Beer News: Dads like beer, and you may like kettle souring

Many options for Fathers Day beer activities, and also…alcoholic root beer, finally!

Photo by: Serge Melki

Don’t read the comments

We live in a wild and crazy time where everyday humans can broadcast their critical (and sometimes hateful) feedback on just about everything to just about the entire world. Brewers are in no way immune to this, and the RTD’s Annie Tobey talks to some of our local beer makers about how that can affect their biz. I like Lisa Pumphrey’s advice: “I’ve told my brewers not to look at ratings.” Good advice! It’s like the “don’t read the comments” of the beer world.

In love with Loveland

Loveland Distributing just seriously upped their distro game with an acquisition of Hop and Wine Beverage Company. Now Loveland is the proud distributor of Stone Brewing Co., Lagunitas, Bell’s, Founders, DuClaw, and New Holland. Locally, they’ve picked up Champion Brewing, Williamsburg Alewerks, and Port City. This is Big News for folks that attend local events sponsored by Loveland: Your beer choices just went through the roof.

Dads like beer, I guess?

This Sunday is the day that our nation has decided to celebrate its fathers (founding and otherwise). If you are a father, or if you know of a father, perhaps celebrate by drinking beer at one of our local craft breweries? There’s only one day out of the entire year that you’re allowed to celebrate those dads, so you better take full advantage.

I’m sure there are a few things I missed! If your favorite thing is terribly absent from this list, please leave it below in the comments.


What would a weekly beer news be without some kind of Stone Brewing Co. news? They rolled out an official RVA-based Twitter account a couple days back. Follow it now!

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Look at these n00bs putting their beer in green bottles! Wait, they’re doing it on purpose? Awhaaaaa?

I was unaware of Not Your Father’s Root Beer, which will now be rolled out nationwide by Pabst. This sounds either dangerously delicious or like something I would have consumed in large quantities in college. OR BOTH.

Sip: Triple Crossing’s kettle-soured Saison

Triple Crossing wins my award (which is 100% made up) for The Most Interesting Release of the Week with their kettle-soured, single-hop Saison. The kettle souring “lends a lemon-like, almost citric acid tartness and tang to the typical Saison yeast character of tropical fruit esters.” It’s also, in their words, “super consumable.” Super-consumability is, and I’m not joking, one of my first and most important criteria in judging a beer.

Also, I wanted to learn more about kettle souring, so I read this and now I know so much more!

Other releases, takeovers, and things

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