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Yuengling expands distribution to Kentucky starting in March with four wholesalers

January 19, 2018 - 6:06pm


(Pottsville, PA) – D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery®, is pleased to announce that it is expanding the distribution of its highly sought after brands to Kentucky, its 22nd state.


Four wholesalers have been assigned to distribute Yuengling products in the state. In March, Yuengling welcomes in their network; Kentucky Eagle, Inc., River City Distributing Inc., Clark Distributing Co., INC and Stagnaro Distributing.


The rollout in March will include Yuengling’s flagship beer, Yuengling Traditional Lager, as well as Light Lager and Black & Tan brands.  



“We are thrilled that Yuengling has chosen to partner with River City here in Louisville,” said John Harris, president of River City Distributing. “Our employees and retailers are ecstatic that America’s Oldest Brewery will be entering the Kentucky beer market this spring.  Their distinctive and delightful beers are certain to enhance the beer drinking landscape in Louisville this March.”


“Kentucky Eagle Inc. is very honored to have been chosen the distributor for Yuengling Beer in Central Kentucky. The Yuengling Family Heritage is known for brewing quality beer worldwide. We are so excited to NOW have the opportunity to offer it to our community and in Central Kentucky!” said Ann Bakhaus, owner of Kentucky Eagle, Inc.  


“The expansion into the great state of Kentucky is long overdue,” said Dick Yuengling, owner and president of D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.  “We’re thrilled to bring our beer to our patiently-waiting fans who have been requesting our brands for years.” 

Kentucky will become the twenty-second state in the brewery’s footprint. Yuengling rolled out distribution in Indiana, its 20th state in March 2017 and recently announced it will distribute brands to Arkansas, its 21st state, in February 2018. 

About D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.

Based in Pottsville, PA, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery, is family-owned and operated since 1829. Soon to be in 22 states, production is supported by two breweries in Pottsville, PA and one in Tampa, FL. Principal beer brands include Traditional Lager, Light Lager, Black & Tan, Premium, Light, Dark Brewed Porter, Lord Chesterfield Ale, and Oktoberfest.  For more information about the brewery, tours and merchandise visit

Smuttynose Brewing Company seeks buyer as bank auction approaches on March 9

January 18, 2018 - 10:48am

NH’s largest and bestselling producer of craft beer needs a new owner or partner

(Hampton, NH) – Smuttynose Brewing Company, New Hampshire’s top craft brewery and producer of one of New England’s most popular craft beer brands, is seeking an immediate buyer. The company is scheduled to be sold at bank auction March 9, 2018. Founded in 1994, the company employees 68 people and generates more than 10 million dollars in revenue a year.

The sale includes the Smuttynose brand, its new, state-of-the-art, LEED-Gold Certified facility on the historic Towle Farm in Hampton, and Hayseed Restaurant located next to the brewery on the picturesque 13-acre campus. The brewery is among the largest in New England, capable of producing 75,000 barrels a year. However, in the last year it has been running at 50% capacity.

Smuttynose Brewing Company Owner Peter Egelston says, “The company’s financial models were based on 20 years of consistent growth but the explosion of microbreweries has led to changing dynamics in the marketplace. This dramatic shift occurred just as Smuttynose committed to a major infrastructure investment with the construction of the new production facility. As the turmoil in the marketplace stabilizes, Smuttynose, a trusted brand with strong consumer loyalty, can regain its footing with a major infusion of capital.”

Egelston recently held a staff meeting in which he informed employees of the impending auction: “I reminded them that the company’s most valuable assets are the Smuttynose brand and the people behind it. With the arrival of a new owner, we anticipate a smooth transition as we are committed to continuity.” Egelston stressed that the company is open and will conduct business as usual.

“Smuttynose’s strength lies in their dedicated and engaged employees” said New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu. “They have been a strong and reliable community partner throughout the years, and I hope the new owners, once determined, will appreciate their hardworking employee base by committing to keeping these manufacturing jobs in New Hampshire.”

Lead lender Provident Bank is managing the auction process, with James R. St. Jean out of Epping, New Hampshire as auctioneer and Delta Capital of Simsbury, Connecticut, as financial advisors. For details about the March auction visit

Says Provident Bank President Chuck Withee, “Smuttynose Brewing Company has been a valued customer and an important part of our community. Provident Bank is committed to working with the company during these challenging financial times to produce the best outcome for everyone involved.”

Egelston, along with partner Joanne Francis, is also owner of the Portsmouth Brewery, a popular brewpub located in downtown Portsmouth and not part of the sale.

Peter Egelston got his start in craft beer in 1987 as head brewer and co-owner of the Northampton Brewery in Massachusetts, which his sister now solely owns. He founded the Portsmouth Brewery in 1991 and Smuttynose Brewing Company in 1994. Egelston is a philanthropic and environmental leader having served on the Advisory Boards of the NH Charitable Foundation and The Currier Museum of Art. He was recognized with the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the National Share our Strength organization and received the NH Business Review Excellence in Manufacturing Award.

Smuttynose Brewing Company is a community-minded company that has supported dozens of nonprofit organizations in NH for over 23 years. For more information visit

UFO Apricadabra introduced as spring seasonal in cans, bottles, draft and Jet Pack

January 15, 2018 - 2:28pm

(Boston, MA) – Ladies and gentlemen—and wheat beer lovers!—prepare yourselves for a new spring seasonal beer so refreshing, it must be tasted to be believed. UFO Beers welcomes a brand-new flavor adventure for spring: UFO Apricadabra. An unfiltered wheat beer brewed with fresh apricot puree, UFO Apricadabra’s subtly sweet flavor will leave you believing that a beer so juicy and refreshing could be nothing other than…magic. The new UFO seasonal is now available in 12 oz. cans and bottles, in the UFO “Jet Pack” spring mix pack, and on draft at select locations.

“Spring is a magical season,” says UFO Brand Manager Victoria Kidder. “Everything becomes more vibrant, more alive. We wanted to brew a flavorful beer that matched the best parts of spring. UFO Apricadabra is bright and refreshing with a perfect balance of apricot flavor, just right for this invigorating season.”

