2018 Meeting of the Malts – August 23, 2018

The Brewers of Pennsylvania will host their “Meeting of the Malts” on August 23, 2018 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  This is a fantastic event for homebrewers and craft beer fans!  Check out the press release below – and I hope to see you there!

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The Brewers of Pennsylvania has released its event details and list of panel participants for the 2018 Meeting of the Malts, the association’s popular annual event that gathers the most acclaimed breweries to discuss the state of the craft beer industry. The powerhouse panel includes Pennsylvania’s finest brewers including Bill Covaleski (Victory Brewing Company), Tom Kehoe (Yards Brewing Company), and Wendy Yuengling (D. G. Yuengling & Son).  New panelists include Mike Stevens of Michigan-based Founders Brewing Company and Joey Redner of Florida-based Cigar City Brewing….

Craft Beer Powerhouse Panel Headlines 2018 Meeting of the Malts  

Brewers of Pennsylvania Welcomes First-time Participants Founders and Cigar City

HARRISBURG, PA (6.20.18) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, has released its event details and list of panel participants for the 2018 Meeting of the Malts, the association’s popular annual event that gathers the most acclaimed breweries to discuss the state of the craft beer industry.

Presented by Gold Sponsor Micro Matic USA, Meeting of the Malts VII will take place Thursday, August 23 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST at Artsquest Center at SteelStacks, and will feature a powerhouse panel including Bill Covaleski (Victory Brewing Company), Tom Kehoe (Yards Brewing Company), Wendy Yuengling (D. G. Yuengling & Son), Mike Stevens (Michigan-based Founders Brewing Company), and Joey Redner (Florida-based Cigar City Brewing). The panel discussion, which will run from 6-7 p.m., will be emceed by industry icon, Bump Williams. Dick Yuengling and Jim Koch (Samuel Adams) will provide the opening remarks.

“Craft beer is thriving in Pennsylvania, and Meeting of the Malts, now in its seventh year, continues to serve as the state’s primary meeting place to discuss the industry’s important successes and challenges from legislative issues to craft beer trends,” said Dan LaBert, Executive Director of the Brewers of Pennsylvania. “If you are a brewer or simply a fan of the craft beer scene, Meeting of the Malts is a must-attend event. We expect as strong a turnout as last year, which welcomed hundreds of attendees who listened to and learned from our industry’s most successful brewers, as well as promising peers who are in the trenches producing the very best craft beer in the United States.”

Draft Magazine has named Meeting of the Malts as the #12 (out of 101) rated beer experiences on the industry bucket list. While several panelists have participated in previous Meeting of the Malts, new to this year is Mike Stevens, Co-Founder and CEO of Founders and Joey Redner, Founder of Cigar City.

Founders has been ranked in the top breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com for the last five years. The brewery has won six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals, and three Great American Beer Festival medals.

“Founders has been a part of the industry now for twenty-one years, and when I first got into the business breweries like Sam Adams and Yuengling inspired me to follow my passion,” said Stevens. “I’m truly honored to be a part of this event and share the stage with such accomplished brewers, and I look forward to a spirited conversation.”

Cigar City has won a Gold Medal for its Humidor Series IPA at the National Beer Championships and a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Minaret ESB.

Following the panel discussion will be a four-course dinner from 7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., each course being paired with a beer from select panelist’s breweries. During the meal, the BOP will host a Beer Silent Auction, an opportunity to bid on unique and collectible items from a variety of breweries including autographed, one-of-a-kind items from the country’s finest breweries.

After the dinner comes the Pennsylvania BrewPub Festival from 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.  Participating BOP members include: Barley Creek Brewing Co., Berwick Brewing Co., Boneshire Brew Works, Brewery at Hershey, Collusion Tap Works, Covered Bridge Brewhaus, Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, Hop Hill Brewing Co., Round Guys Brewing Co., Roy-Pitz Brewing Co., Saucony Creek Brewing Co., and Wolf Brewing Co.

For the second consecutive year, Meeting of the Malts will also include the Legislative Growler Awards, an honor that recognizes a person or organization the BOP considers a partner in the industry, one who continually strives to promote and protect Pennsylvania’s craft beer industry. Honorees will be announced at a later date.

Artsquest Center at SteelStacks is located at 711 First St., Bethlehem, PA.  Accommodations deadline for the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is August 9.

About the Brewers of Pennsylvania – The Brewers of Pennsylvania is a 501c6 trade association that brings together leaders of Pa.-based breweries in order to promote and protect the brewing industry in the state.  The Brewers of Pennsylvania, a strong and influential organization, serves the consuming public of Pa. by encouraging brand diversity in the market. BOP members employ an estimated 10,000 employees earning $296 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in direct economic benefits to communities throughout the state.  Its signature annual event is the popular Meeting of the Malts. #supportPAbeer

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Cheers!

