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Brenner Brewing to close brewery, transition to brewing at partner facilities

Beer News - November 22, 2017 - 1:44pm

(Milwaukee, WI) – Brenner Brewing Company, established in summer 2014, announced this week that it will soon close its brewery location in Milwaukee.

Per the Facebook post, “While I will still be brewing Brenner Beer (as a gypsy brewer at other people’s breweries) and selling it all over Wisconsin, I am being forced to close the physical brewery and tasting room after this Weekend. Come down and celebrate me not ever having to scrub puke out of subway tile again (professionally at least), and try out some of the incredible sour beers we’ve bottled the past few weeks. Hours are Wed 4-10, Fri 4-11, Sa 11-11 & Su 11 until after the last Packer Potluck.”

More background on Brenner from the Facebook page:

“Brenner’s passion for crafting delicious beer and his lifelong devotion to Milwaukee’s arts and music scene, has led to the creation of Brenner Brewing’s “12 Ounce Ambassadors.” Each style of beer features the artwork of a local artist and comes with a soundtrack featuring the music of local bands. As Brenner Brewing’s distribution expands so does the awareness of Milwaukee’s incredible arts scene. Brenner also opened a 25,000 sq ft arts incubator in the building with the brewery which features a 2,000 sq ft contemporary art gallery and 20 artists’ studio spaces.”

Tree House Somewhere, Something Incredible is Waiting to be Known just released

Beer News - November 22, 2017 - 1:15pm

[Photo credit: Scott Morency – not for re-use]

(Charlton, MA) – Tree House Brewing Co. debuted “Somewhere, Something Incredible is Waiting to be Known,” a 7.9% ABV milk stout, on Wednesday. The beer is limited to two cans per person while it lasts.

The beer name has a fun backstory, according to QuoteInvestigator. The name is a quote that has often been attributed wrongly to the late astronomer, Carl Sagan, but was never found in his texts. It originally appeared in a Newsweek article written by a team of reporters about Sagan and was later claimed as original by one of the reporters. You can read the full story here.

Beer description: This new American Stout is intended to complement the character of the season and the Thanksgiving tradition. Brewed with pale, caramel, and roasted malts and conditioned with a blend of chocolate, vanilla and our favorite freshly roasted coffee, Somewhere pours a luscious pitch black in the glass with a dense mocha head. We taste and smell complex notes of swiss chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate chocolate chip cookies. A rich body and a gentle carbonation contribute to a beer that is the ideal holiday digestif. We hope this beer can serve as a lubricant to reflect and give thanks during this special time of year. Limit 2 cans PP.

Tree House limited releases historically sell out on the first day the beer is originally sold.

In addition to Somewhere, the brewery is selling 12 cans of Julius, 12 cans of Green and 8 cans of Sap per person while they last. Follow Tree House Brewing on Twitter for all updates.

Tree House announces a new mix of beer releases each day that it is open though specialty beers like Somewhere are often released without notice or announcement.

Rare Beer Club, Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club shopping deals now live

Beer News - November 22, 2017 - 12:07pm

[Sponsored / Paid Post]:

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Step 1: Hit this link or click/tap image above in a new tab on/before Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Step 2: Select the type of beer club you want on that page.

Step 3: When going through their sign up form, use one of the following coupon codes on ANY prepaid beer club order (meaning you prepay 4 monthly shipments, 8 shipments or 12 monthly shipments).

SAVE12 – Save $12 on any prepaid 4-month club shipment
SAVE18 – Save $18 on any prepaid 6-month club shipment
SAVE25 – Save $25 on any prepaid 12-month club shipment

PLUS: Free bartender’s bottle opener with all orders of 3 shipments or more.

NO LIMIT: Use these coupon codes on as many unique orders as you would like.

GREAT GIFT: Why are these clubs great gifts against other monthly beer club competitors? Learn more here.

RARE BEER CLUB: If you have some spare time to kill and want to learn more about The Rare Beer Club, in particular, which is our favorite of the monthly beer clubs, learn more here.

Here is a list of the Rare Beer Club beers currently available as of posting. Note that this list will change as orders come in so don’t wait! Though online ordering is available if you do not have specific beer preferences, you will want to call customer service and place order by phone if you want to specify the exact beers you want.

Here are the most recently released beers in the club that are still available as of now.

> The Lost Abbey Blended Serpent’s Stout – RBC Exclusive (Blended w/ bourbon barrel SS)
> Brouwerij De Brabandere (Bavik) Petrus Brewmaster’s Selection: Wild Tripel Ale
> American Solera The Ground is Shaking! (RBC Exclusive) – 4.12 Untappd score!
> Nebraska Barrel Aged HopAnomaly – rated 98/100 on RB
> The Bruery White Chocolate – rated 98/100 on RateBeer.com
> Humboldt Black Xantus 2015 – rated 99/100 on RB
> Spencer Trappist Holiday Ale 2015 – rated 86/100 on RB
> Piraat Special Reserve (Rum Barrel Aged)
> The Bruery 10 Lords-A-Leaping
> Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales L’épouvantail Noir – RBC Exclusive
> Yazoo Brewing Company Vérifiez vos Fruits! – RBC Exclusive
> Spencer Trappist Imperial Stout
> Alesong Brewing and Blending Raspberry Gose – RBC Exclusive
> Brau Brothers Brewing Company Village Tart


Jester King Birra di Sangiovese to debut on Black Friday

Beer News - November 22, 2017 - 11:06am

Austin, TX – Jester King Brewery announced its next beer release, taking place this Black Friday, November 24th. Details below via brewery newsletter/blog…


This Friday, November 24th, when our tasting room opens early at Noon, we’ll be debuting Birra di Sangiovese! Birra di Sangiovese is our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Sangiovese grapes grown at Tyler Farms & Vineyard (https://txwinelover.com/vineyard/tx/tyler-farms-vineyard/) in Midland, Texas. We got a really great haul of several different varieties of Texas wine grapes this past August, including Sangiovese, Syrah, Muscat, and Blanc du Bois. After fruit refermentation and bottle/keg refermentation this summer and fall, our 2017 wine grape beers are coming out!

