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Breakside Rainbows & Unicorns IPA up next in rotating IPA series

April 25, 2018 - 3:04pm

This beer’s tropical, summery goodness ensures a magical ride

(Portland, OR) – Breakside Brewery announces the launch of Rainbows & Unicorns – the second in a series of four rotating IPAs in 2018. This session beer was originally created for the 2015 Oregon Brewers Fest and showcases two favorite hop varietals: Galaxy and Eldorado. Galaxy provides juicy notes that are reminiscent of peach and apricot, while Eldorado screams pineapple and lime zest. Breakside backs these up with a healthy dose of Comet hops, a heritage hop varietal, overlooked for many years and now gaining popularity again due to its intense stone fruit and citrus character. Also included in the summery brew are Two Row, Maris Otter, Flaked Rice and Light Crystal malts. Rainbows & Unicorns has an ABV of 5.1% and 32 IBUs.

“Rainbows & Unicorns toes the line between ‘juicier’ and ‘sweeter’ style of IPA and the more classic West Coast hoppy pales,” said Ben Edmunds, Brewmaster of Breakside Brewery. “Our team loves it for its clean, pure hop flavors. This one would be great at a backyard barbeque, paired with grilled octopus, smoked spare ribs or any spicy summer favorite.”

Breakside brews this beer in small batches and it will be released in limited quantities from April through mid-July of this year, staying ultra-fresh until it quickly disappears. Look for it on draft and in 22 oz bottles.

About Breakside Brewery

Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery. The brewery is known for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a 30 bbl production brewery filled with 30, 60 and 120 barrel tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentations, a high-speed bottling line and a 24-tap tasting room. The brewery expanded to Northern California in 2016 and in 2017, Breakside opened its third location in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland. In addition to winning several national and regional awards for its beers, Breakside was named Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards and the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Breakside sells on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, Northern California, British Columbia and Alberta.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers expands distribution to Kansas with Speakeasy Distribution

April 25, 2018 - 2:39pm

(San Francisco, CA) – Upon re-opening its San Francisco taproom in December 2017 and resurrecting the brewery’s nationwide distribution network following its recent change of ownership, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers grows its robust team of wholesalers and enters new states across the country. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is thrilled to announce today its debut in the state of Kansas with new distributor, Speakeasy Distribution. The latest addition to Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ distribution lineup, Speakeasy Distribution now offers Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ acclaimed flagship beers Prohibition Ale and Big Daddy IPA as well as session beers Baby Daddy and PopGun Pilsner (all four brands are now available in 6-packs with 12 oz. cans). Speakeasy Ales & Lagers works with Speakeasy Distribution to bring for the first time the Speakeasy brand to Kansas.

“Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is a brand and company that fits right in with what we are trying to accomplish as a distributor,” says Ron Elkouri, Owner/CEO of Speakeasy Distribution. “When we first began the discussion about Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, the majority of our retailers had already heard of the brand’s success, which made it easy to launch in the state of Kansas. Specifically, we are able to provide the consumers of Kansas with a high-quality product at an affordable price. We look forward to the continued growth and success!”

“It’s very exciting to be working with Speakeasy Distribution,” says Sam Cappione, Vice President & General Manager of Hunters Point Brewery, Home of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. “Ron Elkouri, Rick Duncan and the entire team have truly embraced our brand and they have a terrific portfolio of American craft and international beers they’re distributing throughout both Wichita and the state of Kansas. It’s a great time to introduce Speakeasy beers in the Kansas market, we’re looking forward to beer lovers across Kansas having easy access to our classic beers and soon to be released new seasonal beers as well.”

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers are now available in Kansas at select retail outlets. For a list of specific locations, please visit: speakeasyks.com or call 316.641.7272.

About Speakeasy Distribution
Speakeasy Distribution was founded in March 2016 by Wichita native and resident Ron Elkouri, who had a clear vision to provide the people of Kansas with the highest quality adult beverage products at extremely competitive prices. From day one, Speakeasy Distribution has been committed to being a business partner and consultant for our accounts so that together we may all achieve success. Speakeasy Distribution is also committed to the industry’s highest customer service while striving to exceed both our suppliers and customers expectations each and every day and displaying the highest levels of integrity in all aspects of our operations.

About Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has been defiantly brewing small batch beers in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood since 1997. The brewery started with a single iconic beer, still made today, Prohibition Ale. The hoppy amber beer embodies the spirit of bootleggers and gangsters who persevered when America’s taps ran dry. Speakeasy quickly gained a loyal following with its bold, complex beers, and striking 1920s imagery. Speakeasy’s kingpin Big Daddy IPA is the brewery’s highest seller among its wide array of celebrated beers, from session ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. In 2013, the Speakeasy Taproom opened serving thousands of local craft beer lovers with fresh draft beer to be enjoyed onsite or to-go in growlers and crowlers.

Speakeasy’s original 15 barrel brewing system was replaced in 2015 during a major expansion, which included a 60 barrel brewhouse, centrifuge, malt handling system, canning line, and an additional 1,200 barrels of fermentation capacity.

Hunters Point Brewery LLC, a company founded by former owner of Horizon Beverage Company, Ces Butner, acquired the Speakeasy beer brands and brewing equipment in 2017. Under new ownership, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will grow by leaps and bounds. The brewery’s trademark eyes, ubiquitous and cryptic, beckon you to join our mob, no password required.

Copper Kettle turns 7 with three-day anniversary party

April 25, 2018 - 2:13pm

(Denver, CO) – Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be celebrating their seven year anniversary with a three day party starting Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.

Friday will feature the 2018 release of the Maple Snowed In. This is a variant of our Snowed In oatmeal stout series made with local Novo coffee and chocolate. We’ll have live music from Acoustic Mining Company as well as food from We Chef Kitchen and Doughboy Pizza Truck.

On Saturday, we will release 4 new unique beers as part of our Staff Showdown. This will feature a Dark Fruited Lager with figs and graham crackers, a Spiced Saison with cucumber and peppercorn, a Dry Hopped Kettle sour with Citra and Mosaic hops, and a Baltic Porter with cherries and chocolate. Voting will take place from 12pm -8pm. The winner of the showdown will be able to make a full batch of their winning beer. We will have live music from The Strings and The Box as well as food from The Wing Wagon Grill and El Ballo Blanco.

Sunday will conclude our weekend with a Hangover Brunch featuring a drool worthy custom brunch menu from MaMa Said Eat. We will also be releasing our Imperial Cafe Con Leche, a barrel aged coffee milk stout. Pjs will be encouraged this day!

For more information, please visit our Website or our Facebook Event.

Great Divide Wood Werks No. 2, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, Roadie and Rumble Oak Aged IPA due in May

April 25, 2018 - 1:46pm

(Denver, CO) – Great Divide Brewing Company introduces two new seasonal beers during the second quarter – Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti and Wood Werks No. 2 Flemish Sour Brown Ale. Meanwhile, Rumble Oak Aged IPA rejoins the lineup and seasonal favorite Roadie Grapefruit Radler makes its triumphant return to cans for the second year.

