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Indeed Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale returns for a final fall season

August 11, 2017 - 7:16am

[Press Release:]

(Minneapolis, MN) – Indeed Brewing Company announced today that its fall seasonal beer, Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, will retire after autumn 2017. Conceived as an alternative to the ever growing patch of pumpkin beers, Yamma Jamma is instead brewed with sweet potatoes, a blend of spices, and vanilla. Fit to pair with crunchy leaves, casseroles and sweater weather, Yamma Jamma will continue to be Indeed’s tribute to coziest of seasons for one more year.

“As a brewery, we are committed to making beers that are innovative and match what consumers are looking for on the shelf,” says Indeed Co-Founder Tom Whisenand. “Yamma Jamma had a good run, and fit the bill for what we wanted to make five years ago, but today tastes are changing. We’re always excited to do new things and create new brands that show off what we can do as a brewery, so that’s where we are headed in the future.”

Indeed is not sharing details at this time, but hints that the Company may create something new for next fall. Until then, the last batches of Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale will be available from the end of August into October. The first keg of this year’s Yamma Jamma will be tapped at Indeed Brewing’s Five Year Celebration at Icehouse Minneapolis on August 19th.

About Indeed
At Indeed Brewing Company, we’re cultivating an artfully eclectic lineup of distinctive flagship beers, well-loved seasonal releases, and adventurous specialty brews from the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. We’re not just brewing beer, we’re crafting experiences. We are thirsty creatures, Indeed. There’s more to explore at www.indeedbrewing.com.

Deschutes Hopzeit, The Dissident, Sagefight, Chasin’ Freshies, Hop Trip highlight fall beers

August 10, 2017 - 5:02pm

(Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery sent over some announcement to media members on Thursday. Read on below for more on upcoming beer releases, events and more info on the Roanoke, Virginia, tasting room grand opening party. Read on below…

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BEERS
Hopzeit Autumn IPA
When: August-October
What: Seasonal (12-ounce bottles and draft)
Move over pumpkin beers, here’s a fall seasonal that is inspired by the classic flavors of a Märzenbier. This modern ale’s only adherence to tradition is to our brewers’ own passion for experimentation. We’ve combined the latest hop varietals from Germany with classic malts to create an herbal and balanced Autumn IPA unlike anything before it, perfect for sharing with friends as you celebrate Oktoberfest here in the new country. Hopzeit is only here for a few festive weeks, so get a taste before the party’s over.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 7% ABV | 60 IBUs

The Dissident
When: September
What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax dipped bottles and draft)
This gem is now an annual endeavor by the Deschutes Brewery brewers. This Oud Bruin, a Flanders-style sour brown ale, brings us its heavenly aroma and flavor a little earlier than usual this year (meaning you may crack it open for Labor Day rather than Thanksgiving). First introduced back in 2008, The Dissident is brewed using Brettanomyces and local cherries to give it its characteristic sour taste. Fermented in isolation (partly in pinot and cabernet barrels), it is best enjoyed in company – if you feel like sharing that is.
Where: In limited quantities wherever Deschutes is sold
The Stats: ~11% ABV | 19 IBUs

Sagefight Imperial IPA
When: September
What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
Seven years in the making, Sagefight Imperial IPA began as a part of our pub rotation series before finally earning its shot at the title. Inspired by the high desert landscape we call home, this heavyweight IPA brewed with sage and juniper berries hits the sweet spot, pitting hops against botanicals in a true battle royale. It’s a great way for us to share a taste of our home with you, and for you to share a couple rounds with those in your corner.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 8% ABV | 75 IBUs

Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA
When: October
What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
This fall, get ready to chase some freshies before ski season even starts. Not sure what “freshies” are? We’ll tell you! In our hometown of Bend, Oregon, winter means that we start seeking fresh, untouched powder (freshies!) on the slopes of our local ski hill, Mt. Bachelor. This pursuit of perfection is reflected as Deschutes Brewery chases down experimental hop HBC 431 for this year’s vintage of Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA. Each year, the beer features a different fresh hop from our rich, Pacific Northwest hop-growing country and is a nod to the snow and hop enthusiasts we’ve entertained for the last 29 years at our original public house in downtown Bend.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 7.2 % ABV | 65 IBUs

Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale
When: October
What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
For more than a decade now, our brewers have been making the “trip” to hand select hops from the farm in order to pick, bag, load and dump the fresh harvest into the kettle to create Hop Trip. The quick jaunt across the mountains in Oregon means that Crystal hops from Goschie Farms go from harvest to brew in just a few short hours. The result? Fans get to start their own journey with each bottle of this pale ale and its bright citrus punch to the nose. Bon Voyage! Want to see how it’s done up close? Check out our Virtual Reality experience of last year’s journey.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 5.8% ABV | 38 IBUs

EVENTS/NEWS
Deschutes Brewery Pop-Up Brunch
We’re of the firm opinion that beer is perfect for breakfast, so that’s why our giant keg on wheels, Woody, is headed to Minneapolis for a one-of-a-kind Pop-Up Brunch, modeled after our Beer for Brunch events. The event was crafted to support Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative hunger relief organizations.

Woody will be greeting fans and pouring brunch cocktails like Black Butte Porter Bloody Marys, Fresh Squeezed IPA Mimosas, American Wheat Beer-linies and Maple Bacon Porter. As if that’s not enough, each of the cocktails will be paired with delectable brunch dishes from Minneapolis’ own McKinney Roe. Music, games and more will round out the day.

When: Saturday, August 19, 10am-4pm

Where: The Commons across from U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

Admission/Cost: Entry to the event is free. $5 tokens will get visitors either one full beer; one large cocktail; or one small cocktail and brunch bite pairing.

Deschutes Brewery Street Pub – Crafted for Community
So far, our 2017 Street Pub tour has made a big impression in Cincinnati, Roanoke and Milwaukee, donating around $100,000 to nonprofits this year alone. Over the last two and half seasons, the Street Pub has given back more than $900,000 in the cities it has visited. And there’s more to come – this giant traveling pop-up pub is headed back west for stops in our backyard of Portland, OR (September 23) and down for its third annual appearance in Sacramento, CA (October 14.)

For more information go to www.DeschutesBrewery.com/StreetPub or follow the conversation at #StreetPub.

