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Bill Newlands named Constellation Brands President and COO; Rob Sands remains CEO

February 14, 2018 - 9:06am

(Victor, NY) – Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced that Bill Newlands has been promoted to president and chief operating officer (COO). Rob Sands, who previously held the title of president and chief executive officer (CEO), will continue to serve as the company’s CEO.

“Bill is a dynamic leader who has demonstrated an ability to advance our strategic priorities and strengthen our innovation capabilities in ways that further bolster our position as a leading total beverage alcohol company,” said Sands. “I look forward to working with Bill to ensure our company continues to deliver long-term, sustainable growth that outpaces the market and competition.”

In his expanded role, Newlands will have oversight and accountability for all operating aspects of the company and ultimately advancing Constellation Brands’ position as an industry leader.

“Constellation Brands’ success story is over 70 years in the making and I believe the best is yet to come,” said Newlands. “I’m honored to work with our Executive Chairman Richard Sands, CEO Rob Sands and our executive team to continue building on our success as we move forward.”

Newlands has more than 30 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry. He joined Constellation Brands in 2015 as EVP, chief growth officer. In 2016, his role expanded to include leadership of the company’s Wine & Spirits Division, and in 2017 he became the company’s COO. Newlands previously served as president, North America at Beam, Inc. Under his leadership, Beam became one of the fastest-growing companies in its category.

Previous appointments include president, Beam Spirits U.S. (2008-2010); president, Beam Wine Estates (2005-2007); president and CEO, Allied Domecq Wines USA (2002-2005); CEO and board director, wine.com (1999-2001); managing director, U.S. and global marketing officer, LVMH Chandon Estates (1996-1999).

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500(r) company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 10,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised.
To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit cbrands.com.

Siebel Institute of Technology announces new President and Chief Executive Officer

February 13, 2018 - 5:05pm

(Chicago, IL) – The Chicago-based Siebel Institute of Technology announces the appointment of Christian von der Heide to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

With a heritage of providing training and education services to the brewing industry dating back to 1872, the Siebel Institute is the oldest brewing school in North America. The Siebel Institute has been instrumental in the technical training and education of some of the most recognized names in brewing, contributing to the success of many notable brewing companies.

In addition to a wide range of class-based programs delivered at its Chicago and satellite campuses, the Siebel Institute has, in conjunction with its Munich-based partner Doemens Institute, developed the concept of the World Brewing Academy (WBA), a unique dual-continent education and training program incorporating both classroom and web-based education combined with extensive ‘hands on’ practical experience, from malting through to final pack. The WBA’s Master Brewer program is widely recognized as the one of the most sought-after credentials for professional brewers.

As the global brewing industry continues to change at a rapid pace, the Siebel Institute recognises the need to identify and develop the resources and programs required to meet the training and education needs of an ever-evolving global brewing industry, and is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian von der Heide to lead the Siebel Institute through its next phase of development.

Christian is a graduate of Weihenstephan and is a master brewer and maltster by profession, and has completed executive studies at INSEAD and The Wharton School. Christian’s brewing brand pedigree ranges from Augustiner Beer in Munich to Guinness in Dublin and Tusker in East Africa, where he was also instrumental in supporting water conservation efforts and in aiding the development of local raw materials for use in beer production. Christian is a Past President of the European Brewery Convention and has held senior positions in brewing, technology development, R&D, innovation and supply chain management at a number of entrepreneurial enterprises and global beverage companies. Christian is engaged in a variety of advisory and board roles, coaching fast-growing craft brands to strive for excellence.

‘We are delighted to have Christian join the Siebel Institute team at this very exciting time in the history of the Institute,’ said Brent Jordan, President of Lallemand Brewing. ‘With his passion for brewing, his constant striving for excellence and his tremendous breadth of experience in the industry Christian will be instrumental in furthering the aims of The Siebel Institute to become recognized as the leading global player in brewing education and training.’

Christian von der Heide, incoming President and CEO of Siebel Institute, commented that he is ‘thrilled and honored to lead the Siebel Institute legacy to its next evolution with a strong team, outstanding faculty and vision.’

Nauti Seltzer Rosé announced ahead of mid-March debut

February 13, 2018 - 4:49pm

Nauti Rosé To Jump In And Appeal To Drinkers In Explosive Rosé Wine Category

(Westminster, MA) – Nauti Seltzer is looking to go beyond the hard seltzer category with the announcement of their newest flavor, Nauti Rosé. Nauti Rosé is a refreshing and delightful interpretation of a sparking rosé wine. Nauti Rosé combines wonderful hints of mandarin orange, peach, raspberries and cherry combined with the refreshing bubbles that have made the hard seltzer segment one of the fastest growing beverage categories in the past year.

“The rosé wine category has been on an unprecedented 5-year run. It has transcended the wine category and has become a cultural icon of fun” said Christian McMahan, President of Craft Cocktail Company. “We wanted to offer a new, convenient alternative for rosé drinkers to extend those occasions where they can enjoy the flavor of rosé.”

“In our research we noticed that the rosé wine and hard seltzer drinker were very alike, so we figured, why make them choose.” McMahan concluded. “Our innovation team has been working on the project for several months now to create the perfect rosé flavor and we could not be more pleased with the final result”

Now you can drink “rosé all-day” Nauti style.

Nauti Rosé will be released in 6-packs of 12oz. cans mid-March and will be added to Nauti Seltzer Party Pack shortly after. Nauti Seltzer Rosé is 5% ABV premium malt beverage that contains natural flavors.

For more information about Nauti Seltzer, visit www.nautiseltzer.com

About Nauti Seltzer
Nauti Seltzer is a ready to drink, premium malt beverage that brings together the wonderful effervescence of seltzer with natural fruit flavor. The result is refreshingly light, easy drinking hard seltzer that is always ready to go wherever your adventures take you.

