30 September 2014

Hops and Grain PorterCulture Debut


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29 September 2014

The End of Bottles?

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Before I was of legal age to drink, I worked in a grocery store that sold beer. We sold a lot of beer in long neck cases with lids. The cases were made from a thick, waxed cardboard with the brewery logo on the side. When a customer came into the store, he or she would put their case of empties in a large basket before buying their next case. Part of my job was to cart those empty cases into an storage area at the side of the store, and sort the cases by brand name for the distributors to pick up. We did the same thing for soda companies (although their cases were wooden).

When craft breweries began popping up in the late 1990s, one of the selling points was that it was packaged in glass bottles which, the upstart brewers assured us, protected the precious liquid within from light. The big brewers weren't using bottles, and sometimes that affected the flavor of the beer.

I agreed. I only bought beer packaged in bottles because it tasted better. I still think beer tastes better out of a bottle.

Today, most craft breweries are slowly moving away from glass.

After being told that glass was better for beer for twenty-something years, I'm a little confused by this move. Glass is a natural product that we've been using for millenia, and we're replacing it with less degradable things. It just doesn't make sense to me.  I can't imagine what Pliny the Elder, my favorite beer, would taste like out of a can. I certainly wouldn't be able to see what it looks like!

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28 September 2014

FDA Backs Down on Spent Grain Rule Change

Most breweries sell their spent grain to farmers for feed and compost. Earlier this year, the FDA announced that the spent grains should be packaged to make it safe for the animals to eat, and therefor safe for humans to eat the animals.

There was a tumultuous uproar from brewers--From giant ABInbev all the way down to tiny Eola, Texas, home of Eola School and Bright Brewing.  It was an unprecedented display of industry cooperation.

The FDA has revised the rules to exclude spent grain. Since the breweries are already compliant with human food standards, the spent grain well be considered compliant with the animal food standards. This change means that breweries of any size do not have to spend thousands of dollars complying with the rules.

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26 September 2014

Remember the Hop Crisis? Guess What...

There will be a Malt Crisis next year!

Due to a wet year, Canada has had the smallest crop since the 1960s.  The US, as well as Europe and Australia are expecting lower yields this year, too.

This means that craft beer prices are probably going to go up.

Oh, joy!

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24 September 2014

Robert Earl Keen Brand Announces 2nd Offering

I was reading Food Flashes blog on mySA.com, and noticed that Pedernales Brewing Company would be releasing a second Robert Earl Keen beer in February.

Initially, the Honey Pils will be the only beer distributed under the Robert Earl Keen label. But [Lee] Hereford [CEO and president] said the brewery is looking at other styles such as a Raspberry Hefeweizen to release as its second beer. That brew is expected to hit shelves and bars by spring 2015.
I have known about this for a couple of weeks, but didn't want to let any cats out of any bags.

In other PBC news, look for a shake up in the year round beers and some special, one-time only releases next year. I won't tell exactly will be happening until I know it's okay to do so.

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22 September 2014

1 Brewery Job Supports 45 More in Other Industries


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20 September 2014

TABC Fines Four Corners Brewing

Back in May, I mentioned that Four Corners Brewing was making a beer for Pecan Lodge BBQ, and wondered how they were able to get away with it. Apparently, I wasn't the only one. Shortly after the the article was published, a "citizen" lodged a complaint with the TABC.

The TABC investigated, and fined Four Corners $2000 for not getting label approval of the Boss Lady Rustic Red. They had sold the beer to a few select accounts, so they had not violated the provision that prohibits private label beer. But that darned label...!

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