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See more letters to the editor on our REVIEWS page...
Say No To New State Beer Taxes!!!
Call, email, knock on their doors!
Let everyone know that the next
"Boston Tea Party"
is not far off if they keep this up!
(a recent letter printed in the LI Press)
Thousands rally with 'tea parties' on tax day
By JOE BIESK, Associated Press Writer Joe Biesk, Associated Press Write
( See our REVIEWS page for this story)
Letters to the Editor...
To the editor,
The recently passed NYS budget includes deposit legislation provisions which
will impose a significant regressive tax on consumers.
The new budget increases the handling fee paid by the distributor to the retailer
by 75% per container and seizes 80% of the unredeemed deposits.
Deposits are not a simple nickel exchange. Currently the distributor charges a
retailer 5 cents per container; upon redemption, the retailer receives 7 cents in return.
The new law will increase this to 8.5 cents.
Presently the unredeemed deposits are used to offset the costs of picking up,
storing, sorting, transporting and processing of the empty containers. The fees the
distributor pays to reverse vending companies are a factor as well.
As a lifetime tax paying resident and family business owner on Long Island , I am
outraged by this ill conceived money grab. Our company has operated here for over 100 years.
Unfortunately this new tax will inhibit my ability to improve wages and benefits, invest
in the community, or provide more union and non union employment.
Harold J Boening
Boening Brothers inc.
To the editor,
The cost of doing business in New York is disproportionately high compared to
other states and the recent passage of the 2009 - 2010 budget has only increased that
cost and the cost of living in the state.
Adding a deposit to water, increasing the handling fee from two or three and
a half cents paid per container and seizing 80% of the money used by the industry to
implement the system will result in these costs being passed on to the consumer.
Even more appalling, the state is giving a reverse vending machine a 75% pay increase
at the expense of well paying benefit providing jobs.
the system is not a simple nickel exchange but instead a complicated network.
distributors provide stable wage earning labor with paid benefits and purchase
Trucks, fuel, insurance, machinery and maintenance to implement the mandate.
the unredeemed nickels off set the aforementioned costs but now that the state
is seizing 80% of the funds the implementation of more expansive and more
expensive system will fall on the back of the consumers. Conservative projections show
$287 million in costs will be passed on to the consumers. Price increases, especially in
a slow economy, result in less sales and thus less revenue for business leading to a
reevaluation of the bottom line.
The state's burdening consumers and businesses with more taxes during a time when consumer
confidence is low and people are not spending or unable to spend is counterproductive to the
stimulus money the federal government is providing.
Sr. vice President
Clare Rose, Inc.
Read more about the impact of taxes on beer on our "Reviews"
* From our Events page "
Long Island Beer Event
August 8th 2009
Jamesport Long Island NY
Martha Clara Vineyards
VIP 1 - 6 PM
Sam Adams Event
Want to learn how the Samuel Adams perfect pint beer glass can enhance your drinking experience? Join us on Thursday evening, May 14th for the Samuel Adams Ultimate Pint Night and taste the difference for yourself! You may remember us telling you about our pint glass pictured above. You'll recall that Jim Koch and our other brewers spent over a year developing a perfect pint beer glass specifically to enhance the full flavor and aroma of Samuel Adams Boston Lager®.
To refresh your memory or to purchase your own set of glasses go here.
This Thurday night we'll be at bars throughout New York City sampling the finer points of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, demonstrating what the glass can do and handing out cool Samuel Adams gear. At each location you can also enter to win baseball tickets!
Here's the list of locations. Hope to see you out there!
* MIDTOWN-UPPER WEST SIDE
* Playwright Celtic Pub
* Cafe 31
* Whistlin' Dixies Texas Tavern
* McGarry's Pub
* Nation Restaurant & Bar
* Blaggards Pub
* Tempest Bar
* Blarney Stone (8th Ave)
* Flight 151
* Rumours Bar & Grill
* Lion's Head Tavern
* Soldier McGee Tavern
* Underground Lounge
* MIDTOWN-UPPER EAST SIDE
* Overlook Lounge
* Turtle Bay
* Mercury Bar
* Van Diemen's
* Mustang Grill
* The Carriage House
* Metro 53
* Third & Long
* Tonic East (3rd Ave)
* Joshua Tree
Yes its right, Drink For Charity. Bring your own beer, pay at the door and enjoy!
All proceeds go to charity. Bear Republic ‘Racer x’ will be free on tap
Rattle ‘N’ Hum will donate 2 kegs for $4 a pint for charity.
$50 at the door and drink some insane vintage brewsPeople
are also encouraged to bring California beer to share in bottles or growlers.
Some highlights of the event will be;
Vintage samples of Anchor Christmas Ale, dating back to 1980
Sampling of beers from Russian River Brewing including Toronado 20th Anniversary and
the first Batch of Damnation and a special tasting of every single Stone Anniversary
beer ever made including 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10, 11th and 12th.
Beer from Pizza Port including Cuvee de Tomme
Lost Abbey Judgment Day and many many more
Upcoming Beer Events in New York City
Featured Event - Styles Session 6: Tripels
Join us for our sixth Styles Session at Rattle N Hum. Join Will Stephens, of BeerMenus, and Maggie Fuller, of Beer Ethos, for a flight of 8 Belgian-style Tripels. Beers will be paired with several great cheeses from Murrays Cheese Shop by Chris Munsey, of The Pairing Zone.
