Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spiegelau, Left Hand, and Rogue Ales Release New Stout Glass

April 3, 2014 - The new Spiegelau x Left Hand Brewing Company x Rogue Ales Stout Glass was developed over a yearlong series of design workshops and tasting panels led by Riedel crystal glassware owner Georg Riedel and Spiegelau VP, Matthew Rutkowski. Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company, Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales and experts from each brewery tested a selection of stouts ranging from Rogue Ales’ Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout to Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout.

Matthew Rutkowski shares, “Witnessing Stout beers explode onto the American craft beer scene was a light bulb moment for me… I realized we could do for Stout what we did for IPAs. Left Hand and Rogue are known leaders and innovators in the field of Stout brewing, so they were obvious partners, and I was thrilled when they wanted to get on board.”

Hundreds of glasses pulled from Spiegelau’s glassware archive were tested against a variety of the brewers’ own stouts with the ultimate challenge of finding a glass shape that had the most profound effect on the aromas and flavor profiles of each Stout beer.  After narrowing the archive glass options down to a handful of shapes, Spiegelau’s German factory created six, final prototypes for testing all stouts, varying by several millimeters in height, bowl width, angle and capacity. After many deliberations, Left Hand Brewing Company and Rogue Ales separately and unanimously determined that the Prototype “C” Stout glass delivered the optimal taste, aroma and mouth feel to enhance Stout beers. 

Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales shares, “John Maier, our brew master, was intimately involved with the tasting and selection process of the stout glass. His proprietary palate and knowledge of the ingredients used in brewing was essential in choosing the right glass to highlight the rich, roasted malts that we grow on Rogue Farms... The final glass that Spiegelau designed and we selected highlights the flavors and nuances of stouts best."
Eric Wallace, President and Co-Founder of Left Hand Brewing Company agrees, “At Left Hand, we are committed to constantly improving beer quality and the beer drinker’s experienceglassware that directly impacts beer flavor is yet another step towards our goal, and Left Hand Brewing is proud to be a part of this.” 

"Spiegelau is thrilled to have worked with both Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Ales in creating the world’s first stout-specific beer glass. Their expertise in the development of this unique glass was invaluable." - Matthew Rutkowski, VP of Spiegelau. 

 
Voluminous, open bottom glass base drives beer and aromatic foam upward into main bowl. Ultra-pure quartz material makes for unsurpassed clarity and flawless, true color presentation of stout beer
         Wider, conical bowl significantly amplifies aromas and also provides superior flow to mid palate, improving the taste, mouth feel and finish of complex stout beers
          Stark, angular shape and open base creates dramatic visual cascading effect into glass as beer is poured

Monday, March 31, 2014

Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2013

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Boulder, CO • March 31, 2014 - The Brewers Association—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume and the craft brewer definition in 2013¹. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 38 were small and independent craft brewing companies.

“In 2013, craft breweries reached new all-time highs in production volume and dollar sales,” said Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “Beer lovers continue to demand high-quality, fuller-flavored and local beers from small and independent craft breweries.”

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2013 beer sales volume)

Rank
Brewing Company
City
State
Rank Change
1
Boston Beer Co.
Boston
MA
0
2
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico
CA
0
3
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins
CO
0
4
Gambrinus
San Antonio
TX
0
5
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Petaluma
CA
1
6
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
-1
7
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Galesburg
MI
0
8
Duvel Moortgat USA
Kansas City & Cooperstown
MO/NY
N/A
9
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn
NY
2
10
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido
CA
0
11
Matt Brewing Co.
Utica
NY
-3
12
Harpoon Brewery
Boston
MA
-3
13
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton
DE
0
14
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Portland
ME
1
15
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs
LA
-1
16
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles
CA
4
17
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Juneau
AK
-1
18
New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus
WI
-1
19
SweetWater Brewing Co.
Atlanta
GA
5
20
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland
OH
-1
21
Anchor Brewing Co.
San Francisco
CA
0
22
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Bridgewater Corners
VT
-4
23
Summit Brewing Co.
St. Paul
MN
0
24
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont
CO
3
25
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hood River
OR
-1
26
Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids
MI
4
27
Rogue Ales
Newport
OR
-5
28
Victory Brewing Co.
Downingtown
PA
-2
29
Ballast Point Brewing Co.
San Diego
CA
17
30
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Eugene
OR
1
31
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Lakewood
NY
6
32
Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse
Cold Spring
MN
-4
33
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick
MD
-4
34
Odell Brewing Co.
Fort Collins
CO
-1
35
Stevens Point Brewery Co.
Stevens Point
WI
0
36
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Cloverdale
CA
-2
37
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Eureka
CA
1
38
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Longmont
CO
5
39
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
Chattanooga & Louisville
TN/CO
-7
40
Breckenridge Brewery
Denver
CO
1
41
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
San Diego
CA
-2
42
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Patchogue
NY
-6
43
Sixpoint Brewery
Brooklyn
NY
New
44
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.
Huntington Beach
CA
-4
45
North Coast Brewing Co. Inc.
Fort Bragg
CA
-3
46
Uinta Brewing Co.
Salt Lake City
UT
3
47
Allagash Brewing Co.
Portland
ME
1
48
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Houston
TX
-3
49
Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.
San Jose
CA
New
50
21st Amendment Brewery
San Francisco
CA
New





Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies2
(Based on 2013 beer sales volume)

Rank
Brewing Company
City
State
Rank Change
1
Anheuser-Busch Inc. (a)
St. Louis
MO
0
2
MillerCoors (b)
Chicago
IL
0
3
Pabst Brewing Co. (c)
Los Angeles
CA
0
4
D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc.
Pottsville
PA
0
5
Boston Beer Co. (d)
Boston
MA
0
6
North American Breweries (e)
Rochester
NY
0
7
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico
CA
0
8
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins
CO
0
9
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (f)
Portland
OR
0
10
Gambrinus (g)
San Antonio
TX
0
11
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Petaluma
CA
2
12
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
0
13
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Galesburg
MI
1
14
Duvel Moortgat USA (h)
Kansas City & Cooperstown
MO/NY
NA
15
Minhas Craft Brewery (i)
Monroe
WI
-4
16
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn
NY
2
17
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido
CA
0
18
Matt Brewing Co. (j)
Utica
NY
-3
19
Harpoon Brewery
Boston
MA
-3
20
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton
DE
0
21
Shipyard Brewing Co. (k)
Portland
ME
2
22
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs
LA
-1
23
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles
CA
6
24
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Juneau
AK
0
25
New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus
WI
1
26
SweetWater Brewing Co.
Atlanta
GA
7
27
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland
OH
1
28
August Schell Brewing Co. (l)
New Ulm
MN
-3
29
Anchor Brewing Co.
San Francisco
CA
1
30
World Brews/Winery Exchange (m)
Novato
CA
-8
31
Long Trail Brewing Co. (n)
Bridgewater Corners
VT
-4
32
Summit Brewing Co.
St. Paul
MN
0
33
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont
CO
3
34
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hood River
OR
-1
35
Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids
MI
6
36
Rogue Ales
Newport
OR
-5
37
Victory Brewing Co.
Downingtown
PA
-2
38
Ballast Point Brewing Co.
San Diego
CA
New
39
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Eugene
OR
3
40
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Lakewood
NY
8
41
Mendocino Brewing Co. (o)
Ukiah
CA
-3
42
Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse (p)
Cold Spring
MN
-3
43
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick
MD
-3
44
Odell Brewing Co.
Fort Collins
CO
0
45
Stevens Point Brewery Co. (q)
Stevens Point
WI
1
46
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Cloverdale
CA
-1
47
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. (r)
Pittsburgh
PA
-10
48
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Eureka
CA
1
49
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Providence
RI
New
50
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Longmont
CO
New


The Association's full 2013 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available in May 2014.

For additional statistics, see the Brewers Association’s craft brewing statistics and 2013 craft brewer sales.

¹The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association in 2013: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewer's brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

Note: The Brewers Association updated the craft brewer definition in 2014. The new definition can be found on the Brewers Association website and will be used to collect 2014 data, published in 2015.

2Top 50 U.S. Overall Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck’s, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Series brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (b) includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Coors, Keystone, Killian’s, Leinenkugel’s, Miller and Tenth & Blake brands; (c) includes Pabst, Schlitz and 28 other brand families; (d) includes Alchemy & Science and Sam Adams brands; (e) includes Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Magic Hat and Pyramid brands; (f) includes Kona, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (g) includes BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer brands; (h) includes Boulevard and Ommegang brands; (i) includes Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (j) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (k) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (l) includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands; (m) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (n) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver’s brands; (o) includes Butte Creek, Kingfisher, Mendocino and Olde Saratoga brands; (p) includes Cold Spring and John Henry brands; (q) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands; (r) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families.

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