The newest release in Great Divide’s Wood Werks Barrel Aged series is a complex sour beer aged in red wine, whiskey and bourbon barrels for 12 months and brewed with strawberries. This limited release is launched alongside Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, a new iteration of their classic Imperial Stout with the perfect flavor combo to complement its Yeti series counterparts.

The brewery also welcomes back Rumble Oak Aged IPA and Roadie Grapefruit Radler this May.

“Rumble was discontinued from the seasonal lineup three years ago to make room for new additions and we’re excited to re-introduce this cult-favorite back into the market,” said Shannon Berner of Great Divide.

And with the success of Roadie Radler in 2017, the brewery is looking forward to getting Roadie cans into even more beer drinkers hands this summer. “Make sure you get some Roadie while you can. We know from last summer that it goes quickly and you’ll miss it when it’s gone,” said Berner.

Wood Werks No. 2—Flemish Sour Brown Ale with Strawberries was aged for 12 months in red wine, whiskey and bourbon barrels, then masterfully blended for incredible depth of flavor. Notes of bread pudding, figs and an earthy undertone round out this tart, complex sour. The second in Great Divide’s new Wood Werks series, this gem is best savored slowly. Available in 12oz bottles and draft May through June. 9.7 percent ABV.

Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti is the next flavor evolution coming out of the brewery’s cherished Yeti clan. Sweet vanilla tones meld into the oak characteristics as the two flavors support and enhance one another. A pairing fit for a beast, the vanilla and oak are uplifted by the bold and roasty character we all know and love from Yeti. Available in 22oz bombers and draft May through August. 9.5 percent ABV.

Rumble Oak Aged IPA, is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, and gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Available in 6-packs and draft May through September. 6.2 percent ABV.

Roadie Grapefruit Radler was named both for the road biking cyclist (roadie) and the German word for cycling (radler) and inspired by Great Divide’s roots in the cycling community. Brewed with plenty of natural grapefruit puree and zero soda, this easy-drinking ale pours a hazy sunrise gold and is bursting with citrus aroma. Unique in its class, this Radler is refreshing and slightly tart, with just enough bitterness to keep both cyclists and spectators coming back for more. Available in 6-packs and draft May through August. 4.2 percent ABV.

About Great Divide Brewing Company

Founded in 1994, Great Divide Brewing Company is one of the most decorated breweries in America, recognized for brewing some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival Medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on Beer Advocate’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). Here at Great Divide, Bold Character isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think and what we believe. For more information visit www.greatdivide.com.

Avery Brewing Co. announces new label artwork to debut starting this summer

April 25, 2018 - 1:19pm

(Boulder, CO) — Avery Brewing Company, a Boulder-based craft brewery is thrilled to showcase its association with nationally recognized artist Neil Shigley, through refreshed packaging artwork. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, Avery Brewing knew that it had an opportunity to refresh its package designs to match the quality of the liquid art inside. It was also a way to tell a cohesive and straight-forward brand story, which is all about beer.

For the past 25 years, each beer package by Avery Brewing has been created independently. While Avery Brewing did go through a refresh in 2009, most of the artwork hasn’t changed much in 25 years; a testament to Avery’s legacy in the craft beer industry.

With Avery’s 25th anniversary approaching, Avery Brewing found Neil Shigley, a San Diego based artist to create one-of-a-kind artwork that was modern and fresh, but still honored the heritage that past designs have left on the community and fans.

“Our goal was to stay true to the artistry that each beer represents while also building a beacon of light in a sea of choices,” says Avery Brewing Co. Founder and CEO, Adam Avery. “We are driven to create inspiring beer experiences and the new artwork reflects the focus of our craft.”

Shigley’s illustrations are uniquely his own and his skill of bringing the human figure to life is what initially attracted Avery Brewing to Shigley’s work. However, it didn’t take long for a friendship to form. Adam spends a lot of time in San Diego and enjoys getting together with Shigley on a regular basis. Avery Brewing is thrilled to find an artist like Shigley whose obsession for excellence and quality of work is equal to Avery Brewing’s never-ending pursuit of the perfect beer.

“A project like this is rare,” says Shigley. “Great people, cool art direction, and a focus on great beer! I told Adam I would have done this project for free. They brought me to the brewery early on and I was blown away by how everyone was so passionate about the beer they were making, starting with the top, Adam. I’m lucky to be part of this great family.”

The new Shigley art will debut over 2018 and into 2019, kicking off with Avery Brewing’s flagship beer, White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale in early June.

While Avery Brewing is amplifying its beer experience with new artwork, expect for the beer to remain the high quality and consistent liquid that fans have grown to love for over 25 years.

About Avery Brewing Company:

Avery Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1993, Avery has pioneered innovative beers by blending the art and science of brewing with ingenuity, creativity, and boldness. Avery bottles and cans more than 25 beers a year including White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, and Tweak. Craft your journey at averybrewing.com.

Boulevard, Zipline announce dual collab beers using lupulin powder, aka hop dust

April 25, 2018 - 12:33pm

(Kansas City, MO) – Boulevard Brewing of Kansas City, MO and Zipline Brewing of Lincoln, NE today announced the approaching debut of a unique collaboration. As the basis for experiments in adventurous IPAs, the brewers employed lupulin powder, aka hop dust, to create two flavorful, complementary limited release beers. Boulevard’s Linkin’ Up Hop Dust IPA and Zipline’s Gettin’ Down Hop Dust Double IPA will hit shelves and taps throughout the breweries’ home markets in early June.  

“We have great respect for Zipline Brewing,” said Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels. “Like us, they’ve been successful because of the quality of their beers and their connection to their community. It’s always rewarding to bring talented people together to play and to learn from one another.” 

“As the leading brewery in our region, Boulevard continues to impress and to pace our industry,” said Tom Wilmoth, co-founder of Zipline Brewing. “Our common values and philosophies about designing, brewing, and sharing beer quickly led to Linkin’ Up and Gettin’ Down. We hope everyone will have the chance to enjoy both beers, which are awesome individually, but, like most of us, even better together.”

Each brewery put its own spin on the concept. Boulevard’s Linkin’ Up includes a liberal dollop of hop dust and a medley of favorite varietals that deliver bright, juicy notes of pineapple, mango and bubble gum. Linkin’ Up will be available in kegs and 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Zipline’s bold Double IPA, Gettin’ Down, will roll out in kegs and 750ml bottles. It features Galaxy hops and Mosaic hop dust to produce a dank flavor profile of lychee and tropical fruits for what Zipline hopes is an out-of-this-world experience.

A number of events are in the works for Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, and the greater Kansas City area. Check the breweries’ websites and social media channels in the coming weeks for details.

