Chuckanut Brewery Expansion

Five years after opening, the Chuckanut Brewery will begin a $ 2.5 million expansion for bottling and canning at their Port of Skagit, Washington facility, North of Seattle. A regular winner at the North American Beer awards and International Beer Awards the project will double the brewery’s footprint and increase production from 4,000 to 8,000 barrels a year. As with many other breweries they were stifled by Covid-19 and couldn’t keep up with the demand for packaged products. They expect to double their staff to a total of 35 once

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This Day in Beer History

On this day in Beer History in 1887 the Rahr Brewery in Green Bay, Wisconsin suffered one of the worst disasters in US brewing. The company’s brewery at 1317 Main Street was attempting start-up of a brand-new boiler when the brew kettle’s steam jacket failed catastrophically. The burst jacket propelled several feet of water into the brewery killing six employees. Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1625503750&sr=8-2

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Beer History

In what seemed a great offer commuters on Japan’s Fuji Kyuko’s rail line learned of a promotion for free beer on July 25, 2002. Anyone reserving a seat on the Friday night ‘Beer Run’ could drink all the locally brewed beer they wanted. There was, however, a catch; the train had no toilets. Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530   Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1627341194&sr=8-3

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This Day in Beer History

An unusual business deal was finalized on this day, July 9th, in 1774. Brewer Thomas Robinson signed a lease to store his beer, aging barrels, in the cellar of the Newport Rhode Island Courthouse. It was the extension of a similar arrangement that dated back to 1771. Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1625503750&sr=8-2  

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This Day in Beer History

While observing July 4, 1788 in Philadelphia a writer wished “…that a monument could be erected in Union Green with the following inscription… ‘In Honour of American Beer and Cyder. It is hereby recorded for the information of strangers and posterity that 17,000 assembled in this Green on the 4th of July 1788 to celebrate the establishment of the Constitution of the United States… and they departed without a single quarrel. They drank nothing but Beer and Cyder. Learn Reader to prize these two invaluable liquors and consider them as

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The Real Indiana Jones of Beer

The real Indiana Jones of Beer is a story of a securing a pure strain of Lager yeast for a brewery and includes playing an educated hunch, dedication, innovation, border crossings, smuggling and ingenuity. Who was this person? To learn more follow this link to the NABA Blog. https://northamericanbrewers.org/category/blog/ Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1624901068&sr=8-2

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This Day in Beer History

On this Day in 1975, Anchor Brewing of San Francisco bottled its first production run of Liberty Ale.  From the brewery rescued by Fritz Maytag comes this hoppy ale which was championed around the country by Bob Brewer. Brewed on April 18, 1975 it celebrated Paul Revere’s ride and was one of the first to follow Anchor Steam from the brewery. Pouring Orange\Golden, it sports a generous head. Aroma is similar to the spicy character released by the unique Anchor yeast that produces ‘Steam’ beer, mingling with dry hopping from

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Seltzers and Utah

Will Utah pull Hard Seltzers from the state’s beer shelves? Nearly everywhere in the country the light and fruity drinks have dipped well into beer sales with their added advantage of ow-carbs and calories. However, do they meet Utah’s definition of beer? Some feel they are in a gray area, depending upon how they are made, with the critical question, are they brewed? Beer is allowed in grocery stores with a strict high end limit of 5% abv. Higher than that and the product is relegated to the State Liquor

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This Day in Beer History

On June 14, 1898, the government raised the tax on beer by one dollar a barrel to help fund the Spanish-American War. In most areas of the country the brewers passed the tax on to retailers who then raised the price of a beer. In other places the bar simply downsized the serving from 16 to 14 ounces, which was the equivalent of an even larger cost burdening the consumer. The end result was a tax increase that was placed fully on the back of the beer drinker. Some things

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A Free Beer for every adult in the USA?

It just might happen. If the United States reaches a goal set at 70% of the country receiving a vaccination by the Fourth of July, Anheuser-Busch has pledged to buy adults a round of beer. The Company’s chief of external affairs Cesar Vargas, said the company wanted to encourage vaccinations for those who have yet to receive one, “because that’s one big part of how we can all get back together.” The giveaway which will open for seven days will begin if the Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds

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