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Pike Brewing Company introduces Third Story one-off beer series

November 11, 2017 - 11:52am

Seattle, WA – What happens when you give a veteran brewer new ingredients and an expanded fermentation cellar? Delicious creativity and exploration.

Pike Brewing Company introduces the Third Story, a series of one-time-only, imaginative craft beers from Seattle’s original urban brewery. Coming straight from Pike’s newly expanded brewery cellar, the Third Story series is launching at a fertile time for exploration in craft beer. The recent availability of new ingredients like Cryo hops, locally grown malts and new yeast strains combined with craft beer drinkers’ clamor for more adventurous brews lines up perfectly with Pike Brewing’s experienced brewers’ itch to explore.

“When we started brewing in 1989 it was considered cutting edge to use high quality Maris Otter malts from England,” notes Pike Brewing Company Founder and Owner, Charles Finkel. “Even when Pike IPA debuted in the early 90’s there were only a handful of IPAs on the market and now IPA has become the most popular beer style. With this significantly expanded cellar we’re able to continue our legacy of brewing inventive beers with interesting, high quality ingredients for beer drinkers’ ever expanding palates.”

Beers in the Third Story series will be brewed one time only as frequently as possible and will be available only on draft for their limited and delicious time. These beers will allow Pike’s brewers to take their depth of knowledge and adept brewing skills and combine them with a love of experimentation.

“For the last few years we’ve primarily been meeting the demands for our core beers, like Pike Space Needle IPA and Pike Kilt Lifter, which made it hard to find time to experiment and explore,” says Pike Head Brewer, Art Dixon. “With 6 new fermentation tanks installed we’ve finally got room and all of us in the brewery are ready to bring ideas and recipes we’ve had to life.”

Now on tap at The Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun in the brewery is a hazy IPA, the first from Third Story series. Also in the works is a Belgian brett IPA aging in Chardonnay barrels. Pike Brewing Company’s fans have already been making suggestions for what beers they’d like to see brewed on the brewery’s Facebook page.

Hoppin’ Frog Dankster Frog IPA 12 oz. bottle release set for November 14th

November 11, 2017 - 11:36am

(Akron, OH) – The wait is finally over! Our dankest IPA ever will be available in 12 oz bottles at $3.99 ea. starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14th. at the brewery.

Super dank and delicious hop character with an assertive, deep and, and far-out hop aroma and flavor. Bright, spicy citrus hop character is up front, with a distinct orange & tropical fruit hop bouquet to add a welcome complexity & strike the perfect balance. It’s all about the hoppy dankess in Dankster Frog IPA

Tie-Dye Dankster Frog IPA T-Shirts will also be available!

About Hoppin’ Frog

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is a small, hands-on brewery in Akron, making very flavorful beers in the most flavorful styles. We brew the highest quality beer with an uncompromising focus on detail, from the ingredient selection to the brewing process. Our highly rated Tasting Room is on-site, offering fun, adventurous dishes that change with the seasons, and a vast array of the highest quality beers.

Elysian Bifrost Winter Pale Ale is back

November 11, 2017 - 11:20am

(Seattle, WA) – Looking for the right balance of hops and malt to warm you up this winter? You’re in luck with the return of Elysian Brewing’s Bifrost Winter Ale (8.3% ABV). Departing from the traditional dark, spiced holiday ales, Bifrost is a bold medium-bodied winter pale ale that pours golden with orange highlights and boasts enticing aromas of citrus, spice, and caramel apples.

Bifrost is available starting November through December in 22 oz. bottles, six-packs in select U.S markets and on draft at Elysian locations.

About Elysian Brewing’s Bifrost Winter Ale
Beer style: Winter Pale Ale
ABV: 8.3%
Flavor: Bold and balanced with a good amount of citrus and earthy hop bitters to offset the malt character. Finishes dry with a bit of fruit.
Availability: November – December in 22 oz. bottles and six-packs in select U.S markets. Elysian’s beer finder can help you locate Bifrost near you.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales’ The Forgotten Barrel Society Membership Club on sale now

November 11, 2017 - 10:04am

Members-only club guarantees exclusive beer releases and other benefits

(Minneapolis, MN) – Wild Mind Artisan Ales, the south Minneapolis brewery specializing in creating nontraditional beers using old world brewing techniques, announces The Forgotten Barrel Society, a members-only club for access to exclusive, limited bottled beer, among other benefits.

