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Louis Raison imports French Cidre bottles to U.S. starting in March

February 16, 2018 - 6:49pm

(Seattle, WA) – Louis Raison French Cidre, the number one selling cidre in France, is coming to the United Sates in March! Rooted in family tradition since 1923, Louis Raison is far from your typical American cider. The Louis Raison family takes pride in maintaining cooperative farming practices as well as the utmost attention to quality throughout the production process. Each sip is full of apple flavor: crisp, refreshing, and naturally gluten-free – offering French imagery in a truly craft cider. Louis Raison is proud to offer three distinct flavors – Rouge Delice, Organic Dry, and Original Crisp, each produced using exclusive apple varietals harvested from farms that have been in the Raison family for nearly 100 years. Scheduled for release March 2018, Louis Raison will be available in six-pack bottles and on draft in Washington and Oregon, with several states to follow.

“The growth of imported and craft cider continues to outpace the category, so introducing Louis Raison to the U.S. is an exciting opportunity,” says Adam Carlson, National Sales Director for LR Imports, LLC. “There’s definitely room at the table for French cidre.”

Rouge Delice (5.5% ABV, 6.57 Brix): is comprised of Rouge Delice and Bittersweet apples. Rouge Delice apples – grown only in France – are recognized for their unique red flesh, delivering the natural rose hue of the liquid itself. On the nose, this cider is citrusy with bright acidity, accompanied by hints of strawberry and cranberry. The taste is floral with hints of white tea, spiced apple, and melon. Rouge Delice finishes with a soft, sweet hint of playful plum and fruit flavors. 2017 Tastings Gold Medal recipient.

Organic Dry (4.5% ABV, 2.56 Brix): is a full-bodied cider made with 100 percent organic bittersweet apples. This flavorful cider combines cinnamon and baked apple aromas with a dry, crisp finish. The taste is complex, incorporating white wine, grass and nut flavors. 2017 Tastings Gold Medal recipient.

Original Crisp (5.5% ABV, 5.33 Brix): made with bittersweet apples, this cider is crisp, light, sweet, fruity, and complex. Original Crisp has notes of toasted nuts and honey clover on the nose. The taste starts with ripe fruit up front and finishes with tannic and woody notes. 2017 Tastings Gold Medal recipient.

About Louis Raison
Observing the growth that the American cider industry has experienced, Louis Raison saw an exciting opportunity to introduce high-quality French cidre to US consumers. With such a rich history in cider making, it seemed like a natural fit. 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 cidre in France. Years of experience have earned Louis Raison the mastery of the sustainable cultivation of apples from orchard to glass. Ultimately, Louis Raison is proud of its cooperative spirit – between producers of apples, employers of factory workers, and providers to cider drinkers alike, all are a part of the Raison family. Santé! For more information please follow Louis Raison USA (@louisraisonusa) on Facebook and Instagram.

Braven Brewing Co. plans to open Bushwick brewpub this summer in Lantern Hall’s space

February 16, 2018 - 5:36pm

Brewery to Make Unique Styles for On-Site Bar and Restaurant

(Brooklyn, NY) – Braven Brewing Company, the craft beer maker based in Brooklyn, NY, signed a long-term lease to open a brewery, bar, and restaurant at 52 Harrison Place in their home neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

“For the past five years, we have been working every single day toward opening a brewery here in the historic brewing neighborhood of Bushwick, and we’re just a few months away from finally making that dream a reality,” said Marshall S. Thompson, Co-Founder and CEO of Braven. “Eric [Feldman] and I are thrilled to finally have a brick-and-mortar location in Bushwick where we can directly connect and engage with our community every day.”

Over the course of the next several months, Braven plans to install a 3.5 BBL fully-electric brewing system with an annual brewing capacity of approximately 1,000 BBL of beer in the 2,500 sf space, currently occupied by beer hall and restaurant Lantern Hall. (BeerPulse Note: Braven takes over the space starting on 3/1, according to Thompson. Lantern Hall did not immediately respond to confirm its last date of service which would be during the last week of February.)

The small and nimble system will allow Braven to brew a wide variety of styles for both on-site consumption and takeaway purchase. While most of the beer brewed at 52 Harrison Place will be consumed in the on-site bar/restaurant, Braven will distribute a limited supply of specialty kegs to accounts around New York City via their distributor, S.K.I. Wholesale Beer. Braven plans to brew a constantly rotating variety of classic lagers and ales as well as innovative styles to keep pace with current, exciting trends in the craft beer industry.

Since December 2014, Braven had been brewing its beers at Olde Saratoga Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, NY until they recently ceased operations in January. Braven will continue to brew large batches of its styles at Ipswich Brewing Company in Ipswich, MA while brewing small batches at the new Bushwick facility.

“When Marshall and I started homebrewing in my tiny apartment kitchen back in 2009, we had a couple of brews that we shared with close friends at small parties,” said Braven Co-Founder and President Eric Feldman. “Now we’ll be able to produce a huge variety of beer styles – from classic altbiers and doppelbocks to innovative sours and dry hopped IPAs – that we’re excited to share with the whole city.”

In addition to brewing and serving their own beers at the bar, Braven will operate a sixty-seat restaurant. The menu will include beer-pairable pub fare like burgers, wings, and sandwiches. Whenever possible Braven’s beers will be incorporated into the dishes themselves, such as Beer Cheese Nachos and White IPA-Marinated Chicken Bratwursts.

“This was a great deal and Braven will be a great addition to the neighborhood,” said Jeff Wong of Lantern Hall.

Braven is planning to open its brewpub doors in mid-summer 2018.

ABOUT BRAVEN BREWING COMPANY
Braven Brewing Company, founded in 2013 by Marshall S. Thompson and Eric Feldman, is located in the historic Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Braven takes pride in being an active member of the Bushwick community and is excited to help to restore Brooklyn as one of America’s top brewing capitals.

Braven Brewing Company online:
http://www.bravenbrewing.com/

http://www.facebook.com/BravenBrewing
http://www.instagram.com/BravenBrewing

For more information on Braven Brewing Company contact us at (929) 295-6673 or info@bravenbrewing.com.

Ninkasi Prismatic Juicy IPA, Yours Truly and Pacific Rain cans now available

February 16, 2018 - 3:12pm

Prismatic, Yours Truly, and Pacific Rain, Ninkasi’s first foray into the canned craft beer market, reaching 12 states and two provinces

(Eugene, OR) — Craft beer drinkers have three fresh reasons to enjoy the “CraftLife” with the recent release of a series of easy-drinking flavors from Ninkasi Brewing — an independent craft brewery based in Eugene, Ore. Prismatic Juicy IPA and Yours Truly Easy-Drinking Ale join Pacific Rain Northwest Pale on market shelves and beer taps throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint, which includes 12 states and two Canadian provinces.