Where’s Woody?
Woody is not only celebrating Beer for Brunch across the nation in all his mobile gloriousness, he’s also making an appearance at some of your favorite festivals. Find out where he’ll be next by visiting www.dbwoody.com. Here are just a few of the places he’ll be pouring beer for the thirsty masses over the next few months:

8/12 – 8/13 – Squaw Valley, CA – Squaw Valley Brews, Jazz, and Funk Fest
8/19 – Minneapolis, MN – World’s Biggest Pop-Up Brunch at the Commons at Vikings Stadium
9/9 – 9/10 – Lathrop, CA – Baconfest
9/14 – 9/17 – Portland, OR – FEAST Portland
9/22 – 9/24 – Seattle, WA – Fremont Oktoberfest
10/13 – 10/15 – Roanoke, VA – Go Outside Festival
10/21 – 10/22 – Hannibal, MO – Autumn Historic Folklife Festival

Tasting Room in Roanoke, VA
In April 2017, we announced that we’ll be opening a tasting room in our second home of Roanoke, VA, right downtown at 315 Market Street SE. Our grand opening is scheduled for August 28 and, with 24 taps, fans will be able to enjoy a selection of Deschutes beers that is unmatched! Patrons can share a pint at the indoor and outdoor seating areas or fill growlers to go, as well as purchase branded merchandise and locally and regionally sourced ready-to-eat snacks. The brewhouse at the tasting room will have a 20-gallon capacity and our team will be creating some special experimental beers just for Roanokers!

Grand opening party details:

When: Monday, August 28

Where: 315 Market Street SE, Roanoke, VA

More information: https://www.facebook.com/deschutesbreweryroanoketastingroom/

Marin No Shame Apricot Milkshake IPA among latest releases in NEIPA trend

August 10, 2017 - 4:23pm

[Press Release:]

(Larkspur, CA) – On Wednesday, August 9, the Marin Brewing Company released its “No Shame” Apricot Milkshake IPA. It’s now on tap at Marin Brewing and in sixth-and half-barrel kegs.

“No Shame” is Marin Brewing’s take on the Fruited Milkshake IPA-style that is gaining popularity with craft beer drinkers. The style is said to have originated with Tired Hands Brewery in Pennsylvania and Omnipollo Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden. The new take on IPAs typically contains fruits, lactose sugar, malted oats, and vanilla. The name “No Shame” refers to the past chorus of craft brewers who swore they would never put fruit in an IPA, much less lactose and vanilla. Marin Brewing’s Brewmaster Arne Johnson put it best, “Well, I guess I have no shame.”

Marin Brewing’s Milkshake IPA uses apricots (pureed and extract), about five percent lactose (milk) sugar, approximately ten percent malted oats and vanilla. Johnson uses a New Zealand grown hop that is new to Marin Brewing called Rakau, along with Mosaic Cryo Powder and Citra hop pellets. Rakau has flavors and aromas reminiscent of apricots. The lactose and malted oats lend a full mouthfeel, which is typical of Milkshake IPA’s. “No Shame” will be left unfiltered to retain all of the flavor and mouthfeel packed into the beer. Marin Brewing hopes you enjoy the new brew, but if you’re not into it, Marin Brewing makes about 40 other beers that are not Fruited Milkshake IPAs.

Original gravity: 1.065 Terminal gravity: 1.019 Alcohol By Volume: 6.3% IBU’s: 45

New Belgium Brewing Group incl. Oud Beersel acquires SF-based Magnolia Brewing Co.

August 10, 2017 - 4:02pm

[Press Release:]

New Belgium Brewing Group Acquires San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company
Elysian Founder Dick Cantwell is Back in the Brewing Biz, and Belgium’s Oud Beersel
Plans to Help Establish World’s First Dedicated Lambic Blendery Outside Belgium

(San Francisco, CA) – A group led by New Belgium Brewing Company has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of San Francisco’s iconic Magnolia Brewing as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. The newly-formed partnership will be a majority-owned subsidiary of New Belgium, with Elysian Founder Dick Cantwell and Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel as minority partners. The partnership will continue to operate both Magnolia locations with existing staff and brands. Cantwell will head up brewing operations, working alongside Magnolia founder Dave McLean, who will be an employee of the partnership. It will be Dick’s first brewing gig since leaving Elysian in April of 2015 after its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

“I’m tremendously excited to be back in the beer business and looking forward to working with the team at Magnolia to develop new beers and new ideas,” said Cantwell. “This project is the natural evolution of a longstanding strategy of collaboration between myself, New Belgium and Oud Beersel.”

New Belgium stands to align with a couple of venerable and long-standing brands as it flexes its experimental muscles on Magnolia’s two brewing systems and ventures further into retail operations. The plan is to build an alliance that brings varied talent and experience to a combination of old and new, not to turn Magnolia’s Haight Street and Dogpatch locations into New Belgium brewpubs. “Brewing With Friends” if you will. It is likely that much will seem unchanged in Magnolia’s tap lineup, even as new beers are developed and introduced, and over time, the fruits of more patient labors begin to appear.

“We’ve been looking for ways to diversify our assets and expand our community,” said New Belgium co-founder and Executive Chair, Kim Jordan. “These two tap rooms are right in the heart of historic San Francisco neighborhoods, a place Dick (Cantwell) and I call home. Magnolia makes excellent beer and plays an important role in the community. We’re excited about the possibilities and look forward to continuing our journey while honoring Magnolia’s history and presence.”

Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel joins the partnership as a contributing experimenter, with the goal of eventually shipping containers of its traditionally-produced and spontaneously fermented beers for blending with Magnolia-crafted beers. Installation of a coolship is planned, along with the wooden aging vessels for which both New Belgium and Oud Beersel are known. To be called lambic the beer must be produced in Belgium, and by shipping lambic to San Francisco the world’s first dedicated lambic blendery outside of Belgium will be established. The project continues New Belgium’s blending work as embodied in Transatlantique Kriek, a beer produced over several years with Oud Beersel and Brouerij Boon, wherein beer was shipped from Belgium for blending with New Belgium wood-aged beers. New Belgium is also likely to ship beer to San Francisco for blending from its Fort Collins, Colorado brewery.

Magnolia Brewing was established by McLean in 1997 at the corner of Haight and Masonic in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Since then it has been a neighborhood institution filled by locals and tourists alike, serving artisanal pub food and producing a mainly English-style lineup of beers from a brewery in the basement. Magnolia has produced an array of award-winning beers, headlined by Magnolia’s two top sellers, Proving Ground IPA and Kalifornia Kolsch, both of which have been distributed in cans since February of 2017. In 2014 it opened Smokestack, a barbecue restaurant attached to a 30-barrel production brewery, in the Dogpatch neighborhood of the city. Magnolia encountered financial difficulties in 2015 because of construction delays with Smokestack and slower than anticipated development in the neighborhood, which led the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.

“Magnolia has had quite a journey in San Francisco for nearly two decades, including some very challenging and difficult times in recent years,” said founder and brewmaster Dave McLean. “I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to see Magnolia start a new chapter and to be working with New Belgium, Dick Cantwell and Oud Beersel to preserve what we all love about Magnolia while embarking on some exciting new craft beer adventures together.”

The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in September.