Included in the price of membership into The Forgotten Barrel Society are 10 special members-only bottled beers, to be released over the next year. The beers may include the wild, sour, farmhouse, rustic ales, or other styles. Additional benefits include an annual society members party, discounts on all purchases at the Wild Mind taproom, front-of-line access to all public beer releases, and more.

“We created the Forgotten Barrel Society to get exclusive, limited bottles into the hands of passionate fans of our wild, sour beers,” said Wild Mind co-founder and head brewer Mat Waddell. “We knew we wanted to create a members-only program since the very beginning. The launch of the Forgotten Barrel Society is the result of five years of careful planning, and we’re so excited to kick off the club’s first year. These are some of our most exciting beers – some could be blended and aged for months, or even years. The styles and release schedule will be unpredictable by nature, but we know our fans will have the patience to wait until these brews are they are just right.”

One-year memberships for 2018 are available for purchase online for $300 as of Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at noon. The Forgotten Barrel Society is strictly limited to 300 members, one membership per person.

Membership Details:

● 10 special members-only bottle releases included in the price of membership.

○ Beers will not be available to the general public

○ Beers will be released throughout the year on dates to be determined

○ Special beers will be held for a limited time for pickup

○ Any additional bottles available will be available for purchase to society members on a first-come, first-served basis

● 10% discount at the tasting room during membership year

● Annual party exclusively for Forgotten Barrel Society members

● Members-only Forgotten Barrel Society glass and t-shirt

● Front-of-line access to all public beer releases

● Special 750ml growler, which can be filled with any beer on tap, including sours not available for standard growler fills

● High-quality membership ID card

● First right to re-enroll for 2019

● Price: $300 + tax (non-refundable)

● 300 memberships available. One membership allowed per person.

The Members-Only Bottle Releases

As a Forgotten Barrel Society member, you’ll receive 10 exclusive bottled sour beers that are handpicked for members by the Wild Mind team. These beers are included in the price of membership and could include lambics, krieks, coolship beers, blends, and a wide range of other aged, funked-up sours. Because these beers can take a long time to create, we don’t know when they’ll be available, and therefore we won’t have a set release schedule.

Forgotten Barrel Society beers will be held for 60 days for pickup in the tasting room during our regular hours. If you do not live locally, you can assign a proxy to pick up your allotment of bottles when you purchase your membership.

If there are any extra member-exclusive beer bottles, Society members will have the opportunity to purchase additional bottles on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information, please visit The Forgotten Barrel Society page (http://zossmedia.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e0c5179f4522971de818ba9f2&id=627bc15c92&e=df5ef7afb7) on our website.

About Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Wild Mind Artisan Ales specializes in wild, sour, farmhouse, saison, and rustic ales produced through barrel aging and blending. All of our beers are brewed with wild yeast cultivated from around Minnesota by head brewer Mat Waddel. The Wild MInd taproom is located at 6031 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419. For more information, visit www.wildmindales.com (http://zossmedia.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e0c5179f4522971de818ba9f2&id=fdd50aabc5&e=df5ef7afb7) and follow us on Facebook (http://zossmedia.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e0c5179f4522971de818ba9f2&id=0add228572&e=df5ef7afb7) , Twitter (http://zossmedia.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e0c5179f4522971de818ba9f2&id=6d9c8bdbb6&e=df5ef7afb7) , and Instagram (http://zossmedia.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e0c5179f4522971de818ba9f2&id=79d5b2a196&e=df5ef7afb7) .

Rahr & Sons Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels just landed

November 11, 2017 - 9:42am

Texas craft beer meets Tennessee whiskey

(Fort Worth, TX) – Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. has released its popular Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer (BBAWW), aged 100 percent in Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey barrels for the first time.

Rahr & Sons partnered with Jack Daniel’s as part of its barrel program in which the distillery provides its whiskey barrels to select independent brewers to utilize for making craft beers. This year, Rahr & Sons brewed batches of its Winter Warmer beer to a higher strength to withstand the alcohol content in the whiskey barrels as this is the first time that Rahr & Sons has aged 100 percent of its BBAWW in barrels, rather than blending. The result is a stronger flavor profile.

A bronze medal winner at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, BBAWW has notes of fresh American oak, dark malts, English hops and vanilla. It will be available in canned 4-packs in areas where Rahr & Sons is distributed.

