great american beer festival

America’s largest annual beer competition moves forward, festival will take place online

Boulder, Colo.  — The Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), the country’s preeminent beer festival and competition, will pivot its 2020 event, originally scheduled for September 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, to an immersive online experience October 16-17. This decision was further confirmed with the announcement on May 20, when Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes to allow the operation of alternate care sites in Colorado because of the presence of COVID-19, rendering GABF at the Colorado Convention Center infeasible.

“While we are disappointed to not be gathering in Denver this fall for the craft beer community’s annual big tent event, the health and safety of our attendees, brewers, volunteers, judges, and employees is and always has been our top priority,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be affected for the foreseeable future, we must stay true to our priorities and pursue other ways to host GABF.”

The 39th Great American Beer Festival may look different, but beer lovers from around the country will have the opportunity to come together in new ways to celebrate the nation’s craft beer community. The spirit of the festival will live on through live and virtual experiences with beer lovers and breweries nationwide on October 16-17, 2020. The event is still in planning, but experiences will likely include beer tastings, conversations with brewers, local brewery activations, and at-home beer and food pairing deliveries.

The festival’s renowned professional beer competition will take place in 2020. A panel of more than 100 professional judges will assess the more than 7,000 expected entries to identify the three beers that best represent each style category. The GABF gold, silver, and bronze medals are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. Brewery registration opens on June 9. More information on the competition, style guidelines, and awards ceremony here.

“We are thankful to be able to move forward with this year’s competition and have the opportunity to award brewers’ achievements and generate consumer awareness for beer styles and trends,” added Pease. “We look forward to celebrating the annual accomplishments in brewing excellence and unveiling this year’s winners.”

Over the past few months, the Brewers Association has worked tirelessly on behalf of its members and the larger brewing community to provide critical resources, as well as lobbying Congress both independently and with other hospitality and food industry groups, for relief. Following the cancellation of the Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America® and World Beer Cup™ in April, the Brewers Association offered five weeks of complimentary virtual, online seminars to interested participants. Furthermore, the Brewers Association’s COVID-19 Resource Center includes information on draught system shutdown, how to forecast cashflow, a checklist for safely reopening, and more.

More information about the 2020 GABF logistics, schedule, and ticket options will be released in the coming months. For the latest news, follow @BrewersAssoc on Twitter.

 

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,400-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew Con™National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

 

summer beer fest

LANSING, Mich – Continued uncertainty and concern for the general population in the midst of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Brewers Guild has canceled its Summer Beer Festival originally scheduled for July 24-25 in Ypsilanti. First held in 1997, this is the Guild’s original festival and the only 2-day event among five annual festivals. Earlier this year, the Guild canceled its inaugural Spring Beer Festival which would have taken place Saturday, May 16 in Traverse City.

“The health and safety of our guests, brewery staff, volunteers and the general public remain our primary focus,” says Scott Graham, Guild Executive Director. “We are disappointed that we won’t be able to gather with our fellow Michigan beer lovers this July, but given the continued uncertainty and safety protocols that remain in place, we believe this is the appropriate decision at this time.”

Given the cancellation of two of its 2020 festivals which each feature a VIP Enthusiast Hour, the Guild will be extending all Enthusiast Membership expiration dates by six months, beginning with memberships that expired March 1 onward.

“We really appreciate the ongoing support of our Enthusiast Members and are considering other ways to add value and engage with our members,” says Graham.

The Guild also wants to encourage everyone to celebrate July as Michigan Beer Month by supporting local breweries as they re-open, and with carry-out orders, to-go growler fills and gift card purchases.

“We will continue to promote Michigan breweries and the culture they create in the Great Beer State,” Graham says. “We invite you to follow our social media or visit our website for updates.”

Formed in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild represents nearly 300 member breweries (a number that increases on a monthly basis). The Guild is a passionate beer community that believes in quality artisanship, bold character, fun, responsibility and pushing the boundaries. The mission of the Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan beer industry with an overarching goal to help locally brewed beer attain 20% of all beer sales in the state by 2025.

