This has been a public service announcement. Or it will be when you read it. If you read it, of course. If not, never mind.

This arrived in the morning’s email:

For the rest of the month of August, people who join or renew their membership with the American Homebrewers Association—and enter coupon code GABF14 when doing so—will have the chance to win a special prize package for the sold-out Great American Beer Festival taking place October 2-4 in Denver. The winner will receive two free tickets to the event, free airfare and a free hotel stay for three nights.

Full details are here. People can join the AHA or renew their membership here.

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I will be having a Beer Camp Weekend except for no Beer Camp.

Because of my dog’s health issues, I cannot feel comfortable either leaving him home alone for the better part of a day or putting him into unfamiliar circumstances, especially since he has just started new medication which is having some encouraging early results. As a result, I turned in my press pass to Saturday’s Philly rendition of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America tour. Last weekend I had to forgo a trip with my daughter and her family to their Sea Isle City digs, so this is nothing new. On a happier note, since I’m already under agreement to do a (hopefully different take than all the others) story on SNBCAA, I will spend Friday through Sunday consuming and making notes on the 12 beers brewed with 12 other brewers which are a feature of the event, beers which I acquired this very day.

Dark Cloud, meet Silver Lining.

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Resurrection Ale House has been sold, will close and new owners will reopen with new name and concept.

Just showed up in my email:

For Immediate Consumption: Resurrection Ale House Under Agreement of Sale

With equal parts excitement and sadness Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft announce that Resurrection Ale House is under Agreement of Sale. As of the sending of this press release, the buyers prefer to remain unnamed as they are still gainfully employed and aren’t ready to go public with their plans for the space.

Pending approval of the legal shenanigans involved with such a transaction, Resurrection will close it’s doors and the new owners will reopen with a fresh concept and name. All parties are working feverishly to make the tentative date of September 21, 2014 (also known as the 5th Anniversary of Resurrection Ale House) a time of happy celebration and smooth transition.

Leading up to the transfer, Resurrection Ale House is throwing a prolonged, beer soaked party to celebrate the goings and the comings. Starting NOW guests can enjoy a series of daily pop-up beer promotions and a Goose Island Migration Week tap takeover is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5 (full event details are online at ).

Expect a final “Fifth Anniversary/Closing Night” Beer Bash including a full tap takeover from Allagash and Sierra Nevada — featuring their Beer Camp collaboration beer “Myron’s Walk”. (Date unconfirmed at this time.)

All interested parties may expect a smooth transition. Fans of the Resurrection Ale House staff can expect to find their favorites faces around after the departure of Maida and Hartranft. Devotees of Resurrection Ale House’s Twice Fried Chicken are invited to keep an eye on the menus of Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Strangelove’s to see where it pops up next. Any holders of Resurrection Ale House gift cards are invited to use them soon. (Being stuck holding the bag on a useless gift card is just the worst. We’re looking at you James Restaurant.)

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More “Best of Philly 2014″ beer-centric awards.

Told you about the Hartranft/Maida honors on Saturday. Now that I have the actual Philadelphia Magazine August issue in hand, here’s a bunch more. All addresses are in the city except the ones that aren’t.

BEST BEER BAR – Tria Taproom, 2005 Walnut St.

BREWPUB – Tired Hands, 16 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

NEW BAR – Garage, 1231 E, Passyunk Ave.

SERIOUS DAY-DRINKING – McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St.

WHISKEY BAR – Teresa’s Next Door Bar, 124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne

CASUAL DAY-DRINKING – Forest and Main Brewing Co., 61 N. Main St., Ambler

PEOPLE’S CHOICE BEST BAR - Jose Pistolas, 253 S. 15th St.

CITY DIVE BAR - Bonnie’s Capistrano, 1503 S. 23th St.

There’s a nice mix of old and new there.

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Sam sees trouble ahead.

Joshua Bernstein at minutes ago :

There may be no prettier place to discuss a battle than Block Island.

Located off Rhode Island’s coast, the Atlantic Ocean isle is filled with bluffs, beaches, and rolling hills, such as the one atop which the Atlantic Inn is perched. Here, on the lush lawn in front of the 1879 hotel, you can sit in white Adirondack chairs and watch the rippled waters. Or, on a recent summer morning, you could plop beside Dogfish Head president Sam Calagione and discuss craft beer’s coming bottleneck.