Uniquely, Jack Daniel’s oversees its barrel-making process from start to finish. Crafted from American White Oak, the wood is toasted and charred to coax the wood’s natural sugars out and caramelize them. The barrels are used once to mature the Tennessee whiskey before being reutilized by craft brewers, hot sauce makers and Scotch whisky distillers

“Jack Daniel’s has a storied history as the first registered distillery in the country,” said Rahr & Sons owner Fritz Rahr. “We are thrilled to work with such a recognizable brand and utilize their whiskey barrels to create our delicious, bold Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer.”

As part of the barrel program, Jack Daniel’s produced a video about Rahr & Sons’ process of brewing BBAWW to promote the beer’s launch.

In addition to BBAWW, Rahr & Sons will release Angry Santa in November, and it will be canned in 4-packs for the first time. Mulling spices, fresh vanilla bean and honey are added to Winter Warmer to create a dark, malty brew reminiscent of gingerbread cookies. Angry Santa will be available in areas where Rahr & Sons is distributed.

For more information, please visit rahrbrewing.com and facebook.com/rahrbrewing.

ABOUT RAHR & SONS BREWING COMPANY
Fritz and Erin Rahr started the craft beer movement in North Texas, as they founded Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in the fall of 2004. Since then, Rahr & Sons has exponentially grown its brewing capacity from 2,000 barrels a year to more than 20,000 barrels a year. The craft brewery now distributes to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

Rahr & Sons has won more than 80 nationally and internationally-recognized awards, including: a Silver & Bronze Medal at the 2017 San Diego International Beer Competition; a National Grand Champion Award from the 2017 US Beer Tasting Institute; a Bronze Medal at the 2016 European Beer Star Awards; two Gold Medals and one Silver Medal at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship; two Gold Medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival; a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival; a Bronze Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup; a Silver Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival; and a Bronze Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup.

Rahr & Sons has been featured in local and national media, including Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News. The brewery has been named in the top 4 of the 20 best craft breweries in America by Time Out and won Best Brewery/Distillery from Fort Worth Magazine three years in a row.

For more information, visit rahrbrewing.com and facebook.com/rahrbrewing.

About Jack Daniel’s
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Indeed Brewing, Napa’s Gamling & McDuck Winery to release ‘Cab Franc’ collaboration

November 11, 2017 - 8:42am

(Minneapolis, MN) – Indeed Brewing Company out of Northeast Minneapolis and Gamling & McDuck Winery out of Napa, California will release their collaboration ale at Nightingale Minneapolis on November 20th.

The event, Napa by Northeast: Sour Beer & Wine Social, will be the one of the only opportunities to taste the super limited collaboration. Indeed’s Wooden Soul brewer Adam Theis and Gamling & McDuck’s winemaker and co-owner Adam McClary will both be on site for open discussion. The collaboration beer is called Cab Franc Wood-Aged Sour Ale, and is a double barrel-aged sour red ale created by Indeed with Gamling & McDuck’s Cab Franc barrels, and grapes originally sourced from Pickberry Vineyards on Sonoma Mountain. Along with the collaboration ale, attendees will also receive a celebratory welcome glass of Wooden Soul: Heliotropic, pours of Wooden Soul: Mango Helio, Gamling & McDuck’s Cab Franc, Gamling & McDuck’s Chenin Blanc, and a special pour of a still (non-carbonated and served from a wine bottle) version of the collaboration ale limited only to the event. Beer and wine will be served alongside four paired small plates from the chefs at Nightingale.

Brewer Adam Theis describes the collaboration with the question, “How do you separate beer and wine when they’re in the same glass?” The Cab Franc-inspired ale began in the Wooden Soul barrel room as a barrel-aged red ale base, before being transferred to Gamling & McDuck’s Cab Franc barrels and refermented on 75 pounds per barrel of Cab Franc grapes from Pickberry Vineyards. The collaboration is a blood red ruby color with floral notes of berries and cherry.

Indeed’s Theis and Gamling & McDuck’s McClary met when McClary reached out to Indeed over Twitter after both beverage makers were featured in a Growler Magazine article. McClary made the trip to Minnesota earlier this year to check on the collaboration and meet Theis in person. Both Indeed and Gamling & McDuck approach their operations with a focus on quality that’s grounded in sense of spontaneity and fun. The two hope to continue to work together in the future on whatever crazy ideas pop into their heads next.

Tickets to Napa by Northeast are $60 per person (tax and gratuity included) and can be purchased online on Indeed’s eventbrite page.

