Lagunitas Lucky 13 .alt Anniversary Release

30 April 2011

Here’s the latest coming out of Lagunitas Brewing.  Lucky 13 .alt Anniversary Release comes in at 8.3% ABV and 76.92 IBU and features original artwork by John Weshman.  This beer is brewed to celebrate the 13th anniversary of Lagunitas Brewing Co and they are calling it a “high gravity Auburn offering” so it should be an interesting brew.



imageIt’s a subtle change on the orientation of the lettering, but today Mikkeller surrendered the Porter label and approved a new label.  Not sure why the alignment of the text mattered, but here’s the approved label for 1pint .9oz 8% ABV Mikkeller Porter.  This one is brewed at Amager Bryghus in Denmark.


Brew Dog - Paradox Smokehead, Storm, Punk, 5AM Saint, Dogma, Paradox Isle of Arran

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We brought you a bunch of new labels from our brothers at Brew Dog and today we have several more.  Paradox Smokehead (Imperial Stout aged in Islay whiskey casks—10% ABV), Storm (malt beverage aged in Islay Scotch Whiskey Barrels—8% ABV), Punk (post modern classic pale ale—6% ABV), 5AM Saint (iconoclastic—5% ABV),  Dogma (ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana—7.8% ABV), Paradox Isle of Arran (stout aged in Isle of Arran whiskey barrels—10% ABV)


Iron City Augustiner, Old German, American, American Light, Iron City---Cans

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We brought you the news back in early April of Uni-World Capital buying out Iron City Brewing…so I guess I’s no shock to see new label approvals to reflect the change to

IRON CITY BREWING COMPANY, ICB ACQUISITIONS, LLC, LATROBE PA.  Today we saw new approvals for Augustiner, Old German, American, American Light and Iron City Premium Lager….all in Cans (except Augustiner)..


Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery??

29 April 2011

imageJust stumbled across this correspondence from the PLCB to Gary Toczko @ Nimble Hill Winery in Mehoopany PA.  Looks like Gary has plans to open a brewery and was seeking advice form the PLCB relative to his potential G License, producing beer & wine at the same location and growing hops.  Here’s the reply letter from the PLCB’s public record:

Mailing Date: April 26, 2011





Gary M. Toczko, President

Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery


RE: Collocation of Brewery at Limited Winery

Dear Mr. Toczko:

ISSUE: This office is in receipt of your March 31, 2011, e-mail wherein you state that you are the owner of Nimble Hill, a limited winery and vineyard in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. You plan to plant hops this spring and you note that you are a very pro-agriculture business. You have five (5) questions as follows:

1. Can you open a licensed brewery or, alternatively, can your wife, who is not an owner of Nimble Hill, open it?

2. Can you sell Nimble Hill wine at the brewery?

3. Can the production facility house both the winery and the brewery by some type of separation?

4. Are you able to have tastings and/or sales at the brewery?

5. Can you self-distribute your brewery product?

Board records indicate that Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery holds Limited Winery License No. LK-216 (LID 56478) for premises located at Rural Route 1, Post Office Box 175 in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania.

OPINION: As a threshold matter, please be advised that, since both a limited winery and a brewery are considered manufacturer’s licenses, it would be permissible for the same entity to hold both licenses. While there is no specific prohibition, please note that it is the Board’s Bureau of Licensing, and ultimately the three (3)-member Board, and not this office, which determines whether to approve the issuance of a license and to determine if the application conforms to the Liquor Code and the Board’s Regulations. Thus, the response to your first question is that you or your wife may apply for a brewery license, and the fact of the existence of Nimble Hill Winery at the same location is not, in itself, a barrier to that plan.