“Apricots deliver on an earthy sweetness that blends well with wheat ale,” says Al Marzi, Chief Brewing Officer for UFO Beers. “Apricot is increasing in popularity in the craft beer and food scene, infusing a sweet aromatic flavor to many savory dishes like salsas, sauces and marinades. UFO fans can expect forthcoming recipes using UFO Apricadabra that include homemade apricot muffins and a delicious apricot sauce ice cream topper.”

UFO Apricadabra continues UFO’s tradition of “flavor adventures”—sometimes-fruit-infused-but-always-easy-drinking unfiltered wheat beer that pairs best with friends and food. A new UFO website chock-full of info about UFO beers, including the new UFO Apricadabra, and food and cocktail recipes that infuse this beer is available at

About UFO Beers
UFO is a portfolio of wheat beers that’s a little bit different, a little more refreshing and flavorful, and most importantly, a beer that everyone can enjoy. The name UFO stands for UnFiltered Offering; all UFO beers are unfiltered, leaving the yeast suspended in the beer which creates its signature cloudy appearance. UFO hit the scene in 1998 with a Hefeweizen. Since then the UFO line has grown to include flavorful year-round offerings like UFO White Ale and UFO Raspberry, and fresh seasonal offerings such as UFO Winter Blonde and UFO Apricadabra. The UFO line of unfiltered wheat beers is brewed by the Mass. Bay Brewing Company in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT. More info can be found at

Russian River update: Windsor brewhouse arrives, Sonoma Pride program raises $700k+

January 15, 2018 - 1:31pm

Santa Rosa, CA – Russian River Brewing Company announced on Sunday the proceeds so far from its Sonoma Pride wildfire relief fundraising efforts. More below from the brewery blog


2017 was the year of extremes. We were extremely excited to break ground and started building our dream brewery in Windsor. In September, we went to Germany to inspect our new brewhouse, which was successfully delivered and installed in December. You may have seen my Instagram and Facebook post on the day our “ship came in”. I camped out at the Marin Headlands for 3 hours waiting for the MSC Silvia, the container ship carrying our brewhouse, to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge for the perfect photo op. I had a blast taking pictures of tourists while watching the horizon for that ship we had been following (there is an app for that!) for 6 weeks.

On October 8th, we arrived home from GABF, taking an airport shuttle from SFO with some employees from Bear Republic. Little did any of us know that later that night the most devastating fire in California’s history would tear through Santa Rosa in a matter of hours, leaving countless friends, family, employees, and customers running for their lives and ultimately homeless. The following weeks were surreal, and the support and concern from our beer industry friends from all over the world was truly humbling. Within a few days, Vinnie and I partnered with a local non-profit, King Ridge Foundation, and started licensing our Sonoma Pride brand to breweries who wanted to help out.

The effort was remarkable, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars within just a few weeks. RRBC raised over $114K with our Pliny the Younger line cutting raffle, and over $116K with our donation from sales of Sonoma Pride. As of today, we have raised $708K! Jacob Totz, our pub brewer, was so inspired that he helped coordinate a comedy show last week which may put us over the $800K mark! Thank you to everyone who donated and is participating in the Sonoma Pride beer part of the fundraiser. There are still several breweries who have yet to sell out of their beer, so the donations are still rolling in.

Russian River Pliny the Younger 2018 release set for February 2nd-15th

January 15, 2018 - 1:02pm

Santa Rosa, CA – Russian River Brewing Company announced on Sunday the details for the upcoming Pliny the Younger release. More below from the brewery blog


Pliny the Younger will make his 14th Annual return to Russian River Brewing Company February 2nd through February 15th, 2018! It will be available on draft each day at our brewpub until we run out of that day’s allocation, which rarely happens. Younger is neither bottled nor available in growlers so more people will have the opportunity to enjoy it right from the source, or at a handful of select draft accounts. Following is some helpful information to make this year’s Younger Release fun and safe for everyone!

Pliny the Younger is considered a “triple” IPA, simply meaning that it is higher in alcohol and has tons of hops. The alcohol should finish at about 10.25%, although it is remarkably dry for the amount of malt used in the recipe. It is loaded with hop flavors, bitterness, and aromatics. The hops used in this year’s recipe are of excellent quality: Simcoe, Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, CTZ, Comet and Azacca. We brewed Younger for the first time in 2005 as a winter seasonal, building upon the Pliny the Elder recipe while pushing the envelope with malt, hops, and alcohol just to see how far we could go! It is always brewed only once a year and released the first Friday in February, rain or shine.

More details on parking, lining up at the brewpub, hotel accommodations and more at this link

Shmaltz Brewing and Barcade’s Pastrami Pilsner launches nationally next week

January 12, 2018 - 3:44pm

Pastrami Pilsner, A 5.5% ABV Pilsner Brewed with Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Ground Caraway, Mustard Seed, Cracked Black Pepper, And a Horseradish Rye Blend

(Clifton Park, NY) – Shmaltz Brewing Company takes the pairing of craft beer with your favorite foods to the next level with the release of their latest collaboration beer, Pastrami Pilsner (5.5% ABV), packaging on National Pastrami Day! In January 2018, what better way to kick off the New Year than with a truly collaborative beer between Shmaltz Brewing and one of the East Coast’s most beloved beer bars Barcade for a never-attempted-before pastrami inspired beer. After being a draft exclusive beer to six Barcade locations in 2017, Pastrami Pilsner will be nationally available in 4-packs in 30 states across the country. Nosh it up across the nation!

Pastrami Pilsner summons savory sensations reminiscent of the quintessential Jewish tradition. Shmaltz’s brewing team stacked the special beer with caramel, Munich and Pilsner malts to provide light, toasted bread flavors with caraway seeds for the complete rye bread experience. Brewers took a pinch of kosher salt, a dash of pepper, mustard seed, and some smoked malt to wrap together the best pastrami characters. An aromatic blast of horseradish completes this truly unique offering. As if a pastrami themed beer wasn’t enough shtick, Shmaltz Brewing will be packaging the beloved deli delicacy-inspired brew on National Pastrami Day (Sunday, January 14).

