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Widmer Brothers reveals new 2018 beer lineup, introducing Hefe X and Portland Pub Series

February 9, 2018 - 4:18pm

Introduces two new series – Hefe X and Portland Pub Series – and brings back fan favorites Deadlift Imperial IPA and Green & Gold Kölsch

(Portland, OR) – Widmer Brothers today announced its full 2018 lineup, including two new beer series that were born in our innovation brewery and the return of two fan favorites as new seasonals.

Hefe X Series

Building on the popularity of Widmer Brothers flagship Hefe, which is Oregon’s favorite craft beer, the brewery is launching its first ever “Hefe X” series in 2018. The series will feature 13 experimental Hefe concoctions that the brewers have developed in our innovation brewery. The first experimental Hefe is brewed with Mosaic hops to amp up the hop profile with a decidedly hazy tropical character and smooth citrusy mouthfeel. In addition to Hefe X Mosaic in bottles, this series will include 12 draft-only variations sold exclusively at our pub.

“Hazy beers are all the rage right now, and with Hefe, we’ve had a true hazy beer since 1986. The idea behind the Hefe X series is to bring that signature haziness of Hefe to life in a hoppier way, while remaining true to the original,” said Widmer Brothers Innovation Brewmaster Parker Penley. “We’ve always loved the bright haze of Hefe, and wanted to bring to bottle something that provided that same haziness in a hoppier version.”

Portland Pub Series

Hefe X is one of four beers in Widmer Brothers’ new Portland Pub Series 12-pack, which will highlight beers born out of its Innovation Brewery on Russell Street in Portland, Oregon. These beers all began as experiments launched on draft at the pub and quickly became fan favorites, leading Widmer Brothers to expand availability in bottles.

Joining Hefe X in the Portland Pub Series are Russell Street IPA, PDX Pils and Steel Bridge Porter. Each beer features new packaging in 2018 that celebrates Portland with colorful illustrations.

“The Innovation Brewery gives us a chance to experiment and truly get feedback direct from the public about what they love,” said Bleigh. “Each of these four beers have been big hits in our pub, so it made sense to combine the four as part of our Portland Pub Series.”

Fan Favorites Deadlift, Green & Gold Kölsch return as Widmer Brothers seasonals

Originally brewed in 2010 under a different name, Deadlift is Widmer Brothers imperial IPA brewed with a quartet of hops — Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Willamette, and Alchemy. The beer is a burst of intense hop flavor and aroma that is balanced out by a slightly sweet caramel malt character. At 8.6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the beer packs a flavorful hop punch that belies a smooth finish. Deadlift Imperial IPA will be available in 6 packs, 12 packs, and draft in the spring.

Green & Gold Kölsch was born from a love of soccer and beer. The beer was originally created by Portland beer industry staple and longtime Timbers Army/107ist Member Abram Goldman-Armstrong. Goldman-Armstrong won the Timbers Army annual homebrew competition in 2013.

As a long-time Portland Timbers partner, Widmer Brothers collaborated with Goldman-Armstrong to bring the beer to life on a broader scale as a limited release on draft and in 22oz bottles at the team’s home games in 2013 and 2014 – which was a big hit among Timbers fans.

Widmer Brothers is bringing Green & Gold back as its summer seasonal available in 6 packs, 12 packs, and draft. Green & Gold is a golden-colored beer with aromas of strawberry and cracked black pepper, a soft sweet bready malt flavor, a creamy body and a crisp, dry finish.

Deadlift Imperial IPA

Deadlift boasts the strong hop flavor of an Imperial IPA that is balanced by a citrus and berry hop notes and a malty backbone.

Malts: 2-Row, Caramel 10

Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Willamette

ABV: 8.6%

IBU: 70

Green & Gold Kölsch

Green & Gold Kölsch is a classing German-style Kölsch first brewed in honor of the Portland Timbers’ inaugural MLS season. A soft, sweet, bready flavor and aromas of strawberry and black pepper belie a crisp, dry finish.

Malts: Weyermann Pilsner, Weyermann Acidulated

Hops: Magnum, Hallertau

ABV: 5.2%

IBU: 35

Hefe X

The Hefe X series features dry hopped versions of the Original American Hefeweizen, focusing on a single hop varietal to highlight the inclusion of specific and unique hops. Hefe X Mosaic Hops amps up the hoppiness with a unique tropic flavor.

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Extra Special

Hops: Alchemy, Mosaic

ABV: 4.9%

IBU: 58

Hefe seasonals

On the heels of successful 2017 launches, all three Hefe seasonals will be back in 2018 starting with Hefe Hopfruit, a deliciously hoppy citrusy version of Hefe, returning as a spring seasonal; Hefe Berry Lime is back as a summer seasonal; and Hefe Twisted Citrus returns as the winter seasonal.

For more information on Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit widmerbrothers.com or see what the brewery is up to on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Widmer Brothers Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing helped create the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when founders Kurt and Rob Widmer, then in their 20s, began brewing unique interpretations of traditional German beer styles. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the original American-style Hefeweizen, which elevated the brewery to national acclaim. Since then, the brewery’s iconic Hefe has grown to become Oregon’s favorite craft beer. For more than three decades, Widmer Brothers has continued to push the boundaries of craft beer. Based in Portland, Oregon, the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Hefe, Steel Bridge Porter, Drop Top Amber, PDX Pils, and a full seasonal lineup. Additionally, the brewery continues to make a series of limited edition, small-batch beers available in Oregon and at the Widmer Brothers Pub in North Portland. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit http://www.widmerbrothers.com/.

Tennessee Brew Works Wildwood Flower Belgian-style Honey Blonde due out 2/16

February 9, 2018 - 3:33pm

Spring Release Features the Face of Tennessee Brew Work’s Danielle Daniel

(Nashville, TN) – Tennessee Brew Works will release its seasonal Belgian-style Honey Blonde Wildwood Flower Ale on February 16 at their Nashville Taproom, 809 Ewing Ave.

The seasonal ale has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 6.8 percent and International Bitterness Unit (IBU) of 22.

“This year’s Wildwood Flower Blonde Ale is a sophisticated blonde ale derived from a classic Belgian Abbey yeast; accentuated by a floral, aromatic hop profile and commingled with a blend of the locally sourced Wildflower and Sourwood honeys from Del Rio, Tennessee’s Strange Honey Farm,” says Christian Spears, founder and president, Tennessee Brew Works.

According to Head Brewer Matt Simpson, “The Wildwood Flower Ale pairs well with roasted poultry and soft cheeses such as brie. You will really enjoy the floral and honey flavors.”

Many of the Tennessee Brew Works beer labels feature the faces of real people from the brewery.

Wildwood Flower Ale showcases one of Tennessee Brew Work’s original employees, Director of Sales, Danielle Daniel. A native Tennessean, Danielle was born in Cottontown and raised in Hendersonville. Danielle worked at renowned Nashville beer spots such as the Flying Saucer and Frugal MacDoogal, where she discovered her love for craft beer and became determined to work in the industry. In 2013, she met Tennessee Brew Works founder, Christian Spears, at the Flying Saucer while the brewery was still being built. Danielle’s driving influences of wanting to work within a local community, explore Nashville’s ever-expanding scenes, and produce distinct and delicious beer led her to Tennessee Brew Works. Her business savvy and dedication to the industry quickly set her apart, and Danielle became one of the first members of the Tennessee Brew Works family.

Wildwood Flower Blonde Ale will be available at Tennessee Brew Works Taproom, their Nashville International Airport kiosk (at the terminals A/B food court), and limited restaurants, bars, and grocery stores throughout Tennessee, Northern Alabama and Kentucky.