About Indeed
At Indeed Brewing Company, we’re cultivating an artfully eclectic lineup of distinctive flagship beers, well-loved seasonal releases, and adventurous specialty brews from the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. We’re not just brewing beer, we’re crafting experiences. We are thirsty creatures, Indeed. There’s more to explore at www.indeedbrewing.com.

Yards Brewery and Taproom to open to public on Thursday, November 16th

November 11, 2017 - 8:31am

[Photo credit: Yards Brewing Company]

The largest brewery in the city will open 70,000-square-foot facility, complete with executive chef, private event space and state-of-the-art brewhouse

(Philadelphia, PA) – Yards Brewing Company will open Yards Brewery and Taproom at 500 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia’s beer-savvy Northern Liberties neighborhood. The highly-anticipated expansion and move from their cozy tasting room on Delaware Avenue further establishes Yards as “Philadelphia’s Brewery” and provides them with a new 70,000-sqare-foot facility to produce their approachable ales and lagers, with a canning line slated to arrive in early 2018. Located less than six blocks from the famed Liberty Bell in downtown Philadelphia, Yards is the most recognized brewery in the city, and one of only a handful of urban, regional breweries in the entire United States.

“Yards is continuing Philadelphia’s brewing history, carrying on the proud and rich traditions of Philly’s breweries that came before us,” says Founder and Brewmaster Tom Kehoe, a man WHERE magazine called The Mayor of Beertown. “Those early breweries were very much stitched to the fabric of the city, serving as integral parts of the community and helping lead downtown revival efforts. Since opening our doors in 1994, that is something we have always strived to do – and this investment only strengthens that commitment.”

The Taproom
Chef James Burke, a James Beard Award semifinalist and prominent face in the city’s culinary scene, will helm the first kitchen in the brewery’s 23-year history. Chef Burke’s diverse menu will complement and incorporate the choice hops and grains used in Yards’ award-winning beers, with special attention paid to local purveyors, Philly favorites and classic pub fare.

The menu will be divided into Snacks, Sandwiches, Entrees and Desserts; and the kitchen will serve food until one hour before closing time. The bar will feature 20 total taps: including all Yards signature beers and a number of limited releases only available in the taproom.

Chef Burke’s menu will evolve as the taproom evolves, but items may include:

* Yards Patty Melt, Brawler Onions and Swiss

* Crab Toast, with Calabrian Chilies and Chives

* Smoked Cheddar Bratwurst, with Sauerkraut and Housemade Mustard

* Roast Pork, with Fermented Broccoli Rabe and Provolone

* Beer Can Chicken, served with Fried Potatoes

* Bison Chili, served with Maple Cornbread

* Pork Belly Kebab, Tavern Spruce Glaze

* Tavern Porter and Espresso Chocolate Mousse

Chef Burke has been a visionary in the city’s diverse culinary scene for the past 15 years and he has worked alongside nationally acclaimed chefs and forward-thinking restaurateurs, including Daniel Boulud, Marc Vetri and Stephen Starr. Helming the kitchen at Yards Brewery and Taproom will be a homecoming for Chef Burke in Philadelphia, where he was a three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award as chef-owner at JAMES.

[Photo credit: Yards Brewing Company]

The Design
Yards Taproom and Brewery, designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm DIGSAU, will be modern industrial: an expansive, open floor plan with 25-foot ceilings, large hanging metallic lights and long wooden tables designed by local non-profit The Challenge Program – and will offer 360 views of the entire brewing operation, from the new canning line to the state-of-the-art brewhouse. The taproom will comfortably accommodate 280 guests. Adjacent to the taproom will be the Brewer’s Lounge, a hangout spot complete with a pool table, TV, dart board and shuffleboard.

At the forefront of the taproom stands a main bar, constructed from repurposed wooden bowling lanes. Located a few feet from the main entrance, the bar will serve as the central location for visitors to meet up and mingle upon entering the taproom, and a great spot for fans to cheer on all the local sports teams. At the entrance, guests will be able to purchase Yards beer to-go and merchandise.

Separated from the main taproom by a roll-up garage window is an outdoor area, where fans can linger under towering fermentation and aging tanks while enjoying a Philadelphia Pale Ale paired with Chef Burke’s Roast Pork. On the second floor, a private event space (2,900-square feet) overlooks the brewery and taproom, available to accommodate 200 guests, perfect for hosting corporate gatherings and weddings. (Yards is already accepting reservations for holiday parties; contact the brewery for more info.)

