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Crooked Stave Coffee Baltic Porter cans, part of Limited Release Series, due out soon

November 16, 2017 - 12:10pm

(Denver, CO) – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project announces the release of “Coffee Baltic Porter,” an 8.5% ABV coffee porter, available in a six-pack of 12-ounce cans.

As part of our Limited Release Series, Coffee Baltic Porter focuses on the art of coffee roasting, showcasing the uniqueness of this single ingredient. For this release, Crooked Stave uses coffee that is locally roasted by Method Coffee Roasters in Denver, Colorado. Through conditioning of our Baltic porter with freshly roasted beans, we strive for a balanced coffee character, adding dark sugar, plum, and cocoa notes to the robust porter base.

With a little coffee kick to keep you going, this beer is the perfect addition to all your favorite winter activities, whether you’re skiing the backcountry or spending an evening by the fire.

Coffee Baltic Porter six-packs can be purchased in our tasting room on Brighton Blvd starting Friday, November 17th and throughout the state of Colorado starting Monday, November 20th.

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Founded in Denver, CO in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster and “Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity.

Schlafly Beer Single Malt Scottish Style Ale joins IBEX Cellar series

November 16, 2017 - 11:32am

The Saint Louis Brewery introduces the next beer in the premium “From The Ibex Cellar” series: Single Malt Scottish Style Ale

(St. Louis, MO) — Schlafly Beer announces the release of Single Malt Scottish Ale (ABV: 10.2% IBU: 25) as part of the From The Ibex Cellar Series. This beer completes the premium series, over a year and a half in the making, that launched this year. The collection features six bold hand-crafted beers from the Ibex Cellar, the exclusive room beneath the historic Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. Previous releases this year included: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Imperial Coffee Stout, Local Oak, Gooseberry Gose and Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale. The Single Malt Scottish Style Ale will be available starting this week.

Schlafly first brewed the beer for its 21st anniversary in 2012, but this “From The Ibex Cellar” release allowed the current Schlafly brewers to further define the flavor profile. The team’s single sourced barrels are from Ardbeg Distillery in Scotland, well-known for their high quality, 10-year old Scotch whisky. Upon arrival, the golden ale was put in the barrels almost immediately to capture as many peaty, smoky nuances as possible. While the batches slumbered for four months in the barrels, the team brewed two more batches of the beer to blend with its barrel-aged counterpart.

Head Brewer Jared Williamson explains, “The first time that we brewed this beer, it was pretty much carbonated scotch. We wanted to approach the project a little differently this time. We conducted a series of blending tests which was a combination of different ratios of the barrel-aged versus non-barrel aged. We all settled on the right blend that gives tons of those same peaty, smoky, phenolic characters but is also pleasing to the palate.”

The blending process required input from several individuals from the brewing to marketing teams to regulars at the Tap Room. “You can’t trust the palate of one individual when it comes to assertive beers like our Single Malt Scottish Style Ale. This meticulous process is one example of the care and quality that goes into our From The Ibex Cellar series.”

The brewing team testing and tasting the barrel-aged Scotch blends

The beer itself is brewed with the highest quality ingredients from German Magnum hops to the Simpsons Golden Promise malt from one of the finest barley varieties out of the UK. The yeast is Schlafly’s proprietary house strain. “This beer showcases the complexity that you can get from simplicity with the best ingredients and time,” Williamson says in closing.

Schlafly’s From The Ibex Cellar: Single Malt Scottish Style Ale will be available for a limited release starting this week across Schlafly’s distribution footprint for a suggested retail price $17.99. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution and products, visit www.schlafly.com.

About Schlafly Beer:
Schlafly Beer, St. Louis’ largest locally-owned, independent craft brewery, proudly offers over 60 unique styles of beer. Each is handmade at the Tap Room in Midtown St. Louis or Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Utilizing 120 hop varietals, 95 malts and grains, 30 different spices and fruits and 10 separate yeast 18 strains from around the globe, Schlafly also works with local suppliers for everything from farm-fresh food to packaging and labeling. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Schlafly donates spent grain to local farmers to feed their livestock and utilizes 100% renewable energy throughout its operations. The largest Missouri-owned-and-operated beer maker offers free tours of the Tap Room (2100 Locust Street) every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the hour and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue) from noon to 5 p.m. every half hour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The brand continues to define craft across 12 states and throughout countless fine establishments, backyards and basement bars. Join us at either of our locations and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a full listing of seasonal and year-round beers and for information on distribution, visit Schlafly.com.

Perrin Light Lager launched as new year-round core brand

November 16, 2017 - 9:11am

(Comstock Park, MI) – The next addition to the core beer line-up from Perrin Brewing was crafted in the true American way with the session-able beer drinker in mind.

Introducing Perrin Light Lager, a refreshingly clean, crisp beer with a perfect balance of malt and hops. This combination succinctly melds together to ensure its insatiable drinkability.

Perrin Light Lager is available in 15-packs and on draft across Michigan.

Just in time for the holidays, the 15-packs make a great dish to pass, gift to give, or the pack of beer to always have freshly stocked to share with those unexpected guest visits.

Light Lager can be purchased from Perrin Pub and grocery/liquor stores in the market.

Crisp. Clean. Craft.

Braxton Claus due this week, Braxton Labs Dark Charge variant to be released on 12/2

November 16, 2017 - 8:56am

(Covington, KY) – Braxton Brewing Company is excited to release two new bottles. At their Winter Block Party on Saturday, December 2nd, they’ll be releasing a Braxton Labs variant of Dark Charge in 500ml bottles. In addition, their popular Peppermint Sweet Stout, Claus, is being released in gift sets this Friday, November 17th.