Michigan’s brewing industry contributes more than 21,000 full-time jobs and $872 million in labor income, with a total economic impact of over $2.5 billion. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation—supporting its title as “The Great Beer State.”

 

pizzapalooza

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery is teaming up with restaurants and bars across the country to celebrate two things everyone loves: pizza and beer.

This virtual celebration will coincide with National Pizza Party Day, at 7 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Bell’s Pizzapalooza will be a live guided beer tasting hosted by Bell’s streamed live on the brewery’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Four different and unique pizzas and how they each pair with a different Bell’s beer will be featured.

“This event combines two things that should be readily available no matter where you live. Comfort food meets delicious beer in a way that will hopefully help people feel a little connected, something we’re all looking for these days, and help support nearby restaurants and bars,” Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery said.

The featured beers are Bell’s Official Hazy IPA (6.4% ABV), Light Hearted (3.7% ABV), Porter (5.6% ABV) and Lager of the Lakes (5% ABV). All are available year-round and widely available throughout Bell’s distribution footprint.

Bars and restaurants across the country are participating with a special quad pizza with the pairings. Additional details will be posted at bellsbeer.com.

Short on supplies or can’t order a pizza? Can’t find the exact beers, just their styles? Everyone (21 and up) is invited and welcome to join Bell’s and others to learn about how pizza and beer work together!

Pizzapalooza

 

PIZZAPALOOZA PAIRINGS

Here are the full pairings for the pizza party:

  • Light Hearted Ale with a chicken, bacon and ranch pizza; or a seafood and citrus pizza.
  • Official Hazy IPA with hot Hawaiian pizza or a pizza with goat cheese, hot pepper and peach.
  • Porter with sweet sausage crumbles and mushroom pizza or a pizza with peppers.
  • Lager of the Lakes with a Margherita pizza or a pizza with prosciutto and arugula.

PICKY EATER PAIRINGS / DIY

Don’t like to have a complex pizza or ordering one to share with some picky eaters? Here’s a list of alternative pairings:

  • Light Hearted with a pepperoni pizza.
  • Official Hazy IPA with a ham pizza.
  • Porter with a sausage and mushroom pizza.
  • Lager of the Lakes with a classic cheese pizza.

About the pizza party host:

Jacki Hannon, is a self-proclaimed beer nerd and lover of the culinary arts. The daughter of two bartenders, she brings almost 25 years of experience working in the hospitality industry at independent restaurants along with regional and national chains. As Bell’s On-Premise Key Accounts Manager for the northern U.S., she continues that journey helping to prove that: “Beer is delightful and food is delicious, but together they are epic!”

 

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that distributes to 41 states, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

 

craft beer week

Week-long annual holiday focuses on supporting small businesses

 

Boulder, Colo. — American Craft Beer Week®, the annual national beer holiday celebrated since 2006 by millions of beer lovers, breweries, and retailers, will be observed May 11-17. Hosted by CraftBeer.com, a website published by the Brewers Association, this year’s celebration will feel different, but the spirit of supporting craft breweries who have supported their communities and country remains the same.

American Craft Beer Week provides an opportunity for beer lovers to connect safely with each other while supporting – and possibly even saving – local microbreweries, taprooms, brewpubs, and regional craft breweries. These small businesses are undergoing unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic. U.S. craft breweries are job creators and community gathering places—providing more than 161,000 direct full and part-time jobsand hosting nearly 68 million2 unique brewery visitors in 2019 alone. Additionally, craft breweries donated more than $82 million to local charities last year3, approximately $3.10 for every barrel of beer brewed.

craft beer week

“Independent craft breweries are an essential component in the important economic network of growers, distributors, supplier partners, beer lovers, and retailers,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “This American Craft Beer Week, brewers and beer lovers will connect in new ways during these challenging times. From May 11 to May 17, those who commit to giving independent craft beer will make a difference that reaches beyond the beverage to support and save thousands of hometown breweries who are instrumental in giving back to so many local communities and charitable causes.”

