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Deschutes Brewery is Expanding

15 Mar
Deschutes Tap Handles

Photo by The Prudent Cyclist, flickr

Deschutes Brewery is one of my favorite craft breweries and I wish we could get it in Pennsylvania. Perhaps if their success continues that will happen one day. Currently Deschutes only distributes to my West Coast amigos and as sad as this is, I can understand. In fact, Dogfish Head recently pulled their distribution from several states in order to better provide to the other states where they do distribute.

Deschutes just announced today that they are expanding their operations. More space will be added to where their production area (more room for beer) and they are augmenting their current fermentation tanks with five new family members (more room for beer). They estimate that this addition with allow them to brew over 100,000 gallons more beer each year. There are also various green innovations they will be implementing, including a system which will reduce and reuse water by cleaning it.

There will be another phase of this project in which they’ll add even more fermentation tanks.

Please, dear Deschutes, please distribute in Pennsylvania? We’d be happy to have ya here. Congratulations to Deschutes on their success!

This information came from the Deschutes Brewery Twitter account (@DeschutesBeer) in the following tweet: It’s official, we are adding more tanks & remodeling the tasting room to better serve our faithful & future fans.

Now, if only I had an Obsidian Stout right now …


Dogfish Head Pulling Beer From Several States

11 Mar

Dogfish Head


Another economic sign of the times? Dogfish Head will be completely pulling or limiting their beer in the future from several states, including Tennessee, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

Poor Wisconsin is seemingly getting the shaft left and right.

Sam Calagione is extremely apologetic in his blog post, Thanks For Understanding. He says the reason for the decision is because demand is so high and they aren’t able to produce enough supply to satisfy it all. It sounds as if the states close to Delaware are safe … and my fingers are crossed that it will remain available in Pennsylvania.

Do any of you live in these four states who won’t be receiving any more Dogfish Head beer?

Iron Hill Brewery Opening a New Location

10 Mar

Iron Hill Brewery mug club

I am a huge fan of Iron Hill Brewery. We have been going to the Lancaster location since it opened and the beer and food is always spot-on. The waitstaff are knowledgeable and there are fun events every month. Both Mike and I were fortunate enough to spend a day brewing with Paul Rutherfod and Chad Reiker (you can read about the day here) and I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Finn, the founding partner of the breweries late last year.

It is with excitement that I share news that they are opening another location this year, in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. Many congrats to the Iron Hill team and may the future continue to be full of success!

You can read the entire press release here.

Below are renderings of the new location. Photos are courtesy of Iron Hill Brewery, via Profile PR.

St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company – Ephrata, PA

9 Mar

St. Boniface

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a craft beer lover’s dream. I kid you not, this area is continually seeing new breweries pop up and they all seem to do quite well for themselves. It is wonderful to see them thriving because it proves how many individuals have an appreciation not only for finely crafted beer (as opposed to swill) but also that there is a strong sense of community and buying locally (as opposed to corporate monsters).

I’m a fan from every angle.

St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company is based in Ephrata and is the joint work of two guys who used to homebrew and decided their powers working together were greater for the forces of good. St. Boniface is the patron saint of brewers (I fancy we may have named our second son Boniface if I was game for getting knocked up again) and the company has named their current brews Libation–a double IPA, Epiphany–a Belgian Dubbel, and Hegemony–an imperial stout.

It looks like they’re filling growlers on Saturdays from 9am-2pm. They are located in Ephrata, at 100 N. State Street, Suite 401.

Check out their Facebook page for more information. We’ll do a review of the beer once we get our hands on some and I’ll take photos of their location as well.