Hey it’s Wednesday and it’s Rumor Mill Time…The WTF makes a blockbuster announcement in Brussels! This one’s huge and we’ll be bringing you everything we know so far. Plus we’ve got some fast-breaking news from New Belgium and a brewing update from San Diego State. We’ve also got an awesome new release that you’ll want to chase down. So fasten your seatbelts everybody…THIS WEEK’S RUMOR MILL IS ON!
New Belgium Brewing's Asheville SiteNew Belgium Thinking Solar in Asheville (Asheville, NC) – It sounds like New Belgium Brewing’s commitment to on-site renewable energy and energy efficiency projects will continue as they build their East Coast brewery. North Carolina is one of this country’s leaders when it comes to solar energy companies, and The Citizen-Times.com is reporting that New Belgium will explore partnering with some solar and clean-energy companies as they finish construction so that they can both fulfill their own sustainability goals and support the industry.
IPA’s Rule From Sea to Shining Sea (Anywhere, USA) – Heavily hopped India Pale Ales are the force to be reckoned with in the world of craft beer, according to the Shaken News Daily. Though retailers still consider seasonal crafts (combined) to be craft beer’s top-selling category, they expect IPAs to surpass seasonals very soon.
World Tank-Diving Federation Announces North American Competitions (Brussels, BE) – Noting the unprecedented growth of craft beer in America, the World Tank-Diving Federation (WTF) is announcing that it's in the planning stages to bring competitive tank-diving to the United States in 2014. Extreme Brew Tank-Diving, which originated in the less-regulated regions of Eastern Europe, has grown in popularity over the last decade and is now a major sporting event all over Europe. Belgium's Trappist Tank-Diving Competitions are now sold-out events with a ravenous following. The growth of this extreme endurance sport is unparalleled and its popularity in Europe is second only to the World Soccer League!
New Jersey Doubles Down on New Breweries (Trenton, NJ) – It appears that craft brewing is finally reaching critical mass in the “Garden State.” After years of lagging behind neighboring New York and Pennsylvania, NJ.com is reporting thatthe state is poised for a burst of activity, with “two dozen breweries in various stages of planning around the state, looking to join the 25 already in operation.”
Brew U (San Diego, CA) – San Diego State University will starting offering classes this summer as part of a craft brewing business program for people interested in the professional side of suds, according to KBPS.org. The university program “will cover (all) facets of the industry, from marketing to serving.”
Good News for Kangaroos(Norwalk, CT) – Connecticut’scitizens will now be able to “raise a pouch” thanks to Governor Dannel Malloy, who signed in a bill that allows for the sale of malt-based beverages in convenient pouch packaging. The bill was signed into law last Friday and is effective immediately.
A Rumor Mill Release You Want to Look Out For
Dominion Brewing Companyhas just announced the June 1st release of Monk Czech, their collaboration with Maryland’s legendary Dawson’s Liquors. This brewer/retailer collaboration is described as a Czech Pilsner inspired Belgian-style Ale brewed using Saaz, Tradition, Motueka, and Nelson Sauvin hops and Pilsner malt. This crisp, just-in-time-for summer beer sneaks in at 5.2% ABV.