The lighter, flavorful beers represent a shift for the 11-year-old brewery. Long known for its bold, hoppy beers, such as its flagship Total Domination IPA, Ninkasi set out to meet the evolving tastes of craft beer lovers. Ninkasi calls it the “CraftLife,” and it’s about more than just beer. It’s about realizing dreams and strengthening bonds — it’s life experienced over beer.

Prismatic, Yours Truly, and Pacific Rain are all lower in alcohol and IBUs than many of Ninkasi’s core brands, pairing perfectly with whatever adventures lie ahead. In addition, all three beers will hit store shelves in gorgeous new cans—a first for Ninkasi—to better accompany craft beer lovers on the move.

“All three beers were created to go wherever our customers go, while holding on to the flavor that beer drinkers have come to expect from Ninkasi,” says Cheryl Collins, Ninkasi CEO. “The result is three beers that meet the evolving palates of craft beer lovers, while inviting potential new beer drinkers to try a beer that is a more flavorful option.”

Ninkasi’s 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.

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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.

Mystic Post-Apocalyptic Xanadu Triple IPA, new batch of Voltage IPA just released

February 16, 2018 - 2:48pm

[Photo Credit: BeerPulse taken at Mystic Brewery Chelsea MA]

(Chelsea, MA) – Mystic Brewery held a special can release on Friday with the return of Post-Apocalyptic Xanadu Triple IPA and a fresh batch of Voltage IPA.

Both PAX and Voltage were canned this morning with Voltage cans coming off of the line just minutes before the sale began. Ekuanot Position Double IPA, a variant of the brewery’s single hop Position series canned last Friday, was also available as of start of business. As were Table Beer cans and a small selection of bottles…

PAX is one of the brewery’s most highly regarded beers.

There was no long line at the release though a handful of patrons arrived right at 11am.

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BEER INFO:

Post-Apocalyptic Xanadu: This triple IPA loaded with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Summer and Ekuanot hops. Xanadu is jam packed with a whole mess of lupulin powders that lend fantastic flavors of papaya and tropical fruit boosting this beast to a 10% abv. juice bomb.

Brewery only | $21/4-pack | Three 4-pack limit per person

Voltage: Strong aromas of orange and guava translate to a highly drinkable hazy juicy New England IPA. Drink it from the can, pour into a glass, or trade with a friend. Just be sure to save one for your self.

$15/4-pack | 1 case limit per person

Ekuanot Position: Ekuanot’s lighter colored fruit flavors surf on tropical fruit waves with “mystical” hints of a deep herbal backbone. 8.3% ABV Double IPA. $20/4-pack

Jester King Mad Meg Batch 17 brewery release on 2/16, likely to hit TX distribution

February 16, 2018 - 2:06pm

Austin, TX – The latest news from Jester King’s Friday email blast…

We will be releasing Mad Meg Batch 17 at 4pm today, February 16th. Mad Meg is a Provision Ale, or “bière de provision,” essentially meaning a beer suitable for keeping. With the presence of a higher ABV, we find that the funk and acidity often found in our beer tends to stay at bay in Mad Meg. The inspiration for this beer comes from the French brewery Brasserie Thiriez as well as Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Vœux.

This batch of Mad Meg is 7.6% alcohol by volume, 25.5 IBU, 3.99 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.007. It was brewed on October 19th, 2017, fermented in our stainless steel horizontal tanks, and packaged on December 12, 2017. Mad Meg will be available by the glass and as bottles to go. We have about 1,700 bottles available (750ml/$13). We anticipate distribution of Mad Meg Batch 17 in Texas.

River North Anniversary Ale #6, DDH Mountain Haze to be released at Sixth Anniversary Bash

February 16, 2018 - 1:00pm

(Denver, CO) – On Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th, River North Brewery will host its Sixth Anniversary Bash, celebrating another year of great beer and even better friendships. As the focus of the party, the brewery will release two limited-edition brews:

Anniversary Ale #6 – A Belgian-style imperial stout with more than four pounds per barrel of cacao nibs, for a chocolate explosion that harkens back to the brewery’s roots. This jet-black, 13.7% ABV brew is reminiscent of a dark cherry cordial – the booze-filled kind. Layer that with silky, rich chocolate, and you get a #SUPERSTOUT unlike any River North has released before. The brewery will have Anniversary Ale #6 on tap and in bottles to go ($10 each with a one case limit), and this beer is certain to age gracefully for years to come.

Double Dry Hopped Mountain Haze – The juiciest take yet on River North’s New England IPA, brewed with Citra, dry-hopped on more Citra and Galaxy hops, then dry-hopped AGAIN with an all-new hop varietal, Enigma. This beer utilizes more than seven pounds per barrel of hops, a downright-irresponsible effort to bring you the most explosive flavor experience you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Bursting with notes of coniferous mango and berry, this brew will only be available on tap and in Crowlers to go ($14 each, no limit).

The brewery will also have food trucks on hand both days, starting with Matt’s Snack Shack, serving grilled wings and loaded grilled cheese sandwiches all day Saturday.

On Sunday, River North will also tap several new single-keg variations on its Mr. Sandman imperial stout, part of an ongoing quest to find new unique flavor combinations. The brewery invites guests to vote for their favorite, to be brewed as a full bottle release in the future.

As always, River North will raid its keg cellar for the party. The opening taplist will be published late next week; expect vintage beers dating back to 2015, including selections from the elusive Decennial and Vicennial Series, as well as the world’s last keg of Big City Quad.

As independent Denver brewers established in 2012, River North Brewery crafts #AdventureFuel only available in Colorado, with a full lineup of crushable cans and cellar-worthy bottles. Like the brewery at facebook.com/rivernorthbrewery or follow and tag @rivernorthbrew on Twitter and Instagram.

Craft Beer Cellar unveils rebrand

February 16, 2018 - 10:14am

(Belmont, MA) – Craft Beer Cellar, one of the leading Craft Beer retailers in America, has unveiled a new brand identity across all of their physical locations, online platforms, and social media channels.

Founded in 2010 by Co-Founders Suzanne Schalow and Kate Baker in Belmont, MA, Craft Beer Cellar has grown to 33 stores in 15 states, with six additional stores currently in planning. As part of its commitment to amazing beer, hospitality, and education, the retailer has announced their new look for 2018.

