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So, they tell us that this week is American Craft Beer WeekWe think American Craft Beer is great and  certainly worth celebrating, but we’re not sure that we need a Congressionally declared period of time to acknowledge it. After all, Congress has lots of so-called commemorative days, weeks, months and even years for all sorts of worthy and silly things. But what the hey. Let’s celebrate.

The Beermudgeon truly believes that this is the Golden Era of craft brewing in America. One needs look no farther than his own area in Metropolitan Washington D.C. to see the boom, with Port City Brewing up and running in Alexandria, DC Brau just out of the starting blocks in the District and DC’s Chocolate City and Ashburn’s Lost Rhino just around the corner, plus establishment players such as Flying Dog (Frederick, Md.), Heavy Seas (née Clipper City, Baltimore), Blue & Gray (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Legend (Richmond, Md.). Not to mention fantastic brewpubs such as Mad Fox (Falls Church, Va.), Sweetwater Tavern (three Virginia locations), Franklin’s (Hyattsville, Md.), DuClaw (four Maryland locations) … you get the picture.

In just the last couple months,  the Beermudgeon has been happy to meet with recent startup American brewers Evolution Craft Brewing Co. (2 years old, Delmar, Del.), Epic Brewing Co. (1 year old, Salt Lake City, Utah) and the aforementioned newbie Port City, not to mention a stalwart of 15 years, Victory Brewing Co. (Downingtown, Pa.). In just a couple weeks, I’m hoping to meet with many, many more at the 2011 edition of SAVOR in Washington, D.C. But, suffice it to say, love of brewing and the American entrepreneurial spirit are alive and well.

Let’s all raise a glass in honor of American Craft Beer Week, but let’s not stop there. As far as the Beermudgeon is concerned, every week is American Craft Beer Week!



For those of you interested in the continuing travails of Founders KBS in Virginia, here is the “real scoop” as provided by Founders Brewing Co. President Mike Stevens, posted to Beer Advocate on April 22:

“We had made a label change on KBS that forced us to re-submit for label approval at the federal level. Our first attempt for approval was denied and we had to make further changes. Those changes have been made and re-submitted yet again. The delay has been at the fed level and not the state. We have hired an attorney in DC to help expidite this approval and expect we should see that approval with in 1-2 weeks. After this we need to submit it to VA for acceptance. I am not worried about any delay at the state level as the state simply approves all submittals that have been approved by the feds so this turn around is literally days. My hope is that KBS can be released for sale in the next 2-4 weeks. Sorry for the delay and hopfully we can fix this problem quickly.

Mike Stevens
Founders Brewing Co.”

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

After a hard day of tasting wines at the Siema/Vino 50 event in downtown DC, one, of course, must wind down with beer before heading home. I found myself walking down Seventh Street NW to the relatively new Iron Horse Tap Room where they have a fairly impressive tap list, including Victory’s Golden Monkey, Dogfish Head’s 90-Minute IPA, and, the topic of this posting, Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout.

This is no beer for the beginners or the faint of heart. Weighing in at a huge 13 percent ABV, this is a beer that is proud of its alcohol content. It makes no pretense to hide it. Rich and luxurious, with a full bourbon-ey vanilla nose, accentuated by hints of coffee and chocolate, this is a beer to be savored, not quaffed. Tasted from the tap, it is clear that the bottle that is waiting in my beer cellar will have to wait for several months before seeing the light of day.

Perhaps next winter, my friend.

Founders KBS Delayed in NoVA

Posted: March 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Distribution of KBS from Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has been delayed due to lack of label approval from the Commonweath of Virginia. It’s one of those hoops that must be jumped through and, unfortunately, someone forgot to jump. Expect it to arrive on retailers’ shelves sometime in the next couple weeks once the ink dries on the paperwork.

Thoughts on Blogging, v 1.0

Posted: September 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

So, this blogging thing ain’t so easy after all. It takes dedication, persistence and — truth be told — IDEAS. Oh sure, I have ideas. I usually get them while driving in the car or in the shower or while laying in bed at 3 a.m. No, I’m not complaining or excusifying (to coin a Bush-ism), but just trying to explain why this space has been bereft since I started it.

As I understand it, one of the keys to blogging is writing the second installment. I believe I read somewhere that the majority of blogs never see a second posting. Well, at least this little missive breaks that barrier. Or maybe I just made that statistic up in my head. I dunno. At least no one else is reading this crap yet.

Oh well. I will follow this up with a little missive I will title “What I drank during my summer vacation.” Won’t THAT be exciting?!