JOIN THE WINTER BLOCK PARTY & BOTTLE RELEASE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/418664398536381/

JOIN THE CLAUS TAPPING PARTY & GIFT SET RELEASE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/912190322266205/

“The Labs variant of Dark Charge has been discussed since the opening of labs – taking one of our most sought after and limited products and putting a unique twist on it,” said Evan Rouse, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Braxton Brewing Company. “We were trying to create something that we haven’t had before and that would push the envelope. We weren’t sure how it was going to turn out, but we are all extremely pleased with the end result.”

The Dark Charge Braxton Labs Variant was a true experiment for the company’s brewing team. Dark Charge, the Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, was re-fermented with Pinot Noir grape must before aging for an additional 6 months in Pinot Noir wine barrels. The result is a beautiful twice barrel-aged imperial stout that highlights the vinous, dark fruit character without overwhelming the rest of the beer. It will be the most limited Dark Charge bottle, limited to one bottle per person and $15 per bottle.

Braxton Labs is the brewing company’s new, second facility in Newport, Kentucky. The space is dedicated to small batch innovation, experimentation and creativity. After opening in May of 2017, Braxton Labs has launched successful projects such as New England IPA’s, a Sweet Potato Casserole Imperial Brown Ale and more.

Before the brewery’s Winter Block Party but in time for the holidays, Braxton Brewing Company will be releasing Claus Peppermint Stout as part of a gift set that also includes a specialty Claus Glass and peppermint crunch french chews from Doscher’s Candies.

Doscher’s Candies was founded in Cincinnati in 1871 and collaborated with Braxton on this project by providing the peppermint used in the base Sweet Stout. To celebrate the collaboration, the brewery has packaged this gift set that includes their famous french chew. 500 gift sets are available and will be released this Friday in the company’s Covington taproom. Gift sets are $14.99. They can be reserved online until Friday, November 17th at 12:00pm. Any bottles not reserved will be released to the public.

RESERVE YOUR CLAUS GIFT SET HERE: https://store.braxtonbrewing.com/products/claus-peppermint-sweet-stout-gift-set

“The Claus project was so much fun to work on last year that we knew we wanted to bring it back in a bigger way,” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Braxton Brewing Company. “Our brewing team did an incredible job on pulling out just the right holiday notes, and once you pair it with the peppermint candies, it’s truly something special!”

Learn more about the release of Braxton Labs’ Dark Charge variant here. You can learn more about the release of Claus Peppermint Stout here.

For more information about Braxton Brewing Company visit the company’s website.

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

Black Shirt Bonzo! Pistachio and Lavender Rye Pale Ale 4pk can release on 11/22

November 15, 2017 - 9:35pm

This is the first beer to be released in the 16oz can format to go out of the taproom. This highly anticipated beer will not last long.

(Denver, CO) – Black Shirt Brewing Co. (BSB) is releasing a limited amount of Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale in 4 pack – 16oz cans! Bonzo! is a Rye Pale Ale made with pistachios and lavender – each contributing a super unique flavor, texture, and aroma & resulting in a beer unlike any other! What started as a small, one-off has finally resulted in a beer that is so sought after, we couldn’t resist packaging it in cans any longer!

The timing of this release is as perfect as John Bonham on the kit, as it’s the perfect treat to share around the table and pair with Thanksgiving dinner! The beer will be on draft and available in 4-packs to go (limit 1 case pp). Crowlers will not be available. Don’t miss out!

Key Dates and Times:
Wednesday, Nov. 22 (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.):
Special Beer Release – Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale will be released on draft ($6) and in 4-pack – 16oz cans to go! ($14, limit 1 case/per person). No crowlers will be available of this beer.
6.0% ABV | 42 IBU
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/517395551926725/

Friday, Nov. 24 (11 a.m. – 12 a.m.) & Saturday, Nov. 25 (11 a.m. – 12 a.m.):
Black Friday & Small Business Saturday – Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale will be available for purchase as long as supplies last. We don’t anticipate the beer to be available past Saturday.

Black Shirt Brewing Co. wants to help you celebrate Thanksgiving with bang! Wow your friends and family with Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale.

Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous is back

November 15, 2017 - 9:10pm

(Newport, OR) – Rogue Ales sent out a media alert on Wednesday regarding its latest new release. More below…

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Rogue’s secret menu fan-favorite beer, Hazelutely Choctabulous, is back. Find it in 22 oz bottes and on draft.

Hazelutely What?
For years, our hardest core local fans have been drinking a blend of Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar. They say it tastes like a chocolate candy bar. We have taken these two absolutely fabulous beers and fused them together to create Hazelutely Choctabulous. We’re thrilled to share our little secret with the world.

Candy Bar in a Bottle
60% Hazelnut Brown Ale & 40% Chocolate Stout
22oz Bottle & Draft / 14.5° Plato / 5.7 % ABV / 51 IBU / 75.3 AA / 99° L

Founders Solid Gold to ship in February as new year-round release

November 13, 2017 - 3:51pm

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. announced late last month to its Cadre members an upcoming release, scheduled for February: Solid Gold, a session lager at 4.4% ABV, 20 IBUs. More below…

Solid Gold will be released in 6-pack cans, 15-pack cans and on draft throughout our entire distribution network – that’s right, no bottles. It will have a SRP of $7.99/6-pack and $14.99/15-pack. It will start shipping in February and will be available year-round.