Craft Beer Cellar worked closely with both Be Good Branding and Magnifico Design to develop a brand image that more accurately reflected the company as it stands in today’s market. “We wanted to incorporate things that we felt were important to share with the world, into the key elements of our new look and feel.”, said Co-Founder Suzanne Schalow. “Passion, curiosity, a welcoming nature, the ability to surprise our customers time and time again, fun, and, most importantly, Beer Love, are all core values of Craft Beer Cellar, and therefore we wanted them to shine through the rebrand.”

“When we opened our first store, we created an identity that suited us and our industry, in 2010,” said Kate Baker, Co-Founder and so-called ‘Keg-Shaker’. “One that was loud, bold, larger-than-life and attention seeking. We were very focused on making ourselves known and enticing beer drinkers to explore a world of craft beer. The industry is currently changing at such a fast pace, we wanted to ensure that our branding had the flexibility to withstand the elements we needed, as a growing amazing beer retailer.”

Craft Beer Cellar’s new look will roll-out across the country throughout 2018. In addition to a new logo, the retailer has launched a freshly redesigned website, which can be viewed at www.craftbeercellar.com.

Craft Beer Cellar was founded in 2010 by Certified Cicerones® Suzanne Schalow and Kate Baker in
Belmont, Massachusetts. Plans to franchise were announced in 2012 and the first franchise Craft Beer Cellar opened in Westford, MA in October 2013. Craft Beer Cellar Belmont won Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston award in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Scofflaw triple-hopped version of Basement IPA brewed to raise money for F*** Cancer event

February 16, 2018 - 10:05am

Scofflaw Brewing Sets Goal of $10,000 for F*** Cancer Event
Special Edition of Basement IPA to be Released Feb. 24

(Atlanta, GA) – Scofflaw Brewing Company has brewed a special release of its popular Basement IPA to raise money for cancer research. The one-off, triple-hopped version of Basement IPA featuring Galaxy hops will be on tap and sold in specially labeled F*** Cancer six-packs at the brewery’s tasting room in the Bolton neighborhood of Atlanta’s Westside on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The goal is to raise $10,000 for cancer research. The event is dedicated to Scott Selig, who worked as the president of Selig Enterprises up until his death from cancer Oct. 30.

“We recently lost our friend Scott Selig, a young, talented man that was taken from us and from our community,” said Matt Shirah, the co-founder and President of Scofflaw Brewing. “Scott was often described as a visionary. We are working with Scott’s family business to carry his vision forward and I thought it might be a good idea to leverage our Scofflaw attitude and sometimes attention attracting culture to raise money for this cause on Feb. 24th, which would have been Scott’s 48th birthday.”

“This is part of a larger fund-raising project,” continued Shirah, “headed by Scott’s niece Jordan Shoulberg and Khaki Loughran.” All profits from the sale of this special release will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The special addition of Basement IPA features oats in the malt bill to provide extra haze and a creamier mouthfeel for the 7.5% ABV beer. Citra and Galaxy hops in the boil are augmented by a triple dry hop addition of Galaxy. Visitors to Scofflaw can purchase six-packs for $18 as well as order pints of F*** Cancer from the bar from noon until 9 p.m.

The commemorative can label featuring lettering in pink was created by artist Josh Jameson and just 200 cases will be produced. For those who would like to stop by the tasting room just to make six-pack purchases, additional sales stations will be set up at the brewery. Commemorative F*** Cancer T-shirts in various colors will be available while they last.

Since opening in August of 2016 Scofflaw Brewing has built a tradition of helping charities as well as individual families in the community. The brewery has previously promoted events on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness, the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Bosley’s Place for rescue dog adoption.

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

Outer Light Brewing cans and kegs now available statewide in Connecticut

February 16, 2018 - 9:45am

(Groton, CT) – Outer Light Brewing Company (OLBC) proudly announces the completion of a facility upgrade at its Southeastern Connecticut location. A new canning line has been installed in conjunction with a capacity upgrade that allows for statewide distribution in kegs and cans.

“Since opening our doors in 2015, customers across the State of Connecticut have been asking us to make our beer available to their corner of the State,” said Outer Light co-owner Tom Drejer. “We are thrilled that through in increase in production and commissioning of a canning facility that we are able to work hand in hand with our distribution partners to make that happen.”

Outer Light partners with Levine Distributing of Norwich, G&G Distributors of Wallingford and Northeast Beverage Corporation of Orange to distribute their product to both on- and off-premise customers.

Four year-round offerings: Lonsome Boatman Amber Ale, Libation Propaganda Coffee Stout, Subduction IPA, and Cloudbreak Double IPA are now widely available across Connecticut liquor store shelves. Select seasonal beers will become available in the summer of 2018.

Outer Light Brewing Company opened its doors to the public in April 2015 and has made its mark on the Connecticut brewing scene by offering a core and rotating lineup of expertly crafted small batch craft beers.

About Outer Light Brewing Company: A craft brewery in Groton, CT. Founders Tom Drejer and Matt Ferrucci are inspired by life’s simple pleasures: A fleeting moment in early spring as you sit on your surfboard, waiting for the perfect set to roll in. A perfect summer afternoon, watching the powdery white clouds contrast a bright blue sky. A crisp autumn evening shared with family and friends around a crackling campfire. Or the quiet solitude of a powder run, lips smacking for the hearty stout that lies at the end. Outer Light Brewing Company captures the experience of those moments in a can, glass or growler.

RiverWalk Brewing beers now available in Maine

February 16, 2018 - 9:33am

Newburyport, MA — RiverWalk Brewing Co. launched distribution in Maine via a new partnership with Mariner Beverages in Portland, ME. They began shipping cans and draft into Maine on February 12. The initial rollout included three SKUs — IPA, Storm Door Porter and Tricoastal — with immediate plans to increase variety.

Steve Sanderson, owner of RiverWalk Brewing, sees Maine distribution as the next logical next step. “We’re so close to Maine and already have a significant following there. We feel strongly that our worldly view on craft beer will resonate with the Maine beer drinker. Our goal is to bring a lot of rotating variety to the market while maintaining our high standards for quality.”

Tim Wissemann, President and Founder of Mariner Beverages, said his team is ready to roll. “We are excited to bring RiverWalk beers into the state. They are an up and coming local brewery that recently underwent a large expansion allowing them to send cans and kegs to Maine for their fans and all of our customers. This continues our mission of bringing in really good local and regional beers into the market.”

RiverWalk Brewing recently built a new brewery and taproom in Newburyport, nearly tripling their capacity. This will allow them to increase variety, expand their reach and meet demand throughout New England. RiverWalk Brewing currently distributes to Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

About RiverWalk Brewing Co.
Brewing our unique style of craft beer in Newburyport, MA since 2012. Our approach is rooted in history and blended with our worldly vision for what beer can be.

