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Fifty West Brewing cans just launched

February 5, 2018 - 1:11pm

(Cincinnati, OH) – Fifty West Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of their craft beer cans in the Greater Cincinnati area. Patrons can look forward to purchasing their three core beers Coast to Coast IPA, American Lager, and Doom Pedal White Ale at restaurants, bars, and retail locations throughout the city.

Managing Partner, Bobby Slattery, has cultivated the Fifty West brand for 5 years, and couldn’t be more thrilled to release cans to his hometown. He said, “It’s been a long road arriving at this can launch. I felt strongly that staying away from cans in the early years of the business, granted us a learning curve to be adventurous and gain experience without massive consequences. We’ve spent time perfecting our brewing techniques and flavor profiles, while steadily growing our draft presence and our brand throughout the city. Our four core values of craftsmanship, tradition, innovation, and especially patience played key roles, as we wanted to ensure we got everything right, including the look of the cans, so that consumers can feel confident in our taste and quality, amidst countless choices on shelves. We’re ready to meet our mounting retail demand, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team as our journey continues.”

Production Manager, Scott LaFolette, focused heavily on quality control on the road towards canning. He said, “We made a large capital investment in equipment for our craft beer laboratory. Each of our core canned beers went through countless tests and tweaks until we arrived at exactly how we wanted each of them to taste. We hope Greater Cincy enjoys these beers as much as we do, and we look forward to working with our distribution partner Stagnaro Distributing to ensure our cans hit as many shelves as possible.”

Retailers are looking forward to Fifty West becoming more ubiquitous throughout the city. Denton Davis, Adult Beverage/DSD Category Manager for Kroger, is excited to see Fifty West cans in stores for the first time. He said, “Kroger has been waiting rive years for Fifty West beer to be available on shelves. I look forward to seeing their beautifully designed cans and quality craft beer in our Kroger beer aisles. I’m sure most people will agree, the wait was worth it.”

The entire month of February will include can sampling events throughout the city with chain & independent retailers, check your local shop for their events schedule to interact with the Fifty West Crew and sample the new wares.

This can launch is only the beginning, with many more craft beer varieties planned for launch in the future. Look to summer 2018 for the launch of Punch You in the EyePA to coincide with Fifty West’s annual Punch-Out event, and stay tuned for further releases.

About Fifty West Brewing Company
Located on US Route 50 heading west into the city of Cincinnati, Fifty West Brewing Company first opened its doors in November of 2012. Since then, Fifty West has strived to create communities through shared experience, memory, and award-winning beer. Join us for the ride.

New York City Beer Week returns for 10th year February 23rd – March 4th, 2018

February 4, 2018 - 2:14pm

Opening Bash Invitational, February 24th
–60 Participating Breweries, 150 Citywide Events at 100 Beer Destinations—

(New York, NY) – The New York City Brewers Guild (NYCBG) is back at it and ready to celebrate the incredible growth of New York City’s craft beer industry with its Opening Bash Invitational 2018 on the February 24th for the “Tenth Annual New York City Beer Week.”

New York City Beer Week 2018 brings together 30 of NYC’s premiere Guild craft breweries, along with nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 150 events at 100 different NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for 10 days of craft beer madness. The 10th Annual NYC Beer Week runs from Friday February 23 – Sunday, March 4th. Events will take place within all five boroughs.

For up-to-date information, please visit

“We’re looking forward to a phenomenal 2018 New York City Beer Week,” says Dave Lopez (Board Member, New York City Brewers Guild and CoFounder, Gun Hill Brewing Co.). “With over 60 breweries participating -30+ city-based brewers and 30 guest brewers from around the country joining in, this promises to be one for the history books.” “The Opening Bash Invitational sold out very quickly last year,” he adds, “Be sure to buy your tickets early!”

The mission of the New York City Brewers Guild is to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through innovative events, programming, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city. The New York City Brewers Guild is a 501[c]6 non-profit founded to advance New York City’s brewing industry. New York City Beer Week 2018 continues a beloved citywide celebration of the breadth of exceptional craft beers from around the region and around the world.

Events include the NYC Beer Week Invitational on at the Brooklyn Expo Center on February 24th; The Annual Fermentation Festival (pairing fermented foods with beer), Beer Trolley Tours, and the return of the Rupperts Cup Awards Gala with special awards for SMaSH (State Malt and State Hop) brews, venue, event and bartender. And for the first time during beer week, the NYC Brewer’s Guild is brewing a collaboration beer at Finback. This beer will be canned and sold as part of the VIP ticket package.

NYC Brewers Guild breweries include Big Alice Brewing Company, Braven Brewing Company, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewery, Fifth Hammer Brewing Co., Finback
Five Boroughs Brewing Co., Gun Hill Brewing Co., Heartland Brewery, ICONYC Brewing Company, Interboro, Keg & Lantern Brewing Company, KelSo Beer Company, Kills Boro Brewing Company, Kings County Brewers Collective, LIC Beer Project, Lineup Brewing, Other Half Brewing Co., Randolph Beer, Rockaway Brewing Company, SingleCut Beersmiths, Sixpoint, Strong Rope Brewery, The Flagship Brewing Company, Threes Brewing, Transmitter, Wartega

Guest Breweries include: Alvarado Street Brewery (CA), Aslin Beer Co (VA), Barrier Brewing (NY), Burial Beer Co (NC), Casa Agria Ales (CA), Civil Society Brewing (FL), Destination Unknown Beer Company (NY), Equilibrium Brewery (NY), Frost Beer Works (VT), Graft Cider (NY), Hoof Hearted Brewing (OH), J Wakefield Brewing (FL), Magnify Brewing Company (NJ), Monday Night Brewing (GA), Monkish Brewing Co (CA), Mumford Brewing (CA), Noble Ale Works (CA), Prison City Pub and Brewery (NY), Proclamation Ale Company (RI),Pure Project Brewing (CA), RaR Brewing (MD), Rushing Duck Brewing Company (NY), Sand City Brewing Co (NY), Sole Artisan Ales (PA), The Answer Brewpub (VA), The Veil Brewing Co (VA), Trillium Brewing Co (MA) Trve Brewing Co (CO), Westkill Brewing (NY)

For more information: Instagram/Twitter: @nycbrewers

Cider Rite of Spring 5th annual event celebrates blossoming NW cider industry

February 4, 2018 - 12:44pm

(Portland, OR) – A celebration of the blossoming Northwest cider industry, the 5th annual Cider Rite of Spring will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 1pm to 6pm at the Left Bank Annex, located at 101 N Weidler St. The event features more than 100 ciders served by 35 different cidermakers and cidery representatives from the Pacific Northwest.

“Much like the cider industry itself, this event has grown exponentially over the past five years,” explained Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Assn. “We are excited to be moving to a much larger venue this year, with two levels and a VIP Lounge; this will allow attendees to enjoy their ciders with a bit of elbow room!”

Cider Rite of Spring showcases ciders that are either made for the event, aren’t available locally, or are limited run. The event provides attendees the chance to taste ciders they wouldn’t normally be able to access. This year’s participating cidermakers include 12 Bridge Ciderworks, 1859 Cider Co., 2 Towns Ciderhouse, 7Bev Corp., Alter Ego Cider, Bad Granny, Bandon Rain, Bauman’s Cider, Dragon’s Head Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Locust Cider, McMenamins Edgefield, Moulton Falls Winery, New West Cider, Oregon Mead & Cider Co., Pear UP, Portland Cider Co., Red Tank Cider Co., Reveille Ciderworks, Runcible Cider Co., Seattle Cider Co., Spire Mountain Ciders/Fish Brewing, Square Mile Cider, Steelhead Cider, Stone Circle Cider, Tumalo CIder Co., Whole Foods Market, and Woodbox Cider. Each cidermaker brings two to three ciders apiece.

General admission tickets purchased now through Feb. 28 cost $25, which includes a commemorative tasting glass and eight drink tickets; beginning March 1, GA ticket prices go up to $30. VIP tickets cost $50 and include a commemorative tasting glass, 12 drink tickets, one hour early admission (12pm to 1pm), specialty VIP only ciders, snacks, and access to the exclusive VIP Lounge presented by Square Mile Cider; VIP tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available now at (

Most ciders cost one ticket per three-ounce taste, although some may cost more. Additional tasting tickets are available onsite for $1 apiece. Two food carts will be selling food, and a pop-up retail store will allow attendees to buy bottles and cans of their favorite ciders to take home. The event is for ages 21 and up.

Cider Rite of Spring 2018 is presented by the Northwest Cider Assn., and also serves as a fundraiser for the organization, which aims to bring cideries and cider lovers together to share knowledge, experience, and live the Northwest cider culture. The event is sponsored by Square Mile Cider. For more information, visit and follow @ciderriteofspring on social media, using hashtag #ciderriteofspring.

About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 80 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing its thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information, visit, or follow @nwcider on social media.

Nine Pin Cider to host fourth annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries on Feb. 17

February 4, 2018 - 11:56am

[Nine Pin Gathering of the Farm Cideries – credit Joe Klockowski Nine Pin]

Downtown Albany cidery will host 17 of New York’s premier farm cideries

(Albany, NY) – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, will host the fourth annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries on Saturday, Feb. 17 at its cidery in Albany’s warehouse district.

“We’re proud to continue this ongoing tradition of gathering New York’s farm cideries for an exciting, educational, tasting and market cider experience that can only be found in our great State,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cider maker.