Philadelphia’s Brewery
Kehoe and partner Trevor Prichett turned down more lucrative offers to move Yards outside the city limits, and both the vibe and design inside the new brewery reflects their dedication to Philadelphia. The brewery, constructed by local firm TN Ward, will remain 100% committed to wind power and sustainability, and their new 100-bbl brewhouse will mark further innovation: Yards will operate the only Ziemann Holvrieka brewhouse on the East Coast. The 100-bbl brewhouse has the capacity to produce more than double Yards’ current output of 42,000 barrels, with the ability to increase production in the future.

The new brewery will allow Yards to can its fine beers for the first time in company history, with a brand new KHS canning line capable of filling 216 cans per minute. In early 2018, Philadelphia Pale Ale, IPA and Brawler will be available in 12-oz. and 16-oz. cans, just in time for tailgating playoff games at the stadiums on South Broad Street. In addition, they will continue to bottle all their year-round offerings and seasonal favorites in the new 70,000-square-foot facility. Brewery tours will be limited while the final production equipment install is completed; please check yardsbrewing.com and follow Yards on social media (@yardsbrew) for updated tour information.

[Photo credit: Yards Brewing Company]

The Leadership
Tom Kehoe is the founder of Yards Brewing Company, and serves as president and brewmaster; he started brewing in 1988 as an apprentice for British Beer Company after studying engineering at Lehigh University and graduating with a business degree from Western Maryland College.

Trevor Prichett is partner and chief operating officer at Yards Brewing Company; he has co-founded several startups and served in business development roles worldwide after earning an AB in Economics at Harvard, as well as an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business and a Masters of International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Yards Brewing Company…Yards has proudly brewed Philadelphia’s beer since 1994. The regional craft producer has grown from a garage-sized operation in the Manayunk section of Philly to a 38,000-square-foot facility along the city’s Delaware River waterfront to a 70,000-square foot facility in the thriving Northern Liberties neighborhood. Philadelphia Pale Ale and Brawler, both nationally-recognized ales, lead a balanced portfolio of quality, handcrafted beers, including eight year-round offerings and several seasonal and limited releases. Founder Tom Kehoe and the Yards crew share a commitment to supporting the good people and organizations making their backyard a better place to live and work. It’s all about working hard, having fun and giving back: “Brew Unto Others.”

Yards Brewery & Taproom will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; and from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

High Water Petit Saison Fall Ale now available, kicks off seasonal series

November 11, 2017 - 6:59am

(Chico, CA) – High Water Brewing is pleased to announce the release of our Petit Saison Fall Ale, the first in a series of barrel aged Petit Saisons. Each Saison will focus on flavors reflective of the season the beer was produced in. The beers are aged in used wine barrels and finished with a light dry hopping. Each release will be fermented with different strains of yeast as well as varying malts from our great friends at Mecca Grade Estate Malts in Madras, Oregon. As an added twist, small amounts of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus were added during the barrel aging to produce complex layers of flavor and aroma and a dry finish.

Petit Saison Fall Ale pours a light golden color and has fruity citrus notes which are complemented by the Lemondrop hop used in the dry hopping. The white wine barrels lend soft notes of oak and vanilla to the finish. Fresh blueberries, from Lodi California, were added to a few of the barrels, to provide a subtle nuance to the beer. “These are the style of beers that I really love to drink and enjoy year round, they are extremely food friendly and just make me smile” said Brewmaster Steve Altimari.

QUICK FACTS
* Name: High Water Brewing Barrel Aged Petit Saison Fall Ale
* Stats: 4.5% ABV, 8 IBUs
* Availability: 500ml bottles and 5 gallon kegs starting in October 2017 for Fall Ale, December 2017 for Winter Ale, all four seasonal will be released in 2018.
* Featured Hops: Styrian Goldings and Lemondrop

TASTING NOTES
* Appearance: Light golden with slight haze.
* Aroma: Bright, refreshing hints of lemon and citrus
* Taste: Crisp and bright fruit and citrus flavors up front with a dry and refreshing finish.
* Food Pairing: Earthy and savory dishes will pair well, funky cheese or even a spicy dish will be heightened by the slightly acidic finish of the beer.

Available in 500 ml bottles and 5.16 gal kegs

DESTIHL Dosvidanya Day 2017 scheduled for November 18, four variants to be released

November 10, 2017 - 8:22pm

(Normal, IL) – DESTIHL® Brewery is gearing up for its highly anticipated Dosvidanya Day Bottle Release Party, taking place on Saturday, November 18th, 2017, from 12-6pm. A limited number of tickets are available for advance purchase through Eventbrite.com.