A brewery license (“G”) allows the holder to produce and manufacture malt or brewed beverages and transport, sell, and deliver such beverages in case quantities or in a single container of not less than sixty-four (64) ounces, which may be sold separately anywhere within the Commonwealth. [47 P.S. § 4-440]. A brewery pub license (“GP”) allows the holder of a brewery license to operate a restaurant or brewery pub within or immediately adjacent to the brewery premises. [47 P.S. § 4-446]. It allows sales for on-premises consumption of the beer produced and owned by the brewery, and sales for off-premises consumption of its products not to exceed one hundred ninety-two (192) fluid ounces in a single sale.

Holders of brewery pub licenses are also permitted to sell, for on-premises consumption, wines made by a limited winery that is licensed by the Board. [47 P.S. § 4-446(2)]. In addition, the holder of a brewery license may apply for an eating place malt beverage license, which would allow it to sell not only its own beer for on-premises consumption, but also the beer of other manufacturers. [47 P.S. § 4-446(4)]. Similarly, the holder of a brewery license may apply for a hotel liquor license or a restaurant liquor license for use only at its brewery premises, which would allow it to sell not only its own beer and others’ beer at its premises, but also liquor and wine for on-premises consumption. [Id.].

Thus, in response to your second question, if you were to obtain a GP license, then you could sell both your malt or brewed beverages and Pennsylvania-licensed wines, including but not limited to Nimble Hill wines, for on-premises consumption at the brewery location. Nimble Hill Winery, of course, could continue to sell its own wines for on- or off-premises consumption.

In regard to your third question, nothing in the Liquor Code prohibits a winery and a brewery from operating out of the same building. However, the building in question must meet the requirements imposed by both licenses to legally operate. You should direct specific questions concerning physical requirements as they pertain to your application to the Bureau of Licensing. You will need special permission to run both operations on the same physical premises.

In response to your fourth question, tastings may be conducted at the brewery or elsewhere so long as they are in conformity with the Board’s Regulations. Specifically, tastings may be conducted by manufacturers’ representatives, distributors, importing distributors or retail licensees, on licensed or unlicensed premises, provided the following conditions are met: (1) the products used are legally procured, properly registered, and taxes paid; (2) there is no purchase requirement associated with the tasting; (3) there is no cooperative advertising associated with the tasting event; (4) wine and spirits manufacturers or their agents are registered pursuant to Board Regulations; and (5) no more the one (1) standard-sized alcoholic beverage of each product shall be provided to each tasting participant. A standard-sized alcoholic beverage is twelve (12) ounces of a malt or brewed beverage, such as beer, four (4) ounces of wine (including fortified wine) or one and one-half (1½) ounces of distilled spirits. [40 Pa. Code §§ 13.201, 13.211(a); Board Advisory Notice No. 10 (6th Revision)].

The issue of sales at the brewery has been addressed in the response to the first and second questions.

Finally, as to the fifth question regarding self-distribution, and assuming for purposes of this response that you plan to obtain a G or GP license, please note the following general information. As noted above, a brewery (“G”) license enables the holder to “produce and manufacture malt or brewed beverages, and to transport, sell and deliver malt or brewed beverages from the place of manufacture only in original containers, in quantities of not less than a case or original containers containing one hundred twenty-eight ounces or more which may be sold separately anywhere within the Commonwealth.” [47 P.S. § 4-431(a)]. In-state licensed manufacturers of malt or brewed beverages may choose to function as their own primary distributor or name a distributor or importing distributor as the primary or original supplier of their product. [47 P.S. § 4-431(b)]. Therefore, as the holder of a G license, Nimble Hill’s brewery entity would be permitted to distribute its own malt or brewed beverages and territorial agreements would not be necessary.

Please be advised that there are limited circumstances in which the holder of a G license is not able to self-distribute the malt or brewed beverages that it produces. Section 446(4) provides the “holder of a brewery license who receives a hotel liquor license, a restaurant liquor license or a malt or brewed beverages retail license to operate a brewery pub shall not sell directly to any person licensed by this act, except if any malt or brewed beverage is to be distributed in this Commonwealth it shall be only through specific importing distributors who shall have first been given distributing rights for such products in designated geographical areas through the distribution system required for out-of-State manufacturers under section 431(b)….” [47 P.S. § 4-446(4)]. However, since your brewery would plan to operate a brewery pub pursuant to a GP license rather than a restaurant, hotel or retail dispenser license, this provision is not applicable and a territorial agreement is not required.