About Boulevard Brewing Company

Boulevard Brewing Company is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. For more information, visit boulevard.com or follow us on facebook.com/Boulevard , twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer and instagram.com/boulevard_beer . 

About Zipline Brewing Company

Zipline Brewing Company crafts artisan ales and lagers with high quality precision in Lincoln, Nebraska. Zipline was born from the founders’ innate sense of adventure and their desire to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit in all craft beer fans. Our approach is clean, simple, and direct to help you focus your energy on enjoying Brave New Brews. For more information, visit ziplinebrewing.com or follow us on facebook.com/ZiplineBrewing , twitter.com/ziplinebrewing and instagram.com/ziplinebrewing.

Two Roads Sauvignon Blanc Gose up next in Tanker Truck Sour Series

April 25, 2018 - 12:01pm

(Stratford, CT) – Connecticut craft brewery, Two Roads Brewing Co., is launching a unique beer brewed with Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The newest addition to their Tanker Truck Sour Series lineup is a gose-style ale (pronounced “Go-zuh”) brewed with sauvignon blanc grapes and kettle-soured in a tanker truck located at the brewery in Stratford, Connecticut. Arriving just in time for the warmer weather, this new brew is a blend of the crisp, mineral, tropical fruit and gooseberry flavors you expect from Sauvignon Blanc wine, combined with the salty, refreshing tartness of a gose beer.

Two Roads Master Brewer, Phil Markowski, says “we are always on the lookout for novel high-acid fruits that lend themselves to use in a gose, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes definitely fit the bill. I first experimented with brewing wine grapes back in 1996 so I am thrilled to be launching this wine grape-brewed beer some 22 years later.”

Gose is a salty and sour beer style that originated in Leipzig, Germany. Dominant flavors include a lemon sourness, an herbal characteristic, and a notable saltiness, making it the ideal summer quaffer. Two Roads launched the Tanker Truck Series in 2017 as a mark of its passion for this style of ale, and the new Sauvignon Blanc release follows other acclaimed flavors including Persian Lime and Passion Fruit. The series is named after a former milk tanker that is parked within the grounds of the brewery. It is used to brew Two Roads’ sour beers to allay concerns about bringing bacteria into the main brewery. By keeping the souring bacteria contained within an on-site tanker, away from the most sensitive areas of the brewery, Two Roads is able to safely produce its “kettle” soured beers.

Like its vinous counterpart, the new Two Roads Sauvignon Blanc Gose pairs well with food. Markowski says, “the acidity of the beer stands up to mildly intense, creamy cheeses like Taleggio, Livarot or Reblochon beautifully”.

The new Sauvignon Blanc Gose will be available for a limited time in 16oz can 4-packs and draft and will join the rest of the Tanker Truck Sour Series, which includes Persian Lime, Passion Fruit, Clementine, and Plum.

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

Braxton Labs New England IPA: Citra cans to be released on Saturday, April 28

April 25, 2018 - 11:52am

(Covington, KY) – Braxton Labs is a place to spark conversation, ignite innovation and celebrate the craft community. On Saturday, April 28th Braxton Labs is releasing “New England IPA: Citra” in cans. These four packs of 16 oz. cans will be available for $13.99 at Braxton Labs’ Lupulin @ Labs event beginning at 11am.

JOIN THE EVENT HERE

A very limited amount of New England IPA: Citra will also be available in cans and on draft throughout Braxton Brewing’s distribution network in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Dayton, Nashville and Columbus.

“We couldn’t celebrate Lupulin at Labs without our own special project,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer. “We’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to highlight a single hop in the New England IPA style and this celebration of hops is the right time to let Citra shine.”

Lupulin at Labs is a celebration of hops. The event will begin at 11am on Saturday, April 28th and feature 12 taps of hoppy Braxton beers, 20 taps featuring some of the best hoppy beers from around the industry, four Revamp IPA firkins and a few more surprises!

New England IPA: Citra cans will be released at 11am. Customers are limited to four 4-packs per person. The beer will also be featured on draft in Braxton Labs’ Beer Garden.

This hazy IPA uses pilsner, white wheat, and oats to give it a smooth, hazy base that allows the Citra hops to shine. New England IPA: Citra features strong flavors and aromas of citrus, grapefruit, lime and passion fruit. The beer checks in at 7% ABV.

“Braxton Labs has allowed us to continue to refine how we brew New Englad IPA’s,” said Zac Boehnke, Braxton Brewing Company Lead Innovation Brewer. “This version, brewed exclusively with Citra, is one of our best yet!”

JOIN THE EVENT HERE

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 braxtonbrewing.com to learn more.

Scofflaw hires Christopher Brown as Exec. Vice President; Brown to become partner

April 25, 2018 - 11:19am

Scofflaw Hires Industry Expert Brown, Expands Executive Team

(Atlanta, GA) – Scofflaw Brewing Company co-founders Matt Shirah and Travis Herman are known for shocking the local craft beer market, typically with irresistible IPAs found on an ever increasing number of tap handles. Recently, the rapidly growing Georgia brewery did it again — with the announcement that industry veteran Christopher Brown has joined the company as an Executive Vice President and will enter into a partnership with Matt and Travis later this year.

“Chris Brown’s experience will be instrumental in identifying market opportunities and messaging to a broad range of potential consumers,” said Shirah, the Scofflaw President. “He has worked with many brands, large and small, and is able to get outside of the box that seems to be a macro/national craft mind set. He is comfortable with confrontation and brings fresh and substantive ideas to the table. This is very important for growing brands. Mimicry is not going to be a successful long-term strategy and adds little to a brand’s value.”

Brown comes to Scofflaw after 15 years at United Distributors, first as the Director of Marketing and the last seven as the Craft Beer and Spirits Sales Manager. In his previous role, Brown directed United’s strategy on adding craft brewery and distillery brands to the portfolio while managing its craft sales team for the state.

“At United, I was involved in the development of numerous breweries from impetus to implementation, whether it was giving advice, coaching brewery owners and salespeople or helping implement strategy for the development of their businesses,” said Brown. “Scofflaw was a brand I fought hard to get into United’s portfolio. I don’t think anyone could have predicted this type of growth, but I knew from Day One that I had found something awesome. Now, I get to direct my entire focus and attention on one amazing brand that I am proud to be a part of.”

“The focus,” said Shirah, “will remain on creating a meaningful experience for the end user and creating incremental value for our partners in the South. This includes our distribution network, the smallest package store, any on-premise site the we are fortunate enough to have offering our products, all the way up to the largest box retailer.”

A new 50-barrel brewhouse is expected to be fully operational by mid-year at the current facility on the Westside of Atlanta, which will help double the capacity to 30,000 barrels per year along with new fermentation tanks. Scofflaw anticipates releasing as many as 25 new beers this year on draft and in packaging in its Tasting Room. In addition to the new brewery capacity, a one-year partnership with BrewDog USA for canned beers will help increase market expansion for the popular Scofflaw IPAs.