Dosvidanya® is widely recognized as one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts on the market, its variants having won back-to-back Gold Medals in the most competitive Strong Stout category and Best-in-Show accolades at the National Wood-Aged Beer Competition held in Chicago at the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer (‘FoBAB’) in 2015 (for Dosvidanya) and Runner-Up Best in Show in 2016 (for Dosvidanya Rye). In addition, Dosvidanya is the 2015 GABF® Bronze Medal winner in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category. Dosvidanya was also recently named the “Best Beer in Illinois” by ‘Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine’.

This year’s Dosvidanya Day is marked with additional distinctions of being DESTIHL’s 10th anniversary as well as the first Dosvidanya release since the opening of the company’s massive new production brewery & Beer Hall in May and the last batch of Dosvidanya brewed at the old production brewery. To commemorate these significant events, DESTIHL will be unveiling four variants of Dosvidanya, including two 10th anniversary variants which will be available exclusively at the brewery (although a limited amount of the anniversary variants will also be available for sale at DESTIHL’s two brewpubs on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving).

The list includes:
Dosvidanya (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout) (Gold Medal Strong Stout and Best in Show at FoBAB 2015 and Bronze medal in the 2015® GABF Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout Category)
Dosvidanya Rye (Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with rye) (Gold Medal Strong Stout and Runner-Up Best in Show at FoBAB 2016)
Dosvidanya – 10th Anniversary Edition (Russian Imperial Stout brewed at the old brewery and aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 8 months)
Dosvidanya Vanilla Rye – 10th Anniversary Edition (Russian Imperial Stout with Vanilla Bean, aged in Buffalo Trace Rye Whiskey Barrels for 8 months

“We really want to turn Dosvidanya Day into an experience, not just a bottle release…one that more and more people will look forward to each year” said Founder, CEO and Brewmaster, Matt Potts.

TICKETS TO DOSVIDANYA DAY are limited to 700 and fewer than 250 tickets remain available as of 10/24. Tickets are sold on Eventbrite (https://goo.gl/6DWCQW) as well as on DESTIHL’s Dosvidanya Day Facebook event page (https://goo.gl/SCuy3i) until they sell out. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are any tickets left once Dosvidanya Day starts, they can be purchased at the brewery during the event.

EVERY $80 TICKET INCLUDES:
Four (4) 500ml bottles – One (1) of each Dosvidanya variant listed above

Access to purchase additional waxed bottles of the 10th Anniversary Dosvidanya variants and a very limited Brewmaster’s vertical cellar release of 2016 Dosvidanya, signed by Brewmaster Matt Potts – Sold individually for $25/500ml per bottle, only while supplies last, first come first served.

Access to our new brewery’s production floor for self-guided tours and Four (4) 4oz. samples of exclusive, limited release beers (including another Dosvidanya variant not available elsewhere) & face time with the brewers

50% off a future guided brewery tour
10% off merchandise in the Brewery Shop
Entry into a raffle for one of these items (travel expenses not included):
Two admission tickets to GABF 2018
Two admission tickets to FoBAB 2018
Two tickets to next year’s Dosvidanya Day 2018

Timed releases of Dosvidanya on draft will also be released throughout the day in the Beer Hall, and are available for sale to all in attendance (no ticket required), while supplies last:
All Day – Dosvidanya Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
12:00pm – Dosvidanya – 10th Anniversary Edition
2:00pm – Dosvidanya Rye
4:00pm – Dosvidanya Bourbon Barrel & Coffee-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
6:00pm – Dosvidanya Vanilla Rye – 10th Anniversary Edition
Dosvidanya’s four variants clock in at 12.5% Alc./Vol. and over 83 IBU. These beers are among the best in the world for their style and can easily be cellared in a cool environment. We suggest enjoying one now and laying one down in the cellar.

Rochester Mills announces return of the 
12 Days of Milkshake Stout on Dec. 1-12

November 10, 2017 - 7:32pm

Statewide 12-Pack Release November 6 – Tap Takeovers set for December 1-12

(Rochester and Auburn Hills, MI) – Michigan craft beer lovers, can begin their holiday shopping and celebrations early with the return of the 12 Days of Milkshake Stout featuring beers from Rochester Mills Beer Co. Given the popularity and consumer demand for these beers, Rochester Mills will release their limited holiday edition 12-pack on November 6. This product features one 16 oz can of each beer in this year’s 12 Days of Milkshake Stout promotion, just in time to get the perfect gift for the craft beer lover on your shopping list.