“Look for a clean golden beer with a fluffy white head that will give off light, savory aromas of an authentic pastrami sandwich,” says Kevin Wheeler, Shmaltz’s Director of Brewing Operations. “Pastrami Pilsner’s mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable with just a touch of heat from the horseradish while welcoming notes of spice from the caraway. As a perfect entree in a glass, you can have more than one before you feel full!”

Paul Kermizian, CEO and Co-Founder Barcade, adds, “We’re very excited about one of our latest collaborative beer, Pastrami Pilsner. Barcade has been doing this exclusive beer series since 2010 and we’ve been fortunate enough to partner with many of our favorite breweries on some adventurous and very weird beers. Shmaltz has been brewing really great, inventive styles for years and so they were a perfect fit for us to partner with on something as unusual as this. Although we initially wanted to brew a beer with actual pastrami, they smartly convinced us that they could pull off the flavors of pastrami without actually using it. Everyone is probably better off with this version!”

Jeremy Cowan, Founder and Owner of Shmaltz Brewing, comments, “Pastrami is my birthright. Beer is my passion and 21 years of my life and career. Barcade has been the home of so many great Shmaltz Brewing bashes and casual hangouts — one of our very favorite craft beer homes! The perfect pairing for our first ever custom recipe at the new brewery. As the good book says, kinda, ‘Like Manna from Heaven, thank the good lord for smoked meat and bless the Deli man! – L’Chaim!”

Stop in to a local craft beer store or local food/beverage retailer near you to satiate your mouthwatering appetite for a delectable new creation, Pastrami Pilsner.

About Barcade
Barcade is a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic video games and American craft beer. There are locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Connecticut, owned by four friends: Paul Kermizian, Pete Langway, and brothers Kevin and Scott Beard.

The original Barcade was opened in 2004 in a former metal shop on Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At the time of the opening, Kevin and Scott were working in graphic design, Paul in film and television, and Pete in advertising. Paul had just completed directing the feature film “American Beer,” a road trip documentary profiling the American craft beer industry, and the friends were spending time drinking craft beer and playing the classic 1980’s video games that lined the walls of Paul’s Williamsburg loft.

Those beer and game filled nights inspired the group to open a neighborhood bar centered on American craft beer and classic video games. They quit their day jobs, maxed out their credit cards and began work on Barcade. The friends did most of the construction themselves, keeping the look of the warehouse and garage that the space had been, and the bar opened in the fall of 2004. The company registered a federal trademark in 2007 for the name Barcade.

They expanded in 2011, opening two new locations; one in downtown Jersey City and another in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. In 2014, Barcade opened its fourth and fifth locations, both in Manhattan, on West 24th Street in Chelsea and on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. Barcade’s sixth location was opened in New Haven, CT in the spring of 2016.

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He’brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother’s Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 30 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz’s home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases. ranked Shmaltz as one of the “Top 100 Brewers in the World” in 2013, and the brewery brought home 1 platinum, 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.

Dogfish Head names George Pastrana its new president and COO

January 12, 2018 - 2:55pm

George Pastrana joins brewery as the ‘leader of Dogfish Head’s off-centered leaders’

(Milton, DE) – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is proud to announce that they’ve named George Pastrana as the new President/COO of the company. For twenty-two years, Dogfish Head has explored every corner of the universe for off-centered ingredients and for the last 12 months they’ve circled the globe searching for the perfect off-centered leader and found the ideal complement to the company in Pastrana.

“George has impressed us every step of the way with his integrity, people-first, products-second leadership philosophy, sound experience at high level strategic planning, and his recognition that innovation and brand distinction are at the heart of every successful entrepreneurial company’s raison d’etre,” says Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head. “These very same priorities have driven me and my co-workers since we opened Dogfish Head as the smallest commercial brewery in the country in 1995. We have come a long way and we are very excited George is now joining us on our journey, as the leader of Dogfish Head’s leaders.”

Pastrana comes to Dogfish by way of ACH Food Companies where he spent six years as Chief Marketing Officer/Vice President of Marketing & Innovation. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Cornell University – Johnson Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied Biomedical Engineering. Pastrana brings a passion for growing teams, building brands, nurturing culture and delivering results. “I’m a person who loves the potential of brands and the energy they inspire,” Pastrana shared. “Dogfish is innovative and entrepreneurial and I am looking forward to this opportunity; plus, I am a foodie at heart and Dogfish is a food lovers beer.”

Pastrana relocated from Illinois to coastal Delaware to join the Dogfish family and his position as President/COO is effective immediately. George will be reporting directly to Dogfish Head CEO and co-founder Sam Calagione and Mariah Calagione maintains her position as Executive VP and co-founder. For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery visit

Dogfish Head:

Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery 22 years ago. Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. It is a 300+ coworker company based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant, Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring a tasting room and food truck. Dogfish Head supports the Independent Craft Brewing Seal, the definitive icon for American craft breweries to identify themselves to be independently-owned and carries the torch of transparency, brewing innovation and the freedom of choice originally forged by brewing community pioneers. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 38 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2018. For more information, visit, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.

Drake’s Hopocalypse Day 2018 details announced

January 12, 2018 - 2:03pm

(San Leandro, CA) – UFOs are on the horizon. Little green beer drinkers are probing for hops. The end is beer on Hopocalypse Day at Drake’s Brewing Company. Invade the brewery to celebrate the return of Drake’s massively hopped Imperial IPAs: Hopocalypse Green Label Double IPA, Hopocalypse White Label Double IPA, and Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA.

All three beers will be served on draft. Bottles of Hopocalypse Green Label Double IPA and Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA will be sold during the event. Reserve Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA bottles now by purchasing a VIP Hopocalypse Day ticket (bottle limits apply).

If that doesn’t satisfy our new alien overlords, Drake’s will also be hosting an Imperial IPA Festival during Hopocalypse Day, featuring super fresh, hard to find, double and triple IPAs from over a dozen of their favorite breweries. While you’re sipping on 8oz pours of delicious IPA, enjoy live music and food. A list of guest breweries and beers will be coming soon.

