BSG Opens New Distribution Center in Shakopee, MN

Brewers Supply Group opened a new 80,000 square-foot distribution center in Summer 2016. The new facility will replace the former warehouse in Kasota, MN, and will serve BSG’s brewery customers across the United States.

The new distribution center is part of a large expansion project undertaken by BSG and its parent company, Rahr Corporation, which also includes a new malthouse on as well as a 20,000 square-foot technical center housing a pilot brewery, micro-malting facility and expanded malt quality control lab.

Brewery Local: Crane Brewing

Raytown, MO

Population: 29,510

Raytown, MO was once known as the “Lost Township” when an 1826 Jackson County survey declared the tough prairie grassland to not be worth measuring. William Ray disagreed and set up a blacksmith shop at the crossroads of many important settler trails, developing a center for trade and gathering. What began as a humble Santa Fe Trail stop for early 19th century pioneers heading west, Raytown has grown into an important economic development corridor blending the best of modern urban and suburban life.

That pioneering spirit important to Raytown’s namesake has not been lost on Michael Crane. Michael may seem the unlikely subject of a brewery story: he never was much of a beer drinker. But a fateful clearance sale and an innate scientific inquisitiveness transformed into a passion for exquisitely crafted beer. Toss in whimsical experimentation with exotic ingredients and styles, and you’ll understand the soul of Crane Brewing. We spoke with Michael to get the full story.

Yeast Selection for Oktoberfests

Even though it’s midsummer, it’s not too soon to start planning fall seasonals – for many, this might mean something with pumpkin, but for traditionalists it’s a classic Oktoberfest.

Like other Bavarian lagers, the ingredients for an O-fest are fairly straightforward – a good base of Vienna, or a mix of Pils/Munich; noble hops to balance – the devil is in the details, and fermentation is a big detail for this style. Here is a quick overview of our lager strain selection to help you select the best strain for the job:

Copa Cervezas de América

BSG CraftBrewing is proud to be a sponsor of the Copa Cervezas de América!We have been involved with this event since 2011 and continue to support the mission of promoting craft beer in Latin America and beyond. All professional brewers in North and South America are invited to participate - more info here.

USDA: US Hop Acreage Up for 2016

The USDA has released its annual hop acreage report for the United States. In the Pacific Northwest acreage for 2016 is up 17% over last year, with significant increases devoted to aroma varieties including Azacca™, Citra™, and Mosaic™. According to the USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service, Idaho and Washington are expecting to string record high acreage, and, at a national level, the highest acreage since 1915.

Read the full report here.

Combating Chill Haze with Brewers Clarex®

New England-style IPA and Hefeweizen notwithstanding, the need to produce beers with a high degree of visual appeal and clarity without tying up limited tank space with cold conditioning is a continual challenge for today’s growing craft breweries. Brewers Clarex® has helped brewers of all sizes maximize efficiency and minimize time and resources used to achieve clear, bright beer that appeals to customers in your taproom or at the bottle shop. 

Rahr Malting & BSG CraftBrewing Expansion Project

In 2015, Rahr Corp. broke ground on an expansion project at its headquarters in Shakopee, MN which will make it the largest single-site malting facility in the world. This time-lapse video shows the progress so far. 

Brewery Local: Grey Sail Brewing

Westerly, RI

Population: 22,787

Elegant Victorian architecture, displays of exquisite granite work and beautifully landscaped Wilcox Park charm visitors of downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. Designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as 'one of the twelve most distinctive destinations in the country', historic downtown is a hip arts scene with a reputation as Southern Rhode Island's dining and nightlife destination.    

With the beach as the town’s backyard, Jennifer Brinton proudly describes Westerly as the perfect place for raising a family and owning a business. It’s here, nestled near the scenic bank of the Pawcatuck River, where she helped to bring Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island to life.

Fünke Canadien Saison to pour at CBC

Fünke Canadien, a collaboration between Sudwerk Brewing Co. of Davis, CA and BSG’s Peter Hoey, has returned for a second year.   

This open-fermented, Brettanomyces-finished saison will be released locally at the Pangaea Café on April 1, and will also be featured at BSG’s beer station at the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia in May.

Brewery Local: Red Clay Brewing

Red Clay Brewing

Opelika, Alabama

Population: 28,635


When Robert Trent Jones saw the land that hugs the edge of Lake Saugahatchee that would be developed into his Grand National course, he described it as the “single greatest” site for a golf complex that he had ever seen. It’s no wonder then that in 2005 Golf Digest named the Auburn-Opelika Metropolis as the number one area for golf in the United States.

Of course, when you’re hitting the links, nothing goes better with a sunny day on the fairway than a beer or two; especially if you shank most of your balls into the water hazard like we do. Thus, we packed up our golf cart and headed down to Opelika, Alabama to visit the crew at Red Clay Brewing.

Newly opened in March 2015, Red Clay is already making an impact on the local beer scene and head brewer Kerry McGinnis fills us in on their story.