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Bell’s Brewery partners with two educational institutions on program for future brewers

December 12, 2017 - 8:28pm

(Comstock, MI) – Bell’s Brewery, in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University’s Sustainable Brewing program, is proud to announce an incredible opportunity that will help develop and nurture future brewers right here in Michigan.

The Bell’s Brewery Development Award will give participants experience in four key departments over the course of one year. Students will rotate through and gain valuable insight into Bell’s Quality, Brewing, Packaging and Brewing Innovation at its main brewery in Comstock.

“Talent continues to be in high demand within the brewing industry and by partnering with these two educational institutions, we are able to inspire candidates who not only have a shared passion for Brewing Science, but also roots here in Michigan,” said Carrie M. Yunker, Bell’s Director of Human Resources.

Yunker, along with John Mallett, Bell’s Director of Production, and Stephanie Blodgett, Bell’s Talent Acquisition Coordinator, developed this new program with Mike Babb, KVCC Sustainable Brewing Instructor, and Steve Bertman, WMU Department of Chemistry Professor.
“Southwest Michigan is a hub for craft brewing in no small part because of Bell’s and this new position is an unbelievable opportunity for our students. Bell’s has put together a thoughtful and generous position for someone to get hands-on experience in all aspects of production at a thriving and world-renowned craft brewery. That they are reserving this position for someone from our program is a recognition of the care and rigor that we have incorporated from the very beginning,” said Bertman.

The WMU and KVCC brewing program was developed in 2015 by the two schools working in close coordination with the industry. The resulting “two-plus-two” program in sustainable craft brewing offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or associate degree at KVCC, then move on to a Bachelor of Science degree at WMU.

The rigorous science curriculum was developed with input from an external advisory board comprised of a dozen of Michigan’s top craft brewers, many of them in West Michigan, which has one of the country’s highest per-capita densities of craft brewers.
“This is the kind of collaboration that we envisioned when we created the program together with KVCC,” said Bertman.

“Partnering the strengths of the two largest institutions of higher education in Kalamazoo with the incredibly experienced and diverse breweries in the area provides a great structure for students who are interested in enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of the industry.”

“We are more than delighted that Bell’s is providing this opportunity for our graduates,” Babb added.

“As a leader in the craft brewing industry, we sincerely appreciate Bell’s support of our award winning program and students.”

Nationally, craft beer accounts for more than 12 percent of beer sales, and the industry is becoming a significant generator of jobs and revenues. Craft brewing contributed $2.09 billion to Michigan’s economy in 2016 according to the Brewers’ Association, making it 9th on the list of states in which the industry has the greatest economic impact.

WMU and KVCC will start accepting submissions in January. The final day to apply will be March 1 and the internship will begin on April 30.

Those selected must have a completed a KVCC Sustainable Brewing Certificate from the recognized program. This opportunity is available exclusively to KVCC and WMU students.

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY, INC.

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 500 people over a 32 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

You can also follow Bell’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Untappd.

Hangar 24 “12 Days of Puga” celebrates all things Pugachev’s Cobra

December 12, 2017 - 8:21pm

(Redlands, CA) – Christmas remains two weeks away, but the “12 Days of Puga” are here to celebrate all things Pugachev’s Cobra, the decadent Russian Imperial Stout from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery. Starting today (Tuesday, Dec. 12) and concluding Saturday, Dec. 23, each day will highlight a different aspect of one of Hangar 24’s most anticipated offerings of the year.

From Pugachev’s Cobra variants, to bottle specials, merchandise and ultimately a limited bottle release of 2015 Pugachev Royale, the highly sought-after Pugachev’s Cobra variant aged in bourbon and brandy barrels, the event has multiple reasons to please any barrel-aged beer fan.

The 2017 version of Pugachev’s Cobra clocks in at a soothing 15-percent ABV. The most popular and widely available of our innovative Barrel Roll Series, Pugachev’s Cobra bursts with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruit. The full-bodied offering mimics the same on flavor with chocolate-covered plum, sweet malt, bourbon and roasted coffee bursting on the taste buds.

Pugachev’s Cobra variants scheduled to be offered on draft at the Redlands Taproom during the “12 Days of Puga” will include Brandy, Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Pug-Nog. Variants created by pouring through a Randall flavor-infusion device will include Caramel & Cocoa, as well as Mexican Chocolate. Archived bottles of Pugachev’s Cobra will be available, including the acclaimed 2013 version.

Pugachev’s Cobra is the perfect gift for craft beer lovers. It is a beer designed for special occasions, making the Christmas season the perfect time to celebrate all it has to offer. Join us for a day, or two, or even all dozen as the “12 Days of Puga” kicks off today. All events to take place at the Redlands Taproom. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Pugachev’s Cobra Brandy on draft
Wednesday, Dec. 13: 2016 Pugachev’s Cobra bottles on sale
Thursday, Dec. 14: Caramel/Cocoa on Randall
Friday, Dec. 15: Gingerbread Pugachev’s Cobra on draft
Saturday, Dec. 16: 2014 Pugachev’s Cobra bottles on sale
Sunday, Dec. 17: 2013 Pugachev’s Cobra bottles on sale
Monday, Dec. 18: 2017 Pugachev’s Cobra T-shirts on sale ($5)
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Candy Cane Pugachev’s Cobra on draft
Wednesday, Dec. 20: 2012 Pugachev’s Cobra bottles on sale
Thursday, Dec. 21: Pugachev’s Cobra Steal the Glass night, plus Mexican Chocolate Pugachev’s Cobra on Randall
Friday, Dec. 22: Pug-Nog 2.0 on draft
Saturday, Dec. 23: 2015 Pugachev Royale bottles on sale*

*One per person. Bottles sold in limited quantities at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

About Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

Hangar 24 is an independently owned craft brewery with locations in Redlands and Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The company produces a diverse award-winning line of beers ranging from the best-selling Orange Wheat to the exclusive barrel-aged Barrel Roll Series, including the renowned Pugachev’s Cobra. Visit hangar24brewery.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Odell Fee Fi Fo Fum Triple IPA now available in fifteen-state footprint

December 12, 2017 - 7:59pm

Fort Collins, CO – Odell Brewing has released it’s latest Cellar Series, an 11.1% ABV triple IPA, Fee Fi Fo Fum. This marks the second Cellar Series release in the new single 12oz bottle offering.

