Freestore Foodbank, T.G.I. Fridays team up to fight Cincinnati hunger

The Bistro Group, the nation’s third largest franchisee of T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants, announces their third annual Can For A Fan virtual food drive benefitting 9 regional food banks. T.G.I. Friday’s in the greater Cincinnati, OH area will donate one can of food to the Freestore Foodbank for each new Cincinnati local Facebook fan at Facebook.com/EatAtTGIFridays.

In addition to Facebook, the initiative expands to Pinterest this year. On T.G.I Friday’s Can For A Fan Pinterest board, Pinterest.com/eatattgifridays/ canforafan, users can like the Freestore Foodbank pinned logo and an additional can of food will be donated.

T.G.I. Friday’s will continue the food drive through December 31st or until 5,000 cans have
been donated. Freestore Foodbank works to end hunger in the Cincinnati community through partnerships, innovative programs and community engagement. T.G.I. Friday’s is hosting this virtual food drive as a fun and easy way for individuals to make an impact in their community.

“We’re thrilled to continue the Can For A Fan campaign for the third consecutive year,” shared Amie Dancu, Director of Marketing, T.G.I. Friday’s franchisee. “The services the community food banks provide in our neighborhoods is crucial, and we look forward to giving our support this holiday season as Part of The Bistro Group family’s continued commitment to the community.”

Brewery Ommegang Wins Four Awards at European Beer Star Competition

Brewery Ommegang has previously won European Beer Star awards and this year Ommegang brought home a record four more. The European Beer Star competition, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world, is now in its ninth year. Each year brings together local, regional, national, and international breweries to compete for awards that honor the world’s best brewing in the European style.

On October 12th, 2012, a panel of 100 beer experts tasted and judged 1,336 beers in 50 categories at the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany.  The awards given are for authentic, distinctive beers of impressive taste and quality that best fulfill the criteria of the particular style. The beers are evaluated on the basis of purely sensory criteria.

The awards are given on the Olympic grading scale of Gold, Silver and Bronze, and Ommegang met the criteria for at least one beer in each category. Gnomegang, made in collaboration with Brasserie Achouffe of Belgium, is a Belgian-style Triple Ale that received a Gold Award. A new Ommegang beer, XV Anniversary Ale is a Belgian-Style Dark Ale, and it won a Silver Award. Two Ommegang ales also won Bronze Awards: Abbey Ale, a Belgian-style Dubbel Ale, and Rare Vos, a Belgian-style Amber Ale.

The prizes will be awarded on November 14, 2012, in the Nuremberg Convention Center, in Nuremburg, Germany.

Beers from Chicago’s Revolution Brewing coming soon to Ohio

(Chicago, IL) – Ohio.com’s Rick Armon reported in October that Revolution Brewing would be coming to the Buckeye State.

Cavalier Distributing Ohio Sales Manager, Rick Kennedy, told BeerPulse on Monday that no definitive timetable is set but to expect Revolution beers between 3-6 weeks from now. He confirmed that Cavalier would receive both kegs and cans. Revolution has passed through at least a dozen can labels since May though the beer list for Ohio has yet to play out.

Expansion of distribution is made possible thanks to Revolution’s new production facility that opened earlier in the year. Initial annual working capacity is estimated to be 25,000 barrels.

Brewer’s Association announces list of Winter Craft Beers

CraftBeer.com —the beer lover-oriented site of the Brewers Association (BA)—released its list of winter seasonal craft beers, produced by BA members.

“The holidays are a special time for everyone, particularly craft brewers who seize the opportunity to showcase their creativity with winter’s festive spices and robust ingredients,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director of the Brewers Association. “Winter seasonals are among the most popular craft beers year in and year out, and this is reflected in strong sales numbers during the winter months.”

Tis the season for craft beers

Many of the winter seasonal craft beers featured on CraftBeer.com offer aromatics and flavors including chocolate, coffee, fruit, malt, cinnamon and oatmeal. Cozy up to the fireplace with some of these scrumptious offerings:

•    21st Amendment Brewery | Fireside Chat | San Francisco, CA
•    Bayou Teche Brewing | Joie à Tous (Joy to All) | Arnaudville, LA
•    Bison Organic Beer | Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale | Berkeley, CA
•    Boundary Bay Brewery | Cabin Fever | Bellingham, WA
•    Carolina Brewery | Santa’s Secret | Pittsboro, NC
•    Flat 12 Bierwerks | Glazed Ham Porter | Indianapolis, IN
•    Front Street Brewery | Tiny Tim’s Christmas Porter | Wilmington, NC
•    Mother Earth Brewing Company | Silent Night | Kinston, NC
•    Pelican Pub & Brewery | Bad Santa | Pacific City, OR
•    Sebago Brewing Company | Slick Nick Winter Ale | Gorham, ME
•    Shmaltz Brewing Company | Jewbelation Sweet 16 | New York, NY

Click here for even more craft beer winter seasonals and descriptions and consider a tour to your local craft brewery.

