Five-year magazine subscription and membership!

$315 (Group Level):

Ten one-year magazine subscriptions and Website access, membership cards for everyone, and lots of street cred for giving the gift of membership to at least nine people!

Right now (June 24, 2015), there are 166 backers who have pledged a total of $10,594 toward the goal of $35,000.  So c’mon – let’s see more card-carrying card carriers!

Read more about the club and the Kickstarter project here.

Create Georgia Beer Jobs

I’m all for our breweries in Georgia. I’ve started to focus on the beer industry in my home state since there are so many beer bloggers out there, and this issue couldn’t be more important to brewers here and now.

When I was in Colorado and was introduced to what is now craft beer (back then we simply called it microbrew), I was at dinner with a friend.  I tried a brown ale called Alligator Ale at a Hops brewery in Colorado Springs.  My friend had the same, and after dinner he told the waitress he wanted a growler of Alligator Ale.  I had no idea what he was asking for.

The waitress brought him a half-gallon jug of Alligator Ale to take home.  I immediately ordered the same and understood what greatness I had just realized.  That was in or about the year 1999.  One can still do this in Colorado at a brewpub.

Fast-forward to, say, 2014 – except now I’m in Georgia at a brewery or brewpub.  If I wanted to take a growler of beer home from a brewpub I am simply out of luck – Georgia is still not up to speed on the benefits of allowing breweries and brewpubs to sell limited amounts of fresh beer directly to consumers.  45 states allow some form of direct sales, by the way.  We are not one of them.

New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado has opened a new brewing facility in Asheville, NC.  It has been said that they included Georgia in their search for an east-coast home, but our current laws caused them to hastily pass us over.  North Carolina will end up with 140 more jobs because we’re just not a welcoming state.  While I’m on the subject, other breweries from the other side of the country have broken ground over this way but not in Georgia.  Sierra Nevada (California) and Oskar Blues (Colorado) also chose North Carolina, and Stone Brewing (California) chose Virginia.

The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild is behind an effort to change our laws, and they need a lobbyist to run in the trenches for us.  If you live in Georgia (hell, even if you don’t) and you love craft beer, please support the efforts to raise this state above #47 in breweries per capita.

This IndieGoGo project ends January 2 and is currently not getting enough attention.  The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild needs $30K for the legal help, and I need more full growlers of fresh beer.

At the very least, go sign the petition at gabeerjobs.com to let folks know you’re on board.

And here’s my take: Imagine I own a brewpub.  Right now I can only sell the beer I make to the people inside my brewpub, and they have to consume it before they leave.  If I become allowed to fill growlers with my beer for folks to take home and enjoy, I will

  1. Sell more beer
  2. Generate more tax revenue
  3. Make more beer
  4. Hire more people to help make and sell beer
  5. Buy less beer from breweries in other states
  6. Not have drunk people leave the brewpub (they can have one or two with dinner and take some to-go)

There are probably more benefits, but the big things for the politicians are job creation (check) and increased revenue (uh, check).  Let’s get things moving forward and maybe I’ll start that brewpub.

Cheers!

TK’s Beer & Wine, Now With Growlers!

My Beer Friends,

TK’s Beer & Wine in Tifton, Georgia, has been a virtual oasis for local beer enthusiasts for almost two years now.  Troy (the owner) runs the store with a few employees and has done a fantastic job advocating for his customers and doing his best to have good craft beer available.IMG_7043

Adding to this awesomeness, I am proud to announce that Troy has expanded the store to include twenty taps from which he can fill your quart or half-gallon growler.  Yes, you read that correctly: 20 taps.  For growlersIn TiftonIt’s true.

A little about growlers: the word growler dates back to the 1800s when customers of the local tavern would buy beer to-go and take it home in a covered pail.  As they walked home with the pail they’d inevitably shake it, causing the CO2 to escape (like shaking a bottle of soda).  The lid would gurgle as the gas forced it open a bit, sometimes sounding like a growl.  Growlers today are typically 32-, 64-, or 128-ounce containers, commonly made of glass and used to package draught beer at a brewer or retailer for consumption at home.  Georgia state law has only allowed growlers for a couple of years now, and only from retail establishments.

Our local availability of take-home draught craft beer has many benefits.  For starters, TK’s is the only retailer refilling growlers within a 90-mile radius.  Second, not all small craft breweries have a packaging line (read: bottles and cans) limiting their availability only to restaurants and bars who can serve beer on tap.  Before Georgia allowed growlers, there were many craft beers you could only find on tap and you couldn’t take it home.  Now you can.