With Scofflaw’s unprecedented growth, Brown has set his sights on the fast-paced changes ahead of him. “It was a natural fit for me to join the executive team and further develop Scofflaw in marketing and strategic business decisions,” he said. “United hired me immediately after receiving my MBA in 2003 and I am truly thankful they have enabled me with an incredible amount of experience. With this new opportunity, United is now my customer as Scofflaw’s sole distributor. While I take key projects off Matt’s overloaded plate, together, we have the goal of taking Scofflaw to new heights here in Georgia.”

About Scofflaw Brewing Co. – www.scofflawbeer.com
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine, USA Today and Craft Beer & Brewing as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery launches PET bottles

April 25, 2018 - 11:12am

OMB is the first American craft brewery to champion an alternative “go anywhere” package to aluminum cans

Charlotte, NC — The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) is proud to announce the introduction of a revolutionary new package for beer in North America. Commonly used in Europe, PET bottles are inert plastic bottles perfect for use at golf course turn rooms, stadiums, concert venues, lakes, beaches and pools. OMB will continue to use glass bottles as its primary package solution for most settings (including retail and restaurant), but will offer PET to venues that cannot use glass due to breakage concerns; and, therefore, have not been able to offer OMB to their customers. Starting today, our fans can now enjoy pure, fresh, world-class OMB beer anywhere.

OMB strictly adheres to the oldest food purity law in the world: the “Reinheitsgebot,” which states that beer should only contain water, malt, hops and yeast. One of the main reasons OMB avoided canning is the inclusion of a controversial compound called Bisphenol A (BPA) in can liners. All beer cans are lined with a BPA epoxy coating to prevent the beer from reacting with the aluminum. Studies have shown that this liner releases trace amounts of BPA into the beer. This chemical is banned from use in select products in the packaging space, however not cans. While most food and beverage safety regulators have concluded that epoxy linings in cans are safe, many consumers have chosen to limit or avoid products that use them for a variety of reasons. OMB decided from the outset that it would follow suit, and the result of that mission is PET, which is 100% BPA-free.

“OMB’s main concern with aluminum cans is that their use guarantees a violation of our commitment to the Reinheitsgebot. We simply don’t want to use a package that we know will introduce a contaminant into the beer. It’s a matter of principle” says OMB’s founder, John Marrino. “We have been searching for years to find a suitable alternative package that maintains our purity pledge while simultaneously servicing those venues that cannot accommodate glass. When we heard Michigan-based Plastipak wanted to launch their beer business in the States, we jumped at the opportunity to be their first craft beer customer.”

OMB’s Director of Brewing Operations, Dave Martin: “We have put these PET bottles through extensive testing to ensure they uphold the same quality standards as our glass bottles. For venues that cannot use glass, PET is the best choice when all the criteria are taken into consideration.”

In addition to keeping the beer pure, these recyclable bottles have several other advantages for craft breweries and consumers alike. In terms of appearance, PET bottles look exactly like industry standard glass long neck bottles, including secondary features such as labels and traditional steel crown closures (instead of twist-off plastic caps).

“Can you tell which one is the PET bottle?”

Additionally, due to a lower heat transfer rate than glass and aluminum, beer packaged in PET bottles stays colder longer once taken out of the cooler, fridge or ice bin. In this way, the plastic serves as a koozie by keeping the beer colder, and consumers’ hands more comfortable.

In terms of color, consumers can rest easy knowing that these amber PET bottles are as effective as glass bottles at protecting beer from exposure to harmful ultraviolet light.

The roll-out of OMB’s PET bottles will be limited to appropriate licensed resale venues. Over time, OMB will decide how to expand the availability of the product.

Dan Robinson, Plastipak’s North American Lead – Beer, Wine and Spirits: “Plastipak could not be more excited to partner with The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in launching our first stock beer product domestically, especially at such a competitive time in the craft industry. Our recyclable package offers resiliency and aesthetic in a packaging space that has been ripe for innovation for some time. Being a private, family-owned and US-based business ourselves, we identify with craft and look forward to showing brewers why PET is the dominant beverage packaging solution today.”

“We customized our bottling line to handle both our new PET bottles and current glass bottles. We coordinated and planned this rollout with Plastipak over the past year,” notes Bill McCann, OMB’s Operations Manager. “To see all that work come to fruition – and to be the first craft brewery to truly champion PET and this barrier technology – is something we’re really proud of.”
OMB hopes fans will be pleased with this new packaging alternative, and that it will fill a big hole in the availability of OMB at locations that can’t use glass. If you are a fan with thoughts or questions, please email info@oldemeckbrew.com or message us on Facebook.

Find more information on Plastipak:
www.plastipak.com

MORE ABOUT THE OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
Founded in 2009 in Charlotte, NC, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery believes in delivering fresh, local beer and adhering to Germany’s oldest beer purity guideline, known as the
“Reinheitsgebot”. Four beers are available year-round and at least 9 others make seasonal and holiday appearances — always delivered in refrigerated trucks to preserve freshness and meet the demands of ultra-premium beer consumers. OMB is one of only nine craft breweries included on the Inc. 5000 list, and the only one in North Carolina. The Brewery has received numerous regional and international medals in North America and Europe. OMB was also named Best Brewery Tour in the country by the readers of USA Today, and receives many accolades for its multi-acre Munich-inspired Biergarten, which seats over 1,000. For more information, visit oldemeckbrew.com or @oldemeckbrew on social media.

Industrial Arts Landscapes, a New York State Lager Series, debuts Thurs., April 26

April 25, 2018 - 10:29am

(Garnerville, NY) – Industrial Arts Brewing Company is slated to launch a new series of Lagers brewed exclusively with New York State grown ingredients. “Summer Landscape,” the first offering in the place-based project will release Thursday, April 26th at 4pm EST at the brewery’s Garnerville brewery/taproom.

Agricultural, artistic, and philanthropic in nature Landscapes, as the series is called, is a multi-faceted project designed to highlight New York State agriculture, feature the work of a prominent local artist, benefit various non-profit organizations through the release of each beer, and demonstrate the brewery’s abilities and love of traditional lagers.

Landscapes marks the largest-scale series of its kind to utilize one hundred percent of its raw ingredients from New York State resources. Industrial Arts Brewing, led by Jeff O’Neil, is calling on long-time relationships to achieve the agricultural goals of the project.

“I felt like we had this duty to do something outside of the mode of chasing the IPA trend,” explains Jeff O’Neil, founder of Industrial Arts Brewing. “The epiphany was realizing that we’ve gotten quite good at brewing lagers and can really focus on highlighting ingredients that reflect the history and also hint at the future of New York brewing. The farmers who are doing this work love beer too, they have grown alongside us on a steep learning curve, and there are fewer barriers and better communication than ever.”

