• Small Brewer Saturday: Businesses Supporting Craft Beer

    Small Brewer Saturday: Businesses Supporting Craft Beer

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    Even though they only represent a sliver of the overall beer market (11% in 2014), small and independent brewers are big business. The craft brewing continues to flourish, hundreds of supporting businesses have emerged to help the industry beat the odds.

    In celebration of Small Business Saturday, here are three industries that have brought support and personality to the brewing industry.

    1. Mobile Canning

    It is an uphill battle for many small brewers to get their beers into the hands of consumers. Access to market is tough enough, but for many, packaging prices can derail plans to expand beyond kegs.

    “Craft is still a very small purchaser of cans even within beer (~2% of the total canned beer market, compared to closer to ~20% of the bottled beer market and ~35% of the hop market),” writes Dr. Bart Watson of the Brewers Association. “When placed in the context of the overall beverage market (including soft drinks, etc.), craft brewers influence shrinks even further. Unlike a raw material like hops, beer producers also compete for access to cans with other beverage producers.”

    With a lack of buying power in cans, the mere quantity minimums often price many small brewers out. But, increased demand for canned craft beer has led to a creative business model: mobile canning.

    Mobile canning has been around for some time now, but their businesses continue to evolve to meet brewers changing demands. At first, the service allowed for small runs of cans for start-up brewers without the capital for a canning line to package their beer. Today, many mobile canners like Longmont, Colorado's Mobile Canning Systems have taken on more than just getting fresh beer in aluminum.

    The company not only purchases cans in bulk to be shared between multiple brewery clients, they also store them along with heat shrinking labels for hundreds of brands they can. Mobile Canning houses the cans because the amount that most brewers would need to buy not only is an incredibly large investment, but also the space needed to store the cans dwarfs many brewery operations. Mobile Canning Systems offers breweries the opportunity to have an important type of packaging without having to invest money and space into the process.

    2. Craft Maltsters

    For their comparatively diminutive size, craft brewers use a lot of raw materials to make their beers. Each of the 4,000 plus breweries in the U.S. today are working hard to create signature beers, and ingredients are one of the most obvious ways to create a unique beer that differentiates you from the brewery down the street.

    barleySo why doesn't malt have the star power that hops do? One reason may be that the vast majority of advances in malting have focused on yield, consistency and pest resistance. These are all important, but they do little to build up malt as a distinguishing flavor trait.

    As we continue to see many brewers bringing ingredient procurement back to their local market, many have chosen to seek local maltsters. Local malt flavors are unique to each area, providing brewers with another subtle way to differentiate themselves.

    “Following in the footsteps of craft beer, the scale is tiny in comparison to the industry,” writes the Craft Maltsters Guild, an organization supporting these new businesses. This emerging industry of the craft maltster is presenting new opportunities for both local family farms and craft brewers.”

    The guild lists craft maltsters in more than a dozen states for craft brewers to work with and learn about their malt.

    3. Beer Education

    You can spend a lifetime learning about beer and still never know it all, but a greater understanding of the beverage and how to serve it benefits everyone. Craft beer has become such an impactful business category that accredited universities and colleges have added brewing and beer business programs to their curriculum. CraftBeer.com's Beer Schools lists many options for both online and in-person craft beer education.

    Whether it's safety information for professional brewers or draught line basics for bar owners and distributors, the Brewers Association has tons of resources for the beer-related businesses. Meanwhile, CraftBeer.com is a great place to start for beer beginners. Explore the Beer Styles section or check out our Beer 101 course for a great overview on ingredients and the brewing process.

    Despite the successes, craft breweries still face many hurdles in the overall beer world. Access to market, ingredients and consumer and trade education all help to lessen the impact of these hurdles. These industries are just a part of the allied craft beer community that have found their niche to help the cause.

    Find a Brewery to visit this Small Business Saturday (11/28)!

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  • Cyber Monday Beer

    Craft Beer

    MobCraft Launches Cyber Monday Beer

    Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout On Cherries

    Wisconsin Brewer MobCraft Beer is launching a Cyber Monday exclusive beer only available online Monday, November 30th! Check it out at http://blog.mobcraftbeer.com/cyber-monday-beer/

    Cyber Monday is a smooth, full bodied, black as night stout with plenty of bourbon on the nose and hints of tart cherry. It's heavy mouthfeel leads into distinct flavors of whisky and cherry that ends with a nice long toasty finish. This Russian Imperial Stout with cherries was aged for 10 months in 12 year bourbon barrels.