Lastly, please be advised that any malt or brewed beverages sold within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must be registered with the Board. Section 445 of the Liquor Code provides:

No brand or brands of malt or brewed beverages shall be offered, sold or delivered to any trade buyer within this Commonwealth unless the manufacturer thereof shall first submit an application in the form and manner prescribed by the board for the registration of the said brand or brands of malt beverages, together with an annual filing fee not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25) for each brand registration requested. In the event an out-of-State or foreign manufacturer of malt or brewed beverages has granted franchise rights to any person for the sale and distribution of its brand products but which person is not licensed to sell and distribute the same in this Commonwealth, said such person shall nevertheless be required to register the involved brand before offering the same for sale in Pennsylvania. It is further conditioned that the person holding such franchise rights shall, together with its application for brand registration, file with the board copies of all agreements between it and the Pennsylvania importing distributor appointed by such person to sell and distribute the brands of malt or brewed beverages as provided by sections 431 and 492. Such agreement shall contain the manufacturer's consent and approval to the appointment of the Pennsylvania importing distributor and the rights conferred thereunder.

[47 P.S. § 4-445].

Please note that a GP licensee is required to register any malt or brewed beverage that it produces for public sale regardless of whether such malt or brewed beverages are produced solely for on-premises consumption. Finally, you are also advised to seek private counsel experienced in Pennsylvania liquor law before engaging in this complex commercial enterprise. Please do not hesitate to contact this office should you have additional questions.


Very truly yours,



cc: Pennsylvania State Police,

Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement

Jerry W. Waters, Director of Office of Regulatory Affairs

Jane Melchior, Director, Bureau of Licensing

Tisha Albert, Assistant Director, Bureau of Licensing

PLCB Advisory Opinion No. 11-142

Privacy Policy | Security Policy

Copyright ©=Year(now) Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. All Rights Reserved


Sierra Nevada Yes–State College No

SierraNevadaI’ve been following the stories and rumors for a few weeks now and while I am happy to report that Sierra Nevada IS definitely looking east for a potential 30-50 acre site that they intend to invest $50-$100 million dollars into developing an east-coast brewing headquarters (employing close to 100 people.)  I can also confirm that Ken Grossman has visited sites including State College back in late March 2011.  At this point while I am hearing the Centre County/State College areas were popular for the quality of their water, they have been ruled out for what I’m hearing are financial reasons.  I really hope I’m wrong on this one and as cool as it would be to have three of the largest breweries in the country headquartered in PA, it looks like the PA sites under consideration are no longer in the running.  Now fasten your seatbelts as the rumors start about where they will land!  (PS “Official” word out of SN is that they are simply “exploring their options” and they may or may not build such a facility in the east.)


BEER CAM - 29 April 2011 Fullers London Pride



WILK Friday BeerBuzz–29 Apr 2011 (Fullers London Pride)

WILKFridayBerbuzz8I’ll readily admit up front that it was a lot of fun poking a little fun at the royal wedding and British accents…but more importantly I’ll admit I have VERY fond memories of drinking today’s beer in London last year, and I am a huge fan of Fullers.

Fuller's London PrideIn honor of the “royal wedding” I decided today to choose a brewery that is London’s only remaining traditional family brewery; Fullers.  Fuller, Smith and Turner has been operating a brewery on Chiswick Lane in London since 1845.  It’s also interesting to note that there has been brewing going on at that location under various names for over 350 years!

File0499I chose Fullers London Pride for two reasons.  First, it is a beer that I enjoyed many a pint of while visiting London last summer (see the close up photo left taken at the Leinster Arms on Hyde Park by ME!).  Cask London Pride is very popular in the 367 Fullers pubs and for good reason.  Second, this is Fuller’s most popular brew worldwide and it’s widely know as Britain's leading “premium” ale.  Combine this with it’s easy-drinking character and the fact that it’s readily available in the US & NEPA and you have a winner.

