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Second Self Beer Co. Make IPA Great Again debuts this week

Beer News - 1 hour 26 min ago

Double IPA Will Be Available in Cans and on Draft Throughout Georgia & Alabama Starting in May

(Atlanta, GA) – Atlanta brewery Second Self Beer Company introduces its newest offering Make IPA Great Again (9% ABV, 111 IBU), a phenomenal Double IPA made for winners. The brewery’s Cofounders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle created the throwback double IPA as an homage to the bitter and clear IPAs that inspired them to start brewing over a decade ago. This new beer will be released at Second Self’s Westside taproom on April 28th and on draft and in cans throughout the patriotic states of Georgia and Alabama in May.

Brewed with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops, Make IPA Great Again has tremendous notes of pine, resin, covfefe and citrus with a bitter finish. It is best enjoyed on the golf course or while browsing Twitter on Stormy nights. Suggested food pairings include well-done steak with ketchup, taco bowls, Russian dressing, and anything off the Dollar Menu.

Label artwork was designed by Tex Grubbs, and the yuge 16 oz. cans will fit comfortably even in small hands. The beer’s name was devised by Eddie Holly, Owner of Ale Yeah! in Decatur.

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ABOUT SECOND SELF BEER COMPANY

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 beer is designed to be paired with food. Second Self’s brewery and taproom is located in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood at 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta, GA. The craft brewery has been nationally recognized by Food & Wine, DRAFT Magazine, Beer Advocate, Fortune, Paste Magazine and more. For more information, visit www.secondselfbeer.com.

Coronado Peach Cruiser IPA joins Knoxville Series starting April 27

Beer News - 2 hours 50 min ago

(San Diego, CA) – Coming off the success of North Island IPA, Coronado Brewing is releasing the next beer in its Knoxville Series – Peach Cruiser IPA – in time for summer. Coronado’s Knoxville Series debuted earlier this year and features three special release beers distributed throughout Coronado’s network in six-pack cans, 22oz bottles and on draft. The series offers beer drinkers fun, interesting beers available to buy on store shelves, while supplies last. Peach Cruiser IPA is the second installment in the series and comes off the heels of the very well-received North Island IPA. Early Bird Milk Stout is scheduled as the third release later this year.

Peach Cruiser is a San Diego-style IPA brewed with summer in mind. The beer is brewed using a blend of Mosaic, Citra and Azacca hops, with fresh peach puree added to complement the tropical citrus hoppiness. “When I think of summer, I think of tropical fruit and the beach,” says Mark Thiesen, Head Brewer, Coronado Brewing Company. “The blend of hops we used brings out all the bright, tropical fruit characteristics you look for in a summer beer, and the fresh peach puree complements and enhances those flavors nicely. The end result is an incredibly easy-drinking and refreshing IPA that’s perfect for outdoor activities.”

Peach Cruiser IPA will debut at all Coronado locations on Friday, April 27 in six-pack cans, 22oz bottles and on draft. The beer will hit broader retail availability in May and will be available to buy on store shelves throughout the company’s distribution network. For more information about Peach Cruiser IPA, visit www.coronadobrewing.com. Stay Coastal. Cheers.

Peach Cruiser IPA:

Style: San Diego-Style IPA

ABV: 6.8%

Package: 22oz, 12oz six-pack, draft

Release: April 2018

Availability: Coronado’s distribution network

Label Copy:

We took a San Diego-style IPA and added fresh peach puree to complement the tropical citrus hoppiness. The result is an unfiltered, easy-to-drink IPA with tons of citrus and peach fruitiness and a moderately hoppy/bitter finish.

About Coronado Brewing Company

In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. Today CBC stays true to their San Diego roots, brewing abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales, which are available today in 14 US states and 12 countries. In addition to the long-established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside its San Diego production facility in 2013, and a tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach, California in 2014. Coronado Brewing Company was honored in 2014 with one of the brewing industry’s most prestigious awards—World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a Mid-Size Brewing Company.

Links:

Website: http://www.coronadobrewing.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coronadobrewingcompany

Instagram: @CoronadoBrewing

Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing

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#StayCoastal

Ninkasi Maiden the Shade Summer IPA and Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack land May 2018

Beer News - 2 hours 59 min ago

(Eugene, OR) — Crafted for warm weather, Ninkasi Brewing Company brings back its sunny seasonal, Maiden the Shade Summer IPA, and launches its new Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack, featuring a mix of the brewery’s best IPAs in bottles and cans. Available May through September, both offerings can be found throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

Maiden the Shade Summer IPA

Deemed a Summer IPA, Maiden the Shade captures a complex hop profile paired with an exceptionally smooth body. Inspired by the annual Oregon Country Fair, a three-day summer festival held in Oregon, Maiden the Shade is bold, dank and bursting with floral notes. Available next month, Maiden the Shade Summer IPA can be found on-tap and in 12 and 22-ounce bottles.

“When we first brewed this beer, we set out to capture the perfect warm-weather IPA,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “Brewed with eight hop varieties and flaked barley, this beer’s multi-layer hop complexity is complemented by a smooth body, making it a go-to for any summertime fun.”

Maiden the Shade Summer IPA Stats

Bold and drinkable, this Summer IPA captures an impressively balanced hop complexity. An adventurous hop bouquet of eight select varieties is complemented by the use of flaked barley to create a beer that is as robust as it is easy to sip. Kick back and enjoy!

· Style: Summer IPA

· Series: Seasonal Release Series

· Available: May – September

· ABV: 6.8%

· IBU: 72

· Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Flaked Barley

· Hops: Summit, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade, Amarillo, Magnum

· Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, Summer Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft

· Tasting Notes: This beer has been dubbed a summer IPA. Powerful combinations of many different kinds of hops give it a big hop profile. We added flaked barley to the beer to make for a smooth body and a lighter summer-style IPA. Another Ninkasi cult favorite!

· Food Pairings: BBQ, Fresh Vegetables, Fish Tacos, Savory French Toast

· Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack
Also set to release this May, Ninkasi debuts its Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack, highlighting an assortment of IPAs for any palate or occasion. The new variety pack includes 12-ounce bottles of Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Maiden the Shade Summer IPA, and 12-ounce cans of Prismatic Juicy IPA.

“This Summer IPA Pack really demonstrates the versatility of the IPA style,” says Floyd. “Whether your cheersing with bottles in the backyard or heading to the river with cans, this variety pack is ready to go wherever you choose to adventure this summer.”

The Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack Includes:

· Total Domination IPA – 6.7% ABV, 81 IBU
This decidedly balanced Northwest IPA celebrates our love of hops. A delightful blend of citrus and floral hop notes dominate the senses while a trio of malt adds a clean finish. Totally hoppy, totally drinkable; the name says it all.

· Maiden the Shade Summer IPA – 6.8% ABV, 72 IBU
Bold and drinkable, this Summer IPA captures an impressively balanced hop complexity. An adventurous hop bouquet of eight select varieties is complemented by the use of flaked barley to create a beer that is as robust as it is easy to sip. Kick back and enjoy!

· Tricerahops Double IPA – 8.0% ABV, 84 IBU
A colossal hop profile defines this deceivingly drinkable Double IPA. Earthy and floral hops meld with a generous amount of malt, making Tricerahops incredibly bold and balanced. Hoppy, intensely flavorful and smooth, it’s double everything you already love in an IPA.

· Prismatic Juicy IPA **In Cans!** – 5.9% ABV, 36 IBU
Juicy hops burst with notes of pineapple, passionfruit and guava in this irresistibly flavorful IPA. Dry-hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe CRYO HOPS®, Prismatic offers a deliciously colorful hop experience.

To track down Maiden the Shade Summer IPA or the Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack, visit DrinkNinkasi.com.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Prismatic Juicy IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Yours Truly Easy-Drinking Ale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

Michigan Brewers Guild publishes 2018 Annual Guide

Beer News - 3 hours 6 min ago

(Lansing, MI) – The Michigan Brewers Guild has just released the 2018 edition of its annual publication, Michigan. The Great Beer State. The theme this year is “Thirst for Adventure” with articles focused on recreational activities and trail towns around Michigan that support the craft beer philosophy—like paddling, hiking and biking.

The 88-page magazine also includes stories about other food and beverage products made with beer, local agricultural items used in the brewing process and an insiders look at the one-of-a-kind MBG hosted festivals (see 2018-2019 dates below).

A highlight of the guide is the pull-out map and listings for 270 member brewery locations spread out throughout Michigan’s two peninsulas (up from 239 in last year’s 20th Anniversary issue).

The 80,000 copies of the guide have been distributed to member breweries, Michigan welcome centers, chambers of commerce and visitor bureaus, retail locations and other beer-supporting businesses around the state. A flip-book version is also available online at MiBeer.com (under resources). An additional 10,000 copies of the pull-out map were also printed.

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

www.MiBeer.com

www.facebook.com/MichiganBrewersGuild

www.twitter.com/MiBrewersGuild

www.instagram.com/MiBrewers

#MiBeer #DrinkMiBeer #GreatBeerState

2018-2019 Michigan Brewers Guild Festivals:

Summer Beer Festival: July 27-28 – Ypsilanti

UP Fall Beer Festival: September 8 – Marquette

Detroit Fall Beer Festival: October 26-27 – Detroit

Winter Beer Festival: February 22-23 – Grand Rapids

Michigan Brewers Guild is a proud member and supporter of the following organizations:

Brewers Association | Check In Michigan | Michigan Agri-Tourism Association | Michigan Association of Society Executives |
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association | Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development |
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) | Michigan Festivals & Events Association | Michigan Grocers Association |
Michigan Licensed Beverage Association | Michigan Restaurant Association | Michigan Snowsports Industries Association |
Michigan State University – Extension | Michigan Trails | The Nature Conservancy | Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM) | Travel Michigan (MEDC — Pure Michigan) | West Michigan Tourist Association

Schlafly Paloma Gose coming to Cellar Selections lineup on April 30

Beer News - 3 hours 19 min ago

St. Louis, MO — Schlafly Beer announces today the upcoming release of the latest beer in the Cellar Selections line: Paloma Gose. The largest locally owned brewery in St. Louis redesigned the 750-ml bottle series this year to showcase the research and development inside each of the inventive beers with a handwritten look and feel and a descriptive neck tag. The Paloma Gose will be available across Schlafly’s distribution in limited quantities, beginning Monday, April 30.

A traditional Paloma is a tequila-based drink with grapefruit and lime. Schlafly Beer takes the flavors of the beloved Mexican cocktail and features them in the German-style beer. Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains, “The salty, coriander-tinted and perfectly sour character of the gose provides the ideal framework for the addition of Paloma-inspired flavors of grapefruit and lime. You don’t even need the salted rim.”

At 4.5%, the Paloma Gose offers a refreshingly tart alternative to the average Cinco de Mayo margarita and a crushable beer to seek out for summer. “With low alcohol and hop profiles, it’s a cocktail disguised as a wonderfully balanced beer,” Hale further explains.

Paloma Gose is the third beer in Schlafly’s 2018 Cellar Selections, following Raspberry Chipotle Brown Ale and Kentucky Mule Ale. This year’s selections take a bolder directive with a creative collection of beers utilizing unconventional ingredients, many inspired by cocktails. Schlafly’s Kentucky Mule Ale was even recently named one of VinePair’s Best Cocktail-Inspired Beers here. Schlafly’s Paloma Gose will be available at the brewpubs as well as limited markets across Schlafly’s distribution. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/.

About Schlafly Beer:

Schlafly Beer, St. Louis’ largest locally-owned, independent craft brewery, proudly offers over 60 unique styles of beer. Each is handmade at the Tap Room in Midtown St. Louis or Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Utilizing 102 hop varietals, 77 malts and grains, 59 different spices and fruits and 10 separate yeast strains from around the globe, Schlafly also works with local suppliers for everything from farm-fresh food to packaging and labeling. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Schlafly donates spent grain to local farmers to feed their livestock and utilizes 100% renewable energy throughout its operations. The largest Missouri-owned-and-operated beer maker offers free tours of the Tap Room (2100 Locust Street) every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the hour and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue) from noon to 5 p.m. every half hour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The brand continues to define craft across 12 states and throughout countless fine establishments, backyards and basement bars. Join us at either of our locations and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a full listing of seasonal and year-round beers and for information on distribution, visit Schlafly.com.

Jackie O’s Vision Is Lost Without Eyes to See It Through BBA Imperial Stout announced

Beer News - 3 hours 27 min ago

(Athens, OH) – Jackie O’s will release a very limited beer on May 11 only at its Taproom & Public House locations in Athens, Ohio. Vision Is Lost Without Eyes to See It Through will not see distribution.