Bud Light marketing team lays out “Brewed Deep in the Heart” campaign aimed at Texas drinkers

February 13, 2018 - 4:16pm

Celebrate Texan Roots in New Regional Campaign USA

Texas’ Favorite Light Lager Partners with Josh Abbott Band and Siggno to Honor 30 Plus Years of Brewing in the Lonestar State

(Houston, TX) – Today, Bud Light announced a new campaign aimed at going big in Texas in 2018 with multi-faceted programming across the Lonestar state. After launching a successful regional program in 2017, the brand will take its “Brewed Deep in the Heart” campaign to the next level with an ongoing music partnership with Texas-native musicians Siggno and Josh Abbott Band.

The creative campaign, which encompasses out-of-home, TV, digital, and radio commercials in both English and Spanish, along with special edition Texas packaging featuring the Texas Lonestar and a cutout of the state on the tab. A new Texas-specific commercial featuring Houston Brewery employee Hannah Kight, “Stamping Iron” will debut regionally on February 12 and additional TV creative will be launched later in 2018. Additionally, the Texan-pride tabs will feature a cutout of the state on all Texas-edition packaging.

“We have been brewing Bud Light in Texas for over 30 years, so today I’m proud to announce the new partners and creative we have lined up for 2018,” said Andy Goeler, Vice President, Marketing Bud Light. “Texas has always been an important market to our business, and Josh Abbott Band and Siggno are true Texas musicians and are the perfect addition to our programming in the state. We are excited to activate with them in 2018.”

In celebration of its Texan roots, the brand enlisted the help of Josh Abbott Band to re-record the iconic Texan song, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”. The track will be performed on the multi-city Josh Abbott Band tour statewide, and will be featured in one of Bud Light’s new Texas-focused commercials. Larger music programming in the region will fuel fan engagement, as Bud Light will be the sponsor for Josh Abbott Band ‘Brewed Deep in the Heart’ regional tour, and Siggno’s 100-show “Monster Tour” tour into spring 2018.

“We want our fans to have the best experience at all of our shows, whether singing along, having a few cold beers, or just enjoying our music with friends,” said Josh Abbott. “When we got the news that Bud Light was going big in Texas in 2018 we were excited to join forces and knew we had to be a part of it. ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ is such an iconic song that everyone knows in the state and as proud Texans, we are thrilled to be able to record our version of it and that it will be used as part of Bud Light’s campaign.”

Siggno’s 100-city tour will kick-off in February, and is sponsored by Bud Light. “Texas is our home and our Texan fans have inspired our music for nearly 20 years. We are so honored to be a part of Bud Light’s ‘Brewed Deep in the Heart’ campaign and look forward to seeing our fans on the road.”

Bud Light’s largest brewery sits in Houston and has for over 35 years, with over 600 Texans brewing the beer every day. To learn more about Bud Light go to www.budlight.com or follow Bud Light on Facebook at Facebook.com/BudLight, on Twitter at @BudLight and on Instagram at @BudLight.

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

About Josh Abbott Band
Country favorites Josh Abbott Band released their latest album Until My Voice Goes Out in August 2017. The critically acclaimed album is a hopeful look into the future and an embrace of life and its potential. The seven piece band also incorporates strings and a horn section for the first time on the album and has been touring with the additional ensemble all Fall and Winter. The band makes a statement through the entire risk-taking album – about its continued growth and evolution as it moves forward, a decade after that first single gave Texas a taste of JAB’s brand of country. JAB’s last album ‘Front Row Seat’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and garnered high praise across the board. JAB has performed on national television on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan and Fox 7 Friends. Hailed as one of the top Texas country acts, Josh Abbott Band is renowned for heartfelt songwriting and traditional instrumentation. The independent band has accumulated over 80 million total streams, 18 million YouTube/VEVO views has over 1.5 million single sales and 230,000 album sales. Additionally, the band has sold over 1.2 million concert tickets the last few years. Josh Abbott Band is Josh Abbott (vocals, guitar), Preston Wait (fiddle, electric guitar), Edward Villanueva (drums), James Hertless (bass), Caleb Keeter (electric guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), David Fralin (Keyboard).

Cascade Brewing celebrates Zwickelmania on Saturday, Feb. 17th

February 13, 2018 - 2:59pm

Guests can enter to win a tour for four of the Cascade Brewing Blending House

(Portland, OR) – Zwickelmania is a free statewide craft beer celebration that allows visitors to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample beers. The 10th annual Zwickelmania will take place in the Portland Metropolitan area this Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11am to 4pm. The Lodge at Cascade Brewing is taking part, opening its doors to showcase its expanded sour program to beer lovers on Portland’s Westside.

Cascade Brewing has been in business since 1998, and has become known worldwide for its award winning sour beers. Its Eastside tasting room, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, is a must stop destination for beer tourists visiting Portland. But few realize the brewery brews all of its beers at its original location at 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.

This Saturday, Cascade Brewing founder Art Larrance and the brewing/blending team will be on hand at the brewery to answer questions and offer brewery tours, complete with complimentary tastings of Vitis Noble 2016 and Sang Noir 2015. Zwickelmania will also feature special beer pairing appetizers in the downstairs Den, 22 varieties of bottled Cascade sour beers on tap, and select vintage bottles available for sale.

There will be hourly raffles – upstairs for shirts, hats, glasses and gift cards (minors welcome); and downstairs for bottles of its sour beer (must be 21+ and present to win). Attendees are also encouraged to enter to win a raffle with a grand prize giveaway of a “Ron-dezvous” at Cascade’s Blending House. Cascade head brewer Ron Gansberg will host a private tour for four of Cascade’s Blending House, its complex in Southwest Portland that houses nine oak foudres and 2,000 oak barrels and puncheons. This exclusive tour will allow guests to both see and taste the magic (need not be present to win the Grand Prize).

Zwickelmania is named in honor of the zwickel, a screw valve that mounts on the outside of fermentation or conditioning tanks and allows brewers to sample the beer inside for quality assurance and control. Similarly, Zwickelmania offers a unique opportunity to taste beers where they were produced and interact with the brewers who created them. Last year, more than 30,000 people toured 128 participating breweries statewide.