For years, Odell Brewing has focused on developing innovative, hop forward beers. Beginning with Odell IPA in 2007, Myrcenary Double IPA, Drumroll APA, and most recently Rupture Fresh Grind Ale.

“We were excited to brew an unapologetically big beer. The Triple IPA is an exciting style and the 12oz single bottle felt like the right package,” explains Bill Beymer, Brewing Manager. “The real trick is finding the balance between the higher malt bill and the hop bitterness and aroma. We’re really looking forward to sharing this one with our fans.”

Fee Fi Fo Fum is a giant of a Triple IPA, brewed with a colossal amount of American hop varieties including Chinook, Azacca, and Mosaic. With a full body and notes of sticky pine, tropical fruit, and citrus, this triple packs a resinous hop punch.

“This is the perfect time of year to release a Triple IPA,” notes Beymer. “Our brewers had free reign to select some of the freshest and most exciting hops from our 2017 harvest.”

Coming in at 11.1%, Fee Fi Fo Fum will be available as a single 12oz bottle across Odell’s 15-state distribution footprint.

About Odell Brewing – Odell Brewing is an independent, family and employee owned regional craft brewery. Since 1989, the culture of family and collaboration has thrived, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted and innovative brews. Odell Brewing is committed to providing exceptional service to its customers while making positive contributions to their co-workers and community through its outreach and charitable giving programs. Odell Brewing was named the “Best Medium Sized Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015 and is the 27th largest craft brewery in the United States.

Ninkasi Prismatic and Yours Truly launch this January, join Pacific Rain in cans

December 12, 2017 - 7:48pm

Prismatic, Yours Truly, and Pacific Rain Mark Ninkasi’s First Foray Into the Canned Craft Beer Market

(Eugene, OR) — In the latest evolution from Ninkasi Brewing—an independent craft brewery based in Eugene, Ore.—craft beer lovers will have three fresh reasons to cheer with the release of two new beers joining Pacific Rain Northwest Pale in a series of lighter, flavorful brews for evolving tastes. Prismatic Juicy IPA, Yours Truly Easy-Drinking Ale, and Pacific Rain will reach beer taps and market shelves this January throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

The trio of beers represents a shift for Ninkasi, which was founded in 2006. Long known for its bold, hoppy beers, such as its flagship Total Domination IPA, Ninkasi set out to bring craft beer drinkers three creations perfectly suited for whatever adventure they are on. Prismatic, Yours Truly, and Pacific Rain are all lower in alcohol and IBUs than many of Ninkasi’s core brands.

In addition, all three beers represent another milestone in the evolution of Ninkasi: each will hit store shelves in gorgeous new cans, perfect for beer drinkers on the move.

“These beers were developed and brewed with the same quality that fans of craft beer have come to expect from Ninkasi, and the result is a series of fresh and flavorful new offerings conveniently packaged in cans,” says Cheryl Collins, Ninkasi CEO. “As trends, tastes, and preferences evolve, and as new craft beer drinkers enter the market, Ninkasi is committed to evolving alongside them.”

Ninkasi’s new year-round releases include:

Prismatic Juicy IPA – 5.9% ABV, 36 IBU
Introduced for the first time, Prismatic Juicy IPA offers an irresistibly colorful hop experience. This beer is all about playing up the juicy hop notes. To do so, Ninkasi brewers added Mosaic and Simcoe CRYO HOPS®, creating an IPA that is citrusy, tropical and bright with notes of pineapple, passionfruit and guava. The can design depicts a playful color palette that speaks to the tropical flavors and aroma of the beer.

· Description: Juicy hops burst with notes of pineapple, passionfruit and guava in this irresistibly flavorful IPA. Dry hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe CRYO HOPS®, Prismatic offers a deliciously colorful hop experience.

· Tasting Notes: Full of juicy hop aroma and flavor, Prismatic’s colorful hop experience is citrusy, tropical and fruity with subtly sweet malt and a balanced finish. Notes of pineapple, passionfruit and guava linger on the palate.

· Hops: El Dorado, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic CRYO HOPS®, Simcoe CRYO HOPS®
· Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Flaked Barley, White Wheat
· Packaging: 12oz. 6-pack cans, draft
· Available: Year-round

Yours Truly Easy-Drinking Ale – 4.3% ABV, 20 IBU

Also making its first debut is Yours Truly Easy-Drinking Ale. Crafted as an ode to Ninkasi’s beer drinkers, Yours Truly is crisp and refreshingly effervescent. Its delicate hop bouquet offers a lightly floral, herbal and fruity flavor profile. With a smooth finish, Yours Truly leaves one ready for the next sip.

· Description: Crafted with sincerity, Yours Truly offers a sweetly-toasted malt profile and a delicate hop bouquet. With a satisfying, crisp finish, this beer is brewed for your easy-drinking.

· Tasting Notes: Brilliant in color, Yours Truly is crisp and refreshingly effervescent. A dash of hops gives this beer a lightly floral, herbal, and fruity hop profile. Its sweetly-toasted malt profile carries notes of cracker, cereal, biscuit, and honey.

