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Scha-Musi at last year's Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg. Photo courtesy of Old Heidelberg.
Scha-Musi at last year's Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg. Photo courtesy of Old Heidelberg.

Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States

Mercurial Staff

  As of July 1, 2013,  homebrewers can legally brew in every state in the country, as recently passed homebrewing legislation took effect in Mississippi, according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).   Homebrewing was federally legalized in 1978 for the first time since Prohibition… Read more »

Guinness' new fall brew, the Red Harvest Stout.

Guinness Launching a Non-Pumpkin Fall Beer

Penelope News

  Guinness & Co. has announced that Guinness Red Harvest Stout, a new, limited edition seasonal beer, will be available in the United States this fall in celebration of ancient Celtic traditions. This new craft brew provides a change of pace from the array of pumpkin… Read more »

Rogue Ale Brewmaster John Maier in the Rogue Farms pumpkin patch.

Rogue Ales to Release Pumpkin Beer During Pumpkin Season

Mercurial Staff

  This fall, Rogue Ales is releasing its beloved Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale, an ale brewed with Rogue’s own fresh pumpkins grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.   Because no canned pumpkins, purees or concentrates are used in the brew, the… Read more »

little pub - ridgefield, wilton ct

1975 Naragansett Retro ‘Jaws’ Can Returns for Shark Week

Penelope News

  Narragansett Beer announced the re-release of the wildly popular “Jaws” can on Tuesday,  just in time for Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and Jaws actor Robert Shaw’s birthday. For a limited time, all 12, 18, and 30-packs of Narragansett Lager 12-ounce cans will feature the same… Read more »

Artemis and Admiral Akbar caught in the act of stealing beer.

Craft Beer: Definitely Constitutional

Joshua L. Durkin

  We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this… Read more »

Stamford's Half Full Brewery at Bethel, Connecticut's first Beer Fest. Photo by Alec Jordan.

Bethel a Burgeoning Beer Town

Amanda Bloom

photos by Alec Jordan   Bethel, Connecticut’s first annual Beer Fest went off without a hitch last Friday night. [The Bethel Chamber of Commerce advertised Beer Fest on the Mercurial.]  The event, which marked the start of Bethel’s weekend-long Summer Fest, sold out at 1pm… Read more »

The beer garden at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, Connecticut. Photo by Rebecca DiFabbio.

Introducing the Beer Garden at Two Steps Downtown Grille

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, Connecticut, is kicking off the summer with the opening of their new beer garden, now open on Friday and Saturday nights. This past weekend was the beer garden’s fourth official weekend.  (Two Steps is an advertiser on The… Read more »

Denmark's Eviltwin Brewing popped this brew out at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford.

Beer Review: Ryan and the Beaster Bunny – Evil Twin Brewing


  Our last brewview focused on St. Lawrence Brewery’s St. Vincent’s Dubbel and now we’re back for some more.  And, we’re back with something pretty awesome.  We have a saison from Evil Twin Brewing that started in Denmark and has made its way to America.  But, their approach is… Read more »

Andechs beer will make its U.S. debut at Zum Schneider in New York City on June 20.

Andechs Beer Makes U.S. Debut in New York City

Mercurial Staff

  New York City beer lovers will get an exclusive taste of Germany’s famed Andechs beers at the Fassanstich (“First Tap”) Party at Zum Schneider, the popular Bavarian biergarten located at 107 Avenue C, on Thursday, June 20 at 6pm. Brewmaster Alexander Reiss will travel from Germany… Read more »
Magic Hat's #9 logo and West Sixth's.  Magic Hat is suing the small brewery for trademark infringement.

Magic Hat Sues Kentucky Brewer for Trademark Infringements

Amanda Bloom

  West Sixth Brewing Company of Lexington, Kentucky is being sued by Vermont-based Magic Hat’s parent company, Cerveceria Costa Rica, for trademark infringement – Magic Hat claims that West Sixth has copied their #9 beer logo.  One has to admit that the similarities are clear, but… Read more »


All 50 States Now Allow Homebrewing

The American Homebrewers Association

  On May 9, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed homebrew legalization bill HB9 into law, making Alabama the 50th and final U.S. state to legalize homebrewing.   Earlier this year, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a homebrew legalization bill that officially goes into effect July… Read more »

Cigar City and The Bruery's Dos Costas Oeste: Lemon Wood. Photo courtesy of

Cigar City Dos Costas Oeste: Two Coasts, Three Beers

Dino Acquarelli

“The Northeast Beer Hunter”   When Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) does something, they tend to do it right.  The same could be said for The Bruery (Placenita, CA), so it seemed only right that the two fledging breweries got together for a colloborative effort:… Read more »


Sierra Nevada Offering Limited Summerfest Can Release

Penelope News

  Attention can-hounds: Sierra Nevada is releasing a limited run of Summerfest lager 12-packs, following the popular run of canned Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA earlier this spring. Within 10 weeks of its introduction, Pale Ale 12-packs topped the craft can category, and Torpedo… Read more »

Anheuser-Busch was the top overall producing brewery in the U.S. in 2012.

Boston Beer Co., Anheuser-Busch Top Producing Breweries in 2012

The Brewers Association

  The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry—has released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2012 beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies,… Read more »

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Word of the Monday, April 15, 2013: “small beer”

Amanda Bloom

  small beer noun 1 chiefly Brit. a thing that is considered unimportant : even with $10,000 to invest, you are still small beer for most stockbrokers. 2 archaic weak beer.   Small beer – another way to say no big deal, small potatoes, mole… Read more »


Alabama Last State to Not Allow Homebrewing

Mercurial Staff

  This past March, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that will effectively legalize homebrewing throughout the state, making Mississippi the 49th to permit homebrewing. A Senate version of the bill passed in early February and it was then voted on by the State… Read more »

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Craft Continues to Brew Growth

The Brewers Association

  The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American brewers, released 2012 data on United States craft brewing growth earlier this month. In a year when the total U.S. beer market grew by one percent, craft brewers saw a 15 percent… Read more »