Cascade’s distinctive sour ales are developed with a house culture of lactobacillus bacteria, which produces the acid that makes the beer sour. The brewery also frequently incorporates locally grown fresh fruit into these ales, such as cherries, apricots, berries and grapes. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from the acid, the fruit, and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. Bacterial fermentation is a natural process that requires long-term maturation in oak barrels; Cascade’s beers are aged for up to several years. Each barrel produces a different effect, so the brewery blends the various barrels until it believes it has the perfect beer. Sour beers take an exceptionally long time to develop, but they are well worth the wait.

For more information visit CascadeBrewing.com.

American Craft Beer Week 2018 announced, returns May 14-20

February 13, 2018 - 2:47pm

WHAT: The Brewers Association invites you to celebrate American Craft Beer Week, returning for a thirteenth round! From Monday, May 14 to Sunday, May 20, craft brewers and beer enthusiasts will come together to explore the world of small and independent craft breweries. Raise a pint with craft brewers across the country and explore America’s ever-growing craft beer culture with celebrations across the nation.

WHEN: Monday, May 14 – Sunday, May 20

WHERE: American Craft Beer Week is celebrated everywhere – from the golden coast to the Garden State, and all states in between. Visit CraftBeer.com’s Brewery Finder to discover local celebrations across the country during the week and throughout the year.

WHY: Small and independent craft brewers have made America’s beer culture the richest in the world – in flavor, in hops and in spirit! Celebrate those whose imagination and drive for independence have turned beer upside down, with weeklong events showcasing all things grain, hop, yeast and water. American Craft Beer Week gives seasoned beer lovers and anyone curious about craft beer the chance to discover more and support their local breweries and beer businesses.

About the Brewers Association

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

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

Pelican Berried at Sea Tsunami Stout first in new series of beers with fresh Pacific NW fruit

February 13, 2018 - 2:28pm

Pelican launches collection of beer brewed with fresh Pacific NW fruit as part of 2018 Lone Pelican Small Batch Series

Turning its talent on a different segment of beer, Pelican this week releases Berried at Sea—Tsunami Stout with currants and blackberries, the first in this bold series

(Pacific City, OR) — When Pelican Brewing Company last year launched the Lone Pelican Small Batch Series its intention was to introduce limited-production beers that explore new techniques, ingredients and under-represented styles. As part of that small batch series, Pelican this year turns its award-winning talents to crafting an entirely different segment of beer: welcome Pelican’s bold collection of beer brewed with fresh Pacific NW fruit.

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

“This year we’re excited to explore some of the exceptional directions we can go with the concept of fruit as an ingredient of beer—we’ll pilot a whole realm of flavor possibilities in these special releases that will only be available for a limited time,” says Jim Prinzing, chief executive officer, Pelican Brewing Company. “Our brewers are excited to showcase some really unique, decidedly Pelican versions of fruit beers.”

Introducing the first release in the 2018 Lone Pelican Series: Berried at Sea begins its voyage as the renowned Tsunami Stout before making a port of call to take on its precious cargo of Northwest-grown blackberries and currants. Charting a course away from the typical citrus or raspberry, Pelican Brewers instead navigate a whole new realm of fruit beer exploring its darker side. With an aroma of dark chocolate and tart berry, the first sip sails across the palate to finish with tart fruit and a pleasing cocoa-like dryness.

A delicious blend of fresh Northwest berries, pale ale malt, flaked barley, chocolate malt, Black Patent malt, roasted barley, Magnum hops, Willamette hops, pure local water and pure ale yeast combine to give Berried a deep purple head with a dark chocolate finish.

ABV: 8% | IBU: 45 | PLATO: 19º

“Berried at Sea drinks like a stout while emulating some of the same flavors you’ll enjoy in really nice dark chocolates with fruit blended in,” says Darron Welch, founding brewmaster Pelican Brewing Company. “The rich dark berry aroma and flavor of blackberries creates the foundation with complimentary chocolate flavors and currants to provide a tart character and finish.”

The Lone Pelican Series takes traditional beer styles and ingredients and reimagines them to demonstrate the vast spectrum of flavor experiences possible. Pelican now expands its line-up to include this new line of fruit beers including 22 oz. bottle distribution and larger draft quantities for on-premise pours.

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

About Pelican Brewing Company

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

For more information, visit Pelican Brewing Company.

Rogue’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, Oregon Rye Malt Whiskey and Dead Guy Whiskey just released

February 13, 2018 - 2:07pm

The Next Rogue (r)Evolution

(Newport, OR) — The only farm-brewery-distillery-cooperage in the United States, Rogue Ales & Spirits, is releasing its first five-year aged product, Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, as well as a three-year aged Oregon Rye Malt Whiskey and two-year aged Dead Guy Whiskey.

Rogue’s spirits are handcrafted from ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in the Willamette and Tygh Valleys, distilled on a 550-gallon still and aged in the air of the Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon.

“Ocean aging is where a lot of the magic happens,” says Rogue Distiller Jake Holshue. “The Single Malt Whiskey breathes in the steady, cool, coastal air for five years, which influences its flavor profile, making the spirit truly unique, and proudly rooted in Newport.”

Rogue Spirits are available in select retailers nationwide. For more information visit Rogue.com.

About Rogue Spirits
Proudly rooted in Oregon soil, all of Rogue’s spirits are made with ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in the Tygh Valley and in Independence, Oregon. Spirits are hand-distilled on a 550-gallon still in Newport, Oregon, aged in the thick ocean air of the Yaquina Bay and bottled by hand. Rogue’s first distillery opened in 2003 and since then, it has been developing American single malt whiskeys, rye whiskey and botanical gins in Newport, Oregon, aging whiskeys for at least two years in their Ocean Aging Room.