About Magnolia Brewing Company
Led by brewmaster and founder Dave McLean, Magnolia Brewing Company has been producing some of San Francisco’s most sought-after beers and dining experiences since 1997, when it opened its original Haight-Ashbury brewpub. It is known for its award-winning British-influenced and cask- conditioned ales and balanced, lower-alcohol session beers such as Bonnie Lee’s Best Bitter and SaraRuby’s Mild, as well as its flagship brands, Kalifornia Kölsch and Proving Ground IPA. Magnolia Brewing is committed to local and artisan sourcing and sustainability in brewery and restaurant operations, as well as the spirit of community formed around good beer and food. In addition to its two brewing operations, Magnolia operates two restaurants: Magnolia Gastropub, located at the Haight Street brewery, and Smokestack, housed inside Magnolia Dogpatch’s 10,000 square foot production brewery.

About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and Fat Tire Belgian White Ale, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

About Dick Cantwell
Dick Cantwell is among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers and international beer judges. Cantwell founded Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until he left the company in 2015 after he was forced to sell to Anheuser-Busch InBev. During his tenure, Elysian was named Large Brewpub of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival® (1999, 2003 and 2004). In 2004, Cantwell received the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing. Additionally, he has written for various beer magazines, authored Barley Wine with Fal Allen; The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition; Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide with Peter Bouckaert and is currently at work on a forthcoming Brewers Publications title about experimental IPAs, a spring 2018 release. Cantwell served as the Brewers Association’s Quality Ambassador, making presentations across the country at state guild conferences. He resides in Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA.

About Oud Beersel
The Brewery Oud Beersel, which started in 1882, is located in Beersel at 10 km from the Brussels city centre, in the southwest of the capital. It is one of the last remaining authentic lambic breweries of Belgium and well known for its lambic beer brewed along traditional brewing methods. Due to the absence of succession in the family business at the end of 2002, the traditional lambic beers of Oud Beersel were threatened to disappear. Shocked by the loss of this cultural and historical patrimony, the brewery was taken over by Gert Christiaens in 2005 and business was restarted pursuing the principal aim to protect the time-honored lambic beers, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of Oud Beersel for the coming generations. This traditional brewery of lambic beers is nowadays managed in a modern way with respect for tradition and the métier. The traditional part of the production process of the lambic beers, in particular the spontaneous fermentation, the maturation of lambic in wooden barrels and the mixture of various lambic casks and vintages constitutes the core business of the company.

Ninkasi First Rule IPA joins Special Releases Series, comes to bottles

August 10, 2017 - 2:51pm

[Press Release:]

(Eugene, OR) — It’s no secret Ninkasi Brewing Company has a hop love affair. This continues to be evident in its newest Special Release Series beer—First Rule IPA. Originally released to Ninkasi’s Rare & Delicious Series in March 2017, the brewery is proud to elevate this beer to its Special Release Series in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft. Available August through December, beer drinkers can find First Rule IPA across Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

Crafted with the most sought-after hops, First Rule IPA is a testament to brewing without limitations. Ninkasi’s brewing team developed this recipe almost in secrecy, using the best hops available. The result? A flavorful IPA with an incredible hop profile featuring El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo hops.

“Whatever it is you like about an IPA, chances are you’ll find it in this beer,” says Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd. “The all-star lineup of hops brings elements that are tropical, floral, juicy, resinous, bubble gum, and downright dank!”

Special Release Series: First Rule IPA
First rule of this IPA is: you do not talk about this IPA. Crafted in secrecy by our band of brewers, First Rule uses a fistful of the most sought-after hops around. Juicy, citrusy, tropical and dank, this IPA is a powerful combination of hop aroma and flavor.

• Style: India Pale Ale

• Series: Special Release Series

• Available: August – December 2017

• ABV: 7.5%

• IBU: 60

• Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Acidulated, Flaked Barley

• Hops: El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo

• Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, Fall IPA Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft

Use the Delicious Beer Finder to track down First Rule IPA and local Ninkasi retailers.

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, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, 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.

Bud Light marketers shift focus to what is in the glass in latest television campaign

August 10, 2017 - 10:06am

[Press Release:]

BUD LIGHT REINTRODUCES AMERICA TO ITS FAVORITE LIGHT LAGER
The Brand Releases Two New TV Spots Showcasing the Quality of the Beer

(New York, NY) – In a new creative campaign, Bud Light is going back to its roots to showcase what goes into brewing America’s favorite light lager – from its four essential ingredients, brewing process, and its commitment to quality and taste. The program highlights Bud Light’s 35-year brewing heritage and dedication to brewing the beer that people across the country can count on.

“There’s nowhere to hide imperfection when you’re brewing a light lager,” said Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light, “Beer drinkers trust that every time they reach for a Bud Light, they’re going to get the crisp, refreshing taste they know and love. That process starts with four essential ingredients – barley, rice, water and hops. That’s been true for over 35 years.”

The spots will air August 10th during Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears game (8-11pm ET), but can be viewed below.

Brewing a light lager like Bud Light isn’t easy. Bud Light brewmasters take pride in knowing they make the hardest style of beer to brew, using four essential ingredients: barley, rice, water and hops. Throughout the 30-day brewing process Bud Light is tasted and tested for quality more than 100 times, with brewmasters consistently checking quality and taste every step of the way.

Since the beginning, Bud Light has sourced only the highest quality ingredients and our brewmasters have maintained their passion for quality and consistency, which enable us to ensure that each Bud Light delivers the reliable taste that consumers know and expect.

To display Bud Light’s commitment to quality, the brand is launching two new TV spots this summer, titled “Bottle” and “Complex.” These spots, and other creative content, focus on the quality and simplicity Bud Light delivers with its four essential ingredients. The new creative takes consumers to the heart of the brewing process, showing how Bud Light takes the time to make sure every beer goes down smooth and crisp, so it can be shared and enjoyed among friends.

“Friendship is in the framework of our brand, you might even say that we’re famous for it,” says Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light. “This next chapter of the ‘Famous Among Friends’ campaign will focus on the beer, but to us, product quality and friendship go hand-in-hand. Your best friends are the people you can always count on. The same goes for Bud Light. We are the beer you can always count on.”

Watch the digital content spots “Bottle” and “Complex” on YouTube and join the conversation at and follow @BudLight on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information about Bud Light’s Quality campaign please contact media@anheuser-busch.com.

About Bud Light
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.

Ballast Point Brewing to open pilot brewery and tasting room in Chicago in early 2018

August 10, 2017 - 9:38am

[Press Release:]

(Chicago, IL) – Ballast Point, one of the nation’s leading craft breweries today announced it’s opening a tasting room and kitchen in Chicago early next year– its first location in the Midwest. The 12,000-sqft space will house a three-barrel “research and development” brewery, restaurant and a rooftop bar in the city’s Fulton Market District.

The new brewery will serve many of Ballast Point’s iconic beers including its flagship Sculpin IPA, as well as exclusive, limited-edition beers available only at the brewery in Chicago. Known for its unrelenting commitment to quality, unique flavor profiles and a desire to bring great tasting beer to consumers across the country, Ballast Point currently operates six tasting room locations in California including Little Italy in San Diego and Long Beach, and a new brewery and tasting room in Daleville, Va.

