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Hangar 24 PugaFest celebrates Pugachev’s Cobra 2017 release

November 3, 2017 - 12:13pm

(Redlands, CA) – Hangar 24’s 2017 version of Pugachev’s Cobra has arrived and early tastings of our premier Barrel Roll offering are showing it to be as rich and decadent as ever. Come celebrate the release on Nov. 11 as our day-long PugaFest celebration takes place at the Redlands Taproom. PugaFest is free of charge and will take place from 1-10 p.m. on Nov. 11.

There will be 14 different versions of Pugachev’s Cobra on hand for this one day only. Varieties include aged version of Pugachev’s Cobra releases from previous years, as well as unique variants that only will be available at the event. Bottles of 2017 Pugachev’s Cobra will also go on sale, just in time for your Thanksgiving celebration later this month, to give away as an ideal Christmas gift, or just to have on hand aging in your basement. Pugachev’s Cobra can also be enjoyed now as it has already aged eight months in bourbon barrels.

Pugachev’s Cobra is a Russian Imperial Stout, jet black with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and the perfect complement of bourbon. Aromas are of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruits. The 2017 version clocks in at 15 percent ABV and the 750 mL corked-bottle format makes it perfect for sharing with friends or family.

Be one of the first to try it at PugaFest, a celebration that will include music from bands like Orange County’s Poor Man’s Change, and local favorite Zentonic. There will be food from Tom’s Smokin’ Hot BBQ, and coffee from Augie’s Coffee Roasters in Redlands.

Note: The Redlands Taproom will be closed from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 11 for a private event.

About Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

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

Anchor Christmas Ale returns for 43rd holiday season

November 3, 2017 - 11:28am

(San Francisco, CA) – Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of its 2017 Anchor Christmas Ale. A smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee and roasted nuts, and subtle hints of honey and herbal spice, this year’s brew marks the 43rd annual release of this Anchor tradition.

In 1975 Anchor released the first holiday beer in America since Prohibition. Every year, Anchor creates a new, secret recipe with a completely unique label for their Christmas Ale, but the intent with each brew remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. With a heavily guarded, secret recipe, Christmas Ale (6.7% ABV) is sold only from early November to mid-January. This highly anticipated seasonal delight is complex and full in flavor, with a velvety texture and an alluring aroma of coffee and roasted wood.

“This year’s Christmas Ale has a strong malt profile that is enhanced with wintry spices,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “The beer pours a deep, dark, mahogany brown with a creamy, tan head. It has flavors of creamy bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and toasted nuts, with a rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This is the third year in a row that we peeled back the layers of spices, taking some ingredients out and making those remaining stand out even more. In the meantime, we added more specialty malts, some that we’re using for the first time. The combination of malts, spices, and hops add layers of complexity to the beer and bring this year’s ale to a new level.”

Along with an evolving recipe, Christmas Ale portrays a new label every year. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. This year’s tree is the Santa Lucia fir. Extremely rare, it is native and limited to California’s Santa Lucia Range along the central coast of California. The tree on this year’s label was hand-drawn by Bay Area artist James Stitt, who has been creating Anchor’s Christmas Ale labels since 1975.

Anchor Christmas Ale is perfect for cozy nights by the fire, and it pairs well with holiday fare, whether it is a roasted turkey dinner, sweet potato pie, or roasted chestnuts. A beloved tradition for many Anchor fans is to collect multiple years of Christmas Ale. The beer’s wintry spiced flavors evolve over time, making vertical tastings an interesting and tasty holiday activity. Christmas Ale should be stored in a dark and cool place for the best results.

Christmas Ale is available in 6-packs and gold-foiled 50.7 oz. magnum bottles, as well as on draught in select stores, bars, and restaurants including Anchor Public Taps and the Anchor Brewing Taproom in San Francisco.

For more information on the history of Anchor Christmas Ale, please watch the following video: Anchor Christmas Ale Video. Find a brew near you using the Anchor Beer Finder.

Learn more about Anchor Brewing at www.anchorbrewing.com or follow @anchorbrewing on social media.

