2019 Beer News: IBB collab, TTB delays, Craft Brewers brew more than beer.

Indiana Beer Brigade, supported by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, released their collaboration from 2018 for 2019: Lindera Barrel-Aged Fruited Sour aged on blackberry and spicebush. Some of the following may still have this variety around (release date per location shown):

• The Upland Wood Shop, Bloomington – Saturday, January 5, 2019
• Maidens Brewery & Pub, Evansville – Tuesday, January 8, 2019,
• New Albanian Brewing Company Bank Street Brewhouse, New Albany – Wednesday, January 9, 2019,
• Trubble Brewing, Fort Wayne – Thursday, January 17, 2019,
• Heavenly Goat Brewing, Granger – Friday, January 18,
• New Oberpfalz Brewing, Griffith – Wednesday, January 23, 2019,
• Hunter’s Brewing, Chesterton – Thursday, January 24, 2019,
• Union Brewing Company, Carmel – Monday, January 28, 2019,
• Tomlinson Tap Room, Indy – Tuesday, January 29, 2019,
• Scarlet Lane Old Southside Tap House, Indy – Wednesday, January 30,
Non members may join online as members will receive four 500mL bottles of Lindera (a $52 value), a 16 oz. Ritzenhoff Sommelier Goblet glass limited to 650 pieces (a $15 value), and an IN Beer Brigade T-shirt (a $25 value). Full pours of the beer will also be available for purchase.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, commonly called the TTB, issued special statements. Upon shutdown the TTB stated: “Due to the lapse in government funding, only websites supporting excepted functions will be updated unless otherwise funded.”

Thus, breweries and others FIND A DELAY in additional approvals . This has pushed back a number of brewery projects

In a statement on Jan. 31, 2019 the TTB wrote, ” We have received a number of questions regarding how we plan to address the significant backlog of applications and other work items we now have following the shutdown, including how long it will take us to resume normal operations. We recognize that TTB approvals are critical to your businesses, and that the partial government closure over the past five weeks may have adversely affected your operations.” The continued with, “We are still assessing the overall effect of the shutdown on our service levels going forward, and we are committed to working diligently to process these applications and restore normal operations as quickly as possible. We encourage you to monitor TTB.gov for the latest information regarding our processing times.”

Charlie Papazian officially stepping down from BA. Back a year ago, 1/23/ 2018 Charlie Papazian stated he would retire from the Association (BA), which he founded. He officially retired 1/23,/2019 on his 70th birthday and National Pie Day, which he founded. Papazian is a legend in craft and home brewing! Those of us who have met him and been around him have been very fortunate. To list his accomplishments means a long list. Papazian founded the National Homebrew Competition, The Great American Beer Festival, The World Beer Cup. he started Zymergy magazine, and wrote the first book on home brewing most of us every owned. Congrats to Charlie for all he has done! Enjoy the next steps and the next beer!

Craft Brewers no longer must have most business in beer according to the Brewers Association, the trade association for craft brewers. We saw this coming. The makers of Samuel Adams beer no longer primarily brew beer. Boston Beer Company, despite the name, also make and market Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard ciders, and Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water. Boston Beer Company is one of the founding members of the Brewers Association and the new definition of a craft brewer now fits their operation while the previous definition would not.

According to the BA, a craft brewer is: Small – Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent – Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Brewer – Has a TTB Brewer’s Notice and makes beer.

According to Bart Watson of the BA: The change in the definition involves the removal of the “traditional” pillar, which required a craft brewer to have “a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavors derive from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.” Now brewers may make other beverages and have a larger percentage of their business in those beverages.