“We’re thrilled to bring the San Diego spirit of Ballast Point to such a great beer-drinking city like Chicago,” said Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point. “The entire team is looking forward to sharing some of our new innovations and passion for great beer and food with Chicagoans.”

In addition to bringing its top-selling beers to the brewery, the restaurant’s menu will also offer a taste of San Diego with some of its most popular dishes from its Southern California brew pubs including Baja-style fish tacos and a house-made pretzel with beer mustard. They’ll also offer more localized fare inspired by Chicago.

About Ballast Point
What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating the breakthrough gold-medal winning Sculpin IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there’s a better way. Now an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing industry with 7 brewery locations in California and Virginia, the company makes over 50 styles of beer and distributes to 49 states and 17 countries internationally. For more information, visit www.ballastpoint.com.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

Constellation Brands (producer of Corona, Modelo) acquires Florida-based Funky Buddha

August 10, 2017 - 9:18am

[Press Release:]

Craft Brewer Funky Buddha Joins Constellation Brands; Constellation Strengthens its Position in High-End Beer

(Victor, NY) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its purchase of Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery, reinforcing its strategy to lead the high-end beer segment in the United States. Funky Buddha is the fastest growing craft brewery in Florida, and produces bold craft beers made with high quality ingredients. It has an award-winning portfolio led by Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA. Funky Buddha joins Constellation’s Craft & Specialty Beer Group in the beer division.

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery was founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, by husband and wife Ryan and Giani Sentz. As the demand for Funky Buddha’s beers skyrocketed, Ryan and Giani invited Ryan’s brother KC Sentz, and his wife Melissa Sentz, to join the business. In 2013, the Sentz family started Funky Buddha Brewery, located in the heart of Oakland Park’s burgeoning Culinary Arts District. At 54,000 sq ft and with a capacity of 45,000 BBLs, Funky Buddha Brewery is South Florida’s largest craft microbrewery by size and volume, and is Florida’s busiest tap room by beer sales.

“We chose to partner with Constellation because we saw an alignment in vision and felt they gave us the greatest opportunity for growth and development,” said Funky Buddha Head Brewer and President Ryan Sentz. “Constellation and Funky Buddha share a lot of the same ideals and passion for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and the art of craft beer. At the end of the day, we just really like the people we have met within the organization, each of whom share our dedication to making outstanding beer.”

2016 was a breakout year for Funky Buddha Brewery, receiving five gold medals in RateBeer’s Best Awards. When it came to the Best Beers by Style, they dominated the Imperial Porter category with three gold medals for Morning Wood, Wide Awake It’s Morning, and Last Buffalo in the Park. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Last Snow Coconut Coffee Porter both received gold medals in the Best Beers by Style Porter category. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter also was a Winner of the World Beer Cup 2016 Gold Medal in the Specialty Beer category. And as the engine behind these high-quality beers, the Funky Buddha team was recognized by placing in the Top 100 Brewers category.

“Adding a fantastic regional brand such as Funky Buddha to our craft beer portfolio, along with Ballast Point, advances our strategy in continuing to lead the high-end beer segment,” said Paul Hetterich, executive vice president and president of the beer division at Constellation Brands. “The Sentz family has created a culture of bold creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Those qualities, combined with our beer division’s market reach, distributor partnerships, consumer insights, and our craft expertise within Ballast Point, will help nurture and develop Funky Buddha’s distinctive brand.”
Constellation Brands and Funky Buddha Brewery’s team of employees will continue to work together, with Ryan and KC Sentz running the day-to-day operations. Funky Buddha’s standard of brewing will remain unchanged, delivering the same culinary-style, creative beer consumers and craft beer enthusiasts celebrate today.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries, and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

About Funky Buddha
Founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery® is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored technique. Its lineup includes year-round brews Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, along with specialty releases such as Last Snow and the highly sought after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Its Oakland Park production brewery opened in June 2013 and distributes draught and bottled beer to retail outlets throughout Florida.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. The word “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Those statements may relate to Constellation Brands’ business strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

In addition to risks associated with ordinary business operations, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in Constellation Brands, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2017, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

Braxton’s Oktober Fuel returns to cans this week

August 10, 2017 - 8:25am

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(Covington, KY) – Prost to new traditions! Braxton Brewing Company will be releasing it’s Oktoberfest Lager, Oktober Fuel, in cans beginning in August. The Covington-based brewery is celebrating with a beer garden at their Covington taproom on August 19th and several Oktoberfest-themed events throughout their distribution footprint!

“Oktoberfest in Cincinnati is one of the greatest celebrations in the country,” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder & CEO of Braxton Brewing Company. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate these traditions with the return of Oktober Fuel. This traditional Oktoberfest lager is one of the finest beers we produce, and every year we look forward to lifting one to life with this incredibly traditional beer. Prost!”

Draft beer, along with 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, will be available at select retailers, liquor stores, bars and restaurants across the brewing company’s distribution network in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington and Dayton.

This authentic German Lager was referenced as one of the best examples of style by Draft Magazine in 2016. Using a method called decoction to boil a portion of the beer’s mash bill, the brewery achieves a rich malt complexity that is delicately balanced by the addition of noble hops.

“Our first canned seasonal release is finally back and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder and COO. “This Oktoberfest Lager is brewed in the German Tradition and was mentioned as one of the best in the country by Draft Magazine.”

Fuel for Fall, Braxton will be “Prosting” at several parties throughout the season and its distribution network. At each party, they’ll be giving away Oktober Fuel can glasses, raffling off a limited edition ceramic one liter stein and giving away a limited edition Oktober Fuel screenprint by Durham Brand & Co. These limited edition prints used Oktober Fuel in the ink and are numbered to 100. View the process here.

* Northern Kentucky Party: House of Orange, Date TBD
* Cincinnati Party: Queen City Radio, August 31st
* Louisville Party: Crescent Hill Craft House, September 16 – October 16
* Lexington Party: Goodfella’s Pizza, Date TBD
* North Cincinnati Party: Firehouse Grill, September 7

In their Covington taproom, Braxton will tap Oktober Fuel on Saturday, August 19. The brewery will also be giving away can glasses, a few limited edition steins and screen prints. They’ll be turning their outdoor patio into a Beer Garden and be hosting live German music from the Zinzinnati Bierband.

We’ll meet you in the biergarten and let’s lift one to life all season long!

To learn more about Oktober Fuel, visit Braxton Brewing Company’s website.