London Pride is well know for it’s balance and drinkability and to me this is why it’s such a great brew.  The malt and fruity flavors are well balanced by the Challenger and Target hops, and the 4.7% ABV make it a great session beer as well.  Be sure to try this one for yourself and see if you agree.

to  Prince William, Princess Kate, Nancy, John, Joe, Bosco and all of “me mates”  for yet another fun Friday. 
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Ommegang–2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison

imageHere’s the BIG one of the day….Brewery Ommegang 2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison…Ale brewed with coriander, grains of paradise, lemon peel and white pepper.  This keg-only beer will come in a 6.5% ABV.  This beer is brewed to celebrate Belgium’s independence from the Netherlands but you can use it to celebrate your love of great Ommegang Saisons….and yes that says White Pepper!


Hopworks Galactic Imperial Red Ale

Here’s the new Hopworks Brewing (Portland OR) Galactic Imperial Red Ale (Organic Beer).  This 9.5% ABV 100+ IBU should be a big brew and I love the space invaders theme with the beer bottle shooting the aliens.  This 22oz bottle carries the tag “One small step for man, and one giant bottle for mankind!   Throw down your quarters before it’s game over.”


WILK Friday BeerBuzz 1-Year Anniversary Party!

28 April 2011

FridayBeerbuzz15Oct2010Can you believe it?!  The WILK Friday BeerBuzz or should I say the PA Association of Broadcasters award-winning Friday BeerBuzz show has reached a milestone.  On May 13th we’ll be 1-year old and of course we’re planning a party!

Join us on Friday May 13th as we feature a special guest at 8:30 AM on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz (103.1FM or AND we throw a party for Happy Hour. On May 13th from 5-7 PM we’ll all be appearing at Krugel’s Georgetown Deli for a special Weyerbacher Brewing tasting Anniversary Party.  Come sample some great Weyerbacher brews with us and be sure to also check out the WILK Premium Perk of the day, featuring our very own Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer!  Tune into WILK for more details…but be sure to mark you calendars for May 13th 5-7PM to sample some great beers with the Friday BeerBuzz Crew!

Clicky HERE for the FaceBook Event Page!


Yuengling–Oktoberfest in Bottles!

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I’m excited to be the first to show off the new Yuengling Oktoberfest 12oz bottle packaging.  I brought you the Yuengling Oktoberfest beer & festival announcement from Yuengling and the keg packaging back in early Feb.  The event will be held Sept 29th to Oct 9th and I’m happy to report that previous rumors of the beer being keg-only are false.  Here we have the 12oz bottle packaging for this fall seasonal from Yuengling….so stay tuned for further details!

Update 9/1/2011:  To date Yuengling is still saying Oktoberfest will be DRAFT ONLY despite the bottle label approval…they will re-assess next year based on this year’s reaction.


Elmer Sudds to Auction Sudds Paintings


Anyone that

remembers the early days of Elmer Sudds (Northampton & Empire St in Wilkes-Barre), remembers all of the original “Elmer Sudds” paintings and artwork that covered the walls.  The subjects covered all sorts of cartoon-like images and even included original owner Steve Sallit in one of the paintings.   I’m excited to report that now you can own one of these paintings.  Elmer Sudds will be auctioning off these paintings on Sunday May 15th beginning at 5pm (Auction at 6pm).  Stay tuned for further details but mark your calendar.


Cigar City - Humidor Series IPA & 110K + OT Malt Beverage


Here’s an interesting new 750ml bottle label coming out of Cigar City Brewing.  This one for their Humidor Series IPA.  The label states it’s an “unfiltered India Pale Ale aged on Spanish Cedar” so I suspect it will be very similar to the previous Humidor Series IPA…lots of cedar and woody flavor and a big hoppy bite at the end.
While we’re at it, I thought I’d show off the new 750ml label for Cigar City’s 110K + OT Malt Beverage.  The label quite simply says….”A lot plus a little more.”