There are some seasonal and other limited-quantity beers that even the larger craft breweries don’t put in bottles or cans – they release it only in kegs.  With the ability to get a quantity of draught beer to take home, we can experience so much more of what the craft beer industry has to offer.

And since draught beer packaged this way is in larger quantities, the product moves faster – this equates to fresher beer, which is closer to what the brewer wants you to experience.  Bottles and cans can sit on the shelf for months, which is not always a good thing.  Draught beer will move faster and be replaced by other fresh beer much sooner.

IMG_7036TK’s has some breweries’ year-round offerings (e.g. Brooklyn Lager, Sam Adams Boston Lager), and limited seasonals from well-known and upcoming brewers (Dogfish Head Punkin, Founders Rubæus).  Check out TK’s Facebook page for updates on what they have available, or call them!  Prices vary based on quantity. Currently they can fill your 32-ounce and 64-ounce growlers, or you can buy one of theirs for $7.99 (plus the price of the beer).  Re-fill anytime!

Whatever you do, go check it out if you’re in the area or just passing through.  TK’s also has a decent walk-in cooler with a wide variety of craft beers available.  Go take a look!

Beer. From Georgia.

GAHopsIt’s a wonderful time in Georgia.  We have an explosive growth rate for beer brewers in the state and there doesn’t seem to be any slowing down.  In celebration, I’m going to do my best to go the entire month of March drinking beers exclusively from breweries in the state of Georgia.  So far I’m off to a good start, having gone to the Secret Stash Bash in Atlanta where several local breweries showed up.

The Georgia Craft Beer Fest is March 22 (the FIRST ANNUAL, by the way) and there are already 25 breweries committed to showing up.  To tell the truth, I couldn’t name 25 of them. I think that may be dangerously close to 100% participation.  Last time I looked, the Brewers Association counted 63 breweries in Georgia, and over half of them were breweries in planning.  Enough said.

However, off the top of my head here are the Georgia breweries I’m aware of:

That’s 16.  I’m ashamed of myself that I may be forgetting 9 of my own state’s breweries. Of course, there’s no brewery around my part of the state.  If there were one to start, I’d be the one to start it.  There are many decisions to make…

I, subject to allotted time, will be updating this list with Georgia Craft Breweries as I come across them.  I hope to see all of them at the Georgia Craft Beer Fest in a few weeks.

Updates:

If you know of a brewery in Georgia I haven’t mentioned here yet, please let me know!  You can find me on Twitter or just put one in the comments!

World Beer Festival – Raleigh 2013

This won’t be an organized collection of thoughts.

I went to the World Beer Festival put on by All About Beer magazine in Raleigh, NC a couple of weeks ago.  It took a lot to get me to go – it was a very expensive trip, and the drive (one-way) was twice as long as the festival itself.

I’ll say it was an experience. It wasn’t awesome, but it wasn’t terrible either.  Overall, however, I was disappointed that I didn’t get to carry out my mission at a festival of craft beer: talking to brewers and brewery representatives.  I spoke to just a few.  The big guys weren’t really there – New Belgium was so damn busy they were just slinging beer and moving the line.  Same for Mother Earth Brewing, Oskar Blues, and Sierra Nevada.  When I finally discovered that Dogfish Head was there (booth 42), the fest was nearly over and they were out of beer.  One person was at the table packing it up and didn’t seem like a conversationalist.

Pabst Blue Ribbon had a huge booth to sling PBR and sell anything from hats to PBR pajamas.  No kidding.2013-04-13 12.56.14

Most of the booths were staffed with volunteers.  While I don’t mind volunteers (it’s time-consuming and thankless work), it would have been nice to have knowledgeable folks at each booth (preferably from the brewery) to talk to about their beer.

I will say that Sierra Nevada was an exception – they had someone (a fantastic-looking woman) out front to plug their new North Carolina location and how they’re doing it all green and sustainable and tending to the needs of outdoorsy people.  Apparently you’ll be able to visit the new location via kayak.