This event – broken into two sessions beginning at 12 noon and 4 p.m., respectively – will be the largest gathering of New York licensed farm cideries that the Empire State has ever seen. Nine Pin will play host to 16 other New York’s farm cideries including:

+ Nine Pin Ciderworks (Albany, NY)

+ Abandoned Cider (Parksville, NY)

+ Awestruck Cider (Sydney, NY)

+ Bad Seed Cider Company (Highland, NY)

+ Blue Toad Hard Cider (Rochester, NY)

+ Brooklyn Cider House (Brooklyn, NY)

+ Descendant Cider Co. (Queens, NY)

+ Embark Craft Ciderworks (Williamson, NY)

+ Graft Cider (Newburgh, NY)

+ Little Apple Cidery, Inc. (Hillsdale, NY)

+ New York Cider Company (Ithaca, NY)

+ Rogers’ Cideryard LLC (Rogers Family Orchard) (Johnstown, NY)

+ Saratoga Apple Hard Cider (Schuylerville, NY)

+ St. Lawrence Cider (Kaneb Orchards) (Massena, NY)

+ Sundog Cider (Chatham, NY)

+ The Cidermakers Ltd. (Catskill, NY)

+ Treasury Cider (Fishkill Farms) (Hopewell Junction, NY)

The cideries will provide information about cider making and complimentary samples of their unique ciders. Attendees will also have the opportunity to stock their own cider cellars by purchasing these specialty ciders to go.

General admission tickets can be purchased at A portion of the proceeds will benefit the New York Cider Association.

For more information on the event, tickets, or where to find Nine Pin products, please visit

About Nine Pin Cider Works: Nine Pin Cider Works is New York’s first farm cidery. Founded in 2013 and based in New York’s capital city, Albany, Nine Pin cider products can be found in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Nine Pin produces all ciders, sourced from Capital Region and Hudson Valley apples, in its 17,000 sq. ft. cidery facility and tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District. Be Revolutionary®, Consider The Apple®, and Drink New York Apples®.

Portland Cider Co. celebrates five years in business, holds public anniversary celebration

February 4, 2018 - 11:41am

(Clackamas, OR) – One of Oregon’s original cidermakers, Portland Cider Co. will celebrate five years in the industry this spring, and the company is celebrating with an anniversary party and two limited release ciders. The party will take place on Saturday, March 3 from 4pm to 10pm at the company’s Clackamas Pub & Cidery, located at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F. The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

“When Lynda (Parrish) and I started Portland Cider Co., we had the goal of simply being able to walk away from our day jobs and support our family making cider,” noted Jeff Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Co. “We had no idea we’d be where we are today. The support of our fans humbles us and also motivates us to keep making the best cider we can.”

The celebration will feature two limited release ciders in honor of the occasion: Throwback Scrumpy in bottles and Fever Bark Tonic on tap.

Throwback Scrumpy pays homage to the first ciders Parrish made in his guest room closet – even using the same orchard’s apples – that Parrish used when the batches were only five gallons each. With only 120 bottles produced, this hand-bottled release will be exclusively available at the Clackamas Pub, and will likely sell out at the event.

Fever Bark Tonic was the very first one-off batch Parrish ever made, so it made perfect sense to bring it back for the anniversary party. Off-dry, this throwback cider is steeped with juniper berries and cinchona bark. It will be available exclusively on draft, with distribution throughout Oregon and the Vancouver/Seattle Metro areas.

The party will offer cidery tours every half hour from 4pm to 7pm, with free samples of two specialty ciders during the tour. Three cider bars will offer a large variety of ciders on tap, including many pulled out of the cellar just for the event. A special food menu will feature English pub favorites like bangers and pasties to pair with the cider.

Live music will feature the country sounds of Terri Lynn Davis from 5pm to 5:45pm; classic acoustic swing, blues and country on the upright bass and mandolin from house band Big North Duo from 6pm to 7:30pm; and a special chance to hear the Big North Quartet, adding guitar and drums, from 7:30pm to 9pm.

For more information, visit and follow the Facebook event page (

About Portland Cider Company
Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. It has two taproom locations: Portland Cider House at 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214; and Taproom & Cidery at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015. Visit and follow @PortlandCider on social media.

Montavilla Brew Works names first bottled beed in memory of late brewer, Ben Flerchinger

February 4, 2018 - 10:54am

Commemorative barrel aged barleywine honors memory of brewer Ben Flerchinger

PORTLAND, OR – Nearly three years since being the first craft brewery to open its doors in the burgeoning Montavilla neighborhood, Montavilla Brew Works is bottling its first beer: Ben’s Barleywine Ale, a barrel-aged and blended barleywine style ale that honors the late Portland brewer, Ben Flerchinger. Montavilla Brew Works is holding a bottle release party on Feb. 6 at 5pm at the brewery, with 16.9 oz bottles and cases available for purchase.

Flerchinger passed away in March 2017, on the same day that Montavilla’s brewers filled four Eastside Distilling bourbon barrels with barleywine ale. Flerchinger was a longtime brewer at Lucky Lab Brewing Co., and responsible for the current inception of the Lucky Lab Barleywine Festival.

“We’re following the model outlined in my original business plan to bottle very special one-off beers initially, to showcase the flexibility of our brewhouse and the creativity of our brewing imagination,” explained Michael Kora, Montavilla Brew Works founder and brewer. “With great support from the Flerchinger family, we’re really excited to be able to honor a friend and monster brewer with our very first bottling. It’s pretty awesome to see it all come together at last.”

Ben’s Barleywine Ale is a blend of two barleywines that were specifically brewed for this bottling. The first barleywine was aged in Eastside Distilling Burnside Bourbon barrels for 10 months and blended with a fresh barleywine in a conditioning tank. Both beers were blended together, epitomizing Montavilla’s modus operandi of brewing very balanced and drinkable beers, even at an ABV of 10 percent. The woodiness and vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel brew pair beautifully with the rich, complex malt profile of the fresh brewed barleywine.

The image on the label, a rendering of Flerchinger’s iconic leather outback hat, was designed by Chuck Lukacs, a Portland-based designer who has been illustrating for the science fiction and fantasy gaming markets for over 20 years. Lukacs’s paintings and prints have won awards and appeared in conventions, galleries and museums internationally.

The commemoration bottle is a full-circle situation for Kora, who was enamored by the uniqueness of the Barleywine Festival after his first visit in 2007.

“The first time I attended the Barleywine Fest, I couldn’t believe the amount of powerhouse beers in one room. I wanted to be a part of that, especially after brewing so many barleywines as a homebrewer,” stated Kora. “After opening Montavilla, we almost immediately brewed a barleywine just so we would have a shot at showcasing our strong ales to a focused, aficionado-based audience the following spring. When Ben gave us the nod to join the 2016 Barleywine Festival at Lucky Lab, I was beyond thrilled. When he started brewing at Gigantic, and finally 54°40’, our friendship grew and he always offered his support to Montavilla. Naturally, we’re stoked to honor his friendship with this special bottling.”

The strong ale is suitable for drinking immediately or cellar aging for years to come. Along with at the brewery, bottles and cases will be available for sale at a number of bottle shops, taprooms and retail outlets in the Portland Metro area starting the first week of February.

About Montavilla Brew Works
Located at 7805 SE Stark Street in the heart of the historic Stark St. business district, Montavilla Brew Works is a 10-barrel capacity brewery and taproom that utilizes high quality brewing ingredients to produce time-honored, yet exciting beer styles. The brewhouse and taproom is situated in a remodeled auto service garage from 1922; the outdoor patio is a neighborhood summertime favorite. Spacious, yet remarkably intimate, the neighborhood haunt is full of lively locals, good conversation and a plethora of fresh-focused German-style lagers and Pacific Northwest-style ales. Learn more at and follow the brewery on Facebook and Instagram @MontavillaBrewWorks

Ratio Beerworks 3 Year Anniversary party and bottle release, plus other February events

February 4, 2018 - 10:08am

(Denver, CO) – February 2018 Events at Ratio Beerworks

Tuesday, February 6 – Ratio Quiz Show: RomComs – 8pm
The Ratio Quiz Show is a bigger, badder, more inappropriate version of trivia, that pits teams of audience members (come sign up your team of up to 5 people). And this month we channel Valentine’s Day with a Rom Com edition of the Ratio Quiz Show

As with our most recent Nicktoons quiz, we’ll be tossing some video clips from the likes of Love Actually, The Wedding Singer, The Notebook, Sweet Home Alabama, 500 Days of Summer, Bridget Jones’s Diary and more on the projector throughout the night. Come sign up around 8, the show kicks off at 8:30 and who knows you might find the Noah to your Allie on the opposing team, just don’t die in each other’s arms while you’re here. HELL YEAH!

Wednesday, February 7 – Ratio Comedy: Fresh AF – 8pm
The Fresh AF Comedy Show brings you Denver’s most talented comedians of color performing a fresh AF night of comedy in the Ratio Beerworks brewhouse. FREE SHOW – 8pm – Hell Yeah!

Friday, February 9 – Ratio 3 Year Anniversary – Ratio Comedy: Whitmer Thomas – 8pm
Ratio’s Anniversary weekend of festivities will kick off on Friday with a night of Ratio Comedy curated by our In-House Comedian Ian Douglas Terry headlined by nationally recognized comedian Whitmer Thomas of Los Angeles’ Power Violence troup. Earlier in the day, as a warm up for Ratio Comedy, Ratio will also host a special Ratio Sessions acoustic performance from Prawn in the taproom at 5:30pm before their show at The Summit Music Hall Moon Room.

