Southern Brew News June/July 2016 : Page 7

www.brewingnews.com 7 A CAREER IN BREWING. HOW COOL IS THAT? By Bill Plott Alabama, once at the bottom of the craft beer availability barrel, made another leap for-ward in the recent session of the state legislature. Beginning June 1, microbreweries and brewpubs can begin selling beer to go, including growl-ers. The per-customer limit is 288 ounces, the equivalent of a 24-count case of 12-ounce bottles or cans. In addition, the legislation removes the long-standing restriction that brewpubs had to be located in historic buildings or in economically stressed neighborhoods. The fact that the bill passed with little opposition reflects the enormous changes in a state that once did not allow even use the word “beer” in signage. Blue Pants owner-brewer Michael Spratley said the change will open the door for more spe-cialty beers that are not ready for mass market-ing on tap at the brewery. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who signed the legislation into law, now has a beer named after him, but not altogether because of the law. Bentley is embroiled in a con-troversy over an alleged affair with a staff mem-ber, resulting in some calling for his impeach-ment. Salty Nut Brewery announced it will soon release Unimpeachable Pale Ale , made with fresh peaches and Idaho 7 hops. “When naming and branding a beer we try to come up with names and imagery that are memorable and descriptive of the beer, and feel that Unimpeachable Pale Ale is both,” Salty Nut co-owner Jay Kissell told al.com. Meanwhile Blue Pants has released its first can, Bavarian Hefeweizen . “This is one of a series of some new beers,” said Chris Christian. “We also just released our latest installment from the Pinstripe Series, Peanut Butter Pinstripe Porter. This is a fan favorite and will be first time it is avail-able in 12-ounce four-packs as opposed its former 22-ounce bottle.” Blue Pants released Brettanomyces IPA and Brettanomyces Peanut Butter Pinstripe Stout this spring. Druid City Brewing and Black Warrior Brewing are releasing a Belgian Wheat collabo-ration. “They picked out the yeast and we did the wort,” said DC brewer Bo Hicks. “We included fresh strawberries from a local co-op. They’ll release on May 21 and we’ll release at a May 28 three and a half year celebration.” Druid City has another spring release in Parkview Porter, a kolsch-pilsner hybrid. Meanwhile Black Warrior has released a unique Berliner Weisse that was soured with yogurt. Avondale planned a May release for its lat-est can, Mill City White . “It’s our version of a traditional Belgian-style Witbier,” said Nate Darnell. “It’s been in the market on draft for a couple of months. “This refreshingly crisp ale is brewed with fresh cracked coriander and curacao. It is hopped with Sorachi Ace to add a touch of lemon zest and conditioned with a generous amount of Valencia orange peels to add a robust, orange finish.” Trim Tab has released its third canned beer. Paradise Now Raspberry Berliner Weisse joins Trim Tab IPA and Pillar to Post Rye Brown Ale in sick-packs. Owner Harris Stewart said there market now includes most of South Alabama and parts of the Florida Panhandle. “Also, we were named by www.msn.com as being one of the top 50 breweries in the country,” he said. Folklore Brewery & Meadery , like many other Alabama breweries, planned a big May 31 “growler release party” with the first jug to be filled just after midnight. It will be the first growler sold in Dothan in nearly 100 years. “We will be releasing a limited number of 13Ghosts of Alabama Rum barrel aged beer,” said owner/brewery Jeremy Pate. “The beer is a brag-got, however we subtitle it as a Double Chocolate Imperial Honey Porter aged on Ecuadorian Cacao Nibs and Barrel Aged in a Still Crossroads Rum Barrel . It's a mouthful in more ways than one. Just bottling it today and it's exceptional. That is our biggest beer at 13%ABV and it's usu-ally released on Halloween night, which is also our Anniversary party. This is last year’s that we had leftover and decided to bump it up a notch and barrel age as a special release.” Stills Crossroads is a distillery started by Jamie Ray, brewer at The Railyard and formerly with Back Forty and the Montgomery Brewpub. His spring release at the Railyard is “a nice German-style hefeweizen. I think it will be a highly sought after beer once people find out about it.” Yellowhammer has launched a new flag-ship six-pack, Hopes Fell Hop Lager . The name honors the “Stars Fell on Alabama” state slogan. The summer seasonal will again be Miracle Worker Tripel (9.2%), brewed with imported pilsner malt. “We will be selling growlers to go from the tasting room starting June 1, and we have brewed a special Belgian pale ale aged on apricots we are calling Liquid Sunshine . It will be a tap room only beer and will be available to take home June 1.” Red Clay Brewing will be releasing Garden Hoe Witbier , along with a seasonal version of it, on June 1, the day growler sales become legal at state breweries. Their Biannual Charity Beer Run was