· Hops: Glacier, Santiam, Crystal, Liberty
· Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Flaked Barley, Crystal
· Packaging: 12oz. 6-pack cans, 12oz. 15-pack cans, draft
· Available: Year-round

Pacific Rain Northwest Pale – 5.4% ABV, 50 IBU
First released in February 2017, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale quickly grew in popularity as Ninkasi’s newest year-round beer. Refreshingly crisp, Pacific Rain celebrates all the Northwest has to offer including stellar water from Oregon’s McKenzie River. Brewed with a band of four distinguished hops, this beer is citrusy and tropical with a satisfying finish. Pacific Rain is tailor-made to be enjoyed wherever the next adventure may lead.

· Description: Fiercely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable, Pacific Rain is your call to experience the Pacific Northwest. Crafted with water from Oregon’s McKenzie River and a band of four distinguished hops, this Northwest Pale is citrusy, crisp and tailor-made for easy drinking.

· Tasting Notes: This flavorful Northwest Pale Ale starts with a balanced, malty sweetness that lays the groundwork to profile some of the most alluring hops around. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Nugget hop varieties offer a captivating experience with flavor and aroma notes that are citrusy, tropical, floral, and piney. The residual sweetness rounds out the hop flavor making each sip as smooth and refreshing as the last.

· Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Nugget
· Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Oats
· Packaging: 12oz. 12-pack cans, 12oz. 6-pack bottles, draft
· Available: Year-round

For more information, visit www.ninkasibrewing.com or follow Ninkasi on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company has continued 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, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Virginia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint.

CRYO HOPS® is a registered trademark of Yakima Chief – Hopunion, LLC, Yakima WA.

Down the Road Darkest Night Imperial Stout 2017 tapping set for 12/21

December 12, 2017 - 7:23pm

[Photo Credit: Down the Road Brewery]

(Everett, MA) – Winter’s long dark is upon us, threatening cold nights and short, dreary days. It is easy to succumb to the shadows and hide in solitary beneath warm blankets and glowing screens, but the only true remedy for the winter blues is jolly companionship and strong drink. So join Down The Road Beer Co. on the darkest night of the year to celebrate Winter Solstice 2017!

We invite you and your loved ones to share a table with new friends, enjoy a hearty feast and fortify yourselves against the cold with our renowned Darkest Night Imperial Stout. This highly sought-after brew is inspired by Baba Yaga, the notorious woods witch of Slavic folklore. At a whopping 14% ABV, our Darkest Night is a heavy hitting ale with a strong malt backbone that boasts deep, roasted notes of cocoa, coffee and spicy hops. This year’s batch of stout is a taproom exclusive with no external distribution (no to-go sales of this beer either), so come join us in winter revelry as it will be your only opportunity to try this whale of a beer. Limited taproom pours available , half the batch will be aged until next year on our 2nd annual Darkest Night.

Register for free.

Thu, December 21, 2017
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
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Special event includes:
– Exclusive pours of a limited run of Darkest Night Imperial Stout
– Restaurant popup
– Live folk music
– Arts & Craft Stations for making your own crown wreaths and candles
– Winter Solstice inspired face painting
– 50% off our talented artist Nikki Rossignol’s Darkest Night framed prints

Brewers Association wraps up #TakeCraftBack campaign after ~12k pledged support

December 12, 2017 - 4:42pm

(Boulder, CO) – You may be shocked to learn that the Brewers Association’s Take Craft Back crowdfunding campaign didn’t quite reach its goal of $213 billion (jaw drop) – so the attempt to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev has proven to be a lofty undertaking.

However, in less than two months, the campaign raised an impressive $3,808,660 in pledges of support from 11,811 independent backers – demonstrating that people really do care about protecting independent beer.

And with that, Take Craft Back will live on forever – in the hearts and steins of independent beer lovers everywhere – and, of course, through the independent craft brewer seal, which serves as an easy way for beer lovers to distinguish independent beers from their Big Beer counterparts.

Upland announces upcoming Sour Wild Funk Fest and early ticket sales

December 12, 2017 - 4:29pm

Early bird General Admission tickets go on sale for 2018 Sour Wild Funk Fest on December 13

Upland announces its 2018 Sour Wild Funk Fest in Indianapolis

(Bloomington, IN) — Upland Brewing Co. announces the return of its Sour Wild Funk Fest on April 7, 2018, at Mavris Arts & Event Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The upcoming year marks the 7th annual celebration of the best sour, wild and funky beers in the country with even more breweries in attendance and exciting perks planned than before. A limited quantity of early bird tickets will go on sale at 10 AM on December 13 for $50.

This year’s lineup will feature around 50 breweries, including Cascade, Mikkeller, Firestone Walker, The Rare Barrel, Blackberry Farm, and more to be announced at a later date.

“When we started this festival, we wanted to bring the breweries that were making the most innovative sour beers to the Midwest,” said Pete Batule, Head of Brewing Operations. “We’re honored to have so many of the breweries that we admire pouring beer alongside us at this year’s festival. We’re also excited to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to sour beer fans in our own backyard.”

The 2018 Sour Wild Funk Fest will host even more breweries than years past, with beer samples on all four levels. Guests can expect an improved festival experience with collectible glassware, smoother entry process, and food available for purchase. VIP ticket holders can enjoy premium perks of early admission and an exclusive speakeasy lounge with rare, limited-edition beers, Champagne Velvet refreshment station, appetizers, brewery presentations, and private bathrooms.