See the list of 8 tripels and buy tickets
13, Wed: 7:00PM: Sly Fox Tasting at Bierkraft
13, Wed: 7:30PM: Malted Barley Appreciation Society Meeting at Mug's Ale House
13, Wed: 6:00PM: Lagunitas Event at George Keeley
14, Thu: 6:00PM: Sly Fox VS. Southampton Night at Barcade
14, Thu: 7:00PM: Ithaca Beer Co. at Manchester Pub
14, Thu: 6:00PM: Arcadia & Hops at Spuyten Duyvil
15, Fri: 6:00PM: EVT One Year Anniversary Party at East Village Tavern
16, Sat: 12:00PM: Captain Lawrence 3rd Aniversary Party at Captain Lawrence Brewery
16, Sat: 10:00AM: Dogfish Head Brewery Tour at Rattle 'N' Hum
16, Sat: 2:00PM: All girls ROLLER DERBY + Brewery Tour at Broadway Dive
16, Sat: 4:00PM: Lagunitas & Tierra Farm Tasting at GRAB Specialty Foods
16, Sat: 3:00PM: Vintage Base Ball and Cooperstown Brewing at Dive Bar
17, Sun: 11:00AM: 5th Annual Street Fair at The Gate
18, Mon: 7:00PM: Shane Welch Presentation/Tasting at Beer Table ($35.00)
02, Tue: 17:00PM: Ithaca brewery at Rattle 'N' Hum
04, Thu: 6:00PM: Clipper City at East Village Tavern
06, Sat: 7:00PM: Civilization of Beer 101 at Institute of Culinary Education June 6th at Institute of Culinary Education ($65.00)
08, Mon: 7:00PM: Mathew Polacheck Presentation/Tasting at Beer Table ($35.00)
09, Tue: 7:00PM: NY State Beer & Cheese Pairing Sail at Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($85.00)
11, Thu: 6:30PM: American Craft Beer & American Cheese at Artisanal Premium Cheese Center ($85.00)
12, Fri: 6:00PM: Atlantis Craft & Import Beer Festival at Dave & Buster's
16, Tue: 17:00PM: Elysian arrives at Rattle 'N' Hum
19, Fri: 5:30PM: Kelso of Brooklyn Growlers at Whole Foods Beer Room - Bowery
22, Mon: 7:00PM: 7th Annual Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner at Austin's Steak And Ale House ($65.00)
23, Tue: 7:00PM: NY State Beer & Cheese Pairing Sail at Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($85.00)
30, Tue: 17:00PM: Troegs super special night at Rattle 'N' Hum
07, Tue: 7:00PM: NY State Beer & Cheese Pairing Sail at Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($85.00)
07, Tue: 17:00PM: Captain Lawrence mayhem! at Rattle 'N' Hum
14, Tue: 17:00PM: Dogfish Head invade at Rattle 'N' Hum
18, Sat: 17:00PM: Captain Lawrence v Sixpoint v Dogfish at Rattle 'N' Hum
21, Tue: 7:00PM: NY State Beer & Cheese Pairing Sail at Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($85.00)
21, Tue: 17:00PM: Sixpoint Raid the house!! at Rattle 'N' Hum
28, Tue: 17:00PM: East v West coast IPA Challenge!! at Rattle 'N' Hum
04, Tue: 7:00PM: NY State Beer & Cheese Pairing Sail at Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($85.00)
11, Tue: 17:00PM: Summer beer collection at Rattle 'N' Hum
25, Tue: 17:00PM: Chelsea brewery at Rattle 'N' Hum
01, Tue: 17:00PM: USA v Germany 'Who's the best fest part deux'! at Rattle 'N' Hum
01, Tue: 7:00PM: NY State Beer & Cheese Pairing Sail at Classic Harbor Line - Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($85.00)
15, Tue: 17:00PM: An Evening with Garret Oliver at Rattle 'N' Hum
15, Tue: 7:00PM: NY State Beer & Cheese Pairing Sail at Classic Harbor Line - Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($85.00)
21, Wed: 6:30PM: Autumnal Beer Pairing Cruise aboard Manhattan at Classic Harbor Line - Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 ($105.00)
27, Tue: 0:00PM: Cask Fest, USA v England at Rattle 'N' Hum
28, Wed: 6:30PM: Autumnal Beer Pairing Cruise aboard Manhattan at Classic Harbor Line - Yacht Manhattan - Pier 62 ($85.00)
11, Wed: 6:30PM: Autumnal Beer Pairing Cruise aboard Manhattan at Classic Harbor Line - Yacht Manhattan - Pier 62 ($85.00)
18, Wed: 6:30PM: Autumnal Beer Pairing Cruise aboard Manhattan at Classic Harbor Line - Yacht Manhattan - Pier 62 ($85.00)
USA v Germany 'Who's the best fest part deux'! at Rattle 'N' Hum
September 01, Tue at 17:00 PM
An Evening with Garret Oliver at Rattle 'N' Hum
September 15, Tue at 17:00 PM
Cask Fest, USA v England at Rattle 'N' Hum
October 27, Tue at 0:00 PM
Summer beer collection at Rattle 'N' Hum
August 11, Tue at 17:00 PM
Full Details on our events page,,,
March 14, 2009 to March 17, 2009 - New York, N.Y,
St. Patty's Day Pub Crawl- Tickets on Sale Now!
Tickets available at http://www.saintpattys.com
Location: 100 bars in the East Village, Murray Hill and Upper East Side
Hours: 12:00pm till close
* See our events page for more info * ( OK, so this one is not an American Beer event )
2009 Craft Beer Fest
(See our EVENTS page for further details)
Info for before event, coverage of event, and after coverage.
American Beer VS. Belgium 4/7/09, at 12:00 PM - 4/14/09 at 4:00 PM
Rattle 'N' Hum
14 East 33rd Street Bet 5th and Madison
(No Fee To Enter)
20 taps from Belgium (including never seen before beer)
4 Casks from Belgium
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles
Brouwerji De Regenboog
Pico brouwerji Alvinne
Brouwerji de Glazen Toren
Brouwerji Het Anker
Brouwerji Van Honsebrouck
and much much more!!
20 taps from all over the USA (including v.hard to get beers)
4 Casks from USA
A new work of fiction.
There are many books out about beer. Most are "how to" books.
Some are history or reference book.
Nice to see a story that is not as much about beer
then it is the people in the age old industry.
by Matthew Freeman
Here is the link to the publishers website
In theaters Thursday April 9th 2009.
What is more a reflection of present day America then a film about Beer.
After the movies simulcast via satellite will be a live discussion moderated by actor Ben Stein and several brewery founders, including Sam Calagione of Dogfish head, Phonda Kallman of New Century and Greg Koch fo Stone. Here is the transcript of part of a telephone interview with Baron, about her first documentry. This was reported in the Journal-Constitution on Friday, April 10, 2009. “This is a film about America today,” Baron said by telephone from her Los Angeles office. Here’s more of what she had to say: Q: You don’t drink the stuff, so what the heck made you decide to make a film about beer? A: I’m allergic to alcohol, which I guess makes me the least likely person to make this film, and probably the most impartial. I ran a company called Mike’s Hard Lemonade. I never tried the product, so I couldn’t tell you what it tasted like. But I certainly got my own taste of the beer industry, and after leaving the business, I just couldn’t forget about it. Q: The title is rather provocative; is it also fairly descriptive of the film? A: The title came to me first because when I was in the beer industry everybody referred to Anheuser-Busch as “the evil empire.” Also because there are battles that go on every single day in trying to get your beer to market, whether you’re a big player or a small player. And I think there’s a kind of war going on between big and small. It goes on with beer and goes on with other products. Q: Everyone is looking at businesses of all kinds in light of the current economic situation. What are your thoughts on the beer business in that context? A: Of course, the biggest surprise in 2008 was that Anheuser-Busch, the granddaddy of American beer, is now owned by InBev, a Belgian company. I actually changed the ending of the film to reflect that. Barack Obama keeps saying that the only way out of this [recession] is through entrepreneurship and innovation. What’s great about small craft breweries is that they’re very locally based and they employ local people. So the question is how can we help these guys grow? The other thing is that everybody is thinking twice about who they give their money to. Do I want to buy Blue Moon, which is actually made by Miller-Coors? Or do I want to buy the same style of beer from my local brewery? The choice comes down to a very personal decision you make every time you open your wallet.
Monday and Wednesday Happy Hours feature $2.00 drinks from 4-7pm.