General Admission tickets include:

• 8 tasting tickets (4oz pours)

• Hopocalypse Day glass

• Buy an Early Bird ticket at $5 off while supplies last!

VIP tickets include:

• Early admission from 12-1pm with unlimited tasting during VIP session

• 10 tasting tickets (4oz pours)

• Hopocalypse Day glass

• 6 bottles of Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA

• 10% off merchandise

Other Important Details:

• Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

• Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA will be limited to SIX (6) bottles per person, which are either included in the VIP package, or available on a first come first serve basis at the event.

• This is a rain or shine event.

• 21+ only. No dogs allowed.

• There will be a free (space) shuttle between the San Leandro Bart Station and Drake’s Brewing from 11:45AM-5:30PM.

• No refunds will be allowed within 24 hours of the event.

• NO growler or rhino fills will be available during the event. Instead, we’re releasing a limited amount of both rhinos and growlers Sunday morning at opening (11:30am).

• GA ticket price will increase to $40 at the door if the event is not sold out via presale.

• The following food trucks will be present: Drake’s Brew! Kitchen, Kenny’s Heart + Soul, Ahuevo Foods, and Savourie Streets.

The Bell Marker Brewery & Kitchen set to open in San Diego on January 22nd

January 12, 2018 - 1:18pm

Award Winning Brewer and San Diego Native Returns to Oversee New Brewing Project

(San Diego, CA) – San Diego will soon receive its newest modern American brewpub, The Bell Marker, opening its doors on January 22, 2018. The restaurant, named after the mission bell markers found along the historic El Camino Real, aims to offer a little something for everyone with on-site brewing, an expansive bar and multiple dining areas Located at 602 Broadway in Downtown San Diego, the brewpub will be the first location south of Los Angeles for Artisanal Brewers Collective (ABC).

“San Diego offers locals and visitors so much from its rich history to an incredible vibe and culture, so we wanted to harness that as we developed The Bell Marker to create a quintessentially Californian experience through our beers, food and overall ambiance,” says Tony Yanow, one of the founders of ABC. “We can’t wait to bring even more great craft beer to a city that has established itself as a craft beer mecca!”

The brewpub’s beer program will be led by Noah Regnery, a native of San Diego, who has more than a decade of brewing experience. Noah honed his skills at the legendary Pizza Port Brewing where he won numerous local, national and international awards from revered events such as the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. An extensive copper clad 15-barrel brewing system will be used to make true-to-style beers that will mainly focus on classic American, English, German and an occasional Belgian offering. The Bell Marker will open with a brewed-in-house Cream Ale, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, IPA and Brown Ale on tap, while the remainder of the tap menu will consist of a selection of guest beers that will rotate frequently and complement the house offerings. As a way to give back to the community, The Bell Marker will also have a monthly charity beer offering $1 of sales that month to rotating charity organizations with plans to kick this program off in April with Autism Tree.

“As a North County native, I could not be more excited to return to San Diego and the community that bore my passion for beer. It’s incredible to see familiar faces, get to know new ones, see how the scene has grown and progressed, and to be a part of the future of the legendary craft beer scene in America’s finest city,” said brewmaster Noah Regnery. “More than anything, I’m excited to get back to making beer in my hometown the way I did over a decade ago, but this time, with a whole new perspective and maturity.”

Culinary Director Trevor Faris has created a California Centric menu with several vegan and non-vegan options including inventive spins on pizza classics such as the Salad Pie with marinara and California chopped salad; the Squash Pie with fresh cream, winter squash, red wax gouda, pomegranate molasses and red onion; or the Fennel Sausage Pizza made in house with crushed tomatoes, impossible meat or pork fennel sausage, mozzarella and shallots. In addition to the expansive pizza menu, guests can choose from a variety of smaller items such as Smoked Fish Dip with fresh Idaho River trout, green garlic, tabasco and crackers; Ricotta Fritters with housemade ricotta and chili jam; or Mushroom Paté with pickled mustard seeds, horseradish cream and toast. The menu is replete with sandwiches such as the Shrimp Roll made with chilled jumbo shrimp, lemon aioli, celery, dill and served on a pretzel roll; the Spicy Chicken Melt with shredded chicken breast, red wax gouda, tomato, harissa aioli on sourdough bread; and the entirely plant based Impossible Burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, nut cheddar, not-so-secret sauce and served on vegan brioche. Larger dishes round out the menu with Steamed Clams gently poached in anise liqueur served with grilled bread; Cassoulet with heirloom Tarbais beans, long-roasted tomatoes and sauce verte; and Chicken alla diavola garnished with a pickled pepper relish and served over a spicy Italian-influenced stew.

The cocktail program helmed by Dan Sutherland will consist of classic cocktails with a modern twist conceptually designed to play on the Bell Marker history and craft culture in San Diego. Cocktail names will nod to historical moments in Bell Marker history such as Daisy Anna, a cocktail named after Anna Pitcher who initiated an effort to preserve the yet commemorated route of Alta California’s Camino Real. The Daisy Anna features Los Altos Blanco Tequila, Pamplemousse, pink grapefruit, agave, rosewater, lime, pink Himalayan salt and bitters. The remainder of the craft cocktail list will play on iconic San Diego pop culture.

The 8,000-square foot, 212-seat restaurant designed by Ricki Kline of Ricki Kline Design + Build, features an open and bright layout favoring natural light with open windows, high ceilings and decorative brass lighting such as custom-built sconces, unique sized circular ceiling lights and table lamps. A subtle nautical color palette can be seen throughout the space with white brick accents, navy blue striped columns and pops of orange which are complemented by colorful patterned wallpaper. Glass partitions showcase the beer-centric back bar and brewing systems while also creating an open kitchen for diners and guests to enjoy. Guests can take a seat at the 44-seat planked maple wood bar or at one of several maple wood booths and black faux leather banquettes. The restaurant will also feature a private event space with A/V capabilities in the upstairs area, offering guests an intimate setting to host larger group parties or conferences.