A limited quantity of early bird General Admission tickets will go on sale December 13 at 10 AM for $50 and will be available until they run out. 2018 Secret Barrel Society members will have the opportunity to their reserve VIP ticket and purchase both GA and VIP passes starting this evening. Regular ticket sales begin on January 2, 2018. VIP tickets will be $100, General Admission tickets will be $70 and Designated Driver tickets are just $25. For early bird tickets and more information, visit uplandsourfest.com.

About Upland Brewing Co.

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. has an intriguing brewing story that dates back to 1998. Our mission is to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Upland is currently the third largest brewery in Indiana and brews more than 50 different styles of beer annually.

Experience Upland Sour Ales [http://www.uplandsours.com]

Upland Brewing Co.

350 W 11th Street

Bloomington, IN 47404

SpaceX Rocket carrying barley re-scheduled for December 13th launch

December 12, 2017 - 4:21pm

You have probably heard about the highly-anticipated SpaceX rocket launch tomorrow as well as our recent Budweiser news – that we are taking the first step toward our goal of becoming the first beer on Mars!

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

We are sending barley to the International Space Station on this very SpaceX CRS-13 rocket for a series of experiments on seed exposure and germination, and the cargo mission is set to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida tomorrow at approximately 11:45am ET.

SpaceX has set up a live stream on their homepage at www.spacex.com.

Tax Cut and Jobs Act would lower federal excise tax for breweries

December 12, 2017 - 3:59pm

(Boulder, CO) – The Brewers Association recently provided an update regarding the much-debated giant tax reform bill, specifically the portion that provides tax relief to brewers. More below as taken from The Brewers Association website…

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On Friday, December 1, the United States Senate passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. This legislation includes a two-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), which will lower the federal excise tax for breweries, wineries and distilled spirits producers.

This bipartisan legislation — with 54 Senate co-sponsors and 299 House co-sponsors — is a large step forward for America’s small brewers, located in almost every congressional district in the nation.

The bill, if enacted, would cut the federal excise tax rate in half, going from $7.00/ BBL to $3.50/ BBL for barrelage under 60,000 BBLs, for domestic breweries producing fewer than two million barrels a year. (BeerPulse Note: For domestic brewers producing between two and six million barrels, the federal excise tax will go from $18.00/BBL to $16.00/BBL. For domestic brewers producing in excess of six million barrels, the federal excise tax will remain unchanged at $18.00/BBL).

The next step is for the House and Senate to vote for the bill to go to conference committee, a group of bipartisan representatives and senators, who will reconcile the differences in the legislation that passed both chambers. The House is expected to vote to go to committee today, and the Senate sometime this week.

There is still work to be done, but we are one step closer to getting CBMTRA passed in the 115th Congress.

For nearly a decade, the Brewers Association (BA) has worked diligently on behalf of its members to lower federal excise taxes. We are very appreciative of the support CBMTRA has received to date and will be working to ensure that the legislation is passed in the 115th Congress.

Please keep in mind that the BA and its members have had no input on the larger political issues in play on the tax reform bill. The BA, as an institution dedicated to advancing the interests of small and independent brewers, has taken a position only on the provisions affecting our members, such as CBMTRA.

Onward,

Bob Pease
President & CEO

Abita Maison Blanc brewed for New Orleans Tricentennial

December 12, 2017 - 3:24pm

Abita celebrates New Orleans Tricentennial with debut of Maison Blanc
New brew to toast to 300 years of Crescent City history

(Abita Springs, LA) — Louisiana’s original craft brewery, Abita Brewing Company (Abita), is raising a toast to New Orleans’ Tricentennial celebration with the launch of its latest release, “Maison Blanc.”

Maison Blanc was crafted to honor the Crescent City’s history and to celebrate its 300th birthday in true New Orleans fashion. Abita has embraced the “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler” attitude and lifestyle that so many New Orleanians hold near and dear, and Maison Blanc is the pinnacle of the company’s relationship with the city.

Like New Orleans, Abita’s many beers provide an excellent setting to celebrate anything and everything, and Maison Blanc is no different. New Orleans’ French heritage can be found right in the name of the beer, and its taste will remind visitors and residents of the city’s light yet festive atmosphere.

“Maison Blanc has the mild, dry flavor you seek in your favorite house white wine, with the delicious crisp characteristics of Sauvignon blanc grapes,” said Abita Brewmaster Mark Wilson. “Whether you are celebrating New Orleans’ Tricentennial, or any other occasion, you will want to raise a glass of Maison Blanc.”

Abita describes Maison Blanc as the best of both worlds, combining everything sought after by wine and beer drinkers alike into one delicious recipe.

“When you think of New Orleans, it’s all about the food, culture and lifestyle that makes the city such a unique and special place,” said David Blossman, President of Abita. “The Tricentennial gave us a great opportunity to celebrate all of this, and we hope everyone will join the Abita family in enjoying Maison Blanc, while commemorating the culture and history that has made New Orleans the amazing place it is for the last 300 years.”

Maison Blanc, brewed with malted barley, wheat and Sauvignon blanc grapes, will hit store shelves in Louisiana this week.

Cascade Midnight Bramble just released

December 12, 2017 - 2:57pm

(Portland, OR) – Cascade Brewing has released its newest project, Midnight Bramble. The Northwest sour ale is now available in 750ml bottles and on draft through Cascade Brewing’s worldwide distribution channels, as well as at its two Portland pubs: the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. and The Lodge at Cascade Brewing at 7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

Midnight Bramble is a blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 18 months with black and red raspberries, fresh ginger and thyme. This unique project offers carefully layered flavors of ripe bramble fruit with a refreshing ginger lift and soft notes of lavender and pine. It is 6.6% ABV.