Come enjoy Sunday afternoon & Monday Night Football on our giant big screens, with our special 15 cent wings! (20 different variety's from hot to Teriyaki glazed)
Monday Night Is American Beer Lovers night
with lots of specials and events
Tuesday Night Karaoke
Wednesday Burger specials and American Beer club meeting.
Thursday Night Texas Hold'Em
Friday is Ladies night
(not just American beer specials)
Saturday night live entertainment
Sunday Early Bird specials (noon - 2 pm)
Specials, Beer And Football? Why not make a day of it!
We have a private Cigar Club with a large smoking section
Top 50 American Breweries Reflect the Diversity of American Beer
Miller Brewing Co
Coors Brewing Co
Pabst Brewing Co.
City Brewing Co
D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc.
High Falls Brewing Co
Boston Beer Co
Latrobe Brewing Co
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co
New Belgium Brewing Co
F.X. Matt Brewing Co.
Redhook Ale Brewery
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co
Pyramid Alehouse/Breweries Inc.
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co
Boulevard Brewing Co
Anchor Brewing Co
Full Sail Brewing Co
Mendocino Brewing Co
Gluek Brewing Co
August Schell Brewing Co
Gordon Biersch Brewing Co
Carolina Beer and Beverage Co
Summit Brewing Co
Shipyard Brewing Co
Goose Island Beer Co
Stevens Point Brewery Co
Kalamazoo Brewing Co
Magic Hat Brewing Co
Long Trail Brewing Co
Abita Brewing Co
Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc.
BridgePort Brewing Co
Pete's Brewing Co
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Stone Brewing Co
Joseph Huber Brewing Co
Kona Brewery LLC
Flying Dog Brewery
Otter Creek Brewing Co.
Information courtesy of The Brewers Association
in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A., the Brewers Association (BA) is a
not-for-profit trade and educational association for small and craft
brewers. The Brewers Association was established in 2005 by a merger of
the Association of Brewers and the Brewers' Association of America.
Visit the website: www.beertown.org to learn more. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 9,000+ homebrewers: American
association’s activities include events and publishing: World Beer
Cup®; Great American Beer Festival®; NBWA/BREWERS Joint Legislative
Conference, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National
Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; American Beer
Month (July); Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on
beer and brewing.
Information courtesy of The Brewers Association
10 craft brewers in the United States include Boston Beer Co (MA),
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co (CA), Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co (WI), New
Belgium Brewing Co (CO), F.X. Matt Brewing Co. (NY), Redhook Ale
Brewery (WA), Widmer Brothers Brewing Co (OR), Pyramid
Alehouse/Breweries Inc. (WA), Deschutes Brewery (OR), and Alaskan
Brewing and Bottling Co (AK).
* White Ale (February - March)
* Double Bock (February - March)
* Summer Ale (April - August)
* Octoberfest (September - October)
* Winter Lager (November - January)
The Brewer Patriot collection included:
* Traditional Ginger Honey Ale
* James Madison Dark Wheat Ale
* George Washington Porter
* 1790 Root Beer Brew
Utopias (over 26% alcohol by volume):
(released in 2002, 2005,2007 and 2009)
NOTE: DUe to state law can not be sold in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, or West Virginia.
In April 2008, the Boston Beer Company issued its first recall, due to defects found in certain 12-ounce glass bottles manufactured by a third-party supplier which supplies about a quarter of the bottles the Boston Beer Company uses. The Boston Beer Company stated that they believed fewer than 1% of bottles from the supplier could contain small pieces of glass and issued a recall for the safety of consumers. There were no reports of injuries. News of the recall led to shares of the company dropping by over 3%
American beer news is...
"Sam Adams News"
(excerpts from 1/27/09 newsletter)
"We crowned two new winners in the 2008 Samuel
Adams® American Homebrew Contest® - Alex Drobshoff's Traditional Bock
and Carissa Sweigart's Cranberry Wit will be available in the Samuel
Adams® LongShot® Variety Pack in April. Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock
and Samuel Adams® Hallertau Imperial Pilsner helped us demonstrate
beer's endless possibilities.
We have a whole lot more planned for 2009. We're hard at work on a new
series of brews that we'll introduce in the coming months; you'll have
a chance to earn your homebrew a place in the 2010 LongShot Variety
Pack; and once again your taste buds will help choose another new brew
for the Samuel Adams family of beers and so much more.
BEER LOVERS ACROSS AMERICA ELECT BLACKBERRY WITBIER IN THE FOURTH ANNUAL SAMUEL ADAMS BEER LOVER’S CHOICE CONTEST
Nov 01, 08 - BOSTON, MA, November 2008 – The fourth annual Beer Lover’s Choice® contest unveiled two new craft beers and encouraged beer lovers coast to coast to taste and cast a vote for their favorite contender. Samuel Adams® Blackberry Witbier and Samuel Adams® Coffee Stout went head to head in bars from San Diego to New York City, garnering the highest poll turnout in Beer Lover’s Choice history. The votes are in and beer drinkers elected Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier to join the Samuel Adams variety of more than 21 distinct styles of craft beer in January 2009. Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier will be available in six-packs and in the Samuel Adams® Summer Styles Collection, a variety package available April through July.
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier and Samuel Adams Coffee Stout were voted on by more than 52,000 beer enthusiasts at over 1,100 tasting events across the country July through September. Drinkers sampled the two Beer Lover’s Choice brews and were asked to evaluate them on five different characteristics, including color, aroma, taste, mouth-feel and finish. Both Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier and Samuel Adams Coffee Stout received rave reviews, but in the end, Blackberry Witbier seized the victory with a 60 percent of the popular vote (30,957 total votes). Coffee Stout received 40 percent or 21,077 total votes.
“Beer enthusiasts across the country continue to seek the robust flavors, unique ingredients and variety that’s fueling the excitement and experimentation we are seeing throughout the craft beer industry today,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams beers. “At Samuel Adams we take pride in sharing our beer knowledge and enjoy experimenting with new beer styles that offer American beer drinkers the opportunity to discover variety in craft beer styles. The Beer Lover’s Choice contest aims to educate drinkers about the broad spectrum of craft beers available and the history and tradition behind brewing those styles.”
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier is a traditional wheat beer brewed with orange peel, coriander and blackberries. It has an appealing malt character with spiciness from the hops and a smooth finish that’s both sweet and tart. The blackberries used in Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier are sourced from Sandy Farms, located at the foot of the Oregon Trail and Cascade Mountains in Western Oregon. Sandy Farms is a small, family-owned farm that’s been dedicated for centuries to producing the best blackberries while keeping family values and traditions alive.
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier pairs well with mild soft cheeses like chevre or brie. Mild grilled sausages or cream-based seafood recipes are a few recommended main course pairing options. For dessert, try Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier with decadent chocolate mousse or a traditional cheesecake.
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier will be offered in six-packs in January 2009 for the suggested retail price of $7.99-$8.99. Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier will also be part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles Variety Package available nationwide from April - July, with a suggested retail price of $13.99-$15.99. The other five full-flavored craft beers in the 12-pack collection are:
Samuel Adams Boston Lager® pioneered the craft beer revolution in the mid-1980s and has helped lead a beer renaissance in America by reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. This lager is a beautiful, deep amber color, brewed with only the best ingredients, including hand-selected Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops from Bavaria.