    The Cyber Monday Beer Sale starts at 12:00am Monday 11/30/2015 and run until this limited batch sells out. Beer can be ordered for pickup at the brewery or shipped to your door through an online liquor store. Just for Cyber Monday, the beer is 33% off retail price!

    “We're all about doing things different here at MobCraft. We brew a new beer every month voted on by our fans, so when it came time to launch a barrel aged stout we thought, hell yeah, it should be a cyber monday beer” – Henry Schwartz President MobCraft.

    About MobCraft:
    MobCraft Beer is the world's first crowdsourced brewery. Each month, visitors to MobCraftBeer.com submit their ideas for a new craft beer. The best ideas with recipes are posted on the website to solicit online pre-orders. The beer with the most pre-orders is then produced and made available for delivery or pickup at the brewery in Madison, WI.

    “We're on monthly batch 26 right now! It has been a blast brewing off the wall ideas of the crowd, we've made everything from No Stout About It – Jalapeno Stout to Night & Day – Vanilla Black IPA, to even a Durian Cashew Pilsner called Don Durio's Filthy Mustachio!” – Andrew Gierczak MobCraft Head Brewer

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  • 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $30.2 Million for Local Economy

    Craft Beer
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 24, 2015 – A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) at $30.2 Million. Jeff Dense, Professor of Political Science and Craft Beer Studies at Eastern Oregon University, and a team of students administered 751 on-site interviews July 22-25, 2015. The study utilized IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning) data and software […]
  • Collaboration Fest Returns For Its Third Year on March 19th

    Collaboration Fest Returns For Its Third Year on March 19th

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    Tickets on go sale November 24 to America's most creative beer festival

    DENVER – Nov. 23, 2015 – Representing the most creative minds in the craft beer industry, the third annual Collaboration Fest will bring brewers from around the world together to brew one-time-only beers. Collaboration Fest will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St. Denver CO 80204), and serves as the official kick-off to Colorado Craft Beer Week.

    “Each Collaboration beer is created as a fusion of two or more brewery personalities,” said PJ Hoberman of Imbibe Events. “The recipe formulation is then developed through multiple meetings and email chains. All parties then join forces to brew and put the final touches of the project together. The one thing in common between all of the Collaboration beers is that at least one CBG brewery is involved.”

    Imbibe Events and the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) hosted the first Collaboration Fest in March 2014. Collaboration gives brewers the opportunity to brew with people they respect, create a narrative behind the beer, and make a beer that they normally would not. Each beer is created with a unique background story, often illustrating the relationships between the brewers themselves. Leading up to the festival Imbibe and the CBG will be sharing these stories via multiple platforms.

    The 2016 Collaboration Fest will feature 75 collaborative brews. The current list of collaborations include:

    300 Suns Brewing and Gemini Beer Co

    Avery Brewing Co and Call To Arms Brewing Company

    Baere Brewing Company and Mother Road Brewing Company

    Baere Brewing Company, Mockery Brewing and Inland Island Brewing and Consulting

    Barrels & Bottles Brewery and AC Golden Brewing Company

    Beryl's Beer Co and Goose Island Beer Co

    Big Choice Brewing and Black Bottle Brewing

    Blue Spruce Brewing Co and Rock Bottom, South Denver

    Boulder Beer Co. and Fat Heads Brewery

    Breckenridge Brewery and Star Hill Brewery

    Call to Arms Brewing Company, Denizens Brewing Co and Conshohocken Brewing Co.

    Cannonball Creek Brewing Company and Pizza Pizza Port Carlsbad Village

    CO-Brew and Mu Brewing

    Comrade Brewing Company and Fat Heads Brewery

    Crazy Mountain Brewing Company and Stillwater Artisan Ales

    Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Evil Twin Brewing

    Denver Beer Co and DC Brau Brewing Company

    Denver Beer Co and Spangalang Brewery

    Diebolt Brewing Company and River North Brewery

    Epic Brewing Company and Green Flash Brewing Co

    Factotum Brewhouse and Tow Yard Brewing

    FATE Brewing Company and Reuben's Brews

    Fort Collins Brewery and Renegade Brewing Company

    Funkwerks and Wicked Weed Brewing

    Gravity Brewing and Marshall Brewing

    Great Divide Brewing Co and TRVE Brewing

    Grist Brewing Company and Koala San Brew

    Hall Brewing and Kokopelli Beer Company

    Holidaily Brewing Company and Yak and Yeti Brewpub

    Horse & Dragon Brewing Company and others

    Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and Brewery Rickoli

    Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and Uber Brew

    Joyride Brewing Company and Heretic Brewing Company

    Kannah Creek Brewing Company and Moab Brewery

    Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Roaring Fork Beer Company and Colorado Boy Brewing