“We’re incredibly excited to release Midnight Bramble for the first time,” explained Tim Larrance, Cascade Brewing VP of Sales and Marekting. “This amazing Northwest sour is a take on our ever-popular Blackcap Raspberry project, but we’ve added some really cool ingredients to the mix.”

Midnight Bramble is a Tier One offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.

About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit CascadeBrewing.com and join the brewery on social media @CascadeBrewing, #CascadeSours. Cheers to the sours; enjoy in a profoundly wise manner.

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Samuel Adams named official beer of the Boston Red Sox, replacing Budweiser

December 12, 2017 - 1:43pm

[December 7, 2017, Boston, MA:
Samuel Adams Founder Jim Koch and Boston Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy pose for a photograph with Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster during the announcement of a partnership at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 7, 2017.
(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox)]

(Boston, MA) – Samuel Adams, New England’s leading independent craft brewer, has been named the “official beer of the Boston Red Sox.” Samuel Adams and the Red Sox have entered into a multi-year partnership, bringing together two beloved, Boston icons.

In 1984, Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch hit the streets of Boston, going door-to-door to introduce bartenders to his new full-flavored beer, Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Sam Adams’ flagship beer, a leader of America’s craft beer revolution, was born in Boston. Many of the first bars and restaurants that carried the local brewer’s beer were around the Fenway neighborhood, giving special meaning to the new partnership.

“I moved to Boston the year of the ‘Impossible Dream Season’. Now visitors to this historic ballpark will enjoy the freshest Sam Adams beer, while watching an incredible team, playing under our sign over in right field. It’s my personal impossible dream come true,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “We got our start right here in Boston, and for the past three decades we’ve worked our butts off to stay independent and brew great beer. As the official beer of the Red Sox, we get to celebrate our New England roots with millions of other fans as soon as the season kicks off.”

Visitors to Boston’s storied Fenway Park will start to see the multi-year partnership come to life as soon as January 2018. Details of the agreement include:

* Two Sam Adams experiential bar areas: the right field roof deck will now be known as the “Sam Deck,” and a bar area located beneath the third base stands will be known as “Sammy’s On Third.”

* In addition to crowd favorites like Boston Lager and Summer Ale, fans will be able to enjoy new brews launching in 2018 like the highly anticipated Sam ’76.

* Visible signage throughout the ballpark including the iconic right field sign which last changed nine years ago.

* As the official beer of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Adams will have opportunities to partner across New England and in Fort Myers at JetBlue Park.

Sam Adams is the first American craft brewer to enter into a partnership with a Major League Baseball franchise, for this length of time and at this level. The move continues to highlight an important cultural shift as the popularity of American craft beer provides new opportunities for Independent craft brewers.
“Both the Red Sox and Sam Adams are rooted in Boston tradition and history, and Jim Koch and the entire team are as passionate about beer as we are about baseball,” said Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy. “We are excited for this long-term partnership, and look forward to working collaboratively to represent Boston through our two brands.”

This also marks the first professional team partnership, of this scale, for Samuel Adams. The local craft brewer has also been the official beer of the Boston Marathon for several years, and over the years has had limited sponsorships or other arrangements with the Red Sox, The Patriots, the Celtics and the Bruins. Since opening the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, the brewer has donated beer and tour proceeds to support hundreds of local and regional charities, as part of its commitment as a New England neighbor.

About Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams is a leading independent, American craft brewer that helped to launch the craft beer revolution. The brewery began in 1984 when Founder and Brewer Jim Koch used a generations-old family recipe to brew beer in his kitchen. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life with hopes drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavor and started sampling the beer in Boston. He named the flagship brew Samuel Adams Boston Lager in recognition of one of our nation’s founding fathers, a revolutionary man of independent and pioneering spirit. Today, Samuel Adams is one of world’s most awarded breweries and remains focused on crafting the highest quality beers through innovation and experimentation in the relentless pursuit of better. Samuel Adams remains dedicated to elevating and growing the American craft beer industry overall, including providing education and support for entrepreneurs and fellow brewers through its philanthropic program, Brewing the American Dream, which helps others pursue their American Dream. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

Number of breweries in California reaches new record, passing 900

December 12, 2017 - 12:56pm

California Craft Brewers Association releases annual data on growth and impact of craft brewing industry

(Sacramento, CA) – The craft beer industry has tripled over the last five years, up from 300 breweries in 2012 to just over 900 breweries in operation today, according to data released by the nonprofit trade association representing the industry, the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA). California is home to more craft breweries than any state in the nation, with nearly 92 percent of the state’s 39.5 million residents living within 10 miles of a brewery.

“11 percent of the craft brewing industry’s total $67.8 billion economic impact comes from California,” said Bart Watson, Chief Economist at the Brewers Association. “These data highlight the powerful economic impact craft brewers have in California and across the nation.”

According to the CCBA report, the total economic impact of craft breweries in California exceeds $7.3 billion. This figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves from breweries to distributors to retailers as well as non-beer merchandize sold at breweries and tasting rooms.

By the Numbers:
Craft breweries in California supported nearly 50,000 full time jobs with an average wage of $55,000 a year.
California’s craft breweries paid $1.49 billion in taxes in 2016, including $868 million in state and local taxes and $617 million in federal taxes.
California’s craft breweries produced 3,295,221 barrels of beer in 2016. Breweries exported 1.17 million barrels, which is greater than the total craft production in all but five states in the nation.
The number of licensed breweries grew by more than 100 in the last year – more than any state in the country and an increase that was greater than the total licensed number of breweries in 34 states.

“The positive impact of craft breweries on the state of California goes far beyond just the benefits of tax revenue, manufacturing jobs and tourism,” said CCBA executive director, Tom McCormick. “Craft breweries also have a tangible influence on the growth and development of their region, investing in their community, employing their neighbors and supporting local nonprofits. Craft breweries are the living room, the town hall and the gathering place for their community.”