About Anchor Brewing Company
Anchor Brewing Company’s roots date back to the California Gold Rush making it one of America’s oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam® Beer is San Francisco’s original since 1896. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling brewery at a time when mass production of beer dominated and seemed unstoppable. Maytag started a revolution in beer that originated today’s craft beer movement. An undisputed icon, Anchor is America’s first craft brewery where beers are handmade in our traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash. At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting. To learn more visit www.anchorbrewing.com.

Ska Mod Project #3, Sour Apple Gose, releasing in cans, draft on November 3rd

November 3, 2017 - 11:06am

(Durango, CO) — Expanding their experimental beer offering out of the Mod Project, Ska Brewing is excited to release the Sour Apple Gose. The scent of sweet apple blossoms give way to a honey and lemony tartness from the citra hops and souring, boasting a 5.1% ABV.

Sour Apple Gose will be available on draft and in 12 oz cans. It hits shelves this Friday, Nov. 3 widely across all of Ska’s markets of distribution.

“Sour Apple Gose is my new favorite beer for the season,” said Kristen Muraro, director of sales and marketing at Ska. “It tastes like you’re sipping on a crisp apple juice with a bright tartness that’s refreshing, not drying.”

Following Pink Vapor Stew and Tart Mexican Logger, the Sour Apple Gose is the third brew to be released from the Mod Project at Ska. The project delivers assorted, seven-barrel-batches of blended and experimental offerings, with varying levels of tartness to complement the blend of local fruits used in producing them.

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About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrewing and twitter.com/skabrewing.

Ommegang Smoked Porter now available as limited release

November 3, 2017 - 9:33am

Brewery Ommegang releases limited edition Smoked Porter to pair with the flavors of fall

(Cooperstown, NY) – As cooler weather settles in on the northeast, Brewery Ommegang is pleased to introduce their latest limited edition brew: Ommegang Smoked Porter. This nod to a traditional English beer is brewed with subtle additions of smoked malt and a touch of Saaz hops to add additional depth and character to an otherwise traditional English brew. While the style is a departure from Ommegang’s traditional Belgian-style beers, the characteristic aromas of chocolate malt along with caramelized sugar are reminiscent of many things Belgian, and of all things good. Smoked Porter is available now in limited quantities in four-packs and on draft while supplies last.

Smoked Porter is brewed with a carefully crafted blend of Pilsner, Special B, Munich 20, Cara-20, Midnight Wheat, chocolate malt, and smoked malt. Balanced hopping is achieved with Saaz, while fermentation with American ale yeast ensures the malt remains in the spotlight.

This 7.6% ABV beer pours a deep dark brown – almost black – with a thick tan head. Aromas of cocoa, burnt sugar, and roasted malt give way to subtle hints of smoke. The flavor follows the aroma with rich notes of cocoa and roasted malt, followed by caramel sweetness and mild smoke. A medium-full body leads to a well-rounded finish with lingering smoke on the backend.
Smoked Porter is a wonder accompaniment for a variety of foods. Pair smoke with smoke – and enjoy with smoked meats and cheeses. It’s also an ideal charcuterie beer, and a wonder pairing for rich confections like chocolate cheesecake.

Available now at retailers in these states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WV, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I., the brewery’s beer finder enables beer fans to search for Smoked Porter by zip code.

About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to brew imaginative craft beers across a variety of styles, with particular emphasis and respect for Belgian brewing traditions. Ommegang brews nine ales year-round, as well as an extensive and innovative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 75-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events including a summer concert series and a legendary beer festival, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and occasional special event days. For more information, contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-607-544-1800, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang.

Constellation Brands acquires minority stake in cannabis-provider, Canopy Growth Corp.

November 2, 2017 - 5:01pm

The investment and relationship will lend insights on the emerging cannabis market and evolving consumer trends

(Victor, NY) – Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Ontario, Canada-based Canopy Growth Corporation, a well-respected public company and leading provider of medicinal cannabis products.

This investment and relationship is consistent with Constellation Brands’ long-term strategy to identify, meet and stay ahead of evolving consumer trends and market dynamics, while maintaining focus on its core total beverage alcohol business. Constellation has no plans to sell any cannabis products in the U.S. or any other market unless or until it is legally permissible to do so at all government levels.

“Canopy Growth has a seasoned leadership team that understands the legal, regulatory and economic landscape for an emerging market that is predicted to become a significant consumer category in the future,” said Constellation Brands President and Chief Executive Officer, Rob Sands. “Our company’s success is the result of our focus on identifying early stage consumer trends, and this is another step in that direction.”