Saturday, February 10 – Ratio 3 Year Anniversary: Rum Barrel-Aged One Great City Bottle Release & Tapping – Noon
Its vitality is a direct reflection of the people, their personalities, their past, and their future. Ratio and Denver have deep roots in the echoes of our past. Built upon the wings of innovation and artistic creativity this is a city that provides fuel and is fueled by its people.

This beer in many ways, is our anthem for a new tomorrow, singing the praises of the City of Denver. One Great City is a big, yet balanced beer, imparting bold raisin and dark fruit esters. It pays homage to the old world, while also channeling the new age of brewing through the use of Classic Belgian Abbey Ale yeast, Chinook hops and Caramunich 2, Special W malts in addition to our American 2 Row base malt.

The result is a beautiful elegant quad, that imparts both smooth toffee notes but also packs a punch. Welcome to our One Great City! When the brewery opens at Noon, we’ll have a limited 100 bottle release of One Great City Belgian Quad Aged 12 Months in Rum Barrels for sale in the taproom. And both versions will be available on draft in the Ratio taproom as well.

Saturday, February 10 – Ratio 3 Year Anniversary: Continuous Thunder Double IPA Release – Noon It begins with a resounding opening salvo, but continues to build and reverberate in a cacophonous onslaught of power and might. While most of Ratio’s portfolio focuses on balance and approachability, we purposely built Continuous Thunder to showcase a bold, hop-forward exclamation. This formidable 8.8% Double IPA, was double dry-hopped with Idaho 7 and Mosaic hops, giving way to bright pineapple and tropical fruit notes, as well rich resinous pine aromas. First brewed in celebration of Ratio’s 2nd Anniversary, Continuous Thunder returns in an exclamation of audacity and non-conformity. Sing out loud, arm in arm with me tonight, dressed to the nines, as we love with a legendary fire of Continuous Thunder.

Saturday, February 10 – Ratio 3 Year Anniversary: Broadway Calls, The Gamits, & Scooter James – 8pm
The main attraction of the weekend takes place Saturday night, as Ratio Presents a FREE tripleheader bill, featuring a rare appearance by Oregon punk legends Broadway Calls in their first show since 2016. Additionally Colorado punk legend Scooter James and Denver’s timeless power pop group The Gamits will join Broadway Calls, as co-headliners for this monster free show taking place in the Ratio brewhouse starting at 8pm.

Sunday, February 11 – Ratio 3 Year Anniversary: Hangover Brunch w/ Rosenberg’s Bagels & Denver Vintage Reggae Society – 11am
Sunday morning, Ratio will help attendees ease back into respectability with a pop-up hangover brunch from Rosenberg’s Bagels in the tap room, featuring an assortment of Rosenberg’s bagel, cream cheese and bagel sandwich lineup followed by Sha-Wing Food Truck in the afternoon. Additionally Ratio will have Bloody Mary Beers available for purchase featuring The Real Dill Bloody Mary mix, all accompanied by the soul calming sounds from Denver Vintage Reggae Society.

Wednesday, February 14 – Ratio Comedy: Dirty Laundry Dating Show – 8pm
Tired of Tinder? Bummed out by Bumble? Welcome to the hot new way to find that special someone…the Dirty Laundry Dating Show! Like a modern crazy version of “The Dating Game”, Dirty Laundry is Denver’s only live dating show where contestants compete to go on a date with a special guest dreamboat every month at Ratio Beerworks. The show is going to have lots of laughs, plenty of intrigue, and maybe a little love this Valentine’s Day! Hosted by: Nick Gossert & Kacy Dahl

Tuesday, February 20 – Ratio Quiz Show: Pop-Punk – 8pm
The Ratio Quiz Show is a bigger, badder, more inappropriate version of trivia, that pits teams of audience members (come sign up your team of up to 5 people). And this month Quiz Show returns with a Pop Punk themed quiz.

As with our most recent Archer quiz, we’ll be tossing some music videos featuring Green Day, blink-182, Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World and more on the projector throughout the night. Come sign up around 8, the show kicks off at 8:30 so don’t be late. HELL YEAH! FREE TO ATTEND- COOL PRIZES

Wednesday, February 21 – Ratio Comedy Doom Room – 8pm
The Doom Room is back at Ratio Beerworks for another night of free comedy, where comedians perform with the ominous SCREEN OF DOOM waiting to throw a wrench into their sets. Always fun, always wild, hell yeah. Hosted by RiNo’s brownest and baddest: Andrew Bueno.

Tuesday, February 27 – Vinyl Night – 7-10pm
Dust off those vinyl record covers and join Ratio Beerworks for our monthly vinyl night. You be the DJ! Bring in your records to be played in the Ratio taproom. We also encourage attendees to bring records to swap/trade with other enthusiasts. And as always, we’ll have a mobile record store on site to help you re-stock your collection.

Wednesday, February 28 – Ratio Comedy – 8pm
Ratio Comedy has a banger of a show for you with some of the best and brightest comedians the Mile High City has to offer.

External Events
Thursday, Feb 1 – Children’s Museum Ales Apps & Barrels of Fun Fest
Friday, Feb 2 – MCA Winter Gallery Opening: 6:30-11pm
Thursday, Feb 8 – Ratio Pint Night at Fire on the Mountain
Monday, Feb 19 – Friday, Feb 23 – Ratio Tap Takeover at Steuben’s Arvada

About Ratio Beerworks
Ratio Beerworks, located in the heart of the River North Art District of Denver at 2920 Larimer Street, focuses on meticulously crafted beer. Ratio’s portfolio includes a wide variety of traditional styles with a modern twist. With deep roots in the punk rock music scene, Ratio’s co-founders sought to translate the industry’s sense of community, DIY spirit, and strong musical influences via the beer and taproom experience. For more information please visit

Marker 48 Brewing launches 2018 Smallbatch Beer Passport Program on 2/7

February 4, 2018 - 8:29am

Released each Wednesday beginning Feb. 7, the 2018 version of this passport program could lead to valuable prizes for the brewery’s customers

(Weeki Wachee, FL) — For the second year in a row, Marker 48 Brewing will offer a promotion that will give participants a chance to win magnificent prizes at the end of the year, as well as pours of unique one-off beers throughout 2018.

The Smallbatch Beer Program proved to be such a success in 2017 that the brewery is eager to do it again.

“Oh my gosh, it was phenomenal,” said Cindy Halley, Marker 48 Brewing tasting room manager. “People who would only drink a cream ale or only drink an IPA or only drink a stout opened up their palates to drink more types of beer. Some they liked and some they didn’t.”

But, she added, “It helped them start venturing out and trying other beers.”

Here’s how it works:

The Beers: Our brewers and select guest brewers have committed to brewing 48 different small-batch beers, one new beer every week.

These beers will allow our brewers and guest brewers to explore creative and experimental brewing — everything from sours to barrel-aged beers, and many styles in between.

The Promotion: Marker 48 is offering a VERY LIMITED number of Smallbatch Beer Books for sale. These books allow customers to receive one FREE small-batch beer per week or half-off bomber bottles of the week’s small-batch beers (when available).

The books cost $100 each and are on sale in the tasting room, 12147 Cortez Blvd. (S.R. 50), Weeki Wachee, Florida, beginning Feb. 1. In addition to the 48 free beers, book holders will receive a stamp for each Smallbatch Beer drank.

The Prizes: At the end of the year those individuals who have all 48 stamps will get an exclusive Marker 48 Smallbatch Beer shirt AND a special 20 oz. glass to be kept in the brewery to receive pours core beers throughout 2019 for the same price as 16 oz. beers.

Depending on the number of stamps required, book holders will also be qualified to win end of the year grand prizes.

The prizes are:

10-25 stamps are qualified to win:

* $100 Marker 48 gift certificate
* Free passport book for 2019 ($100 value)
* $25 BeckyJack’s Food Shack gift certificate
* $25 Florida Cracker Kitchen gift certificate
* ($250 value total)

26-35 stamps are qualified to win all of the above, PLUS:

* The chance to brew a small-batch beer with our brewers in 2018

36-48 stamps are qualified to win all of the above, PLUS:

* A one-night stay with one guest, hosted by Marker 48, on a private island on the Homosassa River and a half-day fishing inshore charter with a guide captain.

New for this year: All books with 48 stamps will be entered to win two VIP tickets to a 2019 Tampa Bay area beer festival of Marker 48’s choice, accompanied by either the owners or brewers.

You must purchase a Smallbatch Beer Book to receive the stamps and qualify for the prizes but you do not have to have a book to come in and order each week’s Smallbatch Beers.

The winners for the 2017 program were announced during a drawing on Wednesday, Jan. 17, and the grand-prize winner’s name is Debbie Garda.

In addition to the tangible prizes, there are other advantages to being a member of the Smallbatch Beer program, Halley said. In the inaugural year, a group of regular customers who purchased the passport books banded together to meet in the tasting room for each new release.

“So there’s a huge group of people who made lifetime friends by coming every Wednesday and trying all the new beers together,” Halley said. “So yeah, I would say it was a huge success.”

The passport books are currently on sale in the taproom, and the first beer in the program will be released Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Check the Marker 48 Facebook page or Twitter account for announcements on subsequent releases. For more information on Marker 48 Brewing, please visit their Facebook page.

Marker 48 Brewing is a 7-barrel craft brewery with a 32-tap tasting room in Weeki Wachee, Florida, founded by Hernando County natives Maurice and Tina Ryman. Regular hours are Monday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Wed-Thurs., noon to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., noon to midnight; and Sun. noon to 8:30 p.m. The address is 12147 Cortez Blvd. (S.R. 50), Weeki Wachee, FL 34613. Phone: (352) 606-2509.

