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UnderCurrants series unveiled by Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks

May 5, 2018 - 3:31pm

Cross-Continental Wild Beer Infused with Whole Black Currants from Poland

(Buellton, CA) – From the fields of Poland to the coast of California comes UnderCurrants — an inaugural cross-continental wild beer from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks.

“We have been toying around with the idea of a currant-infused beer for several years now,” said Barrelworks’ Master Blender Jim Crooks. “We finally decided to strike when we were able to score beautiful whole black currants from a farmer in Poland, which is renowned as one of the world’s finest currant-growing regions.”

The result is a wildly flavorful beer that is bursting with rich currant goodness.

This inaugural release of UnderCurrants will begin rolling out next week to all Firestone Walker markets in limited draft and 375-ml bottle formats. It is the second of five bottled Barrelworks wild ale releases slated for 2018.

The Making of UnderCurrants

After hand harvesting in Poland, the whole black currants were treated with IQF (individually quick frozen) technology to perfectly preserve their fresh aromas and flavors, then shipped to California and delivered to Barrelworks last summer.

“We knew that fresh fruit flavors were critical to the success of this beer, and this amazing IQF technology made it possible,” Crooks said.

Crooks and his team blended the currants with 150 barrels of Agrestic Ale (Barrelworks’ wild iteration of Firestone Walker’s signature DBA pale ale) that had been aging for 12 to 48 months. The currant-infused Agrestic blend was then inoculated with Barrelworks’ proprietary Brettanomyces yeast and aged for an additional four months in oak foeders.

Lastly, more Agrestic Ale was added back into the blend to achieve an optimal balance of currant flavor and texture. “The intensity of the currant flavors was out of this world,” Crooks said. “By cutting more Agrestic into the final blend, we were able to dial everything into perfect balance.”

An Homage to A Classic

UnderCurrants also pays homage to the iconic Consecration ale made by Russian River Brewing Company, with whom Firestone Walker has collaborated many times over the years. In fact, Barrelworks beers are bottled with a bottling line inherited from Russian River.

“Consecration sets the standard for currant-infused beers, and UnderCurrants now becomes our own contribution to the style,” said Jeffers Richardson, director of Barrelworks. “We think it will blow some minds.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located on the coast of California. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings. For more information:

Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse makes US debut

May 5, 2018 - 3:07pm

Year-Round release from Stone Brewing – Berlin to be imported for a limited time

(Escondido, CA) – Just two short years after the history-making opening of Stone Brewing – Berlin, the brewery’s beers are now distributed to 25 European countries, making Stone one of the most widely distributed and sought after breweries in Germany. Not content to rest on the hoppy laurels of the company’s world-renowned reputation for American IPAs, the latest in the brewery’s year-round selection is the Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse. Brewed true to the style’s namesake origin of Berlin, the tart and refreshing beer is now enjoying a special limited availability in the US.

For the history buffs: The Berliner Weisse is a style dating back to at least the 16th century, and to this day, European appellation labeling standards require that a beer must be brewed within the city of Berlin to call the beer a “Berliner Weisse.” A complex sour beer, the style was once honored by Napoleon as the “Champagne of the North.” It’s now enjoying a resurgence by small brewers in the US and elsewhere in the world, many of whom are creating amazing variations with fruit and other creative additives. As Stone deepens its roots in the city of Berlin, it seems only fitting that the team would take an interest in exploring the style in its purest and most authentic form.

“As global participants in the craft beer community, Stone has the unique opportunity to share beers across locations, highlighting the different local and regional influences along the way,” stated Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse features the work of our talented team at Stone Berlin, and we’re truly honored to be among Berlin’s craft brewers taking charge as the revivalists to help return this style to its former glory.”

The new release gains its orthodox lightly sour and acidic character from a specially selected historic Lactobacillus strain sourced from Berlin’s cultures. To ensure a properly Stone – and therefore iconoclastic – Berliner Weisse, the ABV is a bit stronger than is typical for the style yet still a modest – by American craft brewing standards – 4.7% ABV. Hopped with newer German varieties Calista and Hüll Melon, the aroma leads with lemon, peach and melon and the unexpectedly bold and pleasantly refreshing tart flavor punches above its ABV weight.

It’s important to note that Stone does not suggest (or even allow) the addition of flavored syrups to its Berliner Weisse, noting that the addition of these syrups only began in modern times and is not true to the authentic origin of the beer style.

Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse will debut in the US beginning this week throughout California with a broad national launch in the fall. It will be imported in 0.33l six-pack cans and can be found using Stone’s Beer Finder: The beer is also available on draft at the source: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin.

Name: Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse
Stats: 4.7% ABV, 12 IBUs
Packaging: 0.33l six-pack cans and draft
Featured Hops: Calista and Hüll Melon
Distribution: California beginning this week, national this fall
Find Beer:

Appearance: Pours cloudy golden with a white head.
Aroma: Intense lemon, peach and melon flavors alongside some rhubarb notes.
Taste: An intense, but well balanced sour.
Palate: Medium body with no perceivable sweetness. A clean acidic finish.
Overall: This is a refreshing year-round beer!

Appetizers: Stone-Style Hemp Seed Pretzels*, Salty Sausage & Stinky Cheese Plate***, Ceviche, Asparagus w/ poached egg
Salads: Cucumber Salad, Lambs Lettuce w/ Red Wine Vinaigrette
Entrees: Pan Roasted Barramundi*, Banh Mi**, Forelle Müllerin
Dessert: Blueberry Blue Cheese Jalapeno Cheesecake*, Comté and Morbier Cheeses

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 8th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an award-winning industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company was the first American craft brewer to build, own and operate its own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing… and pledging never, ever, sell out to the man. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Full Sail Summa’ Time Lime Lager joins Pub Series

May 5, 2018 - 2:19pm

(Hood River, OR) – Summertime along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River has a no-shirt, no-shoes, no-problem kind of vibe, and Full Sail Brewing Co.’s latest Pub Series offering brings that on-the-beach attitude to you wherever your summer finds you.

“I’m super happy with how this beer turned out,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss. “We designed Summa’ Time Lime around the idea of adding a slice of lime to my favorite summer lager and the result is a light, refreshing, crushable lager with a hint of lime for enjoying at the beach or on the river.”

Celeia and Northern Brewer hops, pilsner malt and flaked yellow corn, and a hint of lime work seamlessly together in this thirst-quenching, fresh and zesty, easy-drinking lager. Full Sail Summa’ Time Lime Lager is available May to August in 6-packs, on draft and in the Full Sail Trophy Case variety pack. 4.5% ABV, 15 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including more than 200 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at

Crooked Stave announces Persica Day and Annual Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend

May 5, 2018 - 1:51pm

Denver, CO – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is excited to announce Persica Day, centered around the brewery’s yearly release of Persica, their most coveted Golden Sour Ale aged with local Palisade Peaches. The brewery’s first rendition of Persia was released in 2011 and continues to be released nearly every year at the Crooked Stave taproom. For 2018, Persica Day and the Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend will focus on Colorado’s wonderful local peaches and various stone fruit.

“Primary fermented with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, Persica further ages in large oak foeders with Palisade Peaches. We are especially excited about our Harvest 2017 peaches that were used in our upcoming release since they are the exact same varieties and blend as we first used in 2011,” states Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner and Brewmaster. “We are always striving to recreate that first perfect batch, and this year may just be the year.”

Persica Day and Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend will begin on June 2nd, 2018 at the Crooked Stave tasting room on Brighton Blvd. The weekend-long festivities will be a celebration of all things stone fruit including peach, apricot, and plum taking over all 22 tap lines with delicious vintage and barrel-aged beers from the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar.

The Crooked Stave taproom event “Persica Day & Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend” will be the official release of Persica Harvest 2017. Beer release festivities will be starting at 12:00 pm MST at the 3350 Brighton Blvd Taproom, event details include:

First 10 oz. pour of Persica Harvest 2017 includes a custom Persica glass to keep ($15)
Additional pours of all stone fruit sours are $6/10 oz.
2017 Persica Release, 750ml cork and cage bottles ($28) and 1.5 L Magnum ($70)
Variety of vintage Persica bottles and draught available
Magnums of over 30 different brands available for sale
22 tap lines featuring vintage and new releases of Crooked Stave stone fruit sours
Persica 2015, Persica 2016, Persica 2017, Surette Reserva Palisade Peach 2016, Vieille Reserva Prunus Armeniaca, Colorado Reserva Green Bartlett Pear, Batch #50 with other varieties to be announced…leading up to the festival
Von Pilsner, IPA, Colorado WildSage, St. Bretta and Sour Rosé available in cans for onsite consumption ($3)

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Founded in Denver, CO in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster and “Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity.

Door County Pastoral Saison returns as seasonal release in mid-May

May 5, 2018 - 1:28pm

Baileys Harbor, WI – Door County Brewing Co. is excited to announce the return of Pastoral Saison as a seasonal release. Last brewed in the summer of 2016, Pastoral is a Belgian style saison featuring a simplistic malt bill fermented with our house Belgian yeast strain. Pastoral is tributed to the hard seasonal workers that forged our heritage in Door County. This seasonal saison is refreshing and dry with hints of pepper, citrus, and green grass—this recipe is not just about the beauty in simplicity but also the pride in tradition. Pastoral will see distribution across Wisconsin starting in mid May.

