This Day in Beer History

On this day in 1873,Joe Johnson of Lockport, New York was celebrating his good fortune. His friend and brewery owner John Gibson agreed to Johnson fulfilling a dream by spending a night in the brewery. It was a ill-conceived celebration; his body was found, head hanging down into a wooden, open-tank of beer. His glee over consuming all he could hold may have driven him to lean down for a drink, and there, a layer of odorless, colorless Carbon Dioxide, a product of fermentation, suffocated the luckless Joe Johnson. Don’t

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Two Pioneer Craft Brewers Announce Changes

Milwaukee- based Sprecher Brewing, founded in 1985 has been sold to a Milwaukee based investment group. No details were release on financial terms for the brewery which sold 9,000 barrels in its last reporting year; at it’s peak Sprecher sold 25,000 barrels. In other news, Carol Stoudt of the Adamstown, PA ‘Stoudts’ Brewing has announced her retirement and closing of the brewery at the end of this winter after more than 33 years in operation. Production in the last reporting year was 2,400 barrels. Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho

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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

On this date in 1935 Krueger Brewing Company, in cooperation with American Can Company, released canned beer for the first time. Richmond Virginia was the test market for this new product. At that time it required a can opener (church key) a concept so new the beer came with instructions on how to open it. So if you have a beer today lift your’s in a toasting salute to Krueger and canned beer. Mountain Brewer Beer Fest – Idaho Falls June 6, 2020; Tickets on sale now at MBBF.org

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Dark Day In Beer History

On this date in 1920 Prohibition was enacted in the United States when the 36th state (UTAH) voted to ratify the 18th amendment. It brought on 13 dry years which the majority of the public never supported.   Show you wouldn’t support prohibition by purchasing a ticket to the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls (June 6, 2020)  Tickets on sale now at MBBF.org

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Import Deal to sell Belgian beer across the U.S.

Artisanal Imports has announced a partnership with SFB Imports division of Swinkels Family Brewers, to sell La Trappe, Palm and the West Flanders Rodenbach brand across the United States. The agreement also covers import and sales of Brasserie St-Feuillien, Bosteels, Brouwerij Martens, Brouwerij Palm, Rodenbach, De Proef Brouwerij, Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven – Mountain Brewer Beer Fest Tickets for June 6, 2020 make a Great Christmas Gift – ticket store is open at MBBF.org 

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Updates on Checks to Non-profits

On December 14, during Santa Crawl, the North American Brewers Association announced their total 2019 fundraising. Presentation checks totaling $ 164,821.02 were presented during a ceremony at MarCellars, downtown Idaho Falls. Receiving checks this year were Breaking Boundaries, Hospice of Eastern Idaho, Community Youth in Action and many others. The NABA also announced it will increase three scholarships to $ 2,000 each in 2020. During the Santa Crawl event approximately one quarter ton of food was gathered for the Food bank at St. Vincent de Paul. Total funds raised by

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Craft Breweries at All Time High

The Brewers Association of Boulder, Colorado has announced that the number of Craft Breweries in the United States has hit a record high. More than 8,000 are currently operating and it coincides with sales topping more than four percent growth in the last year.    Mountain Brewer Beer Fest tickets in Idaho Falls make a great Christmas Gift. Ticket store is open at MBBF.org

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Ballast Point sold to Kings and Convicts

Constellation Brands announced it has sold its Ballast Point brand and associated breweries to Kings and Convicts of Chicago. Originally Constellation bought Ballast Point for 1 Billion (with a B) with annual sales of about 400,000 barrels. That production has dropped more than half and the reported sale to the Chicago group is rumored to be a mere 100 Million. In Idaho Falls Join Santa Crawl December 14th – drop off non-perishable food items at Idaho Brewing between noon and 2 and receive a coupon sheet for downtown food and

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Santa Crawl

SANTA CRAWL  – December 14th – drop off non-perishable food items at Idaho Brewing between noon and 2 and get a valuable food and drink coupon for starting your own downtown pub crawl – Beer Fest check presentation at MarCellars at 3 p.m. (Santa costumes encouraged)

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This Day in Beer History

This day in 1769  Governor of New Jersey William Franklin (son of Benjamin Franklin)  worried about using the colony’s dwindling beer supply  to provide British troops with rations. To address the crisis he issued a proclamation: ENACTED: That… in Lieu and Stead of Four Pints of Small Beer hereby allowed each man per day it shall and may be lawful [to allow instead]… Molasses not exceeding one gallon to a barrel of small beer.    JOIN Santa Crawl by dropping off non-perishable food items at Idaho Brewing between noon and

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