Sam Adams Light® doesn’t look, smell, or taste like any other light beer. Sam Adams Light is not a lighter version of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but rather a culmination of more than two years of experimentation and brewing trials. Brewed using only the finest two-row malted barley and Bavarian Noble hops, Sam Adams Light has a smooth, complex, roasted malt character that is superbly balanced with the subtle citrus fruit notes of the Noble hops. Sam Adams Light finishes crisp and smooth without any lingering bitterness, leaving you yearning for another sip.
Samuel Adams® Summer Ale is refreshing, crisp, and tangy. It is brewed with wheat malt, lemon zest, and Grains of Paradise, a West African spice, to add a peppery, citrus note that enhances the tangy taste of lemon peel and the floral notes of tropical fruits. According to a 700-year-old legend, medieval brewers used Grains of Paradise to increase the chance for love, leading people to believe the spice has aphrodisiac qualities. This mix of spices creates a crisp and spicy flavor and body. Enjoy this beer’s slightly citrus finish, perfect for warm summer days.
Samuel Adams® Hefeweizen has a crisp, fruity character with a subtle complexity and a smooth velvety finish. This crisp, fruity wheat ale is cloudy because it is unfiltered, retaining a natural haze from the malt proteins. Bavarian Spalt Noble hops give the beer a crisp elegance that is not bitter and leaves a smooth aftertaste.
Samuel Adams® Pale Ale is a distinctive and refreshing American ale brewed in the classic style with the finest English ale hops and lightly roasted specialty malts. Hand-selected Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops impart a crisp, dry finish to this flavorful ale.
The American Craft Beer Revolution, which is a phenomenon of the last 25 years, has introduced drinkers to a spectrum of quality and flavor in beer not seen in this country since before Prohibition. It’s the fastest growing part of the beer industry, and Samuel Adams is the country’s leading craft brewer. Jim Koch first brewed Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, the brewery’s flagship style, in his kitchen in 1984.
THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY BACKGROUND:
The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. After bringing the recipe to life in his kitchen, Jim brought it to bars in Boston with the belief that drinkers would appreciate a complex, full-flavored beer, brewed fresh in America. That beer was Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, and it helped catalyze what became known as the American craft beer revolution.
Today, the Company brews more than 21 styles of beer. The Company uses the traditional four vessel brewing process and often takes extra steps like dry-hopping and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. It passionately pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of its classic beers by constantly searching for the world’s finest ingredients. While resurrecting traditional brewing methods, the Company has earned a reputation as a pioneer in another revolution, the “extreme beer” movement, where it seeks to challenge drinkers’ perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company strives to elevate the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions the world over, and in the past five years it has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. The Company remains independent, and brewing quality beer remains its single focus. While Samuel Adams beer is the country’s largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for just under one percent of the U.S. beer market. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.
We are interrupting your regularly scheduled What's On Tap
programming to bring you a very exciting announcement
from us, Andrew & Bert and the Boston Brewery...
Series. A series of three beers that represent some of the biggest
and most intense beers we have ever brewed.
The Imperial Series includes two new beers,
Samuel Adams® Imperial Stout and Samuel Adams® Imperial White plus
an amped up recipe of the legendary Samuel Adams® Double Bock.
You can find all of the stats on the website (will be up in a couple of days,
we're told) but Jim wanted to be the one to tell you about them.
So, the office guys got some cameras, came into the brewery and filmed this
little segment. Hope you enjoy it.
We just bottled the Samuel Adams Imperial Series this week,
so it won't be in market for a couple of weeks,
probably closer to the end of February. In the meantime,
Jim wanted to get you guys some information on them personally.
American Beer News (yes more) From "Sam" (2/23/09 newsletter)
On February 2 Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow forecasting 6 more weeks of the cold stuff. It seems to us that some BIG beers could help pass those chilly days quite nicely. Thankfully the Samuel Adams® Imperial Series is here! Some of you may have seen the Samuel Adams Imperial Series announcement a couple weeks ago but we're so amped about these brews we can't stop talking about them. In this issue of WOT you'll read about those brews, learn about the 2009 Samuel Adams® American Homebrew Contest®, and much more.
In 1984 Jim Koch first brewed Samuel Adams Boston Lager® thus helping set the stage for American beer drinkers' broadening interest in high-quality, full flavored brews. Now in 2009 we give you the Samuel Adams Imperial Series. Three distinct brews available in their own 4-packs, the Samuel Adams Imperial Series takes some of your favorite traditional beer styles and kicks them up a notch. Each is brewed with twice the amount of malt found in Samuel Adams Boston Lager. With more robust flavors these brews are intended to be savored and appreciated like you would a fine wine. This new series of beers will be offered year-round and includes Samuel Adams® Imperial White, Samuel Adams® Imperial Stout and Samuel Adams® Double Bock. Read on for a more detailed description of each...
9.2% ABV. Much bigger than your average stout, Samuel Adams Imperial Stout is a colossal beer inspired by centuries-old stouts. These traditional stouts were first brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine the Great.
The first thing you notice about this beer is its color. It is black as night and almost completely opaque. Next is the cappuccino colored head: the aroma is filled with notes of coffee, smoky chocolate and licorice. And the taste delivers on all of those aromas, you can pick out each one.
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout was brewed with seven different varieties of malted barley, including Roasted Barley, Special B and smoked malt, each delivering its own unique flavor to the beer. But this beer is not a "malt bomb". It is balanced by 50 BUs of East Kent Goldings hops that have a clean earthy aroma and pleasant bitterness. This is a colossal beer that should be savored and enjoyed.
10.3% ABV. Samuel Adams Imperial White expands the boundaries of the witbier style. While showcasing the traditional witbier aromas and hazy appearance, it delivers a bigger mouthfeel and body.
This beer has a lot going on. Brewed with 50% malted wheat and two-row Harrington and Metcalfe malted barley, Imperial White also includes a number of brewing spices, highlighted by the orange peel and coriander. The rest of the flavors come from the yeast and the alcohol. As this beer warms and opens up, you start to get complex flavors of dry fruits, exotic spices, and floral blossoms. These are flavors typically associated with wine and spirits, but they are showcased in Samuel Adams Imperial White as a bouquet of flavors. We knew we were going to enjoy watching this beer develop and we are thrilled with the result.
9.5% ABV. Over the past 20 years, Samuel Adams Double Bock has become one of the Samuel Adams Brewery's most acclaimed beers. An enormous amount of two-row Harrington Metcalfe and Caramel 60 malts, half a pound per bottle, is used to brew this intense, rich lager. This beer is close to the idea of beer as "liquid bread."