“Pastoral is a favorite of ours due to the fact that it’s one of those beers that achieves complexity through the use of simple ingredients yet still remains extremely drinkable,” explains Door County Brewing Co.’s Founder and Head Brewer Danny McMahon. “We all feel a deep connection to saison brewing and the Belgian heritage that exists in Door County, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring back Pastoral for the summertime.”

Pastoral will be available in four packs of 16 oz. cans and in half and sixth barrels from Wisconsin Distributors Inc., Flanigan Distributors, all Badger Beverage Alliance distributors, and La Crosse Beverage. Four packs of Pastoral will be available for to-go sales at Door County Brewing Co. Taproom & Music Hall starting in mid May.

Ratio Beerworks launches crowlers to-go, announces May event calendar

May 5, 2018 - 1:20pm

(Denver, CO) – May 2018 Events at Ratio Beerworks

Saturday, May 5 – Yoga in the Brewhouse with Apres Yoga – 11am
Join Après Yoga teacher Elyse Rousseau for the inaugural edition of Breathe, Bend & Brew at Ratio Beerworks. We will practice inside the brewery and then enjoy a pint of Ratio’s finest beer after class, Après Yoga! $15 for yoga and a pint!

Sunday, May 6 – Vinyl and Brunch Pop-Up w/ 303 Magazine – 11am
303 Magazine and Ratio Beerworks are teaming up for a special vinyl and brunch pop-up. This FREE-ENTRY event will be your first chance to preview the brand new 303 Music Vol. 1 vinyl album featuring your favorite Denver local bands.

Come out and enjoy free brunch samples from The Preservery, Fish N Beer, Shake Shack, Hotbox Roasters, Novo Coffee and more, while exploring a pop-up record shop from Vinyl Me, Please and listening to tunes from MILE HIGH SOUL CLUB. As always, Ratio beers will flow all morning, including the newly released Heart Tattoo Blackberry Belgian Wit.

We will also give away a 303 Music Vol. 1 record signed by artists on the vinyl including GRiZ, Gregory
Alan Isakov, Esmé Patterson and more. Proceeds from the record will benefit local non-profit Youth on Record. Come out to Ratio Beerworks at 2920 Larimer Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to join for this free event.

Sunday May 6 – Red City Radio Pre-Party & If You Want Blood Orange IPA Release
Ratio Beerworks is thrilled to welcome Red City Radio back to the taproom for a special meet & greet with the band.

Come out and join for a special pre-party prior to Red City Radio’s appearance at The Oriental Theater with Lawrence Arms. In honor of their visit, we’ve collaborated on a pilot batch of If You Want Blood Orange IPA, as well as a commemorative glass to give away with the beer.

The band’s schedule tentatively has them arriving at the brewery at around 2pm.

Wednesday, May 9 – Ratio Comedy Joke and Destroy – 8pm
The international favorite podcast Joke and Destroy is coming to Ratio Beerworks to bring the jokes and the destroying. Hosts Jeremy Pysher and Andres Becceril will bring you a taste of their dope show, before bringing you a lineup of kickass comedian destroyers, who have all already appeared on the podcast.
Free to attend. Show starts at 8pm.

Thursday, May 10 – Mile High 100 Spring Meetup – 6pm
Help donate $10,000 in less than 60 minutes at our Spring Meetup hosted at Ratio Beerworks.

This meetup, we’re proud to host 3 more local charities working hard to make an impact in the lives of others:
CHARITY 1: Street’s Hope
CHARITY 2: Feeding Denver’s Hungry
CHARITY 3: Big Heart Big Hands

Each nonprofit will present their pitch, and each member (that’s YOU) will vote for one charity to award $10,000 (or more if we grow to 100+). A receipt of your donation will be provided by the winning organization.

Bring a friend (+invite them to this event!), have a Ratio Beerworks craft brew and see how far your collective $10,000 can impact your community at large. Learn more about Mile High 100 at

Learn more about our Spring Charities at:
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Friday, May 11 – The Budlong Hot Chicken Food Truck Launch – 4:30pm
The Budlong Hot Chicken Truck is bringing Nashville Hot Chicken to Denver. The first chance to try this enjoyably spicy, deliciously crisp, fried chicken will be at Ratio Beerworks on Friday, May 11 starting at 4:30.
Enjoy a tasty piece of fried chicken, slathered with Nashville Hot Sauce, on Texas Toast, with Mississippi Comeback sauce, coleslaw, and housemade pickles. Our sides are made from scratch daily and include Budlong biscuits, collard greens, mac n cheese, & red potato salad.

Tuesday, May 15 – Ratio Quiz Show: 90’s Jams – 8pm
The Ratio Quiz Show is a bigger, badder, more inappropriate version of trivia (come sign up your team of up to 5 people) This month, test your knowledge on 90’s jams covering hip hop to pop. From Naughty By Nature to the Spice Girls, we are going to quiz you the hardest you’ve ever been quizzed before.

And as with last month’s Marvel Cinemas theme, we’ll be tossing some video clips from 90’s jams on the projector throughout the night and blasting those rad tunes in the taproom throughout the night.

Come sign up around 8, show kicks off at 8:30. HELL YEAH!

Wednesday, May 16 – Ratio Comedy: Three Year Anniversary Show – 8pm
Three years ago Ratio Comedy embarked on a mission to bring a once-a-month night of laughs to the masses. It’s since grown into one of the best FREE weekly standup showcases in the city, featuring nationally renowned comedians and some of Denver’s fastest rising talents.

Come out and celebrate the three year anniversary of Ratio Comedy featuring the return of one of our favorites in Dante Powell.

Formerly from Louisiana, currently living in Des Moines…Dante Powell is a very sweet and funny man. He has performed at festivals and shows across the US and went viral by being handsome and holding a box of Cheerios. He will literally change your life and make you believe in everything that is dope and cool.
8pm – FREE – Hell Yeah

Wednesday, May 23 – Ratio Comedy Doom Room – 8pm
The Doom Room is back at Ratio Beerworks for another night of free comedy, where comedians perform with the ominous SCREEN OF DOOM waiting to throw a wrench into their sets. Always fun, always wild, hell yeah. Hosted by RiNo’s brownest and baddest: Andrew Bueno.

Thursday, May 24 – Lucha Libre and Laughs Pro-Wrestling, Standup Comedy and Beer at Ratio Beerworks – 7pm
Sexpot Comedy’s Lucha Libre & Laughs returns to Ratio Beerworks for a FREE SHOW on Thursday, May 24. Lucha Libre & Laughs brings Mexican Lucha Libre, Pro-wrestling and stand up comedy together for one great show in Denver, Colorado! This installment features LLL superstars… more!

Friday, May 25 – Loveless Blackberry & Raspberry Dark Sour Saison Bottle Release – 5pm
Our greatest achievements are often those that require the greatest toil. Blend one part passion, one part craftsmanship, a touch of good fortune, and great determination. This is the beauty that exists only through lonely dedication in the creative dark.

Meet Loveless, our Dark Sour Saison, barrel-fermented with Saison yeast and our house sour culture for 12 months, then re-fermented in red wine barrels with fresh blackberries and raspberries for another three months.

With each barrel yielding varying characteristics, Loveless was carefully blended to impart balanced tartness, tied together by a vibrant blackberry and raspberry finish. As with any labor of love, this endeavor involved both radiant highs and loveless lows, but the end result yielded a most brilliant triumph.

Originally brewed to celebrate Ratio’s 2nd Anniversary, Loveless has returned for another year, this time with an added touch of blackberries. Bottles of Loveless will be released on Friday, May 25 at 5pm in the 750ML champagne bottle format and Loveless will be available on draft in the taproom for a limited time as well.

Tuesday, May 29 – Vinyl Night – 7-10pm
Dust off those vinyl record covers and join Ratio Beerworks for our monthly vinyl night. You be the DJ! Bring in your records to be played in the Ratio taproom. We also encourage attendees to bring records to swap/trade with other enthusiasts
And as always, we’ll have a mobile record store on site to help you re-stock your collection.

Wednesday, May 30 – Ratio Comedy – 8pm
Ratio Comedy has a banger of a show for you with some of the best and brightest comedians the Mile High City has to offer.

External Events
Entire Month of April – Brewery of the Month @ Lucky Pie LoDo
Saturday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Party @ Mas Kaos – Noon-9pm
Friday, April 6 – Lawrence Arms & Red City Radio @ The Oriental Theater (If You Want Blood Orange IPA Release)
Thursday, May 10 – Pint Night @ Lucky Pie LoDo 4-6pm
Saturday, May 12 – Fem Fest @ MCA Denver
Saturday, May 12 – Hops for Homes @ Great Divide Brewing
Saturday, May 19 – Manny’s Summer Fest @ Cheeseman Park
Saturday, May 19 – Romero’s Lumberjack Games @ Romero’s K9 Club
Wednesday, May 23 – Lucky Pie LoDo Pint Night @ Lucky Pie LoDo 5-7pm Saturday, May 26 – Denver Day of Rock

About Ratio Beerworks
Ratio Beerworks, located in the heart of the River North Art District of Denver at 2920 Larimer Street, focuses on meticulously crafted beer. Ratio’s portfolio includes a wide variety of traditional styles with a modern twist. With deep roots in the punk rock music scene, Ratio’s co-founders sought to translate the industry’s sense of community, DIY spirit, and strong musical influences via the beer and taproom experience. For more information please visit

Brewers Association individual recognition awards at 2018 Craft Brewers Conference

May 5, 2018 - 1:09pm

(Nashville, TN) – The Brewers Association announced its individual recognition awards this week at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Below are the winners of the four awards as announced by the BA (original post here).