In August, we blended eight 225L oak barrels of mature barrel aged sour beer and added about 1,100 pounds of hand-harvested Sangiovese grapes for refermentation. After around a month of fruit refermentation, we racked the beer off the grapes and naturally conditioned it in bottles and kegs.

Birra di Sangiovese was packaged on September 20, 2017. It’s 7.4 percent alcohol by volume, 9 IBU, 3.5 pH, and 0.999 specific gravity (-0.25 Plato). This is our first ever blend. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go in our tasting room (500ml/$20). We have about 1,600 bottles available with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Birra di Sangiovese will only be available at our tasting room and at special events. We hope you enjoy it!

Night Shift Darkling, Coffee Darkling, Maple Cinnamon Darkling release details announced

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 6:16pm

Everett, MA – Night Shift Brewing Company announced additional details of its upcoming Darkling release, coming this Friday. The original Darkling is an imperial stout aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels. More below via announcement…


We’re almost ready to celebrate our barrel-aged imperial stout, but we have a few more tricks up our sleeves for the day!


First – Darkling merch. We ordered special edition Darkling glasses and t-shirts so that you can take your love of the darkness wherever you go. Glasses are $8, or $4 with a Darkling pour, and shirts are $20.

Next, we’ll be tapping two special, one-of-a-kind kegs during the day on Friday. Keep these deets on the down-low, because we haven’t announced them to the public yet. Here’s the plan: at 2pm we’ll tap one keg of Vanilla Darkling, then at 4pm our only keg of Coconut Darkling goes on. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Finally, we’re ready to announce prices and limits for our three bottled offerings (available starting at 9am during our bottle, can, and merch sale):

Darkling – $22 a bottle, 6 bottle limit per person
Coffee Darkling – $22 a bottle, 3 bottle limit per person
Maple Cinnamon Darkling – $22 a bottle, 3 bottle limit per person

Can’t wait to see you all on Friday – Happy Holidays!

More details on Facebook (RSVP) or the brewery blog post.

MadTree Luna Lux White IPA launches as seasonal can with Drake Planetarium event

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 5:54pm

MadTree Launching New Can: Luna Lux – Dark Winter Beer Alternative
Luna Lux white IPA launch party features portable planetarium to raise money for space education

(Cincinnati, OH) – MadTree Brewing is launching a new seasonal canned beer, Luna Lux white IPA, next week to complement Thundersnow and other traditional dark winter beers. While the brewery loves their spiced winter ales, they wanted to make something that could stand up to the cold weather but was still crisp and easy to drink. A white IPA brewed with coriander and lemon peel, Luna Lux’s name translates to ‘moon light’ as a nod to the beer’s style and color. Craft beer drinkers can expect light fruit flavors from the coriander, lemon peel, and hops, along with a crisp clove finish from the Belgian yeast.

To celebrate the new seasonal offering, MadTree is partnering with local not-for-profit, Drake Planetarium & Science Center, to bring a portable planetarium to the taproom launch party. The portable planetarium will take thirty people at a time on a 15-minute journey to space and the moon. A portion of all Luna Lux cans and merchandise sold in the MadTree Taproom on Tuesday, November 28 will be donated to the Drake Planetarium.

“We wanted to make a cold weather beer for those times when you’re not in the mood from something dark and heavy,” said Brady Duncan, MadTree co-founder. “The hops and coriander really shine in Luna Lux while the Belgian yeast character make it robust enough to carry you through the winter chill.”

The not-for-profit Drake Planetarium & Science Center’s mission is to provide a wide range of supplemental, active learning science programs that stress the learned use of higher order thinking skills necessary to function in today’s society. They are committed to offering age-appropriate, hands-on, fun oriented student participation in lab experiences that stress higher order thinking skills. Drake Science Center houses the Engineering and Lego® Labs, Summer Camps, Saturday Lego® Programs, and Lego® Birthday Parties.

The launch party and portable planetarium shows will be held from 4PM to 8PM on Tuesday, November 28 in the MadTree taproom at 3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209. The taproom launch party is the first opportunity to purchase six-packs priced at $10.50 each (tax included). Six-packs and draft Luna Lux will be available throughout Ohio and Kentucky beginning the week of December 4th.