    Left Hand Brewing Company and Wibby Brewing

    Liquid Mechanics and Bagby Beer

    Liquid Mechanics and Odd 13 Brewing

    Little Machine and Joyride Brewing Co

    Living The Dream Brewing and Grist Brewing

    Living The Dream Brewing and Rip Current Brewing

    Locavore and Tommyknocker Brewery

    Lone Tree Brewing Company and Chain Reaction

    Lone Tree Brewing Company and Sycamore Brewing Company

    Mockery Brewing and Saucony Creek

    Mockery Brewing and Baere Brewing

    Oskar Blues Brewery, 3 Floyds Brewing and Horse and Dragon Brewing Company

    Our Mutual Friend Brewing and Cerebral Brewing

    Platt Park Brewing Co., Moody Tongue and Old Redwood

    Post Brewing Company and Prost Brewing Company

    Prost Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Brewing

    Sanitas Brewing Company and SixPoint Brewery

    Sanitas Brewing Company, BRU handbuilt ales & eats and Wild Woods Brewery

    Shamrock Brewing Company and Fitger's Brewhoue

    Ska Brewing Company and Devils Backbone Brewing Company

    Ska Brewing Company and Epic Brewing

    Station 26 Brewing Co, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company and Comrade Brewing

    Steamworks Brewing Company and Dry Dock Brewing Co

    Strange Craft Beer Company and Freetail Brewing Company

    Telluride Brewing Company and Elevation Brewing Company

    Telluride Brewing Company and NYNÄSHAMNS ÅNGBRYGGERI AB

    The Bakers' Brewery, Broken Compass, Dillon DAM Brewery, JP Vander Veen, Pug Ryan's Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery OG and Angry James Brewing

    Tomyknocker Brewery and Mallaskosken Panimo

    TRVE Brewing and Prairie Artisan Ales

    Twisted Pine Brewing Co and Blind Tiger Brewery

    Twisted Pine Brewing Co and Pizza Port – Solana Beach

    Two22 Brew and Echo Brewing Company

    Wibby Brewing and Left Hand Brewing Company

    Wit's End Brewing Company and Ale-Mania

    Wonderland Brewing Company and C Squared Ciders

    Zwei Brewing Co and Bierstadt

    “This festival truly shows what it means to work in a cooperative industry,” said Steve Kurowski of the CBG. “By working together, craft brewers are able to make the biggest economic impact on the beer industry. Craft beer is currently a $1.15 billion dollar industry for the state of Colorado. By continuing to work together and learn from each other, this number will continue to increase.”

    As the capital of the state of craft beer, Denver is proud to be the hometown of Collaboration Fest. From the pioneers and miners in the late-1800s to Wynkoop Brewing Co. – Denver's first brewery, owned by now-Governor John Hickenlooper – The Mile High City has a deeply-rooted history with beer, and it is quickly becoming the heart of the craft beer movement. Today, there are more than 50 operating breweries in the city, with more in planning, that create an exceptional craft beer scene.

    Tickets can be purchased starting Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. MST at CollaborationFest.com.

    Press Credentials

    Media wishing to receive press credentials for Collaboration Fest must fill out an application form.

    About Imbibe Events

    Imbibe is a Denver-based event production and ticketing company that coordinates with the best restaurants, bars, music venues, and other fine establishments to create craft events! Imbibe produces events such as the Denver Flea, Denver Beer Festivus and the Big Eat. For more information, visit www.imbibe-events.com.

    About the Colorado Brewers Guild

    The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association promoting the Colorado craft brewing industry. With the majority of the 305 licensed Colorado breweries as members, CBG provides information for Colorado beer lovers, and promotes Colorado craft breweries by advocating for Colorado craft beer with policymakers. For more information, visit www.coloradobeer.org.