Samuel Adams Double Bock, as with all of the beers in the Imperial Series, is brewed using only first wort (wort that has not been sparged in the lauter tun) to obtain a liquid that has a very high sugar content, or gravity. This high gravity allows for a fuller body and higher alcohol content in the final beer. We age this beer for over 4 weeks to allow all of those intense flavors to develop and mature. For it's inclusion in the Imperial Series, we've amped up the recipe for Samuel Adams Double Bock a little to reach 9.5% ABV, but you still get those complex rich flavors that define the style.
Its deep mahogany color, velvet smooth, rich yet slightly citrusy flavor and mouthfeel is a testament to the beer's balance. In the past, Samuel Adams Double Bock has been available only for a short six-week period. The brewers have decided to make it available year-round with the other Big Beers in the Samuel Adams Imperial Series.
You just read about them now come taste them! All three Samuel Adams Imperial Series brews will be on hand to taste. These beers have nearly twice the alcohol by volume of an average beer so we'll be savoring modest sized samples. But don't worry. You will still have a great time. As always we'll also have some other only-at-the-brewery beers on tap as well.
We understand some of you live many miles from our Boston Brewery and normally can't make it to our Open House series. However, in the event you're planning a trip to Boston, we always want to make you aware of the schedule. Please RSVP now as space is limited and we fill up fast. Hope to see you here!
We wouldn't be drinking Samuel Adams beers today if our founder and brewer, Jim Koch, didn't know a thing or two about homebrewing. Jim brewed the first batches of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen and sold bottles bar to bar from his brief case. It's for that reason that we have a special place in our hearts for homebrewing and why we're proud to announce the 2009 Samuel Adams® American Homebrew Contest®! Here's your chance to have your homebrew brewed, packaged and nationally distributed in the 2010 Samuel Adams LongShot® package! All you have to do is brew a winning entry, send it in to face a panel of certified beer judges and beat out thousands of other entries. Easy, right? Well maybe not but no one ever said taking a shot at glory was easy!
Go to www.samueladams.com and learn all the details including how much time you have to brew and ship it to us (less than you think!). You can even purchase homebrew supplies; watch the instructional "The Art of Homebrewing" video hosted by our own Jim Koch or learn some tips of the trade.
Here are some quick facts:
Beer Submission Window: April 15th - May 1st, 2009
Prizes: All finalists will be awarded a trip to attend the 2009 Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, CO where Samuel Adams will announce the 3 winning recipes to be included in the 2010 LongShot six-pack.
Check out this video to get a better idea of what this contest is all about:
Since Presidents' Day was this month we feel it's important to recognize those founding fathers - our first Presidents - who were also brewers. It's true. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were all avid brewers. In fact, Madison and Jefferson frequently corresponded with each other about brewing. So next time you raise a Sam remember the sacrifices of our founding fathers and know they were beer lovers just like you.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager®
Thick Crust Pizza
1 Bottle Samuel Adams Boston Lager
2 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Evenly spread onto a greased 9" x 13" baking pan. Sprinkle with your favorite sauce, toppings and grated mozzarella cheese. Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until pizza is golden brown. Let stand for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving with another cold Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
Want to learn more about cooking with Samuel Adams beers and Food & Beer pairings? Head to www.samueladams.com and go to "Food & Beer" and start exploring.
LongShot® American Homebrew Contest "Sam" info # 888-822-6273
In 1984, Jim Koch, Founder and Brewer of Samuel Adams® beer, brewed his first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager® in his kitchen in Boston. The Samuel Adams® Patriot Homebrew Contest gives New England fans a chance to follow in Jim's homebrewing footsteps and have their beer brewed at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery and served at Gillette Stadium for the 2009 Season!
It's Bert here at the Boston Brewery. It's April in New
England and while we're just shaking off the effects of a long,
cold winter our thoughts are already turning to summer - Samuel Adams® Summer
Ale that is. Every time I pick up that first package with the sail boat on it,
I begin to feel the weight of winter lifting off me. It's such a great beer and
this is my favorite time of year. So in the spirit of the baseball season now
upon us, consider this me throwing out the "first pitch" for Samuel
Adams Summer Ale!
At the heart of our lineup is perennial "fan" favorite Samuel Adams
Boston Lager®. Traditionally brewed with only the finest Bavarian Noble Hops
and two row malted barley, Samuel Adams Boston Lager hits for both power thanks
to the big, bold, yet balanced flavor and average due to timeless traditional
brewing processes we use.
Lastly, I bet you didn't know that April 30 is National Honesty Day. So
encourage your friends who drink mass produced, watered down beer to be honest
with themselves and order a beer with real flavor!
So, for fear of a really long winded introduction, here's What's on Tap this
The 2008 Samuel Adams® American Homebrew Contest® once again offered
participants a mighty challenge and nearly 2000 of you heeded the call. The
prize was national homebrewing glory - winners' brews to be included in the
2009 Samuel Adams® LongShot® Variety 6-pack. All entries were received and
categorized by May 1 and the stage was set for an epic homebrew hoedown.
Last month we told you how Samuel Adams founder and brewer, Jim Koch, and a
panel of industry judges including our dear friend, the late William Brand of
The Oakland Tribune, Tony Forder of Ale Street News and Marty Nachel, author of
Homebrewing for Dummies, had the difficult task of selecting the 2008 consumer
winners. This month we're happy to announce the release of the 2009 Samuel
Adams LongShot Mix Pack. Included in this package are:
Alex Drobshoff's Traditional Bock, fellow Californian Mike McDole's Double IPA
and Samuel Adams Employee Carissa Sweigart's Cranberry Wit. Mike's Double IPA
won acclaim from the judges in 2007, but due to the worldwide hops shortage and
a desire to preserve the integrity of the beer's recipe, calling for seven hop
varieties, Mike elected to delay the brewing of his beer for the 2009 LongShot
Do you want your shot at glory? ONLY A FEW DAYS REMAIN!!
The 2009 Samuel Adams® American Homebrew Contest® is going on now! Hopefully
you've brewed and you've just slacked on the shipping. Go to www.samueladams.com
for details on how and where to ship your brew. Entries must be received by May
1 and the winners will be announced at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.
Cornerstone of CraftSome twenty five years ago, on Patriots Day, in Boston a revolution was
born in the beer industry. Samuel Adams helped launch the craft beer
revolution. This week saw the return of many craft brewers to one of the
cradles of that revolution as Boston hosted this year's Craft Brewer's
We hosted our fellow brewers at a special event at our Boston Brewery where we
featured several special brews which you can find for a limited time on the
brewery tour. Twenty five years and the revolution continues today. We'l drink
BOSTON BREWERY OPEN HOUSE
Many of you know of Jim's continued passion for Samuel Adams Boston Lager. You
might even be familiar with the fact that he worked with top sensory scientists
and glassmakers to design the perfect pint glass to celebrate the many flavor
characteristics of Boston Lager. Now come down to the brewery and learn more
about the anatomy of taste and the science behind specific design features of
the Lager glass. You'll even get a chance to leave with a glass of your own and
you can buy more for your friends and family at our gift shop.