About MadTree Brewing Company
Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing made history when they opened in 2013 by becoming the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in Ohio. In February 2017 they opened a new $18M brewery, taproom, beer garden, and private event spaces in Cincinnati’s Oakley neighborhood. MadTree is known for focusing more on great tasting beers rather than following traditional brewing style guidelines. Their award-winning beers are distributed throughout Ohio by Cavalier Distributing and throughout Kentucky by Beer House Distributing. For more information about the beers, brewery, and taproom, visit madtreebrewing.com or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

About Drake Planetarium & Science Center
Drake Planetarium & Science Center is operated by Tri-State Education & Technology Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization with the mission to provide exceptional STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning experiences for the youth of Greater Cincinnati. This is accomplished through Drake Planetarium, Drake Science Center, Environmental Education at Lindner Park, and outreach programs for area schools.

Budweiser takes next step to be the first beer on Mars

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 4:33pm

Budweiser Will Launch Barley into Space Next Month to Begin Research on Future of Beer

(New York, NY) – Budweiser is upholding its commitment to be the first beer on Mars by confirming upcoming experiments on the International Space Station with plans to send and study barley – one of its key ingredients – into space in early December. The reason? Earlier this year at the South by Southwest conference, Budweiser announced its goal to be the first beer on Mars – offering a colonized red planet the same enjoyments provided here on earth, including fresh beer! And while socializing on Mars might be in the near-distant future, Budweiser is taking steps now to better understand how its ingredients react in microgravity environments so that when we get to Mars, Budweiser will be there.

To kick-start its research on microgravity beer, Budweiser is partnering with experts in the field, including CASIS* who manages the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, and Space Tango, a payload development company that operates two commercial research facilities within the National Lab. Together the group, along with Budweiser’s innovation team, will initiate two barley experiments via SpaceX’s upcoming cargo supply mission, scheduled to launch on December 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Once on the International Space Station, Budweiser’s barley will stay in orbit for approximately one month before coming down to be analyzed.

“Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet.”

Budweiser’s innovation team selected barley, one of its core ingredients, to be the focus of the first two experiments in space. Malting barley is a process that results in the high-quality malt used in the Budweiser enjoyed today and the research on the International Space Station will unveil how the barley seeds react in a unique microgravity environment. One of the experiments will focus on barley seed exposure with the second testing barley germination. Not only will the research offer insights on steps to creating beer on the Red Planet, but it could also provide valuable information on the production of barley and the larger agricultural community here on earth.

Scheduled to launch on Monday, December 4, twenty Budweiser barley seeds will be sent to the International Space Station, packaged in two Space Tango CubeLabs on SpaceX’s CRS-13 rocket. The seedlings will be in orbit for approximately 30 days, before being brought back down to earth for Budweiser’s innovation team to analyze – setting the foundation and blueprint for Budweiser’s next move in brewing the beer of the future.

For more information, check out Budweiser on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

To learn more about CASIS visit www.iss-casis.org and to view the rocket launch live on December 4, visit www.SpaceX.com.

*CASIS stands for Center for Advancement of Science in Space, a non-profit, non-government organization that acts as the manager of the research facility on the International Space Station, with a focus on enabling a new era of space research to improve life on Earth.

About Budweiser

Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser stays true to the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.

Beer Institute’s October domestic tax paid estimate by beer brewers shows 5.6% jump

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 4:16pm

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid shipments by beer brewers for October 2017:

The October 2017 estimate is 13,726,000 barrels, an increase of 5.6% versus October 2016 removals of 12,998,000. Please note that the estimates reflect revised estimates released by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).


Month 2016 2017 Percent Change Volume Change January 12,698,756 12,951,000 2.0% 252,244 February 12,951,553 11,724,000 -9.5% -1,227,553 March 15,411,120 14,945,000 -3.0% -466,120 April 14,749,656 14,134,000 -4.2% -615,656 May 15,684,117 16,272,000 3.7% 587,883 June 16,801,412 16,858,000 0.3% 56,588 July 15,108,833 14,413,000 -4.6% -695,833 August 16,239,037 15,531,000 -4.4% -708,037 September 15,175,000 14,426,000 -4.9% -749,000 October 12,998,000 13,726,000 5.6% 728,000 YTD 2017 147,817,484 144,980,000 -1.9% -2,837,484                      


The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing brewers of all sizes, as well as beer importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility. For additional updates from the Beer Institute, visit our website<http://www.beerinstitute.org/>, follow @BeerInstitute<https://twitter.com/beerinstitute/> on Twitter, like the Beer Institute on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/BeerInstitute/>, and follow the Beer Institute on Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/beerinstitute/>.

Scofflaw expanding again with new brew house, increasing annual capacity to 30k bbl’s

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 4:06pm

[Scofflaw Brewing l. to r. — Joe McIntyre, J.P. Watts, Co-founders Matt Shirah, Travis Herman]

(Atlanta, GA) – Plans are in place for a third expansion at Scofflaw Brewing Company, the Georgia brewery growing at a rapid pace and known for its IPAs and barrel-aged stouts.

The brewery has a new 50-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse under construction at BrewFab, scheduled to be installed by Mar. 1 at the current brewing facility in the Bolton neighborhood of Atlanta on the city’s Westside.

Eight additional 100-barrel fermentation tanks plus new bright tanks will also be installed, starting in November. The third expansion in the first 18 months of operation will double the brewery’s current capacity to 30,000 barrels per year.

“We came up against capacity constraints when we opened with 6,500 barrels and at 12,000 barrels and again at 16,000 barrels,” said co-founder Matt Shirah. “Each time we’ve added fermentation tanks, we’ve ended up at maximum capacity. We needed to replace the current 20-barrel brewhouse and do a build-out to give us the capacity we need going forward.”