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

Louis Glunz Beer rolls out Hirter Herbstcult from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt for autumn

August 10, 2017 - 8:15am

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Hirter herbstCULT, from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt, arrives this autumn

(Lincolnwood, IL) – Glunz Imports, a division of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., Chicagoland’s premier craft and specialty beer distributor and importer of select international brews, introduces the Hirter herbstCULT. Brewed by Brauerei Hirt of Micheldorf, Austria, the Hirter herbstCULT is a well-rounded märzen style beer with a mild first taste and pleasant effervescence. Complete with a compact, fine-poured white head, the beer tastes of a freshly baked loaf of bread. At 5.4% ABV, the seasonal specialty becomes available in late August on draft at Chicagoland bars and restaurants, with nationwide rollout following soon thereafter.

HerbstCULT is the fourth Hirter beer to be introduced to America by Glunz, following the Hirter Herbal Radler, Hiter Privat Pils, and Hirter Morchl, all currently available in Chicago through Glunz Imports. “Fall is the peak beer season in Chicago and around the world,” says President Jerry Glunz. “Our goal is to continue to introduce new and delicious beers to the Chicago market and beyond, and keep beer fans on their toes with specialty seasonals like the herbstCULT.”

HerbstCULT is also GMO-free, nonpasteurized, and contains no artificial sugars. Best enjoyed with wild game, goose, and carpaccio of beef and dark roasted meat, the beer is made with Hallertauer Select and Mühlviertler Perle hops, giving it a discreet bitterness and naturally cloudy composition.

About Brauerei Hirt

With more than 730 years of brewing tradition, Brauerei Hirt is one of the oldest breweries in Austria. It originally opened as a tavern that served the knights and merchants who traveled along the ancient Vienna-Venice route. The continued success of the brewery is built on a number of fundamental factors: crystal-clear Alpine spring water, the highest grade of ingredients, a double filtration method, quality controls, and the fact that the beer is still brewed with the same classic Bohemian recipes. As are all Brauerei Hirt products, Hirter utilizes the slow brewing standard for crafting herbstCULT, waiting over 40 days for the beer to develop its natural characteristics. For more information, visit www.hirterbier.at/en_GB.

About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. (7100 N. Capitol Drive, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; 847.676.9500) is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States, proudly offering Chicagoland the most comprehensive selection of craft, specialty, and import beers representing more than 190 breweries around the globe. The 129-year-old company continually receives recognition for its innovative, family-owned business, including Beverage Industry’s 2013 Wholesaler of the Year, the National Beer Wholesalers Association 2013 Public Affairs Award, and the 2013 Loyola Illinois Family Business of the Year Award. Heading the company is President Jerry Glunz, the great-grandson of the founder, with day-to-day operations led by members of the fourth and fifth generations. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is dedicated to quality service and beer education. For more information, visit www.glunzbeers.com. Find Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Louis Raison to launch Rouge Delice and Organic Dry draft cider in Washington, Oregon

August 10, 2017 - 8:03am

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Louis Raison Enters the US Market Bringing a Taste of France to the Northwest

(Seattle, WA) – Louis Raison French Cidre – rooted in family tradition since 1923 – is excited to announce its upcoming US launch, scheduled to hit taps in Washington and Oregon beginning August 15. Located in Northwestern France, Louis Raison’s offerings feature traditional French apples, including a variety of bittersweet apples grown in the Brittany region by the Raison family for generations. Enjoyed throughout France as the country’s top selling cider, Louis Raison will introduce two of its crisp, refreshing, and naturally gluten-free ciders – Organic Dry and Rouge Delice – to the US on draft, with 11.2 ounce bottles available in early 2018.

“We’re excited to work with our distribution network and bring the market leader in French cidre to American consumers,” says Adam Carlson, National Sales Director for LR Imports, LLC. “The growth of imported and craft cider continues to out pace the category providing an exciting opportunity!”

Upon launch, Louis Raison draft will be available at select restaurants and bars in Washington and Oregon. Louis Raison package products and extended distribution to follow in early 2018. Louis Raison’s launch offerings will include:

Rouge Delice (5.5% ABV): Awarded a gold medal at the 2017 Tastings competition, Louis Raison’s Rouge Delice is one of a kind in the cider market. Featuring Rouge Delice apples, which give this cider its rose colored hue, these proprietary apples can only be found in France and are used exclusively by the Raison family. The addition of Bittersweet apples gives this cider a bright acidity with hints of strawberry, cranberry, white tea, melon, and spiced apple. Draft available; package available early 2018.

Organic Dry (4.5% ABV): Another 2017 Tastings gold medal recipient, Organic Dry is a full-bodied cider made with 100 percent organic bittersweet apples. This flavorful cider combines freshness and baked apple, light fresh fruit, white wine and apple skin, with a dry, crisp finish. Draft available; package available early 2018.

To celebrate the launch, Louis Raison will be hosting tastings and events throughout the area during the month of August. Please join us:

* August 15, 6-9pm at The Noble Fir
* August 18, 7-11pm at Sunset Supper at the Market
* August 19, 4-10pm at Sausage and Cider Fest
* August 24, 6pm-Midnight at Capitol Cider
* August 26, 2-6pm at Belltown Crush

Find more details about all Louis Raison launch events on Facebook (@LouisRaisonUSA). Keep on eye on Louis Raison social media pages for details on all launch events, as well as where to find the team and their cider!

About Louis Raison
A cider by a cider master, with a rich history in cider making. After almost a century of production, the Raison team has shown dedication to the longevity of their cider-making expertise, respect for its cooperative values, and the development of sustainable agriculture. Nothing short of a modern day family, it is only with the knowledge and expertise of its 300 producers and members of the cooperative that Louis Raison has become the market leader of cider in France. Years of experience have earned Louis Raison the mastery of the cultivation of apples from orchard to glass in a way that is helpful to the environment. Ultimately, Louis Raison is proud of its cooperative spirit – from producers of apples to cider drinkers, all are a part of the Raison family. Santé! For more information, follow Louis Raison USA (@louisraisonusa) on Facebook and Instagram or visit louisraison.com. Louis Raison is distributed by Columbia Distributing.

Eddyline Citra Verde Pale Ale cans, draft arrive starting this week

August 9, 2017 - 7:46pm

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(Buena Vista, CO) – Eddyline Brewery out of Buena Vista, Colorado is launching it’s Citra Verde this week a New Mexico inspired pale ale, dry hopped with citra hops, and made with just a hint of lime.

“We have been wanting to do a beer that represents our New Mexico roots without doing the whole Chili thing,’ Laughs CEO Brian England. “Our first brewery was located in Soccoro, New Mexico, but we are really known for our hop forward Colorado beers like Epic Day Double IPA and Crank Yanker IPA, so we thought a hoppy beer with a lime twist would be the perfect way to represent the Eddyline name.”

Citra Verde will be available across Colorado starting this week in their signature tallboy 6-packs and limited draught.

Eddyline is also excited to announce a partnership with BV Trails for some much needed trail expansion in the Buena Vista area. BV Trails is working alongside Colorado Mountain Trails and the Buena Vista Parks and Rec. Department to expand access to the Fourmile Canyon Recreation Area.