40 Parker Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978.499.2337 (BEER)
www.RiverWalkBrewing.com

Boston Beer Company names Dave Burwick President and CEO

February 15, 2018 - 8:59am

(Boston, MA) – The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) today announced that it has selected Dave Burwick to succeed Martin Roper as President and Chief Executive Officer. It is expected Burwick will assume the role during the second quarter. Jim Koch will continue in his role as Company Founder and Chairman.

The Boston Beer Company announced that it has selected Dave Burwick to succeed Martin Roper as President and Chief Executive Officer. It is expected Burwick will assume the role during the second quarter 2018. Jim Koch will continue in his role as Company Founder and Chairman.

Burwick has an established track record of innovation and business success in the beverage and consumer goods industries and has served on Boston Beer’s Board of Directors since 2005. In late 2012, Burwick was named President and CEO of Peet’s Coffee. Under Burwick’s leadership, Peet’s has more than doubled its sales and profits over the past five years. Prior to joining Peet’s, Burwick served as President of North America for Weight Watchers and in numerous leadership roles over 20 years at PepsiCo, including CMO of Pepsi-Cola North America.

“The search committee unanimously agreed that Dave Burwick has the business experience and skills to lead the company forward and will be a great culture fit, appreciating how unique and special Boston Beer is as an organization,” said Jim Koch. “We took our time to find the right person with the right intangibles – character, insights, personality and leadership skills.”

“I’m thrilled to join the Boston Beer team and continue the mission of brewing great beers and winning in the beer and cider categories,” said Dave Burwick. “As a Director for over 12 years, I have admired the accomplishments of Jim, Martin and the team, and I share their passion for brewing quality, and their commitment to drinkers, wholesalers and retailers that is demonstrated in everything the company does. I look forward to leading the team and believe the future is bright for Samuel Adams and all our other brands.”

Burwick’s appointment follows Martin Roper’sFebruary 2017 announcement that he planned to step down in 2018 after leading the company for more than 17 years as President and CEO to explore other opportunities. Under Roper’s leadership, the company quadrupled, growing from scrappy up-and-comer to the most successful leader of the Craft beer revolution and a leading player in the hard cider and high-end beer categories. It is anticipated that Roper will resign as President and CEO, and as a Director when Burwick joins the company.

“I am grateful for Martin’s leadership of the company and his significant contribution to the incredible growth we’ve seen over the past two decades,” shared Jim Koch. “Under his leadership, we were able to maintain our entrepreneurial, innovative culture, while building a highly professional organization. Equally as important as our performance under Martin’s stewardship, I am grateful for his partnership and friendship, as we built Boston Beer from the ground up. No company could have had a better CEO than Martin Roper.”

“I am incredibly proud of everything that the employees of Boston Beer have accomplished over my 23-year tenure and I know that they and our leadership team are ready to work with Dave to continue to build on our current momentum,” said Martin Roper. “I am excited to see where Dave will lead the Company.”

Boston Beer’s board-appointed search committee, which included Jim Koch, worked closely with executive recruitment firm, Korn Ferry, to conduct the year-long, comprehensive search that included interviewing and evaluating a broad spectrum of quality candidates.

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

Jester King Cerveza de Mezquite Batch 2 coming February 16th

February 14, 2018 - 6:50pm

(Austin, TX) – The latest from Jester King Brewery’s newsletter…

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This Friday, February 16th, we will be releasing our second batch of Cerveza de Mezquite.

The base beer was brewed on November 28th and 29th, 2017 with malted barley from Blacklands Malt, malted wheat, rolled oats, and Millennium hops. Cerveza de Mezquite was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria. It was packaged on January 23rd and 24th, 2018 and 100% naturally conditioned through refermentation in bottles and kegs. At the time of packaging, Cerveza de Mezquite was 5.3% alcohol by volume, 27 IBU, 3.92 pH, and 1.005 specific gravity (1.3 degrees Plato).

The mesquite beans for this beer were harvested in Rankin, Texas by Jason Brazil on his family ranch. They were roasted and milled by Sandeep Gyawali of Miche Bread (http://www.michebread.com/) and Texas Mesquite Bean Movement (http://www.michebread.com/mesquite-project/) .

This is what Sandeep has to say about mesquite beans:

Mesquite beans are native to Texas and were the primary food source for the indigenous peoples of the American Southwest. Due to the mesquite tree’s importance in nutrition, spirituality, medicine, textile, and even forecasting weather, it was considered “the tree of life” by many cultures. Land with an abundance of mesquite was fought for and protected. The story these days is very different, and many see this tree as a scourge to be tamed, though mesquite is winning that battle as the overwhelmingly dominant tree of Texas. But if we can’t beat it, let’s eat it. It’s the native flavor of this land. Let’s work together to reclaim it as part of our local identity.

And Jester King brewer Sean Spiller notes on brewing our second batch of Cerveza de Mezquite:

For this batch of Cerveza de Mezquite, we opted to add the mesquite bean flour during the mash as opposed to the whirlpool addition utilized in batch one. We wanted to minimize astringency from the combination of higher temperatures and the tannic mesquite shell. The roasted mesquite flour has a huge aroma of brown sugar and allspice, and is also quite sweet, contributing a lot of fermentable sugar. For the grist we used mostly Blacklands Malt, including a new one called Amber Waves that pairs quite nicely with the mesquite. This beer showcases some of the versatility of the mesquite pod, and we’re happy to be working with Sandeep to bring about the awareness of this unique ingredient.

Sandeep will be on-site in the tasting room on Friday, February 16th, 5pm – 7pm for the release.

We will release Cerveza de Mezquite in our tasting room at 4pm on Friday, February 16th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$14). Approximately 6,900 bottles are available. We expect Cerveza de Mezquite to see distribution in Texas.

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 18 Imperial Stout debuts next week

February 14, 2018 - 6:41pm

Imperial Stout has the highest alcohol by volume percentage in brewery history

(Houston, TX) – Saint Arnold Brewing Co. is starting off the year in a big way with Divine Reserve No. 18, an Imperial Stout, with the highest alcohol by volume percentage in brewery history. This beer will be available in six-packs of 12 oz bottles and 22 oz bottles in Texas and Louisiana next week.

The Saint Arnold Divine Reserve series consists of single batch beers, each brewed with a completely different recipe. There is no particular theme to the beers, although it can be assumed that most all of them will be big. This year, the brewers went really, really big. After many test brews, the brewers settled on a brewing process that pushes the Saint Arnold yeast to its limit, includes three times the amount of grain bill as the Fancy Lawnmower, two additions of Belgian candi syrup during fermentation to provide an adrenaline shot to the yeast, and let the beer rest for 3 months before adding a small amount of Madagascar Vanilla beans.