Demand for kegs continues to drive the growth for Scofflaw, which is distributed solely in Georgia. Shirah anticipates much of the new capacity will be needed to satisfy the keg demand from restaurants, gastropubs, beer bars, tap rooms and growler shops. “We don’t see any incremental increase in can production, because demand for draft is so strong. But we are working on a stronger packaged beer program.”

The expansion will make some of the brewery’s original fermentation tanks available for more R&D beers to be served in the iconic tap room, which features a full view of the brewery and an adjacent outdoor beer garden.

A new, higher capacity centrifuge has already been installed to improve efficiency and additional laboratory equipment for quality control. To support the growth of craft beer in the state, the current brewhouse will be sold to a Georgia craft brewer after the new installation.

About Scofflaw Brewing Co. – www.scofflawbeer.com
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine, USA Today and Craft Beer & Brewing as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.

Angel City Sunbather #2 and Baltic Porter pint cans part of a Dec. 16 double release

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 3:52pm

(Los Angeles, CA) – Angelenos know how powerful a pair can be – Kobe and Shaq, avocado and toast, Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney. This holiday season, Angel City Brewery is releasing another dynamic LA duo, Baltic Porter and Sunbather #2. These two distinct beers will have your December drink needs covered, with the first perfect for seasonal sipping and the second a quintessential quencher. Four-packs of 16 oz. cans will be released on Saturday, December 16th from 12-4 pm.

The first of the duo is Baltic Porter, an exceptionally dark beer with a black opaque appearance and slightly smoky aroma. Unlike traditional porters, Baltic porters use lager yeast which results in a velvety smooth and slightly sweet beer. Featuring notes of dark chocolate, licorice and toasted bread, this porter is brewed with a variety of malt, including pale chocolate malt, wheat, beechwood smoked malt, CaraFoam and black pearl. Baltic Porter has an ABV of 7.2% and IBU of 30.

The counterpart to the Baltic is the Sunbather #2, the sequel in the Sunbather collection. This sour single hop session features Amarillo hops and has an ABV of 4.2% with an IBU of 16. With a slightly hazy golden yellow appearance and a refreshingly tart taste, Sunbather #2 is perfect to enjoy while soaking up the LA sun, or hosting a holiday party.

All are invited to celebrate the launch of the new canned beers at Angel City Brewery on Saturday, December 16th from 12-4 pm at the two-can release party. The first 50 people to purchase a pack will receive a Baltic Porter and Sunbather #2 art poster. While at the brewery, make sure to check out Arts District Daze happening throughout the neighborhood. Arts District Daze is a monthly block party with special art events, exclusive menu item, sales and music. Follow the yellow balloons around the neighborhood to check out participating locations.

“We are continuing to expand our canning program, and this double beer drop of Baltic Porter and Sunbather #2 is an excellent addition to the lineup,” said Layton Cutler, Head Brewer at Angel City Brewery. “Baltic Porter is typically bottled, so it will be nice to have an easy-to-sip and carry can package for drinkers to bring to holiday events.”

Angel City Brewery brews beer for the greater LA area and beyond at their Downtown based brewery in the heart of the Arts District. The brewery’s Public House features a 19-tap bar that serves an ever-changing roster of classic and newly inspired beer, and is open seven days a week with a full calendar of events ranging from trivia nights to art shows, live music and festivals. The Public House is open Monday-Thursday, 4:00pm – 1:00am, Friday 4:00pm – 2:00am, Saturday 12:00pm – 2:00am and Sunday 12:00pm – 1:00am.

About Angel City Brewery
LA is often viewed through a lens of Hollywood, glitz and glamour, but at Angel City we see things differently. Our mission is simple: to shine a light on the eclectic underbelly of what has been referred to as the other LA. Our home in the Downtown Arts District is the center of a cultural revival for the city’s most talented artists, musicians, hustlers, and craftspeople. It’s an LA that’s as creative as it is diverse, and our beer is no exception. Through our beers and hand-chosen partnerships we seek to bring the allure of the Arts District experience to greater LA and beyond. Find Angel City on draft or in 6-packs at bars, restaurants and retail locations throughout California. Visit the Brewery and Public House downtown for a brewery tour, tasting or weekly event, located at 216 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Angel City Brewery is an A&S Brewing Collaborative brand, a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company. Angel City Brewery is online at www.AngelCityBrewery.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Angel City, Angel City Brewery and the Angel City Brewery logo are registered trademarks of A&S Brewing Collaborative LLC

Colorado Native Winterfest makes seasonal return

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 3:01pm

(Golden, CO) – The holidays are here, which means it’s time for AC Golden Brewing Company’s Colorado Native Winterfest to make its appearance. This year it arrives with a bang – receiving a gold medal at the All Colorado Beer Festival.

Winterfest is a traditional bock the company began brewing in 2015 as part of its Colorado Native family of brands, all of which are brewed with 100 percent Colorado ingredients.

The beer won gold in the Bocks, Scottish and Irish Ales category at the festival, which was held earlier this month in Colorado Springs. Beers from more than 60 Colorado breweries were entered into the 11th annual festival.