Hi-Wire Brewing launches Kentucky distribution with Dauntless Distributing

February 13, 2018 - 1:23pm

Asheville, NC – Hi-Wire Brewing will be launching distribution in the entire state of Kentucky beginning Saturday, February 17 with roll-out events scheduled through February 22 in Louisville & Lexington.

Hi-Wire will be launching Kentucky with their entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, and sour beers. For distribution, Hi-Wire has partnered with Dauntless Distributing, a carefully curated craft and import beer wholesaler based out of Louisville, Kentucky, for statewide coverage.

Michael Minton, Owner of Dauntless Distributing, notes “ Hi-Wire has mastered the balancing act of offering great value and high quality with their diverse lineup of ales and lagers. They’ve also invited the inquisitive imbiber to their “side show” of sour ales and barrel aged beers. This dynamism allows them to appeal to the ever-growing-wider spectrum of drinkers in Kentucky without compromising their precise yet evolving point-of-view. Dauntless is extremely excited to introduce Hi-Wire to The Bluegrass State for the above reasons and how they jive with their dedication to strong, transparent, and communicative relationships with wholesalers. True partnerships are imperative in today’s craft beer universe; Hi-Wire and Dauntless share a mutual understanding and respect for this fact.”

Launching Kentucky will help Hi-Wire Brewing reach its goal of increasing distribution sales by 56% in 2018. To celebrate, craft beer drinkers alike will be able to join the owners and sales team of Hi-Wire Brewing at a variety of tap takeovers, beer pairings and other specialty events throughout each market over the next two weeks. Here’s a sampling of the events. Check out Hi-Wire’s social media for more announcements:

Saturday, February 17

Tailspin Ale Fest | Ticketed event

Sunday, February 18

Kaiju | Louisville

Monday, February 19

Westport Whiskey & Wine Tasting | Louisville

Tap Takeover @ Diamond Pub & Billiards | Louisville

Tuesday, February 20

Liquor Barn Hamburg Tasting | Lexington

Tap Takeover @ Arcadium | Lexington

Wednesday, February 21

Liquor Barn Middletown | Louisville

Tap Takeover @ Hilltop Tavern | Louisville

Thursday, February 22

Flying Dutchman Liquors | Louisville

Wine + Market | Lexington

Nachbar | Louisville

Best Friend Bar | Lexington

About Hi-Wire Brewing

Located in Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA. They have two locations in Asheville: the 27,000 square foot Big Top Production Facility & Taproom located half a mile from the Biltmore Estate and the South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom located in the South Slope area of downtown, which has a focus on wild and sour ales. Hi-Wire was awarded the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup and was named Best New North Carolina Brewery of 2013 by RateBeer. Most recently, the Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager won gold at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® in the German-Style Maerzen category. Their award-winning beers can be found on draft and in bottles across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio. To learn more about the company, visit hiwirebrewing.com.

Maxline Brewing to expand Fort Collins taproom and brewhouse

February 12, 2018 - 7:30pm

This summer the Fort Collins brewery will bolster its facility with more gathering spaces, events, and increased production

Fort Collins, CO – Maxline Brewing is excited to announce that they will be expanding their brewery and tasting room space in the late spring. The family-owned brewery quickly received a warm welcome from the Fort Collins community, and experienced tremendous growth since it opened in 2016.

“We realized after only six months of operation that we didn’t have enough space in the tasting room during inclement weather,” said Kevin Gearhardt, Maxline co-owner. “While we knew that we would want to expand at some point in the future, and our facility design and lease were built around that premise, I never expected that we’d start working on expanding so quickly.”

With the expansion the brewery will more than double their current square footage, going from 1,950 square feet to 4,450 square feet, with significant updates to their brewhouse and tasting room. This includes an expanded taproom with additional private meeting and event spaces. The brewhouse will welcome three more fermentation tanks, new lab equipment, a barrel aging space, and canning line. The new equipment and canning line will help increase Maxline’s production capacity, paving the way for more experimental beers and greater distribution into the Front Range.

“What we’d like to focus on going forward is the re-imagining of our seasonal and one-off catalog toward a more adventurous and unconventional slant, highlighting some interesting and local ingredients,” said Shawn Woodbury, Maxline brewer. “We are taking more inspiration from cocktail and cuisine traditions to push the boundaries while still remaining approachable and drinkable as we go forward.”

Maxline Brewing anticipates that the expansion will be complete just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Details for distribution, as well as an opening day party to celebrate the company’s massive undertaking, will be announced at a later time.

“I hope to see 6-packs of Maxline Irish Red for sale in the tasting room by our second anniversary,” said Gearhardt.

About Maxline Brewing
Fostering craft, community, and culture, Maxline Brewing is a neighborhood brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Maxline’s commitment to quality malt, hops, water, and yeast mirrors the brewery’s passion for unique and rich craft beers. With warm and friendly beertenders, Maxline welcomes you to enjoy their space as if it were your own living room. Dedicated to serving the community in which the brewery serves, every member of the Maxline family is committed to serving a minimum of 6 hours of community service each month. For more information visit www.maxlinebrewing.com .

Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky collab debuts from Three Notch’d Brewing, Virginia Distillery Co.

February 12, 2018 - 6:55pm

(Lovingston, VA) – Virginia Distillery Company plans to release the first batch of its Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky this week. Batch #1 was done in collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company, a Central Virginia brewery. Release parties at both the distillery’s Visitors Center as well as the brewery tookplace on February 10, 2018.

Three Notch’d Brewing created a Wee Heavy style beer especially for batch #1 called “Stage Road”. The brewery used Virginia Distillery Company’s whisky casks to age the beer for a number of months and Virginia Distillery Company took the barrels back for finishing this inaugural release of Brewers Batch. The whisky finished in these casks for 12 months.

Along with an annual Virginia project, the Brewers Batch collaboration will expand to collaborations with breweries in markets outside of Virginia where Virginia Distillery Company whisky is available. The second batch is currently being planned with Three Stars Brewing in Washington, D.C. with an anticipated release of Fall 2018.

