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Silicone Bottle Caps

Ahh! So I know my birthday is four months away, but I thought I’d get myself an early, really early, birthday gift.  I came across Beer Savers, silicone bottle cap for beer bottles.

The Beer Savers help keep beer carbonated longer after you open a bottle, they also help you identify whose beer is whose at parties. I like that they’re tight enough to help keep the beer’s bubbles from escaping.

Personally, I don’t know who can’t finish they’re beer all at once, but these caps are great for brewers because they’re reusable!

The set comes with six colored cap: black, orange, yellow, blue, red for $12.99. But they’re currently having a sale for $7.99 on the website.

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Hartford Distributors Shooting

My heart sank when I came across the story about the recent shooting in Manchester, Connecticut. My prayers go out to the families and friends of those who were killed.

Fox News reports:

Eight people were killed at Hartford Distributors after Omar Thornton, a driver for Hartford Distributors, pulled out a gun and opened fire.  Thornton, who was in a meeting with union representative and his supervisors, was showed a video of him stealing beer. After given the option of being fired or quietly resigning, he began shooting and then killed himself.

Thornton claimed the company was racist and “pushed him over the edge.” However, Brett Hollander, whose family owns the distributorship, denied any racial bias. Police are still investigating this case.

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Growing Up With the Family Brewery

Photo Credit: Bill Manley (NYT)

I came across this very sweet New York Times story about Brian Grossman, 25, who has worked for Sierra Nevada Brewing since he was 15.

In the story, he talks about how his father and a partner started the brewery 30 years ago. He shares his memories growing up with the brewery and how he always dreamed of working in the family business. Today, he is the general manager at Sierra Nevada.

Here’s a clip from the NYT story:

MY father, Ken Grossman, started Sierra Nevada Brewing Company with a partner 30 years ago and bought him out in 1998. I always knew I wanted to work in the family business. As a kid, I was always there. I learned how to ride a bicycle in the parking lot, and I’d tinker in the maintenance shop. I’ve grown up around some of the employees.

My first paying job at the brewery, at 15, was cleaning the fermenting tanks. After that, I helped prepare the yeast, malt and hops. From there I moved into the production departments and brewed the beer. I also worked in maintenance and learned welding and other skills. Both of my older sisters have worked in the brewery, too, but neither works here right now.

You can read the full story here.

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Man calls 911 about mom taking his beer

Okay, so I almost spit out the beer I was drinking when I read this article. I would never make a bogus phone call to the cops, but somehow if I did, I’d probably follow this guy’s lead.

Associated Pres has the full scoop:

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A 32-year-old Pasco County man who called 911 to complain about his mother is facing criminal charges. According to a sheriff’s office arrest report, Charles Dennison told a deputy that his mother took his beer and he wanted her arrested. Dennison was reportedly “very intoxicated” when the deputy arrived at the New Port Richey home.

Dennison told the deputy that he would keep calling emergency responders if his mother wasn’t charged. He has been charged with making false 911 calls and was jailed on $150 bond.

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Clever Bottle Opener at Hotel

Picture this: You’re on vacation at a hotel. You have you’re beer. You’re ready to relax, but you don’t have a bottle opener! What to do? This beer lover utilizes the towel rack in the bathroom to get his Spaten open. I always have my key chain bottle opener on me, but just in case I don’t, I’ll take a lesson from this guy. You should too.

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2010 World Beer Cup Results

The Brewers Association just announced the winners for the 2010 World Beer Cup. Brewers from six continents earned awards from an international panel of judges. The eighth bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 19 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Iceland and Japan.

This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories. The entries in each category were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards. Judges presented a total of 268 awards.

I am proud to announce that two New York breweries took home a few medals.

In the Belgian-Style Dubbel category, the gold medal was awarded to Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown for their Abbey Ale Dubbe. Ommegang also won silver medals for Ommegang Biere de Mars in American-Belgo-Style Ale and Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale in the Belgian-Style Witbier category.

Hitting closer to home, Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Local 2, which is one of my favorites, won the bronze medal for the  Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale.

Congratulations to all of the contestants and winners! I look forward to seeing more New York breweries win next year!

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Labatt Brewing Company Down Sizing

I hate it when breweries downsize or shut down. It’s so hard for small business to survive as it is today, and it’s a shame because many of these breweries offer such wonderful beers! Labatt Brewing Company will be shutting down its Lakeport plant in Hamilton by the end of this week. Hamilton is one of Canada’s oldest towns of beer makers. The first brewery in Hamilton dates back to the 1840s. But now there’s a strong possibility that it is about to run dry unless someone will save it from closing.

Good news though! Labatt has been offered up to $50 million for the beer-making equipment from Calgary-based Minhas Creek Brewing Company, a company which has been looking for a chance to break into the discount beer business in Ontario.

Minhas President Ravinder Minhas said if Labatt takes his offer he could have the Hamilton plant and its 143 employees shipping beer again within four months. Minhas also said the Hamilton plant could produce about 14 million cases of beer — a fraction of the 88.8 million cases sold by The Beer Store in 2008. Labatt reportedly has about 45 per cent of the Ontario market, or 39.6 million cases a year.

Hamilton will still have a brewery in town, at least for now.

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