Weekly Beer News for Friday, April 27th

April 27, 2018

By October Staff, April 27, 2018

What happened this week in the beer world? Well, to start, a teetotaling wrestler got a beer named after him, Paste declared the country’s best pale ale and more.

Converse Takes the Night Shift

One of Massachusetts’ finest—known for its owl-covered cans and recent move into the lager game with 12-packs of Nite Lite—will open its second location. The expansion takes Night Shift Brewing to the first floor of Converse’s headquarters in Boston. The 12,000-square-foot brewery and taproom, with a 10-barrel brewing system and full kitchen, will open later this year. (Brewbound)

Faneuil Hall Will Serve a Proper Pint

Soon, you’ll be able to drink Samuel Adams beer in the shadow of Samuel Adams himself. Boston Beer Company announced plans this week for its first Samuel Adams taproom in downtown Boston. The 33-year-old brewery’s team is eyeing a location of a former Hillstone Restaurant, which closed in late 2016 and is located across from Boston City Hall, at the entryway to the Faneuil Hall marketplace. If all goes according to plan, the taproom will open in the summer of 2019. (Boston)

"King of Wrestling” Won’t Drink Namesake Beer

Last week, Memphis-based Meddlesome Brewing Company debuted its newest beer. It’s called Jerry “The King” Lager and is named after professional wrestler Jerry “the King” Lawler, who, surprisingly, has never had a sip of alcohol in his life. Despite licensing his name to the brewery and serving the beer at his Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille, Lawler will not be ending his 68-year dry streak to try the beer. (Memphis Flyer)

These Are America’s Best Pale Ales, According to Paste

Once again, the team at Paste is doing the lord’s work and drinking an ungodly amount of beer. This time, they take on the pale ale category and have delivered a list of America’s top 151. That’s a lot of hops. Threes’ Counterpart, Toppling Goliath’s PseudoSue and Fieldwork’s Painted Gold all cracked the top ten, with Atlanta, Georgia’s Monday Night Brewing’s Han Brolo taking the number one spot. (Paste)

Bigger is Better

Anheuser-Busch’s High End portfolio will be joining a fledgling pack of craft brewers offering 15- and 18-packs. The decision follows the success of Founders Brewing and its All Day IPA in 15-packs. Recently, the Michigan brewery also introduced Solid Gold premium lager in 15-packs at a price point designed to complete with big beer. Currently, three High End breweries are offering 15-packs—Goose Island IPA and 312, Golden Road’s Wolf Pup and a Breckenridge Brewery sampler packs. Soon, Blue Point’s Toasted Lager and Devils Backbone Trail Angel Weiss will join them. (Brewbound)

30 Minutes or Less: Papa John’s Delivers Beer

Joining the likes of Pizza Hut, Papa John’s has begun delivering beer. Papa John's, which is America’s third largest pizza franchise, announced this week that it will test beer delivery in the Jeffersonville, Indiana market. Customers in that one lucky city can choose from six-packs of 16-oz. cans of Miller Lite, Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Dos Equis and Yuengling. (Vinepair)

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