The Bell Marker will be open 7 days a week from 5pm to 2am with plans to open for lunch at 11am in February.

For more information about the restaurant visit The Bell Marker website or follow along on Instagram @thebellmarker, Twitter @thebellmarker and Facebook @thebellmarker.

Second Self Triforce, a hazy IPA inspired by iconic video game, to be released Jan. 13

January 12, 2018 - 12:55pm

(Atlanta, GA) – Second Self Beer Company will release Triforce IPA (6.1% ABV, 45 IBU), a slightly hazy IPA inspired by an iconic video game series tomorrow, Saturday, January 13th. Brewed to embody the sacred relic’s three pieces: power, courage and wisdom, Triforce IPA is made with the triforce of malts (oats, wheat and barley) and hops (Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade). These combine to create a unique IPA that has the aroma and flavor of papaya, mango and other tropical fruits, with a soft, flavorful mouthfeel to balance this truly inspired beer.

Suggested pairings for the beer include tacos, barbecue, fresh vegetables, ceviche, fromage blanc and magical potions. The graphic label plays on the classic video game and was designed by artist Keith P. Rein, who also created the popular artwork for Second Self’s limited-edition beer: Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1.

To celebrate Triforce’s debut, Second Self is hosting a release party tomorrow, January 13th, from noon to 9pm at the brewery’s taproom in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood. Visitors can play video games, be the first to taste Triforce IPA and enjoy Triforce tacos from the Real Mexican Vittles. Triforce IPA 6-packs and cases will be available for to-go purchase. Guests are encouraged to show up in costume, and the costume contest winner will receive a Triforce IPA prize pack. The party will also kick off an epic Triforce IPA QUEST around Atlanta bars, restaurants and stores. Maps and compasses needed to embark on the quest will be available at the launch party.

Triforce IPA will be available on draft and in cans at Second Self’s taproom in Atlanta (1317 Logan Circle NW) and at stores, bars and restaurants throughout Georgia and Alabama beginning January 13th.

With over a decade of brewing experience, Second Self’s Co-Founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle released their highly acclaimed beers to the public in fall 2014. Second Self’s beers are brewed with fresh ingredients like blue ginger and lemongrass (never dried ingredients or extracts), and each beer is designed to be paired with food. Last year, Second Self opened an expanded taproom at their Westside brewery located at 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta, GA. Designed by Adrenaline, Inc., their graphics have been recognized at’s 2015 World Beer Championships Packaging Competition and Graphic Design USA’s 2015 American Graphic Design Awards. The craft brewery has been nationally recognized by Food & Wine, DRAFT Magazine, Beer Advocate, Fortune, Paste Magazine and more.

Cascade Sang Rouge 2015 now shipping in bottle and draft

January 12, 2018 - 12:42pm

Portland, OR – Cascade Brewing will release Sang Rouge 2015 today in 750ml bottles and on draft. It will be made available through Cascade Brewing’s worldwide distribution channels, as well as at its two Portland pubs: the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. and The Lodge at Cascade Brewing at 7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

Sang Rouge is a blend of sour red ales aged in select red wine barrels and oak puncheons for up to 24 months, highlighting the depth and complexity of Cascade’s base red ale without the influence of additional fruits or spices. This rare project features notes of roasted malts, dried currants, aged red wine and toasted oak. It’s ABV is 7.8 percent.

Sang Rouge, which serves as the foundation of Cascade Brewing’s Sang series, was last released in March of 2015, nearly three years ago. The 2015 project designation is due to the fact that this beer has been aging in oak casks on average of 24 months, with some barrels exceeding 30 months.

According to Tim Larrance, Cascade vice president of sales and marketing, “The release of Sang Rouge 2015 is exciting, not only because it’s been three years since this beer was on the market, but also because we have also doubled our draft output, representing Cascade’s commitment to increasing the draft availability of our brands.”

Sang Rouge is a Tier Two offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.

About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. The beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age; each project year captures the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit and join the brewery on social media @CascadeBrewing, #CascadeSours. Cheers to the sours; enjoy in a profoundly wise manner.

Iron Hill Rising Sun IPA cans just released, Bedotter and Ore House cans coming soon

January 11, 2018 - 6:10pm

Coming Soon: Three More Iron Hill Beers in Cans

The expanding craft brewery and restaurant will release three new cans early in the new year, beginning with their popular seasonal, Rising Sun IPA

(Newark, DE) – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will boldly usher in 2018 with the release of three canned offerings within a few months, all vividly designed and creatively packaged in 16-oz. cans, bringing ever more of the scratch brewery’s popular beers and expanding portfolio into conveniently portable packaging.

On Thursday, January 11, Iron Hill’s much-anticipated winter 2018 lineup will roll out with the release of cult favorite, Rising Sun: single-hopped IPA with the intensely tropical Sorachi Ace.

For the first time in the brewery’s 21-year history, Iron Hill will place year-round emphasis on their canning program by releasing at least one canned beer every month. Rising Sun will be the first canned offering in 2018, followed by Bedotter (February 8) and Ore House IPA (February 22), with more fresh beer coming out throughout the year.

* Rising Sun is an American IPA that is single-hopped with Japanese Sorachi Ace for unexpected notes of lemon and coconut in a light, well-balanced beer with a nimble hop kick

* Bedotter is a traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and notes of plum, spice and banana balanced by refreshing bitterness

* Ore House IPA is a Golden IPA with a balanced hop bitterness and wonderful citrus and pine aroma and flavor, weighing in at 6.5% ABV

All three cans will feature fun new designs from Pittsburgh, PA’s Smith Brothers Agency, the latest in an ongoing series of collaborations between the brewery and the firm, including other favorites such as Crusher, Mahalo, Apollo!, Vienna Red Lager, Pig Iron Porter, Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest.

The design project was an intensely collaborative process, with both creative teams delving deep into the history of the Iron Hill brand and designing each label to perfectly suit the top-notch grains and juicy hops inside the can.