I got to taste a lot of local-ish beers since they had a North Carolina brewer’s tent.  I knew I’d find a lot there I hadn’t had before since most of them don’t distribute in Georgia.  One memorable brewery was Raleigh Brewing, a downtown production brewery that has an on-site homebrew store.  Their head brewer, John Federal, gave a talk about starting a brewery:2013-04-13 15.19.51_halfsize

I approached him after the talk and told him I loved his House of Clay Rye IPA (one of his own creations).  We spoke briefly about starting a brewpub – something my drinking club is mulling over – and he wished me the best of luck.  It was by far the best interaction with a brewery that I had at the entire festival.  I went back to Raleigh Brewing’s booth and bought that same red shirt you see Mr. Federal wearing above.

I remember it being crowded:

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That part I didn’t enjoy.  It was so loud and full of people seemingly on a mission to drink as much beer as they can, even if it was two ounces at a time.  I found very few people interested in the breweries, quality, ingredients, or the brewers themselves.  In short, it was more of a drunk-fest than a quality beer event.

In retrospect, I can’t say I blame anyone for my displeasure except myself. These festivals serve only a couple of intentional purposes, and neither of them have anything to do with Ben on Beer getting one-on-one with breweries:

  1. Breweries want to get out to the market and get their beer in as many hands as they can.
  2. All About Beer magazine wants to generate more interest in craft beer and gain an increase in readership.

This is capitalism, and I am not against it.  I think it would be wonderful for a brewery to come away from the festival with 300 more customers who know the beer is good, and will remember that when they see it in the store.

The challenge is getting that crowd to remember anything after the event.

I guess a decent thing to do would be to list my thoughts here so maybe someone reading will have some direct language to consider:

It was a drunk-fest.  I said it before, and there’s really nothing I can do about it.

The talks were awesome, but if I wanted to attend all of them there would be no time before or after to visit the booths.  I guess I wanted more time, or maybe a separate day for beer nerd talk.

The restroom situation couldn’t have been handled any better.  Hats off to that one.

I can’t carry everything.  No backpacks allowed, but where do I put all my stuff when I have to pee?  I went alone this year.  I collected as many artifacts from the brewers as I could, and ended up loading myself down almost to the point that I couldn’t move about.

Well, that’s it for now.  Maybe if things come back to me I’ll update this post.  I most likely won’t go again unless I move much closer to the Raleigh/Durham area.

Arcade Brewery Launches Its First Label Design Challenge

I received an e-mail from Lance Curran at Arcade Brewery today:

For Immediate Release

Arcade Brewery, a soon-to-open Chicago craft brewery, recently launched their first Public Brew challenge; a crowdsourced beer line. The Public Brew series engages Arcade Brewery’s community to help create aspects of the beer from naming the beer, label design, and even suggestive aspects of recipe formulation. The first Public Brew will be a Scotch Ale.

Arcade Brewery recently polled their community for beer names on their Facebook page. More than 150 submissions were reduced to 7 finalists and over 470 votes determined the Scotch Ale’s future name: William Wallace Wrestle Fest.

Arcade Brewery is now accepting label design submissions for the newly named beer through March 15th, 2013. The artist of the winning design will be awarded $300 and have their design printed as the beer’s label. More information on the label designchallenge can be found at http://www.arcadebrewery.com/forum/design-challenge/

Arcade Brewery will also be launching 6 Pack Stories (a comic across 6 bottles of beer)  his summer. 6 Pack Stories is written by Jason Aaron (Scalped, Thor, Wolverine) and  designed by Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Venom, Fear Agent, Deadpool)

Please feel free to email info@arcadebrewery.com with questions or for more details on the challenge.

Cheers!

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Adds Sacramento and Napa to Northern California Roster

REDLANDS, CALIF. – (Jan. 23, 2013) –Alongside the San Francisco Bay area distribution expansion, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, one of the top 100 brewers in the U.S., is making its craft beer available in Sacramento and Napa county areas starting the first week of February.  The initial release will include Orange WheatAlt-Bier AleChocolate Porter and Double IPA along with its Seasonal offerings and Local Fields Series.

In its latest Local Fields Series release, Vinaceous, Hangar 24 includes inspiration from California’s famed wineries and vineyards by brewing the English old ale with freshly crushed Mourvedre (red) wine grapes, which also boasts flavors of rich malt, brown sugar, dark berries and a touch of oak.

“As a California based craft brewery, Northern California is extremely important as we expand our distribution,” said Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook. “We are happy to be part of this area and we look forward to introducing Northern California’s rich palate to Hangar 24’s unique flavor offerings.”