For those of you familiar with the Solid Gold we’ve featured in our taproom for years, this is not the same beer. Our Brewmaster, Jeremy, completely revamped the recipe and it now features lager yeast, corn and lemondrop hops for just the right hit of flavor.

To keep up to date with Founders news from the brewery as it breaks, you can subscribe to the Cadre program here.

Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc Machine now available

November 13, 2017 - 3:03pm

Stone Brewing Lobs Another Hop Grenade

Stone’s brewers answer the call with Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc Machine

(Escondido, CA) – The Stone Spotlight Series competition engages in-house two-person teams that vie for the chance to have their recipe brewed and distributed nationwide. This year’s winning team of Miguel Ceja Andrade and Brandon Berube rolled in like mercenaries and were crowned champions for their East-meets-West Coast IPA creation. The beer begins infiltrating restaurants, bars and retailers this week.

Both Miguel and Brandon love a good hoppy IPA with classic West Coast style bitterness but had been scoping out the juicy fruit characteristics of the trendy New England style IPA. So the inspiration for their winning brew came from a desire to combine the two for a high ABV, juicy beer that’s insanely delicious. Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc Machine is one of the most intense hop experiences Stone Brewing Co. has ever created (and that’s saying a lot).

Stone’s crowning Spotlight Series beer pours golden with some haze and a tropical, fruity aroma layered with a hint of dankness and an underlying biscuit malt aroma. Dankness complements apricot and tropical fruit flavors. It’s mildly bitter with a touch of alcohol, a testament to the 9% ABV.

“We have some amazing, passionate, and talented brewers here at Stone Brewing,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone’s senior innovation brewing manager. “The Stone Spotlight Series is the perfect place to showcase these talents and Brandon and Miguel hit it out of the park with this beer that combines different aspects of IPA. We are a hop-driven brewery and it was genius for them to use the combo of Cascade, Amarillo, and Simcoe in the way that they did. It was awesome to brew this beer on the big system and we are totally proud of these guys. I can’t wait to kick back, relax and enjoy the explosive flavor of this beer!”

Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc Machine will be available for a limited time in select states in 22oz bottles and draft.

QUICK FACTS
Name: Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc Machine
Web: stonebrewing.com/mercmachine and stonebrewing.com/beer/spotlight
Stats: 9% ABV, 48 IBUs
Availability: National, limited release in 22-ounce bottles and draft
Featured Hops: Cascade, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo
National Distribution: AZ, AK, CA, CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, MO, NV, NY OH, PA, RI, TX, UT, WA, and WI
International Distribution: Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore and Thailand
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Golden with some haze and a stable white head with fine bubbles.
Aroma: Fresh fruit, peach, tropical, floral, with a hint of dankness and an underlying biscuit malt aroma.
Taste: A touch of wheat flavor unfolds into apricot, red berry, tropical fruit, and dankness.
Palate: A light malt backbone supports a full palate of fruit with a lingering clean finish. There’s moderate bitterness and a touch of alcohol.
Overall: This year’s Stone Spotlight Series Competition was undoubtedly worthy of a national release! Two of our brewers, Miguel Ceja Andrade and Brandon Berube, came up with this recipe out of their passion for awesome IPAs. A blend of West Coast and East Coast style, this beer has a lot of fruit character and is juicy with moderate bitterness and dankness.

PAIRING NOTES
An amazingly complex beer with myriad of fruit flavors both from fruit and hops, with hints of wheat as a backbone and a slight hint of pepper on the finish. It’s an adventurous beer that will pair well with adventurous flavors!
Starters: Seitan Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce, Oysters on the Half Shell, Humus with Crackers, Amaebi (sweet shrimp sushi), Marinated Jumbo Shrimp wrapped in Crispy Egg Noodles, Olas y Cesped Tacos**
Soups and Salads: Butter Lettuce and Radicchio Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Toasted Barley and Spinach Salad*, Winter Fruit Salad, Butternut Squash Soup, Scotch Broth
Main Courses: Corned Beef and Cabbage with Spicy Mustard, Chicken Pot Pie, Stone Shrimp & Grits*, Zaru Soba, Misr Wat (Ethiopian red lentils) with Injera, Salmon Chraimeh*, Pulled Pork Sandwich
Desserts: Crème Brulee, Strawberry or Raspberry Tart, Vanilla Custard, Trifle, Cannoli

New Belgium Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack debuts; three other new beers in November

November 13, 2017 - 2:38pm

New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen Returns with a Cocoa Twist

Additional releases out this month include a special Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack, Honey Orange Tripel and Voodoo Ranger Red IPA

(Fort Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen makes its return, just in time for the holidays. Also debuting this month is a Blend Like a Brewer variety pack that encourages beer connoisseurs to mix New Belgium favorites together in creative ways; Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel, a Golden Strong Ale; and the latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release, Red IPA.

Imperial Frambozen with Cocoa
Frambozen, Flemish for “raspberry,” is the brewery’s celebration of the ruby red fruit found in Belgium’s Framboise ales. The raspberry ale is fermented with real northwestern berries and incorporates a touch of vanilla. This year, the seasonal favorite features an irresistible update – the addition of single origin, 70 percent pure dark Ghana cocoa husks, locally roasted and ground by Nuance Chocolate in Fort Collins. The beer is 8.5% ABV and available in 22oz. bottles in limited quantities.

Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack
This variety pack is ideal for adventurous beer drinkers looking for creative new takes on New Belgium favorites. Fat Tire Belgian White, 1554, Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Abbey, Trippel and Cellar Blender – a dark, wood-aged sour ale fermented with fruit – are included in this mix, along with a recipe recommendations for blending the beers together from New Belgium brewers. For example, ½ Abbey blended with ½ 1554 will yield a Monk’s Pajamas, as dubbed by Brewer, Geoff Wenzel. The variety pack is on shelves now and would make a perfect gift for craft lovers (hint, hint).

Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel
The latest addition to the Belgian Reserve series draws inspiration from Belgian Golden Strong Ale and incorporates a mix of Nugget and Styrian Savinjski Goldings hops. Honey Orange Tripel features wild honey sourced from the African Bronze Honey Company, a member of the Fair Trade Federation and a fellow certified B-Corp, and Seville orange peel freshly ground at Old Town Spice Shop just down the road from the brewery in Fort Collins. This big, sweet and citrusy Tripel is 10% ABV and available in 12oz and 22oz bottles year-round.

Voodoo Ranger Red IPA
Packed with Centennial hops and five different malts, this lightly sweet, moderately bitter Imperial Red features aromas of grapefruit and orange, with a big IPA bite. Of special note is the use of experimental hop HBC 522, which has notes of cherry and peach accompanied by a candy-like sweetness. The beer is 8% ABV and can be found in 22oz bottles and on draft for a limited time.

To find any of these beers, along with others from New Belgium, visit the Beer Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app. For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

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

Hoppin’ Frog Barrel-Aged Gavel Slammer release slated for Black Friday (and Saturday)

November 13, 2017 - 1:42pm

(Akron, OH) – Hoppin’ Frog will be releasing Barrel-Aged Gavel Slammer 17.4% Monumental Dark Ale in 12 oz. bottles for $9.99 ea. We will open doors one hour early, at 10:00 a.m. both on Friday and Saturday Nov. 24-25 to accommodate this very special beer release. And to celebrate in a grand way, we will be offering chicken and waffles for breakfast! What a great way to start your holiday shopping – early, and at Hoppin’ Frog Brewery!! Mark your calendars now, we hope to see you here!

Barrel-aged over-the-top ale like no other, with a truly magnificent character from aging in select whiskey barrels. Rich, aromatic, lively and dark, with layer after layer of roasted, toasted, and caramelized malts, beautifully balanced from the oak barrel. We’ve done our part, slamming the hammer down for freedom from alcohol limits.

ABV: 17.4% IBU:65
Packaging: 12 oz. Bottle

A-B InBev appoints Michel Doukeris Zone President N.America, CEO of Anheuser-Busch

November 13, 2017 - 1:11pm

Experienced Commercial Leader has Consistently Delivered Topline Growth in Transforming AB InBev Businesses Worldwide

(Brussels, BELGIUM) – Anheuser-Busch InBev announced today that Michel Doukeris has been appointed Zone President North America and CEO of Anheuser-Busch, effective January 1, 2018. Michel presently serves as Chief Sales Officer of AB InBev. He succeeds João Castro Neves, who decided to step down from the role to pursue other opportunities after a long and distinguished career with AB InBev, and will support Michel during a transitional period.

“The US is our most important market and we recognize the need to continue to focus on driving topline growth across our portfolio,” said Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of AB InBev. “Michel has extensive experience delivering results for our business worldwide, including helping to grow Budweiser globally and launching The High End business strategy, which now represents 5 billion USD of sales. He is the ideal person to lead North America at this time, together with an emerging group of leaders being elevated in the company. Our people are key to our future and Michel’s journey with us demonstrates how we develop talent and reward success.”

Brito continued, “We thank João for his 22 years of partnership and significant contributions to our company. He has been an outstanding leader, transforming our business in Latin America North and South. Most recently in the US, he spearheaded foundational changes including winning with our wholesaler partners, expanding our portfolio of craft partners, and accelerating the growth of Michelob Ultra, the fastest-growing beer brand in the US.”

“Anheuser-Busch’s culture and rich brewing history are admired around the world and it is humbling to have the opportunity to lead our North American business,” said Michel Doukeris. “Our success starts with putting the consumer first. I will be focused on working in partnership with our wholesalers and building lasting relationships with our customers and business partners. We have a great team in the US and Canada. I know that together we can grow our business with our portfolio of iconic brands.”

Over the course of his 20-year tenure at AB InBev, Michel has transformed businesses by delivering topline growth, embracing innovation and focusing on long-term results. He oversaw a significant acceleration of our business during his seven years in China. Michel developed AB InBev’s premium portfolio, launched new product portfolios and entered new markets. As Chief Sales Officer he led sales strategy globally including providing strategic insight into the company’s long-term growth plans.

About Michel Doukeris
Michel Doukeris joined our company in 1996 and held sales positions of increasing responsibility before becoming Vice President Soft Drinks for our Latin America North Zone in 2008. He was appointed President AB InBev China in January 2010 and Zone President Asia Pacific in January 2013.

Under Michel’s leadership, AB InBev outperformed the industry in several key metrics, including growth in volumes and earnings, over five years. During his tenure in China, he oversaw Budweiser’s rapid growth, helping to make China Budweiser’s largest growth market.

