Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stone Brewing Company's New Brewery

I wonder if Nebraska will get its supply from the new brewery. From their press release...


Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 9, 2014) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens opening a year or two after that. Ultimately, the company will employ more than 288 people.

“The search for our location east of the Mississippi River was no easy endeavor,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “We received and reviewed hundreds of proposals, visited more than 40 sites, and received quite a bit of attention from communities and craft beer fans. The three finalist cities each provided diverse offerings, however, we decided to begin next-step negotiations with Richmond because of their ability to meet our extensive site requirements, subject to the city’s approval. We also feel that Richmond’s vibrant energy and impressive craft beer culture, along with the uniqueness of the property, will allow us to create a truly memorable Stone experience for our fans. We are honored by the amount of time and effort all the communities that submitted proposals put forth, and we want to specifically thank Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones for welcoming us.”

Adds Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, “A facility on the East Coast will allow us to meet demand for our beer, ensure we are providing our fans with the freshest beer possible and also serve as a distribution hub for states located east of the Mississippi. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the lively craft beer community in Richmond, the state of Virginia and the entire eastern U.S.”

Stone anticipates building a 200,000 square-foot production brewery and distribution facility on 14 acres of land. Equipped with a 250-barrel brewhouse, the brewery will produce year-round and special-release beers to be bottled, kegged and distributed, as well as enjoyed on-site. The company also plans to renovate a two-story, 30,000 square-foot building, transforming it into a destination restaurant spanning four acres and highlighting locally grown organic food, complementing the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. The restaurant will feature beautifully landscaped gardens where visitors will be able to enjoy craft beer, dine and relax in an inviting atmosphere.

“Today’s announcement marks the fruition of months of partnership and aggressive efforts to show Stone Brewing Co. that Virginia is the best state for its new craft beer production and hospitality facility,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The company received submissions from more than 20 states, and the Commonwealth of Virginia was selected. This competitive, high-profile project really puts Virginia on the map and cements our standing as a serious player in the craft beer industry. In addition to Stone’s significant investment and more than 288 new jobs, the far-reaching economic benefits of this operation are innumerable. The City of Richmond offers the infrastructure, available site and building, and natural resources that will allow the company to thrive and grow, and we are confident that Stone will benefit from the Commonwealth’s excellent business environment for years to come. Today is an achievement of great magnitude, and we are excited to welcome Stone Brewing Co. to Virginia.”

“We are thrilled about Stone's decision to choose Richmond as its East Coast production and distribution facility location,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “After competing with 20 other states, we are so pleased that Stone has discovered those attributes that make Richmond a great place to do business. The fact that they have chosen a site in the Greater Fulton Community underscores their understanding of the rich history and natural assets that we have to offer. As they bring their unique craft beer and visionary business model here, I look forward to the many opportunities that lay ahead with Stone.”

This is the second expansion announcement Stone has made this year. In July, the company unveiled it will become the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe with the opening of Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Nebraska Represents at GABF

The 33rd annual edition of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) gets underway this weekend in Denver, CO. The event is produced by the Brewer's Association, an industry trade group whose purpose is "to promote and protect American craft brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts". From its humble beginnings in a hotel ballroom in 1982, GABF is now considered to be the biggest craft beer festival in the United States. During the public portion of GABF, nearly 700 participating breweries from almost all 50 states will be pouring samples from some 3,500 beer choices to festival attendees. Ticket demand remains at an all-time high as tickets sold out for all four festival sessions in about 32 minutes when they went on sale back in late July.

GABF also serves as a judged brewery competition. For 2014, an astounding 1,300 breweries armed with almost 5,700 beer entries are competing for medals in a record-high 90 different beer style categories. By comparison, a total of 732 breweries submitted entries for judging in 2013.