“We are avid outdoor enthusiasts and we wanted to help our local community in expanding our local trail system,’ says England. ‘As we grow we want to help support the outdoor community that ties us all together up here in Buena Vista, and the trail project was a great way to start that process.”

For more information or volunteer opportunities check out Buena Vista Parks and Rec at www.buenavistaco.gov

For information, samples, or interviews contact Marketing Director Sheila Bustamante at Sheila@eddylinebrewing.com (mailto:Sheila@eddylinebrewing.com)

ThirstyBear celebrates Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary with Summer of X-Perimentation

August 9, 2017 - 7:27pm

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(San Francisco, CA) – If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair or head over to ThirstyBear Organic Brewery for a snifter of their 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love celebration IPA commemorating one of the city’s most iconic historical events. In 1967, San Francisco was a mecca for free-thinking youth venturing from all around the world to be a part of California’s counterculture movement. Only four years later in 1971, the beginnings of the California craft beer movement were taking shape with the release of the Cascade hop. The invent of the modern IPA with Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale (1975) and then Sierra Nevada’s classic Pale Ale (1985) would forever change the craft beer world. In as much looking to the past as looking forward with the arrival of new experimental organic hops, ThirstyBear pays tribute to the Summer of Love and latest hop varietals with SUMMER OF “X”-PERIMENTATION (7.1% ABV, 71 IBU).

Now recognized as an official beer style by the Brewers Association, New England IPA’s are taking the country by storm and ThirstyBear debuts its first hazy IPA with CHOWDAH NEIPA (7.5% ABV, 67 IBU). A departure from the light and dry mouthfeel of West Coast IPAs, NEIPA’s provide a rich, textured mouthfeel with a wonderful hop aroma and little hop bitterness on the finish. CHOWDAH NEIPA is brewed with Calypso, Bravo, El Dorado and Jaryllo hops to offer an incredibly juicy flavor profile. As a nod to Founding Brewmaster Ron Silberstein’s early days learning to homebrew while attending University of Massachusetts, ThirstyBear names their NEIPA after how Bostonians pronounce “chowder.”

ThirstyBear also releases its latest seasonal in their beloved barrel-aged program; a West Coast interpretation of the classic Berliner Weiss: STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU). Soured in oak barrels for eight months, STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY will be enjoyed with a shot of Raspberry or Herbal Mit Schuss designed by ThirstyBear’s Executive Chef Robert McCarthy.

For detailed information regarding three of ThirstyBear’s latest summer releases, please see the beer descriptions below.

SUMMER OF “X”-PERIMENTATION (7.1% ABV, 71 IBU)
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, ThirstyBear releases a single-hopped IPA brewed with the experimental hop X17. As Liberty Ale and Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale came to define the American craft beer movement, increased demand encouraged hop farmers to grow new varietals for the emerging craft brewers who provided a market outside of the contracts for the macro-brewers. Simcoe hop was released in 2000; Citra hop released in 2009; and more than 50 other varietals have come to market.

As an organic brewery that doesn’t always have access to new hops (since they’re often not organic), when hop farmer Pat Leavy of The Oregon Hophouse told Head Brewmaster Brenden Dobel about a new organic hop he was working on, Dobel was thrilled to brew a batch with X17. “X” refers to experimental and “17” to the fact of it being the 17th plant in a row of experimentals.

Dobel comments, “We’re producing a single hopped IPA to highlight X17 and are using it for bittering, flavor, aroma additions and dry-hopping. We also brewed this beer with light Crystal malt for a honeyed note and fermented it with our house ale yeast. Early in-house tastings exhibit notes of apricot and orange marmalade.”

CHOWDAH NEIPA (7.5% ABV, 67 IBU)
ThirstyBear’s interpretation of a NEIPA is brewed true to form with its hazy appearance by using a “non-flocculating” ale yeast strain to bring out the pine and citrus aromas, and flavors from the Calypso, Bravo, El Dorado and Jaryllo hops. The addition of grains high in protein and beta-glucan (wheat and oats) add to the haziness while providing a rich mouthfeel. There’s no bittering hop charge in the boil, and all the hop character comes in the later additions in ascending volumes, leading to wonderful hop aromas with very little bitterness. Dry-hopping is done during the high “Krausen” of primary fermentation with essential oils of the hops undergoing a “biotransformation” at higher temperatures.

STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY
A West Coast take on the classic Berliner Weiss style with slightly higher alcohol (5.3% ABV) and higher IBUs (10 IBU). STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY is a delicate wheat beer focusing on the sour character derived from Lactobacillus. Dobel notes, “We soured Berlin by the Bay in oak barrels for eight months after a primary fermentation involving a German Ale/ Lactobacillus blend. In Berlin, it is customary to add a shot, or ‘Mit Schuss,’ of either raspberry syrup or a woodruff syrup (Waldmeister) to offset the acidity of the beer. We’ll honor this culinary tradition, but provide a Californian twist on it.”

ThirstyBear Organic, Small Batch Beers Are Available Fresh, Only On Draught, Only At ThirstyBear!

About ThirstyBear Brewing Co.
Established in 1996, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery is the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer and become a certified Green Business. Born out of Founding Brewmaster Ron Silberstein’s commitment to support sustainable agriculture, ThirstyBear brews CCOF and FDA certified organic beer. ThirstyBear sources its hops and grains from the world’s most renowned malt houses and premier West Coast organic hop farms to provide innovative, distinctive and always delicious flavors. ThirstyBear pairs its hand-crafted beers with equally exquisite Spanish cuisine. Since 2002, Silberstein has collaborated with Brewmaster and Certified Cicerone Brenden Dobel to define a singular German-influenced West Coast style of brewing, with a special emphasis on pilsners, ales, IPAs, stouts, Belgian-inspired ales, cask conditioned ales, session beers, and barrel aged brews. Dobel’s expertise with German beer styles is the result of his extensive training at Doemens Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany.

As one of the first critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurants to open in the Bay Area, ThirstyBear’s Executive Chef Robert McCarthy serves some of the City’s top paella, tapas, charcuterie/cheese and beer pairings, flatbreads, 100% grass-fed beef burgers, and specialty dishes prepared not only with beer, but with beer’s raw ingredients (hops, malts, yeast). In addition to its constantly rotating lineup of specialty, seasonal and classic craft beers, ThirstyBear also proudly serves local wines from kegs to reduce its overall carbon footprint.

According to the Brewers Association, which keeps the most comprehensive information on craft breweries in the United States, ThirstyBear brews and serves more craft beer in-house than any other brewpub in San Francisco. ThirstyBear celebrated its 20th Anniversary in September 2016 as San Francisco’s longest operating brewery-restaurant.