Moravian two-row pale, Munich, and chocolate malts are used to help create Colorado Native Winterfest’s sweet toasted malt and biscuit flavor. Clean alcohol character balances the malt sweetness and noble hop bitterness. A long lasting, billowy white foam head crowns the beer and it finishes clean, sweet and rich with a depth of malt character. ABV is 7 percent.

“Winterfest is an all-around good food-pairing beer,” said AC Golden head brewer Jeff Nickel. “It stands up particularly well to hearty meat dishes and also pairs well with chocolate.”

AC Golden Brewing Company brews beers with 100 percent Colorado ingredients, making it the natural choice for beer drinkers who want to stay local with their choices. AC Golden also brews Colorado Native Amber Lager, Colorado Native IPL, and several specialty beers under the Colorado Native label, including: Olathe, Pilsner, Peche, Plum, and Winterfest.

AC Golden Brewing Company is located in Golden, Colo.

Braxton Dead Blow Tropical Stout, Dark Charge Bourbon Maple BA Two Year Imp. Stout due soon

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 2:45pm

(Covington, KY) – Braxton Brewing Company is excited to release two new packaged products. At their 3rd annual Winter Block Party on Saturday, December 2nd, they’ll be releasing their Bourbon Maple Imperial Stout that has aged in 23-year old Bourbon barrels for two years. On Friday, November 24th, they’ll release Dead Blow Tropical Stout brewed with their proprietary Starter Coffee in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans.

JOIN THE WINTER BLOCK PARTY: https://www.facebook.com/events/418664398536381/

JOIN THE BLACK FRIDAY RELEASE OF DEAD BLOW WITH STARTER COFFEE: https://www.facebook.com/events/131456927570478/

“This is my favorite time of the year as we get to share some special projects with family, friends and the entire craft beer community,” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder & CEO of Braxton Brewing Company. “The two year aged stout has been something that we’ve anxiously been waiting to share and Dead Blow brewed with Starter has been one of our most in demand projects. Now, we get to share both!”

Braxton Brewing Company received 23-year old Bourbon barrels that also aged maple syrup for a year in 2015. Last year, the Covington brewery released their Dark Charge Imperial Stout that had aged in these barrels for one year. This year, the brewery will release a very limited amount of this beer that aged in these barrels for two years. They’ll be released on Saturday, December 2nd alongside six other Dark Charge variants. The bottles will be $30, packaged in a cardboard box and limited to one bottle per person.

The full bottle lineup can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/events/418664398536381/

On Friday, November 24th the brewing company will release its popular Dead Blow Tropical Stout infused with their Starter Coffee in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans. This is the first time Braxton Brewing has packaged what is one of their most popular draft offerings.

Cans will also be available throughout the company’s distribution footprint in Northern Kentucky, CIncinnati, Dayton, Lexington, Louisville and Nashville.

“When we launched Starter Coffee, we wanted to be proud of the proprietary product and be able to serve it as both a standalone product and infuse it in Dead Blow Tropical Stout,” said Evan Rouse, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer of Braxton Brewing Company. “This is one of our most popular beers and we’re thrilled to finally have it in cans!”

To celebrate, the brewery will be open beginning at 8am on Black Friday. The cans will be available at this time. The brewery is also hosting Holtman’s Donuts in the taproom for a Pop-up shop and will have a special, “Thanksgiving Leftovers” Firkin (infused beer). Glass mugs will be available for purchase to properly enjoy this coffee stout.

Learn more about the release of Braxton Labs’ Dark Charge variants here: https://www.facebook.com/events/418664398536381/ . You can learn more about the release of Dead Blow brewed with Starter Coffee here: https://www.facebook.com/events/131456927570478/

For more information about Braxton Brewing Company visit the company’s website.

Follow Braxton Brewing Company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in-the-know or visit their website for more company details.

Chatham Brewing partners with CraftLink to expand beer availability in New York City

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 2:27pm

New service enables upper Hudson Valley brewery to expand reach into five boroughs

(Chatham, NY) – Chatham Brewing, Columbia County’s first and finest brewery in New York’s upper Hudson Valley, has partnered with CraftLink to expand availability of its beer throughout New York City.

As a self-distributor, Chatham Brewing distributes directly to bars, restaurants, and retailers primarily in New York’s Hudson Valley and various points in Eastern New York. However, with such an arrangement, expansion can be prohibitive. CraftLink is an innovative service that allows craft breweries either in New York City or in Upstate to self-ship or work with a third-party shipping source.

As an award-winning brewery that has been lauded with the Mathew Vassar Cup for Best Hudson Valley Brewery three times in the past decade and in partnership with CraftLink, Chatham Brewing products can be found throughout New York City.

“We pride ourselves on our personal connection and relationships with our accounts through self-distribution,” said Tom Crowell, co-founder and owner, Chatham Brewing. “However, this model can be challenging in terms of expanding into major markets, such as New York City. With CraftLink, we’re able to save significant resources while retaining our self-distribution model.”

Prospective bars, restaurants, and retailers that would like to explore Chatham Brewing’s inventory through CraftLink are invited to sign up for free via their website, CraftLink.co.

Additional company information can be found online at ChathamBrewing.com, on Facebook (fb.com/ChathamBrewingCompany), and on Twitter (@ChathamBrewing), and on Instagram (@ChathamBrewing).

Red Brick Hype Whale BBA Imp. Stout, Sea Otter Stout, Journey Without Maps DIPA coming soon

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 2:06pm

The New Red Brick Brewing Co.

