Fall’s arrived… the GABF is on…and the craft beer biz is clearly accelerating. But no worries, Rumor Mill is on the case, keeping you plugged in into all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that.
Summit Ratskeller Begins Rebuild (St Paul, MN) – Summit Brewing’s Beer Hall also known as the Ratskeller (don’t ask us!), is getting a significant facelift. First opened in 1998 the beer hall, which has served as a meeting space for community organizations and non-profit groups, will be redesigned to better address the region’s growing beer tourism .
Lakefront Brewery Goes Solar (Milwaukee, WI) – Lakefront Brewery which has long been committed to renewable energy and conservation, has installed an extensive network of solar panels at its Riverwest warehouse. Designed by SunPeak, of Madison, Wisconsin , the series of 264 state-of-the-art solar panels are projected to save the award-winning brewery, more than $500,000 in energy costs over the 30-year lifespan of the system.
Words To Drink By (Santa Monica, CA) – “Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life.” Tom Petty (1950 – 2017)
Colorado Lawmakers Brew Beer for GABF (Denver, CO) – Breweries from all around the world are attending the Great American Beer Festival this week and many of them will be participating in The GABF beer competition.
Another GABF competition (this one sponsored by the Colorado Brewers Guild) is also taking place. Hop the Vote, a ‘craft meets legislative’ competition pits Colorado’s legislators (House vs Senate) and their partner brewers against one another, to craft a winning beer that GABF attendees can actually vote on.
GABF Attendees will have the opportunity to sample both beers and cast their votes for their favorite at the Colorado Brewers Guild booth in the Guild Pavilion. And the winner will be announced on October 7th at 3:45 pm.
What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Escondido, CA) – Last night we tapped a classic that AleSmith first brewed with Long Beach California’s legendary reggae rockers Sublime to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sublime’s debut album, 40oz. to Freedom. Now available nationally (as well as in cans) AleSmith Sublime Mexican Lager, a 5.2% ABV refresher that calls for an encore.