3 new medals at the US Beer Open!

We're excited to announce that we've won medals at the US Beer Open!

Our Blonde won a Gold medal in the Golden or Blonde Ale category, the Porter won a Bronze medal in the Robust Porter category and our Cinful Plum Cider won a Silver in the Anything Goes Cider category.

Swing by the brewery and try any of these amazing beers!

We're hosting a weekend of cans!

Check it out everyone! Appalachian Mountain Brewery is hosting a weekend of epic events including the first release of our flagship beers in cans. All cans will be for sale at the brewery, limit 4/4packs per person. Here's the plan:

Thursday

On Thursday we're putting our first set of 4 packs out there, the Honey Badger Blond Ale. We're also making all of our beers $3.00 with the proceeds going toward our friends at Wine To Water.

Friday

On Friday the Long Leaf IPA and we'll host the first ever Winter Rail Jam. We've teamed up with our friends at Appalachian Ski Mountain and Alpine Ski Shop to build a ramp in the back and bring in snow for this awesome event. It costs $10 to participate in the Rail Jam and proceeds go to OASIS.

Saturday

On Saturday we're debuting the Black Gold Porter cans and hosting our annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Heath and Hungry Coalition.

Swing by the brewery and pick up a few 4 packs of our 16oz cans to enjoy anywhere!

AMB plans cider operation on Daniel Boone Drive

Appalachian Mountain Brewery CEO Sean Spiegelman appears before the Boone Board of Adjustment Dec. 4 to seek a permit modification for the company’s new cider operation.

Hard Mountain Cider LLC, a subsidiary of Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery Inc., seeks to modify an existing special use permit with the addition of a winery as a permitted use for a parcel at 275 Daniel Boone Drive in Boone. The company is leasing 3,300 square feet of the property from Boone Lumber Co. Appalachian Mountain Brewery opened a brewery and tasting room on Boone Creek Drive in February 2013 — becoming the first brewery in Boone since Cottonwood Brewery left town in August 2000. Since then, it has become a publicly traded company, with the brewery, Farm 2 Flame food truck and now Hard Mountain Cider as subsidiaries. Hard Mountain Cider LLC filed articles of organization with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office in June.

Spiegelman said Hard Mountain Cider already holds a bonded winery permit from the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to produce hard cider using North Carolina apples.

“We’re hoping to be in production by the end of the year, if not the beginning of 2015,” Spiegelman said.

HMC will operate four 10-barrel fermenters, five 10-barrel single wall brite tanks and one 20-barrel jacketed brite tank. Additional capacity is being explored for 2015 with plans to bottle and can for self-distribution, according to Spiegelman.

Spiegelman shared figures from Nielsen demonstrating “a stunning growth rate” in cider sales in recent years. U.S. store sales of hard cider increased by 89 percent in 2013, to $280,676,943, following a 90 percent jump in 2012, according to Nielsen.

Goals are to produce 400 barrels of cider in the facility’s first year, with a goal of 4,000 barrels in the second year, said Spiegelman. The cider operation will likely begin with three employees, he said.

HMC has been officially certified by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project as a Western North Carolina grown and produced product. “We’ll be the only certified cider company in North Carolina,” Spiegelman said.

AMB brewmaster Nathan Kelischek recently returned from the U.K., where he spent time studying the cider making craft. Meanwhile, AMB’s beer operations continue to grow with the addition of a Cask Semi-Automated Canning System. Quality control and assurance testing are currently underway for canning of AMB’s Black Gold Porter, Honey Badger Blonde and Long Leaf IPA with plans to distribute cans throughout North Carolina. Spiegelman said AMB partnered with Next Generation Beer Company to handle distribution in the Asheville and Black Mountain area, while AMB is handling distribution in the High Country and Winston-Salem areas.

“The reality for AMB is packaging is a turning point in our history as a small scale brewery, Spiegelman said in a statement. “We will look back at 2014 as the year that put us on the craft beer map.”

AMB stock is traded on the OTC exchange under the ticker symbol HOPS. The company plans to provide audited financial information to investors and the public by the end of the year.

Source: Watauga Democrat

We've re-launched our website!

Over the past month and a half Zach and Tommy have been working on redesigning and rebuilding our web applications, and this morning we've launched it. We've put a lot of effort into the redesign, relaunch and the technical aspects of building a web infrastructure that's sustainable and secure.

So, if you're into the nerdy side of web development, here's some insight on how Zach put the web application together. Our software stack is designed on a LAMP stack running Debian 7, Apache2, php 5.4 with the Zend Engine and Mysql. We use a set of custom Puppet modules along with Puppetmaster to manage the configuration on the different systems we run. This means we can basically boot up a new system, join it to our Puppet instance and it will build itself. The web application is built on Drupal 7 and makes heavy use of Features, Ctools, Context, Boost and several custom modules. The design is built on the Bootstrap framework and we utilize SASS, LESS and Coffee for compiling CSS and Javascript assets. All of our code is managed in Git and deployments are managed by Puppet.

Hopefully we'll be blogging about more technical aspects of our web applications in the future.

We are now distributing 1/6 and 1/2 bbl kegs

Have you ever thought about selling Appalachian Mountain Brewery beer at your establishment? Well, we've made it really easy to order 1/6 bbl and 1/2 bbl kegs of our beer. Just contact Michael at sales@appalachianmountainbrewery.com and he'll get our beer to you!