Goodwood American Pale Ale launches with bottom of cans stamped with name of a fallen officer

February 3, 2018 - 7:21pm

(Louisville, KY) – Goodwood Brewing announces they will be canning their long beloved American Pale Ale, and the new packaging and re-branding will honor fallen American Heroes. The downtown Louisville, Kentucky brewery will stamp the bottom of each can with the name of a fallen American Hero. For the first round of production they will be partnering with The Louisville Metro Police Department to honor fallen police officers in their home city. They plan to expand this series to honor all American Heroes (Police Officers, Firefighters, and Military) in all of the states they currently distribute, as well as the new territories they are quickly expanding into in 2018.

In addition to bearing the name of a fallen hero on their American Pale Ale cans, Goodwood Brewing will also host promotional events and fundraisers and donate to their partnering foundations throughout the year.

“We wanted to pay homage to our American Heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice- in our community as well as the communities we distribute in. We also wanted to honor the families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. It’s a small gesture we can make to say thank you to these men and women who made an enormous sacrifice on behalf of their country and their communities,” said CEO Ted Mitzlaff.

Goodwood’s American Pale Ale is aged on poplar and brewed with seven hop varieties. The 5.7 ABV brew features a hop-forward, floral bouquet, that’s balanced perfectly by the caramel malts providing pleasingly sweet, malty backbone.

The company’s initial production will honor the Louisville Police officers who died protecting the brewery’s home city:

Officer Peter Grignon EOW 3/23/2005
Chief Randy Wells EOW 10/29/2007
Detective Jason Schweitzer EOW 10/29/2016
Officer Nick Rodman EOW 3/29/2017

Goodwood Brewing made the decision to move the majority of their products to cans due to sustainability of the packaging. “Glass bottles have a larger carbon footprint when it comes to shipping, cans use less cardboard to transport, and people recycle cans more than glass. We were also able to find 100% biodegradable can rings opposed to heavier plastic alternative carriers. Cans are are also proven to extend the life span and freshness of the beer. It was a no-brainer to invest in a canning line,” said Brewmaster and COO, Joel Hablieb. Goodwood currently cans Louisville Lager, Spruce Tip IPA, Hemp Gose, Walnut Brown Ale, and, now American Pale Ale.

About Goodwood Brewing
Goodwood Brewing is a production brewery located in the heart of downtown Louisville. The brewery is dedicated to making beers that have been touched by wood; whether in reclaimed oak casks once used to house bourbon, red wine, and brandy or seasoned on oak, poplar or ash. Goodwood’s “shade-grown beers” are all touched by the natural gradations of reclaimed casks and other wood types for flavorful expressions that are unique to Goodwood. Just like the bourbon Kentucky is famous for, all of Goodwood’s beers begin with limestone water. The gents behind Goodwood are some of Louisville’s longest-serving brewing veterans, running production breweries in Louisville since 2001. Goodwood beers are available in Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia and Missouri.

About Louisville Metro Police Foundation:
The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is dedicated to improving the Greater Louisville community and making our city a safer place to live, work and visit by supporting the men and women of the Louisville Metro Police Department. The Police Foundation was founded in 2005 to support LMPD and its 1,500 officers and staff by providing much-needed financial resources beyond what the Police Department’s Louisville Metro Government budget can fund.

Ghostfish Brewing joins Night Shift distributing portfolio in Massachusetts

February 3, 2018 - 3:47pm

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The Seattle brewery specializes in gluten-free beer, and has won awards at the Great American Beer Festival and the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Chelsea, MA – Night Shift Distributing is excited to announce that Ghostfish Brewing’s products will be hitting the Massachusetts shelves. Founded in 2015, the Seattle-based brewery is the first and only gluten-free brewery in Washington.

Ghostfish started off with a bang, winning both the gold and bronze medals in the Gluten-Free Beer category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. Since then, beers like their Grapefruit IPA and Meteor Shower Blonde Ale have continued to bring home awards.

Rob Burns, CEO of Night Shift Distributing, finds a familiar ethos in the story that Ghostfish’s three founders are building:

“What I love about the beer industry is passionate folks who go above and beyond to create the best possible products. Ghostfish has taken their personal desire for quality gluten-free beer and made it an obsession. They source ingredients from a handful of gluten-free malt houses, and are solely dedicated to gluten-free beer production. You can taste that passion and dedication in the fantastic product that just so happens to be gluten-free.”

Massachusetts will be only the second state outside of the Pacific Northwest to see Ghostfish Brewing cans on the shelf. Brian Thiel, Co-Owner/Director of Marketing and Sales for Ghostfish, emphasized the value of finding the right partner to help his company enter this new market:

“We are proud to partner with Night Shift Distributing to bring our award-winning brews to the beer lovers of Massachusetts. With this new relationship we are confident we have placed our brand in the capable hands of people who share the same passion as we do for pushing the boundaries of craft beer.”

4-packs of a variety of Ghostfish’s offerings will be available in stores starting mid-February. Beer drinkers in the Bay State can look forward to trying Grapefruit IPA, Meteor Shower Blonde Ale, and Shrouded Summit Belgian White Ale at the outset.

Karl Strauss 29th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Saison just released, upcoming beers revealed

February 3, 2018 - 1:44pm



Karl Strauss Releases Barrel-Aged Saison to Celebrate 29th Anniversary


(San Diego, CA) — It’s been 29 years since Karl Strauss Brewing Company officially opened its doors in downtown San Diego on February 2nd, 1989 helping to kick off California’s craft beer industry. The company is commemorating their 29th year in beer with a new barrel-aged release.


This year’s edition of their esteemed anniversary series is a Belgian-style Saison aged in Pinot Noir barrels for 12 months with Brettanomyces. The brew features complex spice flavors and juicy fruit notes from added pink peppercorns, rounded out by a dry and lively finish. 


“It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 30 years since we first opened the doors of our brewery. We’re humbled by the support of our fans and friends who have been along for the ride and invite you all to join us in celebrating our birthday. We had a great year in 2017 and we have big plans for our 29th year, including exciting beer releases like Boat Shoes unfiltered IPA, Isomerizer single hop IPA, and canning core favorites Aurora Hoppyalis and Mosaic. We also have some killer releases coming out of our barrel program, including two releases of Queen of Tarts, our gold medal-winning dark sour,” says Matt Rattner, President, Karl Strauss Brewing Company


Their 29th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Saison will be available at select retailers throughout California, including KARL’s Tasting Room in Pacific Beach and at all of their brewpub locations. In celebration of the special release, their February menu will feature the brew in their monthly food and beer pairing, and 29th Anniversary commemorative glassware specials will be available at each KARL brewpub starting February 1st . 


For more information about Karl Strauss and their 29th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Saison release, visit . 


About Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has been proudly independent since 1989, pioneering the craft beer scene with innovative beer releases like Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Queen of Tarts Dark Sour, and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. The brewery has won 105 medals since 2009 and was recently honored with the “Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year” award at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016. For more information, visit or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739. Share it. Cheers.

Craft Brew Alliance announces preliminary 2017 financial results and guidance for 2018

February 2, 2018 - 5:54pm

10% depletion growth for Kona, continued gross margin expansion, and robust EPS performance underscore record operational and financial results in 2017

New contract brewing agreement with AB to leverage capacity and capability in CBA-owned breweries in 2018

(Portland, OR) – Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA”) (Nasdaq: BREW), a leading craft brewing company, today announced strong preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. CBA’s preliminary full-year results include continued double-digit depletion growth for Kona amidst unprecedented market competition, record gross margin expansion driven by net revenue per barrel growth and ongoing operational improvements, and robust GAAP earnings per diluted share (“EPS”) performance of $0.49, including a favorable one-time, non-cash tax benefit of $0.35 per share. Excluding the effect of the tax benefit results in adjusted EPS of $0.14 per share.

Delivering continued double-digit growth for Kona in 2017

Kona’s relevance as a global lifestyle brand, anchored by its award-winning, island-inspired craft beers and distinctive brand message, drove a 10% increase in depletions globally for the full year 2017. Kona flagship Big Wave Golden Ale posted a 23% increase in depletions in 2017, which includes 60% depletions growth internationally. Hanalei Island IPA, which Kona debuted nationally in 2017, ended the year in the top five of all new craft brands in the U.S. as measured in grocery sales by Nielsen.

Expanding our AB partnership with new brewing arrangement

We continued to work closely with Anheuser-Busch (“AB”) in 2017 and accomplished multiple strategic growth objectives, including aligning our brands in AB’s wholesaler planning processes, starting up brewing operations in AB’s Fort Collins brewery to drive incremental cost savings, and continuing to expand Kona distribution in select global beer markets.

In 2018, we are building on this success with a new contract brewing arrangement, announced today in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Through the new agreement, AB will leverage CBA’s craft production capacity and capability in our owned breweries, resulting in improved operational efficiencies and capacity utilization for CBA.

Achieving milestone improvements in core business fundamentals

Our focus on strengthening CBA’s business fundamentals yielded significant tangible value in 2017. We delivered net sales growth of 2%, gross profit improvement of 9%, and record gross margin of 31.5% which includes beer gross margin of 35.3%. We achieved these improvements while simultaneously accelerating our brewery footprint evolution with the closure and sale of our Woodinville brewery, balancing production between Portland and Portsmouth, ramping up brewing operations in AB’s Fort Collins brewery, and reducing wholesaler inventories by more than a third. In 2018, we will continue to leverage our headway in cost reduction and operating efficiencies to reinvest in our sales and marketing infrastructure.

