Yikes it’s August already…and clearly nothing is slowing down anytime soon. But no worries, Rumor Mill is always on the case, keeping you plugged in to all the craft beer news that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you absolutely don’t want to miss that!
New Order Does Beer (Manchester, England) – UK Rock legends New Order are collaborating with the award-winning Moorhouse’s Brewery of Burnley to produce, Stray Dog, a 4.2% ABV Golden Ale, that takes its name from a track off the band’s most recent album, Music Complete.
Terrapin Co-Founder Back In The “Craft” Beer Game (Asheville, NC) – Shortly after Terrapin Beer SOLD OUT to MillerCoors, John Cochran who co-founded the brewery along with Spike Buckowski left the new “Big Beer” subsidiary for paths then unknown. But now it appears that John is back in the “craft” beer biz and Asheville bound. According to Beer Connoisseur Cochran has purchased Altamont Brewing and is already in the process of transforming it to UpCountry Brewing.
Words To Drink By (Palo Alto, CA) – “My model for business is the Beatles…They were four guys that kept each other’s’ negative tendencies in check.”
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ACB On the Town! (Eugene, OR) – We still get that surprised, deer-in-headlight look when breweries actually ask us to come around, but we didn’t bat an eye when Ninkasi Brewing invited us out to witness their 10th Anniversary this past weekend. We were fortunate enough to join co-founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge for an in-depth tour of their now sprawling facility in the Whiteaker Neighborhood of Eugene, complete with a post-tour pairing of some of their finest suds with some savory local flavors.
More ACB On the Town! (Portland, OR) –Equally shocking was our invite to Widmer Brothers new Innovation Brewery set up in their Gastropub across the street from their main production brewery. Helmed by their new Innovation Brewmaster Tom Bleigh, it’s clear that CBA is upping the ante on experimentation and community based collaboration. We were lucky enough to sample 12 new beers, fresh off their new 10 barrel system, as well as pick the brain of Bleigh, the former Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at Hopworks Urban Brewery across town. We can’t wait to taste everything else he’s got up his sleeve!
What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Washington, DC) – We’d like to thank all the breweries who ship us beer from time to time. It’s always great to sample the brews that we write about and helps to give us a better feel for what’s happening out there. And last night we hit up something we recently received from Flying Dog. Brewhouse Rarities White Peach Saison is exactly that…a 5.9% ABV Saison-style refresher brewed with white peaches and black peppercorn.
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