Since 1987, the Brewers Association has recognized individuals who inspire, defend and innovate within the craft brewing industry to an exceptional degree. These individuals, nominated by their peers, are presented with awards during the general session of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America.

We are pleased to present our 2018 award recipients:

F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award
This award is named for the late F.X. Matt, president of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co., Utica, New York, and a tireless and outspoken champion for the small brewing industry.

2018 honoree: Nancy Palmer, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.
This year’s winner is the first woman to win the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award. She coordinated the brewers of Georgia in an effort that came to an agreement with Georgia wholesalers to allow for pint, packaging and food sales at breweries in her state, which has helped grow the craft brewing business in Georgia and removed a major obstacle to entrepreneurs wishing to start breweries. Additionally she is one of the recognized leaders of the state guilds executive director network.

Brewers Association Recognition Award
The Brewers Association Recognition Award is presented each year to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement.

2018 honoree: Charles Bamforth, UC Davis
Charles Bamforth trained a generation of brewers as an author, mentor, leader, teacher, professor, beer enthusiast. Among the institutions our recipient has worked with or been honored by are the School of Biosciences at University of Nottingham, Heriot-Watt University, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, the American Society of Brewing Chemists and the University of California at Davis. His books include Standards of Brewing and Scientific Principles of Malting and Brewing.

Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing
The Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing was established in memory of the late Russell Schehrer, a founding partner, and the original brewmaster, of the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, Colo. Russell was one of the pioneers in the craft brewing industry and as such, was one of the industry’s early innovators.

2018 honoree: Tomme Arthur, Port Brewing Co./The Lost Abbey
Tomme Arthur began his brewing career in 1996, and quickly developed a reputation for making a variety of excellent ales. He has won the Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery Brewer of the Year on multiple occasions. For years our winner has been innovating on the barrel beer front both with wine and bourbon barrels. In fact, he was one of the early adoptors of both in our industry. Aside from the beautiful beers he makes, he has given all the knowledge he had to anyone that would listen on the topic of barrels and aging beer in wood. When you think about Brettanomcyes he was one of the early adapters in the industry. His collaboration with Peter Bouckaert in 2004, Mo Betta Bretta, a 100 percent Brett beer, was the first of its kind in the U.S. He has matured into a humble brewer showing great creativity and restraint with all the beers he brews.

Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year
This award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote beer from small and independent brewers.

2018 honoree: Tryon Distributing, Charlotte, NC.
Tryon Distributing started as a small wine distributor in 1985 serving three counties in North Carolina. They now carry dozens of craft brewers’ beers on a statewide basis. They are independent of having a major, dominant supplier allowing this multi-generational family business to make independent decisions to benefit their partners and 200-plus employees. The company added a second temperature-controlled warehouse recently to help serve retailer customers. One out-of-state craft brewer noted that “their deep roots of brand building have not only remained intact during this period of industry explosion, but have been addressed to keep up with the changing times, avoiding unnecessary SKU rationalization.”

We raise our glasses to these exceptional individuals and toast to their contributions to American craft brewing.

Brewers Association names J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D. as its first Diversity Ambassador

May 5, 2018 - 12:59pm

(Boulder, CO) — Furthering its commitment to diversity, the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—today announced that it has tapped J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D. as its first-ever Diversity Ambassador.

Similar to other ambassador roles at the BA, Jackson-Beckham will travel around the country to state guild and other craft brewing community events to speak on best practices for diversifying both customer bases and staff and to listen to current challenges in this area. She will work closely with the recently established Diversity Committee, helmed by Julie Verratti of Denizens Brewing Co. and comprised of a cross section of industry members of varied backgrounds and geographical regions.

“Craft beer is made by and for everyone,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “Diversity and inclusion are opportunities for businesses to lead and succeed. Jackson-Beckham will help to reinforce this idea, identify occasions where efforts can be strengthened and educate our members on being an even more inclusive community. We welcome her to the Brewers Association team.”

An Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College, Jackson-Beckham has a storied history in the brewing community. She has been an avid homebrewer for over a decade and has researched and written about beer and its place in American culture. She has delivered keynote addresses, presentations and guest lectures on the culture and inclusiveness of craft beer.

“Serving the Brewers Association in this capacity ‘closes the loop’ on things I have been doing for nearly a decade now. I have been fortunate enough to have successfully combined a genuine passion for craft beer and a career in academia,” said Jackson-Beckham. “I am really grateful for the opportunity to be part of authentic efforts to overcome some of the challenges I’ve spent a good amount of time researching and writing about. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to change how a lot folks in the industry think about diversity and inclusion.”

Jackson-Beckham will make her first appearance as Diversity Ambassador at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, in Nashville, Tennessee from April 30 to May 3. Her presentation is “A Brewery for All—Tactics for Being Inclusive and Building Diversity.”

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Schlafly’s From the Ibex Cellar: Sour Blonde arrives starting Monday, May 7

May 5, 2018 - 12:49pm

The Saint Louis Brewery introduces the first new beer in the premium From The Ibex Cellar series for 2018

Schlafly’s From the Ibex Cellar: Sour Blonde Ale

(St. Louis, MO) — Schlafly Beer announces the upcoming release of the next beer in the brewery’s From the Ibex Cellar series: Sour Blonde Ale (5%). The premium collection features six bold, hand-crafted beers, and the Sour Blonde Ale is a citrus sour through the lens of an American Blonde Ale. The four-pack will be available across Schlafly’s distribution in limited quantities beginning on Monday, May 7.

The Sour Blonde Ale is kettle soured with lactobacillus and aged on oak chips before the final blending. The American ale yeast adds a clean finish for the beer. “This is a sour that you’ll want to write home about,” Founding Brewer Stephen Hale says. “With low bitterness and the mixed fermentation, the Sour Blonde Ale is fruity, tart and complex. It’s understated, but also unexpected.”

The From the Ibex Cellar series showcases the brewing ingenuity that began in the Schlafly Tap Room’s Ibex Cellar many years ago and continues today. Previous releases this year included: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Imperial Coffee Stout and Local Oak with plans for two more barrel-aged offerings throughout the rest of the year.

Schlafly’s From The Ibex Cellar: Sour Blonde Ale will be available for a limited release beginning on Monday, May 7 across Schlafly’s distribution footprint for a suggested retail price $17.99. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit

About Schlafly Beer:
Schlafly Beer, Missouri’s 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

TTB accepts record $900,000 offer in compromise from Warsteiner Importers Agency

May 5, 2018 - 12:37pm

(Washington, DC) — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $900,000 offer in compromise from Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. This is the largest single offer in compromise for trade practice violations accepted by TTB to date.

Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. is alleged to have engaged in Tied House, Commercial Bribery, and Exclusive Outlet violations that either placed, or had the potential to place, the retailer’s independence at risk. This offer in compromise was submitted to settle all possible alleged violations.

TTB remains committed to actively enforcing the trade practice provisions of the FAA Act so that consumers can continue to enjoy a wide selection of products and that industry members can compete for those consumers in a fair and open marketplace.

Please visit for additional information on prohibited trade practices or to see this and other offers in compromise that have been accepted.

Braven Brewing Co. signs distribution agreement for Hudson Valley, Capital regions

May 5, 2018 - 12:28pm

(Brooklyn, NY) – Braven Brewing Company, a craft brewery based in Brooklyn, NY, recently signed an agreement with Gasko & Meyer to distribute their beers throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. This marks Braven’s first distribution agreement outside of the Metro New York City area.

Gasko & Meyer will now offer Braven’s flagship beers Bushwick Pilsner and Skyliner IPA and seasonal and limited edition beers Vibes Summer Ale and Moon Froot NEIPA in early May to the 22 counties north of NYC that it services.

“We are thrilled to sign an agreement with an independent, fourth-generation, family-owned distributor like Gasko & Meyer,” said Marshall S. Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Braven. “We’ve had talks with their team over the past 2 years, so we’re excited to finally start selling our beers upstate. Gasko’s portfolio of respected American craft breweries and venerable imported brands speaks to their commitment to quality, and we’re proud to join those ranks at Gasko.”

“Braven is brewing delicious beers and has been on our radar for a while,” said
Bruce Nober, Sales Manager, of Gasko & Meyer, Inc. “We are excited to partner with Eric, Marshall, and the whole Braven team to bring a little bit of Bushwick upstate.”

Braven plans to kickoff their upstate distribution with a party on Saturday, May 12th at Henry Street Taproom in Saratoga Springs, NY.

2018 World Beer Cup highlighted by 8,234 entered beers from 66 countries

May 5, 2018 - 11:19am

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(Nashville, TN) — The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—announced the results of the 2018 World Beer Cup Awards. The largest competition to date, the awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

View 2018 World Beer Cup Winners List and Fact Sheet [PDF].