We understand some of you live many miles from our Boston Brewery and normally
can't make it to our Open House series. However, in the event you're planning a
trip to Boston,
we always want to make you aware of the schedule. Please RSVP now as space is
limited and we fill up fast. Hope to see you here!
What: Samuel Adams Open House - Samuel Adams Anatomy of Taste
When: Thursday, April 30th - 5pm to 8pm
Where: Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
30 Germania Street
MBTA Orange Line - Stony Brook Station
Save the Date - the next three open house dates will be 5/14, 6/25, & 7/30.
Keep an eye out for each month's "What's on Tap" for your opportunity
6 oz. English muffin
6 oz. ground beef
½ bottle Samuel Adams Boston Lager
6 slices American Cheese, cut in 1 inch x 1 inch pieces
3 Tomato Skewers
Slice English muffins in half. Scoop out ½ of the bread on the bottom portion.
Fill with two oz ground beef that has been tossed with Samuel Adams Boston
Lager. Place on sheet pan upside down (on meat side) to brown meat for 3
minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove from oven and top meat with cheese and
thinly sliced pickles and top of English muffin. Heat in oven for 5 minutes at
350 degrees. Remove from heat and skewer with tomato. Serve immediately.
Want to learn more about cooking with Samuel Adams beers and Food & Beer
pairings? Head to www.samueladams.com and go to "Food & Beer" and
American Beer Brewers Profile Weyerbacher History
Weyerbacher Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback. The company name is the original spelling used by the first immigrants from Germany about 200 years ago. The spelling has morphed slightly over time, but we thought the original sounded best for the brewery.
How it came to be!
In the beginning, Dan was an avid homebrewer and microbrew connoisseur. One weekend, late in 1993, while vacationing in Vermont, Dan and Sue toured the Long Trail brewery, back when it was in the basement of an old mill. Dan was looking for a new business to get into but it was Sue who suggested he start thinking about starting his own brewery. As they say, the rest is history!
aunched in August of 1995, Weyerbacher's original concept was to make some mainstream microbrews, like a Pale Ale and ESB. Boy did we take a wrong turn! In 1997 we brewed our first big beer, Raspberry Imperial Stout, which happened to be one of Dan's favorite homebrew recipes. The trend was started. The following year we brewed Blithering Idiot Barleywine and began brewing Belgian beers as well, like our Merry Monks' Ale. Merry Monks' wasn't named that back then, it was called Belgian Style Trippel . We weren't the most creative with names back then either, but we learned!
In 1998 we launched our brewpub (now closed, sorry!) at our original site in downtown Easton. Needless to say it was a fantastic success! The brewpub was launched to get our beer into the hands of more local people. To our way of thinking, it was a form of advertising to get the message out and get our beer in the hands and mouths of a lot more people than we had previously. As successful as it was,our success came with a cost. As a small company with limited personnel, it became very difficult to run 2 different businesses, to the standards that we wanted. When we made the decision to move to a larger, more modern facility at the end of 2001, the decision to discontinue the brew pub was made as well.
Once we settled in to the new place, and were no longer in the restaurant business, we could concentrate on improving the quality and constancy of our brews and our packaging. We are happy to report that we have exceeded even our own expectations.. We've expanded ours sales territories (9 states now, with more coming), we upgraded our brewhouse to a 25-bbl system (old one was 10-bbl), and we made significant improvements in the quality and shelf-life of our products.
Where to now?
The future is an interesting place to be! With the launching of 4 new beers in the past year you'd think we'd be ready for a break! Just because we were the first non-trappist brewery to brew and bottle a belgian-style Quadruppel doesn't mean it ends there! Just because we go to all the trouble of moving beer into huge oak bourbon barrels, then move it back into a tank again to be bottled doesn't mean we're done experimenting! Just because we make the first Imperial Pumpkin Ale, clocking in at 8% ABV, with so much pumpkin that it clogs our filter 6 times on every batch doesn't mean we'll stop pursuing this wild adventure of bringing new brews to you!
We love making great beer! And we love creating new ones and experimenting, and drinking the results, and talking to other brewers and, and, and yadda, yadda, yadda! If you haven't tried any of our beers yet, treat yourself to a case or two and see why we love doing what we do! Cheers!
To find out where Weyerbacher is available please click on the wholesaler link on t the left. If you would like to contact us you may call us at 610.559.5561, FAX us at 610.559.7564, write to us at Weyerbacher Brewing Co., 905-G Line Street, Easton PA 18042;or click on over to the contact page and e-mail us. We'd love to hear from you no matter how you do it.
t Weyerbacher, we're passionate about our brews. That passion is reflected in the diversity of our offerings. We currently offer over twenty styles of beers. These range from our flagship beers Double Simcoe IPA, Hops Infusion, Merry Monks' Ale, Old Heathen and Blithering Idiot Barleywine to our "big" seasonals like QUAD and Imperial Pumpkin Ale. And don't forget our bourbon barrel beers: Heresy, Insanity, and Blasphemy ( and yes, we actually age them in real bourbon barrels, and we only use the barrels once). We practically have a new seasonal every month.
As we said, we're passionate about beer. Why else would we make so many beers? And guess what: we still have more ideas for new beers. Some classic styles we haven't made yet (Jack Curtin says we never met a beer we didn't want to brew, but Jack doesn't know we tasted somebody's chili beer). We've got ideas for twists on styles, and non-style beers that don't exist yet. How did we get so crazy for brewing? By trying all of the incredible brews out there in the US and Europe. Each time we travel we get new ideas for brews. So keep watching the website, we always post the news, sometimes even before beeryard.com does.
Throughout the year we offer Weyerbacher Variety Cases (in Pennsylvania). As the seasons change, so will our offerings in these cases. The ales we create reflect the changes in the seasons. Drinking seasonally will help to keep you open to always trying new things. New things are good, and new beers are even better. Be adventurous. Life is short.
Weyerbacher beers are carried by stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, DC, Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Maine. To help locate our beer in your area, please click on the wholesaler link at the left.
Looking for something unique for you or a friend? Then click on the "Saturdays at the Brewery" link and find out how to create your own special Weyerbacher Variety Case.
Now For another American Beer...
Grand Champion in the 2000, and again in 2004 at United States Beer Tasting Championship, Weyerbacher QUAD was the first quadrupel style beer to be commercially brewed and bottled in the United States. In December 2002 QUAD won Mid-Atlantic Champion at the USBTC for the third year in a row.
Big and delicious, QUAD is an elegant dark ale. Rich with complexity and flavor, try savoring it with a fine dinner. You also might enjoy it as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to a dessert, but QUAD stands alone quite well. We recommend enjoying QUAD in a brandy snifter or wineglass so you can drink in the aroma of this fine ale.
As with any higher alcohol beers, QUAD will be at its best after a period 12 months or so in the bottle, perhaps longer. We expect a shelf life of 3-5 years, but go ahead, we know you can't wait. Enjoy one now, and another every month or two, and you'll be truly amazed as QUAD gains smoothness and complexity over time as it ages.
Quad is available in November and December.
This American Beer Brewers Profile's content is courtesy of the Weyerbacher Breweries Website.
