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!

Inaugural Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival Coming Up April 18-19

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Lansing, MI – Craft brew, music and culinary lovers will gather at Adado

Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing for the inaugural Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19.

The festival will feature 50+ carefully selected Michigan, national and international craft breweries, 250+ craft beers, ciders, meads and wines as well as more than 100 musicians, marching bands, Homebrewer’s Challenge, food and brew pairings, rare and sour beer tours, and local food vendors.

Rockville, Maryland, band O.A.R. and reggae and hip hop musicians Dirty Heads will headline the Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival, festival producers announced today. Dirty Heads will play on Friday, April 18, and O.A.R. will perform on Saturday, April 19.

To celebrate the eleventh Microbrew and Music Festival, the popular regional event will tour to Lansing to host the event on the banks of the scenic Grand River. VIP and GA tickets include five 8oz. pours and custom tasting glass and feature 50+ carefully selected Michigan, national, and international craft breweries, rare beers including a unique festival edition, representatives and brewers from each brewery, 250+ flavors of beers, wines, ciders and meads, live musical acts, including headliners O.A.R. and Dirty Heads, marching bands, a silent disco DJ dance tent, and local food vendors. Festivities are scheduled to take place from 5-11 p.m. daily. In addition, VIP ticket buyers will gain early admittance and have access to entertaining lawn games, a heated VIP area, private restrooms, a dining area, hydration station, and custom food and beer pairings.

Microbrew & Music Festival will be working in conjunction with the Greater Lansing Food Bank and Xero Waste Events to bring you a wonderful event. 100% of proceeds from alcohol sales will benefit both of these non-profits. GLFB provides emergency food to individuals and families in need in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Clare, Isabella and Gratiot counties. Food is distributed through an extensive network of food pantries and community kitchens located throughout the region. The Food Bank annually serves tens of thousands of people, many of them seniors and children. Our recipients also include the “working poor,” those individuals who are employed but don’t earn enough to meet housing, health, transportation and food needs. Xero Waste Events, is a Michigan non-profit organization providing comprehensive recycling services and educating communities on sustainable event practices. With the help of XWE, the 2013 Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival helped raise over $20,000 for Traverse City non-profit CherryT Ball which directly supports local food banks and Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. We are proud to partner with Xero Waste, as they also contribute an annual portion of its revenues to local charities.

Sam Porter, founder of the Microbrew & Music Festival, anticipates the festival will provide a burst of energy to the central Michigan region. “We’re excited to launch our eleventh festival as the first annual Lansing Microbrew and Music Festival. We have welcomed over 50,000 ticket buyers to ten [Traverse City] Microbrew and Music festivals over the past five years to experience the craft brew culture and great music of Michigan. Our goal is to have another sold-out festival and help drive thousands of residents and visitors into area businesses, bars and restaurants during an otherwise slower week in April,” he says. Porter adds that after-parties at downtown establishments will further connect festival attendees with the retailers.

The Microbrew & Music Festival at Adado Riverfront Park will take place under a 4,000 capacity mobile tent – the first of its kind in the US. It will house the main stage and provide cover and protection from the elements, if needed. Previous patrons have compared this spectacular structure’s appearance to the Sydney Opera House. Visit Tent Venue’s Facebook page for more information.

The Microbrew & Music Festival educates, celebrates, and inspires community collaboration through the joy of craft brew and great music while raising funds for non-profits.

Tickets and festival details are available at www.microbrewandmusic.com/lansing-tickets. Festival announcements, giveaways, and other information can be found at www.facebook.com/microbrewandmusic. Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as the festival has sold out in past years.

Ticket buyers must be 21 years old.
More Information: http://microbrewandmusic.com/
Contact: Sam Porter, CEO: (231) 499-4968 / sam@microbrewandmusic.com
Katrina Jenkins, Brew Director: (904) 537-0336 / katrina@microbrewandmusic.com

 

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!

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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Matt Kovacs                     mkovacs@blazepr.com             (310) 395-5050

Heather Spilsbury         hspilbury@blazepr.com           (310) 395-5050

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Lands in California’s Central Coast

I received a press release today and thought I’d just re-post it here:

REDLANDS, CALIF. – Nov. 1, 2012 – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, one of the top 100 craft brewers in the country, has expanded its California footprint to now include Northern Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and its famed Central Coast. Previously only available in Southern California, the nearly five year old craft brewery offers 30 different styles of beer across seven categories.

“Hangar 24 continues to grow and we are excited to see people resonate with the brand,” said Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook. “I am incredibly proud of the hard work that our team has contributed over the past five years, including our brewery staff, sales team and distributors.  We’ve all worked together to get us where we are today.”

Hangar 24 is now available in Ventura, San Luis Obispo, San Benito and Santa Clara counties, in addition to already being featured in Los Angeles, Orange, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Riverside, San Bernardino (home of the brewery) and San Diego counties.

Hangar 24’s current craft beer offerings are categorized by style in groups including, but not limited to:

  • Year Round Offerings – Hangar 24’s seven core beers, offered throughout the year
  • Seasonal Offerings – The perfect beer for each of the four seasons
  • Local Field Series –  Each release features an ingredient grown in Southern California, including citrus, dates, red wine grapes, pumpkins and more
  • Barrel Roll Series –  Barrel aged beers available in very limited quantities

Some of Hangar 24’s craft beers that are currently available include, but are not limited to:

  • Orange Wheat – American Wheat Beer brewed with whole, pureed, 100 percent locally grown oranges added throughout the process
  • Amarillo Pale Ale – American Pale Ale dry hopped with Amarillo hops with an assertive hop flavor and aroma with a hint of caramel in the background
  • Alt-Bier Ale – Northern German Ale with a caramel dominated flavor, bready/toasty finish, followed by a roasty flavor to dry it all out
  • Hullabaloo (Seasonal, November-February) – A Scottish Ale brewed with American and English hops

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

For distribution inquiries in Northern Los Angeles and Ventura Counties please contact Allied Distributing at (818) 362-9333. For distribution inquiries in California’s Central Coast, please contact Central Coast Distributing at (805) 922-2108.

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.