The Cornhusker State is home to seven of this year's GABF participating breweries. Below is a list of them along with the beers they are presenting in Denver (in alphabetical order):

Happy As Ale - American Pale Ale - 4.6% ABV, 35 IBUs
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. One sip of this satisfying American pale ale is all you need to know the dream is alive and doing fine. Happy As Ale owes its great citrus-flavored finish to the late addition of hops grown in Prague, NE. Because the best things are still made in the USA - and the proof is in your hands.
Wicked Snout - Farmhouse Ale - 6.4% ABV
The inspiration for this farmhouse ale comes from, well, the farm. As a young livestock man, our friend often tussled with the pigs during his daily chores. That good ol' Nebraska farm boy is a lot like the yeast in this hardworking saison. And those wicked little piggies are a lot like the hops. Be careful, they'll sneak up on you.
All Hopped Up - American IPA - 6.5% ABV, 65 IBUs
Some dudes have more energy than they know what to do with. Our friend Brock is one of 'em. From helping our brewery get up and running to raising pythons, the man is always looking for a new challenge to sink his teeth into. All Hopped Up is our tribute. Submit to its simulating yet refreshing flavor.
Barrel Aged Wicked Snout
Our popular Wicked Snout is aged in red wine barrels for James Arthur Vineyards for six months. We let the oak, tannins, and wine flavors blends with our beer to create a masterpiece!

Borgata Pils - 4.8% ABV
A proper pilsner is the envy of all other beers. Just look at it sitting there in the glass, all golden and frothy, its carbonation bubbles sparkling in the light. Yep, she's a beaut, and it's no accident. Borgata uses all malt with no adjuncts, cold fermented yeast, and a touch of American hops to add lively aromatics. Beautiful in its simplicity, Borgata Pilsner is a well-balanced session beer that sacrifices nothing in the way of flavor.
Borgata Hefeweizen - 5.2% ABV
Brewing wheat beer stateside is nothing new, but we thought that sticking with the tradition of a classic Bavarian-style recipe using Midwest grains was a novel idea. Borgata Hefeweizen is unfiltered to keep the appealing banana and clove flavors it gets from the yeast, natural carbonation, and a bright, rich color. Brewed with a 50/50 blend of pale malted barley and wheat, with low hopping rates, this is a real-deal refreshment suited best for a thirsty palate after a long day outdoors. This baby's good - real good.
Borgata IPA - 5.5% ABV, 60 IBUs
With every IPA, it all starts with the hops. Our hand-selected Centennial hops are juicy and bold, with big-time flavor and a respectable bite. But, unlike a lot of other IPAs, this bad boy don't get up in your grill with it. It's cool like that. Lush aromatics and a lasting finish make this copper-colored IPA one you'll want to chill out with for the duration.
Borgata Oatmeal Cream Stout - 5% ABV
This beer is here to bust the myth that dark beers are a one-and-done kind of deal. Please don't let the color fool you, medium-bodied and crowned with a frothy, beige head, this stout is insanely drinkable. It's a beast of a beer flavor-wise, with roasty, toasty barley and 10% oats rounded out with a touch of sweet cream lactose sugar. Whether you're having one beer or three, we think it might as well be a beer with flavor.
Borgata Imperial Stout - 9.2% ABV
This beer has a big malty base, balanced with American hops, rich flavor with dark fruit and warm alcohol. Not too overpowering, its very drinkable given its size.

Farnam House Grätzer - 3.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
A traditional Polish smoked wheat beer. Light and slightly tart, this smoked beer is approachable and refreshing without the heaviness of many smoked beers.
Farnam House Grisette - 3.9% ABV, 26 IBUs
An old world, Belgian-style ale brewed with wheat and barley malt. It is a light, blonde saison that is low in alcohol and refreshing yet full of flavor.
Farnam House Keller - 5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs
An unfiltered German lager that is medium-bodied and amber in color. Kellerbier literally translates as "cellar beer", referring to its cool lagering temperatures. This lends to a very clean beer with a pleasant, soft bitterness which rounds out the caramel malt body.
Farnam House Biere de Garde - 6.3% ABV, 22 IBUs
Literally a "beer for keeping", an amber-colored farmhouse ale that is slightly rounder, richer, and more malt focused. It has a "cellar" character from "guarding" it for a lengthier period of time to allow it to mature.
Farnam House IPA - 7.5% ABV, 65 IBUs
A Belgian-style IPA fermented with our house yeast strain. The beer leaves an unexpected silky and rich mouth feel while accentuating the floral aromatics of the hops. This beer is packed with flavor and has plenty of hop bite yet remains balanced with the yeast character and a mild malt backbone.