Old Forge Brewing Co Feb/Apr News

FridayBeerbuzz22Oct2010Check out the latest news from Old Forge Brewing Co.  As we reported earlier Damien is working on a new packaging brewery as well as a very exciting Single Malt / Single Hop series of beers.  Clicky HERE to check it out.



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Here’s a peek at the HE’BREW Hop Manna IPA 22oz packaging.  This 65IBU 6.8% ABV brew is hopped with Warrior, Northern Brewer, Fuggle and Golding and dry-hopped with Cascade, Crystal and Amarillo hops and uses Specialty 2-row Rye, Wheat and Vienna malts.  This is a new and previously unlisted beer from Schmaltz (brewed in the Old Saratoga facility by Relaeta Brewing in Saratoga Springs, NY).  This detail from the label:  “

In the book of Exodus, the ancient Hebrews survived 400 years of bondage before the ultimate supreme court dropped the 10 deadly Plagues on the land of the taskmasters and its head dictator, the Pharaoh. Even then, only begrudgingly, did he Let My People Go. The freedom ride across, nay through the sea left a band of wandering nomads broke and suffering, no doubt with a mighty thirst and a profound hunger. Enter the Manna: a glorious gift to nourish body and soul. Manna was said to combine the tastes of everything delicious to each person, depending on the desires of the one experiencing it. And as the Good Book says, Each shall gather according to one’s need and shall enjoy a double portion to get through thy chosen day of rest. Manna fed the entire tribe, but tradition suggests the righteous received manna ground in a heavenly mill, while the wicked had to grind it below for themselves. Perhaps we’ll let the brewers decide who’s been naughty or nice…

Hear o’Tribe of Shmaltz…Behold! A celebration of the flower of the craft beer revolution! A golden opportunity to feed your inner hop head and rejoice in Hop Manna, our newest delicacy of the modern He’brew Beer family. L’Chaim!


Mikkeller / BrewDog–I Beat yoU IPA


Just thought you’d want to see the 11.2oz bottle and keg packaging for the new Mikkeller / BrewDog beer called “I Beat yoU” American Style IPA (9.75% ABV)…yes it’s a not-so-subtle way of highlighting IBU.  This from Mikkel’s site:  “It is brewed at BrewDog and the instruction for the Scotsmen was clear: we need sh**loads of hops in this one! So be it. This is a hop bomb. Lots of bitter and aroma hops and alcohol and just a little bit of sweetness - just enough to provide response to the hops.


New Belgium–2011 Tour de Fat Labeling

imageJust thought you’d want to be the first to see the new 2011 Tour de Fat promotion packaging change from New Belgium.  This new backing label will not only be added to Fat Tire variations, but also Trippel, Abbey, Ranger, Hoptober, Somersault, 1554 Enlightened Black, Blue Paddle, and Sunshine Wheat.


Turkey Hill Brewing NOW Open in Bloomsburg

27 April 2011

imageJust a quick heads up and congratulations to Jim Hahn and the guys down at Turkey Hill…the headline says it all.  As of yesterday, Turkey Hill Brewing is OPEN for business.  Stop by and say hi to the guys…and of course have a brew.  For more info on Turkey Hill Brewing you can clicky HERE.


Sierra Nevada - Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale 2011

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As a hop-head, I always love this time of year…we’re reaching the tail end of the traditional hoppy February beers and just starting to see the Hope harvests from elsewhere in the world hit our market….and FIRST up every year is Sierra Nevada with their Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop ale.  As you know Sierra Nevada uses only whole cone hops and Southern Hemi gets it’s jump on everyone else by using fresh hop from New Zealand.  Looks like the 2011 version will come in at 6.7% ABV and retain the commitment that the hops are picked, dried, shipped and brewed within DAYS.