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  • Orchestra Software Hosts 4th Annual User Conference- Orchestrate 2015

    Orchestra Software Hosts 4th Annual User Conference- Orchestrate 2015

    Craft Beer

    PORTLAND, Ore. (November 20, 2015) — Orchestra Software recently hosted its fourth annual user conference, Orchestrate 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Orchestrate is the annual user conference event for OrchestratedBEER and OrchestratedSPIRITS software users to discover how to better utilize new and existing software features as well as network with fellow users.

    The focus for Orchestrate 2015 was helping craft beverage manufacturers get to the next level of evolution as a business during rapid industry expansion.

    Orchestra Software President, Brad Windecker kicked off the conference with a thought-provoking keynote highlighting the growth and change in the craft beverage industry. Windecker challenged all breweries, distilleries and craft beverage manufacturers to change the overall thought process to accommodate long-term growth.

    “Growth requires a change in thinking”, said Windecker. “The industry is changing rapidly all around us with constant growth and consolidation. If you don't adjust your thinking to focus on long-term growth, you will continue to encounter chaos and confusion with each stage of growth.”

    Windecker went on to define how Orchestra Software's mission to solve the challenges of growing craft beverage manufacturers is entwined with customer-first values.

    “Orchestra's values permeate everything we do, from our product road map to the way we handle support calls.” said Windecker. “Nothing is more important than having great people at Orchestra who care deeply for our customers and their long term success.”

    Aside from the main keynotes, Orchestrate 2015 also featured more than 40 breakout sessions related to the business of craft beer and spirits. Customer-led sessions allowed users to share first-hand experiences handling real-world brewing and distilling scenarios using Orchestrated.

    A highlight for Orchestrate attendees was the increased variety of sponsored speaking sessions coinciding with the debut of the Orchestrate partner exhibitor hall. The emphasis on partnerships at Orchestrate 2015 provided opportunities for attendees to connect with partner representatives and explore solutions that perfectly complement the Orchestrated platform.

    Orchestrate 2015 sponsors and speakers included Baker Tilly, Concur, Beverage Business Builders, HighJump, VIP, ProLeiT and ShipCompliant. Keynote sponsor speakers from the University of Portland introduced the latest partnership with OrchestratedBEER as part of its Master Strategist: Craft Beer Business.

    The biggest takeaways for Orchestrate attendees were the actionable insights that came from learning, sharing knowledge and networking with other users.

    “No other company cares more about the challenges facing craft beverage manufacturers than Orchestra.” added Windecker. “We're working harder than ever to solve those challenges with simple, easy-to-use solutions.”

    Orchestrate will continue to be centered on feedback, learning, growing the partner network and improving the overall Orchestrated user experience. The improvement trend will continue into Orchestrate 2016 with more sessions, bigger venues and more attendees as Orchestrated products continue to set the standard for business management software.

    More about Orchestra Software
    Located in Beaverton, Oregon, Orchestra Software is an enterprise software company that creates industry vertical solutions that are scalable for large companies, but affordable enough for small growing companies. Orchestra's industry-specific software consolidates all company operations into a single application, providing unparalleled insight into the business, and creating opportunity for cost savings and increased profitability.

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  • NTN Buzztime to Present at the 8TH Annual LD MICRO Main Event

    Industry Updates

    CARLSBAD, Calif., November 23, 2015 — NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) will present on Dec. 2, 2015 at the 8th Annual LD Micro Main Event at the Luxe Sunset Hotel, Los Angeles.

    CEO Ram Krishnan is scheduled to present at 12:00 pm PT to discuss the company's strategy. Mr. Krishnan and CFO Allen Wolff will be available for one-on-one meetings throughout the day.

    Interested investors should contact their LD Micro representative or Kirsten Chapman buzztime@lhai.com to schedule a one-on-one meeting with NTN Buzztime management.

    A webcast of management's presentation will be available live and via replay for a period of 90 days in the investor section of the company's website at http://www.buzztime.com/business/investor-relations-webcasts-presentations/

    About Buzztime:

    Buzztime (NYSE MKT: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative dining technology to bars and restaurants in North America. Venues license Buzztime's customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games, nationwide competitions, personalized menus and self-service dining features. Buzztime's platform improves operating efficiencies, creates connections among the players and venues, and amplifies guests' positive experiences. Founded in 1984, Buzztime has accumulated over 8 million player registrations and over 80 million games were played in 2014 alone. For more information, please visit http://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.