Beers were judged during six sessions over a period of three days by an elite panel of 295 judges from 33 countries—72 percent of whom were from outside the United States. Judges evaluated 8,234 beers—a 25 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2016 World Beer Cup. Of the 2,515 participating breweries, 807 were from outside the United States.

Out of a possible 303 awards in 101 beer style categories, 302 were awarded. One gold award was not given in Category 36, International-Style Pilsener.

“Beer brings people together,” said Charlie Papazian, founder and past president, Brewers Association. “The World Beer Cup showcases the breadth of the global brewing community and winning an award symbolizes one of the greatest brewing achievements. Congratulations to all the winners on this remarkable accomplishment.”

Competition Highlights

· Average number of beers entered per category: 82 (a 13 percent increase from 2016)
· Most-entered categories in 2018:

o 377 entries in Category 93, American-Style India Pale Ale

o 196 entries in Category 94, Imperial India Pale Ale

o 196 entries in Category 28, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

o 190 entries in Category 29, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

· Number of countries represented: 66 (a 20 percent increase from 2016)

· Countries with the most awards:

o United States: 242

o Canada: 14

o Germany: 9

· Country with the highest winning rate: Belgium (10 percent)

Panama won its first-ever World Beer Cup award. All other award-winning countries were previous winners.

The Brewers Association introduced the World Beer Cup competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. The 2018 World Beer Cup is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including presenting sponsor Krones, and partner sponsors Barth-Haas Group, First Key Consulting Inc., MicroStar Logistics, SAHM GmbH + Co. KG, and Siemens.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

World Beer Cup 2018 Winners List announced

May 5, 2018 - 11:13am

(Nashville, TN) – Winners were announced this evening for the 2018 World Beer Cup Awards. The largest competition to date, the awards were presented by the Brewers Association at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

View the awards highlights and stats here.


Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer – 53 Entries

Gold: Dark O’ the Moon, Tilted Axis Brewing Co., Lapeer, MI

Silver: Whacked Out Wheat, Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, CO

Bronze: Clutch’s American Wheat, Tustin Brewing Co., Tustin, CA

Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast – 40 Entries

Gold: Miner’s Gold Hefeweizen, Lewis & Clark Brewing Co., Helena, MT

Silver: Beehive Honey Wheat, Bristol Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Bronze: BayWatch, Elk Horn Brewery, Eugene, OR

Category 3: Fruit Beer – 118 Entries

Gold: Chchchch-Cherry Bomb, Melvin Brewing – Jackson, Jackson, WY

Silver: Razz Against the Machine, Little Machine, Denver, CO

Bronze: American Sour Ale with Guava, Loveland Aleworks, Loveland, CO

Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer – 70 Entries

Gold: Mango Cart, Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles, CA

Silver: Passionate Envy, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend Pub, Bend, OR

Bronze: Bitchin’ Berry, Great Basin Brewing Co., Reno, NV

Category 5: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – 52 Entries

Gold: Nectarine Golden Ale, pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR

Silver: Rosetta, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Bronze: Wallflower Spring Saison, Fat Bottom Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Category 6: Pumpkin Beer – 33 Entries

Gold: 5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice Barleywine, Philipsburg Brewing Co., Philipsburg, MT

Silver: Pumpkin Ale, Bier Brewery and Taproom, Indianapolis, IN

Bronze: Pope’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Millersburg Brewing Co., Millersburg, OH

Category 7: Field Beer – 74 Entries

Gold: Tupiniquim Pecan Imperial Stout, Cervejaria Tupiniquim, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Silver: The Patsy, Barley Forge Brewing Co., Costa Mesa, CA

Bronze: Beet Cream Ale, Cogstone Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Category 8: Chili Beer – 57 Entries

Gold: McFate Hatch Chile Gatos, McFate Brewing Co., Scottsdale, AZ

Silver: Datil, Motorworks Brewing, Bradenton, FL

Bronze: Heat of the Night, Hoparazzi Brewing Co., Anaheim, CA

Category 9: Herb and Spice Beer – 142 Entries

Gold: Spruce IPA, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK

Silver: Lohn Bier Carvoeira, Cervejaria Lohn, Lauro Mueller, Brazil

Bronze: Taiwan Head Brewers, Start of Autumn Tea Ale, Taiwan Head Brewers Brewing Co., 立秋, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Category 10: Chocolate Beer – 77 Entries

Gold: Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale, Genesee Brewing Co. – Genesee Brew House, Rochester, NY

Silver: Somebody Else’s Dream, Fort Myers Brewing Co., Fort Myers, FL

Bronze: Assault N Fudgery, Barrage Brewing Co., Farmingdale, NY

Category 11: Coffee Beer – 71 Entries

Gold: Gusto Crema, Georgetown Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Silver: Pablo Escobeer, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Bronze: Breakfast of Champions Coffee Lager, Riot Brewing Co., Chemainus, Canada

Category 12: Coffee Stout or Porter – 157 Entries

Gold: Portola Breakfast Stout, Tustin Brewing Co., Tustin, CA

Silver: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, CA

Bronze: Odin, Cerveceria Rámuri, Tijuana, Mexico

Category 13: Specialty Beer – 61 Entries

Gold: Double Stack, Great Notion Brewing, Portland, OR

Silver: SUNMAI Buckwheat Lager, Long Sun Brewing Co., New Taipei City, Taiwan 

Bronze: Campfire Stout, High Water Brewing, Stockton, CA

Category 14: Rye Beer – 54 Entries

Gold: Red Rocker, Cromarty Brewing Co., Cromarty, United Kingdom

Silver: Ryes Against the Machine, Hell’s Basement Brewery, Medicine Hat, Canada

Bronze: Panic Switch, Platform Beer Co., Cleveland, OH

Category 15: Honey Beer – 65 Entries

Gold: Honey Please, Armadillo Ale Works, Denton, TX

Silver: Belgian Honey Blonde, No Clue Craft Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Bronze: Jetty, Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore, NY

Category 16: Session Beer – 48 Entries

Gold: Fernson Farmhouse Ale, Fernson Brewing Co., Sioux Falls, SD

Silver: Session Pale Ale, Center of the Universe Brewing Co., Ashland, VA

Bronze: Peacekeeper, Launch Pad Brewery, Aurora, CO

Category 17: Session India Pale Ale – 103 Entries

Gold: Trump Hands, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Silver: Hop Tamer Session IPA, Higherground Brewing Co., Hamilton, MT

Bronze: Tuna, Half Acre Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Category 18: Other Strong Beer – 51 Entries

Gold: Anodyne, Revolver Brewing, Granbury, TX

Silver: Grateful Haze Porter, Bellefonte Brewing Co., Wilmington, DE

Bronze: ZOZ #3 Golden, Brasserie 35, Turuçu, Brazil

Category 19: Experimental Beer – 130 Entries

Gold: Sn4 Cuvée, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Hood River, OR

Silver: Hickory Peach Wee Heavy, The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, Denver, CO

Bronze: Wild Barrels Project #5, Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock, AR

Category 20: Fresh or Wet Hop Ale – 21 Entries

Gold: More Like Bore-O-Phyll, Call To Arms Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Silver: This Year’s Crop Wet Hop, Pinthouse Pizza – Burnet, Austin, TX

Bronze: Fresh Frozen, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA

Category 21: Historical Beer – 61 Entries

Gold: Pilsner, Old Town Brewing, Portland, OR

Silver: Subtilus, Werk Force Brewing Co., Plainfield, IL

Bronze: Pantomime Horse, Community Beer Works, Buffalo, NY

Category 22: Gluten-Free Beer – 28 Entries

Gold: Gueten Beer, Sleeping Giant Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Silver: IPA No. 5, Ground Breaker Brewing, Portland, OR

Bronze: Copperhead, ALT Brew, Madison, WI

Category 23: American-Belgo-Style Ale – 42 Entries

Gold: Klipspringer, Metazoa Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Silver: Juxtapose, Four Winds Brewing Co., Delta, Canada

Bronze: Brother Harker Patersbier, Barrel Head Brewhouse, San Francisco, CA

Category 24: American-Style Sour Ale – 130 Entries

Gold: Raspberry, Upland Brewing Co. – Bloomington Brewpub, Bloomington, IN

Silver: Krieky Bones, Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA

Bronze: Guava Happens, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA

Category 25: Brett Beer – 58 Entries

Gold: Saison Trystero, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Denver, CO

Silver: Genetic Drift with Peaches, Speciation Artisan Ales, Comstock Park, MI

Bronze: Fantastic Voyage, Gigantic Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 26: Mixed Culture Brett Beer – 55 Entries

Gold: The Thief, Societe Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: ZuurPruin, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Hood River, OR

Bronze: TBD Peach Sour, Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus, OH

Category 27: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer – 59 Entries

Gold: Queen of Hearts, Pelican Brewing Co. – Pacific City, Pacific City, OR

Silver: Double Barrel Knotty, Twin Peaks Brewing Co., Irving, TX

Bronze: Dry Hopped Brett Pale Ale, Hi-Wire Brewing – South Slope Specialty Brewery, Asheville, NC

Category 28: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer – 196 Entries

Gold: Gin Barrel O-Gii, Milwaukee Brewing Co. – 2nd Street Brewery, Milwaukee, WI

