March 18, 2009

Batemans Dark Lord & XXXB (Triple XB) Earn Top Awards at International Beer Challenge
Dark Lord Ruby Porter was named Champion Beer in the porter & stout category, and along with XXXB was named among the World's Top 50 Beers in the 2008 International Beer Challenge. Full story at the Lincolnshire Skegness Standard.

December 11 , 2008

Batemans Rosey Nosey Named Among Top 10 Winter Beers by Roger Protz
The dean of English Beer Writers, Roger Protz, named Batemans Rosey Nosey to his list of top winter beers for 2008.  Look for Rosey Nosey to arrive in the USA in October 2009.

December 9 , 2008

Bell's Brewery Selected as 2009 Collaboration Partner
Each year SBS invites a noted American brewery to brew at De Proef.  The 2009 partner will be John Mallet of the highly regarded Bell's Brewery in Michigan. Look for the yet to be designed beer to be released in September 2009.  Beer Advocate has the full press release.

December 6 , 2008

Batemans Brewery Tour and Interview Posted at Classic City Brew
Atlanta-based writer and beer judge Owen Ogletree visited Batemans in October and posted an interview with Marketing Director Jaclyn Bateman along with several photos at his site

November 27 , 2008

Batemans XXXB (Triple XB) Named Top Beer at UK Castle Rock Pub Chain
Customers at this 20-unit pub chain named XXXB (Triple XB) their favorite beer of 2008 besting 23 other beers.  Pete Harris of one of the participating pubs called it "a cracking good beer."

November 26 , 2008

Aspall Premier Cru Dry Cider named "World's Best Cider" at World Cider Awards
Beers of the World Magazine hosted the first annual World Cider Awards.  Aspall Dry was declared "the overall winner by a clear mile."  Aspall Organic and Medium were rated "Highly Recommended." Publican Magazine and blogger Andy Roberts provide event details.

November 25 , 2008

BeerAmerica.TV reviews Les Deux Brasseurs
From a pub in Savannah, GA Paul & John of Beer America taste and review the collaboration Les Deux Brasseurs.

October 22 , 2008

Hedonist Beer Jive Blog Reviews Les Deux Brasseurs
Jay Hinman of HBJ called the De Proef - Allagash collaboration "pure liquid gold" in his review of Les Deux Brasseurs. In an earlier review, Jay also praised Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from the De Proef Brewmaster's Collection.

October 18 , 2008

Drexel University's Table Matters Praises Aspall Ciders
In a recent cider tasting Table Matters rated Aspall as "beautiful, focused, balanced, and refined." 

October 14, 2008

Taco Mac Hosts Aspall-De Proef Beer Dinner
Taco Mac beer guru Fred Cudder and Executive Chef Matt Deckard hosted an execptional beer dinner at Taco Mac's Lindbergh City Center location. The five course menu can be viewed at the De Proef beer dinner link.

October 6, 2008

SBS Adds Distributors in Southern Florida
Schenck Distributing in Orlando and Fresh Beer in Fort Lauderdale have been added to the SBS distributor network in Florida. 

September 25 , 2008

Aspall Food Pairings Featured in UK's Publican Magazine
Henry Chevallier-Guild of Aspall is interviewed by Publican Magazine's John Porter regarding a range of food pairings with Aspall Cyders.

September 19 , 2008

SBS Announces Distributor Appointments in Kansas and Wisconsin
SBS is pleased to announce the lauch of its portfolio & REUNION - A Beer for Hope in these states via Standard Beverage in KS and Beechwood Sales in WI. 

September 12 , 2008

Wine Offensive Blog reviews Les Deux Brasseurs Collaboration
Seattle-based writer Maggie Dutton gives De Proef Les Deux Brasseurs "her best Christopher Walken Wowwy, Wow, WoW" in her recent review of Les Deux Brasseurs collaboration with Allagash Brewing.

September 7, 2008

Beer Pusher Blog praises Les Deux Brasseurs Collaboration
Beer Pusher describes Les Deux Brasseurs as "a freaking amusement park for the mouth...with literally dozens of flavor elements coexisting in perfect harmony."  See the full review at Beerpusher.

September 3 , 2008

SBS Portfolio Featured at SevenPack Blog
North Carolilna-based blog recently praised Reunion - A Beer for Hope, De Proef La Grande Blanche, and De Proef Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale.  The SBS portfolio has been well-received in NC since its arrival in April.