As the oldest craft brewery in the state of Georgia enters their 25th year, Red Brick works towards change

(Atlanta, GA) – It has been just less than 25 years since Red Brick Brewing Co opened their doors as the first craft brewery in Atlanta, and a lot has changed. Breweries have come and gone, beer styles have become popular and fallen off. Red Brick has hung on as a mainstay in the Atlanta craft beer scene, and going into year 25 it looks to make changes that will bring them back to the craft brewery of choice in the local market.

One change over the past year was hiring a new Director of Brewing Operations. Gavin McKenna started with Red Brick in June of 2017 and hit the ground running making changes to the brewing processes, starting with the water chemistry and recipe development. “It’s very hard to know what a beer tastes like until you have the right water to support the flavor it expresses. So that was the first thing I did,” says McKenna. “After that there was a lot of work with recipe development. There has been a learning curve with how to best use the system to create quality beers.” The focus has become beer quality control and always bringing the best product to the consumer.

McKenna has made some impactful changes to the beer quality at Red Brick and is excited for three new beer releases over the next month. The first will take place on Friday, November 24, with the 2017 release of Hype Whale Imperial Stout. This batch of Hype Whale was aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels. The event will take place on Black Friday at the brewery from 4pm-10pm, and will feature live music, food by local chef Chip English, and the Drawn and Disorderly local art market.

In addition to a focus on quality control, Red Brick has also made a concerted effort to give back to their community. One of these partnerships has been with Georgia Aquarium, in the form of a collaboration beer series whose proceeds go to research and conservation efforts. The newest beer in this series is Sea Otter Stout, a roasty and full bodied stout, releasing for the first time at Red Brick Brewing Co on December 1.

“We are proud to be in partnership with Red Brick Brewing Co. for a third craft beer to bring awareness to another endangered species in our care, the sea otter,” said Gina Fisher, associate curator, mammals and birds. “This collaboration is so unique and a great way to bring awareness to this animal and to inspire others to help.”

The event on December 1 is a “Holiday Morning” theme party: guests can wear their best Christmas pajamas, enjoy holiday variants of Sea Otter Stout, and are encouraged to bring a gift to donate to Toys for Tots (and will receive a $5 gift card in exchange for donation).

The final release of the year is a new direction for Red Brick, Journey Without Maps DIPA. Five pounds per barrel of Eukanot, Citra and Denali hops lend huge tropical fruit and citrus notes to the beer. Journey Without Maps will release on Thursday, December 7 at Red Brick, and will be available in 16oz cans at the brewery only.

As the brewery moves into their 25th year it is committed to continually releasing new, fresh and innovative styles, with a constant commitment to quality control. Red Brick Brewing Co is excited to see what 2018 will bring for the Atlanta craft beer scene.

HYPE WHALE EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/497034374014095/

SEA OTTER STOUT EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/133724714061407/

JOURNEY WITHOUT MAPS EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/144258236333253/

Founded in 1993, Red Brick began their brewing odyssey at a small building in downtown Atlanta. It is established a 24-year tradition of producing fresh, interesting, and delicious brews for your drinking pleasure. Red Brick prides itself on crafting a variety of year-round and seasonal offerings, including its exclusive Brick Mason series.

Summit Imperial Russian Stout joins Union Series starting next week

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 1:43pm

Summit Brewing Co. Suspects Russians of Meddling With Imperial Stout – Brewery Announces Sixth Union Series Beer

(St. Paul, MN) – Six months ago, Summit Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Damian McConn used his Outlook Calendar tool to reserve the brew house for a day and kicked out all the other brewers. Armed with an authentic British recipe from the 1840s, he set about brewing the kind of classic Imperial Stout he liked to drink 20 years ago in the UK.

Aging since June 2017 at 50 degrees in a 300-barrel stainless steel fermentation tank, it’s possible that Russians operatives may have, at some point, hacked in and attempted to influence the final outcome. Often tied up with a number of other brewing projects, McConn explains “It’s easy to forget about a beer over six months of aging.” Every few weeks, however, McConn took samples of the beer and noticed it was slowly developing rather complex flavors and aromas of dark fruit, roasted malt, black licorice, and mocha coffee. At the same time, the ABV kept creeping closer and closer to 10.5% — very consistent with the strong Russian-style stouts British brewers first crafted in the 1800s to impress Russian czars.

Featuring massive malt character from the UK’s Golden Promise and Pearl Brown malts, as well as huge hop additions of two new UK hops — Minstrel and Olicana — Summit Union Series 6: Imperial Russian Stout pours coal black and is finished with a UK Ale yeast for a full mouth feel and a dry, assertive, warming finish.

“It’s really a lovely beer,” says McConn, who’s adamant that no foreign agents actually interfered with the stout. “The integration of flavor, alcohol, yeast, malt, and hops makes this a special and unique beer, and we’ve given it the appropriate amount of time to age before packaging it.” (That means, Dear Beer Geeks, that you don’t have to cellar your 4-packs of 12-oz. bottles; it’s best enjoyed fresh.)

Like the five Summit Union Series beers to have come before it, the Imperial Russian Stout was crafted and brewed by Head Brewer Damian McConn, highlighting his gift for marrying unique modern ingredients with time-honored brewing traditions. On hold in 2016 due to Summit Brewing Company’s 30th Anniversary Series brews, McConn is excited to welcome back the small-batch Summit Union Series and share his newest creation with you. “It is,” he promises, “shockingly drinkable.”