Brewpub Pavilion
Vanilla Bean Blonde - 4.8% ABV, 16 IBUs
Our crisp Blonde Ale with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. Made with 2 row, Crystal 10, Crystal 20 with Saaz, and Tettnang hops.
Olson's Amber Ale - 5.5% ABV, 24 IBUs
This is a clean, red hued brew. This recipe is balanced with a malty backbone balanced with a clean hop character. An easy drinker, it is sure to please even the pickiest of craft beer drinkers.
Rule: 16 Rye Pale Ale - 6.2% ABV, 32 IBUs
We set out to brew a pale ale with aroma, flavor, and character, and this orange hued beer does exactly what we envisioned. The addition of rye malt brings out a spiciness that is balanced with a generous amount of Amarillo hops. This ale is sure to please your palate.
Radial IPA - 6.8% ABV, 98 IBUs
This is our way of thanking the West Coast for providing us with some wonderful hop varieties to produce an incredible IPA. This brash beer is light in color and packed full of hoppy goodness. With over 22 pounds of American hops, this should please even the craziest of hop heads.

Main Festival Floor
EOS Hefeweizen - 5.2% ABV, 13 IBUs
This medium to full-bodied beer, pale to golden in color, is most accurately described as a Bavarian wheat beer. The aroma and flavor of this unfiltered beer is decidedly fruity and spicy, evoking tastes and aromas of cloves, nutmeg or sometimes vanilla with banana-like esters. It is somewhat sweeter in style with a barely noticeable tartness.
Cardinal Pale Ale - 6% ABV, 42 IBUs
Golden in color, mildly bitter, and characterized by floral/citrus-like aromatics which are the result of an additional dry hopping with a very large amount of Cascade hops. It is crisp, crystal clear, and completely enjoyable.
India Pale Ale - 6.9% ABV, 72 IBUs
Our West Coast inspired IPA is rich in flavor and abundant in citrus, pine, and floral aromatics created through a wonderful infusion of Citra hops. Refreshing with a medium mouth feel, crisp bitterness, and nearly balanced malt. It finishes dry with a head that creates excellent lacing.
Apricot au Poivre Saison
A saison (say-sahn) is a Belgian farmhouse summer beer, referring to the simple fact that very small "farmhouse" breweries typically made these beers. Lighter in alcohol, ours is 7.5% (not exactly light but that's just us!) and golden to orange in color and unfiltered. Ours is spiced with both apricot puree and black pepper. The taste is light, refreshing, and nicely fruited to start with a medium mouth-feel. After taking a drink, the black pepper dries the palate and creates a nice tingling sensation on the tongue.
Mélange á Trois - 10% ABV
Our first beer produced in the Reserve Series, Mélange á Trois begins with a wonderfully big strong Belgian-style Blonde Ale and moves into the extraordinary category through an additional six month French Oak Chardonnay wine barrel maturation. The essence of Chardonnay permeates while a subtle sweetness remains from the ale itself. Oak tannins combine and it creates a fascinating mesh of dry, sweet, and wine-like character. One of our favorites!