Prism Brewing–BitO Honey IPA

Our friends from Prism Brewing in North Wales PA are keeping busy, and here’s their latest brew 12oz bottle…BittO Honey IPA…Ale brewed with Honey.  This brew is named after Don Bitto and traces it’s root back to a  home brewing request from Don’s brother Tim.  This IPA uses honey malt and local hops to get it’s 67 IBU and 6.7% ABV.


Southampton Double White


It’s a subtle change for sure, but it looks like the Southampton Double White will not only have a design change on the label, but also a new brewery…now coming out of the Relata Brewing Co in Saratoga Springs, NY.


Friday BeerBuzz–The Teaser 29 Apr 2011

WILKFridayBerbuzz8Last week we had a great time sampling Ballast Point Big Eye IPA.  It’s a surprisingly underrated IPA and one I’m sure I’ll be trying again.  It’s not often that you discover a great beer like this, but given that it is somewhat hidden in the shadow of Ballast Point’s more popular Sculpin IPA, it’s no surprise.  Check this one out for yourself and see what I mean…better yet…check out both.

So what will we be sampling THIS week?  Hint:  This beer will have you queuing up to say I DO want another.

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together.  (103.1FM or


Red Hook–Winter Hook # 26

Here’s the new Red Hook packaging for their Seasonal Series Winter Hook #26.  This 6% ABV seasonal will be packaged in 12oz bottles and carries the tag line “has absolutely no interest in sitting on Santa's lap.”


Mikkeller / Brew Dog Devine Rebel 2010, Brew Dog TOKIO, Hardcore IPA, Paradox Port Dundas and Paradox Glen Grant.

26 April 2011


Here’s an interesting co-brew from Mikkeller and brew Dog called Devine Rebel 2010.  This BIG 13.8% ABV 11.2 bottle is 25% Malt Beverage aged in Scotch Whiskey casks, 75% Malt Beverage.  This beer was brewed and aged at Brew Dog in Scotland using Speyside whiskey barrels and champagne yeast.

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As a bonus I’ve included 4 new Anchor Brewing Imported Brew Dog Labels, TOKIO, Hardcore IPA, Paradox Port Dundas and Paradox Glen Grant.  TOKIO is an 18.2% ABV oak-aged Stout w/cranberries and jasmine (11.2oz).  Hardcore IPA is a 22.4oz 9.2& ABV Explicit Imperial Ale.  Paradox Port Dundas is an imperial stout aged in former Port Dundas 1996 whiskey casks (11.2oz 10% ABV), and Paradox Glen Grant as you might guess is the same imperial stout aged in 1972 Glen Grant casks (also 11.2oz 10% ABV)


21st Amendment–Hop Crisis Imperial IPA

Here’s your first look at the new can package coming out of 21st Amendment (aka Cold Springs Brewing).  Today we have Hop Crisis Imperial IPA.  This 9.7% ABV, 94IBU  IPA was aged on oak spirals and it will of course be packaged in 12oz cans.


Sweetwater–Crank Tank Rye’d Ale

Tonight we have the new release from Sweetwater Brewing called Crank Tank Rye’d Ale.  Proceeds from the sales of this beer will benefit Camp Twin Lakes ( &  This 12oz 25% Rye Malt brew will be packaged in 12oz bottles.


Fantome Saison–New Packaging


Just thought you’d want a peek at the new 750ml packaging for Fantome Saison.  This is the same 8% ABV farmhouse brew we’ve come to know and love, but with an updated label.


St Boniface ESB, Prism Brewing Shandy Blonde Ale

24 April 2011

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I thought we’d say a little Happy Easter today with some great new Pennsylvania beer labels.  Up first is St Boniface (Ephrata, PA) Extra Special bitter keg label….followed by Shandy Blonde Ale from our friends at Prism Brewing in North Wales, PA.  These are both new keg packages just released today….so Happy Easter beer lovers!


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