    Kirsten Chapman, LHA

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  • 9 Kick-Ass Winter Beer Festivals

    9 Kick-Ass Winter Beer Festivals

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    “The time for generic beer festivals has come and gone,” says Josh Goldberg, community and events coordinator for Left Hand Brewing Co. It's a sentiment mirrored by the majority of the craft beer community as the beer festival season grows longer and longer each year.

    “Spring and summer are dense with craft beer events, and brewery festival teams are exhausted with tons of beer fests,” says Goldberg. “So planning a fall or winter beer festival is well received, both for industry folks and beer lovers ready to taste special beers from their favorite breweries.”

    Many breweries and event organizers across the U.S. are going against the grain and throwing beer festivals during the cold-weather months—and craft beer drinkers are liking it. Barrel-aged beers, holiday celebrations, and a few snow-filled outdoor events are lighting up the craft beer world this November through February.

    Check out these 9 beer festivals to hit this winter:

    The San Francisco Craft Beer Festival: Holiday Edition

    San Francisco, California | November 21

    Samplings from 75 breweries from across the U.S. and 150 beer, cider and mead offerings will be on tap at this one-day festival at the S.F. Armory Studios. The event will include afternoon and evening sessions, with general admission including 2-and-a-half hours of unlimited tasting from breweries like Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Alaskan Brewing Co., Russian River Brewing Co., Allagash Brewing Co. and more.

    VIP tickets provide one hour of early tasting before the doors open to general admission ticket holders. Ticket pricing ranges from $60 to $79.

    Holiday Ale Festival

    Portland, Oregon | December 2-6

    Portland has the perfect holiday-themed beer festival in one of the nation's top craft beer states. Enjoy a festive atmosphere filled with christmas decorations and more than 50 winter ales, with a heavy emphasis on Oregon favorites like Ninkasi Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Rogue Ales & Spirits and Deschutes Brewery.

    Participating breweries will provide beer samples from their year-round lineups as well as seasonal and limited-release offerings. Advance general admission tickets are $35 and include a festival mug and fourteen beer tickets. Advance VIP tickets are $100 each and include a festival mug, thirty beer tickets, express entry and access to VIP beer lines.

    Texas Winter Beer Fest

    The Woodlands, Texas | December 4 – 5

    The state of Texas is known for going big, and the Texas Winter Beer Fest is no exception. 50
    plus breweries will be pouring beer at this event, including big-name breweries from across the country as well as Texas locals like Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and South Austin Brewery. DJ-fueled music, food booths and food trucks round out this seasonal event.

    General session tickets purchased in advance start at $30. Regular tickets start at $40. VIP tickets start at $80.

    Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

    Vail, Colorado | January 7-9

    One of Colorado's top beer festivals returns to Vail for its sixteenth year. Expect to see some of the top names in craft beer serving up brews and mingling with event-goers. This festival is pretty much the perfect weekend getaway, set in the snowy, charming town of Vail and filled with winter-warming big beers.

    Along with a top-notch lineup of breweries, this festival also features additional events during the weekend, like educational seminars, a Brewmasters' Dinner and commercial and homebrew competitions.

    A variety of tickets options and festival packages are available and start at $70.

    winter beer festival

    San Diego Beer Festival

    San Diego, California | January 16

    The sixth annual San Diego Beer Festival returns to Liberty Station for a day filled with beer, food trucks and live music. Over 50 craft breweries will be pouring, and the lineup is about as good as it gets. Sample brews from Epic Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Bell's Brewery, Inc., Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and more.

    General admission is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are $40. VIP tickets are $50 and include 12 p.m. entry to the festival. Both tickets are good for unlimited tastings.

    Extreme Beer Fest

    Boston, Massachusetts | February 5-6

    The folks at Beer Advocate describe the Extreme Beer Fest as “the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity” — and they should know, as they're hosting the event. This fest will feature more than 250 beers from 70-plus breweries who are pushing the boundaries of craft beer. Surly Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co. and The Lost Abbey will be pouring beers alongside an impressive roster of up-and-coming breweries from across the country.

    This two-day event is held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Tickets are $57.50 and include unlimited beer tasting.

    Arizona Strong Beer Festival

    Phoenix, Arizona | February 13

    The Southwest has been upping its game in recent years, with many breweries in the region receiving serious national attention. The Arizona Strong Beer Festival will take place during Arizona Beer Week in 2016, and will focus heavily on breweries in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and California. But the tap list for this event also includes some of the most well-loved breweries in the nation, like Maui Brewing Co., Abita Brewing Co., Avery Brewing Co. and Pizza Port.