“For this Divine Reserve, we turned an experiment into what the alcohol tolerance of our yeast was into an amazing beer,” said Aaron Inkrott, Brewing Operations Manager for Saint Arnold. “By taking what we’ve learned in-house, from friends in the industry, and through several trials, we created a beer that we’re extremely proud to share.”

The beer pours a rich darkness that doesn’t allow light to pass through and has a mocha colored head. The aroma is filled with molasses, vanilla, baker’s chocolate, and rich dark fruit from our house yeast and the amount of malt used is four times the amount of Fancy Lawnmower. The flavor profile starts with rich chocolate and raspberries that are dipped in honey, then builds on dried dark cherry notes, and finishes like a vanilla marshmallow kiss.

“One of the most satisfying parts of brewing is that we are still learning and growing as brewers even after doing this for 24 years,” said Brock Wagner, Founder/Brewer for Saint Arnold. “Finding limits and then moving past them all while brewing well-balanced beers we want to enjoy with our community is why we do this.”

These limited batch brews are highly sought after by craft beer aficionados and sell out quickly. More information on the Divine Reserve Series is available at https://www.saintarnold.com/divine-reserve/
Patrons looking to find a stash of the specialty brew can search #DR18 on Twitter and Instagram for more information on availability.

Divine Reserve No. 18 Imperial Stout Specifications:
Original Gravity: 1.125
Final Gravity: 1.027
Alcohol: 13.4% ABV
Bitterness: 47.5 IBU

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About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing’s 11 year-round beers, seven seasonals and three special series – Divine Reserve, Icon, and Bishop’s Barrel – are made and sold by the company’s staff of 80 dedicated employees. Saint Arnold was named 2017 Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year and the beers have won 24 medals at the Great American Beer Festival .The brewery on the north side of downtown Houston was listed by Thrillist among the best breweries in America for eating, and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the top breweries to host an event. Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its beer hall opens at 11 A.M. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.saintarnold.com.

No-Li Brewhouse Falls Porter named brewery’s sixth canned beer

February 14, 2018 - 4:20pm

(Spokane, WA) — No-Li Brewhouse announced the latest addition to its can lineup today when it rolled out its Falls Porter 12-ounce can.

Falls Porter (6.1% ABV, 39 IBUs) is a full-bodied beer made with flaked oats and CTZ hops. It’s a smooth, malt-forward porter that features notes of dried fruit, oats and a little chocolate.

No-Li Falls Porter is the sixth canned beer released by the Spokane-based brewery, which has been packaging its beer in cans beginning with the 2015 release of Born & Raised IPA in 12-ounce cans. Other canned offerings include Big Juicy IPA, Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout, Red White & No-Li Pale Ale and No-Li Amber.

“We felt that our line-up was missing something — a full bodied ale that doesn’t knock you on your ass. Falls Porter is that something,” said No-Li lead brewer Ryan Brookhart. “Flaked oats and Munich malt give the beer a robust body despite only being 6.1% ABV.”

Falls Porter is currently available in grocery stores and bottle shops throughout the greater Spokane and North-Idaho region, as well as select spots in Western Washington. Distribution is expected to expand this spring.

No-Li Brewhouse is an independent, family owned craft brewery based in Spokane, Washington. nolibrewhouse.com

New York now home to 400 breweries, eclipsing record set in 1876

February 14, 2018 - 3:47pm

A List of New York State Breweries is Available Here

Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is now home to 400 breweries, surpassing the previous record of 393 breweries set in 1876. The number of breweries has skyrocketed in New York since Governor Cuomo hosted the state’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit in 2012, with 243 new breweries obtaining licenses, and beer being brewed in 57 of the state’s 62 counties. Additionally, 202 new farm brewery licenses have been issued since the Governor’s farm brewery law went into effect on January 1, 2013.

“Once one of the largest producers of beer in the country, New York continues to lower the costs of business by modernizing laws and rolling back red tape to restore the Empire State as the standing leader in the craft beer manufacturing industry,” Governor Cuomo said. “The enormous growth New York’s craft beverage sector has experienced in recent years is a testament to the innovation, entrepreneurship and hard work of our brewers, who are creating jobs, driving tourism, helping our local farms, and instilling pride in every corner of this great state.”

“Existence of craft breweries telegraphs that downtowns are vibrant places to gather and socialize,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The upstate resurgence is visible in brewing rooms across the state – young entrepreneurs living their dreams, new production jobs in formerly abandoned buildings, and farms that have new markets for their products. The hundreds of brewers across the State are boosting our economy with an increase in jobs and visitors. I look forward to celebrating their continued success for years to come.”

On January 1, 2013 the Governor’s farm brewery law went into effect, mirroring the highly successful 1976 Farm Winery Act that lead to the tremendous growth of wineries and grape production throughout New York. The new farm brewery license allows craft breweries that use ingredients grown in New York to conduct onsite tastings, open restaurants, engage in self-distribution, and open up to five no-fee off-site branch stores anywhere in the state. In just five years, 202 licenses have been issued, in addition to 29 farm brewery branch stores with tasting rooms now operating throughout New York.

The farm brewery law has also led to a resurgence in New York’s hop and barley production. According to Cornell University, in response to a rising demand for locally sourced agriculture, the acreage of hops grown in New York nearly doubled from 2014 to 2016, while the acreage of malting barley increased by 374 percent over the same two-year period. New York is also now home to thirteen malt houses, all of which have opened following the demand generated by the new farm brewery license. These have also generated employment and economic development for supporting industries, including bottling, construction, freight, printing and advertising, as well as growing agri-tourism in the state, augmenting New York’s $100 billion tourism industry.

A summary of recent legislative and regulatory changes supporting New York’s brewing industry can be found here.

New York’s Storied History of Beer

The first commercial brewery in Colonial America opened in Manhattan in 1632, after settlers quickly realized the state’s climate was ideal for growing hops and barley. New York’s agriculture sector expanded throughout the 18th century and received a significant boost when the Erie Canal opened in 1825, helping promote the use of locally grown ingredients in beer production – a strong suit of New York’s craft beverage industry today. Later in the 19th century the state benefited from an influx of English, German and Irish immigrants who brought with them brewing skills that propelled New York into a thriving beverage boom. Between 1840 and 1900, New York grew more hops and brewed more beer than anywhere else in the country, with the number of breweries peaking in 1876 at 393.