Founded in 2014, Canopy Growth Corporation is one of the earliest commercial players in Canada’s legal cannabis market. The company is currently traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol “WEED” and has a market cap of more than C$2 billion. The company owns a collection of diverse brands serving customers in Canada and international markets where medicinal cannabis products are legal. In conjunction with this investment, both companies intend to enter into an agreement to exchange knowledge and expertise.

“We are thrilled to have the backing of such a well-established and respected organization such as Constellation Brands,” said Bruce Linton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation. “We look forward to working with the Constellation Brands team to access their deep knowledge and experience in growing brands as we continue to expand our business.”

The investment is expected to approximate C$245 million representing an ownership interest of 9.9% of Canopy Growth Corporation, plus warrants which give Constellation Brands the option to purchase an additional ownership interest in the future. The transaction is expected to close during the Company’s third quarter of fiscal 2018.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised.

To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit www.cbrands.com.

About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and capsule forms. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Canopy Growth operates numerous state-of-the-art production facilities with over half a million square feet of GMP-certified indoor and greenhouse production capacity, all to an unparalleled level of quality assurance procedures and testing. Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names in Canada and abroad, with interests and operations spanning four continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, providing consistent access to high quality cannabis products, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public’s understanding of cannabis. For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The words “expect,” “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These statements may relate to business strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur or will occur on the timetable contemplated hereby. The transaction between Constellation Brands and Canopy Growth Corporation is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that any transaction between Constellation Brands and Canopy Growth Corporation will occur or will occur on the timetable contemplated hereby. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release and Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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

Firestone Walker XXI Anniversary Ale to be released this Saturday, final blend unveiled

November 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

(Paso Robles, CA) – In winery circles, they often say “it takes a lot of beer to make great wine”—but the reverse is true when it comes to Firestone Walker’s annual Anniversary Ale.

Indeed, the latest Anniversary Ale—dubbed XXI, signifying the Firestone Walker’s 21st year on California’s Central Coast—was once again created with guiding input from friendly local winemakers.

The result is an inspired blend of five distinct beers aged in spirits barrels: Velvet Merkin (oatmeal stout, 42%), Parabola (Russian imperial oatmeal stout, 18%), Stickee Monkee (Central Coast quad, 17%), Bravo (imperial brown ale, 14%) and Helldorado (blonde barleywine, 9%).

[BeerPulse Note: Per Facebook, “XXI gets released at FW locations this Saturday, Nov. 4th & will be distributed within the next couple of weeks. Bottles are $12.99 plus tax & CRV each, 12 bottle max purchase per person.”]

XXI will be released to all Firestone Walker markets for a limited time starting next week.

An Annual Rite

The Anniversary Ale blending session has become an annual late-summer rite at the brewery, and the 2017 session took place on August 22 with 27 winemakers in attendance.

“We’ve been doing this for 12 years now,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Winemakers are practicing experts in the art of blending—I can’t think of a better way to create something synergistic from such a wide range of barrel-aged beers.”

As always, the winemakers broke into teams, and a spirited competition ensued to create the winning blend, which was voted on after a blind tasting by the entire group.

This time, the bragging rights and the coveted “cardboard crown” went to Jordan Fiorentini and Kyle Gingras of Epoch Estate Wines along with Anthony Yount of Denner Vineyards, whose three-person team conceived the blend that became XXI.

Bring On The Merkin

XXI represents the first time that Velvet Merkin has set the pace for the Anniversary Ale blend.

“There’s a soft, sexy, chocolatey character to XXI that reflects the predominance of Velvet Merkin in the final blend,” said Eric Ponce, Firestone Walker’s barrel program production manager.

Another twist is the inclusion of Helldorado aged in premium Jamaican rum barrels.

“The rum Helldorado imparts notes of island spice and molasses,” Ponce said. “It adds a subtle exotic touch to the beer.”

Fittingly, the label design of XXI echoes the distinct curved roofline of Firestone Walker’s new brewhouse extension that was completed last summer—the biggest milestone in the brewery’s 21st year.

“The XXI blending session was the very best yet, and the result is absolutely gorgeous,” Brynildson said. “I’m so proud of this beer, and I’m so proud of the people who helped us make it.”