Here’s how beer lovers can help:

  • Commit to #GiveCraftBeer at AmericanCraftBeerWeek.com: Stand up and be counted by gifting craft beer, gift cards, merchandise, or other food and beverage offerings from a U.S. craft brewery.
  • Get Social: Use custom American Craft Beer Week social media posts available here.
  • Sign up to become a supporter of independent beer at SupportIndependentBeer.com.
  • Find your community: Use #GiveCraftBeer and follow @indiebeer_ for chances to participate all week
  • Donate to the Believe in Beer Craft Brewery Relief Fund to help craft breweries and state brewers guilds weather this unprecedented financial storm.

 

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,400-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew Con™National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

No rules

Bottles of No Rules Vietnamese Imperial Porter Are Available For One Day Only

 

Comstock Park, Mich. — No Rules Day is a Perrin Brewing Company tradition typically held at the Perrin Pub; however, this year, due to COVID-19, Perrin will transition to an online ordering and pick up format for the release of No Rules Vietnamese Imperial Porter 2020. Online ordering of the esteemed beer will be offered for one day only, to take place on April 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leading up to the online ordering window, Perrin will go live on Instagram and Facebook to chat about the beer.

Placing an order during the Virtual No Rules Day ordering window is the only way to get your hands on No Rules Vietnamese Porter 2020. The rare, once-a-year release is brewed with coconut, cinnamon and turbinado sugar, then laid down and aged in bourbon barrels for several months. The result is a gigantic, 15% ABV brew that’s deceptively smooth and subtly sweet. Over the years, No Rules has earned a stack of accolades, including a RateBeer ranking in the World’s Top 10 Imperial Baltic Porters of 2016, and the World’s Top New Beer Release of 2015. In 2018, it was deemed one of the Top 5 CANarchy Beers to Drink by Forbes Magazine.

In addition to No Rules 2020, Perrin will offer other exclusive items online. Here is the full list of offerings:

No Rules 2020 bottles (unlimited)

No Rules cellar reserve bottles from 2019 and 2018 (2 case limit)

No Rules cellar reserve bottles from 2017 and 2016 (1 case limit)

No Rules variants including Great Lakes Roasters Coffee, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, and Mango Chili for purchase while supplies last (4 bottle limit of each variant)

No Rules 2017 Scotch Variant (4 bottle limit)

No Rules 2017 Rum Variant (4 bottle limit)

No Rules 2018 Scotch Variant (4 bottle limit)

No Rules 2018 Rum Variant (4 bottle limit)

No Rules 2020 Glassware (4 glass limit)

Perrin Reserve

Malted Milk Ball

Gift Sets

The online order form will be accessible on April 4 here. Bottles of No Rules 2020, vintage variants of No Rules and other exclusive offerings will be available on a virtual “first come, first served” basis to Pub Club members and the general public. Payment will be made online and followed by a confirmation email, then orders will be made available for pick-up from the Perrin Pub April 20 – May 1 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Please note: orders will not be shipped. Virtual guests who place large orders will be contacted to coordinate a pick-up date and time. The Perrin Pub Club package discount applies. Pub Club members must present their Membership Card and valid I.D. when picking up their online order. The Pub Club member must be there in person. Spouses, friends or family are not allowed to pick up on behalf of the Pub Club member.

 

About Perrin Brewing Company

Established in 2012, Perrin Brewing Company is a young and rapidly growing craft brewery based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Perrin is committed to crafting high-quality and consistent brews and has garnered a loyal local following and a strong reputation for its unique beers. The brewery has won numerous awards including “The World’s Top New Beer Release of 2015” by RateBeer for its No Rules Vietnamese Porter. Through the 2015 partnership with CANarchy, Perrin has experienced exponential growth among package offerings, out-of-state distribution and an increase to over 25,000 barrels of production.

 

women's day

Brewery Vivant is celebrating their tenth year in business and will be collaborating with a number of local and regional breweries throughout the year to commemorate this milestone.