set for May 14 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lee County Humane Society, and they will be sponsoring the Robert Trent Jones (golf course) Craft Beer Tournament on July 24. Rocket Republic now has two beers out in cans, Vapor Trail Cream Ale (5.5%) and AstroNut Brown (5.8%), launched in April. “We've just kegged a special Jack Daniels Barrel aged version of our Dark Matter Belgian Dark Strong Ale to debut at Rocket City Brewfest in May,” said co-owner Eric Crigger. “It's been aging in a virgin Jack Daniels Barrel for almost a year. We'll be releasing Quantum Wheat and Pomegranate Planet very soon, which replaces the outgoing Scotch ale, Scotch Rocket .” Back Forty will release Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Peach Wheat in May followed by their inaugural multIPAck...a collection of three IPA's (including a brand new Red IPA, brand new White IPA and fan favorite Freckle Belly IPA). “We are incredibly excited to throw one hell of a party on June 1st here at the brewery,” said marketing director Brad Wilson. “That's the day that the 'Growler Bill' goes into effect across the state. Starting June 1 folks can come to the brew-ery and purchase up to 288 oz of beer...to go... like an adult. We will celebrate with a midnight launch party with bands and some amazing farm fresh food. Cheers to progress!” SOUTH COLLEGE NOW OFFERS THE PROFESSIONAL BREWING SCIENCE PROGRAM, A NINE-MONTH PROGRAM THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL BREWER. YOU COULD WORK AT ONE OF AMERICA’S MANY CRAFT BREWERIES OR BREW PUBS, AT A MAJOR BREWING COMPANY, OR START YOUR OWN MICROBREWERY. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY THAT’S BREWING AT SOUTH COLLEGE. CALL OR CLICK FOR DETAILS TODAY! (828) 398-2500 OR SOUTHCOLLEGENC.EDU SOUTH COLLEGE-ASHEVILLE 140 SWEETEN CREEK RD | ASHEVILLE, NC 28803 For more information on graduation rates, median debt of graduates and other important information, visit http://www.southcollegenc.edu. 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Alabama/Mississippi

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Alabama, once at the bottom of the craft beer availability barrel, made another leap forward in the recent session of the state legislature. Beginning June 1, microbreweries and brewpubs can begin selling beer to go, including growlers. The per-customer limit is 288 ounces, the equivalent of a 24-count case of 12-ounce bottles or cans. In addition, the legislation removes the long-standing restriction that brewpubs had to be located in historic buildings or in economically stressed neighborhoods. The fact that the bill passed with little opposition reflects the enormous changes in a state that once did not allow even use the word “beer” in signage.<br /> <br /> Blue Pants owner-brewer Michael Spratley said the change will open the door for more specialty beers that are not ready for mass marketing on tap at the brewery. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who signed the legislation into law, now has a beer named after him, but not altogether because of the law. Bentley is embroiled in a controversy over an alleged affair with a staff member, resulting in some calling for his impeachment. Salty Nut Brewery announced it will soon release Unimpeachable Pale Ale, made with fresh peaches and Idaho 7 hops.<br /> <br /> “When naming and branding a beer we try to come up with names and imagery that are memorable and descriptive of the beer, and feel that Unimpeachable Pale Ale is both,” Salty Nut co-owner Jay Kissell told al.com. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile Blue Pants has released its first can, Bavarian Hefeweizen. <br /> <br /> “This is one of a series of some new beers,” said Chris Christian. “We also just released our latest installment from the Pinstripe Series, Peanut Butter Pinstripe Porter. This is a fan favorite and will be first time it is available in 12-ounce four-packs as opposed its former 22-ounce bottle.” Blue Pants released Brettanomyces IPA and Brettanomyces Peanut Butter Pinstripe Stout this spring.<br /> <br /> Druid City Brewing and Black Warrior Brewing are releasing a Belgian Wheat collaboration. “They picked out the yeast and we did the wort,” said DC brewer Bo Hicks. “We included fresh strawberries from a local co-op. They’ll release on May 21 and we’ll release at a May 28 three and a half year celebration.” <br /> <br /> Druid City has another spring release in Parkview Porter, a kolsch-pilsner hybrid. Meanwhile Black Warrior has released a unique Berliner Weisse that was soured with yogurt.<br /> <br /> Avondale planned a May release for its latest can, Mill City White.<br /> <br /> “It’s our version of a traditional Belgianstyle Witbier,” said Nate Darnell. “It’s been in the market on draft for a couple of months. “This refreshingly crisp ale is brewed with fresh cracked coriander and curacao. It is hopped with Sorachi Ace to add a touch of lemon zest and conditioned with a generous amount of Valencia orange peels to add a robust, orange finish.” <br /> <br /> Trim Tab has released its third canned beer. Paradise Now Raspberry Berliner Weisse joins Trim Tab IPA and Pillar to Post Rye Brown Ale in sick-packs. Owner Harris Stewart said there market now includes most of South Alabama and parts of the Florida Panhandle.