For more information, please visit:
thirstybear.com
facebook.com/ThirstyBearOrganicBrewery

This coverage is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Visit California, which flew us out to Northern California to tour one dozen breweries across San Francisco, Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland and Sonoma. For more information on California’s craft beer boom, visit here.

Jester King Synthesis Analogous 2017 to be released this Friday

August 9, 2017 - 2:09pm

(Austin, TX) – The latest beer update from Jester King Brewery, courtesy of Wednesday’s newsletter…

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This Friday at 4pm is our second-ever release of Synthesis Analogous — our blend of La Vie en Rose and Grim Harvest aged in Oloroso sherry barrels!

As many of you know by now, we’re fond of aging our beer on “spent” fruit. This is the leftover fruit from one of our barrel-aged fruit refermentations like Colour Five or Nocturn Chrysalis. Long ago, we felt this spent fruit still had plenty of character, so we aged a second beer on it. We were happy with the results, which led to the creation of beers like La Vie en Rose (raspberries), Detritivore (cherries), Grim Harvest (blackberries), and Demi-Tone (blueberries). Our Head Brewer Averie Swanson had the idea of taking La Vie en Rose, blending it with what we now call Grim Harvest, and aging the blend in an Oloroso sherry barrel. The result was Synthesis Analogous, which we’ve only released once before.

This year’s release of Synthesis Analogous is a blend of 2016 La Vie en Rose and 2016 Grim Harvest aged in Oloroso sherry barrels for about a year! It was blended and bottled in June of 2017. At the time of bottling, it was 6.7% alcohol by volume, 11 IBU, 3.4 pH, and had a finishing gravity of 0.999 (-0.3 degrees Plato). It will be released on Friday, August 11th at 4pm at Jester King. 2017 Synthesis Analogous will be available by the glass and at bottles to go. We only have about 700 bottles available (750ml x $24) with a bottle limit of one per customer per day. Outside of special events, Synthesis Analogous will only be available at Jester King.

We’re excited to have Synthesis Analogous back after a few year hiatus! We hope you enjoy it!

Down The Road Golden City and Dreamtown, both New England IPAs, releasing this month

August 9, 2017 - 1:54pm

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(Everett, MA) – With the imminent opening of its taproom in Everett, Down The Road Beer Co. is ramping up production. Following the extremely successful Queequeg’s Revenge New England IPA, Down The Road will soon release two, fresh, NEIPAs: Golden City and Dreamtime. Both beers clock in at 7% ABV and 60 IBUs, but they each explore distinctly unique hop profiles.

Golden City is a hazy IPA brewed with El Dorado and Bru-1 hops. Named for the mythical shining city of South American legend, the beer is an explosion of tropical fruit with distinct notes of pineapple, melon and stonefruit. The DTR team had a blast with Golden City’s packaging, and many of the brewery’s employees, including owner and brewmaster Donovan Bailey, are featured in the label’s artwork.

Dreamtime is hazier still but with a dramatically different flavor profile. Featuring Ella and Vic Secret, the Australian hops offer a delicious melange of herbs, flowers and soft fruit. Dreamtime references the trance-like state Aboriginal shamans employ to explore the hidden truths of the Outback. The label art is an intriguing mashup of primitive, Australian rock painting and western watercolors depicting The Blue Tongue Lizard Man, a legendary shaman who learns the secrets of the universe by speaking with animals.

“I like beer to be drinkable, so balance and mouthfeel are at the top of mind when I’m developing recipes,” said Donovan Bailey, founder and head brewer of Down The Road Beer Co. “The main difference between these two beers is in the hop profiles. Golden City has a juicy, almost Fruity Pebbles-like flavor with a hint of dankness that brings it all together. Dreamtime, on the other hand, is all about tropical notes from the Vic Secret that lead to spicy, floral impressions from the Ella.”

Golden City and Dreamtime are limited production runs that will be available in 16-oz. cans and on draft throughout Massachusetts from mid- to late-August through early fall. Both beers are best enjoyed as fresh as possible to fully appreciate the complexity of the hops.

About Down The Road Beer Co.

Helmed by veteran brewer Donovan Bailey, Down The Road Beer Co. is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the Greater Boston area, exploding across draft lines and craft coolers from Amesbury to Amherst over the past year. DTR is capping construction of a state-of-the-art brewhouse, which will supply beer for all package distribution, as well as its 300-person Everett taproom, mere blocks away from the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino. Ribbon-cutting is expected in fall 2017, so visit us online or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @DTRBrewery to find out more.

Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso (Passion Fruit and Guava) returns late August

August 9, 2017 - 12:19pm

(Athens, GA) – Quick beer release update sent over from the fine folks over at Creature Comforts Beer Company. This beer has a stellar 4.24 average on Untappd as of posting. More below…

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It’s that time again! We are excited to let you know we will release Athena Paradiso with Passion Fruit and Guava (4.5% ABV) on draft as well as in 12oz cans late August. Athena Paradiso is our fruited treatment of Athena, our year-round Berliner Weisse.

The gentle tartness and subtle sweetness of the passion fruit and guava are a perfect complement to the base beer, Athena, which is available year-round. The addition of the word “Paradiso” to the Athena brand’s name, and the label artwork are intended to instill a vision of paradise, representative of the flavor and aroma of the beer. The beer will be available in the Athens and Atlanta markets.

Rogue Cold Brew IPA cans go nationwide

August 9, 2017 - 12:06pm

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(Newport, OR) – Rogue Ales & Spirits has combined two favorites into one with the release of Cold Brew IPA in cans. A unique IPA brewed with Rogue Farms hops is blended with Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee to create an audacious harmony of hoppy and coffee flavors. Cold Brew IPA begins with a strike of bright, citrusy notes from the coffee that smoothly transitions into a crisp smack of dankness providing an elated experience like no other.

“We turned two of our favorite things into one and then canned it so we can take it with us when we do our favorite things,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

Cold-brewed for over 12 hours and then double filtered for a silky taste, Stumptown’s Cold Brew Coffee is blended with an IPA that Rogue specially crafted to accentuate two favorite flavors.

Oregon roasted, brewed and blended, Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA is available nationwide in 12oz cans, 22oz bottles and on draft. Footage on the creation of Cold Brew IPA can be found here. Cold Brew IPA can be found near you with Rogue’s Beer Finder. For more information about the Revolution, visit rogue.com.

Rogue Ales & Spirits
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,800 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapeños, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.

Anheuser-Busch InBev announces combination of its Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

August 9, 2017 - 11:51am

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(Leuven, BELGIUM) – Anheuser-Busch InBev (“AB InBev”) (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD) (MEXBOL: ANB) (JSE: ANH), the world’s largest brewer, headquartered in Belgium, has reached a non-binding agreement with Anadolu Efes (IST: AEFES), the leading brewer in Turkey, regarding a 50:50 merger of AB InBev’s and Anadolu Efes’ existing Russia and Ukraine businesses.

