The Craft Beer Week in Review: Sept 21 – 25, 2015

Who's Your Daddy... of Beer Fests?

Started in 1982 by the father of modern homebrewing, Charlie Papazian, The Great American Beer Fest is in its 34th year running - and boy does it have to run to keep up with the current state of American craft beer. This year over 800 breweries are in attendance and brought with them over 3,700 beers. Needless to say, our young blog just had to have representation there at such a historic time for the culture and the industry. That's why we brought back Hopsquarters! And why we have a Brew Stud on assignment.

Not only is it the largest beer festival held annually in the Western hemisphere, but it is also the event where breweries from, literally, all over the country will converge to compete for some of the most coveted awards in beer, the world over. With 148 style categories, brewers have the opportunity to enter their best brews in blind tasting competitions judged by certified folks who really know their beer styles. We'll be posting all of the winners in the Hopsquarters section of the site along with photos from the event on a special timeline.

Oskar Blues Finds a Home In the Live Music Capital Of the World

Dale and Oskar Blues are heading south. Named "The hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado" by Rolling Stone because of its roots in the Colorado music scene, the rapidly growing craft beer company will open a brewery and taproom in Austin, TX by April 20, 2016. The brewery will continue its tradition of soul-savin' live music with a music venue as part of the taproom.

"North Carolina and Colorado are filled with amazing communities and experiences mingled with live music and Fuh-CAN great craft beer scenes.  The passion and rebellious nature of Austin locals, along with the food, craft beer and live music scenes create a vibe that already feels like home," says soul-founder Dale Katechis.

The brewery secured a 50,000 square foot brewery space including a 5,000 square foot taproom/music venue location at 10420 Metric Boulevard.  Oskar Blues will brew the full line up of cans and draft with an initial capacity of 30,000 BBLs per year with potential build out capacity exceeding 100,000 BBLs. 

"We continue to look at options to grow our brewery to the next level and the experience of opening a smaller, intimate taproom and brewery on a grassroots level in Brevard was a hell of a lot of fun.  As we grow it's important to find ways to stay small, engaged and intimate within the communities we want to spend our time in," says Dale. 

Did a Macro Purchase a Craft Brewer This Week? Does Macro Beer Suck?

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Craft Beer News From Last Week here

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