Wick for Brains - 6.1% ABV
Our classic and painstakingly produced Fall Pumpkin Ale. Instead of simply using spice, we use real pumpkin which lends a sweetness and pumpkin flavor not found in many pumpkin ales. Wonderful pumpkin pie spice is intertwined in an amber ale and creates a pumpkin sensation which is elegantly crafted. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and allspice blend perfectly in this seasonal Ale.
Barrel Aged HopAnomaly
This version of HopAnomaly (formerly known as Hop God) is a fascinating, big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit, and floral aromatics in the nose. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to a very complex Ale - bringing to mind tropical fruits and peach.

Attack of the 50 Ft. Brunette
Run, don't hide from Nebraska Brewing Company's imperial nut brown ale aged in Zeppelin Bend Whiskey barrels from New Holland Brewing Company.

Soaring Wings Brewing, Springfield

White Stripe Wit - 5% ABV, 11 IBUs
This is a Southern German wheat beer made in the spiced up Belgian style. The Mt. Hood hops are soft but the coriander and bitter orange peel come through. Really refreshing, add a slice of orange!
Blackbird Stout - 5.7% ABV, 31 IBUs
This dark stout has generous amounts of roasted malts including chocolate, crystal, and black (nine different grains in all) Northern Brewer and Willamette hops lend a supporting role. The result is an ale that is slightly sweet but complex and has a roasted dry finish.
Hop Zeppelin - 9.1% ABV, 81 IBUs
A double IPA with a nice malt backbone for balance, this is a an extreme beer with an amazing floral nose from massive dry hopping. We use Crystal malts for sweetness alongside citrusy American hops in the West Coast IPA tradition of craft beers; Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Warrior, and Simcoe.

 Zipline Brewing Co., Lincoln  

Copper Alt - 5.2% ABV
Copper-hued Northern German Altbier that is a hybrid ale/lager.
Oatmeal Porter - 6.0% ABV
Robust Porter with locally sourced, organic rolled oats.
NZ IPA - 6.8% ABV
New Zealand hopped India Pale Ale
American Tripel - 8.0% ABV
Tripel with a berry and stone fruit twist from Mosaic hops.
Barrel-Aged Barleywine - 14.7% ABV
One of the biggest beers at GABF, a velveteen monster that's been bourbon barrel aged and cellar conditioned for 10 months.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Zipline Brewing Company awarded 2014 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has named Zipline Brewing Company the 2014 Small Business of the Year.  Congrats to the whole ZBC crew, and keep those great beers pouring!

From the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce:

"The Small Business of the Year Award is intended to honor that business which best exemplifies the spirit of free enterprise in Lincoln. The winner should provide an example of the rewards offered by the free enterprise system by risk taking, being innovative and strengthening community spirit."

First Beer Dinner at Avoli Osetria

In case you are unaware, Avoli Osteria is Chef Dario Schicke's (of Dario's Brasserie) Italian restaurant. While they mainly focus on Italian food and wine, they also feature some Italian beer (as well as others including some local craft beer). In this vein, they are hosting their first beer dinner next Wednesday. See the details from their email below.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Omaha Whiskey, Cocktails, & Spirits Festival


When:  Sunday, Sept 21st, 2-3pm (VIP entry), 3-7pm (GA entry)
Where:  Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St, Omaha
Tickets:  General admission ($45 ea), VIP entry ($95 ea)

From their press release----


Sixteen Omaha bars and close to 50 distilleries from around the world are partnering to present the 1st annual Omaha Whiskey, Cocktails, and Spirits Festival. The event which is happening at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, will feature over 300 spirits, alongside cocktails created by the talented members of the Omaha Craft Bartenders Guild; a collection of dedicated professionals in the beverage industry that aim to raise the standards and awareness of craft cocktails in the area.

Participating bars include 801 Chophouse, The Berry & Rye, Boiler Room Restaurant, Borgota, Grane, The Grey Plume, House of Loom, J. Coco, Jake's, Krug Park, Le Bouillon, Lot 2, Nite Owl, Side Door Lounge, V Mertz, and Wilson & Washburn. Spirits from Jim Beam, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Koval, Jack Daniels, and many more will be sampled.

