Cheers to the folks at Roseburg, OR's, Umpqua Brewing Co. on their
fifth anniversary celebration!
Eric Warner, Brewmaster, Tabernash Brewing Co., spoke on wheat
beers at the annual Bundner Runde (Round Tab le) in Davos, Switzerland.
Of 15 guest speakers at this business gathering for German-speaking Europeans,
Warner was the only American.
Oldenberg Brewing Co., Ft. Mitchell, KY, announced that all 800,000
shares of company stock have been purchased less than 10 weeks after offering
circulars became available (Nov. 10). 513-241-4777.
Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick, MD, announced completion of its
initial public offering of 805,000 shares of common stock at $6 per share.
The stock began trading March 11 on NASDAQ' s SmallCap Market as "BLUE."
Fort Collins, CO-based New Belgium Brewing Co. announced the grand
opening of its 28,000-sq.-ft. craft brewing facility. Total project cost
was approximately $4.5 million (including equipment). The new facility features
a state-of-the-art, three-vessel, 100-bbl brewhouse from Germany's Anton
Steinecker Maschinenfabrik GmbH. Kim Jordan, 303-221-0524.
H.C. Berger Brewing Co. announced that new partners have bought into
the Fort Collins brewery, one of the oldest microbreweries in Colorado.
Brewery founders Sandy and Karen Jones are staying on. Newlands
ofBritish Columbia will build a 50-bbl brewery for the top-selling labels,
while the 17-bbl system has been kept on for specialty beers. Karen Jones,
St. Stan's Brewing Co. , Modesto, CA, recently completed a phased
production expansion that will bring annual production capability to 50,000
barrels. Two new 120-bbl fermenters boosted current production capacity
to 17,000 bbls. Brewhouse brew-length was increased from 60 to 180 bottles
per minute. Garith Helm, 209-524-2337.
Full Sail Brewing Co. announces its Nut Brown Ale is now available
year-round in six-packs, reaching shelves beginning April 1 in Oregon and
Washington, and in outlying markets thereafter.
Lost Coast Brewery, Eureka, CA, has brought its line of 22-oz. products
to Nevada, which joins California, Minnesota, New Jersey and Massachusetts
in receiving Lost Coast beers. Ray West, 707-445-4484.
B. United International tells us to look for Jean Pierre Van Roy
to brew a special Christmas Cantillon for the next season based upon 100%
wheat malt, spontaneous fermentation and holiday spices. Matthias Neidhart,
The Brew Factory, Inc., received its franchise license from the State
of California on Feb. 29, the first personal microbrewery (BOP) franchise
in the U.S. The Brew Factory opened its first store in San Luis Obispo,
CA, in 1995. A second location will open soon in Santa Barbara, CA. Scott
Colorado's Rock Bottom reports that their Cleveland, OH, brewery
has been "out-of-hand" busy and will be expanding fermentation
capacity there with two new 24-bbl fermenters. Steve Miller, 216-623-1555.
The Commonwealth Brewing Company has signed a 20-year lease for 14,000
sq. ft. at the corner of 48th St. & Rockefeller Plaza -- formerly the
site of Charley O' s restaurant. Set to open in March, CBC will seat approximately
300 people and will offer a broad selection of handcrafted brews and fine
Honolulu Magazine readers elected Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
in Honolulu as "Best Place for a Drink in Hawaii."
Molson Breweries U.S.A. has been named the exclusive U.S. importer
of Dry Blackthorn Cider. A best-selling draught cider in the U.K.,
Dry Blackthorn has a strong sales base in the western U.S. Roy Bumsted,
212-686-5300, ext. 310.
Bardo Rodeo has been contracted by Champions Billiard Cafe
to provide beer brewed on-premise at three of its locations. BR will supervise
constr uction and operation of brewing facilities at the Towson, Rockville
and Laurel, MD, locations.
"The Drew Carey Show"will air an episode in May including The
Great Lakes Brewing Company as part of the story line and has requested
GLBC to supply beer for their cast party in Burbank, CA. We'll be watching...