“We’re heading into an incredibly competitive era of craft brewing,” he says. “There’s a bloodbath coming.”

Agree? Disagree? Discuss, be prepared to defend your position.

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Remember that nice young couple who went off to create a beer bar or something like that a while back? Whatever became of them?

From Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly 2014″ in the issue that hits the newsstands this coming week:

Best Scene Makers: Brendan Hartranft, 35, and Leigh Maida, 38

Hartranft and his wife Leigh currently own four drinking establishments across the city (Strangelove’s, Resurrection Ale House, Local 44 and Memphis Taproom), and each one reflects the duo’s personalities, complete with great beer lists courtesy of Hartranft’s intensity and a sense of whimsy from Maida, whose vision and guiding hand defined the look of each space. Together, they’ve created very different and very popular bars, each with the same high standards for food, drink and service.

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Sorry, Carolinas, no Stone for you.

Stone Brewing Co. has made a decision–well, I guess it’s more accurately a “no decision”–about where its East Coast brewery will be built

Stone Brewing won’t be coming to South Carolina and instead has shifted its focus to Ohio and Virginia, officials said Friday.

The San Diego brewery — the nation’s 10th-largest — notified the state Department of Commerce that South Carolina is no longer a candidate, department spokeswoman Allison Skipper told The Greenville News.

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Another candidate that had been in the mix — the city of Greensboro, North Carolina — was told that the brewery was turning its eye toward Ohio and Virginia, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan told The News.

Dunno where in Virginia they might be looking but I’ve heard Columbus mentioned in Ohio.

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Road Trip!

BCAA_bus2Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America tour is in Denver today, Chicago tomorrow, New England a week from today and right here in Philly at Penn Treaty Park next Saturday, the penultimate stop before the grand finale at the new Mills Creek brewery in North Carolina a week from this Sunday. Pictured above is the custom bus which is carrying Ken Grossman and all the participating brewers on the road trip. Two traveling and alternating employee teams are doing the heavy lifting, setting things up at each stop. If all goes as planned, I’ll have a behind-the-scenes peek at this historic adventure in the October-November issue of Celebrator Beer News and maybe some other pieces in other publications. I’ll probably see some of you at the park on August 2. Or not.

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Wherever is Stone planning to build a new brewery?

North Carolina? South Carolina? Some state without “Carolina” in its name? Bethlehem, PA? Well, it will happen in one or none of those places and be announced soon, but there is one location which is now certain.

Berlin, Germany..

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Boston blues for Yuengling?

Kerry Byrne, who is a food/drink/sports/whatever he wants writer for the Boston Herald and the mastermind behind the very good pro football website, Cold Hard Football Facts, has a story in the paper today about how things have changed up in Beantown for Yuengling Brewing after its auspicious launch into that market this past March.

Pennsylvania-based Yuengling Lager hit the Bay State with a bang back in March. Today it’s in the fight of its life to win over Boston beer drinkers.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat that it’s been a very competitive market, more competitive than any market we’ve seen before,” said Yuengling chief operating officer David Casinelli, a beer industry legend who turned a stale regional brand into a fast-growing powerhouse.

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“(Yuengling) was hot out of the gates and hit a wall fast,” said Matt Mooney, the beer buyer at Boston Beer Garden in South Boston. “We sold three kegs of it the first Monday alone. Before long we were down to one keg a week.”

Boston Beer Garden recently kicked Yuengling off its draft list in favor of faster-selling brands.

“The novelty has worn off,” said Adam Hawk, manager at the Baseball Tavern in Fenway.

This is new territory for the nation’s oldest family owned brewer, which is used to entering a market, enjoying the big fuss and then settling in comfortably with a solid on-premise presence.Then again, everybody’s fighting for tap handles these days–it’s the biggest issue of the year in craft even if not yet officially acknowledged as such–so maybe this is not as a big deal as it appears? David Casinelli certainly sounded like he felt that was the case when he talked to Craft Business Daily for today’s  issue which just arrived in my email and pushed back a bit:

But perhaps the article author had an agenda. Yuengling COO Dave Casinelli told us he’s gotten a lot of feedback from wholesalers on the piece. One of them spoke to the manager at the Baseball Tavern in Fenway who was quoted as saying “the novelty has worn off” for the brand. What the article didn’t include was the second half of that quote: “but the sales continue, and it’s a solid brand.”

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