By the close of the 19th century, developments in pasteurization, refrigeration, rail transport and bottling shifted the brewing industry from small-scale production for local consumption to an industry dominated by enormous breweries. By 1910, the number of brewers in the state fell to 194, while an epidemic of downy mildew devastated the state’s hop production, followed by the Prohibition in 1920, which finally killed off the industry. When beer production was legalized following the 21st Amendment in 1933, only a small handful of breweries in the state reopened.

Today, a new generation of entrepreneurs are reviving New York’s position as a leader in craft brewing. In October 2012, Governor Cuomo hosted the state’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, bringing together dozens of beer, wine, cider, and spirits producers, as well as farmers, researchers, industry officials, and tourism experts, who discussed with state officials, specific legislative and regulatory issues facing the beverage industry. Immediately following the Summit, the Governor implemented a host of regulatory changes to spur growth in the craft beverage industry, in addition to launching an aggressive marketing campaign to capitalize on the “buy local” movement.

Additionally, institutions including Cornell University, SUNY Morrisville, the Geneva Experiment Station and Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food and Beverage are now engaged in research and offering testing of barely, malt and beer quality, while colleges including Erie Community College, Niagara Community College, the Culinary Institute of America, Schenectady Community College, Morrisville and Hartwick now have programs to train New York’s next generation of brewers.

Senator Rich Funke, Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation said, “The growth of craft breweries is a vital part of our economy in upstate New York, because it drives tourism, creates jobs and boosts the local economy. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues in the legislature and Governor Cuomo to modernize and streamline our laws to incentivize more entrepreneurs to open breweries here and to have led the charge to provide the funding necessary to promote them. These efforts are clearly paying off now that we have broken the all-time record for the number of breweries operating across our state, and the future looks even brighter still.”

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie said, “As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I have been working with craft beverage producers to not only expand the industry, but also to connect them with New York State’s hardworking farmers who grow the very ingredients needed to ‘craft’ the perfect tasting beverage. I would like to thank the Governor and Commissioner Ball for being partners in the effort to support craft beverage producers. By continuing to work together, this already booming industry will reach even greater heights and in turn, continue to create jobs and boost economies across the state.”

Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell, Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development said, “Varied tastes have finally been satisfied with a varied selection in New York State. For every New Yorker, there’s a New York beer made just for them. I’m proud that we have now hit a record of 400 breweries, which is a number sure to continue growing due to overwhelming demand. With the advantages of social media and New York State’s government on their side, some of our most modestly sized craft breweries are capable of competing with some of the biggest companies in the industry. Something that makes us all very hoppy…I mean happy.”

Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee said, “The tremendous rise in craft breweries has been a welcome sign to many communities across the state. These businesses help support our agricultural and tourism industries, job creation and downtown revitalization. I am excited to join the Governor and our fantastic brewers in celebrating this milestone.”

New York State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, “By working hand-in-hand with the industry to create new licenses, streamline the approval process and reform outdated regulations, Governor Cuomo has helped to usher in a revival of craft beer manufacturing in New York. With every corner of our state now home to a craft brewery, all New Yorkers have ready access to high quality, locally sourced and produced craft beer.”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said, “Through new licenses, significant reforms and strategic promotion of New York’s craft beverage sector, Governor Cuomo has opened the door to a new era of entrepreneurs, eager to make their mark in the industry. This renaissance in craft brewing is having a ripple effect on the growth of industries and economies across the state, particularly agriculture. High-quality beer demands high-quality products and brewers are finding them at their local farms.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has reduced regulatory red tape and established licenses and programs that have promoted tremendous growth of the state’s craft beer industry. Thanks to these reforms, New York State’s craft brewers are creating jobs, supporting regional economies and boosting tourism statewide.”

Paul Leone, Executive Director, New York State Brewers Association said “When I was hired as the first Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association in 2013, there were less than 200 breweries in the state. Today we celebrate 400 and counting, and continue to march towards 500 or more within the next two years. The vast majority of these breweries are small manufacturing businesses that support their local communities and create thousands of jobs across the entire state. As a whole, the brewing industry in New York has contributed $4 billion to the state’s economy. This doesn’t happen without the passion and dedication of New York State brewers that are making incredible beer every day, and the unprecedented support from Governor Cuomo and state legislators who continue to cut red tape, provide opportunities for growth, and pass meaningful legislation for the brewing industry. For that we say thank you, and cheers to New York State beer.”

David Katleski, Co-Founder & President Emeritus of the New York State Brewers Association, and President & CEO of Empire Brewing Company said, “This relevant milestone is unprecedented in New York State’s rich brewing history. We in the brewing industry should take a moment and reflect on all who assisted us over the years to overcome the obstacles associated with the growth of our industry. 400 Congratulatory Cheers! to a remarkable accomplishment and special thanks to our Governor and his administration who listened to our challenges and responded with change to allow for this growth.”

Fred Matt, President of New York State Brewers Association and FX Matt Brewing Company in Utica, Mohawk Valley said, “As President of the New York State Brewers Association and F.X. Matt Brewing Company (130-year-old family brewery) we are experiencing tremendous growth in an industry that at one point was down to only 5 breweries in New York. Under Governor Cuomo’s support our industry has thrived and grown to over 400 breweries. Our growth is creating jobs both in our breweries and supporting industry suppliers (including construction, bottles, cans and packaging supplies), leading the resurgence in hop and barley production, developing educational opportunities for New York State students and driving agritourism. Governor Cuomo’s support of our industry is driving economic growth in our state and making New York State the place to come for great beer.”

Steve Hindy, Founder, Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, New York City said, “When I started Brooklyn Brewery, I marveled at the incredible brewing history of New York State. It’s amazing to think that 30 years later, there are more breweries than ever in the Empire State. It’s a tribute to New York entrepreneurship and the support and encouragement we have gotten from Governor Cuomo and the Legislature.”

John Urlaub, Founder and Owner of Rohrbach Brewing Co. in Rochester, Finger Lakes said, “New York State is the envy of the craft beer industry in the United States. The Governor and legislature have actually worked together with industry leaders to grow craft beer production in the state, not hold it back. The opening of the 400th brewery in New York State is truly a momentous occasion. Cheers to all craft brewers in New York.”