About Tennessee Brew Works
Tennessee Brew Works was born from a love for craft beer. A start-up which began over a home-brew session, they ultimately celebrated their first professional brew in August 2013. Tennessee Brew Works is 100% owned and operated by folks in Tennessee. Their motto: “We work hard to create high quality craft beer that makes Tennessee proud. Our culture places importance on family, friends, and community, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.”

Stone Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure Double IPA debuts this week

February 9, 2018 - 2:34pm

A fabled brewery enlists a most unsuspecting cast of characters

(Escondido, CA) – An unlikely pair on a serendipitous adventure, the story of Loral and Dr. Rudi is one of smooth beginnings and bitter endings. It’s a novel of epic proportions, a journey in every sip. Like the crisp pages of a new best-seller, Stone Brewing announces the release of Stone Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure Double IPA.

She was elegant with flowers in her hair. He was stubborn, reeking of herb and highly unrefined. Differences aside, the two unsuspecting characters set forth on a wild adventure. The story that unfurls is nothing short of a narrative for the senses. The aroma is intensely floral with subtle herbal notes. Loral shines through in the flavor with citrus, peach and hints of fresh berries while Dr. Rudi’s resin and pine carry throughout alongside notes of white sage. It’s refreshing, crisp and smooth with mild bitterness and an ABV that boosts the overall aromas and flavors of this inevitable adventure.

“We have been a bit obsessed with Loral hops lately,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing Senior Innovation Manager. “We’re loving its bright, floral qualities and have been impressed with the hop on its own and blended with others. Dr. Rudi is an older hop, one we haven’t used much lately and we were blown away by how the two complement one another – a good example of how sometimes opposites attract.”

So while the tale of Loral & Dr. Rudi will go on in history, the seasonal beer is best enjoyed fresh. Stone Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure Double IPA will debut this week in 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce bottled six-packs and on draft nationwide.

QUICK FACTS
Name: Stone Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure Double IPA
Web: Stonebrewing.com/inevitable
Stats: 8.9% ABV, 84 IBUs
Availability: Limited release in 12-ounce six-pack bottles, 22-ounce bottles and draft
Featured Hops: Loral and Dr. Rudi
National Distribution: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NM, ND, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA and WI
International Distribution: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Light golden. White, foamy head with medium size bubbles.
Aroma: Intense floral up front with peach, resin and pine. There are also subtle herbal hints.
Taste: Citrus, peach, and hints of fresh berries with notes of herbal and white sage. Lots of resin and pine throughout.
Palate: Very refreshing, crisp, and smooth, especially for this high ABV. There is a mild bitterness on the finish.
Overall: This beer proves the theory that opposites attract. The elegant Loral with floral, citrus, and hints of noble qualities hooks up with a tie-dye wearing friend of a friend from out of town, who is dank and full of resin and pine. It works! People may find it hard to believe that this is 8.9% but the ABV definitely helps boost the wonderful aromas and flavors in this very drinkable beer. Have another!

PAIRING NOTES
Starters: Black Tiger Shrimp Ceviche*, Sliced Papaya with Lime and Salt, Honey Sriracha Quail Knots*, Chicken Karaage Steamed Buns**
Soups and Salads: Yum Woon Sen (Thai Noodle Salad), Baby Gem Caesar Salad*, Caprese Salad, Gazpacho, Tomato Basil Soup
Main Courses: Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce, Citrus Glazed Pork Chop**, Spicy Lamb Sausage Rigatoni**, Capellini Pomodoro, Sea Scallops
Desserts: Mango Mochi, Pot de Crème with Fresh Berries, Cherry Ice Cream, Lemon Gelato with Ginger Cookies
*Pairings available at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido. View full menu here.

**Pairings available at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station. View full menu here.

Columbia Distributing to acquire General Distributors, Inc.

February 9, 2018 - 1:57pm

(Portland, OR) – Columbia Distributing announced it will purchase all stock of General Distributors, Inc. (GDI), based in Oregon City, Oregon. The nearly 100-year-old GDI represents a portfolio of more than 100 international, national and local beer, energy and water suppliers. The transaction is expected to close on March 31, 2018.

The acquisition will allow Columbia to align its distribution operations in contiguous service areas around the Portland Metro Area – from the state’s capital of Salem to Hood River, Oregon – where GDI has been distributing many of the same products. “The move also allows us to expand numerous brands where we see strong growth potential,” said Chris Steffanci, Columbia’s president and CEO.

“GDI’s long history of service in this region doesn’t go unnoticed,” added Steffanci. “They’ve been a fierce competitor and have done a lot over the years to demonstrate the value of the three-tier system.”

“I will always take great pride in what GDI stood for – superior service executed with the upmost pride, integrity and professionalism,” said Charles Fick III, GDI president. “I’d like to thank all GDI employees, past and present, for their contribution to our century-long success, and I wish Columbia well in its future endeavors.”

About Columbia Distributing
Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s finest beer, cider and non-alcoholic beverage distributors. Since 1935, the company has distributed some of the best known brands in the beverage business. Today Columbia Distributing and its 3,000+ employees service over 20,000 retail customers covering more than 135,000 square miles in Oregon, Washington and California. Columbia’s success is based on the deep-rooted tradition of delivering quality products, timely service and a genuine concern for customers’ needs. This is achieved by providing ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. For more information on Columbia Distributing, please visit www.coldist.com.

Columbia Distributing to purchase majority of assets of Marine View Beverage

February 9, 2018 - 1:44pm

(Kent, WA) – Columbia Distributing today announced it will purchase the majority of the assets of Marine View Beverage based in Sumner, Poulsbo, Port Angeles and Tumwater, Washington. Marine View represents a portfolio of more than 120 international, national and local beer, energy and water suppliers. The deal furthers Columbia’s commitment to building brands and diversifying its portfolio. The transaction is expected to close on April 30, 2018.

“Columbia is a growth company and we all benefit from this – our employees, our brands, the consumer and the community,” said Chris Steffanci, Columbia’s president and CEO. “As a company with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, we take great pride in the creation of 3,000+ living-wage jobs, offering exceptional beverage choices and variety for the consumer, and sharing our success through many community partnerships.”

“This acquisition drive’s Columbia’s brand promise: To provide ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for all. We’re purchasing a first-class industry leader and have tremendous respect for the business Marine View has built,” added Steffanci.

“From our humble beginnings to where we are today – it’s a proud yet bittersweet moment,” said Fred Bevegni, Marine View’s co-owner. “BJ [Bjerke, co-owner] along with our dear friend and partner, the late Lance Kahn, set out to form a company with a unique leadership model, outstanding customer service and superior employee competence. We hit the mark on all of those. Columbia is purchasing one of the best.”

About Columbia Distributing
Since 1935, Columbia Distributing has helped build some of the best known brands in the beverage business. Today Columbia Distributing and its 3,000+ employees service over 20,000 retail customers covering more than 135,000 square miles in Oregon, Washington and California. Columbia’s success is based on the deep-rooted tradition of delivering quality products, timely service and a genuine concern for customers’ needs. This is achieved by providing ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. For more information on Columbia Distributing, please visit www.coldist.com.

Four Loko Black just launched as part of Camo can series

February 9, 2018 - 1:02pm

(Chicago, IL) – Four Loko officially announced its newest product, Four Loko Black, a cryptic name that encourages consumers to determine the latest flavor for themselves. Known for giving their fans the chance to discover and describe new flavors on their own terms, Four Loko Black follows Four Loko Gold as the second mystery flavor in the brand’s Camo can series.

“Four Loko has always been a brand that connects directly with our fans and this new product gives them another opportunity to create their own Four Loko stories with an enticing new flavor they have to actually try in order to decipher what it is,” said Jaisen Freeman, the company’s co-founder. “We are always striving to give our fans new chances to share experiences and Four Loko Black is the perfect beverage to create excitement amongst friends.”