The expansion into Northern California comes at the same time the craft brewer is adding availability to the San Francisco Bay Area, its largest distribution expansion to date. Hangar 24 also recently completed a physical expansion at its brewery that increased its annual production capacity and added a canning line, making it the first Southern California craft brewery to both can and bottle its beer.

Hangar 24 will be available throughout Sacramento, Napa, Solano, Sutter and parts of Yolo and Yuba counties. The craft brewer has plans to expand outside of California in the next few months.

For a full list of on and off-premise locations carrying Hangar 24 craft beer, please visit www.Hangar24Brewery.com/findbeer.htm. For a full list of California distributors please visit: http://hangar24brewery.com/cal_map.htm. For a complete list of Hangar 24’s craft beer styles and categories, please visit: www.Hangar24Brewery.com/currentofferings.htm or find Hangar 24 on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About Hangar 24

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery began with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends. Owner and master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet at Hangar 24 after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home. These days, the location where these fine beers are brewed has changed, but the quality time spent enjoying a delicious, handcrafted beer and conversation is the same as ever. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery employs more than 50 team members and its distribution is now spanned throughout Southern California with its addition of another company, Hangar 24 Craft Distribution. Its annual capacity now stands at approximately 40,000 and its Brewery and Distribution Center together employ nearly 100 people.

Hangar 24 to Touch Down in the Bay Area

The Top 100 Craft Brewery Kicks Off 2013 With One Of The Largest Distribution Expansions Starting In The San Francisco Bay Area

REDLANDS, CALIF. – (Jan. 3, 2013) – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, one of the top 100 brewers in the U.S., is proud to announce it will launch its craft beer in the San Francisco Bay area starting Jan. 15, 2013.  The initial release will include Orange WheatAlt-Bier AleChocolate Porter and Double IPA along with its Seasonal offerings and Local Fields Series.

The Bay Area marks the Southern California craft brewery’s largest single distribution expansion with plans to roll out in additional markets throughout 2013. Alongside the distribution expansion, the craft brewery is making a larger splash by sponsoring the 2013 SF Beer Week.

“We pride ourselves in creating a craft beer that uses ingredients grown close to the brewery,” said Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook. “The Bay Area is our single largest expansion to date and we look forward to serving this culinary rich market and social drinking scene.”

From Feb. 8-17, 2013, the Southern California craft brewery will also be participating in and sponsoring SF Beer Week, one of the biggest craft beer celebrations in San Francisco. The event draws beer lovers from around the country and Hangar 24 plans to participate in several events throughout the Bay Area including the opening gala and closing ceremony.

“We are thrilled to be a contributing member to SF Beer Week and beyond the amazing exposure we can’t wait to ‘cheers’ the Bay Area,” said Cook.

Hangar 24 will be available throughout the Bay Area, including Alameda, Contra Costa. San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties.

For a full list of on and off-premise locations carrying Hangar 24 craft beer, please visit www.Hangar24Brewery.com/findbeer.htm. For a full list of California distributors please visit: http://hangar24brewery.com/cal_map.htm. For a complete list of Hangar 24’s craft beer styles and categories, please visit: www.Hangar24Brewery.com/currentofferings.htm or find Hangar 24 on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About Hangar 24

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery began with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends. Owner and master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet at Hangar 24 after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home. These days, the location where these fine beers are brewed has changed, but the quality time spent enjoying a delicious, handcrafted beer and conversation is the same as ever. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery employs more than 50 team members and its distribution is now spanned throughout Southern California with its addition of another company, Hangar 24 Craft Distribution. Its annual capacity now stands at approximately 40,000 and its Brewery and Distribution Center together employ nearly 100 people.

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Marijuana in Home Brewing

Would you like a pale and bitter High-PA?  A Secret Stash Stout?  Those are some corny names I came up with while thinking about beer with THC in it, given the recent passings of bills allowing recreational use of marijuana in Washington and Colorado.  I’m not here to give you instructions on how to infuse your homebrew with ganja, just to talk about the possibility.  While I’m on a roll: Cannabeer.

Disclaimer: I have never tried weed and have no idea what it is to get or be stoned.  Sounds fun though.

I came across an article the other day that made me think about how many home brewers are also potheads (not saying potheads are bad people) and how many of them regularly experiment with this magical mix.  Since I’ve never tried any illegal drug and I’m not regularly exposed to Mary Jane, it just doesn’t come to mind for me.  Apparently now it’s legal to mix tetrahydrocannabinol in homebrew in those states, and likely more folks will be trying that where it’s been allowed.  This new liberty may in fact give rise to the popularity of doing such a thing, leading people to do what they already do with it whenever they want regardless of whether it’s still forbidden.