Select preliminary, unaudited results for the full year 2017:

Depletions decreased 1%, in line with updated guidance.

Shipments decreased 4%, which is in line with updated guidance and reflects progress reducing wholesaler inventory levels by nearly a third compared to 2016.

Net sales were approximately $207.5 million, a 2% increase over 2016, primarily due to increases in average unit pricing, alternating proprietorship sales, international distribution fees earned from AB, and Pabst contract shortfall fees.

Total gross margin expanded 210 basis points to 31.5%, compared to 29.4% in 2016, in line with guidance.

CBA’s beer gross margin expanded to 35.3%, underscoring record achievements in improving our operating performance.

Our pub gross margin decreased 690 basis points to 6.7%, primarily reflecting the impact of the closure of our Woodinville brewery as we put the facility and pub up for sale, as well as the temporary closure of our Portland pub for a remodel.

Selling, general and administrative expense (“SG&A”) increased by $1.2 million to $60.5 million, or 29.1% of net sales. The increase reflects a favorable $1.0 million Pabst contract settlement fee, partially offset by an impairment charge of $0.5 million related to the sale of our Woodinville brewery.

EPS was $0.49, compared to a loss of ($0.02) per share in 2016.

Due to the change in federal tax law, we adjusted our deferred tax liabilities, resulting in a favorable non-cash income tax adjustment of $6.9 million, or $0.35 per share.

CBA’s adjusted EPS improvement to $0.14 per share for the year also reflects 9% growth in gross profit driven by 2% growth in net sales and 210-basis-point gross margin expansion.

Capital expenditures were approximately $18.3 million, compared to $15.7 million in 2016, and primarily represent investments in Kona’s new brewery, Redhook’s new Seattle brewpub, and our Portland brewery to support our footprint optimization.

Select preliminary results for the fourth quarter 2017:

Depletions decreased 3% from the fourth quarter of 2016, partially offset by Kona, which increased by 6%.

Shipments decreased 6% over the same period last year.

Net sales were approximately $46.0 million and flat compared to the fourth quarter in 2016.

Total gross margin increased by 310 basis points to 32.4% over the fourth quarter last year. Beer gross margin for the fourth quarter was 37.6% or 540 basis points higher than the same period in 2016.

Selling, general and administrative expense (“SG&A”) increased by $0.2 million to $13.1 million, or 2% of net sales. The fourth quarter increase reflects a favorable $1.0 million Pabst contract settlement fee, partially offset by an impairment charge of $0.5 million related to the sale of our Woodinville brewery.

EPS for the quarter was $0.40, compared to zero earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Due to the change in federal tax law, we adjusted our deferred tax liabilities, resulting in a favorable income tax adjustment of $6.9 million, or $0.35 per share.

Our adjusted EPS improvement to $0.05 for the fourth quarter was also driven by 11% growth in gross profit related to a 300-basis-point increase in gross margin.

“CBA’s strong performance in 2017 represents tangible validation of the deliberate, forward-looking strategy that we embarked on three years ago to strengthen the topline, improve the core health of our business, and actualize our future through strategic partnerships and talent development,” said Andy Thomas, chief executive officer, CBA. “Across all aspects of our business, that strategy is proving itself, driving positive results, and underscoring our progress in evolving CBA’s business as we navigate through the seismic forces at play in our industry.”

Anticipated financial highlights for 2018:

In 2018, we anticipate continued growth for Kona, bolstered by the national launch of its new 99-calorie Kanaha Blonde Ale, combined with increasing contributions from our partner brands Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers and Wynwood Brewing Co., as well as the ongoing stabilization of our pioneering legacy craft brands Widmer Brothers and Redhook in the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to leveraging our streamlined brewing footprint, improved cost structure, and expanded brewing agreements with AB to drive further value for our business and shareholders. Anticipated financial guidance for 2018 includes:

— Depletions and shipments each ranging between a decline of 2% and an increase of 3%, reflecting continued progress as we stabilize our supply chain.

Average price increases of 1% to 3%, reflecting improved revenue management capabilities and lower federal excise taxes.

Gross margin rate of 32.0% to 35.0%, reflecting increases in net revenue per barrel, continued improvements in brewery operations, lower fixed overhead, and ongoing efforts to stabilize our pub operations.

SG&A expense ranging from $59 million to $61 million, primarily reflecting reinvestment of cost savings into our sales and marketing infrastructure, as well as expanded consumer and trade programming.

Capital expenditures of approximately $16 million to $19 million, including our new Kona brewery and the addition of a new can line in our Portland brewery to address consumer demand.
Effective tax rate of 27%.

“Our 2017 financial performance reflects the realization of our long-term strategy. We’re seeing real improvement in gross margins as a result of healthy revenue per barrel growth and meaningful operational and cost improvements,” said Joe Vanderstelt, chief financial officer, CBA. “As we enter 2018, we are focused on continuing to improve our financial fundamentals and ability to invest in our brands.”

CBA will file its Form 10-K, issue a final 2017 earnings press release, and host an analyst call in the first half of March 2018. Timing and webcast information will be published in the next few weeks.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that state the Company’s or management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future, including depletions and shipments, price increases, and gross margin rate improvement, the level and effect of SG&A expense and business development, anticipated capital spending, effective tax rate, and the benefits or improvements to be realized from strategic initiatives and capital projects, are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company’s actual results may differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company’s report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company’s website,, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

About Craft Brew Alliance

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) is an independent craft brewing company that brews, brands, and brings to market world-class American craft beers.

Our distinctive portfolio combines the power of Kona Brewing Company, a top national craft beer brand, with strong regional breweries and innovative lifestyle brands Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Omission Brewing Co., Redhook Brewery, Square Mile Cider Co., Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Wynwood Brewing Co. CBA nurtures the growth and development of its brands in today’s increasingly competitive beer market through our state-of-the-art brewing and distribution capability, integrated sales and marketing infrastructure, and strong focus on partnerships, local community and sustainability.

Formed in 2008, CBA is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and operates breweries and brewpubs across the U.S. CBA beers are available in all 50 U.S. states and 30 different countries around the world. For more information about CBA and our brands, please visit

Craft Brew Alliance agrees to brew some of Anheuser-Busch’s ‘craft’ brands through 2018

February 2, 2018 - 5:48pm

The following is an SEC filing made by Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. made on Thursday, February 1st, regarding a new brewing agreement with Anheuser-Busch, LLC.

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On January 30, 2018, Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA” or “we”), entered into a Contract Brewing Agreement (the “Brewing Agreement”) with Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC (“ABC”), an affiliate of Anheuser-Busch, LLC (“AB”), pursuant to which we will brew, package, and palletize certain malt beverage products of AB’s craft breweries at CBA’s Portland, Oregon, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, breweries as selected by ABC. Under the terms of the Brewing Agreement, ABC will pay CBA a per barrel fee that varies based on the annual volume of the specified product brewed by CBA, plus (a) our actual incremental costs of brewing the product and (b) certain capital costs and costs of graphics and labeling that we incur in connection with the brewed products.

In addition to the Brewing Agreement, AB distributes our malt beverage products throughout the United States under a Master Distributor Agreement between CBA and AB, as amended August 23, 2016 (the “Master Distributor Agreement”). It has also agreed to brew up to 300,000 barrels of our mutually agreed products annually in its facilities under a separate contract brewing agreement under which brewing began at AB’s brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, during the second quarter of 2017. We also entered into an International Distribution Agreement with an affiliate of AB in August 2016, pursuant to which it is serving as the sole and exclusive distributor of our malt beverage products in jurisdictions outside the United States, subject to the terms and conditions of our agreement with our other international distributor, CraftCan Travel LLC, and certain other limitations. AB also has certain contractual rights under an Amended and Restated Exchange and Recapitalization Agreement relating to its ownership of approximately 31.5% of our outstanding shares of common stock, including the right to designate two members of our board of directors and limitations on our ability to take certain actions without AB’s prior consent. For additional information regarding our relationship with AB and its affiliates, please see Note 17 to our consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

The Brewing Agreement will expire on December 31, 2018, unless the arrangement is extended at the mutual agreement of the parties. The Brewing Agreement contains specified termination rights, including, among other things, the right of either party to terminate the Brewing Agreement if (i) the other party fails to perform any material obligation under the Brewing Agreement or any other agreement between the parties, subject to certain cure rights, or (ii) the Master Distributor Agreement is terminated.

The foregoing description of the Brewing Agreement does not purport to be complete, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Brewing Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibits: The exhibit listed below is filed with this report:

Exhibit 10.1 Contract Brewing Agreement between Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC and Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. dated January 30, 2018 †

† Confidential treatment has been requested with respect to portions of this exhibit. A complete copy of the agreement, including the redacted terms, has been separately filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: February 1, 2018
/s/Edwin A. Smith

Edwin A. Smith

Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer


This Contract Brewing Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into by and between Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC (“ABC”) and Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA”), as of this 30th day of January, 2018.

WHEREAS, ABC is the parent of a number of craft breweries (“Subsidiaries”) which brew a variety of malt beverage products.

WHEREAS, CBA owns and operates breweries in Portland, Oregon and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (the “Breweries”).

WHEREAS, CBA utilizes an off-site warehouse located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (the “Warehouse”) from time to time to store products.

WHEREAS, the Subsidiaries do not have adequate brewing capacity to brew certain of their products and in some circumstances ABC has determined that use of an Anheuser-Busch brewery to brew such products would be inefficient.

WHEREAS, CBA has agreed to brew malt beverage products of the Subsidiaries at its Breweries pursuant to the terms and conditions hereof.