    Tickets for this event will go on sale in November and range from $45 to $75.

    Winter Beer festivials


    Avon, Colorado | February 19-21

    When it comes to getting into the holiday spirit, it doesn't get much better than the picturesque snow-capped mountains of Colorado. And while the Centennial State has become a mecca for craft beer, it's also home to a bustling music scene—both of which are showcased at the three-day WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon. Listen to live music by bands like Greensky Bluegrass and Leftover Salmon while you stroll in and out of heated tents filled with the best of Colorado craft beer.

    Three-day festival packages are available, starting at $129.

    St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival

    St. Louis, Missouri | February 25-27

    This event kicks off with a Brewmaster Dinner on Thursday, February 25, followed by two days of tasting sessions with a lineup of more than 275 beers. Breweries from coast to coast are represented at this festival, along with a strong showing of breweries from the local area.

    Tickets begin at $30.75, with the option to upgrade to VIP for an additional $21.

    Tyra SutakTyra Sutak is a freelance writer sharing stories about her favorite things: travel, food, music, craft beer and entertainment. Based out of Boulder, Colo., Tyra gathers inspiration by exploring the world by foot, bike, train, car, plane, greyhound bus, and any other form of travel that will lead to a new adventure. Whether it's climbing 14er's under a blue ColoRADo sky, sailing on a boat in Costa Rica, living out childhood dreams on Wrigley Field, or simply taking a moment to appreciate the everyday adventures that can be found at home, the open road calls—and Tyra's bag is always packed.

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  • Giving Thanks to Craft Beer

    Giving Thanks to Craft Beer

    Craft Beer

    Thanksgiving is one of the most special holidays in this country—not necessarily because of its somewhat controversial and often disputed history, but for what it symbolizes. Although the traditions may vary from household to household, almost all Thanksgivings across the country share one thing in common—they bring together family and friends to share large delicious meal and, often, several tasty beverages.

    For those who live, work, eat and breathe craft beer, our holiday traditions almost always involve the fruits of our labor. After all, craft beer is a source of income that allows us to provide for our families and enjoy everyday pleasures—something for which we are all extremely thankful.

    To celebrate, I asked many of my good friends in the craft beer biz to share some of their favorite ways to celebrate and give thanks to craft beer. Below you will find their stories and favorite Thanksgiving beer traditions. We hope you'll join us this Thanksgiving in raising a toast to the finely crafted beverage that has brought all of us together.

    Cheers, craft beer. We are thankful for you.

    Thanksgiving Beer Traditions

    It's been nearly a decade since I've spent Thanksgiving with my nuclear family, and most years are spent celebrating with friends. Each year, I dip into my cellar and share some of my most precious rarities with my friends, and I almost always bust out a vertical. Here are a few festive beer-themed Thanksgiving traditions from some of my favorite craft beer colleagues.

    Amanda King | Marketing Manager | Odell Brewing Company | Fort Collins, CO
    For about the past ten years, we've gotten together and enjoyed a meal with our extended coworker family. Everyone brings in a different dish, and often the recipes include our beers. We also pick out four or five beers to pair with the meal and then vote on our favorite pairings. It's one of my favorite days because not only does it smell like yummy beer making, it also smells like turkey!

    Mariah Calagione | Vice President | Dogfish Head Brewery | Milton, DE
    We usually pull a few bottles of Pangaea (our beer brewed with an ingredient from every continent) to enjoy while playing the “go around game,” which our family invented as a way to help keep the kids part of the conversation. One person asks a question, and then we go around the table and listen to everyone answer it. Sometimes the question is thoughtful, but expected (What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?), and sometimes the question is completely random (What is your favorite kind of light, and why?). With twenty-plus folks at the table for turkey day, we get lots of great answers!!

    Bess Dougherty | Brewer | Wynkoop Brewing Co. | Denver, CO
    The past couple of years I have taken my mother out to lunch and to visit a brewery in downtown Denver. I'll have her try different beers and then let her pick her favorites that I then pick up and bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Last year she picked the beers based on how she thought they would pair with Thanksgiving foods. Mom beer geeking out is just too awesome! Oh, my other little one is that I make the pies every Thanksgiving and, since turning 21, I have also picked up beers to pair with the pies.