Silver: Scarlet, Steamworks Brewing Co., Burnaby, Canada

Bronze: Bligh’s Barleywine Ale, Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock, Aurora, CO

Category 29: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout – 190 Entries

Gold: Thunder Hug, Wild Acre Brewing Co., Fort Worth, TX

Silver: The Baroness, Fat Bottom Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Bronze: Three Tun, Hermitage Brewing Co., San Jose, CA

Category 30: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 71 Entries

Gold: Train to Beersel, Bruery Terreux, Anaheim, CA

Silver: Odyssey 008, Siren Craft Brew, Finchampstead, United Kingdom

Bronze: Petit Poisson, Little Fish Brewing Co., Athens, OH

Category 31: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 117 Entries

Gold: Riserva, Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton, PA

Silver: Ritual Madness, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin, FL

Bronze: Peach Climacteric, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, CO

Category 32: Aged Beer – 45 Entries

Gold: Vladislav, Diebolt Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Silver: Oblivious, Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham, MI

Bronze: Solzhenitsyn, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media, Media, PA

Category 33: Kellerbier or Zwickelbier – 92 Entries

Gold: STiVO, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Shoat, Sterling Pig Brewery, Media, PA

Bronze: Keller Pils, Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN

Category 34: Smoke Beer – 76 Entries

Gold: Smoked Marzen, 49th State Brewing Co. – Denali National Park, Denali National Park, AK

Silver: Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale, Coal Harbour Brewing Co., Vancouver, Canada

Bronze: 18022/42, The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field, Denver, CO

Category 35: Light Lager – 72 Entries

Gold: BC Light, Territorial Brewing Co., Springfield, MI

Silver: Van ICE, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Van Nuys, CA

Bronze: Cayaco, Cervecería de Colima, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico

Category 36: International-Style Pilsener – 64 Entries

Silver: Vlad the Impaler, Fretboard Brewing Co., Blue Ash, OH

Bronze: Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager, Quarter Celtic Brewpub, Albuquerque, NM

Category 37: Other International-Style Lager – 81 Entries

Gold: Mountain Jam, Southbound Brewing Co., Savannah, GA

Silver: Camden Pils Lager, Camden Town Brewery, London, United Kingdom

Bronze: Four Peaks Golden Lager, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Tempe, AZ

Category 38: Baltic-Style Porter – 66 Entries

Gold: Bangor Slate Baltic Porter, Two Rivers Brewing Co., Easton, PA

Silver: Doggerland, Oakshire Brewing, Eugene, OR

Bronze: Danzig, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost, Lexington, VA

Category 39: German-Style Pilsener – 176 Entries

Gold: Primadonna Pilsner, Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co., Castle Rock, CO

Silver: Sprockets, Gravely Brewing Co., Louisville, KY

Bronze: Pils Lager, Fourpure Brewing Co., London, United Kingdom

Category 40: Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 92 Entries

Gold: Chuckanut Pilsner, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Silver: Bobcat Pilsner, Adirondack Pub and Brewery, Lake George, NY

Bronze: Check Pils, Beaver Island Brewing Co., Saint Cloud, MN

Category 41: Muenchner-Style Helles – 122 Entries

Gold: Penn Gold, Pennsylvania Brewing Co., Pittsburgh, PA

Silver: Nashville Lager, Nashville Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Bronze: Mass Produced Lager: Helles, Wormtown Brewery, Worcester, MA

Category 42: Dortmunder/Export or German-Style Oktoberfest – 57 Entries

Gold: Ott Spezial, Schussenrieder Brauerei, Bad Schussenried, Germany

Silver: Alpirsbacher Spezial, Alpirsbacher Klosterbreau Glauner Co., Alpirsbach, Germany

Bronze: The Weasel, C.B. & Potts / Big Horn Brewery – Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO

Category 43: Vienna-Style Lager – 98 Entries

Gold: Hook & Hatchet, Nevin’s Brewing Co., Plainfield, IL

Silver: Gustav, Taft’s Ale House, Cincinnati, OH

Bronze: Havana Lager, Concrete Beach Brewery, Miami, FL

Category 44: German-Style Maerzen – 62 Entries

Gold: Your Move Paulie!, Independent Brewing Co., Bel Air, MD

Silver: Mayhem Maerzen, Springfield Brewing Co., Springfield, MO

Bronze: Film Fest Lager, Good City Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Category 45: Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager – 67 Entries

Gold: I Dunkled in My Pants, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Buellton, CA

Silver: Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg, Regensburg, Germany

Bronze: Fearless Youth, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO

Category 46: Dark Lager – 99 Entries

Gold: Night Train, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Silver: Alternate Present, Fiction Beer Co., Denver, CO

Bronze: Černé, Chainline Brewing Co., Kirkland, WA

Category 47: German-Style Bock or Maibock – 70 Entries

Gold: Wonderland, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA

Silver: Moninger Bertold Bock Dunkel, Hatz-Moninger Brauhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany

Bronze: Breakline Bock, Rip Current Brewing, San Marcos, CA

Category 48: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock – 79 Entries

Gold: Smooth Like Jazz, Revelry Brewing Co., Charleston, SC

Silver: Doppelbock, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO

Bronze: Double Love Honey, Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock, AR

Category 49: American-Style Lager or American-Style Cream Ale – 122 Entries

Gold: Old Style Lager, Pabst Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Silver: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Pabst Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Bronze: Hamm’s, Miller Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

Category 50: American-Style Amber Lager – 70 Entries

Gold: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

Silver: Tragedy of the Common, Iowa Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA

Bronze: 89Ale, O.H.S.O. Brewery – Paradise Valley, Phoenix, AZ

Category 51: Australian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale – 122 Entries

Gold: Breakside Lunch Break ISA, Breakside Brewery & Taproom, Milwaukie, OR

Silver: Nail VPA, Nail Brewing, Perth, Australia

Bronze: Pete’s Stash Pale, Vail Brewing Co., Avon, CO

Category 52: German-Style Koelsch – 125 Entries

Gold: Chuckanut Kolsch Style, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Silver: American Harvest Kolsch, American Harvest Brewpub at Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

Bronze: NBD Kolsch, Cerberus Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Category 53: German-Style Altbier – 41 Entries

Gold: Altitude Alt, Altitude Chophouse and Brewery, Laramie, WY

Silver: Alt Bier, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp, Roseland, VA   

Bronze: Altstadt Alt, Altstadt Brewery, Fredericksburg, TX

Category 54: Berliner-Style Weisse – 48 Entries

Gold: Baywindow, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend, Bend, OR

Silver: Peach Berliner Weisse, Revelation Craft Brewing Co., Rehoboth Beach, DE

Bronze: Raspberry Rickey, Brewery Rex, Fullerton, CA

Category 55: Leipzig-Style Gose or Contemporary Gose – 81 Entries

Gold: Corvus Lingonberry Lime Gose, Ravens Brewing Co., Abbotsford, Canada

Silver: Gose Frambuesa, Casa Bruja Brewing Co., Panama City, Panama

Bronze: Ring Around the Gose, SingleSpeed Brewing Co. – Waterloo Tap Room, Waterloo, IA

Category 56: South German-Style Hefeweizen – 127 Entries

Gold: National Park Hefeweizen, Big Bend Brewing Co., Alpine, TX

Silver: COEDO Shiro, COEDO Brewery, Kawagoe, Japan

Bronze: Hirsch Hefe Weisse, Hirsch-Brauerei Honer, Wurmlingen, Germany

Category 57: German-Style Wheat Ale – 44 Entries

Gold: Saint Arnold Weedwacker, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Silver: Kristallweizen, Brauerei Gold Ochsen, Ulm, Germany

Bronze: Krieger Urweisse, Brauerei Wilhelm Krieger, Landau an der Isar, Germany

Category 58: South German-Style Weizenbock – 42 Entries

Gold: AlpenGlow, Fat Heads Brewery – North Olmsted, North Olmstead, OH

Silver: Schneider Weisse TAP 6 Mein Aventinus, Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn, Kelheim, Germany

Bronze: Plank Heller Weizenbock, Brauerei Michael Plank, Laaber, Germany

Category 59: Belgian-Style Witbier – 100 Entries

Gold: Camden Gentlemans Wit, Camden Town Brewery, London, United Kingdom

Silver: White Rascal, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

Bronze: Hoegaarden White, InBev Belgium, Hoegaarden, Belgium

Category 60: French & Belgian-Style Saison – 87 Entries

Gold: La Finca Miami, The Tank Brewing Co., Miami, FL

Silver: Bord du Lac, Amsterdam Brewing Co., Toronto, Canada

Bronze: Farmhouse, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – 4S Ranch, San Diego, CA

Category 61: Specialty Saison – 79 Entries

Gold: Frances Farmer, Aslan Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA

Silver: Mannenliefde, Oedipus Brewing, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bronze: Saison Anniversaire, Burning Sky Brewery, Firle, United Kingdom

Category 62: Belgian- and French-Style Ale – 34 Entries

Gold: Biere de Voleur, Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago, IL