“We love collaborating with different makers on releases,” Virginia Distillery Company’s CEO Gareth H. Moore said. “The Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky has provided a fun chance to work with a great quality brewery that happens to be close to home, Three Notch’d Brewing Company.”

The new whisky will be available beginning Feb. 10 at the Virginia Distillery Company Visitors Center at 299 Eades Lane in Lovingston, VA 22949. Three Notch’d Brewing is hosting a collaboration celebration party on Feb. 10 at their Charlottesville brewery and restaurant, Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen and Brewery, from 4 to 8 p.m.

“I would’ve never guessed that whisky could pick up flavors from beer barrels, but Virginia Distillery Company made it happen,” said Dave Warwick, brewmaster at Three Notch’d Brewing Company. “Seeing our logo on a whisky bottle is surreal. It’s definitely one of our proudest moments here at Three Notch’d.”

The distillery expects Brewers Batch to be available in select Virginia ABC stores in the coming weeks. A small amount will be available online and in the D.C. market in March. The 750ml bottle retails for $64.59 plus tax. 250 cases were produced.

The Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky joins a line-up of several other offerings from Virginia Distillery Company, including the distillery’s flagship Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky, Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky.

For more information, visit the distillery’s website at www.vadistillery.com.

About Virginia Distillery Company:

Virginia Distillery Company whiskies yield a complex taste, due to the influence of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and maturation in ex-bourbon, Sherry and re-toasted wine casks. The distillery is currently crafting its American Single Malt at the distillery located in Lovingston, Virginia. The casks have been resting since November 2015 and will be bottled when the whisky says it’s ready. While the American Single Malt ages, customers may enjoy the Virginia-Highland Whisky series.

About Three Notch’d Brewing Company:

Founded in 2013, Three Notch’d Brewing Company was conceived by three friends who value great beer and great times, with close family and friends. Three Notch’d Road was a colonial-era thoroughfare running east and west through Central Virginia. The original trail runs less than a quarter mile from the founding Three Notch’d location. The primary goal of Three Notch’d is to offer the most innovative, freshest craft beer to our patrons while paying homage to the rich history of Virginia. Three Notch’d has two locations in Charlottesville including a new flagship production facility and craft kitchen located at IX Art Park and the Sour House at Grady Avenue, plus taprooms in Richmond and Harrisonburg specializing in collaboration beers with organizations in the community. A new collab house and craft kitchen is slated to open in Roanoke late Spring of 2018.

Tre Fontane Triple (Birra Trappista Italiana), Italy’s first Trappist Ale, available on BelgianStyleAles.com

February 12, 2018 - 4:06pm

Italy’s first Trappist Ale, Tre Fontane Triple (Birra Trappista Italiana) is now available on BelgianStyleAles.com and shipping to retail customers across the USA. Of all the breweries in the world, only eleven may carry the “Authentic Trappist Product” logo. With the addition of Tre Fontane, BelgianStyleAles.com now offers beers from nine of these breweries: Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, Stift Engelszell, Spencer and Tre Fontane.

With Tre Fontane Triple, the brewers at the Abbey of Tre Fontane in Rome have captured history in a bottle, using eucalyptus from trees planted around the Abbey in the late 1800s to create a unique beer. With an ABV of 8.5%, a yellow pour with a slight tint of orange color, this Triple delights as hints of the eucalyptus come through in this nicely balanced beer.

“We are proud to work with industry partners Global Beer Network and Premium Beverage Supply to make this newly certified Trappist ale available online.” says BelgianStyleAles.com owner and founder, Will Keller. “Often Belgian and Trappist ales are unavailable in many markets. BelgianStyleAles.com is changing that.”

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, BelgianStyleAles.com ships the widest selection of Belgian, Trappist and monastery-brewed ales to customers across the USA. Visit BelgianStyleAles.com to learn about the USA’s only online “one-stop-shop” and Belgian Beer of the Month Club devoted to Belgian-style ales. For more information, you can reach Jody Lathwell, Marketing Specialist shipping@belgianstyeales.com. BelgianStyleAles.com ships to retail customers in most of the lower 48 United States from its warehouse in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The toll-free number is (800) 472-0425.

Stone Brewing Co. files lawsuit against MillerCoors for trademark infringement (video)

February 12, 2018 - 3:26pm

Escondido, CA – Stone Brewing Co. co-founder, Greg Koch, sent some ominous tweets over the weekend, one in particular in which he claims to be “more pissed off than usual.” Now we know why, thanks to a new video just uploaded by the brewery:

“Today, 2/12/18, Stone Brewing filed suit to defend its iconic STONE® brand against one of the world’s largest beer conglomerates, MillerCoors. Stone, known for being the antithesis to “Big Beer,” has long waved a flag of bold character, individualism and independence. The suit alleges that MillerCoors is trying to rebrand its Colorado Rockies-themed “Keystone” beer as “STONE.” The craft beer pioneer feels that it has no choice but to combat MillerCoors’ aggressive marketing moves, which abandon Keystone’s own heritage by falsely associating with the one true STONE®.”

 

 

Scroll to the bottom of this post for MillerCoors’ official response.

And while Koch claims in the video that this is not being done for publicity, there is now an actual graphic and press release to accompany this video. This may be a first in ten years of following and covering the craft business beer. Read on below for Stone’s official release:

“Today Stone Brewing filed suit to defend its iconic STONE® brand against one of the world’s largest beer conglomerates, MillerCoors. Stone, known for being the antithesis to “Big Beer,” has long waved a flag of bold character, individualism and independence. The suit alleges that MillerCoors is trying to rebrand its Colorado Rockies-themed “Keystone” beer as “STONE.” The craft beer pioneer feels that it has no choice but to combat MillerCoors’ aggressive marketing moves, which abandon Keystone’s own heritage by falsely associating with the one true STONE®.

“Keystone’s rebranding is no accident,” said Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO. “MillerCoors tried to register our name years ago and was rejected. Now its marketing team is making 30-pack boxes stacked high with nothing but the word ‘STONE’ visible. Same for Keystone’s social media, which almost uniformly has dropped the ‘Key.’ We will not stand for this kind of overtly and aggressively deceptive advertising. Frankly, MillerCoor should be ashamed.”