Hudson Valley Malt and Pedersen Farms, mainstays in the New York craft beer supply chain, are revitalizing the Empire State with fresh, place-based malts and hops.

Pedersen Farms planted the first commercial hops since Prohibition in 1999 and in 2004 Ithaca Beer Co. (then led by Jeff O’Neil) became the first modern brewery to craft a beer composed entirely of New York hops. Fifteen years later, O’Neil and Rick Pedersen are endeavoring to collaborate again.

“I first sold hops to Ithaca Brewery, Dan Mitchell, and Jeff O’Neil in 2002. It was 2004 when they launched their NY Double IPA, which was the first beer in the new brewing era to be made with 100% New York hops,” recalls Pedersen. “Jeff has been a leader amongst brewers his entire career. He embraces new ideas and techniques while constantly reaching for new horizons. He is an asset to all who enjoy craft beers.” Landscapes also marks the brewery’s first departure from their brand standard can art in integrating the work of local artist, Ursula Schneider.

“I was very surprised at the request,” states Schneider. “I agreed to the collaboration with Industrial Arts Brewing because of the specialized bier project and for the promotion of local industry and artistry. The artwork lends a unique quality and creative feel to the project.”

Swiss born Schneider has lived and worked in New York State since 1980 as a painter, printmaker, and professor. Some of her work includes evocative depictions of the Hudson River.

“We struggled for awhile on how to depart from our brand but also depict the Hudson Valley. We tried topographic maps, other seasonal designs and symbols, and then remembered how vivid and inspiring Ursula’s work has been to us,” explains O’Neil. “Her Hudson River paintings translate really well to a label. We’ve made the art the focal point of the package, and it’s a distinctly different look than our core brands.”

Summer Landscape features Schneider’s “July Hudson River” painting, New York State grown Germantown Pilsner, 6-Row Malt, and Husk-on Malted Spelt from Hudson Valley Malt as well as Willamette and Glacier hops from Pedersen Farms.

The brewery plans to host collaborative events surrounding the release of the Fall Lager, Winter Lager, and Spring Lager releases and donate 10% of sales from each Lager to various non-profits whose work aligns with the goals of the project.

“We have an opportunity not just to promote the project, but to put our money where our mouths are,” states O’Neil. “We can make a direct contribution back to movements that we care about and tie that into the performance of beers like these. People who want to contribute to environmental and agricultural endeavors throughout New York State, and especially in the Hudson Valley, can do so by drinking this delicious beer.”

The first beneficiary of the Summer Landscape release is Riverkeeper, whose mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

“An abundance of local and consistent products and resources will never happen unless we buy in and support it and further it on the manufacturing side,” states O’Neil. “We’re super excited to be on the crest of the wave of larger-scale brewing with New York ingredients and the trend toward more lager beers. We think we can get out in front of this and be positive leaders in promoting local resources, and we’re counting on a coalition of willing craft supporters and producers to join us.”

Each new beer in the Landscapes series will release seasonally at the Industrial Arts taproom followed by limited distribution across New York State. To follow the series visit www.industrialartsbrewing.com/landscapes

About Industrial Arts
Since 2016, Industrial Arts Brewing Co. has focused on fresh, expressive American beers. These modern classics are made in a state-of-the-art brewhouse in a sprawling, historic industrial complex in the lower Hudson Valley of New York; striking a contrast between tradition and innovation.
“Brewers first, and proud of it.”

For more information visit www.industrialartsbrewing.com/landscapes or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @industrialartsbrewing

Due South Mexican Standoff Porter cans to be released on April 27

April 25, 2018 - 10:07am

(Boynton Beach, FL) – This Friday, April 27th at noon, Due South Brewing Company will release Mexican Standoff, just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

Mexican Standoff is a porter made with vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and chili peppers — the perfect blend of sweet and heat!

“This is a beer we get a lot of requests for on social media,” said Doug Fairall, the brewery’s Brand Marketing Manager. “So it’s always great to be able to release this porter. As part of the mole beer style, it resonates with people looking for a bit of heat in their beer!”

Four pack 16 ounce cans will be available in the brewery’s taproom ($12.99 per pack, no limit) and on draft. Cans will be sent into distribution at the same time, so expect to see this spicy porter at great beer stores across South Florida.

Lancaster Brewing to move majority of production to cans, new cans hit this summer

April 25, 2018 - 9:42am

(Lancaster, PA) – Lancaster Brewing Company, a regional craft brewery, with brewpubs in Lancaster and Harrisburg, today announced it will begin packaging more of its award-winning craft beer in cans. A new, automated canning line capable of filling nearly 90 cans per minute will be installed this May at its Lancaster headquarters, allowing the brewery to offer more packaged varieties to consumers than ever before in its 23 year history.

Core brands, Milk Stout, Strawberry Wheat, Hop Hog and a newly released Amish Pale Ale will continue to be available in both bottles and cans. Seasonal, Limited and Barrel-Aged (Double Chocolate Milk Stout, Boss Hog, UnderLord, Oktoberfest, Wilkum White, Imperial Jo, ShooFly Porter, etc.) along with new Jam Series releases, will only be available in cans, joining current can only offerings, Blue Trail Blueberry Lemon Shandy and Lancaster Kölsch. It’s a major shift in our packaging mix from 90% bottle / 10% can to 80% can / 20% bottle.

“As a craft brewery our edge is quality, and today’s cans are just better for beer! Not only are they lighter, more convenient and great for outdoor activities but, more importantly, they keep our beer fresher by protecting if from damaging UV rays and oxygen”, says CEO Pete Keares, “…from an eco-friendly standpoint, directly from the taps in our brewpubs can’t be beat, but cans come in a close second. They’re infinitely recyclable, require less fuel to ship and less cardboard to pack, so we’ve decided to get on the can wagon.”

Mark Braunwarth, Head of Brewing Operations, is thrilled with the new addition. “Can technology has greatly improved over the past few years, and we feel that utilizing this technology will be extremely beneficial to the overall quality of our product. We owe our customers the very best, and cans will help us deliver on that promise. My mission is to deliver our beer to consumers as fresh as if they were getting it here at the source.”

Lancaster will utilize a BPA free can lining to protect beer from any contact with aluminum, along with new environmentally friendly, photodegradable six and four pack holder technology. Look for more Lancaster cans to hit the shelves of beer retailers in early summer 2018.

Sabro™, a new flavor hop, just announced by Hop Breeding Company

April 23, 2018 - 9:00am

Sabro brand HBC 438 features a neomexicanus heritage and exhibits an intoxicating and complex blend of fruity and citrus flavors.