The Final Blend

Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (42%)
Traditional Oatmeal Stout
OG=15P FG=4.0 IBU=32.5 Color=Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Willamette

Parabola (13.1% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (18%)
Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
OG=30P FG=8.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Herkules, Styrian Golding and Hallertau Tradition

Stickee Monkee (12.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (17%)
Central Coastal Quad
OG=27P FG=6.5P IBU=45 Color=Deep Brown / Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar and Mexican Brown Sugar

Bravo (13.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (14%)
Imperial Brown Ale
OG=26.5P FG=3.0 IBU=35 Color=Deep Brown / Hopped with Columbus and Tettnanger

Helldorado (13.5% ABV) Aged in Rum Barrels (9%)
Blonde Barley Wine
OG=15P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color=Deep Gold / 15% Oats / Hopped with CTZ and East Kent Goldings

Brewmaster’s Notes:

“XXI is a magical blend of five components. Chocolatey, mild Velvet Merkin takes the lead setting the stage full of lush malt and barrel-driven texture, yet tempered alcohol strength. The rest of the components fall perfectly in line, backing Velvet Merkin up with luscious caramel complexity and a creamy malt symphony. The final component adds a new twist – the rum barrel-soaked and lean Helldorado makes its Anniversary debut, bringing a fresh splash of island spice to a ridiculously balanced barrel-aged brew. This is one of those times that the whole is truly more than the sum of its parts. This beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XXI is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.”

Harpoon Brewery acquires Clown Shoes Beer

November 2, 2017 - 4:05pm

[File Photo: Harpoon Brewery / Clown Shoes Beer]

(Boston, MA) – Harpoon Brewery and Clown Shoes Beer announced within the past week that the former has acquired the latter.

According to the Clown Shoes blog

Yes, Clown Shoes has been acquired by Harpoon. No, we are not going to lose our identity and no, we are not “selling out”. Harpoon is an independent, employee owned craft brewery. All Clown Shoes Employees are moving over to Harpoon. All of us will become employee owners. For this partnership to work, everyone needs for us to continue to be Clown Shoes. We will still produce innovative, high quality beers with signature graphic marketing. We will, in fact, create small batch, state specific, and barrel aged beers at an accelerated rate in 2018.

According to the Harpoon blog

Clown Shoes, Harpoon and UFO Beer will be the same beer that you have grown to love. In the coming months, you will be able to enjoy all three at both of our Breweries.

This will be an exciting pipeline of new product development for both brands! We’re pumped for the Clown Shoe employees to join on as employee owners because that means we’ll have even more beer talent working hard to make sure YOU continue to have delicious and innovative independent craft beers to enjoy!

Even better? Clown Shoes is bringing with them the ability to make some smaller batch beers on our system… so we expect some great things in 2018!

Harpoon announced it became an employee-owned company in July of 2014.

Harpoon ranks 18th among all U.S. craft breweries in production, per Brewers Association data. The association’s marquee publication, The New Brewer, shows the company sold 198,300 barrels last year, its first time below 200,000 barrels since 2012. Clown Shoes produced between 12,000-13,000 barrels in both 2015 and 2016.

Indeed Rum King (Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout) to be released on October 16th

October 6, 2017 - 6:56pm

(Minneapolis, MN) – Indeed Brewing’s Rum King returns this fall on draft and in 12 oz. cans. We can’t wait to release this year’s version of our Imperial Stout… so we’re not going to! Instead, we’ll be pre-releasing Rum King today at Old Chicago locations in Roseville, Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, and Duluth! Get there for the first taste of Rum King 2017, as draft and cans won’t ship out to the public until the week of October 16th.

Complex notes of toffee and vanilla lure you in, with a roasty-toasty, malt-forward body burly enough to un-shiver those timbers. Make way for Rum King, a pitch black Imperial Stout aged in freshly emptied rum barrels. Smooth, assertive, and nearly ‘Navy strength,’ this seaworthy and spirited brew is a bold character to be reckoned with.

Rum King is brewed with a complex malt bill and Glacier hops, then aged in rum barrels for just shy of one year. It received an outstanding rating of 94 from BeerAdvocate and is a highly sought-after brew by both collectors and casual drinkers alike.

Rum King Imperial Stout releases October 16th!

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