Description:
BLEND OF IMPERIAL STOUTS BREWED WITH WALNUTS AND AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS
This is a special blend consisting of Dark Apparition, Oil of Aphrodite, and Appervation barrels. These specific barrels were some of my (Brad Clark, Director of Brewing Operations) favorites and were set aside to age longer than our standard 10-14 months. These barrels range in age from 18-24 months and the extra time created one of the most pleasant and decadent blends we have ever assembled.

Limit 6x 375ml bottles per person, per location, per day.
Price per bottle $15.99
The Jackie O’s Taproom & Jackie O’s Public House both open at 11 am on 5/11. The Taproom is open until 10 pm & the Public House is open until 11 pm.

Port City Ideaal Tripel to debut on May 18th

Beer News - 3 hours 48 min ago

(Alexandria, VA) — Port City Brewing Company is proud to announce a new beer to its limited release lineup: Ideaal Tripel. From the Flemish term meaning “quintessential or exemplary,” Ideaal (pronounced id-ay-all) is an 8.5% ABV, honey gold Belgian-style ale. The beer will be available on draft and in bottles starting with the Tasting Room Release Party on Friday, May 18th.

“Optimal Wit has been a fan favorite since we opened over seven years ago, but we’ve only brewed a few other Belgian-style ales to date,” says founder Bill Butcher. “Everyone here at Port City has a deep respect for Belgian brewing, so we’re excited to share our version of one of the world’s classic beer styles.”

Drawing inspiration from Belgium’s monastic brewing tradition, Ideaal Tripel is a golden-hued abbey ale with a dense cap of mousse-like foam. Subtly sweet pilsner malt and herbaceous noble hops leave room for expressive Belgian yeast character to shine. In the glass, fruity esters and peppery phenols mingle with a floral-herbal hop aroma, setting the stage for a deceptively dry body. Ideaal Tripel is perfectly suited to accompany a wide range of food, such as Thanksgiving dinner, fruit-based desserts, and soft-ripened cheeses.

RELEASE PARTIES

Friday, May 18, 2018 – 3pm-10pm

Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304

Website: www.portcitybrewing.com/events/introducing-the-ideaal-tripel

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – 6pm-9pm

Granville Moore’s, 1238 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

ABOUT IDEAAL TRIPEL

Belgian-style Tripel, 8.5% ABV, 35 IBUs

Available on draft and in six packs throughout Port City’s nine state distribution area

Website: www.portcitybrewing.com/ideaal-tripel

ABOUT PORT CITY

Port City Brewing Company is an award-winning brewery that brews, serves, and ships beer to the D.C. and Mid-Atlantic market. They brew an exciting lineup of year-round brews, as well as an innovative slate of seasonal and occasional beers. 2015 Great American Beer Festival® Small Brewing Company of the Year.

LINKS

Website: www.portcitybrewing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortCityBrewing

Twitter: www.twitter.com/portcitybrew

Instagram: www.instagram.com/portcitybrew

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. reports first quarter 2018 results

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 5:10pm

(Boston, MA) – The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported first quarter 2018 net revenue of $190.5 million, an increase of $28.8 million or 17.8% from the same period last year, mainly due to an increase in shipments of 15.0%. Net income for the first quarter was $9.3 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, an increase of $3.6 million or $0.33 per diluted share from the first quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily due to increases in net revenue and gross margin that were only partially offset by increases in advertising, promotion and selling expenses.

In the first quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2017, the Company recorded a tax benefit of $0.23 per diluted share and $0.28 per diluted share, respectively, resulting from the Accounting Standard “Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting” (“ASU 2016-09”), which was effective for the Company on January 1, 2017.

Highlights of this release include:

Depletions increased 8% from the comparable 13-week period in 2017.
Full-year depletion and shipment change continues to be estimated at between zero and plus 6%.
First quarter gross margin of 50.5% was 3.3 percentage points above the 2017 first quarter margin; the Company’s full year gross margin target remains unchanged at between 52% and 54%.
Advertising, promotional and selling expenses in the first quarter increased $13.8 million or 25.6%, compared to the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to increased investments in local marketing, point-of-sale and media and increased freight to distributors due to higher rates and higher volumes.
Based on current spending and investment plans, full year 2018 Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share1, which excludes the impact of ASU 2016-09, continues to be estimated at between $6.30 and $7.30.
1 See “Outlook” below for additional information regarding non-GAAP forward-looking measures used in this press release.

Jim Koch, Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, “Our total company depletions increased in the first quarter. We saw significant improvement in Samuel Adams and Angry Orchard trends, led by our key innovations that include Sam ’76, Samuel Adams New England IPA and Angry Orchard Rosé, all of which are generating excitement during the early stages of their introductions. To date, the response from our wholesalers, retailers and drinkers has been quite positive, but it’s too early to fully understand repeat rates on these new products and therefore to draw conclusions on the long-term impact. New craft brewers continue to enter the market and existing craft brewers are expanding their distribution and tap rooms, with the result that drinkers are seeing more choices. We believe that we are well positioned to meet our longer-term challenges because of the quality of our employees, our beers, our innovation capability and our sales execution strength, coupled with our strong financial position that enables us to invest in growing our brands and creating new growth opportunities.”

Mr. Koch continued, “We are delighted that Dave Burwick formally joined as our CEO earlier this month. Dave knows our Company, having served on our Board of Directors since 2005, and has an established track record of innovation and business success in the beverage and consumer goods industries. Martin Roper, the Company’s former President and CEO, has now stepped down as President and CEO and from the Board. We sincerely thank Martin, both for his 17 years of leadership and for the assistance he will provide to Dave during the transition and onboarding process.”

Dave Burwick, the Company’s new President and CEO stated, “It is an honor and privilege to become the Company’s President and CEO. As I onboard to the Company, I’m focused on reviewing all areas of the business, with a focus on brand strategies that will enable the Company to return to long-term profitable growth. Our depletions increase in the first quarter was primarily due to increases in our Twisted Tea, Truly Spiked & Sparkling and Angry Orchard brands that were only partially offset by decreases in our Samuel Adams brand. We’re excited that Twisted Tea continues to grow distribution and generate consumer pull, and that Truly Spiked & Sparkling is well positioned as a leader in the emerging segment of hard sparkling water. Samuel Adams performance improved in the first quarter due to the national launch of Sam ’76 and increases in Seasonal volumes, but these positives were more than offset by declines in other Samuel Adams styles. We had a smooth seasonal transition to Samuel Adams Summer Ale late in the first quarter, which was a few weeks earlier than last year’s second quarter transition.”