Michel also championed the creation of The High End business unit, first created in China and the US then expanded to 22 countries around the world during his tenure as Chief Sales Officer. The High End business unit now has more than 5 billion USD in global sales and significant share gains in the premium segment across markets. In addition, he executed a successful new strategy for AB InBev in South Korea, a developed three tier market where we are a leader in the country.

Michel is a Brazilian citizen and holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina and a Master’s Degree in Marketing from Fundação Getulio Vargas, both in Brazil. He has also completed post-graduate programs in Marketing and Marketing Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management and Wharton Business School in the United States.

Sketchbook Brewing’s new look revealed, re-designed cans hit shelves this month

November 13, 2017 - 12:54pm

New Look and Expanded Distribution: Evanston’s Sketchbook Brewing Celebrates Three Years

(Evanston, IL) – Evanston’s community-supported microbrewery celebrates their third year with fresh design, an increase in production, and new distribution markets. First opened to the public on November 15, 2014, Sketchbook has come a long way from its early days filling growlers from an alley. Fueled by fierce customer loyalty and a passion for brewing excellence, this Evanston success story is proud to share several pieces of news. More about the brewery’s new look can be found in this blog.

MORE CANS/NEW LOOK: <> The <> growing craft can market, along with a recent lease of a Microcanner canning system, has allowed Sketchbook to quickly package and distribute their beer. In addition to more widely available cans, Sketchbook is introducing a refreshed look developed by design and marketing firm Good Beer Hunting. “The Sketchbook re-branding opportunity was a best-case-scenario for our team at Good Beer Hunting: a thoughtful, engaged team on the client side who was excited to work with us in a collaborative way,” says GBH’s Michael Kiser. “We start every project by listening for the insights that will make a brand special and ownable long after the launch, and with Sketchbook, there was a ton of pent up creativity and personal inspiration that connects them with their community. Our job was to create a design system that would enable them to grow both in their community and commercially. We wanted the casual customer walking by the shelf to feel that same hook that we felt when they first walked into our studio — a small brewing company that’s bright, energetic, and having a ton of fun.”

Sketchbook’s new look was revealed to members and friends on November 13, and new cans will be hitting retail shelves this month. The first beers to be released with new packaging include No Parking Citra Pale Ale, Orange Door Double Dry Hopped IPA, Insufficient Clearance Hazy IPA, Night Game Double IPA, and Snowy Owl Red Rye Ale. Cans in the works include an Imperial Stout, a Scotch Ale ‘wee heavy’, and Pale Ale with honey and basil.

Expanded Production and Distribution: <>Thanks <> to a recent accolade from DRAFT Magazine, which named Insufficient Clearance one of the 20th Best IPA’s in America—and consistently high quality—the interest in Sketchbook outside of Evanston has grown, and Sketchbook is equipped to meet that demand. Sketchbook has tripled their beer production since they started brewing from 850 to roughly 1400 barrels a year) while expanding their wholesale footprint. Now <> available to retailers through distributors such as Chicago Beverage System and Joseph Mullarkey Dist. Inc., customers can look for Sketchbook cans as far north as the Cook / Lake County border, as far south as Chicago’s loop, as far west as route 53 and as far east as Lake Michigan. See this cool map illustrating Sketchbook’s footprint.

“We are so proud of the beer we’re brewing and…a little surprised!” explains Shawn Decker, Managing Partner. “When we launched three years ago, we were focused hyper-local, on building a neighborhood growler-fill fan base. Eighteen months after we opened in our alley, we moved street-side and began pouring pints in our Tap Room in the lively Main-Dempster Mile section of Evanston. We counted on our local fans driving our business, and are sustained by our 400-strong CSB membership program. The surprise? The response from restaurants, bars and bottles shops! We feel confident our new design choices will allow Sketchbook to compete in a wider market and help win us new customers.”

About Sketchbook Brewing: Sketchbook believes beer is art you can drink.  Inspired by the loyalty of their 400+ members and the sheer fun of creating a wide range of historical and adventurous beer styles, Sketchbook considers their brewery a yeast studio. They are fiercely devoted to building beer by hand, right in the heart of Evanston. Flagship brews include Orange Door IPA, Snowy Owl Red Rye Ale, and Night Game Double IPA.  Recent recognition includes international awards (silver medal in Copa Cervezas de América) and Design Awards for their intimate Tap Room (Design Evanston, Excellence in Interior Design, 2017).   <>For more beer information, news, upcoming events and more, visit www.sketchbookbrewing.com

Creature Comforts DaySpring, Booger Hill and Golden Door to be released on Black Friday

November 13, 2017 - 12:09pm

(Athens, GA) – Creature Comforts is excited to announce the upcoming release of three limited 750-mL bottles: Booger Hill, DaySpring, and Golden Door!

Booger Hill is a barrel-aged biere de garde (7.8%) made with local honey from Booger Hill Bee Company. Booger Hill will serve as the second release from our Locally Grown Series, a series we use to showcase local ingredients sourced from farms in and surrounding Athens, GA. This beer was made over the course of 2.5 years and incorporated the disgorging process – a technique commonly used when making sparkling wine.

DaySpring is a grisette (5.3%) made with local wheat from DaySpring Farms. We first released DaySpring (2015) just a year after opening the brewery, and it was the first release from our Locally Grown Series. The 2015 release was the first time we sourced wheat from our friends at DaySpring Farms and we’ve now sourced their grains for several of our beers.

Golden Door is an oak barrel-aged, mixed fermentation saison (6.7%). Golden door is an expression of our house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria – the backbone of our barrel program – and time. The flavor of this beer is driven by its time aging in wood.

