Category Archives: Beer News

Can a microbrewery really succeed and grow using 100% local ingredients?

I’ve heard of a few microbreweries making a commitment to use 100% local ingredients, which seems respectable, and eco-friendly. One such microbrewery is the Erie Canal Brewing Company in Conastota, NY. Erie Canal Brewing Company is a new micro… err, nano-brewery creating libations in a one-barrel brewhouse. (source)

Using ingredients that are exclusively local will put the operation high on the good-will-o-meter, but what if local producers cannot produce enough to supply the operation? What if there’s an unusual fungus that limits the local hops yield? Will a limited local supply prevent the brewery from growing? To minimize these risks, I think breweries should be researching and experimenting with ingredients from local and regional suppliers.

Cape Cod Brew Fest September 28, 2013

The Cape Cod Brew Fest will be held on September 28, 2013 at the Barnstable County Harvest Festival in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The event is one day only, and features 60 craft breweries and over 200 styles of beer available for tasting.

Tickets to the event can be purchased via Eventbrite at the event website. Tickets are sold for one of two sessions (1-4pm or 5-8pm). General admission tickets are $55 and VIP tickets (limited to just 100 available tickets per session) are $85. The VIP tickets include admission to the brew festival and the harvest festival, pint glass, event t-shirt, entry to the VIP sampling area with up to 15 additional select or reserve beers to sample, complementary catered foods.

Designated driver tickets are also available for just $15.

For more information, visit the Cape Cod Brew Fest website or Facebook Page.

Delaware Wine & Beer Festival Set For Oct 20 in Dover

DOVER, DE — Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, set at the beautiful 19th century farm village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover, Delaware. This year’s theme is “Drink Local, Eat Local and Buy Local” and will feature the full contingency of Delaware wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans and eateries who will participate in the event.

Nearly all Delaware breweries, wineries and distilleries will be on hand to serve samples of their Delaware-made products:

  • 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Delmar
  • 16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown
  • Argilla Brewing Company, Newark
  • Delaware Distilling Company, Rehoboth Beach
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton
  • Fenwick Wine Cellars, Fenwick Island
  • Fordham/Dominion Brewing Company, Dover
  • Great Shoals Winery representing T.S. Smith Orchards, Bridgeville
  • Harvest Ridge Winery, Marydel
  • Mispillion River Brewing, Milford
  • Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes
  • Painted Stave Distillery, Smyrna
  • Pizzadili Winery & Vineyards, Felton
  • Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville

In addition to wine, beer and spirits sampling, the event will include the Delaware Artisan Faire with 40 local artisans and artists just in time for tax-free holiday shopping; live music; a corn hole tournament; keg tossing competition; and new this year, the Delaware Homebrew Championship.

A five-course gourmet wine dinner prepared by the award-winning Abbott’s Grill will be held on Saturday evening at Harvest Ridge Winery. Tickets are $75 per person or $800 for a table of eight. A lodging package at $300 per couple includes two tickets to the gourmet dinner and two tickets to the Sunday festival.

The event will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission, which will include choice of 10 samples, will be $25 if purchased in advance or $35 at the door. The first 500 ticket buyers will also receive a free keepsake wine or beer glass. Full pours of wine and beer will be available for sale along with non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by local restaurants.

The event will be held rain or shine, and will be moved inside the museum in case of poor weather. To purchase tickets, visit or call Kent County Tourism, 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.

Dogfish Head Leads The List Of America's Top Craft Breweries

When you think about craft beer, big names like Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, or New Belgium likely come to mind. published their list of the top 15 craft beer breweries, and, to no one’s surprise, each of those previously mentioned breweries were also on the list.

There were also 12 other breweries on the list. Some with only regional distribution, so the names might not be as familiar to you. Or, even better, maybe these top craft brews are available to you, but were previously undiscovered during your beer shelf browsing as you search only for your trusted varieties. Fear not, friend, as this list is sure to please. If you can find any of these in your local market, pick up a sixer.

Top 15 Craft Breweries In The USA

  1. Dogfish Head, Milton, DE
  2. Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA
  3. Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO
  4. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Cigar City Brewing Company, Tampa, FL
  6. New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO
  7. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
  8. Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
  9. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA
  10. Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA
  11. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO
  12. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN
  13. Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO
  14. Oskar Blues, Lyons, CO
  15. Rogue Ales, Portland, OR

Mad Fox Brewing Company To Open Taproom

Mad Fox is Coming to DC

Brewer Bill Madden to Expand Award-Winning Concept with Opening of Taproom in Glover Park by First Quarter 2014

Falls Church, VA – Following last month’s festive celebration of the third anniversary of its flagship brewpub in Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company announced today that it will expand to Washington, DC, with plans to open a 4,590 square foot taproom at 2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in Glover Park. Mad Fox Brewing Company Taproom (Mad Fox Taproom), a 127-seat neighborhood establishment, is slated to open by the end of first quarter 2014, depending on the renovations needed and the permitting process.