Yakima, WA – The Hop Breeding Company (HBC), a joint venture between John I. Haas, Inc. and Select Botanicals Group LLC, is excited to announce the release of the new proprietary hop Sabro brand HBC 438. Sabro is an intensely unique hop, notable for its complexity of fruity and citrus flavors, including distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit, and stone fruit flavors, with hints of cedar, mint, and cream.

Sabro is a strongly expressive hop that translates its flavor incredibly well into beer, according to Virgil McDonald, Brewmaster at the Haas Innovations Brewery. “It gives a robust brewing performance with a versatility that lends itself to many styles, particularly hop-forward beers.”

Sabro’s exceptional flavor profile has its roots in its H. lupulus var. neomexicanus heritage. Indigenous to the American Southwest, the neomexicanus “wild hops” can be difficult to breed. However, HBC’s advanced breeding program, led by breeders Jason Perrault of Select Botanicals Group and Michael Ferguson of John I. Haas, successfully harnessed the properties of the neomexicanus heritage to create this new hop variety with an incredibly unique aroma and flavor profile.

“Sabro HBC 438 is the culmination of a two-decade-long breeding effort aimed at combining the uniqueness of neomexicanus genetics into a background with good agronomics and exceptional brewing qualities,” says Perrault. “It was a long process, but the results speak for themselves.”

Alex Barth, CEO of John I. Haas, agrees, “Aside from its wonderfully complex and unique flavor profile, we also love the fact that this new hop is more genetically diverse. If part of your heritage includes the desert and mountain environments of the Southwestern US, you have a strong survival spirit in your genes – the essence of sustainability.”

Sabro joins other HBC proprietary varieties Citra® brand HBC 394, Mosaic® brand HBC 369, Ekuanot brand HBC 366, and Loral® brand HBC 291. Mike Smith of Loftus Ranches and Select Botanicals Group says, “Together, Citra and Mosaic comprise almost 15% of hop acreage in the US. Brewers love using these hops for their consistency, high quality, and distinct flavor profiles. We at the HBC truly believe that Sabro will quickly become another brewer favorite, from the smallest local brewpubs to the large national brands.”

Beers brewed with Sabro can be sampled at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville next week, at both the John I. Haas booth #1112 and the Yakima Chief-Hopunion booth #824. For additional information, contact your Haas or YCH sales representative or email info@hopbreeding.com.

The Hop Breeding Company is a joint venture between John I. Haas, Inc. and Select Botanicals Group, with the mission to develop pest-resistant and disease-resistant hop varieties with strong commercial qualities. In addition to their commercialized brands Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Loral, and the newly-released Sabro, the HBC is continually breeding new and exciting experimental hop varieties for brewers to test and provide feedback on. For more information, visit www.hopbreeding.com or email info@hopbreeding.com.

Claim 52 Brewing, TJ’s Gardens collaborate on craft cannabis and beer project

April 21, 2018 - 2:36pm

(Eugene, OR) – For the second year running, Eugene businesses have teamed up to create a product that highlights what Oregon is known for: craft cannabis and craft beer. In time for 4/20, Claim 52 Brewing will be offering two limited-release beers, both inspired by TJ’s Gardens’ award-winning cannabis.

There is a reason cannabis characteristics can be used to create an exceptional beer. Humulus lupulus (hops), used by brewers to flavor and preserve beer, is derived from the same ancestor as Cannabis sativa (cannabis) and both are members of the Cannabaceae family of flowering plants. Female hops and cannabis flowers have physical similarities, and both contain terpene compounds. According to Travis Mackenzie, co-founder of TJ’s Gardens, “At TJ’s, we focus on using plant genetics with unique terpene profiles. Terpenes are the organic compounds that give each of our cannabis strains a unique taste, aroma, and effect.”

After smelling the different cannabis strains that TJ’s Gardens had to offer, Claim 52 head brewer Bryce Fisher decided to create a recipe for a hazy IPA that captured TJ’s famed strain, Durban Poison. Using citrus zest, grapefruit puree, Simcoe and Citra hops, the beer mimics the strain’s fresh piney, citrus flavor and aroma. For the IPA, Fisher made an excellent choice of cannabis type. HighTimes magazine, the definitive resource for all things marijuana, named TJ’s Durban Poison the “Best-Tasting Bud on Earth” in 2016.

The sweet berry aroma and floral flavor of TJ’s Mountain Berry Kush inspired the head brewer to create a Berliner Weisse style of beer. Fisher brewed the sour beer with x hops and over 900 lbs. of blueberry, strawberry, and blackcap raspberry puree grown in the Willamette Valley by Stahl Bush Island Farms.

Partnerships between craft cannabis and craft brewing industries have, to date, been rare. Even without much precedence, collaboration made a lot of sense to both Eugene companies. Claim 52 and TJ’s Gardens focus on developing flavorful and enjoyable offerings, and they value community involvement highly. As head brewer Bryce Fisher put’s it, “Claim 52’s goal is to make dank beers, being inspired by Tj’s flower helps us do just that.”

Claim 52 and TJ’s will be celebrating the release at both their locations on Willamette St in downtown Eugene, Oregon, on April 20. The newly opened taproom and the TJ’s on Willamette dispensary will feature custom glassware and merchandise to commemorate the event.

About TJ’s Organic Gardens

With farms in both Oregon and Washington, TJ’s Gardens is committed to growing perfect marijuana—developing and acquiring spectacular genetics and then allowing the plant to reach its natural genetic potential before processing at the optimal time. TJ’s Organic Gardens is also known for donating free hemp oil to any child with a seizure disorder and OMMP card. Their signature dispensary, TJ’s on Willamette, is located in downtown Eugene, Oregon. There they offer a hand­picked collection of flowers, edibles and extracts sourced from their own gardens as well as from trusted partners. Learn more at tjsgardens.com and at visittjs.com.

About Claim 52 Brewing

Claim 52 is a community-scale brewery serving Eugene and surrounding areas since 2012. With a pioneering spirit and unwavering attention to quality, they strive to put a unique stamp on traditional beer as well as a rotation of seasonal varieties. Their new taproom opened in April 2018 and is located in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Learn more at claim52brewing.com.

Oakshire Hellshire Day 2018 details announced

April 21, 2018 - 11:52am

(Eugene, OR) – For the fifth consecutive year, barrel-aged beer lovers will gather in Eugene, Oregon for Oakshire’s annual Hellshire Day. This renowned barrel-aged beer festival features over 40 rare barrel-aged beers from around the country, served up in a single day on Saturday May 12th. The festival’s headlining beer is Hellshire VIII; Oakshire’s 2018 Vintage release in the Hellshire series of bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. In addition to the Saturday event, aficionados of specialty beer may start the celebration early, on Friday evening May 11th with The Hellshire Experience; an intimate all-inclusive evening with Oakshire’s Lead Brewer Dan Russo and Founder Jeff Althouse, featuring Vintage draft pours from the beer library, food and live music.