    Dave McLean | Brewmaster and Owner | Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery | San Francisco, CA
    I'm a sucker for tradition—for the little rituals that wiggle their way into your life and make things interesting. Beer is great for that. We usually host a big group of longtime friends and family at our house, and I always bring home a keg of Magnolia's Winter Warmer, which has a long tradition of being released at the pub the day before Thanksgiving. For most people who come over, it's their first taste of it that year, and I love the ritual of that—kicking off the fall holiday season with friends and family sharing a beer I have been brewing for 16 years. Having it around that day throughout cooking, catching up with friends, and celebrating is as integral to my Thanksgiving experience as the turkey itself.

    Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

    A grand meal without beer is no meal at all. Craft beer has the amazing ability to heighten a pairing and lift a meal to the next level. I love bringing a variety of beers to the table, as many styles work with the rich and complex flavors of a Thanksgiving meal. I love partnering a kriek (cherry lambic) with turkey and cranberry sauce, and a brown ale is perfect for washing down mashed potatoes and gravy. When it comes to dessert, imperial stouts, and Belgian-style triples usually do the trick, and you can't go wrong with pumpkin beers or other holiday spiced beers.

    Jacob McKean | CEO & Founder | Modern Times Beer | San Diego, CA
    I love The Bruery's Autumn Maple with everything I eat. I find that pumpkin beers rarely taste like actual pumpkin, but the yams in Autumn Maple really come through in a very delicious way. I'm a vegan, so my dishes are often a bit different than everyone else's at the table, but I have had so many memorable meals with Autumn Maple. The sweetness and spice of Autumn Maple pairs beautifully with roasted brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and gravy and homemade seitan.

    Julia Herz | Craft Beer Program Director | Brewers Association | Boulder, CO
    Turkey and all the trimmings paired with a Belgian-style golden strong ale (BGSA) is my holiday favorite. The main malt is Pilsener malt, so the base malt flavor is reminiscent of graham crackers. The malt flavors fall into the mild white meat flavor of turkey beautifully (not as great with the dark, more iron-centric meat). Plus, turkey is a very mild meat, thus brining the turkey with beer (see Tipsy Turkey recipe) helps you introduce a variety of flavor harmonies with your craft beer.

    Then there are the herbal and toasted bread flavors from stuffing that tie into this beer style's malt and spicy yeast flavors. The common BGSA yeast strains deliver a lot of white fruit esters (pear and apples) and pepper phenols that help freshen and spice up the meal, leaving you tasting more than just the glorious gravy on your mashed potatoes and protein. The more robust alcohol levels of this style (7%-10% ABV) stand up to the richer side dishes, yet the style is drier and lower in residual sugar than many others, so it's quite sessionable. Finally, the higher carbonation levels of a BGSA help scrub the tongue and prepare your palate for the next bite.

    Rob Tod | Owner & Brewmaster | Allagash Brewing Company | Portland, ME
    The beer I naturally think of for Thanksgiving is Interlude—our wine barrel-aged Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with Brettanomyces. It's extremely versatile and works well with the broad variety of flavors in a Thanksgiving meal. The tartness in the beer compliments the cranberry sauce, yet contrasts the thick creaminess of the gravy and stuffing. Most people drink wine on Thanksgiving, and with its barrel-aged vinous character, Interlude can crossover.

    What about craft beer are you most thankful for? Share your stories in a comment below! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • NTN Buzztime, Inc. Receives Noncompliance Notice from NYSE MKT

    Industry Updates

    CARLSBAD, Calif., November 16, 2015 — NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN), leader in interactive entertainment and innovative dining technology to bars and restaurants in North America, announced it received of a letter from NYSE Regulation, Inc. on November 13, 2015, stating that the company is not in compliance with Sections 1003(a)(iii) of the Company Guide (the “Company Guide”) of the NYSE MKT LLC (“NYSE MKT” or the “Exchange”) because the company reported stockholders' equity of less than $6 million as of September 30, 2015 and had net losses in five of its most recent fiscal years ended December 31, 2014. As a result, the company has become subject to the procedures and requirements of Section 1009 of the Company Guide. The letter has no immediate effect on the listing of the company's common stock on the Exchange.