The can’s artwork features a black and grey camouflage design with bold, neon green accents. Meant for pre-parties and other celebratory gatherings, Four Loko hopes to encourage a friendly debate among consumers about what the flavor could be.

The release of Four Loko Black follows a stellar 2017 with the Four Loko family garnering the title for the best-selling 24-ounce flavored malt beverage in convenience stores1. The Four Loko brand currently dominates the 14% ABV segment of the flavored malt beverage category, accounting for 93% of total dollars2.

The brand will also be supporting the new product’s launch with several partnerships and events. Four Loko is partnering with the popular DJ, Flosstradamus, on a series of shows labeled, “Hi Def Nights,” taking place this March in Chicago, Miami and Mexico City. In addition, Four Loko Black will be the title sponsor for hip hop artist Riff Raff’s nationwide “Neon Black” Tour, which kicks off February 28th in Gainesville, Florida and then crisscrosses the country throughout April. Of course, the brand will also be present at other music festivals and events throughout the year.

“Working with popular artists, such as Flosstradamus and Riff Raff, gives us the opportunity to connect directly with our fans at events that are relevant to them,” said Freeman. “We have big plans for Four Loko Black in 2018 and these partnerships give us some exciting momentum as the product hits the shelves. If the launch of Four Loko Gold is any indication, we think consumers will love it.”

Four Loko Black is available in 23.5-ounce cans at 14% ABV and is currently rolling out across the country. It will have nationwide distribution by February 2018.

Phusion Projects, LLC, is a Chicago-based multi-brand alcoholic beverage company that sells products including Four Loko, Moskato Life, Earthquake and John Daly’s Grip It and Sip It both domestically and globally.

Since the company’s inception, Phusion Projects has encouraged fans to unfold their own Four Loko story, while being committed to operating as a responsible member of the alcoholic beverage industry. To learn more about Four Loko products, please visit fourloko.com.

1 – IRI Total US Convenience 1 CT 24/25OZ Flavored Malt Beverage Brand Families Dollars YTD Ended 12/3/17

2 – IRI Total US Convenience Single 14% Flavored Malt Beverage Segment Dollars 13-Weeks Ended 12/3/17

Fido’s, a craft beer taproom featuring shelter dogs, to hold grand opening on Feb. 13

February 9, 2018 - 12:51pm

(Tigard, OR) – Fido’s – The World’s First Dog Tap House, is having its Grand Celebration on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 11am. Fido’s brings to the beer scene a new concept never seen before. Fido’s blends foster housing for shelter dogs with a craft beer tap room. Patrons will be able to drink craft beer and play with shelter dogs, with the goal of rehoming these dogs to loving owners.

“We are excited to host John Cook, Mayor of Tigard,” comments owner Scott Porter. “Oregon Friends Of Shelter Animals, Harmony Dog Training, Dog artist Kellee Beaudry and Mrs. Washington County are all confirmed for the celebration.” In addition to beer, shelter dogs and fun dog-themed community events, Fido’s will donate a portion of profits to local rescue charities to help them tackle the national shelter dog challenge. According to the SPCA, about 670,000 dogs are euthanized annually due to overpopulation. That’s over 12,000 per week. Area nonprofits spend so much of their time fundraising, which takes away their capacity to rehome shelter dogs. This prompted Porter to promote and support charities that are tackling the homelessness issue for our furry friends, within his business model. It is Fido’s goal to become the premier corporate donor in the United States.

Fido’s is excited for its February 13th grand opening. They are ramping up by scheduling dog-related events, getting their large outdoor patio prepped and ready for the dogs and customers, and of course, bringing in craft beer from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Fido’s is a family friendly establishment. Kids are welcome, and puppy pals are encouraged on the patio. The patio will also be used for dog demonstrations, art shows, book signings, and more.

Additional events are also being planned for opening week and well out into the future. Any dog related events such as seminars, dog-themed artists, DIY dog bone makers and other dog enthusiasts are encouraged to reach out to explore promotional opportunities.

Eat. Drink. Adopt! At Fido’s – The World’s First Dog Tap House.

www.ilovefidos.com

Innis & Gunn’s new packaging hitting stores starting this month

February 9, 2018 - 11:54am

Stamford, CT – Innis & Gunn, one of the UK’s most successful international craft brewers, has unveiled a brand new look with a unifying packaging rebrand across its core barrel-aged and craft brewed beers range.

The introduction of the new Innis & Gunn packaging marks a return to its roots in barrel-ageing. A pioneer of barrel-ageing, the craft brewer has over a decade of experience using two different methods of achieving the incredible flavour that a barrel can impart to the beer – the traditional beer into barrel method which is used for the brewer’s popular small-batch limited edition range of beers, and the unique to Innis & Gunn ‘barrel into beer’ method developed for its core range by Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp.

The brewer’s innovative ‘barrel into beer’ technique turns the traditional method on its head to barrel-age more beer at a greater consistency, without losing any of the flavour. The return to barrel-ageing on the core range has been the culmination of years of research to establish the technology and supplier partnerships to create this technique of breaking the barrels down into pieces, which are then toasted to develop a spectrum of aroma and flavour elements.

The versatility of the ‘barrel into beer’ technique is showcased in the new barrel-aged rum beer in the core-range, which has been aged using 100% Jamaican rum barrel pieces. Taking inspiration from the Caribbean home of the rum barrels, Innis & Gunn has launched the new rum barrel-aged beer with the name Blood Red Sky, replacing the previous Rum Finish in the line-up.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn Founder and Master Brewer said: “First and foremost our mission is to push the boundaries of craft beer, to keep evolving and developing new ideas and techniques. I’m enormously proud of our commitment to quality and innovation, resulting in our new unique barrel into beer method of barrel-ageing. This puts Innis & Gunn in the privileged position of being able to amplify the flavour in our beer using both traditional and modern innovative techniques. 2018 commemorates our 15th year anniversary and we’ll be introducing some very exciting beers lined up to showcase the possibilities of barrel-ageing beer.

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The new look for Innis & Gunn in store and in bar is designed to share our story and craft credentials with consumers, reflecting our unique position at the centre of craft brewing tradition and innovation.”

The new packaging design takes inspiration from Innis & Gunn’s home city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Each day at 1pm at Edinburgh’s iconic Castle a large gun sounds in a tradition dating back to 1861 when it allowed ships nearby to set the maritime clocks they needed to navigate the world’s oceans and deliver renowned Scottish products. The distinctive swirls and ripples on the packaging are a nod to the nearby “One O’ Clock Gunn” and reflect the explosion of flavour found in Innis & Gunn beers. The new look will extend beyond packaging into point-of-sale materials.

The Innis & Gunn rebrand will take place across their core-range line-up including: The Original, Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, Blood Red Sky, Jamaican Rum Barrel Red Beer, and Bourbon Barrel Porter (the new name of their Bourbon Aged Dark Ale), as well as their Irish Whiskey seasonal offering, and future styles. The new packaging will start hitting US shelves this month.

The new packaging launch follows a transformational 18 months for Innis & Gunn which has seen significant growth in the business, including the recent announcement that the world’s leading consumer goods private equity firm, L Catterton, has invested in the business, fueling the Edinburgh based company’s ambitious growth opportunities in the UK and internationally.

To find Innis & Gunn in the US, please visit our importer’s website at:

http://www.unitedstatesbeverage.com/brand-finder/.

About Innis & Gunn:

Since its foundation in 2003 Innis & Gunn has grown to become one of the UK’s most successful international craft beer businesses, reporting continued year on year volume growth. In 2016 Innis & Gunn sold more than 27 million bottles of beer around the world with a full product range including Original, its flagship oak-aged beer, award winning Innis & Gunn Craft Lager, recently launched American and Session IPAs, and a successful limited edition programme of barrel-aged beers.