On Saturday May 12th at noon, Hellshire Day kicks off with an incredible variety of barrel-aged beers, available in a small, casual, beer festival atmosphere. Due to extremely limited availability for many of the beers, the list evolves, but currently shows 36 breweries represented and 31 beers determined (see attached). “It’s a great honor for us that our brewery friends from around the country continue to share their rarest beers with us,” said Dan Russo, Oakshire’s Lead Brewer and curator of Hellshire Day’s beer offerings. The festival will also feature food carts Buck Buck (fried chicken), Oregon Wood Fired Pizza, Bing King (Chinese street food) and more. Live music throughout the day will round out Hellshire Day (and evening) wrapping up at 8pm.

Oakshire Founder Jeff Althouse describes the fest as “a celebration of the pinnacle of craftsmanship in beer making. Hellshire Day showcases rare and special beers from a variety of independent brewers. The community gathering of beer makers and beer drinkers at Hellshire Day is a rare experience in the underworld of barrel-aged beer.”

The Hellshire Day Barrel-aged Beer Festival will run from 12pm-8pm at the Oakshire Public House, located at 207 Madison Street in Eugene. $30 In-advance (thru 5/11/18), available now at oakbrew.com/hellshire or at Oakshire Brewing’s Public House, or $35 at the Fest. Tickets include festival entry, festival glass and 5 tokens. Most beers are one token ($2) per 4oz pour.

Hellshire Day, May 11, 2018 also marks the release of the eighth installment of Oakshire’s barrel-aged Hellshire series. Hellshire VIII is a take on Mexican coffee: a big and bold chocolaty imperial stout aged in 4 Roses Distillery Kentucky bourbon barrels. Showcasing a natural and sweet vanilla from the wood; cinnamon, cocoa nibs, coffee, and escalating peppers, Hellshire VIII takes after the Especial versions of the previous two years. “The spiciness comes through as a warming pepper sensation across your palate, super smooth and crazy drinkable for the high ABV” said Dan Russo, who also leads Oakshire’s barrel aging programs. Clocking in at 14.0% ABV, Hellshire VIII is a bold and otherworldly stout available in 22oz wax dipped bottles with label art by Weirdo Artist Sean Aaberg.

Hellshire VIII Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with cinnamon, cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla beans and dried peppers is available at Hellshire Day $20 per 22oz bottle

Furthermore! On Friday, May 11th (Hellshire Eve) from 6-9pm we celebrate the Hellshire Experience with the Oakshire Team, live music, food, and Vintage pours from the beer library. This behind- the-scenes all-inclusive warehouse party will give barrel-aged beer fans and industry professionals the chance to try Hellshire VIII for the first time along with other special vintage offerings. Also included is an extremely rare Oakshire Vintage Brunch in Hell 750ml Bottle for each guest to relive the experience in their own time. The first bottling for this perennial favorite is a divergent offspring of Hellshire VIII’s base beer laid to rest in a freshly dumped St. Croix Rum Barrel. This single barrel breakfast inspired beer features and Organic Vermont Maple Syrup and single origin Columbian varietal coffee roasted by our friends at Slightly Coffee Roasters.

The Hellshire Experience will run from 6pm-9pm at the Oakshire Public House, located at 207 Madison
Street in Eugene. $100 Advance Tickets (thru 5/10/18) available now at oakbrew.com/hellshire or at Oakshire Brewing’s Public House. Hellshire Experience Tickets also include an 11am VIP Hellshire Day festival entry, festival glass and 5 tokens. Most beers are one token ($2) per 4oz pour.

About Oakshire Brewing: Oakshire Brewing of Eugene, OR, is a community inspired small batch brewing company founded in 2006. Oakshire is independent and locally owned, employs 23 people and produces a wide variety of beers through its distinct brewing programs. These beers are distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Oakshire’s Public House is located at 207 Madison Street in Eugene; the Public House is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm. The brewery is located nearby at 1055 Madera Street and open to the public for tours and tastings on Fridays 5-8pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

• Crux Fermentation Project- Bandished Wild Farmhouse Ale
• Yachats Brewing- Barrel-aged Cetacea
• Crooked Stave –( Beer TBD)
• Block 15- Super Nebula Breakfast with the Buffalo 2015
• Block 15- Snozzberry 2017
• Ecliptic- Barrel-aged Carina Peach Sour Ale with Brett
• Sunriver Brewing Company- Barrel-aged Motorhead
• Burnside Brewing – Fable
• Fort George Brewing Company- Matroyshka 2018
• Adroit Theory- Tenebris Double Barrel Barleywine
• Modern Times- Barrel-aged Devil’s Teeth Cuvee (Rum & Rye)
• Breakside- Err to Excess
• Springdale Beer by Jack’s Abby Brewing- Peach Bod • Ordnance Brewing- Ordnance Barleywine ‘16 • Vike Braggot Company- Barrel-aged Biere de Garde
• Reach Brew Brewing- Proprius Kisutch Chardonnay
• Alesong Brewing and Blending- Peche
• Fremont Brewing- Rusty Nail
• Coldfire Brewing- Seeds of Infinity
• Gigantic Brewing- 2016 MASSSIVE! Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine
• Cascade Brewing- Bourbonic Plague
• Ruse Brewing- Briar Run
• Logsdon Farmhouse Ales- Blue Rubus
• Goodlife Brewing- Brett Lager
• Founders brewing Company- TBD
• WildCraft Cider Works- Empire
• Fair Winds Brewing Company- All Hands Anniversary Ale
• Claim 52- Menage a Framboise • Ninkasi- Cask Strength Ground Control.
• Perennial Artisan Ales- 2 Beer TBD
• 2 Towns- Bourbon Barrel-aged Nice and Naughty
• Two Roads Brewing- Philsamic Flanders Red
• pFriem- TBD
• New Holland- TBD
• Oakshire- Hellshire VIII
• Oakshire- Rum-barrel-aged Hellshire VIII
• Oakshire- Many more surprised and wonderment
• Left Hand Brewing- TBD
• Wild Ride Brewing- TBD

Beer Institute estimates 3.1% drop in taxable domestic beer shipments for March

April 21, 2018 - 11:29am

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid shipments by beer brewers for March 2018:

The March 2018 estimate is 14,570,000 barrels, a decrease of 3.1% versus March 2017 removals of 15,040,000. Please note that the estimates reflect revised estimates released by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

 

Month

2017

2018

Percent Change

Volume Change

January

12,893,449

12,167,000

-5.6%

-726,449

February

11,602,000

11,202,000

-3.4%

-400,000

March

15,040,000

14,570,000

-3.1%

-470,000

YTD

39,535,449

37,939,000

-4.0%

-1,596,449

 

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing brewers of all sizes, as well as beer importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility. For additional updates from the Beer Institute, visit our website, follow @BeerInstitute on Twitter, like the Beer Institute on Facebook, and follow the Beer Institute on Instagram.