For more information about California craft beer, please visit www.californiacraftbeer.com.

About the California Craft Brewers Association
The California Craft Brewers Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association representing the craft and specialty brewing industry in California. Formed in 1989, the CCBA is the oldest state trade association representing craft breweries.

Founders Brewing Co. releases 2018 beer calendar, Breakfast Stout goes year-round

December 11, 2017 - 2:21pm

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Breakfast Stout joins year-round beers and fan favorites make a return

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. has unveiled their 2018 availability calendar, which includes a full list of beers that are set to release in the new year. The list includes year-round beer announcements, seasonal and limited series returns and the return of Founders Barrel-Aged Series. Founders will keep select beers confidential until their release, including four new releases in the Barrel-Aged Series.

First announced with members of Cadre, Founders 2018 calendar includes the newly added year-round availability of Breakfast Stout and Backwoods Bastard. Breakfast Stout will continue its availability through the new year, while Backwoods Bastard will make its timeless debut in the next few months.

In May 2018, Founders imperial IPA Double Trouble will make its return by popular demand. Green Zebra also will make its return at that time. The gose-style ale, brewed with watermelon and sea salt, was named one of VinePair’s 50 best beers of 2017.

As an added treat for Founders fans, All Day IPA, Rubaeus and all of Founders seasonal beers, including Mosaic Promise, Azacca IPA and PC Pils will be available in 6-pack cans.

Founders will say farewell to some favorites, including Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon and reDANKulous.

Founders will launch the “Mothership Series,” a brand-new taproom carryout. These beers will range from classics such as the inaugural release Red’s Rye IPA, to experimental new styles. The series will only be available for carryout in 6-pack bottles at Founders Grand Rapids and Detroit taproom locations.

About Founders Brewing Co.
Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 20 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

About the Barrel-Aged Series
Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

Situational Ethics: Monday Night Brewing to debut first bottles from the Garage

December 11, 2017 - 2:05pm

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A Trifecta of imperial stouts makes packaged debut on Saturday

(Atlanta, GA) – Situational Ethics, a trio of variants based on a decadent base imperial stout recipe, will make its bottled debut on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The three variants include:
Situational Ethics imperial stout aged in Bissell Maple Bourbon barrels with cinnamon and vanilla beans.
Situational Ethics imperial stout aged in rum barrels with coconut and vanilla beans
Situational Ethics imperial stout aged in Bourbon barrels with Batdorf & Bronson coffee and vanilla beans

“Situational Ethics received rave reviews during the Garage’s grand opening in September, and we’re excited to for people to bring these bottles home for the holidays,” said co-founder and president Joel Iverson. “Our brewmaster Peter Kiley has been working hard to bring these amazing beers back.”

The public is invited to purchase the VIP Experience, which starts Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3 pm. The $55 ticket includes:
All three Situational Ethics bottles
Commemorative Garage glassware
A special “behind the scenes” lecture from Head Brewer Peter Kiley

Bottles of Situational Ethics will go on sale to the general public at 5 pm on Dec. 16.

ABOUT MONDAY NIGHT BREWING
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 in the 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.

Country Boy Brewing beers now available in Roanoke, VA, with P.A. Short Distributing

December 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

(Georgetown, KY) – Country Boy Brewing beers are now available in package and draft in Roanoke, VA, as of 12/6/2017. Country Boy has partnered with P.A. Short Distributing of Hollis, VA to distribute their beer in the Roanoke area.

“Roanoke is such an amazing place, and their beer scene is on fire right now”, said Country Boy Brewing Co-Founder and Brand Manager Daniel “DH” Harrison. “With the great team that P.A. Short has in place I am excited to showcase our beers to the craft beer drinkers in The Star City!”

Country Boy Brewing will send many of its favorite brands to Roanoke, including their core brands: Cougar Bait Blonde Ale, Shotgun Wedding Vanilla Brown, and newly canned Halfway Home American Pale Ale and Cliff Jumper IPA. The brewery also plans to send several seasonal and coveted limited release beers, in order to compliment Roanoke’s vibrant craft beer culture.

About Country Boy Brewing

Country Boy Brewing was founded by four native Kentuckians in 2012 and recently expanded in 2017 to the largest brew house in Kentucky. Their mission is to simply, “Make the best damn beer in America.”

Baltimore-based RavenBeer relocates operations to Duclaw Brewing Company

December 11, 2017 - 10:57am

(Baltimore, MD) – Fast approaching its milestone 20th year in business, Baltimore, MD-based RavenBeer is relocating its headquarters from the Peabody Heights Brewery it helped to build, to the state of the art facility at Duclaw Brewing Company in Baltimore County. The new address is 8901 Yellow Brick Rd, Baltimore, MD 21237.

Joining RavenBeer’s founder Stephen Demczuk in the move, is his esteemed, veteran Brewmaster, Ernie Igot, Igot is now the head Brewmaster at Duclaw’s operations.

“I am elated to collaborate with Dave Benfield and his team at DuClaw Brewing,” stated Stephen Demczuk, founder of RavenBeer. “DuClaw is a magnificent facility that produces some of the finest beers around. Our partnership will help us both grow more efficiently and give us greater purchasing power.”

Demczuk believes that with the booming and competitive state of the craft beer market this move to DuClaw will only strengthen its position in the marketplace. With some 80 breweries in Maryland and over 5,700 breweries in the USA, founder Demczuk thought to be proactive and seek out a partner where both parties would mutually benefit.

