Crown And Mother Earth Brew Co. Win IMDA 2015 Best Of Category Award, Craft Cans

Contgratulations Mother Earth Brew Co.!!!!


“Crown really managed to make our HONCHO design pop,” notes Kevin Hopkins, Chief Branding Officer of Mother Earth Brew Co. and current President of the San Diego Brewers Guild.  “While many Hefeweizens feature German/Bavarian influences in their packaging, we opted to focus on other aspects with a ‘Like A Boss’ theme.  In fact, we placed the emphasis on the attitude of the beer drinker and imagined a 1960s casino pit boss, who might enjoy a well-crafted beer after a long shift.  Other aspects of the design are high value poker chips that emphasize the beer’s inherent worth.”

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California Craft Beer – California Craft Beer: 2014 Economic Impact


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The California craft beer is a $6.5 billion industry, according to new data released today by the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA). As of March 2015 there were 554 operating breweries in California, more than any other state in the nation.  “Over the past few years we’ve seen consistent growth in the craft beer industry […]

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Date lot coding your packaged brew

Posted by: Brewers Association |@CraftBeerdotCom | Best Practices.

“The Brewers Association technical committee recommends that it is in the best interest of craft brewers, distributors, importers, and consumers that all craft beer be identifiable by some form of a date or lot code (“code”). It is the responsibility of all brewers, big and small, to ensure that their products are clearly coded for traceability.

The code should act as a vehicle to trace a package in the marketplace back to a package date. The assigned lot number should cross reference the specific brewed batch(es) of beer that encompass the specific packaged beer, through internal brewery tracking.

As stated by the Bioterrorism Act, breweries are required to insure traceability of their beer. Brewers must keep internal records of the specific ingredients, including manufacture lot numbers that were used in individual batches.”  [Full Article…]

Here’s Where Arizona Craft Beer Is on Tap During Spring Training

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Want to sip on some of the state’s best local brews while basking in the sun at a Cactus League spring training game? Here’s a look at where your favorite craft breweries are scoring big with sports fans this season.


Four Peaks Brewery

 Camelback Ranch

Peoria Stadium

Salt River Field

Scottsdale Stadium

Sloan Park

Tempe Diablo


Huss Brewing

 Sloan Park


Mudshark Brewery

 Peoria Stadium

Scottsdale Stadium

Hohokam Stadium

Cubs Park


Prescott Brewery

 Hohokam Stadium


SanTan Brewing Company

 Hohokam Stadium

Sloan Park

Salt River Fields





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Of all the many, many reasons why we’re lucky to call San Diego home, our ass-kicking (and ass-expanding) craft beer scene has to be right up there with any of them. We don’t like to brag (fine, we LOVE to brag), but it’s abundantly clear that San Diego’s the best beer town in America. Here are 12 forms of proof, courtesy of Nate Soroko, beer guru atToronado.

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Score Tickets Now: Strong Beer Fest Set for Saturday

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For the Love of Beer: Spend This Valentine’s Day at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival

 With the 15th annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival set for this Saturday, Feb. 14, craft beer connoisseurs and the people who love them have exactly three days to score passes for Arizona’s biggest and best beer festival. VIP passes are all tapped out, but there are still General Admission and Designated Driver passes available for those who don’t want to miss this unforgettable celebration of the state’s signature suds. Score Strong Beer Festival tickets here, and don’t forget to check out for a complete list of events scheduled for Arizona’s nine-day nod to our state’s explosive craft beer culture.

15th Annual Celebration of Craft Beer with over 150 breweries and over 400 craft beers on tap. 

Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus at the festival, a huge variety of craft beers — as well as specialty styles and unique, just-for-this-event brews — are made available to festival-goers, who will receive a commemorative flute style tasting glass.

Dozens of games to play and food truck grub to pair with your brews.

General Admission Tickets – $45


  • 40 tasting tickets
  • commemorative 2oz glass


MicroBrewr 048: Package your beer cheap and easy with mobile canning

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You pinched every penny. You begged, borrowed, and stole to start your brewery. People are enjoying your beer at the taproom, and now you want to expand your reach. You still don’t have capital to buy a dedicated canning or bottling line. Matt Woempner, from Mobile West Canning, in San Diego, California, explains how mobile canning can work for you.

Mobile Canning West serves San Diego, Arizona and Southern Nevada. Mobile Canning Systems provides training and guidance to all of their affiliates. So if you’re outside of

Mobile West Canning’s area, you can likely find another affiliate who will come to you.

The system is pretty similar throughout.

Contact the mobile canners when you start a new batch of beer. So they’ll have enough time to schedule your job.

This might be the first time that you’re beer in being packaged, so attention short be given to the label. “Artwork, artwork, artwork,” says Matt. TTB has requirements for your label design, and many state alcohol control boards have additional requirements. The mobile canner will help make sure your labels are in compliance.

When the canners arrive, they’ll wheel the machine into your brewery, within several feet of the fermenter or bright tank. They will bring one or 2 people, and they’ll need the help of a few people from your brewery.

At the end of the day, your beer is in 12 oz. or 16 oz. cans, and ready to be sold!

There is a ton of detailed information in this episode—too much to recap here. So listen to the whole episode and see if mobile canning can help you achieve the goals for your brewery.

“This is a tremendous business to be in, and it’s an exciting time to be in that business.” [Tweet This]



Listener question:

From Lester Foldi: Is the Craft Brewers Conference worth the price for a nanobrewery still in the planning phase?

Book recommendation:

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An upcoming beer style:

India Pale Ale

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From Barrel-Aged Brews to Specialty Casks: What’s On Tap for the Arizona Strong Beer Festival

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From pale ales to porters and brown ales to bocks, breweries from across the state and beyond are readying their best brews in preparation for the 15th annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival, and are letting the public in on what they’ll have to sip on and sample at one of the region’s best-attended winter events.


The lineup for the Valentine’s Day event at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix is tapping into a bigger, badder and broader range of craft beers than ever before, with more than 400 brews on tap from more than 140 of the state and country’s best and most beloved craft breweries. Plus, we’ll have plenty of gourmet food available for purchase to help soak up those suds from food trucks like The Bullet, The Traveling Monk and Mother Bunch Brewery.


This year’s festival will boast a variety of rare and collabrews, and promises the return of the “Text for Tappings” feature, where guests can simply text STRONG BEER to 555888 to be among the first to receive alerts about special tappings taking place throughout the festival.


Without further ado, click here to access a downloadable list of what’s on tap for the 15th annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival. VIP passes are sold out, but you can still score General Admission and Designated Driver passes at


Bottoms up! 

Mobile Canning is on the move… Another successful solution.

Brothers in #MobileCanning at Land Of The Sky Mobile Canning ( @LOTScans ) are helping their partners in brewing with the right packaging solutions with #CraftCans.   Please check this awesome piece on some doing it right, service and great people, doing great things.


By Daniel Hartis