These three limited offerings will be available at the brewery starting on November 24. In addition, we will also launch our bottle service on the 24th for onsite consumption of limited and vintage bottle offerings.

We will be announcing the offerings that will be available as a part of the bottle service on our social media channels as well as our website, so be sure to tune in to those for more information!

Instagram: @creaturecomfortsbeer
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CreatureComfortsBeer/
Twitter: @creaturebeer
Website: www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com

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DAYSPRING

Creature Comforts sourced the wheat used in the beer locally from DaySpring Farms (Danielsville, GA), for which the beer was named. The brewery used the local wheat in the 2015 release of DaySpring, in addition to other previous releases and collaborations.

“The first batch of DaySpring was the first time we sourced wheat from the Brett family, who run DaySpring Farms,” said Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers. “Since then we’ve become good friends and we’ve tried to use their grains in a few of our beers now. We feel like it has such a sense of place to where we are and it’s always great working with a local farm. Being able to do that again and make another beer with their name on it is a privilege, an honor, and an awesome way to be able to extend that friendship.”

Much of the flavor profile DaySpring presents is driven by the wheat, yeast, and traditional European hops used in the beer. DaySpring is dry and drinkable with a bit of pastoral funk, grassiness, black tea notes, and an herbal hop character. The beer was bottle conditioned and is 5.3-percent ABV.

DaySpring (2015) was released from Creature Comforts just a year after the brewery opened, and served as the first release from its Locally Grown Series. The series is used to showcase local ingredients sourced from farms in and surrounding the brewery’s community of Athens.

The 2017 release was bottled August 2017 in green 750-mL bottles. This is the first beer Creature Comforts has packaged in green bottles. The brewery chose green bottles in order to allow consumers to shape the flavor path of the beer and to have the ability to create an intentional light-struck character to the beer if desired.

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BOOGER HILL

The beer’s name is a nod to Booger Hill Bee Company, the Danielsville, GA-based farm from which the brewery sourced the honey used in the brew. Booger Hill fermented in oak barrels with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria and underwent 16 months of aging in the barrels.

Booger Hill is 7.8-percent ABV and presents a flavor and aroma of almonds and subtle cherry, balanced by a palate of medium acidity. The beer was bottled April 2016 and in September 2017 was disgorged – a technique commonly used when making sparkling wine.

“A tremendous amount of time and work went into this beer,” said Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers. “Each step along the way was challenging, a lot of labor, and a bit of loss too – making the finished product really special.”

Booger Hill is the second release from Creature Comforts’ Locally Grown Series. The brewery uses its Locally Grown Series to showcase local ingredients sourced from farms in and surrounding Athens. DaySpring, the brewery’s grisette, was the first release from the series and featured wheat from DaySpring Farms in Danielsville.

Athens illustrator and Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill, who has now designed several labels for the brewery, created the artwork for Booger Hill. Merrill painted the original artwork with a Booger Hill honey reduction and pollen from hop flowers.

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GOLDEN DOOR

Golden Door is an expression of Creature Comforts’ house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria – the backbone of the brewery’s barrel program – and time. The flavor of the beer is driven by its time aging in wood. The beer’s name is a nod to a quote by American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver that says, “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

“As saisons were made for farmers and fieldworkers, we wanted to honor a person who made a difference in the agricultural community, especially in Georgia,” said Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers. “We take inspiration from the curious thinkers, inventors, artists, and explorers, and with saisons being so important to agriculture we picked out George Washington Carver and used a quote of his to name the beer.”

Golden Door was aged in oak barrels for one year and bottle conditioned. The beer was bottled April 2017 and is 6.7- percent ABV.

The label was designed by local artist and Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill. The original artwork was inspired by Carver’s quote the beer’s name references.

Wavering Radiant: TRVE Brewing to release its first spontaneous beer

November 13, 2017 - 11:36am

(Denver, CO) – TRVE Brewing will release Wavering Radiant – described by TRVE as an “American Young Spontaneous Ale” – from their Broadway taproom on Saturday, December 2nd at 12pm. Wavering Radiant is TRVE’s first ever spontaneously inoculated beer to release from the Acid Temple (TRVE’s sour and wild ale facility).

“Wavering Radiant is an unblended, one-year old spontaneously fermented ale inspired by young lambic beers,” says Zach Coleman, Head Brewer. “This beer was fermented (and refermented in the bottle) only and entirely with microbes caught overnight in our coolship. This beer was made with processes slightly different from our more traditional batches of spontaneous beer, which are still aging/fermenting in wood, and is meant to be a window in to what we have coming down the line from our spontaneous program.”

“I’ve been wanting to make spontaneous beer since we started making sour and mixed-culture beers in 2013,” continues Coleman. “It feels like a natural progression and is one I am excited to explore in more depth in the coming years.“

Wavering Radiant will release solely at the TRVE Brewing taproom. Just over one thousand 500ml cork and capped bottles will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

ABOUT TRVE BREWING CO.

TRVE Brewing Co. is an award-winning brewery founded in the historic Baker neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. Since its inception on the summer solstice of 2012, TRVE has been a staple of the Denver brewing scene focusing on sessionable and crushable beers presented through the filter of a heavy metal aesthetic. TRVE has set itself apart from the typical experience found in the craft beer community with a wholly unique taproom, in which their original three barrel system resides. In the spring of 2015, TRVE began brewing at the Acid Temple – a ten barrel production facility dedicated to mixed-culture fermentation and experimentation.