“What began as a crazy idea to take twelve different versions of our Milkshake Stout to twelve bars over twelve days a few years back has grown into a holiday tradition,” said Rochester Mills Vice President of Brewing Operations Eric Briggeman. “Because we sold-out of 5,000 12 packs in less than ten days last year, we’ve increased production and moved up the release date hoping to meet the demand from retailers and consumers.”

The brewpub in downtown Rochester and the Taproom in Auburn Hills will join more than twenty other select premium craft beer bars and restaurants throughout Michigan as host locations for the progressive tap takeover event, December 1-12, 2016. Admission is free and open to the public, ages 21 and up. Due to a Private function, the Taproom will begin their takeover on December 2.

The progressive tap takeover event will feature (12) twelve specialty and limited edition varieties of Milkshake Stout, Rochester Mills’ best-selling beer brand. Each night a new variety of stout will be tapped and stay on draft until the keg runs dry.

2017 12 Days of Milkshake Tap List (NOT in order of release) and Holiday 12 pack contents:

* Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake Stout
* Imperial Milkshake Stout
* Santa’s Breath (Peppermint Milkshake Stout)
* Chocolate Cheesecake Milkshake Stout
* German Chocolate Cake Milkshake Stout
* Nutcracker Milkshake Stout (Hazelnut) – Throwback to year one, first time packaged in cans
* Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake Stout*
* Strawberry Milkshake Stout*
* Carrot Cake Milkshake Stout*
* Spicy Mayan Milkshake Stout*
* Holiday Cheer Milkshake Stout* (Cherry Cranberry)
* Christmas Roast Milkshake Stout* (Barrel Aged with Detroit Bold Coffee)

*New Stout variety for 2017

Locations hosting the 12 Days of Milkshake Stout include:

O’s Pub & Grill Auburn

Rochester Mills Production Taproom Auburn Hills*

Lakeview Lounge Battle Creek

Buck Shots Bar & Gril Clarkston

MGM Grand – TAP Sports Bar Detroit

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar Fenton

Little Joe’s Tavern Grand Blanc

Buffalo Wild Wings 44th Street Grand Rapids

Hofbrau Steak House & American Grille Interlochen

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange Kalamazoo

Horrocks Farm Market Lansing

The Mitten Bar Ludington

WhichCraft Taproom Midland

North Side Bar & Grill Monroe

The Brass Eye Niles

Rochester Mills Beer Company Rochester

Clubhouse BFD Rochester Hills

Stardust Lanes Saginaw

Shelby Pub & Grill Shelby

Butter Run Saloon St. Clair Shores

Terry’s Terrace St. Clair Shores

Roger’s Roost Sterling Heights

Ashley’s of Westland Westland

The Mitten Pub Wyandotte

Additions or adjustments to this list may occur prior to the event. For more information, call 248-377-3130 or log onto www.beercos.com.

*Production Brewery Taproom begins takeover on December 2

ABOUT ROCHESTER MILLS BEER CO. – PRODUCTION BREWERY & TAPROOM:

Rochester Mills Beer Co. has been one of the top producing brewpubs in Michigan since it opened in 1998. The pub is a full-service restaurant and offers a diverse beer menu with eleven different styles of beer consistently available as well as a number of reoccurring seasonal offerings. The Rochester Mills Production Brewery & Taproom, brewers of Rochester Mills Beer Co. brands for distribution, began as a startup brewery in Auburn Hills, MI in 2012, quickly becoming one of the top craft beer producers in the state. Their Lagers and Ales packaged in 16oz. aluminum cans are currently featured in grocery stores as well as independent and franchise convenient stores, and specialty beverage merchants statewide. Additionally, their three core brands, which include Milkshake Stout™, Pine Knob Pilsner, and Rochester Red Ale, along with four rotating seasonal offerings that now include Tongue Tied Cherry Saison, Oktoberfest Celebration Lager and Red Velvet Ale, can be found flowing from thousands of taps at bars and restaurants across Michigan and Northern Ohio. Earlier this year they opened a Taproom in the Auburn Hills location sell draft beer and beer to go. More information can be found on their website at: www.beercos.com

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Rochester Mills Brewpub located in a historic knitting mill serving comfort food paired with our handcrafted beers in Downtown Rochester, MI. Rochester Mills food …

ABOUT MILKSHAKE STOUT (the Original):

The original Milkshake Stout is a sweet stout with 5.5% alcohol by volume. The combination of seven different malts, along with a low hop level creates a deep dark beer featuring rich, sweet roasted flavors. The addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth creamy texture to this full-flavored brew. Once a Seasonal offering at the pub, the beer is now prominently featured year round and is the top-selling Rochester Mills brand.