The Complaint alleges federal and state causes of action for unfair competition, trademark infringement and related claims. “For two decades our team and our fans together have given depth and meaning to the Stone brand,” expressed Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “Our fans have come to trust us to deliver consistently fresh, high quality beer. They trust that we’ll do so in a way that’s ethical and betters our communities, our planet and the entirety of craft beer. By deliberately creating confusion in the marketplace, MillerCoors is threatening not only our legacy, but the ability for beer drinkers everywhere to make informed purchasing decisions.”

Never one to miss an opportunity to poke fun at Big Beer and its consumers, Koch added with a laugh “We all know Keystone is specifically designed to be as inexpensive, flavorless and watery as possible. We can’t have potential Stone drinkers thinking we make a *shudder* light beer. Or for our fans to think we sold out. MillerCoors needs to stop marketing its stuff using our good name.”

Twice named as the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine, Stone Brewing continues to gain devotees, solidifying its commitment never to sell out to Big Beer. Meanwhile, according to Nielsen, the beer industry’s Domestic Premium category dipped four percent in 2017, equating to a $12.5 billion loss. Says Greg Koch, “No wonder MillerCoors is trying to misappropriate what it could not otherwise accomplish by itself.”

Stone Brewing is represented in the lawsuit by Noah Hagey, Rebecca Horton and Toby Rowe of San Francisco litigation boutique BraunHagey & Borden LLP.”

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MillerCoors has sent BeerPulse an official statement regarding Stone’s lawsuit: “This lawsuit is a clever publicity stunt with a multi-camera, tightly-scripted video featuring Stone’s founder Greg Koch. Since Keystone’s debut in 1989, prior to the founding of Stone Brewing in 1996, our consumers have commonly used ‘Stone’ to refer to the Keystone brand, and we will let the facts speak for themselves in the legal process.”

Kells Irish Festival 2018 celebration set for its Portland pubs during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

February 12, 2018 - 3:08pm

(Portland, OR) – Thousands of locals and visitors will celebrate their Irish heritage with live music, traditional Irish dancing, food and libations at the 27th annual Kells Irish Festival , the largest Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in the Northwest. This year’s festivities will take place March 16 through March 18 at four venues: inside the original downtown Kells Irish Pub at 112 SW 2nd Ave.; in a festival tent located in the parking lot directly behind the pub; at Kells Brewery at 210 NW 21st Ave.; and in a festival tent located in the parking lot adjacent to the brewery.

Kells Downtown
The festivities begin on March 16 with Kells renowned Corned Beef and Cabbage Luncheon. That same evening, Kells downtown will host the 8th annual Black Tie Smoker – a boxing event that matches Golden Glove boxers from Ireland against the best USA amateur fighters. There will be live entertainment with traditional Irish dancing, bagpipers and Celtic inspired bands all weekend. Family Day will be on March 18, and will include arts and crafts with volunteers from Providence Child Center , facepainting, Irish dancing from local Irish dance teams, and visits with Irish wolfhounds. Attendees can browse Celtic jewelry vendors and learn about Celtic genealogy and history, including meeting and listening to members of the Ancient Order of the Hibernian ’s Portland Chapter.

Kells Brewery
Kells Brewery in Northwest Portland will have live music, dancing, bagpipers, and Irish food specials on Friday and Saturday; plus free Family Day on Sunday, with Irish dancing, bagpipers, crafts and Irish wolfhounds (minors are welcome daily until 4pm). The brewery will also present Portland’s second annual Irish Beer Festival on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 in its tented and heated parking lot. The Irish Beer Festival will feature a variety of specialty Irish style beer and cider from 20 Northwest breweries and cidermakers, plus two from Ireland. The Irish Beer Festival will also feature Irish dancers, bagpipers, fortune tellers, and meet the brewer sessions. Attendees are welcome to travel between the Irish Beer Festival and the Kells Irish Festival inside the brewpub next door.

Irish Magic
As a family owned business, Kells is deeply connected with the community it touches. In advance of the festival, Kells collects, matches and donates all the money – dubbed Irish Magic – on the restaurant’s ceiling to The Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center. Kells has donated more than $300,000 over the last 24 years.

ABOUT KELLS
Serving the Northwest since 1983, Kells is a locally owned establishment that is consistently voted and ranked among the top Irish pubs in the nation. With locations in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, Kells is a touchstone of each community that stays true to its Irish roots, inspired by the Northwest. For more information, visit www.kellsportland.com and follow @KellsPortland on social media.

Oakshire Heart Shaped Box 2018 aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels due out 2/13

February 12, 2018 - 2:20pm

(Eugene, OR) – Kicking off Valentine’s Day by celebrating all things chocolate and candy inspired, Eugene’s Oakshire Brewing is excited to reacquaint beer lovers with their flavorful Vintage beer release Heart Shaped Box. The 2018 version is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for six months where it develops its complex flavor profile and character. The beer is further conditioned with generous amounts of sweet Oregon grown cherries, locally roasted coffee from Slightly Coffee Roasters, organic vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.

Oakshire is continuously experimenting with its Vintage bourbon barrel-aged beers to showcase beers with higher ABV styles that take time to perfect. Heart Shaped Box has a very limited production and is packaged in wax-dipped 22-ounce bottles. “This beer is kind of like a chocolate roulette—with one sip you get a hit of cherry and vanilla, and the next sip is chocolate and cherries. You get a sensory feeling— that was the goal of this beer,” said Dan Russo, Lead Brewer at Oakshire. The separation of each natural flavor, of cherries and vanilla, is complemented by rich chocolate flavor and leaves you with light bourbon notes to finish.