August 22 , 2008

De Proef Saison Imperiale Featured in Atlanta Journal-Constituion
Atlanta-based writer Bob Townsend featured Saison Imperiale in his most recent column, calling it "refreshing and complex."  The complete story and taste description is at the AJC site.

August 20 , 2008

SBS Portfolio Comes to Eastern Pennsylvania
The De Proef Brewmater's Collection & Aspall Cyders, and Reunion are now avalable in Eastern Pennyslvania via Shangy's.  Philly beer writer, Jack Curtin has a story on the sneak preview party at Monks Cafe.

August 13 , 2008

SBS Appointed Exclusive Agents for Batemans Return to the U.S. Market
The highly regarded Batemans Brewery from Linolnshire, UK will make its return to the USA afer more than 12 years away. Arriving in late September will be their flagship XXXB (Triple XB) Classic Pale Ale and the unique Combined Harvest beer. For the entire Batemans story and more on their product range, please visit:

August 11 , 2008

SBS Portfolio Now Available in Maine
The De Proef Brewmater's Collection & Aspall Cyders are now avalable in the State of Maine via Mariner Beverages.  For more information visit

August 5 , 2008

De Proef - Allagash Collaboration Has Arrived
Les Deux Brasseurs (The Two Brewers), the second beer in the Brewmaster's Collaboration Series has just arrived in the SBS warehouse.  Members of the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club, will be receiving their shipment later this month, and look for LDB on the shelves at specialty retailers across the country in September.

July 31, 2008

Noted UK Beer Writer Roger Protz Profiles Batemans Brewery
At his Beer-Pages site, Roger Protz profiles Batemans under the current generation of family management.  Also see Roger's tasting notes on the entire Batemans product line in the archive section.

July 20, 2008

De Proef Zoetzuur Flemish Ale featured at Hedonist Beer Jive Blog
San Francisco-based beer blogger, Jay Hinman, gives a glowing review of Zoetzuur from his visit to La Trappe beer bar & restaurant at his HBJ blog.

July 18 , 2008

SBS Appoints Atlantic Importing as Exclusive Massachusetts Distributor
The SBS portfolio & REUNION - A Beer for Hope will be available starting early August throughout the State of Massachusetts via Atlantic Importing..  For more information on product availability contact Norheast at (508) 655-4272.

July 14, 2008

Aspall Reveals Updated Website
Asapll has just released a major update to its website.  New features include a photo gallery, recipes, and news updates.  Visit:

July 10 , 2008

SBS Announces Distributor Appointments in New York & New Jersey
The SBS portfolio & REUNION - A Beer for Hope will soon be available in New York  & New Jersey via Union Beer and Hunterdon Distributors.  For more information visit

July 1, 2008

Aspall Named Top Ciders at UK Quality Drink Awards
Asapll Dry was named Champion Cider for the fourth time in the last 8 years at the UK Quality Drink Awards.  Aspall Organic came in second and was awarded the "short list" designation.

June 20, 2008

Aspall Dry Reviewed by Wine Journalist Jamie Goode
UK- Based wine writer, Jamie Goode, calls Aspall Dry "seriously refined" and "Proseco-like" at his wineanorak blog.

May 13, 2008

Reunion Beer Segment on Speaking of Beer Webcast
Part 2 of the interview with "Charlie the Beer Guy" is now available at SpeakingofBeer.comThis portion of the interview focuses on Reunion '08 - A Beer for Hope.  It starts at 12:30 in and runs approximately 9 minutes.

May 6 , 2008

SBS Appoints Northeast Beverage as Exclusive Connecticut Distributor
The SBS portfolio & REUNION - A Beer for Hope are now available throughout the State of Connecticut via Northeast Beverage.  For more information on product availability contact Norheast at (203) 795-4945.

April 22, 2008

Reunion Fundraising Events Update
Please visit the links section of the Reunion site for more information.

April 14, 2008

SBS Featured at Speaking of Beer Webcast
SBS Founder, Alan Shapiro, was interviewed by "Charlie the Beer Guy" during a recent visit to AZ. Part 1 of the interview focuses on the creation of SBS and the brand portfolio. The SBS section starts at 11:30 and runs approximately 10 minutes. The download is available at

March 29 , 2008

"Beerman" Todd Haefer features Signature Ale and La Grande Blanche
Appleton Post-Crescent beer reviewer, Todd Haefer, had more nice comments on the De Proef Brewmaster's Collection beers in his latest column.  View Todd's review at Appleton Post-Crescent

March 25 , 2008

SBS Portfolio Featured at Chandler, AZ Whole Foods Event
SBS Founder, Alan Shapiro, was the featured speaker at a special tasting of the SBS portfolio at the beautiful Whole Foods - Chandler, AZ store.  Guests also had the rare opportunity to sample the De Proef Signature Ale Collaboration on draft.  Photos of the event are available at photographer Sheila Unwin's site.