WHEREAS, as a result of ABC’s brewing of CBA products, the parties are familiar with each other’s brewing practices and this familiarity would expedite CBA’s brewing of products for ABC.

WHEREAS, ABC and CBA have agreed that CBA will brew certain products during 2018 and after such period the parties shall review the arrangement to determine whether it is mutually beneficial and whether it would be advantageous for CBA to continue to brew products of the Subsidiaries.

NOW THEREFORE, for the mutual promises set forth herein, the parties hereto agree as follows:

1. Brewing of Products.

(a)”Product” means a malt beverage of a Subsidiary brewed pursuant to a specific recipe and packaged pursuant to ABC’s specifications pursuant to the terms hereof.

(b)Pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, CBA agrees to brew the Products and provide such other services as are described in this Agreement.

(c)ABC will deliver to CBA the recipes and specifications for each Product; the anticipated annual volume of each Product it desires to have brewed by CBA; and the Brewery at which it desires the brewing thereof.

(d)CBA will deliver to ABC its good faith statement as to (i) the actual per barrel costs to be incurred by it in brewing each Product (“Actual Cost”), provided that such statement will reflect only such costs as would not be incurred by CBA if CBA did not brew such Product and are incremental to the existing operations of the Brewery, (ii) any capital costs reasonably required of CBA to brew a Product (“Required Capital”), and (iii) any costs incurred by CBA in connection with creation or modification of graphics and labels for the cans and bottles for the Products as requested by ABC.

(e)At the request of ABC, CBA shall provide reasonable verification, with reasonable detail for its statement of the Actual Costs and Required Capital and shall engage in reasonable discussions with ABC concerning such amounts.

(f)The definitive price per barrel per Product to be paid by ABC to CBA for providing the services hereunder with respect to any Product that is not a Small Batch Product shall be (i) the Actual Cost as determined prior to production plus $* if the annual volume of such Product is less than 50,000 barrels; (ii) the Actual Cost as determined prior to production plus $*, if the annual volume of such Product is 50,000 barrels or more but less than 75,000 barrels; and (iii) the Actual Cost as determined prior to production plus $* if the annual volume of such Product is 75,000 barrels or more.

(g)The definitive price per barrel per Product to be paid by ABC to CBA for providing the services hereunder with respect to any Small Batch Product shall be (i) the Actual Cost plus $* if the annual volume of such Product is less than 50,000 barrels; (ii) the Actual Cost plus $*, if the annual volume of such Product is 50,000 barrels or more but less than 75,000 barrels; and (iii) the Actual Cost plus $*if the annual volume of such Product is 75,000 barrels or more.

(h)A Product shall be considered to be a “Small Batch Product” if annual production of the Product is not expected to exceed the output produced using only one fermenting tank of such Product.

2.Orders and Delivery of the Products.

(a)ABC may from time to time issue orders for any Product. Each such order shall specify the quantity of such Product, the SKU for such Product, and the date the Product is to be delivered. The quantity to be brewed pursuant to any order shall be an integral multiple of the output of one fermenting tank, and the date on which the Product is to be delivered shall not be less than eight weeks after the order is received by CBA.

(b)CBA shall brew, package and palletize the Product, make the Product available at the Brewery docks or the Warehouse and, at least five business days prior to the date on which the Product will be made available, notify ABC of the date and time at which the Product will be available at such location. ABC will pick up the Product at the Brewery docks or Warehouse not later than five business days after the date the Product is made available. CBA will provide reasonable assistance to ABC in its pick up of the Product. Pursuant to procedures agreed between the parties, ABC shall provide adequate cooperage (and pallets therefor) to be used by CBA for providing Products to ABC.

(c)Title to the Products and risk of loss with respect thereto will pass from CBA to ABC when the Products are made available at the Brewery’s docks or the Warehouse.

* Confidential information has been omitted and confidential treatment has been requested pursuant to Rule 24b-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


(a)The preliminary price to be paid to CBA for each Product shall be based on the assumption that the annual volume of such Product will be as specified pursuant to Section 1(c). If the actual annual volume of any Product is not consistent with such specification, within 30 days after the end of the term hereof the price to be paid by ABC will be adjusted to reflect the actual annual volume and ABC shall pay CBA, or CBA shall pay to ABC, as appropriate, the difference between the definitive price and the preliminary price. Any payments due pursuant to this Section shall be paid by the applicable party within 30 days after the difference has been agreed to by the parties.

(b) CBA shall pay all federal excise taxes applicable to the Product with respect to each order of Product and such payment is reflected in the price to be paid by ABC as described above.

(c)ABC shall reimburse CBA for any costs incurred by CBA for Required Capital. ABC shall reimburse CBA for any costs incurred by CBA in connection with creation or modification of graphics and labels for the cans and bottles for the Products as requested by ABC.

(d)Upon making Products available to ABC, CBA will invoice ABC for such Product. CBA will include any Required Capital in the invoice for the Products to which the Required Capital relates.

(e)ABC will pay each invoice submitted by CBA within 30 days of ABC’s receipt thereof.

4.Grant of License.

Upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, ABC hereby grants to CBA, on behalf of itself and the Subsidiaries, a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use all intellectual property related to the brewing and packaging of the Products (“Intellectual Property”), but solely for the purposes of complying with its obligations hereunder. CBA shall not use the Intellectual Property in connection with any other purpose without ABC’s prior written consent or as otherwise previously agreed between the parties. CBA acknowledges that its use of the Intellectual Property hereunder shall not create any right, title, or interest in or to the Intellectual Property other than as specified in this Section. All goodwill accruing as a result of the use of the Intellectual Property will inure to the benefit of ABC and the Subsidiaries.

5.Raw Materials.

Subject to the following sentence, CBA shall obtain all raw materials required for the brewing of the Product, and the price to be paid by ABC hereunder reflects the cost of such raw materials. If brewing of any Product requires use of any raw material not used by CBA in the ordinary course of business, ABC will provide such raw material to CBA pursuant to procedures agreed upon between the parties.

6.Cancellation of a Product.

ABC must promptly notify CBA in writing if, for the remainder of the term of this Agreement, ABC will not submit any additional orders for a certain Product to CBA. Upon receipt of such notice, CBA shall offer to ABC to purchase any materials acquired by CBA solely in order to produce such Product, the price for such purchase being the price paid by CBA therefor. If, within thirty days after such offer, ABC does not agree to purchase such materials, CBA is authorized to (a) destroy any such materials and (b) submit an invoice to ABC for the actual cost to CBA for such materials and the destruction thereof. ABC shall not be required to pay for any materials in excess of the materials reasonably required to produce the estimated annual volume of Products provided by ABC pursuant to Section 1(c) hereof.

7. Quality Control.

(a)CBA covenants that each Product (i) will be brewed in accordance with its recipe; (ii) will be free from defects in materials and workmanship and in compliance in all material respects with applicable federal and state laws and regulations; (iii) will be free from microbiological and any other contamination in accordance with the recipes and specifications and packaging for such Product; (iv) will be labelled in accordance with ABC’s instructions; (v) will not be adulterated within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as amended, and will comply in all material respects with the applicable provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, as amended; and (vi) will be properly handled, stored and shipped if applicable until picked up by ABC The physical and sensory characteristics of each Product will be the same in all material respects throughout the term hereof.

(b)Prior to commercial production of any Product, CBA shall brew the Product for the purposes of sampling and testing by each of ABC and CBA. No Product shall be delivered unless each of ABC and CBA are satisfied with the quality of the Product and compliance with its recipe. ABC shall pay to CBA a fee of $5,000 for the brewing of each batch of a Product described in this subsection.

(c) ABC will provide CBA with assistance reasonably requested by CBA in connection with obtaining necessary governmental approvals and permits in connection with the brewing of the Products.

8. Term.

(a)The term of this Agreement will commence on the date first written above and, unless sooner terminated pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, will continue in effect until December 31, 2018.

(b)Either party may terminate this Agreement immediately upon written notice, without prejudice to any other legal rights to which such terminating party may be entitled, upon the occurrence and during the continuance of any one or more of the following:

(i)material default by the other party in the performance of any of the provisions of this Agreement or any other agreement between the parties, which default is not cured within 30 days after written notice of default;

(ii)the making by the other party of an assignment for the benefit of creditors; or the commencement by the other party of a voluntary case or proceeding or the other party’s consent to or acquiescence in the entry of an order for relief against such other party in an involuntary case or proceeding under any bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency or similar law;

(iii)the appointment of a trustee or receiver or similar officer of any court for the other party or for a substantial part of the property of the other party, whether with or without the consent of the other party, which is not terminated within 60 days from the date of appointment thereof;

(iv)the institution of bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency or liquidation proceedings by or against the other party without such proceedings being dismissed within 90 days from the date of the institution thereof; or

(v)The termination of the Master Distributor Agreement between CBA and Anheuser-Busch, LLC dated as of May 1, 2011, as amended.

(c)Upon expiration or termination of this Agreement, CBA shall complete production of all Products in process of the date of termination. ABC must purchase such Products at the price specified herein and must purchase from CBA any raw materials purchased by CBA solely for the purpose of complying with its obligations hereunder at the price paid by CBA therefor. Except as provided in this subsection, upon expiration or any termination of this Agreement all rights granted to CBA hereunder with respect to Intellectual Property will terminate and CBA will cease all use of the Intellectual Property.


(a)ABC shall indemnify and hold harmless CBA, its affiliates and their officers, directors and employers harmless from and against any and all third party charges, actions and proceedings (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of (i) a breach of ABC’s obligations hereunder, (ii) any claim that the use of the Intellectual Property as contemplated hereby violates the intellectual property rights of any other party and (iii) the negligence or willful misconduct of ABC or its officers, employees or agents in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby.