“My second day working for Oakshire was the day of the Heart Shaped Box beer release in 2017. It was a memorable experience, getting to enjoy the complexity and flavor profile,” said Jamie Walker, Oakshire’s Sales Director. Heart Shaped Box clocks in at 12% alcohol by volume and will be available for purchase in the pub beginning February 7 in of 22-ounce. bottles and released on draft February 13th at 6pm as part of the Oakshire Public House Tuesday Beer Release.

A rare and specialty chocolate from the most decadent of boxes, Heart Shaped Box will only be available for a limited time with only 45 cases total distributed to select bottle shops in Oregon and Washington.

About Oakshire Brewing: Oakshire Brewing of Eugene, OR, is a community inspired small batch brewing company founded in 2006. Oakshire is independent and locally owned, employs 23 people and produces a wide variety of beers through its distinct brewing programs. These beers are distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Oakshire’s Public House is located at 207 Madison Street in Eugene; the Public House is open daily from 11am to 10pm. The brewery is located nearby at 1055 Madera Street with private tours by reservation – call (541)654-5520.

Odell Brewing expands west to Nevada with Breakthru Beverage

February 12, 2018 - 1:46pm

Fort Collins, CO. – Colorado’s Odell Brewing has partnered with Breakthru Beverage to bring their family of award winning beers to Nevada this week. Distribution will include both draft and package available throughout the entire state starting in February.

The brewery’s launch in Nevada will mark it’s 16th state and continue to strengthen their Western and Rocky Mountain regional footprint. “Nevada is a state on the rise, and they have a culture all their own,” explains Ryan Bogart, Regional Sales Manager. “With a growing population and economy, it’s made up of so much more than the strip. We knew it was the right place for us to bring our family of brands.”

Distribution for Nevada will be handled by their long standing partner, Breakthru Beverage. After a strong launch of Illinois in 2017, and a long history of success in their home state of Colorado, Breakthru Beverage will help Odell Brewing open Nevada with a number of special events across the state.

“We’ve had a phenomenal friendship with Odell Brewing throughout the years, and we are thrilled to expand that relationship into our Nevada market,” said Kevin Roberts, EVP of Supplier Relations at Breakthru Beverage. “Odell is now the 28th largest craft brewery in the country, and thanks to the brewery’s dedication to innovation and quality, their beers continue to be amongst the most requested in the marketplace. Most of all, they are just great people to do business with.”

Odell Brewing will bring cans and draft of its flagship 90 Shilling, the highly acclaimed Odell IPA, Drumroll APA, Rupture Fresh Grind Ale, along with seasonal offerings like Tree Shaker Peach IPA and Wolf Picker Pale Ale. Nevada residents can also look forward to finding single 12oz bottles of the brewery’s speciality Cellar Series beers, starting with Friek, a Raspberry & Cherry Sour Ale, and Bull Proof Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Special sampling and tapping events begin the week of February 12th in Las Vegas. Further events will also be held the following week in Reno and Tahoe. For more information and launch week details, please visit https://www.odellbrewing.com/nevada

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 28th largest craft brewery in the United States.

About Breakthru Beverage​ – Breakthru Beverage was formed by joining substantial holdings of The Charmer Sunbelt Group and Wirtz Beverage Group. The company employs more than 7,000 associates and with its affiliates has operations across the US and Canada. For more information, visit BreakthruBev.com.

Siren Craft Brew commits to cask, part of long term deal with The Draft House

February 12, 2018 - 11:22am

Berkshire, ENGLAND – Siren Craft Brew have underlined their commitment to cask beer by signing a new agreement with The Draft House.

Berkshire-based Siren, recently named one of the world’s top 100 breweries by Ratebeer, have penned a long term deal with The Draft House, a 13-strong group of pubs located in London and Milton Keynes.

The new relationship ensures that at least one of Siren’s Flagship Beers, or their ‘Suspended In’ range, will be on cask at each of The Draft House sites throughout 2018 and into 2019.

The Draft House cask offerings will rotate amongst Siren’s Yu Lu (3.6% Loose Leaf Pale Ale), Undercurrent (4% Oatmeal Pale Ale), Sound Wave (5.6% West Coast IPA), Suspended in… (Rotating Hop 4% Hazy Pale Ale Series), Liquid Mistress (5.8% Red IPA) and Broken Dream (6.5% Breakfast Stout).

Darron Anley, Founder of Siren Craft Brew said:

“The new agreement firms a long-standing relationship between Siren and The Draft House. Both of us continue to be strong supporters of serving flavour-forward, quality modern cask beer in the best condition possible.”

Throughout the new listing, Siren will make weekly visits to each of The Draft House sites to ensure the freshest product possible, while underpinning a commitment to quality with in-depth training for The Draft House team.

Charlie McVeigh, Founder of The Draft House, added:

“I love drinking cask ale. And this partnership with Siren will give us the chance to collaborate on brewing, cellaring and serving some of the finest cask ale known to humanity. In a world which increasingly claims to value the authentic, I find it astonishing that so many brewers and craft beer fanatics are turning their back on our unique, delicious national drink. Well, here at the Draft House we’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Siren and our many other cask partners to turn that around in 2018. And we will, one sensational pint at a time.”

Siren have kicked off the new deal by exclusively brewing Six Nations-inspired Ruck ’n’ Maul for The Draft House. The Session Pale matches six delicious malts and six beautiful hops. There’s stone fruit and citrus aromas up top, followed by clean citrus and berry notes in the taste. Carefully selected barley and wheat malts provide balance with a delicate sweetness and a hearty backbone.

BridgePort Brewery launches bottles of its Original IPA into space

February 12, 2018 - 10:45am

BridgePort Launches The First Craft Brew Into Space To Celebrate Newly Renovated Portland BrewPub Opening

The Original IPA joins the list of “firsts” to make it to space including a monkey, a hamburger and now a car

Portland, OR – On January 25, 2018, BridgePort Brewing reached new heights with its signature IPA-style brew, shooting it into space to mark multiple milestones for the 34-year-old Portland-based brewery.