Mr. Burwick continued, “As we go forward, we remain committed to our three priorities. Our number one priority is returning Samuel Adams to growth through continued packaging, innovation, promotion and brand communication initiatives, while maintaining Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea’s momentum and ensuring Truly Spiked & Sparkling’s position as a leader in the hard sparkling water category. Our plans to improve our Samuel Adams trends include our current ‘Fill Your Glass’ integrated marketing campaign along with focused sales execution on our primary Samuel Adams initiative, Sam ’76. The second quarter will also see continued investments in Angry Orchard media. We are pleased by the early reaction to our new campaign and are excited by the national launch of Angry Orchard Rosé cider, which we believe can attract new drinkers to the category from wine and beer. Our second priority is a continuing focus on cost savings and efficiency projects to fund the investments needed to grow our brands and to build our organization’s ability to deliver against our goals. Based on our visibility to opportunities in 2018, we are maintaining our previously stated goal of increasing our gross margins by an average of about one percentage point per-year over the 3-year period ending in 2019, before any mix or volume impacts, while preserving our quality and improving our service levels. Our third priority is long-term product innovation, where we continue to explore beverage areas compatible with our business model for delivering long term shareholder value with an aim to generating a consistent cadence of interesting brand innovations.”

1st Quarter 2018 Summary of Results

Depletions increased 8% from the comparable 13-week period in the prior year, primarily driven by our innovations. Shipment volume was approximately 813,000 barrels, a 15.0% increase from the comparable 13-week period in the prior year.

Shipments for the quarter increased at a higher rate than depletions and resulted in higher distributor inventory as of March 31, 2018 when compared to April 1, 2017. The Company believes distributor inventory as of March 31, 2018 was at an appropriate level based on inventory requirements to support forecasted growth of brands and new innovations. Inventory as of March 31, 2018 at distributors participating in the Freshest Beer Program increased slightly in terms of days of inventory on hand when compared to April 1, 2017. The Company has approximately 79% of its volume on the Freshest Beer Program.

Gross margin at 50.5% increased from the 47.2% margin realized in the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to cost saving initiatives in Company-owned breweries, product and package mix, favorable fixed cost absorption and price increases, partially offset by higher ingredients and packaging costs.

Advertising, promotional and selling expenses increased $13.8 million compared to the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to increased investments in local marketing, point-of-sale and media, and increased freight to distributors due to higher rates and volumes.

General and administrative expenses increased by $0.8 million from the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to increases in salaries and benefits costs.

During the first quarter, the Company recorded a net income tax benefit of $0.1 million, which consists of a $2.7 million tax benefit related to stock option exercises in accordance with ASU 2016-09, partially offset by other income tax expenses of $2.6 million. The Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter, excluding the impact of ASU 2016-09, decreased to 28.0% from 46.8% in the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to the favorable impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The Company expects that its March 31, 2018 cash balance of $46.6 million, together with its future operating cash flows and its available $150.0 million line of credit, will be sufficient to fund future cash requirements.

During the first quarter and the period from April 1, 2018 through April 20, 2018, the Company repurchased approximately 119,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $22.6 million. As of April 20, 2018, the Company had approximately $156.1 million remaining on the $931.0 million share buyback expenditure limit set by the Board of Directors.

Depletion estimates

Year-to-date depletions through the fifteen weeks ended April 14, 2018 are estimated by the Company to have increased approximately 8% from the comparable period in 2017.

Fiscal 2018 Outlook

The Company currently projects full year 2018 earnings per diluted share to be between $6.30 and $7.30, reflecting the uncertain volume outlook. This projection excludes the impact of ASU 2016-09. The Company’s actual 2018 earnings per share could vary significantly from the current projection. Underlying the Company’s current 2018 projection are the following full-year estimates and targets:

Depletions and shipments percentage change of between zero and plus 6 percent.
National price increases of between zero and 2%.
Gross margin of between 52% and 54%, increasing during the year due to progress on cost saving initiatives.
Increased investment in advertising, promotional and selling expenses of between $15 million and $25 million. This does not include any changes in freight costs for the shipment of products to the Company’s distributors.
Increased general and administrative expenses of between $10 million and $20 million due to organizational investments and stock compensation costs.
Non-GAAP effective tax rate of approximately 28%, excluding the impact of ASU 2016-09.
Estimated capital spending of between $55 million and $65 million, which mostly consist of investments in the Company’s breweries and tap rooms and could be significantly higher, if deemed necessary to meet future growth.
Non-GAAP effective tax rate and Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are not defined terms under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). These Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for diluted earnings per share and effective tax rate data prepared in accordance with GAAP, and may not be comparable to calculations of similarly titled measures by other companies. The Company’s projection for its Non-GAAP effective tax rate and Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share exclude the impact of ASU 2016-09, which could be significant and will depend largely upon unpredictable future events outside the Company’s control, including the timing and value realized upon exercise of stock options versus the fair value of those options when granted. Therefore, because of the uncertainty and variability of the impact of ASU 2016-09, the Company is unable to provide, without unreasonable effort, a reconciliation of these Non-GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis.

About the Company

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) began in 1984 and today brews more than 60 styles of Samuel Adams beer. Our portfolio of brands also includes Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Twisted Tea, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, as well as several other craft beer brands brewed by A&S Brewing, our craft beer incubator. For more information, please visit our investor relations website at www.bostonbeer.com, which includes links to all of our respective brand websites.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that state the Company’s or management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company’s report on Form 10-K for the years ended December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company’s website, www.bostonbeer.com, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

KettleHouse Northwest IPA coming to Montana on May 1st

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 5:02pm

(Missoula, MT) – KettleHouse Brewing Company, the first modern craft brewery in Montana to package its beer in cans, announces the release of its Northwest IPA into markets across Montana.

Northwest IPA is a dry hopped citrusy IPA with a bevy of hops. This addition to the core line-up will be available on May 1 in 16-ounce, 4-pack and 8-pack cans as well as on draft.

About KettleHouse Brewing Company:
KettleHouse Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery in Missoula, Montana. KettleHouse spent its early years re-inventing its business model and has continually evolved to become the second largest craft brewery in Montana. KettleHouse cans six beers a year including Cold Smoke® Scotch Ale, Bonner Logger®, and Double Haul® IPA.