New Belgium’s ‘The Glass That Gives’ Returns for Holidays

The holiday season is coming up, and NewBelgium.com offers Belgian glassware and philanthropic giving for the savvy shopper. For the second year in a row, New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is hosting its “Glass That Gives” program, in which the purchase of the brewery’s nucleated Belgian globe glasses benefit nonprofit organizations.Each fanciful two-pack gift box is available for $8.99, with $1.00 from each purchase going to one of four beneficiaries.

The nonprofits that benefit from “The Glass That Gives” program include:

  • People for Bikes (www.peopleforbikes.org), whose mission is to make bicycling safer, more convenient, and appealing to everyone.
  • Water Keeper Alliance (www.waterkeeper.org), whose mission is to provide a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally.
  • 350.org (www.350.org), which is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Founded in 2008 by a group of college friends and environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben, it has coordinated over 20,000 climate demonstrations in more than 182 countries.
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (http://sustainableagriculture.net), an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

Purchasers can direct their dollar to any of the nonprofits listed above. To up the ante, New Belgium will offer website visitors the opportunity to create and share online holiday greeting cards. Using a mash-up of images, users can custom-design their card and for each card sent, New Belgium will donate $1.00 to the charitable cause of your choice. Cards can be shared via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. The best of the best will appear in New Belgium’s online gallery alongside interactive short videos and animations.

New Belgium’s globe glasses have set a standard for stylish and functional sipping. Built from stem to lip to enhance the beer tasting experience, the globe shape captures and directs the beer’s aromas toward the nose, while a narrow opening benefits the foam. The logo etching on the bottom of the glass provides nucleation, which is designed to refresh and release flavors and create a continuous stream of bubbles. It’s all balanced atop a sturdy stem to keep hands from warming the beer and allow for unobstructed viewing.

The glassware is available in two sizes: the slightly smaller 12/14 oz. glasses (12 ounces to the line, 14 ounces to the top) and the classic 16/18 oz. globes (16 ounces to the line, 18 ounces to the top).

Join New Belgium’s online holiday festivities at www.newbelgium.com to buy globes and other souvenirs. The glassware is available through December 31.

Oskar Blues Has Largest Launch To Date in Ohio

from All About Beer Magazine by Win Bassett

(Cincinnati, OH) – Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, the first craft brewery in the country to put craft beer in a can in November 2002, continued its red-hot new-market rollout plan by distributing 14,000 case equivalents in the first week in Ohio.

The partnerships with Superior Beverage Group and Stagnaro Distributing produced over 4,000 points of distribution and more than 400 draft handles in the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus distribution areas marking the brewery’s largest roll out to date.

“Ohio is a great beer state,” said Curt McCamon, chief operating officer of Superior Beverage. “We had fantastic support from our customers from day one and once they had the opportunity to meet with the Oskar Blues crew and taste the incredible craft beer in a can they were quick to get on board.”

“We are very pleased with our first week of sales,” said Mike Stagnaro, President of Stagnaro Distributing. “Thanks to the tremendous support and efforts of our distribution teams, Oskar Blues Brewery and our valued retail customers, Oskar Blues craft beers ‘CAN’ now be found throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky marketplace.”

The record setting Ohio/Northern Kentucky roll-out followed similar successes in Alabama and Chicagoland earlier this year.

Oskar Blues recently posted a 53 percent increase in revenue and 48 percent increase in depletions in its established markets over the first six months of 2012. They were also named one of the “Biggest Momentum Gainers” on the Brewers Association annual Top 50 Craft Brewers List this past spring and included on the Denver Business Journal’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies Listing” in August.

Oskar Blues has grown to become the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, producing 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011, and is on pace for 90,000 barrels in 2012.

The outdoor loving brewery will begin brewing at its new Brevard, NC location and taproom in December 2012. The small town will also be home to a separate restaurant and live music venue as well. The addition of the 30,000 sq. foot Brevard brewery is expected to brew 40,000 barrels in 2013 and increase brewery capacity to 140,000 BBLS.