For more information visit trvebrewing.com, and follow TRVE on Facebook at facebook.com/trvebrewing and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/trvebrewing.

Sibling Revelry Brewing to double facility space with plans to add barrel-aged program

November 12, 2017 - 3:12pm

(Westlake, OH) – Less than two years after opening its doors to the public, Sibling Revelry Brewing has announced that it is expanding. The brewery currently occupies 10,000 square feet of the building on Clemens Road; however, it will be taking over an additional 10,000 square feet in January 2018.

Plans for the expansion include a barrel-aged program, additional production and cooler space, and a larger taproom footprint. Head Brewmaster Pete Velez says, “A barrel-aging program has been on my wish list since day one. We are so excited about it. Barrel-aging will bring even more depth to our beer lineup.”

The brewery had large plans for 2017, including production of new offerings after installing two 90-barrel fermentation tanks in January. The larger tank system, coupled with an increasing demand for Sibling Revelry in the Northeast Ohio market, has warranted the expansion. “We are proud to say we are a self-distributing brewery, and this development will give us more space to produce, can and store our beers,” says David Sorace, Director of Operations at Sibling Revelry.

“I would like to thank our loyal taproom guests, vendors and retailers whom have supported and contributed to our growth in the Cleveland area. We look forward to creating more unique products and experiences for our taproom guests and consumers,” says co-owner, Sean Kennedy. “We like to keep our fans informed about all of the projects we have in the works to improve the overall Sibling Revelry experience. The patio addition this summer was the first step towards growing our taproom, and we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in 2018.”

Plans for taproom expansion include increased floor space and additional seating options. Currently, Sibling Revelry’s taproom gives visitors an open view into the brew house. Forthcoming plans will seek to keep the transparency of beer production in place.

Sibling Revelry currently offers 16 beers on tap in the taproom, with approximately three-fourths available for distribution. The remaining beers are taproom exclusive releases created on the brewery’s pilot system. The brewery cans 3 flagship brews: Swing State, IPA and Red Ale. Sibling Revelry has also produced four seasonal releases as well two limited bomber releases. The brewery released a new winter seasonal, Pecan Brown Ale, on October 30th.

Monocacy Death Eater BA Imperial Stout crowler pre-order now live, release on 11/24

November 12, 2017 - 1:18pm

(Frederick, MD) – On Friday, November 24, 2017, Monocacy Brewing will be tapping our Death Eater Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout and releasing a limited run of crowlers. To get a jump on the demand for this beer, we’re offering a crowler pre-order.

Death Eater Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is brewed with copious amounts of malt, Wisconsin Grade B maple syrup, and brown sugar. Aged in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels and flavored with coffeeFind a Craft Breweryand cinnamon, this HUGE beer is going to be extremely complex and will make a great beer for the season.

This release will be limited to a draught-only tapping at Monocacy Brewing Company. We are pre-selling crowler fills of this limited release beer – limit of 4 crowlers per person. Crowlers that are not picked up by 9:00 pm on Friday, November 24, 2017 can be picked up from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday, November 25 or from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 26. All cans should be picked up by Sunday, November 26.

Quality beer. It’s in our nature.

About Monocacy Brewing Co.

Opened for production in November of 2011, Monocacy Brewing Company crafts unique, full-flavored ales and lagers. Our staff of talented and experienced brewers are committed to promoting the use of fresh, local ingredients and releasing a portfolio of beer styles that appeals to all beer drinkers’ tastes The brewery also functions as a contract bottling facility for Frederick County’s original brewpub, Brewer’s Alley. The exceptional gift of our production team is realized when each bottle and glass of Monocacy Brewing Company beer gets served.

Our brewery and tasting room are open to the public. Join us for one of our regularly scheduled brewery tours and enjoy a taste of a flavorful and genuine Maryland beer.

Lompoc Barrel Aged Cranberry Saison release set for Friday, November 17

November 12, 2017 - 11:26am

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lompoc Brewing announces release of Barrel Aged Cranberry Saison in bottle and draft

(Portland, OR) – Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lompoc Brewing will release its Barrel Aged Cranberry Saison , part of Lompoc’s Select Series of beers, in 500 ml bottles and on draft. The beer release will take place on Friday, Nov. 17 from 4pm to 11pm at Lompoc Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave.

Lompoc’s Barrel Aged Cranberry Saison is a Belgian style ale brewed with fresh cranberries and aged one year in port barrels that infused the beer with a drinkable tart and spicy flavor and subtle notes of port and oak. Pale and wheat malts keep it light, while the peppery yeast and noble hops lead to a tangy finish (5% ABV).

The release party will also offer a food special of Sage Derby Turkey Sliders, created by Lompoc chef Mark Otey specifically to pair with this beer. Featuring ground turkey, cranberry cream cheese, sage Derby cheese, arugula and a cranberry compote for some tanginess, the sliders will be available for $3.50 apiece.

Lompoc debuted its Select Series in June of this year with Barrel Aged Red on Rye. For more information, visit LompocBrewing.com and get social @LompocBeer.

About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock) creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. Proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind.

Fremont B-Bomb 2017 Black Friday release details announced

November 12, 2017 - 11:17am

(Seattle, WA) – We’re excited to celebrate the release of this year’s B-Bomb, our annual bourbon barrel-aged winter ale! B-Bomb, formerly known as Bourbon Abominable, will be released in our Urban Beer Garden on “B-Bomb Friday”, November 24th. B-Bomb will be on-tap and available to-go in 22oz bottles at 11am. At 5pm, the legendary Yeti will join the party to help us tap three release-party-only B-Bomb infusions!

