Spent Grains

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." 301-694-7899.

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, 970-493-9044.

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, 914-345-8900.

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 Tobin, 805-594-1673.

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 cuisine.

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...