Richard Vandenburgh, Co-Founder of The Greenport Brewing Company in Greenport, Long Island said, “It is amazing to think of where we have come to see 400 craft breweries in New York State. Being a part of the craft brewery segment on Long Island, which is recognized as one of the state’s leading entrepreneurial movements, is extremely rewarding. The integration of effective government partnership with the independent ‘can-do’ attitude of hard working brewers with a passion for their craft has been a winning formula. The success of our growth on Long Island and throughout the state is in no small measure due to the support of the Governor and his willingness to understand that such growth is directly tied to our ability to reinvest in our craft, create sustainable jobs, build stronger community ties and foster agricultural, visitor and tourism partnerships. This historic milestone puts us yet again on the national map of ‘how to do it right’ when looking at how effective governance, good economic stewardship and innovative thinking come together in a positive way. We celebrate our Craft Brewers and the more than 400 stories of individual success through this collective effort. I raise my glass to the Governor and everyone else who helped make it possible – Cheers!”

Christopher Ericson, Vice President of the New York State Brewers Association and Owner and Brewmaster of Lake Placid Brewery in Lake Placid, North Country said, “For over 21 years we have been brewing world class craft beer in New York, and we have seen the support from Albany, especially Governor Cuomo, radically change the brewing environment in the state. These changes have allowed us to grow and expand, and have fostered the overall development of NY craft beer which would have never been possible in years past.”

Carrie Blackmore, President & Co-Founder of Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton, Central New York said, “When Good Nature started, fewer than seven years ago, there were 60 breweries in New York State. There was no such thing as a farm brewery. There were no malt houses, and fewer than 20 acres of hops under cultivation. Look at us now! Breweries are growing agriculture, jobs, and tourism in our state. This milestone is testament to the quality of the beer we produce, and to our cultural & economic impact. We are proud to brew all our beers under our farm brewery license, and are grateful for all the support our industry has received.

Jeremy Cowan, Owner of Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, Capital Region said, “Incredible to think that in the five years since we opened our production facility (and 21 years in the beer business), four times more breweries have now opened in New York State. Now more than ever, we need to work together to expand the awareness and demand for craft beer so we can support all these creative and entrepreneurial small businesses. We are still a small percentage of the overall beer market with so much room to grow – a great time to get there together now!”

Nikki Cavanaugh, Co- Owner of Rushing Duck Brewing Company LLC in Chester, Mid-Hudson Valley said, “The industry has grown rapidly in the last few years bringing breweries to all regions of the state, especially the Hudson Valley. The Governor’s efforts to push through legislation has enabled our industry, and the tourism around our industry, to flourish and provide New Yorkers with locally made and sourced beer.”

Ethan Cox, President of Community Beer Works in Buffalo, Western New York said, “It’s deeply gratifying to be a brewer in New York State as we acknowledge and celebrate this historic achievement. The acute growth of the last six years is evident in Western New York, where breweries have increased from just five in early 2012 (including ours) to well over 25 today, with at least another half-dozen in planning. Our state is increasingly seen as a leader by both brewers and craft enthusiasts. So, cheers, to New York State beers & breweries!”

Kristen Lyons, Owner of Binghamton Brewing Company in Johnson City, Southern Tier said, “Over half the breweries that brought us to this historic milestone of craft beer producers are Farm Breweries – local businesses that exist thanks to legislation championed by Governor Cuomo and State leaders. This demonstrates New York State’s continued success in craft beer and agriculture.”

The Governor’s reforms have led to a nearly 290 percent increase in the number of breweries since the Governor’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit in 2012, growing from 103 in 2012 to 400 today. This includes 10 large breweries, 44 restaurant breweries, 151 farm breweries, 144 microbreweries, and 51 breweries that hold both farm and micro brewing licenses.

Sixpoint Anti-Resin, Pixel Dust and DDH Resin cans to be sold through brewery’s app

February 14, 2018 - 3:19pm

Brooklyn, NY – The latest from Sixpoint Brewery’s cans

We’re going next level with RESURRECTION 2018. Our latest Small Batch can release features three exclusive Resin formulations—DDH Resin, Anti-Resin, and Pixel Dust—alongside our national trifecta of Resin, Hi-Res and Lo-Res. These three new formulations are only available through our app (starting on February 19th) for pick-up on February 24th at the brewery.

First, we doubled up: DDH Resin takes the hop aroma of Resin to the next level with literally twice the amount of dry-hops. It’s got that classic Resin profile—super dank, with plenty of citrus and loads of pine. Then we flipped the script. Anti-Resin turns the concept on its head, going deep into the hop cone, but only for that juicy oil, not for bitterness. It’s the full on New England version of the beer. We’ve also got a play on Lo-Res to keep you from full pixelation… Pixel Dust, featuring Citra and Mosaic Lupulin Powder, is for sale in super limited quantities.

Resin, Lo-Res, and Hi-Res will be on tap that day for a full on resin overload. Hi-Res is now on shelves, available across the Sixpoint distribution network, and it’s tasting better than ever. Some slight tweaks have taken it over the top: we’ve incorporated the Idaho 7 hop strain, and this year’s release is unfiltered, coming in at 11.1%. It’s pure, raw, hop juice. For Lo-Res, which is hitting shelves soon, we’ve softened up the hop profile to focus more on fruity elements—it’s an absolute slammer in 8-packs.

At the release, we’ll have samples of the new specialties and test batches we’ve been working on, and empanadas from Empanada Papa.

As a reminder, these beers are only available through the Sixpoint App and pickup is at the brewery on 40 Van Dyke St in Brooklyn. The official release party is Saturday, 2/24 from 10am-4pm. If you can’t make it, we have alternate pickup windows (without the party) on 2/26 and 2/27 from 4pm-7pm.

BEER DETAILS:

ANTI-RESIN
Style: NEIIPA
ABV: 9.1%
IBU: “0”
Description: Dive deep into the hop cone… but leave the bitterness behind. This beer utilizes New England IPA techniques to create a huge tropical aroma with a smooth body and low bitterness.

DDH RESIN
Style: DDH IIPA
ABV: 9.1%
IBU: 103
Description: The proprietary Resin formula brewed at small-batch scale, and given a double dose of the dry hop blend.

PIXEL DUST
Style: HAZY SESHER IPA
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 43
Description: Lo-Res Small Batch formulation, given an extra big late-stage dosing of hops, and then topped off with magic Mosaic and Citra “pixel dust” for a fantastic aroma. Our most limited release yet.

Two Tickets to Paradise: Maui Brewing Co., Crooked Stave launch collaboration brew

February 14, 2018 - 12:47pm

Collaborates with Crooked Stave on Latest Limited Release

(Kihei, HI) – “Two Tickets to Paradise”, Maui Brewing Company’s tart tropical Saison brewed with hibiscus and local limes is a collaboration project developed with Crooked Stave of Denver, Colorado. The opportunity to taste this bright pink effervescent beer begins today on Valentine’s Day at Maui Brewing Company’s new full-service restaurant and tasting room in Kihei before it launches in all markets.