(b)CBA shall indemnify and hold harmless ABC, its affiliates, the Subsidiaries and their officers, directors and employers harmless from and against any and all third party charges, actions and proceedings (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of (i) a breach of CBA’s obligations hereunder or (ii) the negligence or willful misconduct of CBA or its officers, employees or agents in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby.


(a)Each party shall treat and shall cause its respective employees, officers, directors, advisors, representatives, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, subcontractors and any and all persons or business entities acting under one or any of them, to treat, as confidential property and not disclose to any other person or use in any manner, except as is necessary to perform this Agreement (and then only on a confidential basis satisfactory to both parties), any information regarding the other party’s prices, plans, programs, processes, products, costs, equipment, operations or customers (“Confidential Information”) which may come within the knowledge of such party, its officers, employees or advisors in the performance of this Agreement, without in each instance securing the prior written consent of the other party.

(b)Nothing above, however, shall prevent either ABC or CBA from disclosing to any other Person or using in any manner, information that such party can show:

(i)has been published or has become part of the public domain without any breach of this Agreement;

(ii)has been furnished or has been made known to such party by third parties (other than those acting directly or indirectly for or on behalf of the disclosing party) as a matter of legal right without restrictions on its disclosure;

(iii)was in such party’s lawful possession prior to the disclosure thereof by the other party;

(iv)is later independently developed by the receiving party; or

(v)has been required to be disclosed by law, court order, or government order or regulation.

(c)If any party is required by law, court order or government order or regulation to disclose Confidential Information, such party shall provide notice thereof to the other party and undertake reasonable steps to provide the other party with an opportunity to object to such disclosure.

(d)These obligations with respect to the Confidential Information shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.

11. Insurance.

Each party shall keep in force at all times during the term hereof general liability insurance with both “products” and “contractual” coverage for aggregated claims in the minimum amount of $10,000,000, and shall furnish the other party a certificate from a financially responsible insurance company evidencing that such insurance is in force, naming the other party as an additional insured and providing that such coverage may not be cancelled or materially changed without 30 days prior written notice to the other party. Any such policy of insurance shall contain a waiver of subrogation.

12. Notices.

Any notice, request or demand to be given or made under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given or made upon delivery, if delivered by hand and addressed to the party for whom intended at the address listed below, (ii) ten days after deposit in the mails, if sent certified or registered mail (if available) with return receipt requested, or five days after deposit if deposited for delivery with a reputable courier service, and in each case addressed to the party for whom intended at the address listed below.

If to CBA:
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
929 N. Russell Street
Portland, Oregon 97227
Attn: John Glick

With a copy to:
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
929 N. Russell Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
Attn: Legal

If to ABC, to:
Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC
125 W. 24th Street
New York, New York 10011
Attn: Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

The parties agree to send notices to such other address as may be substituted by notice given as herein provided.

13. Miscellaneous.

(a)This Agreement does not make either party the employee, agent, or legal representative of the other party for any purpose whatsoever. Neither party is granted any right or authority to assume or to create any obligation or responsibility, express or implied, on behalf of or in the name of the other party. In fulfilling its obligations pursuant to this Agreement each party shall be acting as an independent contractor.

(b)Neither party may assign, sublicense, subcontract, or otherwise transfer its rights and obligations under this Agreement except with the prior written consent of the other party. The terms of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties, their respective successors, permitted assignees, sublicensees, and subcontractors.

(c)This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the parties hereto and supersedes any prior understandings, agreements, or representations by or among the parties hereto, written or oral, to the extent they are related in any way to the subject matter hereof.

(d)This Agreement shall not be deemed or construed to be modified, amended, rescinded, canceled, or waived, in whole or in part, except by written amendment signed by the parties hereto.

(e)If any one or more of the provisions contained in this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect for any reason, the validity, legality and enforceablity of any such provision or provisions in every other respect and the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be in any way impaired.

(f)This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, which together will constitute one agreement. E-mail transmission of any signed original document, and retransmission of any e-mail transmission, will be deemed equivalent to delivery of an original.

(g)Headings and subheadings in this Agreement are not intended to and do not have any substantive content whatsoever.

(h)No failure by either party to take any action or assert any right hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of such right in the event of the continuation or repetition of the circumstances giving rise to such right.

(i)If any suit or action is brought to enforce or interpret any term of this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover from the other party all reasonable costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and legal expenses) incurred in connection therewith, including at trial, on appeal, and on any petition for review.

(j)Neither party shall be liable to the other party for any delay or default in performing its obligations if such default or delay is caused by any event beyond the reasonable control of such party, including, but not limited to, acts of nature, terrorism, war, or insurrection, civil commotion, damage or destruction of production facilities or materials by earthquake, fire, storm, or flood, or disturbances or strikes, epidemic, materials shortages, equipment malfunction, unavailability of raw materials, or other similar event. The party suffering such cause shall immediately notify the other party of the cause and the expected duration of such cause. If either party’s performance is delayed by more than 60 days pursuant to this subsection, the other party may immediately terminate this Agreement by written notice given before the affected party resumes performance.

(k)This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Missouri, without regards to the principles of conflicts of laws thereof.

SouthNorte Beer Co. launches cans in San Diego

February 2, 2018 - 4:45pm

(San Diego, CA) – SouthNorte Beer Co. has been transporting fans to the crossroads of cultures since its inception four months ago. In that time, the company secured 600+ placements throughout San Diego county, including major chain distribution at Vons, Ralphs, 7-11, and Trader Joes. Adding to the buzz, SouthNorte also won a bronze medal in the Specialty Beer Category at the country’s most prestigious beer competition, the Great American Beer Festival, in October. SouthNorte is adding another way for fans to enjoy its beers, with the addition of two new cans to the core lineup.

“We are excited to debut our two core brands, Sea Señor Mex Lager and No Güey IPA, in cans,” says Brandon Richards, CEO, SouthNorte Beer Co. “Cans offer consumers another package format for different drinking occasions, and from a branding standpoint, allows us more creativity with color and design.”

The new cans feature bold colors, unique line art depicting scenes on both sides of the border, and a color split down the middle meant to signify the energy of two cultures colliding. The SouthNorte packaging also proudly displays the Brewers Association independent craft brewer seal on the new cans. This symbol gives beer lovers an easy way to identify true independent craft breweries. “We are proud to be an American craft brewery inspired by Mexico, and we want our fans to understand that we are a local, independent brewery,” says Richards.

Fans looking for a sneak-peek of the cans before they hit retail next week, are invited to a SouthNorte pop-up shop at popular Orange County retailer, Tank Farm’s Huntington Beach location in Pacific City, this Saturday, February 3 from 4-8pm. The SouthNorte Brewmaster will be onsite talking about the beers, and fans can enjoy samples of the beer and see the new cans, while shopping for SouthNorte merchandise at the pop-up shop.

SouthNorte Beer Co. is temporarily brewed and packaged at Coronado Brewing Company’s facilities until a future site for the new brewery can be secured. The company is actively seeking a home for the brewery, with plans to open somewhere in South Bay San Diego in late 2018. Visit to learn more about the story behind the brewery and where to find its beers. !Salud!

Sea Señor!

This is SouthNorte’s interpretation of a classic Mexican Lager. This lager is clean and crisp with a sweet, bready malitness. Noble European hops give the beer a floral and spicy bitterness with a dry finish.
4.5% ABV

No Güey! (Pronounced “no way”)

This beer is an ode to the popular street food south of the border – fresh mango sprinkled with Tajín. Our version is a hop-forward IPA bursting with tropical fruit, and a lingering chili spiciness that’s slightly earthy.
6.5% ABV

About SouthNorte

Established in 2016, SouthNorte was born at the crossroads of cultures, where the blend of energies, wisdom, and talents equal more than the sum of the parts. We are brewers, makers and travelers wanting to see where we can take beer. And where it can take us. We explore the best of what each lado brings to the table. We cross borders and brew locally. We craft with an accent. We are SouthNorte. Inspired by Mexico. Hecho en San Diego. Taste the combinación. For more information, visit

Cape May Always Ready Northeast Pale Ale brewed in honor of the US Coast Guard

February 2, 2018 - 4:13pm

(Cape May, NJ) – Cape May Brewing Company is thrilled to once again partner with an honored Cape May institution to brew a beer with a special connection with their Cape May roots. Releasing February 8th, Always Ready — a Northeast Pale Ale with Mosaic, Citra, Denali, Calypso, Ekuanot, and Zythos hops — is brewed in tribute to the United States Coast Guard.

Home to the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May — the Coast Guard’s fifth-largest base and sole training center since 1982 — over 4,000 recruits spend their eight-week training period in Cape May each year. A proud Coast Guard Community, since 2015, Cape May County has shared this distinction with only 18 other cities and one other county.

“In Cape May, we love our Coasties, and it’s no different at Cape May Brewing Company,” says CEO and co-founder Ryan Krill. “For eight weeks each year, they call Cape May home and treat us with as much care and respect as they would their own hometown. We owe a debt of gratitude to each recruit who goes through the Training Center: not only do they work tirelessly to keep our shores safe, but their dedication to Cape May Brewing Company has been instrumental in our success. After their tour of duty, they return to their homes with our merchandise, our logo, and tales of some of the best beer they’ve ever had.

“We could think of no better way to thank them than with a beer in their honor.”