The Innis & Gunn Brewery in Perth is the brand’s home for innovation and barrel-ageing, where Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp and his team of highly skilled and passionate brewers develop the flavoursome beers that are loved by craft beer fans in over 28 countries.

The first Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen opened in Edinburgh in summer 2015, winning the UK Casual Dining Concept Award in January 2016. A successful roll-out of the bar and restaurant concept with a focus on beer and food pairings has seen Beer Kitchens open in Dundee, St Andrews, and most recently the largest to date in Glasgow’s Ashton Lane, where there is an onsite craft brewery producing new tank beers exclusive to The Beer Kitchen bars.

In November 2016, Innis & Gunn raised £2.4 million through its first equity crowdfunding campaign, AdventureCapital. At the close of the campaign, the brewery had almost 2000 investors.

In September 2017, the world’s largest consumer goods private equity firm, L Catterton, invested in a 27.9% stake in Innis & Gunn, bringing unparalleled experience in brand building and understanding of global consumer markets to fuel the brewer’s growth internationally.

Winning a multitude of awards for its beers, Innis & Gunn’s was immensely proud to take home five awards at the 2017 Scottish Beer Awards, and in July 2016 to take Gold and Bronze awards in one of the largest and most renowned international beer competitions, the US Open Beer Championship, the only Scottish brewer to win. 2016 also saw Innis & Gunn win Gold and Silver in the New York International Beer Awards, and take home the accolade of Scottish Brewery of the Year.

About United States Beverage

United States Beverage (USB) is a premium craft and import beverage sales and marketing company located in Stamford, Connecticut. USB provides a national distribution network for a portfolio of premium beverage brands and has been the fastest growing independent importer over the last three years. www.unitedstatesbeverage.com.

Current Heineken USA CMO, Nuno Teles, named next President of Diageo Beer Company USA

February 9, 2018 - 9:38am

(Norwalk, CT) – Diageo North America has today announced that Nuno Teles is to be appointed President, Diageo Beer Company, USA, effective March 1, 2018 reporting to Deirdre Mahlan. Teles joins from HEINEKEN USA, where he is currently Chief Marketing Officer, a position he has held since 2014.

Deirdre Mahlan, President, Diageo North America said:

“I am delighted Nuno is joining our business. He has strong strategic orientation, commerciality and thought leadership. I know he will be a strong partner to me and the rest of the North America Executive in delivering our ambitions.”

Nuno has some fourteen years’ experience in the beer industry, starting at Scottish & Newcastle, followed by a move to Heineken in 2004 – working across numerous geographies including Portugal, the Netherlands, Brazil and the US. He has a strong understanding of the US market, its channels, consumers and distributors. His early career was spent working across a number of businesses, including Unilever.

As previously announced, Tom Day, Chief Sales Officer, Diageo, will continue in his advisory role as Chairman, Diageo Beer Company, USA.

About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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BrewDog to build $30 million (AUS) brewery in Brisbane, Australia

February 9, 2018 - 9:09am

Scottish Craft Beer Pioneers To Build Brisbane Riverfront Brewery

(Queensland, AUSTRALIA) – After a nation-wide search for a base down under, international craft brewing sensation BrewDog will open its first Australian brewery on the Brisbane River thanks to support from the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Scottish brewer planned to work with local developers NPD Property Group to build a $30 million production brewery and tap room on an 11,000sqm greenfield site in the Metroplex complex at Murrarie, employing more than 150 people in the next five years.

‘BrewDog’s choice of Brisbane over other interstate locations to open its first brewery outside of the UK and the US is a strong vote of confidence in our state from one of the world’s most successful independent breweries,’ he said.

‘This project will begin generating jobs for Queenslanders immediately, with 60 construction jobs ready to roll and a total 235 jobs expected to be created by this project over the next 10 years, simultaneously supporting local jobseekers and fuelling the state’s economy for years to come.

‘The incentives our government is providing through our industry attraction fund were instrumental in BrewDog choosing to base its Australian operations here in South-East Queensland, providing another feather in the cap of our state’s growing manufacturing industry.

Mr Dick said the Palaszczuk Government’s assistance to the project also featured in BrewDog’s decision to site the company’s new operation in Queensland.

Starting out in North East Scotland back in 2007, school friends and BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie now operate two major breweries in the UK and the US as well as more than 50 bars across the globe, with 800 staff members on their team.

BrewDog’s Australian director Zarah Prior said the Queensland Government and Brisbane Marketing’s support was a major factor in the decision of the company to come to Brisbane.

‘We’ve been so humbled by the support from local businesses as well as the local community who have shown a real passion for BrewDog to call Brissie home,’ she said.

‘The state’s industry attraction program has been fundamental in helping us seal the deal for Brisbane.

‘It’s a city that’s on the brink of some incredible growth, and we can’t wait to be a part of that.’

BrewDog co-founder Martin Dickie said:

‘We’re committed to giving our Australian fans the freshest possible BrewDog beer and by setting up in Queensland, we’re one step closer to making this happen.

‘We’re looking forward to sharing Aussie-brewed Punk IPA with Brisbane locals at our riverfront brewery taproom.’

Mr Dick said Queensland’s $20 billion manufacturing sector employs around 170,000 people, and with programs like AQIAF, the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund and priority industry roadmaps supporting growth, businesses are queueing up to join in.

Good Beer Week Gala Showcase is back March 22-23

February 9, 2018 - 8:49am

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA – Coming off of last year’s major sell-out event, Good Beer Week is pleased to announce the return of the annual two-day Gala Showcase, happening at The Atrium Federation Square on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March.

This year, the Gala Showcase will feature 30 local and interstate breweries including Modus Operandi (NSW), Bridge Road Brewers (VIC), Mornington Peninsula Brewery (VIC) and Pirate Life (SA), as well as amazing breweries from across Australia showing off their best and rarest brews!

A curated selection of Melbourne’s best food vendors will keep beer lovers well fed while they explore the beer stalls.

The Gala Showcase also serves as the official launch of the Good Beer Week 2018 program, giving a sneak peek to the ten-day beer festival that runs this autumn from 11-20 May 2018.

Tickets will be available at goodbeerweek.com.au for $50pp plus booking fee from Thursday 15th February. Tickets include 20 x 60ml beer tasting tokens from a choice of more than 200 beers, a $10 food voucher to spend with participating food vendors, and a Good Beer Week souvenir tasting glass RRP $15.

Over two sessions, the Gala Showcase will feature a selection of never-before-tasted brews, free masterclasses, meet the brewer sessions, and offer attendees the chance to vote for the Bintani People’s Choice Awards for their favourite beer and brewery of the Showcase, which will be announced at the final Friday evening session.

Good Beer Week, the biggest beer festival in the Southern Hemisphere, is an independent and not-for-profit festival that celebrates and promotes the renaissance that craft beer is enjoying globally. Since the festival’s inception in 2011, its central aim is to promote good beer and the community and culture that surround it.