General Admission tickets ($45) will let guests sample spirits and cocktails. If old and rare whiskey is what you seek, a VIP ticket ($95) will grant access to the VIP tent where guests will find hyper-aged, rare Scotches, Bourbons, and rye whiskeys.

The festival is sponsored by Beam Suntory and hosted by the Omaha Craft Bartenders Guild. The guild hosted its first event, Breaking the Ice, in March at Joslyn Castle which drew more than 300 visitors. Now, with more bars and spirits producers in tow, the new Omaha Whiskey, Cocktails, and Spirits Festival is aiming to showcase all of the best spirits available locally. 

Gates open at 3pm for general admission ticket holders and an hour earlier (2pm) for VIP ticket holders. The event will run until 7:00pm and food will be available on site from restaurants in Aksarben Village. A retail tent will also be available at the festival, allowing patrons to purchase some of those hard-to-find spirits and take them home at a discounted rate.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Food Bank for the Heartland.


For more details, visit their event website or Facebook page

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nebraska Brew, Vine, & Spirits Festival

When:  Sat, Sept. 13th, 11am – 8pm
Where:  10th & Capitol Ave, Omaha

From their press release---

The 2nd annual Nebraska Brew, Vine, and Spirits Festival will take place in Omaha’s Capitol District this Saturday, September 13th. This festival is a celebration of all adult beverages that are created throughout our state. Several of the state’s top producers will have their wares available for sample and sale. There will be food available for purchase from 9th Street Tavern and Grill as well as several area food trucks. Live entertainment will also be going on during the full course of the day.

Event organizer Jesse Roberts states, “This is a uniquely Nebraska event. Last year the state wineries asked us to create an event to showcase Nebraska products, and we’re delighted to be able to do so again in the Capitol District.”

This is a sampling event which uses a ticket system. Samples and full servings of any beer, wine, or spirit are priced according to the size and type. Full bottles of many of the items being sampled out will be available for purchase to take home.

Breweries featured at the festival include:  Storz, Schilling Bridge, Nebraska Brewing, Infusion, Blue Blood, Modern Monks, and Lucky Bucket.

For more details and a full entertainment schedule, check out their event website or Facebook page

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Brew HaHa

When:  Thurs, Sept 11th, 5-9pm
Where:  Stinson Park, 2265 S. 67th St, Omaha

From their press release---

OMAHA, Neb.  -  In 2014, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha will build or renovate 50 homes. "Brew Haha 2014" is a fine food and beer tasting event benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Omaha  and organized by Habitat Omaha's Young Professionals Group (HOYP). Proceeds from this event will go directly to Habitat Omaha. 

The 8th annual event will again be held at Stinson Park in Omaha. The event will showcase craft  and locally-brewed beer as well as food from area restaurants.

Tickets include all food and beer tasting. Advance tickets are $40 for general admission and $75 for patron tickets. General admission tickets are $45 day of the event. Tickets are available online here or by calling Kathy Wells at (402) 884-5759.

About Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Young Professionals:
The Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Young Professionals (HOYP) was founded in 2008 to engage young professionals to influence positive change by promoting home ownership throughout our community in partnership with Habitat Omaha with an ultimate goal of eliminating poverty housing in Omaha. For more info, visit their website

About Habitat for Humanity of Omaha:
Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a grassroots organization that builds and renovates houses, forges community partnerships, and breaks down barriers. Habitat Omaha partners with families that need safe and affordable housing. We eliminate vacant lots and abandoned homes in the blighted areas of North and South Omaha while improving the overall appearance of our community. Our homeowners are required to complete 350 hours of Sweat Equity before purchasing their homes through 25 or 30-year no-interest mortgages. Through Habitat Omaha, more than 375 families have realized the dream of home ownership and are ending the cycle of poverty for their children. For more information, visit their website