Crooks Nab 10 Truckloads of Beer


Ten Truckloads of Beer Nabbed as Germans Celebrate World Cup

prositAs Germany reveled in World Cup fever, a crew of cunning thieves celebrated their own conquest: Stealing 10 truckloads of beer worth an estimated $3 million, police said. The burglars made off with approximately 300,000 liters of brew between Thursday evening and Monday afternoon after breaking into a storage facility in the Rhineland. “Has anyone noticed a large amount of beer?” police in the western city of Krefeld said in a statement. “Who can give any hints to a possible storage area?”

The crooks first tried to enter via garden door leading to the back of the building but ultimately broke through a main entrance which led them through office space into the unguarded warehouse. They loaded several pallets of beer onto flatbed trucks and returned several times within short intervals to take as large a stash as possible. The missing beer was not discovered until Monday afternoon, police said. Vehicles believed to be loaded with the booze were last seen driving down the freeway towards Duisburg.

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Bremerton Summer Brewfest 2014


Q.  What do you get when you gather up 30 breweries, more than 100 very different beers and put them in the downtown area of the home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 100 degree heat? Besides cooked festival goers.

The Bremerton Summer Brewfest

To say the West Sound brewers are creative would rank as one of the world’s greatest understatements. It should be no surprise, since they are the ones largely responsible for the success of the Strange Brewfest in January each year.

It’s an easy 60 minute ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton, made especially enjoyable by the great weather all day long. The festival was just a few blocks from the ferry terminal, the beautiful harbor and nearby shipyards.

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Going to GABF? Here’s Ticket Info


The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Members-Only ticket pre-sale begins on Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 AM MDT (Noon EDT, 11:00 AM CDT, 9:00 AM PDT). The general public ticket sale opens on Wednesday, July 30, also at 10:00 AM MDT (Noon EDT, 11:00 AM CDT, 9:00 AM PDT).

Not a member? Join or renew by July 20 (12:00 AM PDT) to enjoy access to the member pre-sale. All tickets will be available via

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Airways Brewing Opens the Patio


The beer garden at the Airways Beer & Bistro is open, just in time for Kent Cornucopia Days this weekend! It’s the first step towards converting their tavern to a family-friendly restaurant. This Friday through Sunday, they’ll have the grill outside while they cook up cheddar BBQ burgers, and brats topped with mustard, roasted pepper and onion marmalade, and bacon candy.     Continue reading

U.S. Open Beer Championships


U.S. Open Beer Championship Announces Medal Winners
USOpenAtlanta, GA (July, 2014)
– Breweries from Australia to Iceland sent in more than 3,000 beers and ciders representing 81 different categories for the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers. Today, judges from England, Canada, Finland and the U.S. announced the winners.

Wormtown Brewing in Worcester, MA was named Grand National Champion, winning three gold medals and one silver medal. Wormtown uses Massachusetts-grown ingredients in every beer it brews.

Reuben’s Brews and Deschutes Brewery each took home four medals to place in the Top 10 Breweries in the competition.

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Upcoming “Don’t Miss” Beer Festivals


July 2014

  • Buy tickets for the Great American Beer Festival in Denver (October 2-4)
AHA Member Pre-Sale July 29, 10:00 am (MT)
General Public Sale July 30, 10:00 am (MT)

August 2014

September 2014

October 2014

Nano Nanew: Tiny Seattle Breweries


The neighborhood brewery is in abundance in Seattle and the King County region. Recently HTBN visited four of them. The beers are delightful and innovative. One just opened in January, and the other just celebrated it’s one year anniversary.


Not too far from mid-sized craft breweries like Georgetown, Two Beers, Schooner EXACT and other SODO breweries is Lowercase Brewing, a three-barrel nano in the industrial/residential part of South Park. You won’t be seeing Cartman or his pals here but you will find a dog-friendly breweries, with good beer and a park-like outdoor tasting rooms.


On tap were some of the staples:

  • mEXICAN LAGER – a Dos XX inspired Vienna Lager
  • pALE – mildly hopped session beer
  • bROWN – very dry brown
  • sTOUT – American stout with vanilla

They also make an iPA and an eSB.

In the same building you will find Burdick Brewing, which actually opened before LOWERCASE. Burdick makes a range of beers and has a waffle breakfast on the first Saturday of the month in collaboration with a local coffee roaster Mae James. On this day, Burdick featured their Pale Ale and three IPAs made with different hops.


A few blocks to the west is Tin Dog Brewing – who, I can attest, makes a very nice saison and dubbel. Eric and Lisa are specializing in Belgian styed beers and doing a fine job so far.


I must confess that his place totally slipped off the radar. It has been open for a year now and doing quite well despite its one-barrel production capacity. They have twelve taps of some unique beers that you will be hard pressed to find outside of the Central District. They do a brisk business in growler sales, which is good, considering the taproom is about the size of a walk-in closet and the outdoor patio seats maybe 10-12 people.


I had the dandelion ale. It was well-balanced — quite enjoyable.

Click on the links to get more information and directions if you would like to try out one of Seattle’s “little guys.”

My Gawd! Beer is Getting Expensive!


Beer JuctionI stopped in at The Beer Junction to get a taste of the new limited release, draft only, Ayinger Maibock. I got a great beer and massive sticker shock!!!!! The nice lady poured the beer and said “$7.50 please.”

“Gulp,” I thought as I walked back to my table. This better be good beer. It was pretty good. About the same as the My Bark I brewed at home. But not worth such a premium price.

I followed that up with a 10 oz pour of Coffee Girl from Fort George Brewing – for a whopping $5.50. Last on the tab was a Makeda Coffee Porter from Rooftop Brews on Queen Anne Hill. That was $6.50, for a pint. I bought some bottled beers; five for just under $45. I am thinking, “What the hell happened to $4 pints?”

On a recent trip to World of Beer, who now serves their own food and scolds you if you don’t know that and bring in your own, even a tub of popcorn from the nearby theater, two beers of medium quality were $8 each.

My homebrew is looking better and better all the time.

Bruce Springersteen Bold Brew Series


Hoppy Trails Beer News is proud to announce the impending release of four new brews in the Bruce Springersteen Series. These hand-crafted 5-gallon batches of maibock, brown, hefeweizen and porter will mark the official launch of HTBN Brews, a 2014 re-commitment to homebrewing, led by head brewer wannabe Bob Shoemaker.

My Bark Label 2The series is named for the three-year-old English Springer Spaniel (field bred) purchased from a breeder in Cle Elum, WA. Bruce is noted for eating a variety of non-food objects that have included a razor, a pair of eyeglasses and a CPAP mask and hose.

When Bruce is not helping in the brew house, he can be found chasing swallows at the local ball field on dry Spring days, or whining if one of his balls rolls under the steps or sofa, even though he has three others out on the floor that are just like it, a rope toy, two squeaky toys and assorted bones. Reviews will appear on

   Bruce Drool Label 2   Woofyweizen label   Hairy Porter label

Plans are to produce a single keg of each, with a limited bottling run of three to four units. Distribution will be limited to the HTBN world headquarters in Renton, WA. Prosit!

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