The announcement of this non-binding agreement follows AB InBev’s acquisition of a 24% stake in Anadolu Efes as part of the company’s combination with SABMiller, which completed in October 2016. The transaction remains conditional on the completion of satisfactory due diligence and is subject to regulatory approvals in Russia and Ukraine.

This intended combination of the companies’ operations in Russia and Ukraine would strengthen the competitive position of both AB InBev’s and Anadolu Efes’ brands in these markets, with the potential for further growth. The combined business’ ambitions would be to lead the Russian and Ukrainian markets, with a diverse portfolio of brands and a broader range of beers for consumers. In addition, the combination would enhance AB InBev’s existing relationship with Anadolu Efes and the value of its stake in Anadolu Efes.

Following the closing of the intended transaction, the combined business would be fully consolidated in the Anadolu Efes financial accounts. As a result, AB InBev would stop consolidating its operations in Russia and Ukraine and account for its investment resulting from this transaction under the equity method.

The name of the combined company would be AB InBev-Efes and both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes would have equal representation on the Board of Directors, with Tuncay Özilhan, current Chairman of the Anadolu Group and Anadolu Efes, serving as the Chairman.

Both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes have agreed in principle to the nomination of Dmitry Shpakov, the current president of the AB InBev Russia and Ukraine businesses, as the CEO candidate to lead and run the combined AB InBev-Efes business, and to the nomination of Roy Cornish, the current Managing Director of Efes-Rus, as its CFO candidate.

Commenting on the announcement, Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, said: “Today’s announcement is a significant step in furthering the strategic partnership of AB InBev and Anadolu Efes and we look forward to a successful combination delivering a broader range of beer choices to consumers in both Russia and Ukraine.”

Tuncay Özilhan, Chairman of Anadolu Group and Anadolu Efes said: “We are delighted to further enhance our relationship with AB InBev and believe that the combination of our respective businesses, expertise and best practices in these markets will enable us to better capture the potential growth opportunities and add significant value to both Anadolu Efes and AB InBev Shareholders.”

Both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes will work towards agreeing binding transaction documents in due course and further announcements will be made as the process progresses. We anticipate the transaction could complete by the end of H1 2018. Until completion of the transaction, both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes’ businesses in Russia and Ukraine remain separate and continue business as usual.

Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

CraftHaus Mojave dubbed a “SWIPA” by brewery in response to NEIPA craze

August 9, 2017 - 11:36am

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CraftHaus Brewery Creates Southwest Inspired Beer Style, SWIPA – Newest beer style sweeping the nation, #SWIPA

(Las Vegas, NV) – CraftHaus Brewery launches a new beer style, Southwest IPA. Brewed as a declaration to their Southwestern home, it is aptly named Mojave. The use of indigenous, organic Agave syrup dries out the beer, just like the majestic deserts of the Southwest. Mojave, Southwest IPA is the newest release in CraftHaus’ seasonal IPA series.

“With the hype spreading about Northeast IPAs, we saw a need to produce a beer style that represented our unique landscape, Wyndee Forrest, Co owner, CraftHaus Brewery. Our territory creates fantastic, quality beers and this beer style is our testament that the Southwest should be viewed as a national player in the craft beer industry.”

The can design, by Dana Satterwhite of Quiver Media, represents the uniqueness of the Southwest desert. The can artwork incorporates the deep orange colors seen in local rock formations. The print carries icons of the desert, Agave plants, lizards and cactus.

Mojave, SWIPA is an appreciation to the resilience of the Southwest community. The deliberate use of Southwest named hops, Amarillo and El Dorado gives the beer a juicy nose and a slight white pepper finish. Crisp, refreshing and clear, Mojave sits at 50 International Bittering Units and 6% Alcohol By Volume. Mojave, SWIPA is distributed in Clark County, Nevada by Bonanza Beverage and available in 12 ounce, six-pack cans as well as on draft for a limited time.

About CraftHaus Brewery
Established 2014, CraftHaus Brewery is passionate about creating quality driven beers and sharing them with their community. Owners, Wyndee and Dave Forrest successfully changed licensing for the city of Henderson to a more craft friendly license. Their brew team is lead by educated, professional brewers, Steve Brockman and Steph Cope. www.crafthausbrewery.com

Yazoo Space and Time, part of Embrace The Funk line, due out ahead of Solar Eclipse

August 9, 2017 - 10:59am

[Press Release:]

(Nashville, TN) – Yazoo Brewing Company is pleased to announce at 2pm CST on August 18, 2017 in the Yazoo taproom the bottle release of “Space and Time” and a custom handmade & blown glass to celebrate the upcoming Solar Eclipse over Nashville. Space and Time is an oak fermented wild blonde ale aged on Star Fruit and brewed with 12 different celestial hop varieties: Alpha, Apollo, Aurora, Challenger, Cluster, Meridian, Comet, Equinox, Galaxy, Horizon, Polaris, and Southern Star.

In addition to this special one time beer Yazoo and Pretentious Glass Company collaborated to create a unique Eclipse visualized glass. The dark black glass was specifically designed to allow light to shine through the glass revealing a yellow glow around a dark moon. With only 40 of these handmade and blown glasses created they are sure to be a sought after piece of 2017 Eclipse memorabilia.

Head of Yazoo’s Sour & Barrel aging program Brandon Jones says “With the world’s attention focused on Nashville for such a historic event when wanted to commemorate the Eclipse with a unique combination of barrel aged beer, hops, fruit and an amazing glass. When I started working on this project over a year ago many ideas of different celestial themed beers kept coming to mind. I’m very proud we were able to align those ideas and incorporate them into a unique and balanced beer.”

Matthew Cummings owner of Pretentious Glass Company describes the special technique used to create this glass as risky. “Using the very difficult ‘Graal Method’ of working with hot glass to hand etch at room temperature then bringing the glass back up to 2,000 degrees F to fire polish makes it very rare in product design. Each step has the possibility of cracking the glass. While an Eclipse is rare, it is also unique to work with a brewery that cares so much about quality and artistic expression.”

Space and Time is part of the Embrace The Funk line of beers and is packaged for taproom to go sales. To celebrate this release (in addition to the wax dipped 750ml bottles) the Yazoo

taproom will also have a limited amount of 1.5L magnum bottles of this one time special brew available on a first come first serve basis.

Yazoo Brewing Company is an independent locally owned brewery in the Gulch area of downtown Nashville, TN. Opening in 2003 the brewery now distributes bottles and draft beer to Tennessee, Mississippi, Colorado, New York , South Carolina and Indiana. The onsite taproom is open weekly Wednesday through Saturday, with tours of the brewery also available. The Yazoo Embrace The Funk (ETF) program is a series of wild and sour beers aged in various types of oak ranging from 6 months to 3 years.

Pretentious Glass Company is located in Knoxville, TN and uses old world techniques to create hand made one of a kind glassware from molten glass.

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