Hangar 24 reveals new branding and new beer, Aventura Mexican Style Lager

April 21, 2018 - 11:09am

Hangar 24’s shared spirit of adventure comes to life in major brand evolution

(Redlands, CA) – In the spirit of shared adventures and authenticity, and to celebrate the approaching 10th anniversary celebration, Hangar 24 Craft Brewing is announcing a brand evolution that has been a year in the making, with a new vibrant look across all its core brands, as well as the introduction of a new core beer.

Aventura Mexican Style Lager, with a touch of sea salt from the Sea of Cortez, and fresh whole Southern California limes, will make its debut at the Redlands Taproom on Cinco de Mayo (May 5). It is scheduled to be available at craft beer retailers later in May.

Adventures are to be shared, and the stories of those experiences often live on through photographs. So new labels on bottles and cans of Hangar 24 beer will include both visual photographic imagery, as well as label story text. While Aventura is brand new, the flavors of classics like Orange Wheat and Betty IPA will remain the same. The new Orange Wheat label will feature a plane flying low over a local orange grove. Betty IPA’s label will include a photo of Betty herself.

Our blonde ale will be getting new clothes and an updated recipe. The new Peak Blonde Ale will have a label that includes a helicopter flying over a snowy peak.

Hangar 24’s fresh new take on things is our way of representing our aviation, adventure and authenticity roots. We love sharing adventures with people. We love being on your adventures and we love sharing our liquid adventures and epic stories of humanity. “Adventures We Share” is a promise and an invitation all at once. The stories of adventure are something to pass along. Let’s celebrate together and share it.

With the Hangar 24 Airfest & 10th Anniversary Celebration approaching May 19-20, it was the perfect time to take flight with a new look and a refreshing new been in Aventura Mexican Style Lager. The photography on these new bottles and cans is one adventure we share with you, and there is more on Instagram and Twitter (@Hangar24Brewing), as well as on our Facebook page at “Hangar 24 Craft Brewing.” We invite you to join the adventure using the hashtag #AdventuresWeShare.

Note: More information on Hangar 24’s new look will be available when it officially is revealed at a party at the Redlands Taproom on Friday, May 18, in advance of the May 19-20 AirFest & 10th Anniversary Celebration.

About Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

Hangar 24 is an independently owned craft brewery with locations in Redlands and Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The company produces a diverse award-winning line of beers ranging from the best-selling Orange Wheat to the exclusive barrel-aged Barrel Roll Series, including the renowned Pugachev’s Cobra. Visit hangar24brewing.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Boulevard Brewing’s high speed canning line goes into service

April 21, 2018 - 10:38am

(Kansas City, MO) – Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that its long-awaited canning line has been installed and fully commissioned. The $10 million project consists of a 24,000 square foot Canning Hall adjacent to the brewery, housing a high speed line capable of filling up to 350 12-ounce cans per minute. Engineered with flexibility in mind, the line is able to produce a variety of can sizes and package configurations.

“In recent years, much of the growth in high-end beer has been in cans,” said Boulevard president Jeff Krum, noting that craft beer drinkers are attracted to the perceived environmental advantages of aluminum versus glass. “We’ve coveted a canning line for quite a while, but we were determined to take our time and do it right. Now, with this new state-of-the-art system added to our existing keg and bottle lines, we’ve got our packaging bases fully covered.”

Finkle + Williams served as project architect. Kansas City-based MillerStauch Construction was general contractor. Key equipment and operational expertise was supplied by Krones AG .

The can line is already producing 12-packs of KC Pils and Pale Ale, the two newest additions to the portfolio. Seasonal offerings of Hibiscus Gose and Berliner Weisse will be can and draft exclusive. Other beers available in aluminum cans include Unfiltered Wheat, American Kolsch, Jam Band, Tropical Pale Ale and Ginger Lemon Radler. 

About Boulevard Brewing Company

Boulevard Brewing Company is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. For more information, visit boulevard.com or follow us on facebook.com/Boulevard , twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer and instagram.com/boulevard_beer.

New Holland Brewing receives $200k incentive package to build new location in Battle Creek

April 20, 2018 - 5:51pm

(Battle Creek, MI) – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) will award $200,000 in incentives to New Holland Brewing Company in support of a new location in Battle Creek. New Holland is known for its award-winning beer and spirits. The company operates the New Holland Pub on 8th Street in Holland and the Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids as well as a production facility in Holland.

In December 2017, BCU announced a request for proposals for three buildings in downtown Battle Creek. In addition, BCU announced a $200,000 incentive for a new brewery/distillery. As a result of its proposal, New Holland will take ownership of the building located at 64 W Michigan Avenue. The property is centrally located in historic downtown Battle Creek, steps away from the headquarters of the Kellogg Company.

New Holland Brewing Company was founded in 1997 in Holland, Michigan. The company’s goal was to produce beer that was uniquely West Michigan. Over the past 20 years, the company has become one of Michigan’s largest craft brewers. New Holland is known for Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout, Mad Hatter IPA and seasonal brews like Cabin Fever and Ichabod. In 2005, the company began distilling whiskey, rum and gin, with sales beginning in 2008. Today, New Holland sells its beer and spirits across 38 states and 4 countries.

New Holland’s President and Founder Brett VanderKamp stated, “We are pleased to expand our footprint into Battle Creek and look forward to partnering with the community to bring a vibrant venue, authentic beer and spirits, and quality service to downtown Battle Creek. We see several key downtown projects on the horizon as a turning point for downtown Battle Creek and are excited to be a part of the equation.”

New Holland’s plans for The Pub in Battle Creek include onsite brewing and distilling; lunch and dinner options; a seasonal beer garden; retail; and possibly a coffee bar. Renovations to the building are expected to begin in summer of 2018, with construction anticipated to be completed by spring 2019. Once fully operational, The Pub expects to employ approximately 50 people.

BCU President & CEO Joe Sobieralski said, “The New Holland team sees great opportunity in our City. Their proposal was outstanding and we truly hit a homerun with New Holland and their leadership team. The New Holland Brewing team will invest substantially into the property as they work to remodel this prime downtown location into their newest facility. We are beyond excited to have New Holland set up shop in downtown Battle Creek.”

Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury said, “We are honored and thrilled that New Holland has recognized the great potential in Battle Creek. Their partnership will help bring our spectacular downtown into the spotlight. They understand the importance of place and will build on the synergy that is already underway. We look forward to collaborating with New Holland to further build upon our culture of vitality in Battle Creek.”

About Battle Creek Unlimited
Established in 1972, Battle Creek Unlimited is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek and manages the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The Fort Custer Industrial Park is home over 80 businesses, including 25 international companies, and employs over 13,000 people. BCU’s mission is to build a strong community by driving strategic investment and job creation.

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