Echoing the excitement, Dave Benfield exclaims, “The entire team at DuClaw is delighted at the addition of esteemed Baltimore-based, RavenBeer in our brewery. We are excited at all of the collaborative opportunities.”

RavenBeer will continue producing its seven brands at DuClaw’s Brewery operations. The year 2018 marks RavenBeer’s 20th Anniversary. A special release of their signature The Raven Special Lager is expected as are other specialty brews and ‘one-offs’ in the near future. RavenBeer is distributed in the Mid-Atlantic region and in Chicagoland. RavenBeer focuses on maintaining classical beer styles and primarily German style beers.

About RavenBeer:

RavenBeer and its brands are named after Baltimore’s literary genius, Edgar Allan Poe. Originally produced in the Black Forest region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, RavenBeer unveiled The Raven in the USA in June 1998. Their portfolio has grown to 7 beers such as Tell Tale Heart IPA, Pendulum Pilsner, Annabel Lee White, The Cask (of Amontillado) Dobbel Bock and Dark Usher and 7 cask conditioned firkins, all named after POE’s legendary short stories and poems.

The award winning Poe series artwork was created by Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), the editorial cartoonist for London’s The Economist and Baltimore Sun. Mark Supik and Co. make the internationally award winning Poe book tap handles.

About Stephen Demczuk:

Stephen Demczuk went to Geneva, Switzerland as a Post doctorate fellow and visiting scientist where he discovered great beer. He formed ‘Beer Around the World,’ the first beer-of-the-month club in Europe based in Luxembourg. From there, he met Wolfgang Stark of Haus der 131 Biere in Hamburg where they created the idea of The Raven Special Lager and was first brewed in Germany in 1997. Stephen returned to the USA and with the help of Hugh Sisson brewed the Raven at Clipper City Brewing Co. (later Heavy Seas). From there Stephen co-formed Peabody Heights as RavenBeer was growing and increased production space was required. Stephen is a board member of the Brewers Association of Maryland and of the Poe House of Baltimore.

Boatyard Brewing Company’s Christmas Beer Extravaganza to feature 30+ beers

December 11, 2017 - 10:45am

Christmas Beer Extravaganza at Boatyard Brewing Company

Date: December 24th, Noon to 4 PM

Where: Boatyard Brewing Company, 432 East Paterson, Kalamazoo

What: The Most Extensive Christmas Beer Release Party on the Planet!

Eight years ago, long before the Boatyard Brewing Company was even a thought, Dan and I brewed a beer for Christmas, our Christmas Eve Porter. This beer was our gift to friends, a gift made using our memories of our Christmases past. The smell of vanilla, raisins, and rum swirled around the brew pot as put in motion a practice that has grew to included everyone in our love of Christmas. Preparing for this Christmas, it seems that every member of the Boatyard family has made their mark on our Christmas Beer offerings. We are excited to celebrate with our city, the joy of Christmas tastes and smells with our Christmas Eve Open House. It will be a grand day as our friends, regulars, visitors, and family join us to prepare for the celebrations to come. Boatyard Brewing Company will open at Noon on Christmas Eve with joy in our hearts and an excellent collection of Christmas offerings. If you miss us on Christmas Eve, we will be offering these beers beginning the day after Christmas.

Be prepared….there are many more in production…we still have a few weeks to go!

GINGERBREAD MAN OVERBOARD IMPERIAL PORTER is BBC’s Imperial Porter infused with molasses and Danish gingersnaps.

HOME ON LEAVE is our Southern Ale made with bourbon-infused roasted pecans and vanilla.

SIREN”S SONG is our bourbon-barrel aged One-Legged Pilot Russian Imperial Stout.

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED STOUT is our Kings of Mojo Stout infused with cold-brew coffee and chocolate. It will help parents complete their toy assemblies at the wee hours of Christmas morning.

WHISPS OF WHISKEY AND RUM is a Green Door Distillery whiskey-barrel aged cream ale infused with rum.

THE GOURD THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS is a bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Pumpkin Stout. It is all so good for those who like their pumpkin kicked up.

FAST EDDIE RED ALE was made for our fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski. Raise a glass to Ed and his family. He gave all to keep us safe.

MIDNIGHT MAPLE is our famous black cream ale infused with maple.

SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS EVE is our first ever whiskey-barrel FERMENTED Scottish Ale. It is smooth and mellow for a chilly Christmas Eve.

SCOTTISH SOUR CHRISTMAS EVE is our first ever whiskey-barrel FERMENTED Scottish Ale which was later barrel soured. It is smooth and tart and a great Flander’s Red..

HEART-WARMED STOUT is a blend of our Itty Bitty Brown ale with our Russian Imperial Stout. It was then aged with rum and fresh cinnamon.

SANTA’S CAJONES AZULES is an imperial honey ale aged with blue pea flowers and blueberries. It is BLUE and YUMMY!

VONZO’S CHRISTMAS GANILLA PORTER is our robust holiday porter made with fresh ganilla.

SNOW ON THE BOG is an imperial blood orange and honey harvest ale aged with Michigan cranberries and cherries.

CHRISTMAS TUXEDO is a dark chocolate and vanilla infused robust porter.

OLD MARLEY’S PORTER is a classic English porter right out of a “Christmas Carol.”

REDEMPTION EISBIER is an ice beer made from our EZ Ale, our classic American wheat. It is the deepest flavored wheat beer ever made!

FELIZ NAVIDAD GOSE JENNY is our white sangria gose made with blood orange, pineapple, and cranberries.

NEW ENGLAND CHRISTMAS IPA is a juicy New England IPA aged on freshly juniper berries.

REINDEER FUEL is another crazy concoction from the mind of Dennis Massingil combining an alarming number of figs with honey and spices for a big holiday beer.