 

The first collaboration is with Saugatuck-based Guardian Brewing and is a celebration of the growing presence of women in the craft beer industry. The breweries teamed up to produce Kween, dubbed a “femmehouse” ale, that will launch at both breweries on International Women’s Day, Sunday, March 8.

A majority of the ingredients for the beer were sourced from other women-owned businesses in Michigan, Empire Malting and Pure Mitten hopyard. The Jovaru yeast in the beer is a strain that was procured from the famed “Queen of Lithuanian farmhouse beer,” Aldona Udriene, by Omega Yeast in Chicago. The yeast provides a bit of complexity to the beer which complements notes of orange and a slight tartness, coming in at an ABV of 6.2%.

women's day“The idea for a women-sourced and brewed beer came to me a few years ago and once I met Kim from Guardian I knew I had a great values-aligned partner with which to make that dream a reality,” states Vivant President Kris Spaulding.

Kim Collins, Owner and Head Brewer of Guardian Brewing Company adds, “I have looked up to the team at Brewery Vivant as leaders in our industry since I began brewing in 2012. When I received the invitation from Kris to brew a beer for International Women’s Day 2020, I knew we had to make something exciting, unique, and approachable. Kris’ idea to couple the beer with food and intentional conversation surrounding women makes this collaboration something new to our industry. It’s really exciting!” 

A portion of proceeds from all sales of Kween at both locations will benefit local nonprofits that focus on empowering women. Vivant is partnering with Women’s Resource Center, a Grand Rapids based non-profit that works to eliminate the barriers often experienced by women to employment and financial independence. Guardian has partnered with the Women in Nature program at the Holland based Outdoor Discovery Center which is designed to motivate women to be more healthy, active and passionate about the natural world surrounding them.

There will be a launch event at Brewery Vivant from 3-5pm on March 8 where women leaders from both breweries and these nonprofit partners will lead a guided discussion about women empowerment. Tickets are $10 and include a Kween and light appetizers. They can be purchased at the Brewery Vivant pub or by calling 616-719-1604. 

 

About Brewery Vivant Brewery Vivant is the world’s first LEED® certified commercial microbrewery and one of a growing number of Certified B Corporations. We brew beer in the European tradition with the addition of American ingenuity. At our pub we strive to elevate the enjoyment of beer & food and the sense of community in everything we do. Brewery Vivant prides itself on being a destination brewery in the “Beer City” of Grand Rapids. We are in the list of top 30 largest brewpubs in the 

U.S. according to Brewer’s Association definitions and have limited distribution throughout the State of Michigan. 

About Guardian Brewing Guardian Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery located in Saugatuck, Michigan offering an eclectic menu of draft beer, hard cider, classic cocktails, and wine. We offer our community fresh food options that are both locally and regionally sourced. We take great pride in selecting excellent meat, foods fermented in-house, as well as vegetarian and vegan dish choices. In addition to providing phenomenal craft beer, drinks, and food, Guardian features weekly live music and events, monthly Certified Cicerone led Beer School, and a “must visit” destination for out-of-town visitors.

About Women’s Resource Center Since 1973, Women’s Resource Center has been empowering and equipping women to achieve financial stability through meaningful employment. Our gender responsive programs and services help women discover their strengths and talents while overcoming barriers to employment and economic independence. WRC serves over 600 women a year. 

About Outdoor Discovery Center The ODC Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance outdoor education and conservation in West Michigan. It’s made up of nine business lines including two nature centers, two river greenways, a nature-based preschool, an eco-tourism program, habitat and land management services, a water quality initiative, and an education network. In total, the ODC Network owns over 600 acres of land, manages an additional 2,000+ acres of property. Last year, over 100,000 children and families participated in ODC Network programming. 

 

winter beer fest

(LANSING, Mich) – Attendees at this year’s 15th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival on Saturday, February 22 will find more than 130 breweries offering samples of 840-plus different beers. Admission to the festival is for those 21 years of age or older, with valid I.D. required.