The Brewholder

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“Victory for the Headwaters” – September 12, 2015

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Victory Brewing Company announced that it will hold a day long celebration, “Raising Funds to Preserve, Protect and Celebrate the Most Crucial Element for Life (and Great Craft Beer)” – the water of the Brandywine Watershed, on September 12, 2015 from noon to 8pm.  A portion of every Headwaters Ale sold will be donated to the Headwaters Grant, which distributes the proceeds to environmental advocacy groups.  Read the full press release below:

Victory for the Headwaters: Raising Funds to Preserve, Protect and Celebrate the Most Crucial Element for Life (and Great Craft Beer) 

Downingtown, PA, August 10, 2015- Victory Brewing Company (Victory) will host Victory for the Headwaters, a daylong celebration and fundraiser,on Saturday, September 12th from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The event starts with a volunteer trash clean up canoe trip down the Brandywine River and continues at Victory’s Parkesburg brewery at 3127 Lower Valley Road where the Victory for the Headwaters fundraiser will be held, and the real party starts.  All proceeds will benefit Victory’s Headwater Grant, which provides funds to environmental organizations dedicated to protecting our water.

To further the festivities, Victory will unveil the new packaging for its Headwaters Ale. The new look will support the idea behind the delicious brew, which is to pay homage to the Brandywine Watershed, the local source from which every Victory beer ‘springs.’  A portion of every Headwaters Ale sold will be donated to the Headwaters Grant. As one of the four basic ingredients in beer, water is fundamental not only in the production and flavor profile of all brews but most importantly in the health of our planet. Headwaters Ale was introduced 5 years ago, as Victory approaches 20 years in the craft beer industry, the brewery’s commitment to environmental stewardship is at an all time high.

“Just as a river forms from tiny droplets from the heavens, we see our engagement of a conscientious audience in the Headwaters Grant creating a larger impact,” explains Bill Covaleski, Brewmaster and President of Victory Brewing Company. “Craft beer fans are presented with innumerable choices of beers to purchase. Our goals is to help our fans make the connection that choosing Headwaters Ale, is more than just a taste preference, it is a decision to help preserve our planet one sip at a time.”

Tickets to Victory for the Headwaters can be purchased here(https://store.victorybeer.com/category/victory-for-the-headwaters/) and start as low as $10 for registration for the clean up and transportation to and from the Parkesburg brewery to the Brandywine River sites. Packages for the fundraiser include River Rescuer for $40 and includes a Headwaters pint glass, two beverages and one food item; Water Warrior for $75 entitles fans to a Headwaters pint glass, signed coaster, t-shirt, two beverages and one food item and the Headwaters Hero package for $200 includes a special group tour of the Parkesburg production tour with Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet along with a tasting of a soon-to-be released brew, limited edition shirt, Headwaters pint glass, two beverages and one food item.

About Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in 2014 in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 36 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Stable 12 Brewing Company Holds Grand Opening in Phoenixville

Stable 12 Brewing Company, located on Bridge Street in Phoenixville

Stable 12 Brewing Company, located at 368 Bridge Street in Phoenixville

Stable 12 Brewing Company was welcomed to the Phoenixille community on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  I was lucky to be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony and had a tour of the brewery with CEO and co-founder Rick Wolf.  Read about my visit to Stable 12 in Ticket to Entertainment this week!

Below are some additional photos from the grand opening!

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Getting ready to cut the ribbon!

Getting ready to cut the ribbon!

The tasting room

The tasting room

Those are some big scissors!

Those are some big scissors!

A delicious flight of Stable 12 brews!

A delicious flight of Stable 12 brews!

Loading the randall with Citra for Stable 12's IPA

Loading the randall with Citra for Stable 12’s IPA

IPA on Citra hops through the randall

IPA on Citra hops through the randall

A deliciously dangerous Imperial Stout at 11.9%!

A deliciously dangerous Imperial Stout at 11.9%!

Uncle B's BBQ is the perfect compliment to Stable 12's brew

Uncle B’s BBQ is the perfect compliment to Stable 12’s brew

Stable 12 Brewing Company - established 2015

Stable 12 Brewing Company – established 2015

New BREW content on Ticket to Entertainment

Digital First Media’s “Ticket to Entertainment” has added a new page to its website – the “Brew Hub” – dedicated to craft beer!  Take a look at the Beer Event listing – compiled by yours truly – and a nice summary of the breweries in the Greater Philadelphia region.