“Glover Park is a wonderful neighborhood that deserves a great beer bar like the Mad Fox Taproom,” said Mad Fox CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden. Mad Fox has been searching for a location in the Nation’s Capital for the past 20 months, scouting out 27 neighborhoods throughout the District.  “Glover Park offers an ideal fit for our concept and shares similarities with Falls Church in its demographics and overall environment.  And just like in Falls Church, we look forward to becoming an active and positive member of the community, contributing to both the economy and the culinary options of the area.”

The Mad Fox Taproom will showcase its award-winning handcrafted beers with draught and English-style cask service, with up to 24 draught and cask options. Diners can expect a full menu with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and small plates.

“All of the beers will be brewed in Falls Church in our 15-barrel brewery. We have plenty of capacity in our brewery and we’ll be able to serve all of our Falls Church fans, wholesale clients and the Glover Park taproom without any compromises.” Madden said. “Though the spotlight will be on our beers, our food is a key part of our concept and will help the taproom evoke a brewpub environment.”

Opening in Washington, DC has been part of the business model ever since Madden and business partner Rick Garvin formulated the Mad Fox concept in 2007. Though the pair eventually settled on Falls Church as its home base, Madden has experience expanding brewing concepts in the region.  He served as Executive Brewer at Capitol City Brewing Company where he helped grow from one to five locations during his 10-year tenure.

Madden hopes to have the details finalized in time to take possession of the property in September. Assuming permits and renovation go briskly, the Mad Fox Taproom could be open as early as first quarter 2014.

“Building upon the success of our Falls Church location, we fully expect the Mad Fox Taproom to become a Glover Park destination, with craft beer lovers from all over DC coming to taste our beers.” Madden said. “I’m a big believer in ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and I expect other Glover Park businesses to benefit from our presence, like they have in Falls Church. I can’t wait to bring the Mad Fox atmosphere and experience to the iconic city of Washington, DC.”

The original Falls Church location of Mad Fox Brewing Company is situated between Tysons Corner and Arlington at 444 West Broad Street in Falls Church. Mad Fox has taken home numerous nationwide awards since opening its doors three years ago under Madden’s leadership.  This year alone, Mad Fox earned two “Best of 2013” honors by readers of Northern Virginia Magazine:  Brewpub and Guy’s Night Out.

Additionally, the Falls Church brewpub remains active within the community and proudly sponsors many civic events, local festivals and business activities.  A leader in the craft beer field, Mad Fox beers are featured at Nationals Park and eleven of the best craft beer bars in DC, and this week is a sponsor of DC Beer Week.

Not just a spot for beer connoisseurs, the cuisine at the Mad Fox Falls Church location has received critical acclaim as well.  The brewery features a seasonal menu with items made in house from scratch—Executive Chef Andrew Dixon prides himself on using locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and other farm fresh ingredients.

For additional information or to make reservations, visit the Mad Fox Brewing Company online at or call 703.942.6840.  Free garage parking is available and the Falls Church brewpub is centrally located between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations. Follow Mad Fox on Twitter: @MadFoxBrewing or on Facebook: MadFoxBrewing.

New Website Covers The San Diego Beer Scene

San Diego has one of the most prolific beer scenes in the country. Now there’s a new website dedicated to the San Diego beer scene so you can keep tabs with everything that’s happening. is a website from the folks at Georgian Bay Books featuring local brewery news, educational articles and videos, reviews of beers and breweries, and interviews with local brewers. Georgian Bay Books has also produced several books about San Diego breweries and beer.

Below is short promotional video about their new website.


Oak Barrels and Beeswax - brewery shows unique way of making beer

A Colorado Springs brewery is known for their unique brewing, aging, and bottling processes. The brewery is known for its Belgian style beers and ages all of its beer in oak barrels, which the brewmaster says gives the beers a more complex flavor.

Some of their beer is bottled and shipped to local Colorado retailers. The bottles are finished in a beeswax dip which adds an extra layer of protection and an added seal. It is also stated that beeswax is a natural antiseptic which helps prevent contamination from outside elements.

The Virginia Beer and Wine Festival

The Virginia Beer and Wine Festival is coming to The Daleville Town Center on May 10, 2014. The event will be open from noon to 6pm and tickets are on sale at Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for all adults of drinking age. Non-drinkers and children are just $5. The last day to purchase advance tickets is May 7, 2014.

The beer and wine festival will feature over 20 Virginia Breweries (and cideries) plus seven Virginia wineries. The event will also feature several local food trucks, kids play zone, and live music.

The Daleville Town Center is located off route 220 in Daleville, VA. For more information, visit

Twitter Reactions To Report Of No New Beer Due To Government Shutdown

The government shutdown got the attention from craft beer lovers when the Associated Press released a story about no new beer licenses, recipes or beer labels (therefore no new beer) will be approved during the government shutdown.

Naturally, the reactions on twitter range from entertaining, to downright angry. Here are some of my favorites:


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