Good Beer Week Gala Showcase 2018

Thursday 22 March and Friday 23 March, $50pp, + booking fee

Ticket price includes:

20 x 60ml beer tastings from a choice of more than 100 beers
$10 food voucher to spend with participating vendors
RASTAL tasting glass, RRP $15

Sessions

Thursday, 23 March 2017
5pm – 9pm: Tasting Session 1 and Free Masterclasses

Friday, 24 March 2017
5pm – 9pm: Tasting Session 2 and Free Masterclasses

Beer to the Rescue 2018 charity campaign to feature 40+ Southern California breweries

February 8, 2018 - 7:35pm

Charity campaign benefiting the Lupus Foundation of Southern California expanding to raise funds and awareness for other diverse San Diego County non-profit groups

(San Diego, CA) — Now in its fourth year, Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC) fundraising initiative Beer to the Rescue has secured the assistance of a record-breaking 42 San Diego brewing companies for its 2018 campaign. Established in 2015 by local brewing-industry professional, beer journalist and lupus survivor Brandon Hernández, Beer to the Rescue has raised more than $100,000 for the LFSC. Those funds have been used to provide free services to people living with lupus in San Diego and Imperial Counties, including educational and support-group events as well as funding for medical research focusing on this chronic and potentially fatal autoimmune disease.

Appreciative of the outpouring of generosity from local breweries and their patrons, Hernández has altered this year’s campaign in an effort to pay that open-heartedness forward and assist others in need.

“We’ve been so fortunate to find ourselves on the receiving end of such kindness. This time around, we want to pay that generosity forward by helping other non-profits and humanitarian causes using the platform we’ve established,” says Hernández. “This year, participating brewery owners were encouraged to select charities close to their hearts with the goal of holding joint fundraising events and promotions, with donations from those efforts being split 50/50 between the LFSC and the organizations selected by the breweries.”

As a result, seven non-profits will also benefit from San Diegans’ support of Beer to the Rescue. They (and the breweries that selected them) are as follows:

• Beer for Boobs Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team (White Labs)
• Challenged Athletes Foundation (Rouleur Brewing)
• Friends of Jefferson Elementary (North Park Beer Co.)
• One More Wave (Mason Ale Works)
• Random Acts (Savagewood Brewing)
• St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (Indian Joe Brewing)
• TBD Foster Children’s Charity (Bolt Brewery)

From San Diego’s largest brewing companies (Ballast Point Brewing, Stone Brewing, Karl Strauss Brewing) to some of its smallest operations, breweries of all sizes are getting involved via a variety of efforts:

• Charity Beers: Special fundraising beers are being brewed for the campaign by 32 North Brewing, Amplified Ale Works, Benchmark Brewing, Division 23 Brewing, Duck Foot Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Indian Joe Brewing, Intergalactic Brewing, Karl Strauss Brewing, Kilowatt Brewing, Mason Ale Works, Nickel Beer Co., Pacific Islander Beer Co., Prodigy Brewing, Resident Brewing, Rouleur Brewing, Savagewood Brewing, Second Chance Beer Co., South Park Brewing, Stone Brewing, Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing, Wavelength Brewing and White Labs.

• Fundraisers: Special events will be held throughout 2018 to raise funds and educate the public about lupus and the LFSC. The first event will take place Saturday, February 10 at 5 p.m. in South Park at Hamilton’s Tavern’s Second Saturday celebration featuring Onyx Ledbetter, a black IPA brewed by South Park Brewing and Karl Strauss Brewing for Beer to the Rescue.

• Donations: Pure Project Brewing (March), Societe Brewing (May) and Belching Beaver Brewery (November) will donate a percentage of total sales over the course of designated months.

In San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties alone, there are more than 20,000 people suffering from lupus. Studies show one in 185 people have lupus, nine out of ten of which are women between the ages of 17 and 40. However, these numbers are skewed because most people with lupus are never diagnosed with this autoimmune disease, which negatively impacts victims via myriad painful symptoms, causes irreparable damage to vital organs and can be fatal. Beer to the Rescue aims to clear a path to diagnosis and subsequent treatment, while improving quality of life for those living with lupus.

Events will take place from February through December, with a large concentration taking place in May, which is Lupus Awareness Month. A full event schedule is being developed and will soon be posted at www.beertotherescue.org as well as shared via Beer to the Rescue’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@beertotherescue). Upcoming scheduled fundraisers are as follows:

• Saturday, February 10 | Second Saturday—South Park Brewing, South Park
• Saturday, February 24 | Beer-Release Event—Benchmark Brewing, Grantville
• Wednesday, March 28 | Fundraiser—Pariah Brewing, North Park
• Thursday, March 29 | Cask Night Event—North Park Beer Co., North Park
• Monday, April 16 | Fundraiser—New English Brewing, Sorrento Valley
• Every Tuesday in May | Charity Nights—Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa
• Thursday, May 3 | Beer-Release Event—Division 23 Brewing, Miramar
• Thursday, May 17 | Fundraiser—Thorn St. Brewery, North Park
• Sunday, June 3 | Beer-Release Events—Second Chance Beer Co., Carmel Mountain & North Park
• Friday, July 6 | Beer-Release Event—Booze Brothers Brewing, Vista
• Thursday, August 16 | Fundraiser—Burgeon Beer Co., Carlsbad
• Tuesday, October 16 | Beer For Boobs Joint Fundraiser—White Labs, Miramar
• Wednesday, October 31 | Halloween Fundraiser—2kids Brewing, Miramar
• Saturday, November 17 | St. Jude’s Hospital Joint Fundraiser—Indian Joe Brewing, Vista
• Thursday, November 27 | Fundraisers—Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista & North Park
• Saturday, December 8 | Foster Children’s Charity Joint Fundraiser—Bolt Brewery, La Mesa

2018 BEER TO THE RESCUE BREWERIES (with month of participation)

• 2kids Brewing
• 32 North Brewing
• Amplified Ale Works
• Ballast Point Brewing
• Bay City Brewing
• Bear Roots Brewing
• Belching Beaver Brewery
• Benchmark Brewing
• Bolt Brewery
• Booze Brothers Brewing
• Burgeon Beer Co.
• Council Brewing
• Division 23 Brewing
• Duck Foot Brewing
• Eppig Brewing
• Gordon Biersch
• Home Brewing
• Indian Joe Brewing
• Intergalactic Brewing
• Karl Strauss Brewing
• Kilowatt Brewing
• Little Miss Brewing
• Mason Ale Works
• New English Brewing
• Nickel Beer Co.
• North Park Beer Co.
• Pacific Islander Beer Co.
• Pariah Brewing
• Prodigy Brewing
• Pure Project Brewing
• Resident Brewing
• Rip Current Brewing
• Rouleur Brewing
• Savagewood Brewing
• Second Chance Beer Co.
• Societe Brewing
• South Park Brewing
• Stone Brewing
• Thorn St. Brewery
• Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing
• Wavelength Brewing
• White Labs

About the Lupus Foundation of Southern California: The Lupus Foundation of Southern California is a 501(c)(3) non-profit health agency. Originated as a small support group for local lupus patients, it gradually grew to become the San Diego Chapter of The American Lupus Society (TALS) in 1976. In August of 1996, TALS merged with the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA). Since then, the agency has operated under the name Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC). The LFSC is a patient-oriented, non-profit, volunteer health agency that provides information, education and referrals for those affected by lupus. Various support groups are held throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties, and quarterly seminars are held covering topics that are pertinent to people with lupus. They are always free and open to the public. The LFSC also lobbies for and funds additional lupus-related research in an effort to provide increased awareness, education and treatment options for people with lupus.

Coronado Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake makes 2018 return

February 8, 2018 - 7:19pm

(San Diego, CA) – Coronado Brewing’s popular Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake is making its 2018 return, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake is the first release from the 2018 Coronado Collection series, which will feature three limited-release, barrel-aged offerings distributed throughout Coronado’s network in 22oz bottles and on draft.