“We decided to brew a Saison that blended our love for sour fermentation and the use of local ingredients,” said MBC’s Brewmaster, Kim Brisson-Lutz. “We enjoy collaborating with breweries that are innovative and independent. We are huge fans of Crooked Stave and the beer they produce.”

Two Tickets to Paradise utilizes Pilsner Wheat, Flaked and Golden Naked Oats, as well as Motueka, Huell Melon, and Mandarina hops. The Saison has an ABV of 4.8% and 20 IBUs, creating what Brisson-Lutz described as having a “very vibrant acidity from the hibiscus and lime, super refreshing, and crushable”.

Available in all markets where Maui Brewing Company craft beer can be found, Two Tickets to Paradise comes in 4-pack cans and draft.

Maui Brewing Company is a fiercely local company and has remained steadfast regarding local production. The MBC team are stewards of their communities and the ‘aina, and curators of the craft beer way of life. Their beers have been recognized worldwide for quality and innovation.

For more information, visit MauiBrewing.com or follow @MauiBrewingCo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Maui Brewing Company: Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii’s largest craft brewery, operating 100% in Hawaii. MBC is based on Maui, with its production brewery, full-service restaurant and tasting room in Kihei, as well as pubs in Lahaina (Maui) and Waikiki (Oahu). Maui Brewing Company is available in 23 states and 10 international countries with more areas to follow.

 

BrewDog USA follows Indiana distribution launch with Tennessee starting this week

February 14, 2018 - 9:46am

Columbus, OH – The latest from the BrewDog USA blog:

“All aboard the BrewDog ship; Next stop – Tennessee. The start to 2018 for us has been massive, but we’ve only just begun. Having gained loads of momentum following the launch of operation #HoosierBrewDog just a few short weeks ago, we are striking while the iron is hot – this time making our southern debut. #TheDogIsComing to Nashville.

The latest launch will introduce BrewDog to people in Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson, Trousdale, Cheatham, Maury and southern Sumner counties with the full U.S. headliner line-up of beers – Punk IPA, Elvis Juice Grapefruit IPA, Hazy Jane New England IPA & Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Milk Stout.”

Check out the full launch week event list here.

Birdsong Doin’ Thyme Witbier returns on February 22

February 14, 2018 - 9:34am

[Photo credit: Birdsong Brewing]

Birdsong Brewing uses locally-grown herbs in popular witbier that captures taste of spring

Charotte, NC — Long known for highlighting intentionally-sourced ingredients, Birdsong Brewing Co. will release the popular seasonal Doin’ Thyme Witbier on Feb. 22.

For the second year in a row, Birdsong will use thyme grown by 100 Gardens, a Charlotte non-profit focused on implementing aquaponics and urban farming programs in schools, institutions and in communities of need.

A portion of the proceeds from Doin’ Thyme sales will again benefit 100 Gardens. Last year, the brewery donated $1,400. The total is expected to be higher this year, says Chris Goulet, principal owner of Birdsong.

The brewery anticipates using about 20 pounds of 100 Gardens thyme to make this year’s batch of Doin’ Thyme. “The first delivery of neighborhood-grown thyme arrived earlier this month,” Goulet says. “That much thyme is the product of several dozen plants.”

Doin’ Thyme is a Belgian-style wheat ale, brewed with fresh thyme, coriander and lemon peel. Brewed since 2013, Doin’ Thyme has a slightly cloudy appearance with a crisp, refreshing finish and an ABV of 4.3 percent.

The beer will be available in cans and on tap across the Birdsong distribution footprint, which includes Eastern and Western North Carolina and upstate, Greenville and Columbia in South Carolina.
“It’s the perfect Spring beer for the Carolinas,” Goulet says.

Seasonality of ingredients is an integral part of the Birdsong ethos. The brewery uses sweet potatoes (the North Carolina state vegetable) in it’s beloved fall favorite St. Tuber Abbey Ale. Honey Pie Double IPA is dosed with Cloister Honey from Charlotte.

Seasonal limited releases on the horizon for this spring and summer include Pink Robots, the wildly popular kettle sour brewed with 250 lbs. of fresh raspberries and blackberries and Weasels on Woodpeckers, a barrel-aged petit saison with peaches.

MORE ABOUT BIRDSONG BREWING COMPANY
Founded in 2011 from humble roots, Birdsong Brewing Co. has grown to become the Charlotte destination for culinary-inspired, super-fresh, unfiltered, American-style ale. Using locally-sourced ingredients and fully embracing musical (and sometimes whimsical) inspiration, Birdsong celebrates creativity with a new, weekly small batch release in the taproom every “Thursty Thursday.” Beloved by locals and sought-after by fans across the Carolinas, the third oldest and third largest brewery in the Queen City moved in 2015 to a 17,000-sq-ft building in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood. The 30-barrel brewhouse and taproom embodies the #CanDoWillDo philosophy behind what Birdsong brews, thinks and believes. For more information, visit birdsongbrewing.com.

NBWA releases Beer Purchasers’ Index for January 2018

February 14, 2018 - 9:17am

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(Alexandria, VA) – The January 2018 Beer Purchasers’ Index for total beer at 52 starts the 2018 calendar year on a positive note following a slow 2017 fourth quarter. The total beer index for January 2018 at 52 is significantly above the January 2017 reading at 42.2. The index for imports has remained above the 60 mark for the past four months after dipping below 60 in September 2016. The Craft index dipped to 57 and now has three out of the past six months below 60.

The survey asks purchasers at beer distributorships if they ordered more beer and about the same or less beer from their suppliers in the current month. The results are reported as a composite diffusion index where a reading greater than 50 indicates the segment is expanding, and a reading below 50 indicates the segment is contracting.

National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Chief Economist Lester Jones said, “The total beer index for January 2018 at 52 is significantly above the January 2017 reading at 42.2, which is not surprising giving the low inventory levels reported at the end of 2017. Premium Lights and Regular Premium both posted lower readings for January relative to readings over the past few months.”

The flavored malt beverage (FMB) segment indexed below the 50 index. The cider segment continues to contract, posting an index reading of 28 for January; however, this segment has shown a steady increase in index readings over the past six months. The “at risk” inventory measure posted another reading below the 50 index for January, continuing a four month trend, indicating that distributors are continuing to report lower amounts of inventory are at risk of going out of code within the next 30 days.

For more information, visit www.nbwa.org/bpi.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit www.AmericasBeerDistributors.com. For additional updates from NBWA, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, like NBWA on Facebook, follow NBWA on Instagram and subscribe to NBWA’s YouTube channel.

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