    In order to maintain its listing, NTN Buzztime must submit a plan to NYSE Regulation by December 13, 2015, advising of the actions it has taken or will take to regain compliance with Section 1003(a)(iii) of the Company Guide by May 13, 2017. If the plan is accepted, NTN Buzztime will be subject to periodic reviews for compliance with the plan. If NTN Buzztime does not submit a plan or if the plan is not accepted, delisting proceedings will commence. Furthermore, if the plan is accepted but NTN Buzztime is not in compliance with the continued listing standards by May 13, 2017, or if NTN Buzztime does not make progress consistent with the plan, the Exchange will initiate delisting procedures as appropriate.

    NTN Buzztime's management is pursuing options to address the deficiency and intends to submit a compliance plan on or before the deadline set by the NYSE Regulation.

    About Buzztime:

    Buzztime (NYSE MKT: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative dining technology to bars and restaurants in North America. Venues license Buzztime's customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games, nationwide competitions, personalized menus and self-service dining features. Buzztime's platform improves operating efficiencies, creates connections among the players and venues, and amplifies guests' positive experiences. Founded in 1984, Buzztime has accumulated over 8 million player registrations and over 80 million games were played in 2014 alone. For more information, please visit http://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.


    Kirsten Chapman/Becky Herrick, LHA



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  • Thanksgiving Craft Beer Shopping List

    Thanksgiving Craft Beer Shopping List

    Craft Beer

    The feast is the pinnacle of Thanksgiving, but this year I urge you to share your focus with the amazing additions your favorite craft beers can bring to the dinner table. Beer can both satisfy and accentuate every dish on your holiday table better than any other beverage. It's also perfect for toasting and sharing amongst family and friends.

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, ask your guests to bring a growler, a couple of bombers or a six-pack of their favorite beers to pass around the table with family and friends. Beers from around the country will unite at the table in the same way as your visitors and family.

    Here are a few style suggestions that will pair nicely with common Thanksgiving day dishes. These beers will help open the eyes of guests that might not be aware of the beautiful beverage of craft beer.


    While witbiers are often considered a summer treat, they can be a great addition to the main course of Thanksgiving dinner. A witbier shares many characteristics with a hefeweizen, but on a more subtle scale. They can be lighter, but maintain the spice character that works with a wide variety of dishes.

    Witbiers are great for pairing with turkey, as they allow the bird to remain in the limelight and serve only as an enhancement. The succulent white meat paired with a witbier will unveil the natural gaminess of the turkey and enhance its flavors.

    Try any of these witbiers when it's carving time:

    Farmhouse Ale/Saison

    The herb-like and earthy flavors of a farmhouse ale or saison can serve as a fun, wild card for Thanksgiving. These beers are truly unique—sort of like snowflakes. One might offer flavors of hibiscus, while another will have a bite of ginger and orange zest, and yet another will be tart and fruity.

    My suggestion is to drink a bottle with a generous portion of stuffing. Stuffing varies regionally (some would even say from house to house). Some recipes call for walnuts while another include water chestnuts. Some versions include pears while others add apples. You can't miss when pairing your stuffing with a farmhouse ale or saison, as they're very moldable to what they're paired with. The right flavors will shine through and not overpower this family favorite.

    These are a few amazing farmhouse ales and saisons that will be a hit:

    India Pale Ale

    IPAs can present a challenge when pairing food. Look to match intensities and accentuate the flavor of the hops rather than bitterness. Embrace the IPA by enjoying it alongside foods that aren't going to be intimidated: cheese. The best Thanksgiving food to pair an IPA with is a hearty helping of baked macaroni and cheese. The thick and sharp fattiness of the cheese can withstand the beer, all while matching its intensity. I also recommend pairing an IPA with cheesecake, but make sure it's a lighter one. You'll thank me, I promise!

    There are plenty of great IPAs out there, but here are a few of my favorites:


    Porters come in many forms: imperial, smoked, chocolate, chili, vanilla, etc., and each can find a seat at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Porters tend to be a little sweeter than their big brother the stout, but while dark in color, some are deceptively light in flavor with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

    A porter is a great match for a glazed ham. The pineapple flavors will go with the sweetness of the beer, almost creating a caramelization on the palate. If you prefer your ham smoked, try matching smoke-for-smoke by enjoying a smoked turkey or ham with a smoked porter.

    If you saved room for dessert, and chocolate pie or brownies are on the menu, look no further than a chocolate or vanilla porter to help wash those down. Either of these beers will bring out the best qualities of the sugary delights and even intensify them.

    Here are a few examples of great porters to pair with your Thanksgiving favorites:

    What's your favorite craft beer to share at your holiday table? Share in a comment below.

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