Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries

May 3, 2013


Vaguely Weekly Beer News Roundup

In case you’ve been a coma for the last seven days or so.
by Eddie Glick

I like my beer like my women: pale, strong, full-bodied, and extremely bitter.
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Here we are, the first week of May, 2013. If it’s snowing where you’re at, just remember, there’s always craft beer.

Boston Strong (Beer, That Is)

No one’s accused Boston Brewing Company, the folks behind Sam Adams, of not being classy, and they lived up to that this past week when they announced sales of their 26.2 Brew will benefit victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombing. Just another reminder that no matter how many murderous little fuckholes there are out there, the good guys outnumber them by about a million to one. Bring it!

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Larry Bell Announces Expansions Like He Owns The Place

A mere couple of weeks since the brewery transferred firmly into the hands of the Bell’s family, Bell’s Brewery Inc. announced plans for a pub in the Grand Rapids airport and a new brewpub in the UP. Nigel tweeted his incredulity at Grand Rapids having an airport, conspicuously bypassing any number of cheap UP jokes. Interesting fact: if you fly out of Milwaukee to Grand Rapids, you actually land before you took off. (Look up a flight if you think I’m pulling your leg.) Which means you can make it from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport to Founders in, literally, no time. Hopefully that just blew your mind.

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Buy Me Some Peanuts And Cracker Jack And Some Imperial Stout

Despite a foot-plus of snow in the upper Midwest today, it is still baseball season. And while the selection at mainstream sports venues is still fairly paltry, it is getting better. (Except at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, the worst fucking beer list I’ve ever experienced. It was even worse than the football play on the field, and that’s saying something, since that was complete shit.) Sure, we can’t all get Kentucky Breakfast at the ol’ ballpark, but if you look hard enough craft beer is to be had … at select stadiums.

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I’ve Said It Once And I’ll Say It Again: Minnesota Is One Fucked Up State

Don’t like that headline? Well explain to me how the fuck a state that already has one of the highest alcohol taxes in the Midwest is even considering a tax hike. And not just any old tax hike, but a 600-fucking-percent tax hike. While it won’t hit smaller breweries, it will smash the shit out of August Schell and Summit. So if you live in Minnesota and don’t agree with my snarky little headline, read what Surly has to say about the tax hike, call your legislator and read him or her the riot act about that bullshit. Then you can tackle the whole can’t buy beer on Sunday thing.

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Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...