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Our new issue has been delivered to better bottle shops, breweries and bars near you. You can also order a copy at our shop. Here is the introduction from the new issue: The wonderful world of beer.   Last May we decided to relaunch our little Craft Beer Journal so that we could reach more people where they drink and eat the good stuff. At that time The Mash Tun Journal was mostly available for sale at bookstores and a few breweries and bottle shops, although you could pick one up at our not so frequent events and festivals.   Now it’s a free circulation publication that is distributed at our favorite bars, breweries, bottle shops and restaurants that serve craft beer and spirits. Consider it an insiders guide to the burgeoning movement in craft beer and the culture that surrounds it.   We started this publication because of our love of the good beer, and the fact that many of us became involved in the industry by either being a member of the hospitality industry, got into home brewing, or work in the beer business in general as a salesman, retailer, brewer or distributor. We would tell each other stories, sing our tales at becoming brewers, and share the agony and joy of making liquid dreams come true.   Throughout our journey we researched our industry and had conversations with brewers, distributors, salesmen and conmen of breweries large and small. We shared stories about the history of beer and debated the pros and cons of the growth of the industry and the people within it. We gave tips on how to open a brewery and how to keep one open. We profiled up and coming alchemists and transient brewers and shared our love of the art of beer in general. And now we are spreading our wings even further.   We noticed that our love of beer was not just a niche lifestyle activity, but really part of the regeneration of a centuries old tradition of making local products for your neighbors. Manufacturing locally seems almost an anachronism in the age of outsourcing and the development of the service industries. So it’s strange. And it’s against the grain of what is happening all over the world with the growth of corporate chains, the monocultural debasement of almost everything in our daily lives. Making craft beer is part of a larger movement by hundreds of thousands of people who believe building small businesses and organizations to be integral parts of our communities is worth the struggle. It’s worth the incredible series of hurdles, the bureaucratic nightmares and the low margins of profitability, or no profit at all.   And these beer people are crazy. They are entrepreneurs as artists. They are dreamers. And they are people you need to know. And maybe you will become one, too.   Please enjoy our new issue. We will be publishing print versions three times a year, and we are on the web at mashtunjournal.org. If you want to share your stories about the insiders and outsiders of the beer industry and the cultural and economic ecology that surrounds craft beer drop us a line.   – Edmar              

Press Release Announcement of 2015 GABF winners!