B-Bomb bottles are $20 each with a four bottle limit per person.

About:
This year’s release of B-Bomb is aged in 12-year-old American Oak bourbon barrels and is a blend of 9, 12, and 24-month old barrel strength Winter Ale. B-Bomb achieves distinct bourbon, oak, cacao, leather, and dark coffee notes from its extended barrel aging and barrel blending. Each barrel contributes a different note, and combining each barrel to create a coherent tone is a distinct art and true pleasure. Please do enjoy this unique barrel-aged ale today but know that B-Bomb will age gracefully for at least another 5 years. Don’t Be Afraid To Be Abominable.

Down & Dirty:
2-Row Pale, Crystal-120, Munich, Roast Barley, Carafa-2, and Chocolate malts with Columbus, Willamette, and US Golding hops.
ABV: 13.0%
IBU: 65
Color: Deep black
Aroma: Vanilla, wood, caramel
Flavor: Cocoa, bourbon, dried fruit

Awards:
2016 WA Beer Awards, Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Beer – Gold
2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards, Specialty Wood-Aged Beer – Gold
2015 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, Strong Dark Beer – Bronze
2015 Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Fest – Best Winter Beer
2013 WA Beer Awards, Wood-Aged Beer – Gold
2012 World Beer Cup, Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Beer – Bronze

Orlando Chocolate Mint Girl Stout returns on Saturday, November 18th

November 12, 2017 - 9:05am

(Orlando, FL) – Florida’s local, organic microbrewery is set to release their certified organic Chocolate Mint Girl Stout on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Girl Stout was the first beer in Orlando Brewing’s Babes’ Brew Series, a line dedicated to women in the craft beer industry. First drafted and crafted by the ladies of Orlando Brewing in 2013, GirlBeer Styles Stout became the fastest moving beer in Orlando Brewing history. And for good reason – think organic liquid Thin Mint.

Megan Cheek, former Orlando Brewing Operations Manager spearheaded the Babes’ Brew Series. She believes it’s important to get more women involved in the brewing process, “Because beer,” says Cheek, “is not just a man’s drink.”

Chocolate Mint Girl Stout was brewed with organic cacao nibs and peppermint sourced from Good Life to Go, a local Central Florida business. The 6.5% stout will boast a robust chocolate flavor complementing the perfect touch of mint. Cocoa nibs and peppermint were added during the brew’s 60-minute boil alongside organic Nugget, Fuggles, and Liberty hops, and then again post-fermentation in the brite tank.

Girl Stout will be available on tap and in bottles at 1 p.m. in the Orlando Brewing Taproom on November 18. Patrons will receive a free Thin Mint cookie with the purchase of a mint stout pint and a campfire with free s’mores will commence after dark (while supplies last). Happy Hour for ladies all day and local music by Sugarless starts at 9 p.m.

Payette Twelve Gauge Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2017, variants to be released on 11/24

November 11, 2017 - 1:07pm

(Boise, ID) – Payette Brewing Company is thrilled to release 2017 Twelve Gauge Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. After a twelve-month slumber, Twelve Gauge has been transferred from the bourbon barrels for the much anticipated annual release. Intoxicating liquid unlike any other Payette brew. For the first time ever, released side by side, will be two Twelve Gauge variants: Mexican Chocolate and Salted Caramel. Handcrafted, robust and rich, these beers will be available at Payette’s annual event, Black Friday on November 24th, 2017.

Black Friday is Payette’s biggest event! In to its sixth year, Black Friday, a celebration of dark beer and the release of 2017 Twelve Gauge Barrel Aged Imperial Stout will be held at their brewery Find a Craft Brewerylocated at 733 South Pioneer Street, Boise, ID 83702 from 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Black Friday features over forty imperial stouts and porters by Payette and notable craft breweries from around the country. Some have been barrel-aged or infused, all are high-end and incredible.

This annual event is held not only inside their Tap Room, but also in the brew house. Beer will be served alongside the brewing system and 240 barrel fermenters. Attendees can sip on savory (hefty) imperial stouts and porters while listening to live music and enjoying food truck fare. Payette Brewing merchandise will also be available for sale at a special Black Friday price, including Twelve Gauge merchandise available for the first time.

Admission to Black Friday is free with $4 drink tokens available for sale, which includes a Black Friday commemorative glass. Buy tokens at the door or skip the line and save money with the advance purchase packages online at www.payettebrewing.com. Tokens can be used towards imperial stout and porter pours, select non-dark Payette beer options, special Black Friday priced merchandise and Twelve Gauge bottles.

There is no doubt this will be Payette Brewing’s biggest Black Friday to date. Head to their brewery as they tap incredible and exclusive beers, including 2017 Twelve Gauge Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Mexican Chocolate Twelve Gauge and Salted Caramel Twelve Gauge available for the first time on tap and in twenty-two ounce bottles. Find all the details and reserve your bottles on www.payettebrewing.com.

— About Payette Brewing Company: Founded in Boise, ID by Michael Francis in 2010, Payette Brewing Company is proud to be Idaho’s largest brewery. The brewery offers seven year-round beers, seasonal releases, various beers their Another Round Small Batch Experimental Series and their rotating twenty-two-ounce bottle series.

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