Founded in 1829 by David G Yuengling America's oldest brewery is also one of the ost modern. Current president and owner Dick Yuengling Jr. now uses a state of the art computer controled brewery run out of one of the companies original locations. Here are some statements and information from their website.
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, is a family owned and operated brewery built on strong heritage and traditions with a commitment to producing the highest quality Lagers, Porters and Ales for our wholesalers, retailers and consumers.
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., will continue to strengthen its position as one of the fastest growing breweries in America.
OUR CORE VALUES
+ Commitment to excellence
+ Superior service to our wholesalers, retailers, and consumers
+ A positive work environment for our employees
+ Respect for all individuals
+ Honor our heritage and traditions
Wet Willy Scotch Ale
(Woodbridge, CT) - New England Brewing will release Wet Willy Scotch Ale next week according to a tipster named Matt: “It is a 10% scotch ale aged on oak chips and aged in the bottle for a year.” New England has a canning line but they bottle as well? The release seems corroborated by the fact that the beer just got label approval this week. There are only a few reviews on this one so far so those who get their hands on it should be among the first to try it.
Summit Horizon Red
The Heavy Table has the scoop on the newest beer to come out of Minnesota. Summit Horizon Red is “an emerging American hybrid ale that crosses the boundaries of styles. This red-hued ale projects an intensity of complex hops – yet allows the drinker to experience the balance and character of the malt. Floral, dry, hoppy [...]“ The hop profile of Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade and Summit ups the IBU level to 65 or 70. It will be released this spring.
Most states permit homebrewing, allowing 100 gallons of beer
over the age of 21
per household, up to a maximum of 200 gallons per year.
Because alcohol is
taxed by the federal governments via excise taxes,
restricted from selling any beer they brew.
This similarly applies in most Western countries.
States can and do impose their own rules. Some state like Alabama and Utah still have laws that allow for no home brewing.
More to come in the future on state laws. Here are some states and notes that you need to be careful with and check your laws.
These states are VERY unclear and have few if any test cases in the courts
.Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and New York
These states have ABV requirements.
South Carolina (not over 5% ABV) and West Virgina (not over 6% ABV)
Here are some of what is on the books in New York
New York statute, Chapter 3-B, Article 8, § 100 provides that no person shall manufacture
for sale or sell at wholesale or retail any alcoholic beverage within the state without
obtaining the appropriate license therefor required by this chapter. Beer is defined as any
fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured from malt, wholly or in part,
or from any substitute therefor.
State Alcohol Beverage Control Agency:
State Liquor Authority
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
11 Park Place
New York, NY 10007
FAX (212) 417-3153
Applicable Statutory Material:
§ 3. Definitions
Whenever used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:
1. "Alcoholic beverage" or "beverage" means and includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer,
cider and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer and
capable of being consumed by a human being, and any warehouse receipt, certificate, contract or
other document pertaining thereto; except that confectionery containing alcohol as provided by
subdivision twelve of section two hundred of the agriculture and markets law shall not be regarded as an "alcoholic beverage" or "beverage" within the meaning of this section.
2. "Alcohol" means ethyl alcohol, hydrated oxide of ethyl or spirit of wine from whatever source or by whatever processes produced.
3. "Beer" means and includes any fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute therefor.
4. "Brewery" means and includes any place or premises where beer is manufactured for sale; and all offices, granaries, mashrooms, cooling-rooms, vaults, yards, and storerooms connected therewith or where any part of the process of manufacture of beer is carried on, or where any apparatus connected with such manufacture is kept or used, or where any of the products of brewing or fermentation are stored or kept, shall be deemed to be included in and to form part of the brewery to which they are attached or are appurtenant.
5. "Brewer" means any person who owns, occupies, carries on, works, or conducts any brewery, either by himself or by his agent.
§ 100. Alcoholic beverages generally
1. No person shall manufacture for sale or sell at wholesale or retail any alcoholic beverage within the state without obtaining the appropriate license therefor required by this chapter.
2. No manufacturer and no wholesaler shall sell, or agree to sell or deliver in this state any
alcoholic beverage for the purposes of resale to any person who is not duly licensed pursuant to this chapter to sell such beverages, at wholesale or retail, as the case may be, at the time
of such agreement and sale.
§ 150. Definitions
Whenever used in this article only, unless the context requires otherwise:
1."Illicit alcoholic beverage" means and includes any alcohol or distilled spirits owned, manufactured, distributed, bought, sold, bottled, rectified, blended, treated, fortified, mixed, processed, warehoused, possessed or transported on which any tax required to have been paid under any applicable federal law has not been paid.
This is what the Federal government has to say about it.
B1: What are the guidelines if I want to open a
What is brew-on-premises?
It is a type of brewing facility that is designed for individuals who
want to produce their own beer for personal or family consumption. This type of business is know by various
names such as a “Brew Your Own,” "U-Brew," "Home Brew
Warehouse," etc. TTB refers to this
type of business as brew-on-premises.
A person may operate a brew-on-premises business without
qualifying as a brewery or paying excise tax on beer made there under the
conditions outlined below. No Federal regulations currently apply to the
operation of a brew-on-premises business.
Under some circumstances, a TTB qualified brewery may
operate a brew-on-premises business. All
beer produced at a brew-on-premises business located at a qualified brewery
premises is taxable under Federal law, must be labeled with all information
required by 27 CFR part 25 and with the Government Warning Statement and is
subject to record keeping and other requirements. For further information regarding
qualification of a brewery or operation of a brew-on-premises at a brewery,
contact the NationalRevenueCenter,
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 550 Main Street, Room 8002 Cincinnati, OH45202 or call toll-free
at (800) 398-2282.
The following guidelines apply to a brew-on-premises
facility that is not located on a TTB qualified brewery premises:
1. Adult home
brewers who use brew-on-premises facilities to make beer are governed by
existing regulations in 27 CFR 25.205- 25.206 (which cover production of beer
for personal or family use) as follows:
* Adults must be
18 years of age to engage in home brewing (or other age required for the
purchase of beer in that locality).
* Beer produced at
a brew-on-premises must be for personal or family use only.
* Personal and
family beer is not subject to Federal excise tax. A home brewer may produce, without payment of
tax, per household, up to 100 gallons per calendar year if there is one adult
residing in the household or 200 gallons of beer per year if there are two or
more adults residing in the household.
* Home brewers may
remove their beer from the brew-on-premises for personal or family use,
including use in organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions, such as home
brewer's contests or tastings.
* Home brewers may
not produce beer for sale or offer their beer for sale.