242 Breweries Take Home Medals at 2015 Great American Beer Festival 275 Professional Medals Awarded, 423 First-Time Participants Compete Boulder, CO • September 26, 2015—The 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 275 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur brewers paired with professional brewers.   Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 29th year, the 2015 competition surpassed all previous participation records, exceeding last year’s record-setting competition.   View the 2015 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.   Overview: Great American Beer Festival Competition   Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.   This year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 242 beer experts from 15 countries, including the U.S., and 155 competition volunteers. The panel also evaluated 91 Pro-Am entries.   2015 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG) Rip Current Brewery (San Marcos, Calif.) Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe   Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by O-I Port City Brewing Co. (Alexandria, Va.) Port City Brewing Co. Team   Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, Calif.) Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Team   Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Beer Institute Pabst Brewing Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.) Gregory Deuhs   Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. Melvin Brewing (Jackson, Wyo.) Kirk McHale and Jeremy Tofte   Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG) TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Corona, Calif.) TAPS Fish House & Brewery Team   Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Country Malt Group Titletown Brewing Co. (Green Bay, Wis.) David Oldenburg   Overall Competition Highlights Reflecting craft brewing’s sustained excellence nationwide as the industry grows, overall competition highlights include:   38 first-time entering breweries won awards.   Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:   o   Maine: 21% with 14 entries and three medals o   Rhode Island: 10% with 10 entries and one medal o   North Dakota: 8% with 12 entries and one medal   Most medals won, with three medals each:   o   Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif. (three medals: two gold, one bronze) o   Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, Ind. (three medals: one gold, one silver, one bronze) o   Port City Brewing Co.; Alexandria, Va. (three medals: two silver, one bronze) o   Left Hand Brewing Co.; Longmont, Colo. (three medals: one gold, two bronze)   The 2015 competition saw three new style categories:   o   Category 8: Chili Pepper Beer o   Category 16: Session India Pale Ale o   Category 24B: Mixed Culture Brett Beer   No gold medal was awarded in Category 6: Pumpkin Beer. (See GABF awards philosophy and criteria.)   Style Categories   Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 336 entries in 2015.   The top five entered categories were:   American-Style India Pale Ale (336 entries) Imperial India Pale Ale (208 entries) Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (179 entries) Session India Pale Ale (161 entries) American-Style Pale Ale (160 entries)   The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive) categories were:   American-Style India Pale Ale (336 entries) Gold: BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Revolver IPA (Santee, Calif.) Silver: Wicked Weed Brewing – Candler, Pernicious IPA (Candler, N.C.) Bronze: The Brew Kettle Taproom and Smokehouse, White Rajah (Strongsville, Ohio)   Imperial India Pale Ale (208 entries) Gold: Fat Head’s Brewery, Hop Juju Imperial IPA (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) Silver: Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, Eazy Duz It IIPA (Portland, Ore.) Bronze: Breakwater Brewing Co., Teahupo’o (Oceanside, Calif.)   Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (179 entries) Gold: Nebraska Brewing Co., Melange A Trois (La Vista, Neb.) Silver: Sun King Brewing Co., Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil (Indianapolis, Ind.) Bronze: Ska Brewing, Ska Face (Durango, Colo.)   Session India Pale Ale (161 entries) Gold: Societe Brewing Co., The Coachman (San Diego, Calif.) Silver: Steel Toe Brewing, Size 4 (St. Louis Park, Minn.) Bronze: Noble Ale Works, Nose Candy (Anaheim, Calif.)   American-Style Pale Ale (160 entries) Gold: Central Coast Brewing Co., Monterey St. Pale Ale (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) Silver: Track 7 Brewing Co. – Natomas, Hoppy Palm (Sacramento, Calif.) Bronze: Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Featherweight Pale Ale (Golden, Colo.)   2015 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs   Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are:   Gold: Muscat Love, Great South Bay Brewery, (Bay Shore, N.Y.) Brewmaster: Great South Bay Brewery Team and AHA member Brian Giebel   Silver: Atahsaisa, Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette, Colo.) Brewmaster: Ryan Scott and Brandon Boldt and AHA member Mike Froehlich   Bronze: Citra IPA, FATE Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colo.) Brewmaster: FATE Brewing Company Team and AHA member Ryan Lotter   Summary: 2015 Great American Beer Festival Statistics   750 breweries in the festival hall 3,800 beers served at the festival 60,000 attendees 3,400 volunteers (festival and competition combined) 1,552 breweries in the competition from 50 states…

Sept 19: The Next Wave Breweries Bash and Mash Tun Release Party

Next Wave Breweries Bash September 19, 2015 • 5-8pm Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St Admission: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-wave-breweries-bash-tickets-18449903157 Join us for the relaunch of Mash Tun Journal at the Next Wave Breweries Bash! Each year Mash Tun Journal highlights emerging breweries from the Midwest by hosting an event celebrating the brewers making a mark in the craft beer industry. Featuring: Mikerphone, Transient Artisan Ales, Imperial Oak, Noon Whistle, Wild Rose, Devils Trumpet, Illuminated Brew Works, Pollyanna, South Loop, Hailstorm, + Vice District The event takes place at our headquarters and studio, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St in the neighborhood of Bridgeport, Chicago. Admission get you the hot of the presses copy of Mash Tun Journal #7, some Kimski KoPo BBQ, a tasting glass, and complementary tastes of beers made by the breweries featured in the new issue of the Mash Tun Journal. Admission is $25 Proceeds go the Public Media Institute, the 501 C 3 non profit, that publishes Mash Tun Journal.

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