So, you might have noticed that things have changed a little around here. We've decided to switch to a weekly format so you can get all your weekly beer news (and then some) in one big ol' post.

We might post on the weekend or we might post during the week. We'll see what works! Do you have a preference? Let us know!


We've all hear about the Wheaties beer by now. Well now we can all enjoy a Pop Tart beer too. Although 21st Amendment makes some great beers and this one is more of an homage to their location than anything. We love a good India Red Ale!
New Pop-Tart Beer Is the Latest Craft Brew Inspired by Breakfast

Was Count Chocula your favorite? I was partial to Franken Berry.
Count Chocula beer a reality thanks to General Mills

When I go to Starbucks I want my coffee, not beer. One of the Starbucks I go to frequently has had this option for awhile and I have never found myself wanting one of the beers, although they do mostly carry local beers.
'Evenings' at Starbucks: Coffee shop to sell wine, craft beer, small plates

Now this is our kind of race!
Hundreds run and drink in first S.F. Beer Mile World Classic

Ooooohhhhh!!!!! Oh no she didn't!
Budweiser doesn’t like this brewer’s ‘Queen of Beer’ campaign

It's Oktoberfest season!  Find a selection of local, nationwide and German Marzens and see which one you like. You'll surprised by how different they can taste.
Church Street Brewing recently held a Marzen release party.

The Official Oktoberfest 2015 Mug design is here.
Oktoberfest reveals official beer mug for 2015

It's also that time of year that some people dread (Joanna) and other loves (Rodney) - pumpkin beer season.
Pumpkin beers cropping up earlier than ever

For all the Joanna's of the world.
Opinion: It’s pumpkin beer season — like it or not

Not to say that all spice is bad spice. We can get behind this trend.
Craft Beer’s Latest Obsession: Ginger

Is it a given that beer people are also dog people? We kind of feel like it is which is great! Flat 12 Bierwerks releases a new beer for dogs. Meera, Odin and Escher can't wait to try it!
Yes, there’s now a beer for your dog — seriously

The artist renderings look amazing for the Half Acre expansion. If you know anything about me (Rodney), it's that I am in love with all things Half Acre so for them to expand like this is amazing!
Half Acre's Plan For Huge Brewery, Restaurant in Bowmanville Gets Approved

Do you have any thoughts on cucumber beer? I just had the Flat 12 Cucumber Kölsch and although it reminded me of a spa, it was amazingly refreshing!
Cucumber Beers: Stars Of The Summer?

Since it is the last few weeks of summer, we should all get our grilling in. Here are some quick and dirty tips on what you can do with beer and the grill.
4 Ways to Barbecue with Beer

Some of your favorite breweries might look to sell!  Or not. This includes stalwarts in the industry like Ballast Point, Lagunitas, and Dogfish Head. It depends  on which article you read and who you believe. Brewhound has a great breakdown of which ones have sold recently, who they sold to and what percentage was sold.
Reuters: Dozens of Craft Breweries For Sale

A good list (I know, that's an oxymoronic statement) that has a lot of good information for a beer novice and maybe a couple of hidden spots for a beer connoisseur. 
America's 20 best cities for beer drinkers

Stop motion. Pipeworks, you win the day.
Pipeworks on Instagram

Plastic bottles and beer, at least good beer, has always been a big no-no. Until now.
Science Keeps Beer Out of Plastic Bottles, But Japan Might Change That

Joanna here. While I think this guy has a certain point, I think he's exaggerating a lot. Yes, beer has been around for all of history but all those other things you also describe? The glassware and all that? That's also evolved with the beer through history. Much of that isn't a new invention. Now it's just become mainstream and jammed down everyone's throat. Don't take it so much to heart, you know? I get annoyed by it all sometimes too, but we live in a capitalist society that, well, capitalizes on what happens to be the flavor of the moment. Pun intended. That's exactly what's happening. At some point, the "craze" will die down but great beer will still be made and the glassware will still exist and we'll still be writing about it, drinking it, making it, and trying something new with it.
It's Time To Dial Back The Craft Beer Snobbery

This will definitely be on our Christmas list.
Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

I'm sorry, but this is HYSTERICAL. "You Only Pope Once"?? High five, guys!
Soon you can toast Pope Francis with a commemorative papal beer

A little off-the-beaten-path international flavor.
In Kosovo, a Thirst for Progress, and Beer, Too

It was a matter of time.
Aurora brewery introducing marijuana-infused beer

We don't know about this. Home brewing isn't for everyone. Brewing in general is an art. If you automate it, you're just taking all of the artistry and fun out of it. It's not really "cumbersome and complicated." It's just kind of hard.
Homebrewing ‘robot’ aims to make beer-making smarter