Summit Union Series #6: Imperial Russian Stout will debut at the Summit Beer Hall Thursday, November 30, 2017. In the following weeks, the very limited Union Series brew will arrive on draft and in 4-packs of 12-oz. bottles.

For more information about this and other beer releases, visit www.summitbrewing.com.

P.S. The Russians didn’t actually mess with the beer.

Summit Union Series #6: Imperial Russian Stout
ABV: 10.5%
IBU: 70
Color: Coal Black (80 L)
Malts: Golden Promise and Pearl Brown Malt from the UK
Hops: Minstrel and Olicana from the UK
Yeast: UK Ale yeast
Serving Tips: Serve at 50–55ºF in a snifter glass. Pair with Stilton or gorgonzola cheeses, German chocolate cake, bison sliders, ribeye steak, or blackened pork chops if you haven’t already eaten them.

Summit Union Series
Launched in 2013, the small-batch Summit Union Series allows Summit Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Damian McConn to scour the globe for obscure hops and malts as he looks to marry new and modern ingredients with time-honored brewing traditions. Briefly put on hold in 2016, McConn is eager to reintroduce Summit beer lovers to this series and the rare and unique ingredients it celebrates.

Summit Brewing Company
Founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has remained close to its roots, refreshing thirsty folks throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Currently available in five states, Summit now produces seven year-round premium craft beers, seven occasionals, four seasonal brews, and the limited-release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since our inception, we’ve been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement. For everything Summit Brewing, visit summitbrewing.com.

Bhramari Hop & Lock series to debut with NEIPA featuring Mosaic, Vic Secret, El Dorado

Beer News - November 21, 2017 - 1:18pm

(Asheville, NC) – In a celebration of haze and hops, Bhramari Brewing Co. in Asheville, NC is releasing the first iteration of their Hop & Lock series: a New England Style Double IPA featuring Mosaic, Vic Secret, & El Dorado.

This limited edition 16oz. can features the art by tattoo artist Daniel Shaneyfelt

Hop & Lock: Mosaic, Vic Secret, & El Dorado will be available Saturday, December 2, 2017 on draft and in 4-packs of 16-oz. cans in the taproom. Limited distribution in North Carolina to follow.

Hop & Lock: Mosaic, Vic Secret, & El Dorado

ABV: 8.5%

IBU: 42

Color: Hazy Straw

Bhramari Brewing Company

Bhramari Brewing Co. was founded in Asheville, NC in 2016. Culinary inspired, locally and globally infused, and experimental at its heart – we at Bhramari Brewing Co. want to always create what inspires us so that you might be inspired as well. Find balance, find whimsy, and discover something completely new in every sip of a Bhramari brew! Visit bhramaribrewing.com.

Lompoc to close Hedge House on Tuesday, November 28

Beer News - November 20, 2017 - 2:40pm

(Portland, OR) – Lompoc Brewing has announced the closure of its Hedge House location at 3412 SE Division St. The final day will be Tuesday, Nov. 28. Owner Jerry Fechter gave the following statement.

“We’d like to thank our staff, customers, friends, family, and vendors for your support over the last 14 years. We are so proud of our team, some of whom have worked here for nearly a dozen years, and it is truly heartbreaking to close.

Hedge House was Lompoc’s first satellite pub; Don Younger and I opened it in December 2003 with a goal of being the neighborhood watering hole that served local food and handcrafted beer. It became beloved for its patio, dog friendly atmosphere, and Steelers games.

Division Street was way less developed back then, and over the last 14 years, significantly more restaurants, pubs and beer bars have opened up. The competition is greater and frankly, business is slow; we’ve seen decreasing sales for the last two years. Our lease is up in the spring, and we decided to shut down now and focus on the brewery and the remaining pubs.

Please join me and our team now through Tuesday, Nov. 28 for a week of celebratory send off. We will tap our holiday beer lineup at Hedge House on Monday, Nov. 27.

Thank you for all the support offered to Hedge House and thank you for all of the continued support of the remaining Lompoc pubs: Fifth Quadrant, Sidebar, Oaks Bottom and Lompoc Tavern. We hope you’ll stop by, raise a last pint with us and send Hedge House off in style!


Jerry and the Hedge House Crew”

Lompoc Brewing creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its remaining Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. Proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind. For more information, visit LompocBrewing.com and follow @LompocBeer.

Raccoon Lodge in SW Portland renamed The Lodge at Cascade Brewing

Beer News - November 20, 2017 - 2:29pm

Art Larrance renames Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub in Southwest Portland, restaurant now called The Lodge at Cascade Brewing

(Portland, OR) – In 1998, Art Larrance – one of founding fathers of craft brewing in Oregon – established The Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub in Southwest Portland. At the same time, he installed a 10 barrel brewhouse on the bottom floor of the restaurant and called it Cascade Brewing. His goal was to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere for families to enjoy quality food and craft beer brewed on-site.

Now, almost 20 years later, Cascade Brewing has become known worldwide for its award winning sour beers. Its eastside tasting room, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, has become a must stop destination for beer tourists visiting Portland. Yet many who eat at the Raccoon Lodge have no idea a brewery exists just one floor below.