March 21 , 2008

SBS announces distributor appointments in North Carolina & Virginia
The SBS portfolio & REUNION beer will be available in North Carolina and Virginia starting late April. Ararat Imports in Raleigh, will handle the entire state of North Carolina and Select Wines will distribute the SBS portfolio in Northern Virginia. Look for all SBS items at the All About Beer World Beer Fest in Raleigh, NC April 25-26.

March 13 , 2008

Aspall Cyders Added to Portfolio of Leading UK Culinary Distributor
Thomas Lowndes, a distributor specializing the UK culinary segment, has selected Aspall as its premium cider brand.  More details are avaialble at

March 3 , 2008

De Proef - Allagash Collaboration Brewed at Proefbrouwerij
Brewmaster, Jason Perkins of Allagash, visited De Proefbrouwerij today for the brewing of Les Deux Brasseurs, the second beer in the Signature Series of brewmaster collaborations.  LDB will be released this summer through the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club, and will be available to the rest of the market this fall.  Geoff Kaiser has a sneak preview in his Seattle P-I blog What's on Tap.

February 20, 2008

Reunion Beer Featured in San Jose Mercury News
Bay Area writer, Bill Brand, did a terrific profile of the 2008 Reunion Beer project.  Visit the Merc-News or Bill's excellent Inside Bay Area Newsletter .

January 27, 2008

Batch 2 of Signature Ale Collaboration arriving in March
Based on the incredible response to this beer, brewers Tomme Arthur & Dirk Naudts have agreed to make their collaboration available on an ongoing basis in the USA.  Each batch will now be identified with a B2, B3, etc. near the government warning label on the bottle.  More news soon on the next collaboration with Allagash Brewing.

January 8, 2008

Release date set for 2008 REUNION - A Beer for Hope
The public debut of this year's REUNION beer is set for the Celebrator Beer News 20th anniversary party on February 17, 2008.  This year's beer is an organic red rye ale, once again brewed in cooperation with Bison Brewing.  All profits from REUNION sales benefit The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.  Please visit to learn more about this project or make a contribution to help fight this disease.

January 4 , 2008

SBS announces distributor appointments in Florida & Georgia
The SBS portfolio & REUNION beer will soon be available in Florida and Georgia. For more information on Florida visit the World Class Beverages division of JJ Taylor DistributingSavannah Distributing will be handling Aspall, De Proef, and REUNION in Georgia.

January 2, 2008

Seattle P-I Blogger Geoff Kaiser Names Signature Ale His Top Beer of 2007
In his Seattle Post-Intelligencer beer blog, Geoff names Signature Ale his #1 beer of 2007 and among his top 5 all time.  His 2007 year in beer story is available at What's on Tap .

December 22 , 2007

De Proef Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale named among Top 25 Beers of the Year by Beer Advocate Magazine
In the just released best of 2007 issue of Beer Advocate Magazine, Founders Jason & Todd Alstrom placed Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale 12th on their list of 25 beers that "roused our inner beer geek."

December 14 , 2007

SBS appoints DOPS, Inc. as exclusive Maryland-DC distributor
The SBS portfolio will soon be available in the Maryland and Washington DC areas via DOPS, Inc. Distributors.  For more information on product availability contact DOPS at 301-839-8650.

November 22 , 2007

Lozen Boer Abt reviewed at Lew Bryson's Seen Through a Glass
Pennsylvania-based beer & whiskey writer Lew Bryson describes the unique taste profile of De Proef Lozen Boer Abt  at his terrific blog Seen Through a Glass.  More great stuff from Lew is also available at

November 21 , 2007

"Beerman" Todd Haefer features Reinaert Wild Ale in review of De Proef "Belgian Beauties"
Appleton Post-Crescent beer reviewer, Todd Haefer, reviews several of the De Proef Brewmaster's Collection beers in his latest column.  View Todd's review at Appleton Post-Crescent or

November 6 , 2007

Aspall named England's best cider producer by Country Life Magazine
In its October 18, 2007 profile, author Leslie Geddes-Brown overviews the 300 year history of the Chevallier-Guild family at Aspall, and names them the country's best cider producer.  The story is available at Country Life's site.


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