C Squared Ciders Cühl Cucumber Mint Cider and Mixed 12 Pack released

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 4:36pm

(Denver, CO) – C Squared Ciders, a Denver, CO based independent craft cidery announced the release of Cühl, an off-dry, summer seasonal cider made with fresh-pressed cucumber juice and spearmint. Landing at 5.5% ABV, cooling cucumber and fresh spring mint compliment the bright crisp apple character of this crushable seasonal cider.

“We produced a very local and limited, draft-only run of this cider last summer and sold out immediately. We’ve had requests from customers and retailers alike to bring it back, so we listened,” says C Squared Ciders sales manager, Eric Hatlestad. Cühl will be available on draft and in 4-pack bottles throughout Colorado and Minnesota all summer long.

C Squared is also launching a mixed 12-pack, now available to go from their tasting room in Denver, and hitting liquor store shelves in early May 2018. The 12-pack will feature two bottles each of their award-winning Siren Series brands – Alma, Ginger, Nona, Ella, Lila, plus the added bonus of two bottles of Cühl – their Cucumber Mint Seasonal. “Our fans have been asking for a mixed pack for years, and we are finally delivering. The mixed 12-pack gives consumers a chance to conveniently pick up and sample all of our core ciders plus a seasonal cider for a complete C Squared flavor experience” says owner and cider maker, Andy Brown. The mixed 12-pack will be a year round offering, with the seasonal cider changing with the seasons.

For more information on C Squared Ciders, please visit csquaredciders.com

About C Squared Ciders
C Squared Ciders is a Denver based craft cidery, located in the thriving downtown RiNo Arts District since 2015. We create the highest quality gluten free ciders from non-GMO fresh pressed apples, without any added sugar. The name C Squared symbolizes our commitment to take cider to the next level, in terms of the mainstream acceptance of cider and what cider can become. To do this, we’ve combined our decades of craft brewing experience with cider/winemaking techniques, to bring vibrant new flavors to the world of cider.

Earth Rider Brewery expands brewing capacity

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 3:50pm

(Superior, WI) – Earth Rider Brewery is expanding its production capacity to keep pace with demand for their beer. On Tuesday, April 24 at 7am Earth Rider will be installing two more large vessels, a 40BBL fermenter and 40BBL brite tank.

“Local support for Earth Rider has been overwhelming,”said Tim Nelson, founder of Earth Rider Brewery. “Can sales have really taken off in a short time and the brewery needs more tank capacity to keep up.”

Nelson added that the next brewery expansion is already planned for late 2018. Earth Rider began brewing operations last September and intends to expand distribution to Two Harbors this week.

“It’s validating to feel this pressure on the supply side,” said Frank Kaszuba, Earth Rider director of brewing. “We’re pleased to know that people are enjoying Earth Rider Beer.”

Earth Rider beers are crafted with Lake Superior water and premium hand-selected ingredients by decorated brewers. Earth Rider independently brews at the head of the Great Lakes on the Duluth-Superior Harbor for the Twin Ports, and the South & North Shores of Lake Superior.

Lord Hobo Angelica New England Wheat Beer debuts along with new 12-packs

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 3:27pm

[Photo Credit: Lord Hobo Brewing]

(Woburn, MA) – Massachusetts based, Lord Hobo Brewing Company’s (LHBCo) beers will hit shelves next week, newly outfitted in full-wrap cartons. The addition of a Krones Inc. rotary canning line earlier this year has given the brewery an opportunity to improve their packaging with wraps that allow for greater billboard space and highlight their iconic black and gold logo-type graphics.

Alongside the release of 16 ounce 4-pack cartons and 12 ounce 6-pack cartons, LHBCo will begin offering 12 packs. The 12-pack line-up includes a New England Sampler, which will include three of Lord Hobo’s core labels: Hobo Life Session IPA, Glorious Galaxy Pale Ale, and their flagship beer, Boomsauce New England IPA. The sampler showcases LHBO’s diverse offerings of hoppy, hazy, New England Style beers.

This week, the brewery will also release Angelica New England Wheat Beer. Angelica will accompany Boomsauce, Glorious, and Hobo Life as a year-round offering. “Angelica is our first new beer release in over a year.” says Daniel Lanigan, CEO and Founder of Lord Hobo Brewing Co. “We’ve been working hard at building our brand and business around a small core of offerings in order to better assess what products to add. With a growing, raving fan base comes a demand for a wide variety of products, and we’re extremely excited to be adding a wheat beer to the mix.”

While “New England-Style” is commonly assigned to IPA’s, LHBCo set out to incorporate the beloved New England beer characteristics in a wheat beer. By utilizing brewing techniques and ingredients used in “New England-Style” or “Hazy IPAs,” the brewery believes it was able to find the right marriage between the sought-after haze and juice-like qualities and the more traditional characteristics of wheat beer. The result is a highly quaffable beer that showcases the bready, tangy, and elegant sweetness of a wheat beer with the juicy, tropical fruit characteristics attributed from the highly acclaimed Mosaic hop varietal.

The recipe development for the brewery’s New England Wheat was a year in the making, with LHBCo undergoing numerous R&D iterations. Lanigan notes, “Finding the perfect wheat and malt bill to italicize an elegant, fruit-forward hop varietal was an exciting challenge. Angelica, which comes in at 5.5 percent ABV, is a modern wheat beer developed for a wide-range of craft beer drinkers and beyond. Like her namesake, the beer is fucking beautiful!”

Similar to the beer, Angelica’s packaging is a shift from LHBCo’s current offerings. Dressed in white, Angelica boldly contrasts Lord Hobo’s hoppy offerings. A well-known Boston-based tattoo artist, Brian Hemmings (of The Ghost in the Machine tattoo shop) was commissioned to sketch Angelica’s hop and wheat-encircled wings. Angelica New England Wheat will reach LHBCo’s entire distribution footprint in 12oz cans and on draft beginning by early May.

“We’ve been off to a strong start this year,” comments Lanigan. “We’re currently up 60% over this same time period last year. Aside from growth, we’re excited for the new packaging and products to stir up conversations and celebrations with our awesome fans. In a way, it feels like 2018 is just getting started.”

