Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Diamond Knot new beers, British Columbia Cider Week and Full Sail OPA

Ron Swarner



MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 6 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the kindergarten classroom. …

From 1920-1933 Prohibition denied all forms of alcohol to U.S. citizens. Thankfully in 1933, the U.S. government came to their senses, and President Roosevelt decided that alcohol should flow freely. On April 6, 1933, people lined up around the block at the doors of their favorite public house to prepare to imbibe the first legal brews in 13 years. Ever since that night, this day has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve,” a precursor of “New Beers Day” or “National Beer Day.” Diamond Knot Brewing celebrates New Beers Eve today with four new beers: a Belgian-style dubbel and three new IPAs.

For its third year the British Columbia Cider Week will be held in the spring, April 28-May 7, offering 10 days of cider events, tastings and festivities throughout British Columbia — including the Bacon and Cider festival, Cider Social and the British Columbia Cider Festival.

Apparently Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon is worthy. In response to an increase in demand for its craft beers Worthy has expanded its beer production capacity by adding three 240 bbl fermenters and a 120 bbl brite tank. The upgrades will allow Worthy to produce 40,000 barrels annually.

Full Sail has released a new Brewmaster Reserve series beer, OPA, or Oatmeal Pale Ale. According to Full Sail hype, it’s “a refreshing beer, high on hop aromatics yet well balanced with modest bitterness. Silky smooth and packed with tropical fruit aromas, OPA pours a beautiful golden hue with a dense rocky head.”

BridgePort Brewing Co., one of Portland, Oregon’s original craft breweries, is reportedly laying off 13 brewing staff positions due to declining sales, according to a release from the brewery. BridgePort, which was founded in 1984 and sold to Gambrinus in 1995, will instead refocus its attention to innovation, renovating its Pearl District brewpub by adding a new bar and a small-batch pilot brewing system in an effort to compete with smaller beer producers.

The Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers — has reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2016. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program, craft beer export volume increased by 4.4 percent in 2016, now totaling 465,617 barrels and worth $121 million.

Does Sean Spicer treat the press like a bunch of kindergarteners?