Today, CraftBeer.com reported that the heads of four craft-brewing pioneers–Kim Jordan (New Belgium), Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery) and Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head)–will be chipped out of Half Dome, the 9,000-foot-tall granite formation in Yosemite National Park. It also reported that the landmark will be named “Craft Dome”.
It gets better:
[I]t all started with a call from Leslie Knope a few weeks ago. Grossman says the Pawnee, Indiana, native who rose to the top of the ranks of the National Park Service was looking for a way the government could give props to the rise of small and independent brewing in America.
“She said she wanted to put a project together to honor the founding of craft brewing…Since California is the birthplace they wanted to do it at Half Dome.”
There’s also a video from Sierra Nevada’s Facebook page in which the four honorees explain the Craft Dome plan.
Well done, ladies and gentlemen. Well done.
Today is the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of the Social Security Act. More than 50 million Americans, most of whom are retirees, receive Social Security benefits. That number will grow as members of the Baby Boom generation reach retirement age.
And now (can I see some ID, please?)….The Mash!
We begin in North Korea, whose government is looking for foreign investors for a brewery in Wosnan. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, wants to turn the port city into a tourist attraction.
Jim Koch, the CEO of Boston Beer Company, blames high U.S. corporate taxes for acquisitions that have left foreign firms in control of 90 percent of America’s brewing industry.
The oldest known receipt for beer is a more than 4,000-year-old Sumerian tablet in which a scribe acknowledges receiving approximately 4-1/2 liters of Alulu the brewer’s “best beer.”
At New Belgium Brewing Company, Kim Jordan is turning over her CEO duties to another woman, Christine Perich, the chief operating officer. Jordan will head the brewery’s board of directors.
The Los Angeles Times’s John Verive decodes seven words—clean, dry, phenolic, creamy, hot, soft, and light—that are often found in reviews of craft beers.
White Bull beer, a symbol of South Sudan’s independence, is on the endangered list. Armed conflict has left White Bull’s brewer short on foreign currency it needs to import fuel and materials.
Finally, “Biscuit,” who works at the Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis sneaked “Tom Brady Sux” next to the “born-on” date on 20,000 cans of Wee Mac Scottish Ale. His future work will have to be approved by his higher-ups.
Today is the opening day of Carnaval de Quebec, the world’s largest winter festival. The signature events of this 17-day celebration include nightly parades, the Ice Palace, and a lovable mascot named Bonhomme. If you can’t make it to Quebec City, feel free to uncork a hearty Quebec-brewed ale and mock winter.
And now….The Mash!
We begin in New Brunswick, Canada, where 17 people got a rude surprise. They got busted by the Mounties for bringing home cheap beer from Quebec. Not only was their beer seized, but each offender faces a $292.50 fine as well.
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water. That prompted the country’s health minister to propose that Czech bars offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a lower price than a like amount of beer.
Once again, Westvleteren 12 won top honors on RateBeer.com’s list of top 50 beers of 2013. Rounding out the top five were Russian River’s Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout.
A fan attending the Winnipeg Jets-Boston Bruins hockey game got a big surprise–namely, a puck that flew out of the rink and ended up in his beer.
Douglas Brown of the Denver Post sat down with Kim Jordan, who explained how her Quaker upbringing and social work background prepared her to run one of America’s most successful microbreweries.
Author John Holl gets us caught up on nitrogenated craft beers. He also explains why these beers have such a thick mouthfeel. It’s because nitrogen is largely insoluble in liquid.
Finally, a Class A baseball team in the Portland, Oregon, area plans to offer a variety of craft beers this season. Fittingly, the team’s name is the Hillsboro Hops.
For the first time, a craft brewing figure is at the top of Beer Business Daily’s Power 20. He’s Jim Koch, CEO of the Boston Beer Company. Other craft brewing people on the list: Kim Jordan (New Belgium Brewing Company), at #9; and Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company) and Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery), tied at #15.
Did you put off your taxes until the last possible minute, then rush to the post office to beat the midnight deadline? If so, that’s Reason #2 to pour yourself a beer. What’s Reason #1? Glad you asked. The Mash is up!
Organizing a beer festival? Sean Inman, writing at the Food GPS blog, has a few suggestions.
The Brewers Association has tweaked its style guidelines again. There are 140 styles in all, including American-style Imperial Porter, American-Style India Black Ale, Belgian-style Quadrupel and Fruit Wheat Ale or Lager, which have been either added or defined by the BA.
The latest interview in Deverie Robinson’s “Women in Beer” series spotlights Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing Company, who’s proven that brewing pairs well with social justice.
Mario Rubio is hosting the 39th edition of “The Session”. Up for discussion is a popular brewing trend–namely, collaboration. You’re welcome to join in.
A higher calling? St. Mary’s Church in Elsenham, England, is celebrating its 900th birthday with a special commemorative ale.
Finally, there will be an official ale of Seattle Beer Week: Hale’s Double IPA. Beer Week kicks off on May 13.