About Lord Hobo Brewing Company– Founded in 2015, Lord Hobo Brewing Co. produces distinguished craft beers that are accessible to all. Located in Woburn, Massachusetts, LHBCo crafts style-defining New England-Style beers and pairs them with a brand that’s carefree, bold and adventurous. Their near 30,000 bbl brewery is ever-expanding to accommodate demand from their thirsty loyal following and savvy beer consumers alike. Stay connected on social media @lordhobobrewing, or for more information visit www.lordhobobrewing.com.

Breakside Rainbows & Unicorns IPA up next in rotating IPA series

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 3:04pm

This beer’s tropical, summery goodness ensures a magical ride

(Portland, OR) – Breakside Brewery announces the launch of Rainbows & Unicorns – the second in a series of four rotating IPAs in 2018. This session beer was originally created for the 2015 Oregon Brewers Fest and showcases two favorite hop varietals: Galaxy and Eldorado. Galaxy provides juicy notes that are reminiscent of peach and apricot, while Eldorado screams pineapple and lime zest. Breakside backs these up with a healthy dose of Comet hops, a heritage hop varietal, overlooked for many years and now gaining popularity again due to its intense stone fruit and citrus character. Also included in the summery brew are Two Row, Maris Otter, Flaked Rice and Light Crystal malts. Rainbows & Unicorns has an ABV of 5.1% and 32 IBUs.

“Rainbows & Unicorns toes the line between ‘juicier’ and ‘sweeter’ style of IPA and the more classic West Coast hoppy pales,” said Ben Edmunds, Brewmaster of Breakside Brewery. “Our team loves it for its clean, pure hop flavors. This one would be great at a backyard barbeque, paired with grilled octopus, smoked spare ribs or any spicy summer favorite.”

Breakside brews this beer in small batches and it will be released in limited quantities from April through mid-July of this year, staying ultra-fresh until it quickly disappears. Look for it on draft and in 22 oz bottles.

About Breakside Brewery

Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery. The brewery is known for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a 30 bbl production brewery filled with 30, 60 and 120 barrel tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentations, a high-speed bottling line and a 24-tap tasting room. The brewery expanded to Northern California in 2016 and in 2017, Breakside opened its third location in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland. In addition to winning several national and regional awards for its beers, Breakside was named Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards and the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Breakside sells on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, Northern California, British Columbia and Alberta.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers expands distribution to Kansas with Speakeasy Distribution

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 2:39pm

(San Francisco, CA) – Upon re-opening its San Francisco taproom in December 2017 and resurrecting the brewery’s nationwide distribution network following its recent change of ownership, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers grows its robust team of wholesalers and enters new states across the country. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is thrilled to announce today its debut in the state of Kansas with new distributor, Speakeasy Distribution. The latest addition to Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ distribution lineup, Speakeasy Distribution now offers Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ acclaimed flagship beers Prohibition Ale and Big Daddy IPA as well as session beers Baby Daddy and PopGun Pilsner (all four brands are now available in 6-packs with 12 oz. cans). Speakeasy Ales & Lagers works with Speakeasy Distribution to bring for the first time the Speakeasy brand to Kansas.

“Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is a brand and company that fits right in with what we are trying to accomplish as a distributor,” says Ron Elkouri, Owner/CEO of Speakeasy Distribution. “When we first began the discussion about Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, the majority of our retailers had already heard of the brand’s success, which made it easy to launch in the state of Kansas. Specifically, we are able to provide the consumers of Kansas with a high-quality product at an affordable price. We look forward to the continued growth and success!”

“It’s very exciting to be working with Speakeasy Distribution,” says Sam Cappione, Vice President & General Manager of Hunters Point Brewery, Home of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. “Ron Elkouri, Rick Duncan and the entire team have truly embraced our brand and they have a terrific portfolio of American craft and international beers they’re distributing throughout both Wichita and the state of Kansas. It’s a great time to introduce Speakeasy beers in the Kansas market, we’re looking forward to beer lovers across Kansas having easy access to our classic beers and soon to be released new seasonal beers as well.”

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers are now available in Kansas at select retail outlets. For a list of specific locations, please visit: speakeasyks.com or call 316.641.7272.

About Speakeasy Distribution
Speakeasy Distribution was founded in March 2016 by Wichita native and resident Ron Elkouri, who had a clear vision to provide the people of Kansas with the highest quality adult beverage products at extremely competitive prices. From day one, Speakeasy Distribution has been committed to being a business partner and consultant for our accounts so that together we may all achieve success. Speakeasy Distribution is also committed to the industry’s highest customer service while striving to exceed both our suppliers and customers expectations each and every day and displaying the highest levels of integrity in all aspects of our operations.

About Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has been defiantly brewing small batch beers in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood since 1997. The brewery started with a single iconic beer, still made today, Prohibition Ale. The hoppy amber beer embodies the spirit of bootleggers and gangsters who persevered when America’s taps ran dry. Speakeasy quickly gained a loyal following with its bold, complex beers, and striking 1920s imagery. Speakeasy’s kingpin Big Daddy IPA is the brewery’s highest seller among its wide array of celebrated beers, from session ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. In 2013, the Speakeasy Taproom opened serving thousands of local craft beer lovers with fresh draft beer to be enjoyed onsite or to-go in growlers and crowlers.

Speakeasy’s original 15 barrel brewing system was replaced in 2015 during a major expansion, which included a 60 barrel brewhouse, centrifuge, malt handling system, canning line, and an additional 1,200 barrels of fermentation capacity.

Hunters Point Brewery LLC, a company founded by former owner of Horizon Beverage Company, Ces Butner, acquired the Speakeasy beer brands and brewing equipment in 2017. Under new ownership, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will grow by leaps and bounds. The brewery’s trademark eyes, ubiquitous and cryptic, beckon you to join our mob, no password required.

Copper Kettle turns 7 with three-day anniversary party

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 2:13pm

(Denver, CO) – Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be celebrating their seven year anniversary with a three day party starting Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.

Friday will feature the 2018 release of the Maple Snowed In. This is a variant of our Snowed In oatmeal stout series made with local Novo coffee and chocolate. We’ll have live music from Acoustic Mining Company as well as food from We Chef Kitchen and Doughboy Pizza Truck.