2. Proprietors and
employees of brew-on-premises facilities may furnish the following to their
* unfermented wort
They also may provide
certain assistance to customers including:
* advice and
* moving containers
of beer between storage areas,
maintenance, and repair of equipment,
* climate and
* disposal of
spent grains and wastes, and
* quality control
(including laboratory analysis and tasting of beer for quality control
3. Proprietors and
employees of brew-on-premises facilities may not:
* provide physical
assistance to, or on behalf of, brew-on-premises customers in the production,
storage, or bottling of beer; for example,
employees may not ferment mash, filter or bottle beer, add sugar or
other ingredients to beer, or provide other physical assistance in producing or
* provide non-tax
paid beer as samples to customers or prospective customers.
businesses must be operated in compliance with State and local laws. The
ability to produce beer at a brew-on-premises facility for personal or family
use and without payment of tax under Federal law does not authorize production
of beer or operation of a brew-on-premises business in violation of State or
5. Operation of a
brew-on-premises business in a manner contrary to the conditions outlined above
may cause the facility to be considered a brewery, subject to all statutory and
regulatory provisions relating to brewery operation, including excise taxes.
B2: How do I determine the barrel equivalent of beer
containers? Conversion tables for computation of taxable quantity of spirits,
wine & beer BEER
Barrel equivalents of common keg and case sizes are printed
in the beer regulations. Brewers must request case equivalent computations for
other sizes from the Regulations Division in Headquarters. One barrel equals 31
27 CFR 25.156
Determination of tax on keg beer.
27 CFR 25.157 Determination of tax on bottled beer.
27 CFR 25.158 Tax computation for bottled beer.
B3: Must TTB approve
my operations when I intend to make beer?
If you intend to make beer for other than family or personal
use, TTB must approve your operations. Refer to the answer for limitations on making
beer for personal or family use.
B4: If TTB must approve my operations to make beer, how do I
Here's what to do to apply:
Prepare and send TTB Form 5130.10, Brewer's Notice and other
forms, including TTB Form 5130.22, Brewer's Bond.
To request a packet with all required forms and
550 Main Street
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
B5. When I have applied, can I start to make beer?
No. TTB must approve your operations before you begin to
make beer. TTB may initiate an on-site inspection of the proposed premises and
B6. Where can I find surety (insurance) companies who may
provide a bond?
You may get information on surety companies from the
following web site: http://www.fms.treas.gov/c570/index.html
B7: How much does it cost if TTB must approve my operations
to make beer?
There is no "fee" for a brewery application.
However, you must:
· Pay annually
a special occupational tax at the rate of $1,000 or $500 for a reduced rate
taxpayer. Refer to the beer regulations in Part 25 of Title 27 CFR for an
explanation of the rates.
· Have bond
coverage. Bond coverage must be sufficient to cover authorized activities. The
minimum penal sum of a bond is $1,000. The maximum penal sum of the bond is not
to exceed $150,000 if you will prepay the tax on beer, or $500,000 if you will
defer the tax and pay the tax semimonthly. Refer to the beer regulations in 27
Code of Federal Regulations Part 25 on the amount of coverage needed for your
B8: Does TTB have the regulations and forms for beer on the
TTB web site on the Internet?
The brewery regulations may be found at:
http://www.ATF.treas.gov/regulations/27cfr25.htm. A limited number of brewery
related forms are available at TTB's: www.ttb.gov/forms/index.shtml . TTB is in
the process of placing all TTB forms on its web site. If you cannot find a
particular TTB form, contact the TTBNationalRevenueCenter at 800-398-2282,
or the TTB Distribution Center 703-455-7801.
B9: What is TTB's policy with respect to “growlers"?
What is a “growler?”
A “growler” is a large container that we may consider as
either a large glass or as a bottle. These containers are usually about a ½
gallon, but may be smaller. Some States place restrictions on removal of beer
from brewpubs in ½ gallon growlers.
What are the concerns for filling a “growler?”
A growler is either a bottle or a large glass. The
distinction is solely dependent on the manner in which the brewer fills the
When is a growler
A growler is a
bottle when the brewer fills the container in advance of sale. The brewer may
fill the growler prior to removal, on the brewery premises, or after tax
determination on the brewpub premises.
When is a growler
a “large glass?”
A growler is a
large glass when a consumer uses the container to make a purchase and the
brewer then fills the container. Consumers may furnish their own growler or may
purchase it from the brewer.
When is tax determined on beer used to fill growlers?
There are two conditions for tax determination (please refer
to §§25.25(c), 25.157, and 25.158).
* If the brewer
fills a “bottle” on the brewery premises, the tax is determined upon removal
for consumption or sale. Since the growler is a bottle, tax is determined on
the stated net contents.
* If the brewer
fills a “glass” on the brewpub premises, the brewer must fill it from a tank
that is tax determined.
What are the labeling requirements for growlers?
When you are required to label your growler you should note
that the label must contrast with the background. If you silkscreen your
containers, the ink colors must contrast with the filled containers.
What are the
requirements for the government warning label?
Beverage Labeling Act (ABLA) of 1998 applies to sealed containers the brewer
offers for sale to consumers. The ABLA does not apply to glasses or containers
a brewer uses to serve beer at the brewpub. These containers do not meet the
definition for a sealed container in which an alcohol beverage is offered for
sale to the public.
However, the law
applies to any keg or serving tank from which the brewer dispenses beer to
containers. The brewer must apply a government warning label to the keg or
tank. The brewer must comply with 27 CFR Part 16 regardless of whether the
public has view of the keg or tank.
The statement must
comply with these conditions.
* It must be
legible under ordinary conditions, and on a contrasting background.
* The words
“GOVERNMENT WARNING” must be in capital letters and bold type. The rest of the
statement may not appear in bold type.
* The maximum
number of characters per inch of the warning statement is 25. All characters,
including both upper and lower case, must be a minimum 2 millimeters in size.
What are the
requirements for growlers that are “glasses?”
When the brewer
fills a growler at the tap at the brewpub, and not in advance of sale, we
consider the growler as a large glass sold at retail. These growlers are not
subject to Federal labeling requirements. Some States consider this bottling
activity and regulate accordingly. Brewers should check with State authorities.
What are the
requirements for growlers that are “bottles?”
When the brewer
fills on the brewery premises or on the brewpub in advance of sale, the growler
is a bottle subject to labeling requirements of 27 CFR Part 16 and 27 CFR Part
25. In some States the requirements of 27 CFR Part 7 also apply.
Since growlers may
be considered bottles we recommend that brewers silkscreen or label their
growlers with all of the mandatory label information to avoid potential
problems with growlers the brewer might subsequently refill under conditions
that we would consider bottling. (See § 25.142 and 27 CFR Part 16.)
What is the
mandatory label information?
You must label
your beer with this information:
Brewer name or
production – the place of production is the city, and, if necessary for
identification, the state. The place of production must appear in direct
conjunction with your name or trade name. If you operate more than one brewery
you must choose one of these options:
* Show all
brewery locations on the label
* Show the
place of production on the label
* Show your
principal place of business on the label
In the event that
you select to show all your locations or your principal place of business,
rather than the place of production, you must also mark your label with a code
to show which location actually produces the beer.
Net contents –
show net contents as ½ gallon. You may use “64 ounces” in addition to but not
in place of “½ gallon.”
Do not make a
statement as to payment of internal revenue taxes.
label – use the guidelines above (see 27 CFR Part 16).
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