<br /> <br /> “Also, we were named by www.msn.com as being one of the top 50 breweries in the country,” he said.<br /> <br /> Folklore Brewery & Meadery, like many other Alabama breweries, planned a big May 31 “growler release party” with the first jug to be filled just after midnight. It will be the first growler sold in Dothan in nearly 100 years.<br /> <br /> “We will be releasing a limited number of 13Ghosts of Alabama Rum barrel aged beer,” said owner/brewery Jeremy Pate. “The beer is a braggot, however we subtitle it as a Double Chocolate Imperial Honey Porter aged on Ecuadorian Cacao Nibs and Barrel Aged in a Still Crossroads Rum Barrel. It's a mouthful in more ways than one. Just bottling it today and it's exceptional. That is our biggest beer at 13%ABV and it's usually released on Halloween night, which is also our Anniversary party. This is last year’s that we had leftover and decided to bump it up a notch and barrel age as a special release.” <br /> <br /> Stills Crossroads is a distillery started by Jamie Ray, brewer at The Railyard and formerly with Back Forty and the Montgomery Brewpub. His spring release at the Railyard is “a nice German-style hefeweizen. I think it will be a highly sought after beer once people find out about it.” <br /> <br /> Yellowhammer has launched a new flagship six-pack, Hopes Fell Hop Lager. The name honors the “Stars Fell on Alabama” state slogan. The summer seasonal will again be Miracle Worker Tripel (9.2%), brewed with imported pilsner malt. “We will be selling growlers to go from the tasting room starting June 1, and we have brewed a special Belgian pale ale aged on apricots we are calling Liquid Sunshine. It will be a tap room only beer and will be available to take home June 1.” <br /> <br /> Red Clay Brewing will be releasing Garden Hoe Witbier, along with a seasonal version of it, on June 1, the day growler sales become legal at state breweries. Their Biannual Charity Beer Run was set for May 14 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lee County Humane Society, and they will be sponsoring the Robert Trent Jones (golf course) Craft Beer Tournament on July 24.<br /> <br /> Rocket Republic now has two beers out in cans, Vapor Trail Cream Ale (5.5%) and AstroNut Brown (5.8%), launched in April.<br /> <br /> “We've just kegged a special Jack Daniels Barrel aged version of our Dark Matter Belgian Dark Strong Ale to debut at Rocket City Brewfest in May,” said co-owner Eric Crigger. “It's been aging in a virgin Jack Daniels Barrel for almost a year. We'll be releasing Quantum Wheat and Pomegranate Planet very soon, which replaces the outgoing Scotch ale, Scotch Rocket.” <br /> <br /> Back Forty will release Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Peach Wheat in May followed by their inaugural multIPAck...a collection of three IPA's (including a brand new Red IPA, brand new White IPA and fan favorite Freckle Belly IPA).<br /> <br /> “We are incredibly excited to throw one hell of a party on June 1st here at the brewery,” said marketing director Brad Wilson. “That's the day that the 'Growler Bill' goes into effect across the state. Starting June 1 folks can come to the brewery and purchase up to 288 oz of beer...to go... like an adult. We will celebrate with a midnight launch party with bands and some amazing farm fresh food. Cheers to progress!”<br /> <br /> Natchez Brewing’s summer seasonal is Southern Grace (4.5%), a Berliner Weisse. They used several strains of Lactobacillus to get the desired “level of puckering tartness and desired flavor.” A two-day kettle-souring was utilized. The results is a lighted colored ale with hints of lemon and passionfruit and a distinct tartness. It will be available until September.<br /> <br /> Biloxi Brewing’s summer seasonal will again be Salty Dog Gose in its Coastal Life Series. It’s an unfiltered wheat brewed with salt and coriander. “It pairs beautifully with crayfish and shrimp boils. The saltiness and the tartness help to cut back a bit of the spice from the oil, but marry perfectly together,” said President Mark Cowley.<br /> <br /> Chandeleur Brewing is in its second expansion, adding two new fermenters for a total of nine. “We have brewed non-stop trying to keep up with the demand. The new tanks will help,” said Brandon Lewis. Their market has expanded, too, with six-packs showing on supermarket shelves in the Birmingham area.<br /> <br /> Slowboat Brewing has “been swamped with brewing our three released beers.” They are now in Laurel, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian and the Delta. Coming up next will be Starkville, Tupelo and the Gulf coast. Slow boat’s beers are Into the Mystic (4.9% witbier, Dairy of a Madman (5%) milk stout, and Wayward Son (7. 2%) farmhouse ale.<br />

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