Originally released February 2016, Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake quickly built a loyal following. The beer starts off as a bold imperial stout with a roasted character and tasting notes of chocolate and espresso. It then spent six months aging in freshly dumped bourbon barrels before being treated with a healthy addition of toasted coconut and cacao nibs. The result is an incredibly drinkable, yet complex beer with abundant flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and espresso. “We wanted to kick-off the 2018 Coronado Collection with the return of a crowd favorite and one of our personal favorites,” says Mark Theisen, Head Brewer, Coronado Brewing Company. “As we continue building out our barrel-aging program, we’re excited for fans to see what we have in store for future releases. We’re excited to be pushing the envelope with unique barrel-aged offerings.”

Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake will debut at Coronado Brewing’s three locations on Friday, February 9 in 22oz bottles and on draft. Limited distribution will begin the following week, while supplies last. For more information about Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake, please visit https://coronadobrewing.com/coronado-beer-series/coronado-collection-2/#barrel-aged-german-chocolate-cake. Stay Coastal. Cheers.

Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake:

Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

ABV: 9%

Package: 22oz bottles, draft

Release: February 2018

Availability: Coronado’s distribution network

Label Copy

The Coronado Collection is our limited release series of barrel-aged liquid treasures. Only the boldest beers enter the barrels, and after months of aging, they emerge transformed. Enjoy now, or cellar for years to come.

Rich espresso and chocolate notes from the beer meld with sweet toasted coconut, before aging for several months in fresh bourbon barrels. The barrels impart the beer with additional hints of chocolate and vanilla for a new take on this classic American dessert.

About Coronado Brewing Company

In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. Today CBC stays true to their San Diego roots, brewing abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales, which are available today in 16 US states and 12 countries. In addition to the long-established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside its San Diego production facility in 2013, and a tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach, California in 2014. Coronado Brewing Company was honored in 2014 with one of the brewing industry’s most prestigious awards—World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a Mid-Size Brewing Company.

Links:

Website: http://coronadobrewing.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coronadobrewingcompany

Instagram: @CoronadoBrewing

Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing

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#StayCoastal

Girl Grey: The Bruery and Top Chef winner, Brooke Williamson, team up on new brew

February 8, 2018 - 6:15pm

An exciting new beer for fans nationwide. This spring seasonal collaboration features the character of a Belgian-style ale, ribbons of almond flavors and the piquant qualities of Earl Grey tea – perfect for a new generation of beer lovers.

(Orange County, CA) – This February, The Bruery®, an independent craft brewery based in Placentia, California, is releasing Girl Grey, an exciting and refreshing collaboration ale brewed with Chef Brooke Williamson, a Los Angeles-based chef and the most-recent winner on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 14.

Girl Grey is the first new concept of 2018 to be released nationwide by The Bruery. Known for pushing the boundaries on what can be achieved with flavors in beer, Girl Grey is no exception, thanks to the inventiveness and world-renowned palate of Chef Brooke. The two teamed to create Girl Grey, a Belgian-style ale brewed with lactose, almonds, earl grey tea and natural flavors, offering creamy, floral notes of earl grey tea for all levels of craft beer drinkers to enjoy. Crisp and refreshing, Girl Grey is a complex yet delicate ale coming in at 8.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume.)

Girl Grey will be distributed in nearly 30 states across the country and is available now to members of The Bruery Reserve Society® and Hoarders Society®. Girl Grey will also be available to the public on February 14 at both of The Bruery and Bruery Terreux® tasting room locations, as well as The Bruery Store at Union Market in Washington, D.C. If you don’t want to leave finding this beer to chance, join The Bruery Preservation Society® (https://www.thebruerystore.com/membership/preservation-society) by March 31, 2018 and receive a bottle with the quarterly membership package.

Officially beginning her career at the young age of 17, Williamson was the youngest chef to ever cook at the James Beard House, and was recently a winner on Bravo’s “Top Chef” in March 2017. Williamson is the Co-Owner and Co-Chef, along with husband Nick Roberts, of Hudson House in Redondo Beach, The Tripel and Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey, the culinary retail boutique Tripli-Kit, Da Kikokiko in Playa Vista, and Small Batch, an artisanal ice cream shop, in Mar Vista, CA.

As a leader in redefining flavors and roles in the culinary world, Brooke was invited to The Bruery to assist with this brand new ale. Girl Grey is the first of two collaborative efforts between the Orange County-based brewery and Chef Brooke Williamson.

“Last May, we approached Chef Brooke with the idea of introducing her culinary expertise to the craft beer world and helping us concept a new beer that craft beer drinkers and culinary fans alike could appreciate,” said Patrick Rue, founder and CEO of The Bruery. “Collaborating with Chef Brooke was a special experience and an eye-opening approach to discovering new ingredients and unique flavors for craft beer. After fruitful and creative test blendings over multiple sessions, we developed the ideal beer for all generations of beer drinkers to enjoy.”

Patrick Rue, one of just 16 individuals to earn the title of Master Cicerone®, believed that introducing an expert chef to The Bruery could create a unique ale that would not only intrigue craft beer drinkers throughout the country, but also introduce a new generation of beer drinkers to cutting-edge flavors and new styles of beer.

“Being a chef, first and foremost, I felt like my ultimate goal with creating the perfect collaboration beer was to balance the important uniqueness in flavor profile, while remaining food-friendly. This beer to me does just that,” said Chef Brooke Williamson. “It’s a perfect blend of creamy richness and complex floral notes, making for a wide variety of food pairing options. I’m inclined to go tart and sweet, like biscuits with lemon curd, or banana cream pie, but at the same time, it’s versatile and subtle enough to work with spiced mole chicken and toasted almond rice. It really is the perfect food beer.”

In addition to helping brew Girl Grey, Chef Brooke also helped concept a new sour beer collaboration with Bruery Terreux, the sour and wild beer label for The Bruery. Kyuri Dragon is an oak-aged sour ale with bright, tropical notes of dragon fruit, rambutan, kaffir lime leaf and lychee, balanced by the refreshing addition of cucumbers. The beer will be released this spring exclusively to members of The Bruery Reserve Society and Hoarders Society.

** An Evening with Chef Brooke Williamson at Bruery Terreux
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In conjunction with the public release of Girl Grey, The Bruery is hosting “An Evening with Chef Brooke Williamson” at the tasting room at Bruery Terreux (1174 N Grove St, Anaheim, CA 92806) on Thursday, February 15 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fans will be treated to a Meet & Greet with Chef Brooke Williamson, plus a special pairing prepared by Chef Brooke, available to purchase with any taster or glass of Girl Grey. Guests will also have an opportunity to have purchased bottles of Girl Grey signed by Chef Brooke.

Full event details are available on The Bruery Events Calendar. (http://www.thebruery.com/events/)

ABOUT THE BRUERY®, BRUERY TERREUX® and OFFSHOOT BEER CO.
The Bruery was founded in 2008 by Patrick Rue, now a Master Cicerone®, after he found homebrewing to be of greater interest than law school. Innovation has driven The Bruery to create one-of-a-kind barrel-aged, sour and experimental beers since its inception. In 2015, The Bruery moved its sour beer production to the Bruery Terreux co-brand in Anaheim, CA, while The Bruery continues to craft non-sour and spirit barrel-aged beers at its original site in Placentia, CA. Bottles and draft from The Bruery and Bruery Terreux are distributed in nearly 30 states, including Washington, D.C. In 2017, Offshoot Beer Co. was born, specializing in hoppy beers packaged in 16-oz. cans. Limited beers are released monthly through OffshootBeer.com, and fresh cans of Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] are distributed throughout Southern California, Northern California, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. In 2018, The Bruery officially opened The Bruery Store at Union Market in Washington, D.C., its first
retail location outside of California.

The Bruery offers three different tiers of Society memberships, each with their own level of access to limited release beers, discounts on purchases, in-store perks, and access to Society-exclusive events and merchandise. Additional information is available at thebruerystore.com/membership.