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The Brewholder

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Pennsylvania LCB supports craft brewers by allowing breweries to sell to consumers on premises

In a move that supports the craft brew economy in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa LCB) promulgated a new regulation that allows breweries to sell their beer to consumers on the premises of their breweries.  Previously, breweries could not sell their beer without a separate license.  Now, smaller brewers will be not be forced to shell out additional fees for a license to serve.  The regulation became effective on May 30, 2015.

Read the LCB’s summary of the new regulation here.

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The Brewholder

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Victory Brewing Opens Brewpub in Kennett Square

Victory's Kennett Square Brewpub opened on April 21, 2015

Victory’s Kennett Square Brewpub opened on April 21, 2015

Tonight I attended a media event at Victory Brewing Company’s new brewpub in Kennett Square.  Victory President and Brewmaster Bill Covaleski was on hand to introduce the new brewpub and guide us through an amazing food and beer pairing.  In addition to the samples of beer we tried, we each left with a bottle of Moving Parts 03 and the highly anticipated Summer Love Ale in a can.  The summer is truly on its way!

Victory's Summer Love Ale now portable in a can!

Victory’s Summer Love Ale now portable in a can!  Photo courtesy of Victory Brewing Company.

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The Brewholder

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Celebrating National Beer Day!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Once again it’s time to celebrate National Beer Day – April 7, 1933 – the day it became legal to sell beer after 13 years of Prohibition.  While many U.S. breweries and their recipes were lost forever due to Prohibition, Pennsylvania breweries are standing strong today.  Check out my article in Ticket Entertainment on the Brewers of Pennsylvania “Meeting of the Malts IV” where the  success of Pennsylvania brewing was celebrated last week! 

So tonight take a moment to raise a pint of local craft brew and thank your brewer for giving us something truly to appreciate!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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PLCB Interprets 80 Year Old Rule to Permit 12 Pack Sales In Pennsylvania: Consumers Rejoice while Brewers of PA Skeptical

Since the end of Prohibition, Pennsylvania distributors have not been permitted to sell anything less than a case of 24 12-ounce bottles or a “single container” holding at least 128 ounces (i.e., a keg…or remember party balls?).  Lawyers and regulators have read that language to mean that anything less than a case of bottles had to be purchased somewhere other than a distributor – like a bar, deli, or recently, grocery stores.

However, with little fanfare, on March 6, lawyers for the PLCB released what could be considered a historic Advisory Opinion that announced the PLCB will now interpret a “single container” to include a 12 pack of 12-ounce bottles – as long as the 12 pack is one individual package.  For large brewers, this argument makes lot of sense because the total amount in 12 bottles is 144 oz – still over the 128 oz requirement.

This interpretation was brought to the PLCB’s attention by Pittsburgh lawyer Charles Caputo, who filed the request for the interpretation on behalf of Rivertowne Brewing last year, but the PLCB did not address it until Caputo forced the issue with the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in December.  In a press release, the PLCB characterized the decision as a “clarification of existing law.”

While Pennsylvania consumers are rejoicing in the news that they will now be able to buy a $20 “half case” as compared to a $40 “full case,” the Brewers of Pennsylvania  (www.brewersofpa.org), thinks the PLCB decision will harm small Pennsylvania brewers.  In a formal response the BOP explained, “We as the small beer Brewers of Pennsylvania employ an estimated 10,000 employees earning $296 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in direct economic benefits to communities throughout the state…Today we can provide 6 packs and even 12 packs for sale at distributors but nearly all of our members do not have manufacturing and packaging capability to offer 18 packs.  Foreign-owned, mega-brewers have such predatory, ‘loss leader’ packages in states all around us and today’s PLCB decision serves up a competitive disadvantage that can be destructive to small businesses, such as our suppliers, across the state.”

The BOP also believes that the PLCB exceeded its “legal authority and obligation to the welfare of citizens of Pennsylvania in today’s ruling…though an advance for all who celebrate the diversity of beer brands and flavors, [the ruling] has failed on some levels and has inexplicably handed a huge advantage to out-of-state, global brewing entities.”  Ted Zeller, BOP General Counsel, said the new interpretation opens the door for large manufacturers to sell 18 packs.  That, he said, would put family-owned and smaller craft breweries at a disadvantage because the larger companies can offer lower prices for the larger packs, which most smaller operations don’t have the resources to manufacture and market themselves.  “We’re not against 12-packs in any shape or form, but we’re against being competitively disadvantaged based on a legal interpretation we’ve relied upon since Prohibition.”

Because this rule change is an interpretation of an agency rule rather than a newly adopted statute, we can probably expect a challenge in the court system and possible reversal.  But until then, consumers should be on the look out for 12 packs in their local distributor as soon as brewers with the capacity can change their product packaging.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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