CHRISTMAS TREE ALE is a christmas tree in a glass; a great cream ale infused with Siberian fir that Santa dropped off at the brewery.

CHRISTMAS SUNSET ON A BEACH is a beer for those friends of ours looking for a tropical Christmas. This ale is a grapefruit pale ale perfect for a warm afternoon on a Christmas beach.

CHRISTMAS PARTY VIXEN is our very first christmas sour made with blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries.

CHRISTMAS EVE PORTER was our very first Christmas beer make with molasses, vanilla, and rum-soaked caramelized raisins.

GLUHBIER is based on a traditional Austrian gluhwein, combing a nice beer with great winter spices.

WINTER STORM WARNING is our Imperial Harvest Ale made with 80 pounds of freshly picked Cascade Hops. It has been conditioning for nearly 4 months and is smooth as fresh ice.

COTTON HEADED NINNY MUGGINS is our luscious Belgian Quad made with an sleigh full of dates.

SEA DRAGON is Dennis Massingil’s world famous Cherry Belgian Strong made with Traverse City cherries.

FIRES AT MIDNIGHT is Pat’s Scottish Ale made with smoked malt.

KIRKENCHRISTMAS SOUR is our kicked up Kirkenberry Sour with the addition of pomegranates and strawberries.

TRANSOM JACK PUMPKIN ALE is one of our holiday favorites and we saved one more barrel for Christmas.

BELIEVE is our lovely Christmas fruit, Michigan Honey Wheat.

ONE-LEGGED PILOT is our amazing 9.4% Russian Imperial Stout that is perfect for a cold Christmas Eve.

Lagunitas founder to speak at National Cannabis Industry Association’s Seed to Sale Show

December 10, 2017 - 9:51pm

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Denver, CO – The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the only national trade association representing the legal marijuana industry, announces Tony Magee, Founder and Executive Chairman of Lagunitas Brewing Company, as the keynote speaker for Seed to Sale Show®, returning to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO from February 7-8, 2018.

Founded in 1993, Lagunitas Brewing Company was conceived on Tony’s kitchen stove in Lagunitas, CA and has grown today to become a globally distributed brand. The brewery, known for its iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles and descriptive packaging, was at the forefront of the craft beer movement through the mid-2000s, remaining one of the fastest-growing breweries in the United States. In May 2017, Lagunitas announced Heineken International’s acquisition of the brewery, helping expand the beer brand globally.

For much of his life, including the time he spent building his company into the international brand it is today, Tony has remained both a vocal proponent of the cannabis industry and an enthusiastic consumer. Lagunitas has brewed beers such as the Kronik, Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale and in August 2017, the company released SuperCritical Ale, a limited-edition beer infused with cannabis terpenes, finally marrying Tony’s passion for beer with his fondness for cannabis.

As an industry pioneer, Tony joins NCIA’s Seed to Sale Show® to discuss the similarities between the two rapidly expanding industries and to share the lessons he has learned over the last 25 years through scaling and operating his business in a highly-regulated industry.

“It’s an exciting moment for the cannabis industry right now. It strongly reminds me of when we were first getting started . . . it’s almost as if cannabis is where craft beer was some fifteen, twenty years ago. I’m very much looking forward to reminiscing on those years and to sharing my experiences, both good and bad, with other entrepreneurs,” remarks Tony.

Tony is scheduled to deliver his keynote speech, titled “A Glimpse into the Future: Lessons from 20 Years of Craft Brewing Give Traction to the Cannabis Industry” on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM at the conference.

NCIA’s Seed to Sale Show® is the only national show focused solely on innovative best practices, science, and cutting edge technology surrounding the whole life cycle of the cannabis plant grown, processed, and sold in a regulated market. Registrations for the show are now open. Prices will increase after December 8, 2017. For more information on attending or to register for passes, please visit: https://www.seedtosaleshow.com/ or call (888) 409-4418.

Representing more than 1,400 member-businesses nationwide, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only association representing cannabis-related businesses at the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and works toward a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for that industry in the United States.

Fat Head’s Brewery Portland to close in Q1 2018

December 10, 2017 - 9:25pm

Citing Termination of Business Agreement, Pearl District Brewpub to Shutter Q1, 2018

(Middleburg Heights, OH) – Fat Head’s and its partners in Portland have come to the consensus to terminate their business agreement, thereby closing the Pearl District brewpub in the first quarter of 2018.

Of the decision, founder Glenn Benigni said, “Despite the best efforts from both sides, we were unable to agree upon a vision for the future. As a result, we’ve mutually decided to close the Fat Head’s Brewery location in Portland, pouring our last beer in early 2018. We’re extremely proud of our accomplishments and the success we’ve had here,” he continued, “including the the team that was put in place at its inception. We are forever grateful for their hard work and dedication to Fat Head’s.”

All current employees will be given the opportunity to retain their positions within the new company that will occupy the space at 131 NW 13th Avenue. Fat Head’s wishes them success in their future endeavors.

“We’d like to say thanks to the beautiful city of Portland and all of the customers who joined us there over the years,” expressed Benigni. “It has been a pleasure serving you.”

Fat Head’s will now concentrate efforts in growing their production brewery and brand in Ohio, Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

About Fat Head’s — Opened in 1992 as Pittsburgh, PA’s premier craft beer bar and restaurant, Fat Head’s teamed up with head brewmaster Matt Cole in 2009 to create Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon just outside of Cleveland, OH. In response to overwhelming demand, a production facility was opened in 2012. Fat Head’s Brewery distributes three core beers and a range of seasonal offerings throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Fat Head’s will move to a larger production brewery and beer hall in 2018, in addition to opening a brewpub in Canton, OH.

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