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion at Boston Globe Travel Show to feature 100 beers and ciders

February 8, 2018 - 4:50pm

Boston (Boston, MA) – The 13th Annual Boston Globe Travel Show, one of the largest consumer travel shows in the U.S., will take place this weekend February 9-11, 2018, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Sponsors include Azores Airlines, Kripalu Center for Wellness and Health, Massport, Aruba Tourism, LATAM Airlines, and many others.

Showcasing the culture, cuisine and sights of both exotic and domestic destinations, The Boston Globe Travel Show regularly draws more than 22,000 attendees interested in booking their next vacation. In 2018, the three-day event will feature more than 200 travel exhibitors and suppliers, representing every segment of the travel industry and offering detailed information on trips to every region of the world.

The 2018 Boston Globe Travel Show offers attendees the opportunity to expand their travel bucket list with destinations from around the world, cruise lines, adventure travel, vacation rentals, volunteer travel, vacation planning and packages, and much more. Other vendors will feature wellness travel packages, culinary delights, destination weddings and kids summer camp planning. Those interested in booking a vacation immediately will find great deals in the “show-only” specials offered by many exhibitors.

At the main Cultural Stage, attendees will learn about new and exciting travel opportunities ranging from ecotourism to budget vacations, luxury escapes, LGBT travel, and vacation rentals, as well as experiencing live music and dance performances. Noted travel experts include 1,000 Places author Patricia Schultz, Raw Travel TV host Robert Rose, Boston Globe travel writer Christopher Muther, Boston Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein and budget travel author Russell Hannon, among others.

New this year is the Kripalu Wellness Pavilion, offering free massages, a beverage bar featuring teas and flavored water, healthy cooking demos, and stretching techniques. Another new feature is the show’s largest kids Area ever, presented by Camp Cody — kids can hang out, make friendship bracelets and “slime,” play in the Lego area and Nerf target Zone, and snack at the S’mores station! Plus, you can enter to win exciting prizes and trips at the Prize Giveaway Pavilion featuring airline tickets & night stays to Mexico, Azores, Tunisia, New York City and more!

Food is an important part of travel and the show is expanding its culinary offerings with two stages, featuring New England’s best international chefs and Kripalu’s executive chef. Visitors to the culinary stages will learn unique cooking techniques before having the opportunity to sample dishes from all regions. Another popular culinary feature is the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion, which is returning for its sixth year and features 100 craft beer and cider samples from 40 brewers.

The 2018 Boston Globe Travel Show will be open to the public from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, February 9; from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 10; and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 11. The Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion has three scheduled sessions: Friday from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Tickets for the show are $10 in advance at www.bostonglobetravelshow.com and will also be available onsite for $15. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets for the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion are $35 in advance / $45 on-site and include show admission; 21+ only.

Next year’s Boston Globe Travel Show will be held on January 18-20, 2019 at the Seaport World Trade Center.

About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC provides news and information, entertainment, opinion and analysis through its multimedia properties. BGMP includes the Boston Globe, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, STAT, and Globe Direct.

Game Informer celebrates 300th issue with Fulton Brewing’s 300 Mosaic IPA

February 8, 2018 - 4:13pm

 

(Minneapolis, MN) – The April 2018 edition of Game Informer marks the magazine’s 300th issue. What began as a small publication created in a Minneapolis suburb is now the fourth-largest consumer magazine in the U.S., with an average circulation of over 7.5 million monthly paid subscribers.

 

To honor the achievement of reaching 300 issues, Game Informer has partnered with North Loop neighbors Fulton Brewing for a special release of the brewery’s award-winning 300 Mosaic India Pale Ale. Limited edition six-packs of the 300 IPA featuring art inspired by one of the magazine’s five collectible covers will start appearing in stores beginning the week of February 26. 

 

To further celebrate the collaboration, Fulton is throwing a party at its North Loop taproom on March 3rd. During the event, Game Informer will reveal five unique covers for the issue and discuss the Top 300 Games of All Time featured in the magazine.  The digital edition of Game Informer’s April issue will be on sale and available to subscribers March 3rd ; distribution of the print edition will begin March 9 th.

 

“We originally released this beer as a celebration of our 300th batch at our original downtown brewery,” says Fulton director of marketing Tucker Gerrick. “Now, we’re celebrating 300 in a whole new light as we commemorate the 300th issue from our friends, and North Loop neighbors, Game Informer.” 

 

With the publication’s content being guided by longstanding editor-in-chief Andy McNamara, Game Informer has been honing its print and digital magazine craft from its North Loop headquarters for 17 years of its 27-year existence. Game Informer continues to thrive as the authoritative source of the video game industry news.

 

“Since its inception, Game Informer has been driven by a passion for games and gamers,” says McNamara. “This simple mantra has taken Game Informer and its readers on a journey no one could have ever predicted, and we are thrilled to celebrate this achievement with Fulton. To sit back, sip a 300 brew with our friends from around the world and reflect after all these years is truly something special.”

 

The March 3rd taproom celebration is open to the general public from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Space may be limited, so go to gameinformer.com/joinus to RSVP. Game Informer will also livestream the cover reveals and discuss the Top 300 Games of All Time on Twitch.tv/gameinformer at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

About Fulton:

Fulton Beer was founded by four homebrewers in a Southwest Minneapolis garage in 2009 with the mantra “Ordinary Guys Brewing Extraordinary Beer.” Since then, Fulton has become one of the fastest growing breweries in the Midwest. In 2012, Fulton opened the first taproom in Minneapolis, which offers an ever-changing tap selection as well as house-brewed non-alcoholic soda. Fulton commissioned its second brewery in 2014, a 51,000 square foot facility in Northeast Minneapolis. Fulton is best known for Sweet Child of Vine, a balanced and approachable India Pale Ale, Lonely Blonde, an easy-drinking Blonde Ale, 300, a Mosaic IPA, and our newest year-round; an extraordinarily uncomplicated Lager named Standard. Information regarding beer availability, taproom hours, tours, special events and more can be found at www.fultonbeer.com ( https://share.polymail.io/v1/z/b/NWE3YzliMmYyYmVl/SHSY6lhKPg_J4H8w5Hs19b8x1v4YR-_QwkAgNzc5Wuh7zpVj8IN5JPyDw1vePb9Vvtc91Jeco8ow3G0TvV4Sv80OyMnIyoiz2FNxJAEWUeNlOCqSDFpsiToKX4jDxg3e8wWSq6T0pz1g5A3A312J2vneS7m8_ZfvrqtSl6JSUNVEhgwRD0QBnQ== ). 

 

 

About Game Informer:

A 27-year veteran to publishing, Game Informer magazine continues to shape the video game industry by expanding perspectives and providing in-depth knowledge and insight into the games market. With an average circulation of over 7.5 million monthly paid subscribers, Game Informer is the world’s leading video game publication and 4 th largest consumer magazine in the United States.  For more information, visit http://www.gameinformer.com.

Forbidden Root Brewery hires Nick Williams as head brewer

February 8, 2018 - 3:41pm

(Chicago, IL) — Forbidden Root Brewery, an innovator in craft brewing with its restaurant and brewery located at 1746 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago, Illinois, is proud to announce the addition of Nick Williams as head brewer. Williams, a talented brewer from North Carolina, started at Forbidden Root in January. He will continue to oversee the craft beers that Forbidden Root fans know and love and he will work to further the brewery’s evolving offerings.

Williams comes to Forbidden Root with ten years of brewing experience in North Carolina. Most recently, Williams was the head brewer and operations manager at Haw River Farmhouse Ales, where he grew their sour barrel program. Prior to that position, he was head brewer at Weeping Radish Farm Brewery.