Silver: Domaine DuPage, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL

Bronze: The Roman Wolf, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI

Category 63: Belgian-Style Pale Ale or Belgian-Style Blonde Ale – 64 Entries

Gold: Vincianne, True North Ale Co., Ipswich, MA

Silver: Gouverneur Blond, Lindeboom Bierbrouwerij, Neer, Netherlands

Bronze: Domestique Belgian Blonde Ale, Rouleur Brewing Co., Carlsbad, CA

Category 64: Belgian-Style Sour Ale – 61 Entries

Gold: Oude Geuze Boon VAT 108, Brouwerij Boon, Lembeek, Belgium

Silver: Lindemans Cuvée René Oude Kriek, Lindemans Brewery, Vlezenbeek, Belgium

Bronze: El Sur, Casa Agria Specialty Ales, Oxnard, CA

Category 65: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale – 41 Entries

Gold: Oud Bruin, Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO

Silver: Olly, Free Will Brewing Co., Perkasie, PA

Bronze: Flanders Sour Ale, Rebellion Brewing Co., Regina, Canada

Category 66: Belgian-Style Dubbel or Belgian-Style Quadrupel – 78 Entries

Gold: Abbey Dubbel, Elm City Brewing Co., Keene, NH

Silver: BJ’s Quad, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Boulder, Boulder, CO

Bronze: Belgian Quad, 7venth Sun Brewery, Dunedin, FL

Category 67: Belgian-Style Tripel – 100 Entries

Gold: Tripel LeFort, Omer Vander Ghinste, Bellegem, Belgium

Silver: 33 Acres of Euphoria, 33 Acres Brewing Co., Vancouver, Canada

Bronze: Hoegaarden Grand Cru, InBev Belgium, Hoegaarden, Belgium

Category 68: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale – 70 Entries

Gold: La Mancina, Birrificio del Forte, Pietrasanta, Italy

Silver: The Cannibal, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Maple Shade, Maple Shade, NJ

Bronze: Julius, InBev Belgium, Hoegaarden, Belgium

Category 69: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale – 56 Entries

Gold: Hertog Jan Grand Prestige, Hertog Jan, Arcen, Netherlands

Silver: VII Kings Belgian Dark Strong, Blind Owl Brewery, Indianapolis, IN

Bronze: LeFort, Omer Vander Ghinste, Bellegem, Belgium

Category 70: Other Belgian-Style Ale – 49 Entries

Gold: Waels Brut, Cervejaria Waels, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Silver: Soleils Amers Triple Brown Ale, Brasserie des Sources, Saint Amand Les Eaux, France

Bronze: Lux Mundi, Save the World Brewing Co., Marble Falls, TX

Category 71: English-Style Mild Ale – 38 Entries

Gold: Working Class Hero Dark Mild, Riot Brewing Co., Chemainus, Canada

Silver: Saddle Bronc Brown, Black Tooth Brewing Co., Sheridan, WY

Bronze: Black Tusk Ale, Whistler Brewing Co., Whistler, Canada

Category 72: English-Style Summer Ale – 49 Entries

Gold: Beaverton Blonde, Golden Valley Brewery, McMinnville, OR

Silver: Provider, Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN

Bronze: Bruton di Brùton, Brùton, Lucca, Italy

Category 73: Ordinary or Special Bitter – 43 Entries

Gold: DBA (Double Barrel Ale), Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Kirke, Corsaire Microbrasserie, Levis, Canada

Bronze: Encore, Lacons Brewery, Lowestoft, United Kingdom

Category 74: Classic English-Style Pale Ale – 40 Entries

Gold: Valley Isle ESB, Maui Brewing Co., Kihei, HI

Silver: Prickly Pear Pale Ale, Lewis & Clark Brewing Co., Helena, MT

Bronze: Annadel Pale Ale, Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa, CA

Category 75: Extra Special Bitter – 70 Entries

Gold: Old Jalopy Pale Ale, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Vancouver, Canada

Silver: Puddlers Row ESB, Conshohocken Brewing Co., Conshohocken, PA

Bronze: Raleigh Pride, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh, NC

Category 76: English-Style India Pale Ale – 46 Entries

Gold: Shanghai’d IPA, Old Town Brewing, Portland, OR

Silver: Breakside Old World IPA, Breakside Brewery & Beer Hall, Portland, OR

Bronze: Orbiter IPA, Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, OR

Category 77: Scottish-Style Ale – 43 Entries

Gold: MacGavins Plaid Monkey, Monkey Paw Brewing, San Diego, CA

Silver: Taildragger Clan-Destine, Saddle Mountain Brewing Co., Goodyear, AZ

Bronze: Maxwell’s Scottish Ale, Rivertowne Brewing Co., Export, PA

Category 78: English-Style Brown Ale – 66 Entries

Gold: Big Ben Brown Ale, Bull & Bush Brewery, Denver, CO

Silver: Shaven Yak, Wichita Brewing Co., Wichita, KS

Bronze: Sweet Josie, Lonerider Brewing Co., Raleigh, NC

Category 79: Brown Porter – 69 Entries

Gold: James Squire ‘Jack of Spades’ Porter, Malt Shovel Brewery, Camperdown, Australia

Silver: FivePine Chocolate Porter, Three Creeks Production, Sisters, OR

Bronze: Ninja Porter, Asheville Brewing Co., Asheville, NC

Category 80: Robust Porter – 132 Entries

Gold: Porter, Jupiter, San Leandro, CA

Silver: Porter, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Bronze: Black Marlin Porter, Ballast Point Brewing Co. – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA

Category 81: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout – 73 Entries

Gold: Mo’ Winta Milk Stout, Waconia Brewing Co., Waconia, MN

Silver: Udder Love, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, CA

Bronze: Moozie, Brink Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH

Category 82: Oatmeal Stout – 74 Entries

Gold: Old 41 Oatmeal Stout, Dry County Brewing Co., Kennesaw, GA

Silver: Stagecoach Stout, Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Westlake Village, Westlake Village, CA

Bronze: North Tower Stout, Earth Rider Brewery, Superior, WI

Category 83: Scotch Ale – 70 Entries

Gold: Scotch Ale Wee Heavy, Microbrasserie Gainsbourg, Gatineau, Canada

Silver: McKay’s Scottish Ale, Three Creeks Brewing Co., Sisters, OR

Bronze: Wee Bit Left, Metazoa Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category 84: British-Style Imperial Stout – 61 Entries

Gold: Laitilan Imperiaali Stout, Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas, Laitila, Finland

Silver: The Russian, 2SP Brewing Co., Aston, PA

Bronze: Kill the Lights, The Tap Beer Co., Bloomington, IN

Category 85: Old Ale or Strong Ale – 47 Entries

Gold: Pilgrim’s Dole, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI

Silver: Heini’s Good Cheer, Roundabout Brewery, Pittsburgh, PA

Bronze: Ninja Pirate Barleywine, Black Lotus Brewing Co., Clawson, MI

Category 86: Barley Wine-Style Ale – 79 Entries

Gold: Shipfaced, Silver Harbor Brewing Co., Saint Joseph, MI

Silver: 10&2, Fifty West Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH

Bronze: Old Bounder, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham, WA

Category 87: Irish-Style Red Ale – 86 Entries

Gold: Bald Irishman, Center of the Universe Brewing Co. – Origin, Ashland, VA

Silver: Samuel Adams Irish Red, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Bronze: Leuven Irish Red Ale, Cervejaria Leuven, Piracicaba, Brazil

Category 88: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 64 Entries

Gold: Draíocht, Galena Brewing Co., Galena, IL

Silver: Slainte, Legion Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC

Bronze: Faricy’s Dry Stout, Arbor Brewing Co. Microbrewery, Ypsilanti, MI

Category 89: Export Stout – 53 Entries

Gold: Big Wall, Strike Brewing Co., San Jose, CA

Silver: Starway Stout, Barrel Mountain Brewing, Battle Ground, WA

Bronze: Nox Arcana, Cerveza Fauna, Mexicali, Mexico

Category 90: Golden or Blonde Ale – 121 Entries

Gold: ‘67 Blonde Ale, Public Coast Brewing Co., Cannon Beach, OR

Silver: Vega, First Magnitude Brewing Co., Gainesville, FL

Bronze: Shinshu Roman Original Ale, REIJIN Brew Co., Suwa, Japan

Category 91: American-Style Pale Ale – 182 Entries

Gold: C-Hops, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Double Nickels, Docent Brewing, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Bronze: Pennyrile Pale Ale, West Sixth Brewing Co., Lexington, KY

Category 92: American-Style Strong Pale Ale – 124 Entries

Gold: Green Battles, Pinthouse Pizza – Burnet, Austin, TX

Silver: Breakside Wanderlust IPA, Breakside Brewery & Taproom, Milwaukie, OR

Bronze: Gore Creek IPA, Vail Brewing Co., Avon, CO

Category 93: American-Style India Pale Ale – 377 Entries

Gold: Revision IPA, Revision Brewing Co., Sparks, NV

Silver: Radiant Beauty, Green Cheek Beer Co., Orange, CA

Bronze: Bailing Room, Pinthouse Pizza – S. Lamar, Austin, TX

Category 94: Imperial India Pale Ale – 196 Entries

Gold: Nobility, Noble Ale Works, Anaheim, CA

Silver: Revision DIPA, Revision Brewing Co., Sparks, NV

Bronze: MadeWest Donlon, MadeWest Brewing Co., Ventura, CA

Category 95: American-Style Amber/Red Ale – 110 Entries

Gold: Ole Prospector, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Santee, CA