Larrance has set out to change that by renaming the Raccoon Lodge The Lodge at Cascade Brewing. A new exterior neon sign made its debut last week, and a new website – LodgeatCascade.com – is now home to all the pub’s information.

When asked why the name change, Larrance explained, “We want to emphasize who we are and what we have been for 20 years, which is Cascade Brewing. Our company has undergone a rebranding this year, changing our logo and our beer labels. Renaming the restaurant is the final step of the rebrand.”

The restaurant will continue to offer the same great food and service it’s known for, served alongside its cozy fireplace. The Lodge has a reputation as a family friendly destination, and that hasn’t changed, including the popular “Kids Eat Free” program, providing kids ages 12 and under a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree every Monday.

What customers will see is a new menu with old favorites and new items to try, including a daily soup and chili. There’s an increase in the number of beers – especially the brewery’s award winning sours – available; the restaurant has installed a second cooler upstairs to add six new sour beer tap handles. The Oregon Lottery machines have been removed from the downstairs Den, and replaced with more seating.

Cascade’s distinctive sour ales are developed with a house culture of lactobacillus bacteria, which produces the acid that makes the beer sour. The brewery also frequently incorporates locally grown fresh fruit into these ales, such as cherries, apricots, berries and grapes. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from the acid, the fruit, and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age.

Bacterial fermentation is a natural process that requires long-term maturation in oak barrels; Cascade’s beers are aged for up to several years. Each barrel produces a different effect, so the brewery blends the various barrels until it believes it has the perfect beer. Sour beers take an exceptionally long time to develop, but they are well worth the wait. And now visitors to The Lodge at Cascade Brewing will be able to experience a greater selection.

For more information about The Lodge at Cascade Brewing, visit LodgeatCascade.com. To learn more about Cascade Brewing, visit CascadeBrewing.com.

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Second Self Beer’s Olde Oyl returns on Black Friday, 11/24

Beer News - November 20, 2017 - 2:13pm

(Atlanta, GA) – Atlanta craft brewery Second Self Beer Co. will release Olde Oyl (11% ABV, 65 IBU), a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout, on November 24th. Arriving just in time for cooler weather, Olde Oyl is brewed seasonally with malt and oats for a rich body and robust aroma. Suggested pairings for the beer include prime rib, roasted mushrooms, French onion soup, very sharp cheddar, and chocolate mousse.


Available through the month of January, Olde Oyl also incorporates custom-roasted coffee from East Pole Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster based in Atlanta’s Armour Yards development between Buckhead and Midtown.


Olde Oyl will make its debut at Second Self’s Black Friday Extravaganza event on Nov. 24th from 1-9pm at their Atlanta taproom (1317 Logan Circle NW), where guests can also enjoy flights of the brew from previous years (2015 to current). Olde Oyl will then be available on draft and in bars and restaurants in Georgia and Alabama throughout January. Sixteen-ounce cans of Olde Oyl will also be available for to-go purchases and on draft at the taproom.



Bringing a decade of brewing experience, Second Self’s Co-Founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle released their highly acclaimed beers to the public in fall 2014. Second Self’s beers are brewed with fresh ingredients like blue ginger and lemongrass (never dried ingredients or extracts), and each brew is designed to be paired with food. Last year, Second Self opened an expanded taproom at their Westside brewery located at 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta, GA. Designed by Adrenaline, Inc., their graphics have been recognized at Tastings.com’s 2015 World Beer Championships Packaging Competition and Graphic Design USA’s 2015 American Graphic Design Awards. The craft brewery has been nationally recognized by Food & Wine, DRAFT Magazine, Beer Advocate, Fortune, Paste Magazine and more. www.secondselfbeer.com.

1320 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. Unit A500 | Atlanta, GA 30318 US

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter returns on January 13th, tix now on sale

Beer News - November 20, 2017 - 10:47am

(Oakland Park, FL) – Funky Buddha’s award winning Maple Bacon Coffee Porter returns on January 13th, with the same epic beer festival format featuring over 100 beers to taste from Florida and beyond. Advance festival tickets will allow you the option to pre-purchase guaranteed Maple Bacon Coffee Porter bottles in quantities of 4 or 12 bottles with the added benefit of purchasing additional bottles on the day of the event. Any bottles left unsold will be released to the public in our tap room on Sunday, January 14th, and distributed throughout the state at the end of January.


JANUARY 13, 2018
1 PM TO 5 PM

At the Funky Buddha Brewery Backlot
Unlimited Beer Sampling
Craft Food Counter + South Florida’s Best Food Trucks
Live DJ Set
Guaranteed Access to Purchase Bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

ONE CASE (12 BOTTLE) TICKET: $235 + tax $200 Early Bird Special (while supplies last)
On sale: November 20th at 10am
Includes complimentary Maple Bacon Coffee Porter 2017 Bar Key Bottle Opener

4 BOTTLE TICKET: $115 + tax $100 Early Bird Special (while supplies last)
On sale: November 20th at 10am

GA TICKET: $55 + tax $45 Early Bird Special (while supplies last)
On sale: November 22nd at 10am

(Early Bird Tickets Good Through November 27th or While Supplies Lasts)

JANUARY 14TH, 2018 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
$60 + tax
Unlimited Brunch Menu
Special Release Beers on Tap for Purchase
Option to add bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter to brunch ticket for pickup at brunch

Full Event Details and Tap List Here


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