* The Rising Sun can embraces the Japanese Sorachi Ace recipe and was inspired by the iconic Japanese woodblock prints from the 1800s. The sun evokes the lightness of the liquid inside, with the crashing wave representing a slight hop kick; together, the symbols show how perfectly balanced the beer is. (Click here to view the label for Rising Sun)

* Bedotter is a Belgian Tripel and the word translates to “trickster” in Flemish. The use of a jester on this can depicts both the playful nature of the beer and origin of the word. Iron Hill’s jester is precariously balancing three ales, showing the beer’s balance of fruity flavors and notes of yeast, while patterns of malt grains dance in the background on festive circus tents.

* Ore House IPA is one of six beers in Iron Hill’s Signature Series. All signature beers have a linear sketch of the brewing process wrapped around the can, with a colored band around the bottom alluding to the flavor profile. Each can is stamped with the autograph of one of Iron Hill’s head brewers.

About Iron Hill… Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 12 locations across the mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Each brewpub has their own craft kitchen and scratch brewery, allowing individual chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops. For 21 years, Iron Hill has held beer at the heart of everything they do, and their passion has been roundly rewarded: their beers have won 47 medals from the Great American Beer Festival and another 30 medals at the World Beer Cup.

Locations include… Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000); Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739); Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000); West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600); North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000); Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333); Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800); Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009); Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600); Ardmore, PA (60 Greenfield Avenue, 610-228-2280); Huntingdon Valley, PA (785 Huntingdon Pike, 610-602-9255); and three new locations opening in 2018, including: Philadelphia, PA, Rehoboth Beach, DE and Greenville, SC.

Available for comment: Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson and Vice President of Marketing Michael Hand
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Braxton Labs Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout is brewery’s first BA beer in bottles

January 11, 2018 - 4:54pm

(Newport, KY) – Dedicated to innovation, Braxton Labs is excited to release its first barrel-aged beer in bottles. On Saturday, January 20th, the brewery will release a Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout infused with Carabello Coffee Tandem Espresso. The 11.7% ABV beer will be available in 500ml bottles beginning at 11am.

“We are incredibly excited to release our first barrel aged project at Braxton Labs. The beer turned out fantastic and we couldn’t be happier to use barrels and coffee from our friends in Newport,” said Zac Boehnke, Lead Innovation Brewer at Braxton Brewing Company. “We plan to continue to release unique and flavorful barrel aged products – we are filling more and more barrels every month – and think that this barrel aged Oatmeal Stout with Coffee is going to get us off to a great start.”

This project was intended to highlight the collaborative environment in our local Northern Kentucky community. The beer spent 6 months aging in freshly dumped New Riff OKI Bourbon barrels. New Riff is Braxton Labs neighbor in Newport, Kentucky. Opened in 2014, New Riff’s story is a new take on the old, bringing new energy and influence to the Kentucky bourbon landscape.

After aging in the OKI Bourbon Barrels, the beer continued its local journey by being infused with 2 lbs per barrel of Carabello Coffee Tandem Espresso beans. The bold coffee flavor compliments the notes of vanilla, chocolate and oak. The Espresso beans were sourced and roasted by Carabello Coffee in Newport, Kentucky.

Perfect for the winter season, the bottles will be $7.99 for one bottle or $29.99 for four. In a very limited quantity, they’ll be released this Saturday, January 20th at 11am in Braxton Labs’ taproom.

“Our relationship with New Riff has been great from the start,” said Evan Rouse, Chief Product Officer at Braxton Brewing Company. “Being such close neighbors allows us to utilize their freshly dumped barrels as fresh as possible. The bourbon and oak barrel characteristic shines through and mends really well with the base beer and coffee addition. We are really happy with how this came out.”


To learn more about Braxton Labs, like the brewery and taproom on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Follow Braxton Brewing Company on Instagram to see Labs highlights. Visit to learn more.

Terrapin Luau Krunkles, dubbed a fan favorite, moves to year-round lineup

January 11, 2018 - 1:18pm

(Athens, GA) – Terrapin Beer Co. adds Luau Krunkles Passion Fruit-Orange-Guava IPA to the Year-Round Lineup for 2018.

Luau Krunkles is a fruited IPA inspired by fruit juice famous in the state of Hawaii, and named for Krunkles, the greatest IPA brewer you’ve never heard of. Originally, Luau Krunkles was featured in the IPA Survival Kit in 2016 as part of Terrapin’s Krunkles series. After it was replaced in the IPA Survival kit by Panama Krunkles in mid-2017, the beer made a limited release appearance in 6-packs.

Now, due to popular demand (and some encouragement from the Terrapin staff), the beer will be joining Terrapin’s Year-Round offerings that reach full distribution: Hopsecutioner, Hi-5, RecreationAle, Good to Gose, and Sound Czech Pilsner.

Who is Krunkles? He’s a fictitious brewer who travels the world making creative IPAs. Other Krunkles offerings from Terrapin in the past have included Captain Krunkles, Dr. Krunkles, and others. Read more about the man, the myth, and the legend at


Terrapin Beer Co. began as a daydream between founders John Cochran and Spike Buckowski, who brewed and released their first beer in 2002. Inspired by the creative culture of Athens, the brewery’s home, Terrapin continues to produce unique beers year after year.

Whether you’re joining us for a brewery tour at our tasting room, drinking a Hopsecutioner at your favorite watering hole, sipping some Hi-5 on your back porch, or enjoying a RecreationAle after a long day on the trail, we hope you appreciate the dedication we’ve put into our beers.

Brewers Association Board of Directors announces 2018 board appointments

January 11, 2018 - 12:48pm

At-large appointees Larry Horwitz, Jose Mallea increase small brewer representation

(Boulder, CO) — The board of directors of the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—is pleased to announce its 2018 at-large appointments.

Larry Horwitz, brewmaster at Four String Brewing (Columbus, OH) and Jose Mallea, co-owner of Biscayne Bay Brewing (Miami, FL) were appointed by the BA board of directors to join the 2018 board as at-large representatives. They replace outgoing at-large representatives Tom Dargen (Gordon Biersch) and Scott Metzger (Freetail Brewing Co.) and will each serve a two-year term.