“We are very excited to have Nick on the Forbidden Root team,” says Forbidden Root’s Rootmaster, Robert Finkel. “His knowledge and experience will help us strengthen our core beer program plus bring his own unique touch to our brews.”

Williams acted as head brewer and brewmaster at several other North Carolina based craft breweries and brings an extensive background in a brewing a variety of styles.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Forbidden Root family,” says Williams, “and even more so to bring my particular subset of brewing skills to the table with Forbidden Root’s incredible team. Being a big believer in using local, foraged, and even some exotic ingredients, the opportunity to work with a group of people who share similar ideas is fantastic. I believe that the team in place at Forbidden Root has an incredible amount of knowledge and we have an amazing future ahead of us.”

Patrons will be able to meet Nick and try some of his new recipes at Forbidden Root’s Rootiversary Party on Thursday, March 8 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

About Forbidden Root:

Forbidden Root is a craft brewery inspired by nature. Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood at 1746 W. Chicago Ave., it is housed in the former Hub Theater space. The brewery uses traditional ingredients as a base to explore the rich world of wild ingredients and create an exciting range of beers: both familiar and eccentric. Forbidden Root’s year-round beers include: Wildflower Pale Ale (WPA), Sublime Ginger, and Money on My Rind, in addition to several limited releases and pub-only offerings.

Forbidden Root is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. For more information, visit Forbidden Root’s website or follow the brewery on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram at @ForbiddenRoot and Untappd

No-Li Brewhouse Barrel-Aged Winter Games Series four-bottle release set for 2/10

February 8, 2018 - 2:29pm

(Spokane, WA) — You don’t need to book that flight to South Korea just yet to get in on the competitive winter spirit here in the Inland Northwest because No-Li Brewhouse is bringing the games to you!

On Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11 am, No-Li Brewhouse will unveil four new, limited-release barrel-aged bottles for its Barrel-Aged Winter Games series. There are only about 120 bottles of each beer and supplies are not expected to last long.

All of these beers are products of No-Li’s 80-plus barrel library, most of which are sourced from Dry Fly Distilling.

Here’s a rundown of the Barrel-Aged Winter Games competitors:

JAMAICAN BOBSLED
Representing the Winter Ale category, this 7.5% ABV has more than two years in a Wheat Whiskey barrel. Like a quirky sports comedy, it comes out of nowhere to surprise you with a caramel finish and an oaky body. You’ll feel the rhythm and the rhyme with this one.

BIG STONE
An ode to the finesse sport of curling, this Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout began as our beloved Wrecking Ball, but after two and a half years training inside a bourbon barrel, it came out ready to compete, weighing in at 9.5% ABV and picking up even more pronounced chocolate flavors.

YARD SALE
This Wheat Whiskey Imperial Red Ale is a tribute to those skiers you’ll see on TV in the next few weeks who eat it hard on the course, but get back up. It also raises a bottle to all of us who’ve put on a yard sale on ski slopes of the Northwest. At 8.2% ABV, Yard Sale is a team effort. It’s a bug red ale aged for three years in three separate barrels which were then blended together.

TORCHLIGHT
Work on this Wheat Whiskey Barley Wine began during the last winter games — back in 2014 — and is now finally ready to compete. The warm whiskey notes picked up from the Dry Fly Distilling barrels are balanced nicely with the sweetness of the original barley wine.

These beers are available at the No-Li pub only. They will not be released in stores.

Founded in 2012, No-Li Brewhouse is an independent and family-owned brewery located at 1007 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane, Wash. Nolibrewhouse.com

Station 26 Juicy Banger IPA six-packs of cans make debut

February 8, 2018 - 2:01pm

(Denver, CO) — Station 26 Brewing Company’s Juicy Banger IPA is now available in canned six-packs across the brewery’s distribution footprint in Colorado.

Since its debut in 2014, Station 26’s award-winning Juicy Banger IPA has won over the hearts of hop-loving Colorado beer drinkers. It’s a 7.4 percent ABV IPA brewed with Centennial, Citra, and Mosaic hops that yield flavors of apricot, papaya, and honey.

”Canning Juicy Banger IPA makes the beer more accessible to hopheads across the Front Range,” says Station 26 founder Justin Baccary. “We are excited to share our flagship beer with friends new and old.”

Juicy Banger IPA joins Station 26’s canned beer family that also includes Colorado Cream Ale, Tangerine Cream, American Copper, and Pale Ale. It is now available in six-packs across the Denver Metro and Boulder areas.

ABOUT STATION 26 BREWING CO.
Station 26 Brewing Co. brews craft beers in a 1960 fire station in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. The brewery was founded in 2013 by Justin Baccary and friends. It’s an ideal first stop for travelers coming from Denver International Airport. Find the brewery online at www.station26brewing.co.

Two Roads Tanker Truck Sour Series Passion Fruit and Persian Lime go year-round

February 8, 2018 - 1:44pm

Two Roads makes two of its goses year round

(Stratford, CT) – After a tremendous consumer response in 2017, Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT is thrilled to announce that two beers from their popular Tanker Truck Sour Series will be available year-round starting February 10th. The brewery chose two of its most popular fruit-flavored goses, Passion Fruit and Persian Lime, to anchor their year-round offerings. Both beers will be available in draft and 4-pack 16 oz. cans wherever Two Roads is sold.

The Tanker Truck Sours Series is a lineup of fruit-forward, refreshingly tart beers that are soured in an old dairy truck, which sits adjacent to the brewery. The use of a tanker truck plays into the Two Roads philosophy of taking The Road Less Traveled and also showcases their love of innovation in the brewing world. The Tanker Truck is decorated and visitors to the Two Roads Tasting Room can view the real-life counterpart of the truck that’s represented on the packaged product. The demand for the beer has increased so much, Two Roads added a second tanker truck in early 2018.

“Due to fears about lactic bacteria contaminating the main brewery we had to come up with a novel solution to sour the beer without threatening our main operation,” said Two Roads Master Brewer Phil Markowski. “The cost of a dedicated tank installed outdoors is very expensive. It occurred to me that a used milk tanker would be sanitary, well-insulated and relatively inexpensive. Now, a little less than two years later we’ve just added a second tanker to satisfy demand for our Tanker Truck series!”

“We introduced our Tanker Truck Sour Series last year as a rotating seasonal,” added Chief Commercial Officer Clem Pellani. “We found that many consumers liked the variety of fruit flavors that we introduced but an equal number had favorites that they wanted to be able to buy year-round. As a result, we decided to release Passion Fruit Gose and Persian Lime Gose on a permanent basis and for continued variety, we are going to rotate in other interesting fruit flavors throughout the year.”

Pellani added further, “What’s exciting about this line of sour beers with real fruit added is that they not only appeal to traditional sour beer fans but also to wine drinkers and other non-craft drinkers who like the nuanced fruit flavors along with the pleasant tartness. We found this to be the case in our brewery tasting room as well as in the market.”

In addition to having two year-round goses, a rotating flavor will be introduced every few months in draft and 16 oz. cans. In December of 2017, Two Roads released Clementine Gose, which sold very quickly. The next limited flavor coming out in late March will be a gose made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Gose fans and wine drinkers alike will appreciate the distinctive tropical fruit notes, including aromas and flavors reminiscent of passion fruit, gooseberries, lime, honeydew melon and a pleasing mineral dryness.

ABOUT TWO ROADS BREWING
Two Roads opened its doors in December 2012 having earlier acquired and renovated a 100-year-old vacant, brick factory building in Stratford, CT. Its name and philosophy are inspired by the Robert Frost Poem “The Road Not Taken”—a philosophy brought to life in the beers they create using the highest quality brewing and packaging equipment. The Two Roads Brewery Tasting Room is open every day; for more information go to www.tworoadsbrewing.com.

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