Silver: Faction Red, Faction Brewing Co., Alameda, CA

Bronze: Truckee River Red, Great Basin Brewing Co. – Sparks, Sparks, NV

Category 96: Double Red Ale – 54 Entries

Gold: Local Shred Red, Alvarado Street Brewery, Salinas, CA

Silver: Born & Raised, No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane, WA

Bronze: Red Nut, BentSpoke Brewing Co., Braddon, Australia

Category 97: Imperial Red Ale – 44 Entries

Gold: Good, Not Great, StormBreaker Brewing, Portland, OR

Silver: Red Rock, Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Grande, CA

Bronze: Wreak Havoc, Bootstrap Brewing, Niwot, CO

Category 98: American-Style Brown Ale – 78 Entries

Gold: Cell Block 304, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Parkersburg, WV

Silver: Mr. Dynamite, Mad Chef Craft Brewing, East Petersburg, PA

Bronze: Restraint, Institution Ale Co., Camarillo, CA

Category 99: American-Style Black Ale – 53 Entries

Gold: Bivouac Black IPA, Hutton & Smith Brewing Co., Chattanooga, TN

Silver: Midnight Moonlight, Fat Heads Brewery – Middleburg Heights, Middleburg Heights, OH

Bronze: Hoppa Emeritus, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Category 100: American-Style Stout – 55 Entries

Gold: Black Cliffs, Boise Brewing, Boise, ID

Silver: Feeling My Oats, Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom, Travelers Rest, SC

Bronze: Disorder, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR

Category 101: American-Style Imperial Stout – 93 Entries

Gold: Cultivating Mass, Cooperage Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Silver: Black Walnut Belgian Imperial Stout, Raised Grain Brewing Co., Waukesha, WI

Bronze: HoliDAVE, Artifex Brewing Co., San Clemente, CA

FERMÆNTRA Brut Li Brut IPA release set for May 5th

May 2, 2018 - 9:34pm

(Denver, CO) – Our fellow craft beer lovers, we are proud to present to you “Brut Li”, our version of the Brut IPA. And wow, this one is a very welcomed addition. Coming in at 7.1% alcohol by volume, Brut Li is the most refreshing, effervescent, and perfect platform to showcase hop aroma and flavor.

On Saturday May 5th we welcome Brut Li – Brut IPA to the family. This isn’t your typical IPA, though none of our beers really are. You see, we’ve been working on something for a little while, and whilst everyone has been chasing the haze, we decided to look beyond the horizon. Hazy beers and all of the variants thereof will always be a part of Fermaentra. We were there back in the beginning of 2016 with Aesop, when it was just a handful of us in Colorado producing them. And we were there in 2017 with the Lactose IPA with Ghost Hand, when most of our customers thought we had lost our mind. Now it’s 2018 and we are here again offering you a brand new take on IPA that only a handful of breweries, particularly from San Francisco, are currently pursuing…Brut IPA.

The use of “Brut” in the name of the style refers to the fact that we have left no sugar behind in the fermentation process. But make no mistake, this beer is not bitter like a run-of-the-mill West Coast IPA. While we have designed the beer to contain no residual sugar, all of the hop additions are done in a manner to reduce bitterness, accentuate flavor, and the hop additions themselves add some perceived sweetness on their own.

Bright, bursting with aroma and flavor, effervescent, and yes… it’s dry. We will be introducing numerous variations of this new style of IPA as 2018 continues. We are excited to experiment and toy with this style as we have yet to break the surface on variations of this new and exciting style. Stay tuned for more variant and canning releases in the near future.

FERMÆNTRA was opened in 2014. We are a 7bbl brewery that produces bold, artful, inspired craft beer. We are located in the heart of the University of Denver area at 1715 East Evans Avenue, in Denver, Colorado. Our brews are rooted in traditional style, yet amplified to embody the evolution of American craft beer.

FERMÆNTRA was started by Spencer O’Bryan and Brennan Mann, two homebrewers who decided in 2012 to open a brewery that embodied their vision of craft beer. Together they have over 16 years of homebrewing experience and with collective backgrounds of engineering, mathematics, finance, music, and art they seek to blend their perspectives and knowledge to bring world-class beer to Colorado. They believe that the best beer is created by balancing art and science and when the two are in harmony, world class beer is created.

Paradox Brewery expects to open new brewery in May 2019, cans new beers

May 2, 2018 - 8:55pm

(Schroon Lake, NY) – On Saturday April 21st, Paradox Brewery broke ground at our new location in North Hudson New York, 12 miles North of our current location in Schroon Lake. Our expected grand opening will be in May of 2019. Our new location will house a state of the art GEA Craftstar brewhouse, westfalia centrifuge, expanded cellar, and CODI Manufacturing canning line.

Weather Series: Session Pale Ale, Southern Hemisphere- new can art & our Classic Overbite

WEATHER is a beer series focused on the hops. The style of beer and hop blend changes each release but the focus remains on the hops. It gives us a chance to play with the new and exciting hops everyone enjoys drinking and each iteration is different to keep you coming back for more. This is packaged in 16oz 4-packs primarily at the brewery with very limited distribution. Each rotation can be identified by the date code on the can. Pay attention to social media for what’s out now.

Session Pale ale is a 4.5% easy drinking pale ale perfect for the warmer weather.

Expect firm bitterness backed up by notes of lime and stone fruit.

We have added a new core beer to our collection of beers that always hold a draft line in our tasting room and are widely distributed. Before the addition of the Pale Ale the core collection consisted of Paradox Pilsner, Red Ale, Beaver Bite IPA and Beaver Overbite Imperial IPA. We are loving this refreshing, fruity, piney 5% ABV easy drinker.

About Paradox Brewery: Paradox Brewery is an award-winning craft brewery located in the Adirondack Mountains (Schroon Lake, NY). Paradox currently distributes kegs, cans and specialty bottles in New York State. Bottles include barrel aged beers, sour ales and wild ales fermented by our house brett culture. The brewery and tasting room are open year-round on Route 9 in Schroon Lake. Come visit and follow the Paradox Beer Trail!

Lift Bridge to build build new production and distribution facility with in/outdoor taproom

May 2, 2018 - 8:17pm

Construction of New Brewery and Taproom in Stillwater to Begin Summer 2018

(Stillwater, MN) – Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Stillwater’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, today announced that it has purchased 5.5 acres of property in Stillwater to build a much larger production and distribution facility, as the company continues to grow. Construction on the first phase of the new location will begin this August to kick off the brewery’s 10-year anniversary celebrations.

The new Lift Bridge brewery will be located less than a quarter-mile north of the current location, at the SE corner of Orleans St. W. and Washington Ave., and will feature a taproom, patio and outdoor space. Specific plans for the design and development of the new location are currently underway.

“When selecting our future location, it was very important to everyone that the brewery remain in Stillwater,” said co-founder and vice president, Brad Glynn. “As we continue to expand into new markets across the Midwest, this will ensure that we are remaining true to our roots and our community by brewing and distributing everything from Stillwater.”

After experiencing 10 years of consistent growth since the company was founded in a residential garage in 2008, Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is moving to accommodate projected growth at an estimated average of 20 percent over the next five years. In 2017, sales increased more than 20 percent in Minnesota and the company brewed 19,000 barrels of beer, a significant increase from the 8,000 barrels brewed in 2014.

“Lift Bridge Brewing Company has been a tremendous addition to the City of Stillwater’s economy and tourism, and we are pleased with their decision to continue to be a part of our community,” said Stillwater Mayor Ted Kozlowski. “With an iconic name symbolizing one of our city’s most historic landmarks, the brewery has established itself as a landmark in its own right that we are proud to call our own.”

Lift Bridge ownership has chosen Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, Inc. as the architecture firm for the project, which is expected to be completed by next summer. Metro East Commercial Real Estate represented Lift Bridge Brewing Co. in the search for their new location.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co. distributes its craft beverages throughout Minnesota, Eastern North Dakota and much of Wisconsin. To learn more about Lift Bridge, please visit or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter , and Instagram.

About Lift Bridge Brewing Company
Since 2008, Lift Bridge Brewing Company has created quality craft beers that supply adults with what they need to slow down and enjoy life. Through every can, bottle or tap pull, Lift Bridge wants drinkers to taste: the history of Stillwater, the pride and fun the company has in its creation and the uncompromising natural ingredients used during the brewing process. Ultimately, the company hopes to provide consumers with an experience that makes them proud to call themselves a “beer drinker.” Visit or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Pelican Raspberried at Sea up next in 2018 Lone Pelican Small Batch Series

May 2, 2018 - 6:25pm

(Pacific City, OR) – Pelican Brewing Company this week releases Raspberried at Sea as the next in its 2018 Lone Pelican Small Batch Series. Pelican used more than 1,000 pounds of fresh raspberries to create this bright, refreshing brew with a tart raspberry character, layers of fruity complexity and a pink-hued foam. Don the sunglasses and grab a seat in the sunshine for a super refreshing taste of summer—available now for a limited time.