In Always Ready — the English translation of Semper Paratus, the Coast Guard’s motto — drinkers will find brilliant aromas of orange and tangerine zest combined with a hint of dankness. With a medium body thanks to the addition of wheat and oats in the grain bill, Always Ready is hopped heavily with Mosaic, Citra, Denali, Calypso, Ekuanot, and Zythos hops bringing an intense hop aroma paired with a firm bitterness.

“Members of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are honored to be part of the Cape May community,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jake Cuomo, the personnel officer at the Training Center. “The recognition of our relationship by businesses in the area exemplify why we say that Cape May County is the Coast Guard’s hometown.”

Cape May Brewing Co. designed this beer with the Coast Guard’s motto — Semper Paratus or “Always Ready” — in mind.

“We really wanted a beer that could be your go-to brew for any occasion,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm. “But we also like to brew beers that we at CMBC enjoy drinking, which usually means ‘HOPS!’ It took a few tries, but in the end I think we really nailed it with a beer that anyone can enjoy.”

Head Brewer Brian Hink agrees.

“The approachability is really on full display at first sip,” he says. “The aroma is intense, but it’s also intensely intriguing, and as soon as you try it you know you’re drinking something unique. The hopheads are going to love it, but the low bitterness, medium body, and enticing aroma really make this something for everyone.”

Cape May Brewing Company is celebrating the release of this distinctive brew with a release party on February 8th from 5-8pm. There, CMBC will debut their new Coast Guard discount — $1 off pints for active-duty and retired USCG members, year round.

For more information on Cape May Brewing Company — including for tours and tastings — see or call (609) 849-9933.

About Cape May Brewing Company:

Once upon a time, 20-something Ryan Krill earned a six-figure salary working in finance and real estate development in Manhattan, while his college roommate, Chris Henke, designed commercial satellites. During a summer weekend at the Jersey shore, they brewed a batch of beer with Ryan’s dad. “Should we open a brewery?” Ryan asked, only half-serious. But, by the following year, the three guys had secured a space at Cape May Airport where they concocted a makeshift brew system and honed their beer-making skills. In 2011, they started with one client. Today, there are hundreds of accounts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania proudly serving the guys’ award-winning recipes. And CMBC’s fearless leaders have never looked back.

21st Amendment Brewery expanding distribution to Arizona with Hensley Beverage Co.

February 2, 2018 - 3:32pm

Grand Canyon State, Get Ready! 21st Amendment Beer Rolling Out in AZ in February

(San Leandro, CA) – If you think about it, California and Arizona have probably had one of the most successful long distance relationships of all time. Offering what some may call “the best of the West,” the states have kept the love alive swapping travel stories of beaches and skyscrapers with those of Saguaro landscapes and starry night skies. And now, the two states have one more thing to celebrate – mutual access to cold cans of 21st Amendment Brewery’s acclaimed craft beers. Yes, you heard that right!

In partnership with Hensley Beverage Company, 21st Amendment will be coming in hot this February with an Arizona state-wide rollout and public-facing events throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson and beyond during the better part of 2018.

“We have long awaited our entrance into the Grand Canyon State,” said Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment Brewery. “We know that the people of Arizona appreciate great craft beer, and we hope to please their palates with the likes of our flagship IPAs, delicious fruit beers and seasonal offerings.”

“As avid baseball fans, we’re excited that our beers will be in-market just in time for Spring Training,” added Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment. “If you’ve had a cold slice of watermelon on the rim of your beer while watching a baseball game, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

To kick-off the Arizona launch, 21st Amendment Brewery will be treating locals to a refreshing line-up of its finest crafts, including Brew Free! or Die IPA, El Sully Mexican-style lager, Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA, and perhaps most exciting of all, an early seasonal release of Hell or High Watermelon wheat. All 21A beers will be available on draft, in six packs and select 15 pack assortments, including the brewery’s new Variety 15 pack.

“This market expansion has been a longtime coming,” concludes Dave Wilson, Co-Owner and President of 21st Amendment. “Thanks in large part to our new sales partnership with Brooklyn Brewery and Funkwerks, we are very eager to hit the ground running with established team members in the Arizona market and a promising new relationship with Hensley.”

For more information about where to find and purchase 21st Amendment beer throughout Arizona, visit

About 21st Amendment
In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. In 2015, they opened a Brewery & Tap Room in San Leandro where most of their beers are made and canned. Known for artistic packaging, witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers year-round selections, seasonal offerings and its Insurrection Series of small-batch, limited releases. Sold in 26 states (including Arizona!), 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer breweries in America.

Payette Aura Guava & Hibiscus Sour Ale cans added to year-round lineup

February 2, 2018 - 2:53pm

(Boise, ID) – Payette Brewing Company is excited to add a new beer to their year-round lineup, Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale in twelve-ounce canned six-packs this February. In 2017, this beer was part of a rotating twenty-two ounce Sour Ale bottle series. The Guava and Hibiscus variant stood out among the others, and claimed to be a new favorite. So much so, that it is now added to the 2018 canned lineup.

Payette Brewing has been known for their Lagers and India Pale Ales, so tapping in to the sour category has been a fun journey. The Payette brewers have developed an incredible recipe with the addition of guava and hibiscus making this beer full of tropical notes and extremely refreshing.

Payette Brewing brewer, Matt Watterson, sips the beer and poetically describes it as, “A nod to warmer days and drinking with friends in the sunshine, this incarnation of Aura plays on the refreshing and complex tropical flavors of guava and hibiscus. Tinted with hues of hibiscus petals and topped by an airy brilliant white head, this ale bursts with aromas of tangy cranberry and under ripe blackberries alongside poached pear and pomegranate. The flavors follow suit, ushered in with light, crackery pilsner malt notes and followed with strawberry and lemon zest fruitiness. A dry finish is aided by a faint tea-like bitterness and citrus-like acidity.”

Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale radiates a unique personality. Brewed using living cultures, which gives the beer complex characteristics with an aura of flavor about it that retain amusing, tart flavors. This beer lands at a modest 4% ABV and 9 IBU, is well balanced and incredibly thirst-quenching. Payette is excited to release Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale on February 16, 2018 at Payette Brewing Company, with the beer hitting taps and shelves shortly after across Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Canada.

Hangar 24 alert: recent batches of core beers like Betty IPA and Orange Wheat may have off-flavors

February 2, 2018 - 2:14pm

Redlands, CA – Hangar 24 Brewery announced on Friday an issue with “a few recent batches of core beers like Betty IPA and Orange Wheat.” More below via the brewery’s latest email newsletter blast…


A message from owner Ben Cook on Hangar 24 off-flavored beer

This is Ben Cook, founder and president of Hangar 24 Craft Brewing. It has come to our attention through our quality-control process, and customer feedback, that a few recent batches of core beers like Betty IPA and Orange Wheat were not up to our standards, or yours. It is important to note the beers do not pose a health risk, they just exhibit sour notes intended for our other styles.

This affected a limited percentage of our production, and while we moved as quickly as possible to keep it off store shelves, we have become aware that some slipped our grasp. If any of it reached you, let me start by extending a personal apology. We will make it right. Please email for instructions on how and where to have it replaced, providing your name, phone number, retail location where the beer was purchased and the city where you reside.

Know that we have evaluated and addressed our production practices to make sure this never happens again. Our commitment to quality includes an open communication with our customers when we fall short. We are part of one of the most loyal communities in craft beer and we will never take that for granted.

Ben Cook

Epic Big Bad Baptista – Release #8 DEN #4799 – recalled for off-flavors

February 2, 2018 - 1:51pm

Epic Big Bad Baptista label from 2016

(Denver, CO) – Epic Brewing is calling for an immediate withdrawal of a single batch of Big Bad Baptista – Release #8 DEN #4799, which was bottled on 11/9/2017, after receiving several reports over the past few weeks of developing off-flavors in the beer. We are working with our distribution partners and retailers to immediately withdraw as much beer as possible. The following states received release Big Bad Baptista – Release #8 DEN #4799:

Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, Idaho, the Bay Area of California, and Austin, Texas.

When we received the first complaints we immediately began pulling samples and testing the beer in-house to track down the cause of the issue. Here is what we found:

Through sensory analysis, our team discovered varying levels of a buttery, off-flavors from nearly undetectable to overwhelming levels, thus confirming the reports that had been sent to us by consumers.

The micro-testing we conducted confirmed a bacterial presence in both the bottles and kegs that were sampled. Samples have been sent to a third-party lab for further identification of the bacteria strain. This bacterial infection results in flavor issues with the beer, but is not harmful.

Our protocol for every beer we release is to run both sensory and microbiological analysis on each batch before it’s packaged, screening for off-flavors and possible beer spoilers.

Regrettably, in the case of Big Bad Baptista – Release #8 DEN #4799, our records indicate that our standard testing protocols simply didn’t happen, which was a failure of the system we have in place to prevent these types of issues.

If you are a retailer who has Big Bad Baptista – Release #8 DEN #4799 in stock please contact your local Epic Brewing distributor to have the product replaced or credited. If you are a customer who purchased Big Bad Baptista #8 we have implemented a simple claim process. Please email with the following information:

First & Last Name

Shipping address

When and where the beer with purchased

A photo of the stamped information on the side of the label

We want all of our customers to know we are taking this situation seriously and want the opportunity to make things right with anyone who purchased a bottle or keg of Big Bad Baptista – Release #8 DEN #4799 and we apologize for any disappointment we may have caused.

Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010 in Salt Lake City and expanded to Colorado in 2013. Epic is known for its passion for style and currently offers over 40 distinctly different bees. Epic is distributed in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia & Washington D.C., Washington, Wisconsin, & Wyoming.