On Saturday, we will release 4 new unique beers as part of our Staff Showdown. This will feature a Dark Fruited Lager with figs and graham crackers, a Spiced Saison with cucumber and peppercorn, a Dry Hopped Kettle sour with Citra and Mosaic hops, and a Baltic Porter with cherries and chocolate. Voting will take place from 12pm -8pm. The winner of the showdown will be able to make a full batch of their winning beer. We will have live music from The Strings and The Box as well as food from The Wing Wagon Grill and El Ballo Blanco.

Sunday will conclude our weekend with a Hangover Brunch featuring a drool worthy custom brunch menu from MaMa Said Eat. We will also be releasing our Imperial Cafe Con Leche, a barrel aged coffee milk stout. Pjs will be encouraged this day!

For more information, please visit our Website or our Facebook Event.

Great Divide Wood Werks No. 2, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, Roadie and Rumble Oak Aged IPA due in May

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 1:46pm

(Denver, CO) – Great Divide Brewing Company introduces two new seasonal beers during the second quarter – Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti and Wood Werks No. 2 Flemish Sour Brown Ale. Meanwhile, Rumble Oak Aged IPA rejoins the lineup and seasonal favorite Roadie Grapefruit Radler makes its triumphant return to cans for the second year.

The newest release in Great Divide’s Wood Werks Barrel Aged series is a complex sour beer aged in red wine, whiskey and bourbon barrels for 12 months and brewed with strawberries. This limited release is launched alongside Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, a new iteration of their classic Imperial Stout with the perfect flavor combo to complement its Yeti series counterparts.

The brewery also welcomes back Rumble Oak Aged IPA and Roadie Grapefruit Radler this May.

“Rumble was discontinued from the seasonal lineup three years ago to make room for new additions and we’re excited to re-introduce this cult-favorite back into the market,” said Shannon Berner of Great Divide.

And with the success of Roadie Radler in 2017, the brewery is looking forward to getting Roadie cans into even more beer drinkers hands this summer. “Make sure you get some Roadie while you can. We know from last summer that it goes quickly and you’ll miss it when it’s gone,” said Berner.

Wood Werks No. 2—Flemish Sour Brown Ale with Strawberries was aged for 12 months in red wine, whiskey and bourbon barrels, then masterfully blended for incredible depth of flavor. Notes of bread pudding, figs and an earthy undertone round out this tart, complex sour. The second in Great Divide’s new Wood Werks series, this gem is best savored slowly. Available in 12oz bottles and draft May through June. 9.7 percent ABV.

Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti is the next flavor evolution coming out of the brewery’s cherished Yeti clan. Sweet vanilla tones meld into the oak characteristics as the two flavors support and enhance one another. A pairing fit for a beast, the vanilla and oak are uplifted by the bold and roasty character we all know and love from Yeti. Available in 22oz bombers and draft May through August. 9.5 percent ABV.

Rumble Oak Aged IPA, is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, and gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Available in 6-packs and draft May through September. 6.2 percent ABV.

Roadie Grapefruit Radler was named both for the road biking cyclist (roadie) and the German word for cycling (radler) and inspired by Great Divide’s roots in the cycling community. Brewed with plenty of natural grapefruit puree and zero soda, this easy-drinking ale pours a hazy sunrise gold and is bursting with citrus aroma. Unique in its class, this Radler is refreshing and slightly tart, with just enough bitterness to keep both cyclists and spectators coming back for more. Available in 6-packs and draft May through August. 4.2 percent ABV.

About Great Divide Brewing Company

Founded in 1994, Great Divide Brewing Company is one of the most decorated breweries in America, recognized for brewing some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival Medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on Beer Advocate’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). Here at Great Divide, Bold Character isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think and what we believe. For more information visit www.greatdivide.com.

Avery Brewing Co. announces new label artwork to debut starting this summer

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 1:19pm

(Boulder, CO) — Avery Brewing Company, a Boulder-based craft brewery is thrilled to showcase its association with nationally recognized artist Neil Shigley, through refreshed packaging artwork. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, Avery Brewing knew that it had an opportunity to refresh its package designs to match the quality of the liquid art inside. It was also a way to tell a cohesive and straight-forward brand story, which is all about beer.

For the past 25 years, each beer package by Avery Brewing has been created independently. While Avery Brewing did go through a refresh in 2009, most of the artwork hasn’t changed much in 25 years; a testament to Avery’s legacy in the craft beer industry.

With Avery’s 25th anniversary approaching, Avery Brewing found Neil Shigley, a San Diego based artist to create one-of-a-kind artwork that was modern and fresh, but still honored the heritage that past designs have left on the community and fans.

“Our goal was to stay true to the artistry that each beer represents while also building a beacon of light in a sea of choices,” says Avery Brewing Co. Founder and CEO, Adam Avery. “We are driven to create inspiring beer experiences and the new artwork reflects the focus of our craft.”

Shigley’s illustrations are uniquely his own and his skill of bringing the human figure to life is what initially attracted Avery Brewing to Shigley’s work. However, it didn’t take long for a friendship to form. Adam spends a lot of time in San Diego and enjoys getting together with Shigley on a regular basis. Avery Brewing is thrilled to find an artist like Shigley whose obsession for excellence and quality of work is equal to Avery Brewing’s never-ending pursuit of the perfect beer.

“A project like this is rare,” says Shigley. “Great people, cool art direction, and a focus on great beer! I told Adam I would have done this project for free. They brought me to the brewery early on and I was blown away by how everyone was so passionate about the beer they were making, starting with the top, Adam. I’m lucky to be part of this great family.”

The new Shigley art will debut over 2018 and into 2019, kicking off with Avery Brewing’s flagship beer, White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale in early June.

While Avery Brewing is amplifying its beer experience with new artwork, expect for the beer to remain the high quality and consistent liquid that fans have grown to love for over 25 years.

About Avery Brewing Company:

Avery Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1993, Avery has pioneered innovative beers by blending the art and science of brewing with ingenuity, creativity, and boldness. Avery bottles and cans more than 25 beers a year including White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, and Tweak. Craft your journey at averybrewing.com.

Boulevard, Zipline announce dual collab beers using lupulin powder, aka hop dust

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 12:33pm

(Kansas City, MO) – Boulevard Brewing of Kansas City, MO and Zipline Brewing of Lincoln, NE today announced the approaching debut of a unique collaboration. As the basis for experiments in adventurous IPAs, the brewers employed lupulin powder, aka hop dust, to create two flavorful, complementary limited release beers. Boulevard’s Linkin’ Up Hop Dust IPA and Zipline’s Gettin’ Down Hop Dust Double IPA will hit shelves and taps throughout the breweries’ home markets in early June.  