“With the craft brewing community continuing to grow to more than 6,000 small and independent craft brewers across the country, it is imperative for the board to continue to reflect the interests of brewers of all sizes and ensure that even the smallest voices are heard,” said Rob Tod, board chair, Brewers Association. “In the face of many exciting opportunities and challenges, this is a dynamic time to be a small and independent brewer. I look forward to working alongside our new colleagues to continue making this a great industry, both for those who work in it and the beer lovers who get to enjoy it.”

The Board guides the strategic direction of the Brewers Association and governs the activities of the professional division of the BA, as well as the American Homebrewers Association, Brewers Publications and BA events including the Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® and SAVOR℠.

“Increased representation from some of our smallest members helps ensure the BA is offering tangible services and benefits for businesses at all stages of development,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “The support and guidance from our board members is crucial as we continue to promote and protect the craft brewing landscape on behalf of all of our members.”

Horwitz and Mallea will join newly elected brewpub representatives Tim Brady of Whetstone Station (Brattleboro, VT) and Julie Verratti of Denizens Brewing (Silver Spring, MD) when the new board term begins on February 21, 2018.

Iron Heart Canning acquires River City Cannery

January 11, 2018 - 10:09am

Expansion into the Mid-Atlantic Means Easy Access to Top-Notch Canning Services for Local Breweries

(Manchester, NH) ― The nation’s largest mobile cannery now offers contiguous coverage from Maine to Florida, thanks to its latest acquisition. Iron Heart Canning Company LLC, a mobile beverage packager serving breweries, cideries, wineries, and small-batch coffee roasters, announced today that it has acquired River City Cannery, a mobile canning business operating out of Philadelphia and Baltimore.

“We’ve been friendly competitors and industry allies since River City launched in early 2014,” said Tyler Wille, founder and CEO of Iron Heart Canning. “Iron Heart is quickly defining itself as the industry center of canning expertise. Consolidating our resources with River City creates the opportunity to develop an even better canning service for the region’s craft brewers. It’s a chance to learn from each other and really hone our procedures and best practices.”

Like Iron Heart Canning, River City Cannery launched as a small mom-and-pop business just as the canned-beer craze was taking off. Both companies are trailblazers in quality mobile canning, offering cost-effective solutions for small-quantity packaging, which has in turn, helped craft beer knock down market barriers in an industry long dominated by the likes of Budweiser and Coors.

“Access to on-site, pay-as-you-go production canning has been a game-changer for breweries,” Wille said. “But then factor in Iron Heart’s additional offerings, such as dissolved oxygen testing, advanced seam testing, in-line labeling, and pay-as-you-go printed can warehousing; and the mobile-canning option quickly becomes more attractive than owning an in-house line.”
With the acquisition of River City Cannery, Iron Heart Canning now operates a total of 34 canning lines across 17 locations, providing high-quality packaging services throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Ohio, and the Southeast.

Tribes Beer Mon Frere to debut at upcoming Meet the Brewer night on Jan. 16

January 10, 2018 - 8:35pm

(Mokena, IL) – WHAT:
Tribes Beer Company, a premiere brewery and craft beer bar with locations in Tinley Park and Mokena, is excited to invite you to Meet the Brewer Night! On Tuesday, January 16, meet Matt Voelker, Tribes Beer Company’s head brewer and enjoy the debut of Mon Frere, a new Belgian-style Tripel.

Mon Frere (“my brother”) begins with a complex bouquet of fruity spiciness, mixed with hints of clove and even bubblegum. The pale orange color comes from a wide variety of malts and adds to the overall rounded sweetness of the beer. Rather deceptively though, living up to the style, Mon Frere weighs in at 9.1% ABV.

Other Tribes’ beer will be tapped!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Beginning at 4 p.m.

Tribes Beer Company

11220 W. Lincoln Highway

Mokena IL, 60448


There is no charge for entrance to the event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

About Matt Voelker

Voelker comes to the company with over six years’ brewing experience from local craft brewers Argus Brewing and Revolution Brewing. He got his start in brewing at Chicago’s Argus Brewery in 2011. After three years with the company, he moved to Revolution Brewing and served as pub brewer. During his time with Revolution, the pub was awarded medals at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers and awarded medals at the 2015 World Beer Cup.

About Tribes Beer Company:

Tribes Beer Company opened its on-site brewery in Mokena, Illinois in early 2015. Owner Niall Freyne’s craft beer acumen and head brewer Matt Voelker’s broad brewing background ensures that the solid, delicious bevy of brews crafted by Tribes Beer Company will be flavorful and unique. Known as one of Chicagoland’s premiere craft beer bars, Tribes features a wide selection of delicious and sometimes rare craft beer, a stellar whiskey list and a delicious restaurant menu that provides guests with the full craft beer experience. Fifteen tap handles are dedicated to Tribes beer and select beers are now available in your favorite craft beer bars throughout Chicagoland.

For more information, visit the website or follow Tribes Beer Company on Facebook and on Twitter at and @TribesBeerCo.

Bauhaus Brew Labs Über Düber makes return in all-new 16 oz. cans next week

January 10, 2018 - 8:14pm

(Minneapolis, MN) – Bauhaus Brew Labs Über Düber Imperial Sparkling Ale is making its glorious return this January in the form of all-new 16 oz. cans. To celebrate the swap from 750 mL bottles to tallboy cans, we paid homage to the greatest swap in cinematic history. We call this Raiders of the Lost Beer:

Inspired by the sparkling ales of Australia, Über Düber Imperial Sparkling Ale is an effervescent, golden daydream – this beer boasts an array of hop varieties that take the notion of vacation-in-a-glass to a whole new level. Aussie hop cultivars give off a luxurious tropical bouquet of pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, and mandarin orange. With a medium body and a clean, dry finish, this imperial-strength ale is a super düber midwinter treat. 8.0% ABV | 65 IBU

Starting Monday, January 15th, Über Düber will be available at select stores throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, and on tap at fine bars & restaurants as well as at Bauhaus’ Northeast Minneapolis taproom.