Pelican celebrates the flavors of one of the most delicious and plentiful berries from the Pacific Northwest. Imagining the perfect beer to highlight this glorious fruit led to a lighter touch with malt and hops to allow the raspberries to shine through. Raspberried at Sea starts with a base beer inspired by the Tripels of Belguim, then layers on color and flavor with bountiful amounts of raspberries and carefully selected Abbey-type ale yeast. With a light color topped by pink-hued foam, the new brew brings to mind a delicious, light sparkling rosé—perfect for a warm weather libation.

ABV: 9% | IBU: 25 | PLATO: 18º

For this exciting voyage into creating beer with fruit, Pelican had only one compass heading: massive quantities of flavorful fruit blended with perfectly matched beer, re-fermented to create new complexities of flavor. Each beer in this quarterly series is bold in its creation but ephemeral in its duration.

“One of the things I really like about Raspberried at Sea is the way the tartness and tannic dryness from the raspberries create balance and complexity with the soft, rounded fruity flavors of the Abbey yeast, the subtle hopping level and the background malt flavor,” says Darron Welch, founding brewmaster, Pelican Brewing Company. “These new recipes are inspired by all of the natural bounty and produce Oregon has to offer.”

Like the lone pelican flying independently from the flock, this small batch series flies in the face of convention. The Lone Pelican Series takes traditional beer styles and ingredients and reimagines them to demonstrate the vast spectrum of flavor experiences possible in this wonderful beverage. Pelican now expands its line-up to include this new line of fruit beers including 22 oz. bottle distribution and larger draft quantities for on-premise pours.

Raspberried at Sea is born at the beach by a team of award-winning craft beer makers known for brewing styles of beer that they themselves love to drink. Cheers!

About Pelican Brewing Company

Pelican Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by Jeff Schons and Mary Jones in Pacific City with Oregon’s only oceanfront brewpub. Celebrating its 21st year, the brewing company has created masterpieces like Kiwanda Cream Ale, India Pelican Ale, MacPelican’s Scottish Ale, Tsunami Stout and Doryman’s Dark. With the vision, creativity and brewing expertise of founding brewmaster Darron Welch, Pelican Brewing has won over 450 awards including a Silver Medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, 2014 World Beer Cup© Champion Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year. Pelican Brewing currently distributes 22oz bottles, 12oz bottles in 6-packs, a new mixed 12-pack, and 50 liter and 20 liter kegs via a network of distributors in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Hawaii. The company operates brewing and brewpub facilities in Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach.

For more information, visit Pelican Brewing Company.

Nappy Roots collaborates on two new beers, developing craft beer reality tv show

May 2, 2018 - 4:55pm

(Atlanta, GA & Louisville, KY) – After more than 20 years in the public eye, GRAMMY-nominated Nappy Roots is expanding beyond music into projects that include craft beer and television production with ’40Akerz & a Brew.’ The alternative Southern rap group has been nominated for two GRAMMY Awards and is best known for hit singles such as Good Day, Po Folks and Awnaw.

The band began experimenting with their home brewery, Atlantucky, which fermented their passion for microbrewing. In 2017, the group introduced two craft beers at Monday Night Brewing. The limited-edition brews were so successful; they were inspired to expand the opportunity.

In May, the band is launching two new craft beers:

Watermelon, Chiquen & Gritz at Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Ky. (May 2) – A golden ale with watermelon and will be packaged and sold in 16oz can format.

The Humdinger at Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, Ga. (May 18) – Simply put, it is a mash-up of the best of Atlanta and the best of Kentucky. This Imperial Rye Stout is aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels and steeped Ugandan vanilla beans in the mix. The result is a 12% roasty, dark beer with spicy and earthy undertones, but with a classic sweetness thanks to the vanilla and Bourbon.

“It’s unusual for a hip-hop group to pursue opportunities in the craft beer business, but it’s our passion and a great way for our followers to more deeply connect with the Nappy Roots brand,” said Fish Scales, Nappy Roots co-founder. “We’ve been developing taste profiles at our own microbrew and are pumped to share two of our favorites with the public.”

Front Porch Pale Ale was the group’s first foray into the craft beer market with a partnership with Monday Night Brewing in 2017. The Front Porch Pale Ale reflects a name and taste profile designed to appeal to their rural America band fans. Nappy Roots, the brand and the band, are primed to connect sponsors and partners to millions of these small-town consumers. In fact, the band’s hit from 2017, Superstar, is the official song of NASCAR’s 2018 advertising campaign.

The group is in the initial stages of developing a reality show that will follow the band as they visit craft breweries in markets they perform. Their packaged brand extension of the reality show ’40Akerz & a Brew’ and all efforts revolving around craft beer and concert travel includes, but is not limited to:

Show advertising
TV Show or Concert product placement
Branding on Beer packaging (if product aligned)
Nappy Roots merchandise inclusion
Social postings and recognition in social media advertising
Integration in the Nappy Roots weekly podcast
Celebrity signings and appearances
VIP gatherings with top customers, corporate parties and corporate shows
Limited Musical performances

The Nappy Roots has been a best-selling hip-hop group since 2002. They were nominated for the 2003 American Music Award (AMA) for Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Hip-Hop/R&B and the AMA for Favorite New Artist – Hip-Hop/R&B, as well as a Soul Train Award. In 2011, they were nominated for Album of the Year by SEA for “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Today Nappy Roots tours 150 days annually, owns a Nappy Roots clothing line, reaches thousands of social followers and more. Nappy Roots is the new southern culture classic ‘to be reckoned with.’ The band’s most recent album, Another 40 Akerz, was released in 2017.

For more information, please visit

Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager joins Reserve Collection

May 2, 2018 - 4:31pm

[Budweiser Freedom Reserve was specially brewed by Budweiser’s own veterans and a portion of proceeds sold this summer will benefit Folds of Honor]

(St. Louis, MO) – Today, Budweiser unveiled the newest addition to its Reserve Collection – Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager. The new beer was specially brewed by Budweiser’s own veterans and builds on Budweiser’s long-standing support of American veterans with a portion of proceeds sold this summer benefiting Folds of Honor — a nonprofit organization providing educational scholarships to military families. As of this year, the company has raised $14 Million in support of Folds of Honor.

“To call Budweiser a partner would be an understatement – they are considered family to us and the 3,000 families their donations help to support,” said Major Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. “Freedom Reserve is a great testament to their unwavering dedication and compassion for our armed forces and we salute them.”

Freedom Reserve Red Lager is the second specialty lager to appear in Budweiser’s Reserve Collection and is inspired by George Washington’s hand-penned recipe from his personal military journal dating back to 1757. Packaged both in a vintage stubby bottle and also available in a one-pint can, the Red Lager is brewed with toasted barley grains for a slightly sweet aroma with a touch of hops, a rich caramel malt taste and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses. Marking the seventh consecutive year Budweiser is teaming up with Folds of Honor, the brand brought together a select group of Budweiser brewers who are also proud veterans to brew Freedom Reserve and their signatures are prominently featured on each bottle and can.

We are incredibly proud of our Freedom Reserve Red Lager because it was passionately brewed by our veteran brewers who have bravely served our country,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “With Freedom Reserve we remain dedicated to our mission to support our veterans and their families through our longstanding partnership with Folds of Honor.”

As the great American lager, Budweiser is committed to supporting U.S. veterans and their families, with the brand’s total contributions helping to benefit more than 3,000 families across the country. To help spread the message of support this summer, Budweiser will deploy a fully integrated marketing campaign for Freedom Reserve, complete with in-store displays, online advertising and digital marketing programming along with new national TV creative airing during marquee sports moments, including the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Freedom Reserve will be available beginning in May through September 30, or while limited supplies last.

Budweiser is also partnering with alcohol delivery service Drizly to deliver a taste of summer to new Drizly customers across the country with a special promotion code to save $5.00 on the first purchase, using the code “Freedom.” The offer is valid from May 1 through July 15.*

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

*Drizly promotion code: FREEDOM is 21+, subject to applicable law. Offer valid for $5.00 off first order. Not valid in: CT, KY, ME, MO, OH.

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.

About Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat while serving in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 12,500 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 3,800 in 2016 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit

Monday Night Rucksack Hefeweizen released as new seasonal

May 2, 2018 - 4:15pm

Rucksack Is A German-Style Wheat Beer Perfect for the Summer Months

(Atlanta, GA) — Monday Night Brewing has released its newest seasonal. Rucksack is a traditional German-style wheat beer (Hefeweizen) that’s a well-earned respite after long day on the trail or in the hammock.

Hazy and unfiltered, Rucksack’s wheat malt delivers a bready character that screams citrus fruit when combined with Mandarina Bavaria hops. Steeping this beer with orange peel post-fermentation only accentuates this fruitiness.

Pair Rucksack with roast pork, fried chicken and even lobster rolls. Hit the trail with Rucksack and be ready for adventure.

Rucksack will be available through the early summer months on draft and in cans for to-go purchase at Monday Night Brewing’s West Midtown location. The beer will also be on tap and in cans at bars and retailers in Georgia and Alabama starting May 5.


Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Monday Night Brewing grew out of a Bible study. Founded by Jonathan Baker, Joel Iverson and Jeff Heck, Monday Night Brewing exists to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer of country. Head Brewer Peter Kiley oversees barrel-aging and souring at their brand new facility, the Garage, in Atlanta’s Lee + White project on the southwest side of Atlanta.