We could have arguments about legality, morality, the national debt, and the science of it here, but I’m not here to argue about it.  This is purely something I wonder: would the effect be the same as drinking home brew and smoking pot?  Would it be worth the money to add that much weed to a batch (I’ve heard an ounce per gallon)?

From a commercial standpoint, this is a no-brainer: marijuana is still illegal in the United States at the federal level, and they’re just the people that brewers have to work with to distribute their existing product.  The feds even have to approve the bottle/can labels and each change to any label.  I’ve heard it’s quite a pain.  So fundamentally, beer with THC won’t ever make it to market in our lifetimes.  Even caffeine in beer became a no-go back in 2010.  You’ll simply never find beer and marijuana in the same package at the 7-Eleven.

So the questions remain:

Would you try brewing a batch for yourself?  Would you try someone else’s WeedBrew?  Also, what else would you consider cramming in to your kettle or fermenter that might not be on the up-and-up?  Let me know your thoughts (and clever WeedBeer name ideas) in the comments.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Releasing Pugachev’s Cobra at Special Barrel Aged Beer Tasting Event

Top 100 Craft Brewery Releasing its Third Barrel Roll Series Craft Beer on Dec. 5

REDLANDS, CALIF. – Nov. 5, 2012 – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, one of the top 100 craft brewers in the country, is celebrating the return of winter by releasing its bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra on Saturday, Dec. 8. Hangar 24 will also be marking the occasion by hosting an inaugural Barrel Aged Beer Tasting Event that day with twelve different beers to choose from for sampling.

Pugachev’s Cobra, which won gold at the 2012 California State Fair, is an intense assault on your senses. This Russian Imperial Stout, with a thick caramel head, is bursting with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruits. Flavors of chocolate-covered plum, sweet malt, bourbon and roasted coffee explode on the pallet with every sip. Pugachev’s Cobra features three different-dark roasted malts and rich maple syrup in a truly unique brewing process to create complexity and depth. Once fermented, it’s then aged for eight months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. While Pugachev’s Cobra can be enjoyed the day it is purchased, Hangar 24 recommends cellaring the bottle for up to three years to receive the full flavor effect.

Pugachev’s Cobra gets its name from an aerial maneuver where a pilot suddenly raises the aircraft nose to near vertical before dropping back to attack mode. Pugachev’s Cobra was first released on Dec. 10, 2011 with 3,495 bottles; due to the extremely popular demand for the craft beer, Hangar 24 has increased its production for 2012 to an estimated 6,000 bottles.

Attendees of the inaugural Barrel Aged Beer Tasting Event will be able to sample six, 4oz pours of any of the following Hangar 24 Barrel Aged craft beer:

On Draught:

o   2012 Pugachev’s Cobra

o   2011 Pugachev’s Cobra

o   2012 Hammerhead

o   2011 Pugachev’s Cobra aged in Rye Barrels

o   2011 Immelmann aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels

o   4th Anniversary Dopplesticke Alt aged in Rye Barrels

In Bottles:

o   2012 Pugachev’s Cobra

o   2011 Pugachev’s Cobra

o   2012 Chandelle

o   2012 Hammerhead

o   2011 Humpty Bump

o   2010 Immelmann

 

Pugachev’s Cobra will be available for sale in 750mL bottles ($20 each, limit 6) and draught in Hangar 24’s Tasting Room in Redlands, California. Limited Southern California distribution to on- and off-premise locations will begin on Monday, Dec. 10.

Tickets are available on Dec. 8 for $25 in the Tasting Room. The first 250 participants will receive a complimentary, Hangar 24 Barrel Aged Beer taster glass. Hangar 24’s Tasting Room will be fully open on Dec. 8 and will be serving all of its craft beer styles.

For more information on Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, please visit www.Hangar24Brewery.com.

About Hangar 24

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery began with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends. Owner and master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet at Hangar 24 after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home. These days, the location where these fine beers are brewed has changed, but the quality time spent enjoying a delicious, handcrafted beer and conversation is the same as ever. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery employs more than 50 team members and its distribution is now spanned throughout Southern California with its addition of another company, Hangar 24 Craft Distribution. Its annual capacity now stands at approximately 40,000 and its Brewery and Distribution Center together employ nearly 100 people.