Ellipsis Brewing, based near Orlando International Airport, to hold grand opening

January 10, 2018 - 7:16pm

(Orlando, FL) – Orlando’s newest microbrewery has announced their grand opening blowout will take place Saturday, January 20th from 1 PM to 12 AM. This family and dog-friendly event will feature handcrafted microbrews, specialty release kegs, food trucks, and games.

Ellipsis Brewing has been the passion project of a trio of Orlando beer enthusiasts for over three years. The small company signed their lease at the warehouse space just off Semoran Boulevard well over a year ago and began build-out in late May. Their large, spacious taproom features fifteen drafts, most of which are dedicated to brews crafted in-house. In the short time of their soft opening, Ellipsis has received rave reviews from Orlando beer drinkers. Many of their creations are currently among the top-rated beers in Central Florida according to popular craft beer app, Untappd. “We are truly blown away by how much reception we’ve gotten so far,” says Ellipsis’ head-brewer and Co-Owner Robert McKee.    

The company operates on a 10-barrel brew system with five 10-barrel fermenters, which gives them the capacity to produce 11,000 barrels (or 22,000 full sized kegs) per year. Head-brewer McKee is excited to be a part of the budding Orlando beer scene. “We have the potential to build something really special in Central Florida,” he says. He understands the impact that Orlando tourism offers and surmises that “maybe in the next five, ten years we can be like Tampa-St. Pete and we can have sixty breweries.” But for now, McKee and staff are focusing on the present and preparing special, limited release beers for the company’s grand opening event. “That’s all we can do,” McKee explains, “is strive to make great beer.”

Ellipsis Brewing is located at 7500 TPC Blvd in Suite #8. They’re two streets up from the Orlando International Airport and two streets back from Semoran. The Ellipsis Brewing taproom is open daily from 1 PM to 11 PM. For more information about Ellipsis find the Central Florida company on Facebook or Instagram or give them a ring at (407) 250-5848 . 

Brewers Association announces 2018 research grant recipients, awarding $432k

January 10, 2018 - 6:57pm

(Boulder, CO) — The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 Research and Service Grants Program, designed to further the development of a healthy and sustainable raw materials supply chain. This year, 17 grants totaling $432,658 were awarded to researchers and organizations across the country.

Since the inception of the grant program in 2015, the BA has provided more than $1.2 million in funding for 60 projects—addressing public barley and hop variety development, hop disease and hop aroma—as well as supported affiliated national and state-level grower organizations.

“The Brewers Association is proud to fund beer research and service grants in support of BA member breweries,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “Supporting research that aligns with member priorities ensures a sustainable and profitable future for small and independent U.S. breweries.”

“This funding cycle represents a continued focus on ensuring a healthy and accessible supply chain that satisfies the unique requirements of independent craft brewers,” said Chuck Skypeck, technical brewing projects manager, Brewers Association. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with a diverse group of world-class researchers and institutions.”

“The Research and Service Grants funds are an important and valuable benefit to the industry. They connect the craft brewing community with world-class research capabilities at Oregon State University to solve technical problems facing the entire brewing industry,” said Thomas H. Shellhammer, Ph.D., Nor’Wester professor of fermentation science, Oregon State University. “I am honored that the BA has chosen to fund work in my lab since it allows me to work on industry-relevant scientific and technical issues that not only advance science, but answer important and practical questions faced by craft brewers.”

2018 Grant Recipients (please see complete summary here: PDF.


Creation and Development of Better Germplasm Lines for All-Malt Barley Varieties

· Partner: USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Aberdeen, ID

· Principal: Gongshe Hu

Breeding for Barley Contributions to Beer Flavor

· Partner: Oregon State University

· Principal: Pat Hayes

Stable and Sustainable Dryland Production of High Quality Malt Barley

· Partner: Montana State University

· Principal: Jamie Sherman

Mapping Malt Quality Traits to Facilitate Marker Assisted Breeding and Development of Winter Malt Barley

· Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

· Principal: Carl Griffey

Building a Winter Malting Barley Market for the Great Plains

· Partner: University of Nebraska

· Principal: Stephen Baenziger

Utilizing a Multi-State Dataset to Support Coordinated Breeding of Local Malting Barley

· Partner: University of Minnesota

· Principal: Kevin Smith

Improving Malting Quality in Two-Rowed Barley by Reducing Grain Protein Content Through Marker Assisted Backcrossing

· Partner: University of California, Davis

· Principal: Alicia del Blanco

All-malt Barley: Nitrogen and Cultivar Management Strategies for Idaho Growers

· Partner: University of Idaho

· Principal: Christopher Rogers

Enhancement of Winter Hardiness in Two-Rowed Barley Varieties for the Craft Brewing Industry

· Partner: University of Minnesota

· Principal: Brian Steffenson

Eastern United States Spring Barley Nursery (ESBN)

· Partner: North Dakota State University

· Principal: Richard Horsley

Metabolomics of Hot Steep Malt Extracts and Integration with Sensory Data

· Partner: Colorado State University

· Principal: Adam Heuberger

Prospects for Breeding Perennial Malting Barley

· Partner: N/A

· Principal: Colin Curwen-McAdams


Nitrogen Application Timing Effects on Nitrate Accumulation in Hop Cones, Yield and Cone Quality Factors

· Partner: USDA Agricultural Research Service, OR

· Researcher: David Gent

Assessing the Genomic Impact of Drought and Heat on Hop Growth and Production

· Partner: USDA Agricultural Research Service, OR

· Researcher: John Henning

Mapping Novel Loci for Powdery Mildew Resistance in Hops

· Partner: University of Minnesota

· Principal: Gary Muehlbauer

Developing Economic and Environmental Focused Hop Nitrogen Recommendations for Temperate Climates

· Partner: University of Vermont

· Principal: Heather Darby

Hop-Derived Dextrin-Reducing Enzymes from Dry-Hopping

· Partner: Oregon State University

· Researcher: Thomas Shellhammer

Proposals for 2019 funding will be accepted from March 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. More information about the grant program can be found at

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

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