Monthly Archives: February 2012

Finalists for Pick the Next Blue Moon Beer Project

Earlier this month, Blue Moon Brewing Company announced the three finalists for the Pick the Next Blue Moon Beer Project. After a round of tastings over the next month will determine the winner. It will be launched August 31st which is also the next lunar blue moon.

Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale: A blend of cinnamon and nutmeg combine with roasted caramel malts and fresh apple juice for a warming, spiced taste.

Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale: The aroma of rich blackberries sets up the slightly sweet yet tart taste that’s balanced by the subtle malt character.

Blue Moon Dark Chocolate Bacon Porter: This deep mahogany colored ale is brewed with hickory-smoked bacon and dark chocolate for a slightly sweet yet savory taste.


Sierra Nevada Cans are here!

Sierra Nevada’s cans have arrived in the south! This picture was taken from Beverage World in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. If you’re around, go pick some up! We should be seeing Hoptimum arriving soon as well.

Maryland teen dies after drinking Four Loko. Who’s to blame?

A 13-year-old Maryland boy died in a tragic car accident after his family says he drank a can of the booze and caffeine-fueled party drink Four Loko while hanging out with two friends.

Michael Thomas Truluck felt sick during the ride home with his mother’s fiancee early Saturday evening.

The teen’s mom, Kristina Keys told the Baltimore Sun that Michael opened the front passenger door to throw up – and was immediately struck by a Ford Explorer and died hours later at Franklin Square Hospital.

“I think he felt so sick that he was not thinking about anything,” Keys told the newspaper.


His friends said the 13-year-old, who reportedly spent most Saturdays scarfing down fast food and playing basketball, had already vomited twice before the day he died.

It was not immediately clear who bought the teens the dangerous party drink, which has been outlawed in its original form in many states around the country after a rash of deaths last year.

“This drink is illegal and way too powerful for kids,” Keys said. “They all think they are invincible, but this shows them they are not.”

In its original form, the drink is the equivalent of four beers and one cup of Starbucks coffee – a dangerous combination that can fool partygoers into thinking they’re not that drunk – while packing a potent punch of alcohol.

The teen’s school told the newspaper they planned to have grief counselors available on Tuesday to help students deal with the tragic accident.

One of his friends, Jeffrey Watt, told ABC 2 News he was still in shock.

“I still think I’m going to wake up in school tomorrow and he’s going to be there,” he said. “It just feels like he’s not gone.”

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Dogfish Head updated releases

Looks like a big year for Dogfish Head already, and we are only two months in to it.

Via Dogfish Head’s blogfish:

Howdy Folks… we’ve had a busy beer release year so far (and it is barely even 2 months old)! In addition to our seven year round releases and Namaste we added Tweason’ale and Noble Rotso far this year. We also put out the test batch for Positive Contact, the next beer in our Music Series which will roll into distribution later this year!

Since we have so much coming at ya, we thought we’d give a little update here!

Please note: the below dates are estimates as to when our beers will be appearing on retail shelves & taps based on when we begin shipping to our wholesalers across the country. Due to scheduling and distance, some releases take a few days to hit shelves and some take a few weeks. As our beers begin hitting retail shelves and taps in the markets where we currently sell, they should begin appearing on the Fish Finder. The Fish Finder is a database that shows where our beers have been delivered in the past 60 days. As a reminder, it is always best to call ahead before travelling to any retailer. Cheers!

Current/pending releases:

120 Minute IPA: Should have begun hitting retail last week (2/13/12)

My Antonia: Should begin hitting retail this week (2/20/12)

Red & White: Should begin hitting retail next week (2/27/12)

Aprihop: Should begin hitting retail March 1st.

75 Minute IPA: Should begin hitting retail the week of 3/12/12.

Chateau Jiahu: Should begin hitting retail the week of 3/12/12.

Saison du BUFF (our version): Should begin hitting retail the week of 3/12/12.

Hope this is helpful – Cheers!

Shift Pale Lager coming in April to TN

Guess whats coming to Tennessee in April? Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing. It’s a brand new pale lager coming your way in 16oz four packs. Also you should be seeing 16oz Fat Tire and Ranger


Explosion injures two at a Franconia Brewing

Here’s the story via

McKINNEY — Two people were injured Saturday in an explosion at a small brewery in northeast McKinney as a tour was under way.

McKinney Fire Department spokeswoman Stacie Durham said a tank exploded at Franconia Brewing Company, 495 McKinney Parkway, shortly after noon.

The blast propelled a cylinder through a wall, injuring the two people.

“My husband and I were there!” said Erica Overton Osters in an online comment to this story. “It was really scary!”

One of the victims was airlifted by helicopter ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for treatment. According to a statement posted on the Franconia Brewing Company’s Facebook page, she was treated and released in good condition.

The other victim went by ground ambulance to Medical Center of Plano. The company said that person sustained “some injuries” and “exact details” are not known.

Witnesses said both of the injuries were sustained by employees of the brewery.

Durham said the cause of the explosion was under investigation.

The Franconia Brewing Company Web site says it currently produces three varieties of German-style beer.

Apparently Rogue knows seafood

“In Newport, We Don’t Just Craft World Class Ales & Spirits.
We Also Can World Class Albacore Tuna.

We know who catches our tuna. His name is Herb. He docks his boat right across the
bay from us. We wave to him as he sails in and out of Yaquina Bay.

Herb uses craft canning methods in small batches that result in better tasting tuna,
cooked in its own natural juices. No added water or oil.

The perfect complement to one of our ales and a partnership that makes good on our
promise to feed the fisherman.”

American Craft Beer Week 2012

American Craft Beer Week is coming back this year the week of May 14th though the 20th. Be sure to celebrate it right! Cheers!

Craft Beer dot com

Bear Republic/Fat Heads/Stone TBA rolls out 2/27

Look for it on a shelf near you! Should be hitting shelves 2/27.

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