Tickets for the one-day event, held from 1-6pm outside at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park just north of downtown Grand Rapids, are available online for $55 (plus a $5 online service fee from EventBrite). Each ticket comes with 15 tokens which are exchanged for a 3 oz. sample of beer (certain higher-priced specialty selections may require additional tokens per sample). The detailed Beer List can be viewed online or is available in the official app from BeerFestList (iTunes and Google Play).

Those wishing to enter the festival an hour before the general public – when a handful of special beers will be available for sampling – should look at becoming an Enthusiast Member at an annual rate of $55. Other benefits include VIP ticket pre-sales for all festivals, members only events and MiBeer swag (a t-shirt, hat or bag).

This year’s entertainment includes Slumlord Radio on the stage from 1:30-3pm, followed by the ceremonial tapping of the festival keg and singing of the Michigan Beer Fight Song, then rounding out the day with Stone Soup and the Broken Teeth from 4-5:30pm.

For more about Winter Beer Festival, especially for those new to the event, the FAQ page provides details about everything from parking to designated driver tickets to what is allowed to be brought into the festival.

The MBG 2020 festival schedule includes:

  • Winter Beer Festival – Saturday, February 22 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park
    Tickets on sale now
  • Spring Beer Festival – Saturday, May 16 at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, March 5 at 10am
  • Summer Beer Festival – Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti
    General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 30 at 10am
  • U.P. Fall Beer Festival – Saturday, September 12 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette
    General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, June 25 at 10am
  • Detroit Fall Beer Festival – Saturday, October 24 at Eastern Market in Detroit
    General admission tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 6 at 10am

For more on each festival, visit MiBeer.com/events.

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts five festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its more than 290 member breweries (a number that increases on a monthly basis).

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry contributes more than 21,000 full-time jobs and $872 million in labor income, with a total economic impact of over $2.5 billion. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #4 in the nation—supporting its title as “The Great Beer State.”

 

kalamazoo beer week

Breweries, bars, restaurants and other venues will provide unique programming all week

 

KALAMAZOO, MI – The first community in Michigan to host a “Beer Week” celebrating its craft beer culture will toast to a decade in January. 

Kalamazoo Beer Week will be held Jan. 11-18 with a variety of new and unique events as well as some fan favorites for the beer-loving traveler and local alike. The week-long program will feature new beer releases, food pairings, meet-and-greet opportunities, behind-the-scene glimpses, recreational activities and more. 

“For the past ten years, we have seen significant growth in the craft beer industry throughout the Kalamazoo region. From support of the annual celebration of Kalamazoo Beer Week to the launch of the Give-A-Craft ® Beer Trail, Discover Kalamazoo has invested in the promotion of craft beer as one of many reasons to discover Kalamazoo,” Discover Kalamazoo President and CEO Greg Ayers said. “We are excited to be the presenting sponsor of this annual event.” 

One of the other highlights of this year’s events will be the introduction of a digital presentation of Discover Kalamazoo’s popular “Give A Craft® Beer Trail” program where visitors receive a reward for visiting at local breweries. Launched to coincide with Beer Week, the digital passport will allow visitors to check in on their mobile devices to receive the reward. 

Discover Kalamazoo took over management of the event from Imperial Beverage in recent years and continues to promote the events around the region. Among the more popular events offered at Kalamazoo Beer Week are: Bell’s Brewery’s Snow Jog; Tibbs Brewing Co.’s CANtucky Derby; Beer vs. Wine battles, beer dinners, specialty tappings and many others. 

Kalamazoo Beer Week was imported here by local distributor Imperial Beverage in 2011 and inspired by a similar concept held in Philadelphia. Imperial Beverage, fronted by the Cekola family, had been named Craft Beer Distributor of the Year by the Brewers Association in 2010 and decided a “Beer Week” would be an appropriate way to celebrate the title. 

The annual event expanded after 2011 to include more area distributors and local breweries, as well as nontraditional venues. Other communities around the state have replicated the program. In previous years, Kalamazoo Beer Week featured more than 250 events.