After an hour and a half, the bottle flew slightly above 22 miles in the sky as a nod to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of The Original IPA, the opening of the new BrewPub and the enhanced five-barrel brewing system recently added to Oregon’s original craft brewery. The bottle of craft beer dropped back down to Earth via parachute landing intact only 55 miles away from launch point.

In 1996, BridgePort launched the first IPA in the Pacific Northwest igniting Oregonian’s taste buds with an intensity of hops never experienced before.

“The richness of the region’s hop fields inspired BridgePort and set the benchmark for the IPA style,” said Gregor Mina, Director of Marketing. “Hop boundaries were pushed way out and we felt it would be fun to send the brew that helped shape the category ‘way out there’ into space and mark another first for BridgePort IPA.”

The BridgePort Brewery and BrewPub are located at 1313 NW Marshall Street in Portland, Oregon. It is open from Sunday to Wednesday 11:30 – 10 pm and Thursday through Saturday 11:30 – 11 pm. The renovated BrewPub’s work was directed by Portland-based design firm Moore Arch Designs using supplies and recycled materials from local artisans. It prides itself on excellent food and great service.

To view the BridgePort IPA space exploration see below:

About BridgePort Brewing

Founded in 1984, BridgePort is Oregon’s original craft brewery. Led by Master Brewer, Jeff Edgerton, the team of brewers prides itself on hand-crafting high quality beers with the best ingredients. The family of local inspired beers includes: Tiny Horse Pilsner, Our Original IPA, KingPin Double Red Ale, Mosaic Hopped Cream Ale, MultiBall Double IPA, the STUMPTOWN series and a variety of seasonal and limited releases. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.

Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro, new IPA and spring seasonals just released

February 9, 2018 - 5:28pm

Chai, Honey, and Hops – Seasonal & Limited Beers for Every Mood

Chai Milk Stout Nitro, Well Played, Saison au Miel, and Left Hand IPA

(Longmont, CO) – The start of the year means new ingredients, new hops, and of course new beers. The beginning of the 2018 beer lineup includes the newest beer in Left Hand Brewing’s nitro can series, the much-anticipated Chai Milk Stout Nitro, plus the new Left Hand IPA, and two favorite returning seasonal beers.

Chai Milk Stout Nitro – A custom blend of cloves, ginger and intensely flavored spices are smoothed out by the sweetness of our infamous Milk Stout and nitrogen cascade … right from the can. This beer was first brewed for our annual Nitro Fest event this past November. It was such a favorite, we decided to share it with all of our nitro-loving beer fans as the newest beer in our nitro can series. The chai spice mixture is brewed in-house and gives the whole brewery an intoxicating aroma on brew day.

5.0% ABV, 22 IBU Limited Release: Q1

Well Played – Left Hand’s red IPA returns with a new experimental hop. Experimental hops are small plots of hops that are sent out to select breweries. A group of our brewers together selected our 2018 hop. The hop chosen is BRU-1 by Haas from Yakima, WA.

6.8% ABV, 70 IBU Seasonal Release: FEB – APR

Saison au Miel – Les Quatres Saisons, Left Hand’s quarterly Saison series returns with Saison au Miel. Brewed with native Colorado ingredients, each beer in the collection will highlight a unique addition. Saison au Miel features wildflower honey to bring a touch of sweetness to soften the dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. The Colorado wildflower honey sourced from 5th generation Johnson Family Farm in Northern Colorado.

6.8% ABV, 10 IBU Seasonal Release: FEB – APR

Left Hand IPA – The newest year round beer is pale orange, with a light maltiness. It is brewed with Azacca, Galaxy, and Citra hops. Galaxy is Director of Brewing, Matt “Truck” Thrall’s favorite hop and the combination of hops provides flavors and aromas of orange, passionfruit, peach and lemon.

6.6% ABV, 70 IBU Available: year round

About Left Hand Brewing Company

Employee Owned, Righteously Independent. Celebrating twenty-five years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 28 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards, and 9 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing established America’s original Nitro bottle with their popular Milk Stout Nitro. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 41 states & DC. Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY

International: GBR, IRL, CZ, DEU, SWE, NOR, CAN, JPN

Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501, USA

Brewery Ommegang president to keynote 2nd annual Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference

February 9, 2018 - 4:48pm

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Doug Campbell to speak to brewery and tourism industries in Burlington, Vermont, March 6-8

(Red Lodge, MT) – Zephyr Conferences, organizers of the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference, has announced Doug Campbell, President of Brewery Ommegang, will serve as keynote speaker.

“We know our attendees are eager to hear from Mr. Campbell,”” says Ryan Newhouse, Marketing Director for Zephyr Conferences’ two annual craft beer conferences. “”He is a 13-year beer and spirits industry veteran and is now in charge of a Belgian-style brewery that turns 21 years old this year. But also pertinent to our audience is the fact that Brewery Ommegang is a “beercation” destination, hosting everything from big-name concerts to an annual summer fest, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, which draws over 3,000 attendees and 100-plus breweries from around the world.”

Additionally, Brewery Ommegang is one of six establishments of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, New York State’s first official cuisine trail. Last year alone, the trail received more than 20,000 visitors.

“Beer tourism is important to the bottom line of many businesses, not just breweries.” Newhouse says, “Annually, the average craft beer drinker visits 3.5 breweries near their homes and 2.5 breweries within two hours’ drive, and 1.6 percent of craft beer drinkers take 10-plus trips each year to breweries that are over two hours’ drive. The impact increases when you start factoring in where those people eat, sleep, and if they likely hire tour companies to be shown around.”

Other speakers at the Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference in Burlington, Vermont, include Julia Herz of the Brewers Association, Wendy Knight of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, and Christopher Shepard of Craft Brew News and Beer INSIGHTS.

About Zephyr Conferences
The Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference will take place in Burlington, Vermont, from March 6-8, 2018. It provides hard information about the important and growing functions of beer marketing and beer tourism that you can bring home to both grow and improve your local offerings. The Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference will take place in Loudon County, Virginia, from August 10-11, 2018.

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