Homebrew Day
Belgium Boulevard
After founding Boulevard Brewing Co. in 1989
and turning it into one of the nation's largest,
most acclaimed craft breweries, John
McDonald has sold his majority interest in the
company to  Duvel Moortgat, a 142-year-old
family-owned brewery based in Belgium. The
brewery is most widely known in the United
States for its namesake Duvel brand, a Belgian
Strong Pale Ale. Duvel sells about 750,000
barrels of beer annually, about 50 % of which
is sold in Belgium. By comparison, Boulevard
sells about 200,000 barrels a year, 30% of
which is sold in the Kansas City area.  
Duvel also has acraft brewery in Cooperstown,
N.Y., called Brewery Ommegang, which
produces about 40,000 barrels a year.

Boulevard, which is mpw distributed in 25
states and the District of Columbia will expand
it's market sp you just might be seeing it soon.
It’s the one of the fastest growing hobbies in the
United States, and now that it’s legal in all 50 states
(Mississippi and Alabama just did it this year),
everyone can get involved in the one of the biggest
trends bubbling up across the country.To help you
hop headfirst into the homebrewing hobby, the
American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is
celebrating Learn to Homebrew Day on November 2.  

The AHA established Learn to Homebrew Day in 1999 to
encourage people to make their own beer.  Participating
in Learn to Homebrew Day is as simple as finding a local
event on the AHA website. AHA seeing membership
grow from about 8,400 members in 2000 to more than
40,000 members today. It’s estimated that more than
1 million people brew their own beers and wine at home.
Why not check out the
home brewing 9 part video
course free online courtesy of the AHA.
Make your beer and send some of your friends
here at BeerNexus!  
Coors Drops -  Coors domestic sales to retailers declined 3.2% for the half
year, and by 1.9% in the second quarter.  Premium light sales declined 4% in the
quarter with Coors Light down 1.5% and Miller Lite down nearly 4%  Premium
regular brands declined low-single digits in the quarter with double digit growth of
Coors Banquet offset by a double digit decline of Miller Genuine Draft.

Beer Vendors- North Carolina lawmakers have just loosened the rules to allow
beer vendors in the stands at professional sporting events with a seating capacity
of 3,000 or more. Under previous law, only stadiums with a capacity of 60,000
could have roaming beer sellers

The Winners Are - LongShot American Homebrew contest winners (from
over a 1,000 entries) are Florida's  Russ Brunner’ -American Stout, Illinois's Cesar
Marron- Gratzer, and MA's Teresa Bury- Pineapple IPA. Winners will have their
recipes enjoyed by drinkers across the country. These winning brews will be
bottled and made available nationwide next year in the 2014 Samuel Adams
LongShot variety six-pack.

State Rankings - Ohio is ranked No. 4 in the United States in craft brewery
production with about 981,000 barrels per year.  First in the nation is California
(2.45 million barrels), 2nd is Pennsylvania (1.63 million), 3rd is Colorado (1.29
million), and 5th is Oregon (764,226), according to the Brewers Association.

6th Graders Space Brewery

In a couple of months, the astronauts on the International Space Station
will help make a cosmic brew, courtesy of a sixth grader from Colorado.
Yes, that's right a sixth grader!  Eleven-year-old Michal Bodzianowski's
microbrewery experiment, designed to test the effects of making beer in
space, has won a trip to the space station, thanks to the National Center for
Earth and Space Science Education's Student Spaceflight Experiments
Program (SSEP). Bodzianowski's experiment, which he developed at STEM
School and Academy in Highland Ranch, Colo., is slated to fly to space
aboard Orbital Science's robotic Cygnus spacecraft (Dec. launch).

The tiny brewery is set up inside a 6-inch-long (15 centimeters) tube,
filled with separated hops, water, yeast and malted barley — all of the
key ingredients used to make beer. An astronaut aboard the station will
shake up the mixture to see how the yeast interacts with the other
ingredients in the beer.  "I really didn't expect this from the start,"
Bodzianowski said. "I really just designed my experiment to get a
good grade in my class."  

Thee are some serious reasons for wanting to investigate the way beer can
be made in space. In case of an emergency, alcohol is a cheap way to
purify water, so figuring out how to make beer in space could be practical.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program was created to give students
a taste of what it's like to be a scientist. Eight ther experiments were
selected to fly with Bodzianowski's microbrewery including one to examine
the developmental effects of microgravity on the spotted salamander,and
one oncrystal formation on the station.  Clearly brewing is the best one!

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Edited by Jim Attacap