“We have great respect for Zipline Brewing,” said Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels. “Like us, they’ve been successful because of the quality of their beers and their connection to their community. It’s always rewarding to bring talented people together to play and to learn from one another.” 

“As the leading brewery in our region, Boulevard continues to impress and to pace our industry,” said Tom Wilmoth, co-founder of Zipline Brewing. “Our common values and philosophies about designing, brewing, and sharing beer quickly led to Linkin’ Up and Gettin’ Down. We hope everyone will have the chance to enjoy both beers, which are awesome individually, but, like most of us, even better together.”

Each brewery put its own spin on the concept. Boulevard’s Linkin’ Up includes a liberal dollop of hop dust and a medley of favorite varietals that deliver bright, juicy notes of pineapple, mango and bubble gum. Linkin’ Up will be available in kegs and 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Zipline’s bold Double IPA, Gettin’ Down, will roll out in kegs and 750ml bottles. It features Galaxy hops and Mosaic hop dust to produce a dank flavor profile of lychee and tropical fruits for what Zipline hopes is an out-of-this-world experience.

A number of events are in the works for Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, and the greater Kansas City area. Check the breweries’ websites and social media channels in the coming weeks for details.

About Boulevard Brewing Company

Boulevard Brewing Company is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. For more information, visit boulevard.com or follow us on facebook.com/Boulevard , twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer and instagram.com/boulevard_beer . 

About Zipline Brewing Company

Zipline Brewing Company crafts artisan ales and lagers with high quality precision in Lincoln, Nebraska. Zipline was born from the founders’ innate sense of adventure and their desire to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit in all craft beer fans. Our approach is clean, simple, and direct to help you focus your energy on enjoying Brave New Brews. For more information, visit ziplinebrewing.com or follow us on facebook.com/ZiplineBrewing , twitter.com/ziplinebrewing and instagram.com/ziplinebrewing.

Two Roads Sauvignon Blanc Gose up next in Tanker Truck Sour Series

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 12:01pm

(Stratford, CT) – Connecticut craft brewery, Two Roads Brewing Co., is launching a unique beer brewed with Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The newest addition to their Tanker Truck Sour Series lineup is a gose-style ale (pronounced “Go-zuh”) brewed with sauvignon blanc grapes and kettle-soured in a tanker truck located at the brewery in Stratford, Connecticut. Arriving just in time for the warmer weather, this new brew is a blend of the crisp, mineral, tropical fruit and gooseberry flavors you expect from Sauvignon Blanc wine, combined with the salty, refreshing tartness of a gose beer.

Two Roads Master Brewer, Phil Markowski, says “we are always on the lookout for novel high-acid fruits that lend themselves to use in a gose, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes definitely fit the bill. I first experimented with brewing wine grapes back in 1996 so I am thrilled to be launching this wine grape-brewed beer some 22 years later.”

Gose is a salty and sour beer style that originated in Leipzig, Germany. Dominant flavors include a lemon sourness, an herbal characteristic, and a notable saltiness, making it the ideal summer quaffer. Two Roads launched the Tanker Truck Series in 2017 as a mark of its passion for this style of ale, and the new Sauvignon Blanc release follows other acclaimed flavors including Persian Lime and Passion Fruit. The series is named after a former milk tanker that is parked within the grounds of the brewery. It is used to brew Two Roads’ sour beers to allay concerns about bringing bacteria into the main brewery. By keeping the souring bacteria contained within an on-site tanker, away from the most sensitive areas of the brewery, Two Roads is able to safely produce its “kettle” soured beers.

Like its vinous counterpart, the new Two Roads Sauvignon Blanc Gose pairs well with food. Markowski says, “the acidity of the beer stands up to mildly intense, creamy cheeses like Taleggio, Livarot or Reblochon beautifully”.

The new Sauvignon Blanc Gose will be available for a limited time in 16oz can 4-packs and draft and will join the rest of the Tanker Truck Sour Series, which includes Persian Lime, Passion Fruit, Clementine, and Plum.

ABOUT TWO ROADS BREWING COMPANY
Two Roads opened its doors in December 2012 having earlier acquired and renovated a 100-year-old vacant, brick factory building in Stratford, CT. Its name and philosophy are inspired by the Robert Frost Poem “The Road Not Taken”—a philosophy brought to life in the beers they create using the highest quality brewing and packaging equipment. Two Roads’ Tasting Room is open every day; for more information go to www.tworoadsbrewing.com.

Braxton Labs New England IPA: Citra cans to be released on Saturday, April 28

Beer News - April 25, 2018 - 11:52am

(Covington, KY) – Braxton Labs is a place to spark conversation, ignite innovation and celebrate the craft community. On Saturday, April 28th Braxton Labs is releasing “New England IPA: Citra” in cans. These four packs of 16 oz. cans will be available for $13.99 at Braxton Labs’ Lupulin @ Labs event beginning at 11am.

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A very limited amount of New England IPA: Citra will also be available in cans and on draft throughout Braxton Brewing’s distribution network in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Dayton, Nashville and Columbus.

“We couldn’t celebrate Lupulin at Labs without our own special project,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer. “We’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to highlight a single hop in the New England IPA style and this celebration of hops is the right time to let Citra shine.”

Lupulin at Labs is a celebration of hops. The event will begin at 11am on Saturday, April 28th and feature 12 taps of hoppy Braxton beers, 20 taps featuring some of the best hoppy beers from around the industry, four Revamp IPA firkins and a few more surprises!

New England IPA: Citra cans will be released at 11am. Customers are limited to four 4-packs per person. The beer will also be featured on draft in Braxton Labs’ Beer Garden.

This hazy IPA uses pilsner, white wheat, and oats to give it a smooth, hazy base that allows the Citra hops to shine. New England IPA: Citra features strong flavors and aromas of citrus, grapefruit, lime and passion fruit. The beer checks in at 7% ABV.

“Braxton Labs has allowed us to continue to refine how we brew New Englad IPA’s,” said Zac Boehnke, Braxton Brewing Company Lead Innovation Brewer. “This version, brewed exclusively with Citra, is one of our best yet!”

JOIN THE EVENT HERE

To learn more about Braxton Labs, like the brewery and taproom on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Follow Braxton Brewing Company on Instagram to see Labs highlights. Visit braxtonbrewing.com to learn more.

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