Pikes Peak Brewing expands distribution to California with Alta Marketing

November 10, 2017 - 7:13pm

(Monument, CO) – Pikes Peak Brewing Company’s beer will soon be available in California!

In it’s first out of state distribution, Pikes Peak Brewing will launch with it’s popular Gold, a Belgian Golden Strong, Elephant Rock IPA, Devils Head Red and newly released seasonal IPA, 38 Faces. 38 Faces is currently a blood orange IPA. Along with select seasonal releases throughout the year, these beers will be offered in 6 packs of 12oz cans.

“California has a great population of craft beer fans and we are very excited to bring a taste of Colorado to the Golden State”, said Chris Wright, Founder and Head Brewer.
Pikes Peak Brewing’s beers will be distributed through Alta Marketing in Redlands, CA. The beer will be available and featured at all BevMo! stores throughout the state.

Headquartered in Concord, CA, BevMo! is California’s premier specialty beverage retailer. It currently operates 146 stores throughout California.

“We are excited to be the first to bring Pikes Peak Brewing’s quality beers to the California craft beer community.” said Brian Bowden, VP Beer at BevMo!

The beers will be available to consumers by mid-November. Pikes Peak Brewing is planning several “meet the brewer” events in various BevMo! locations to connect Californians with the brewer.

About Pikes Peak Brewing Company

Pikes Peak Brewing Co. is a veteran owned, award-winning, and independent craft brewery in Monument, Colorado, dedicated to elevating the craft of beer. Our beers are full-flavored renditions of classic styles that are best enjoyed in the company of good friends. For more, visit PikesPeakBrewing.com.

About BevMo!
BevMo! is the leading alcoholic beverage-lifestyle specialty retailer in the western United States and among the largest in the country. With 166 stores across California, Arizona and Washington, BevMo! provides a friendly and welcoming environment for competitively priced wine, craft beer, spirits, as well as complementary products such as specialty foods and snacks, cigars, glassware and related bar and wine accessories.

BevMo.com enables customers to purchase items online for shipping to homes or offices or for pickup within an hour at their local store. Every BevMo! store features trained BevMologists! who are knowledgeable about the products sold. For more on BevMo! visit www.BevMo.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Braxton Dark Charge Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2017, variants fuel Winter Block Party

November 10, 2017 - 6:39pm

(Covington, KY) – Braxton Brewing Company will be releasing its Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Dark Charge, at their third annual Winter Block Party on Saturday, December 2nd. The Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout will be released in 22 oz. bottles along with six variants.

JOIN THE WINTER BLOCK PARTY & BOTTLE RELEASE HERE

“We have been hard at work on Dark Charge and the different variants we are bringing to you this year,” said Evan Rouse, Co-Founder & COO of Braxton Brewing Company. “I think we are bringing a lineup unlike ever before and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Each of these beers have been aging for a year or more, all the while we have been perfecting the recipes on each of the variants. You won’t want to miss your chance to get a bottle!”

A very limited amount of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout and six variants will be released at noon. The bottles available are listed below. Bottle limits will be announced at a later date.

* Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (13.7% ABV)
* Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tiramisu (13.7% ABV)
* Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry & Vanilla (13.5% ABV)
* Aged in Bourbon Barrels that also aged pure vanilla extract
* Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged S’Mores (13.7% ABV)
* Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Molé (13.7% ABV)
* TBA Variant
* TBA Variant

Dark Charge celebrates Covington’s heritage as a crucial artery in connecting families and communities to the larger world. In Dark Charge, Braxton Brewing Company has brewed a stout bold enough to light a city. The Covington-based brewery is excited to bring the community, city and region together for its Winter Block Party.

“The first Saturday in December has quickly become our favorite day of the year, and this year is no different!” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder & CEO. “Our brewing team has put together some of the most unique flavors of Dark Charge imaginable, and with guest taps from over 16 participating breweries featuring some of the most amazing barrel aged beers, it’s truly a representation of the growth in the craft community!”

In addition to the bottle release inside the taproom, the brewery will have live music, pour guest taps, tap rare Braxton beers and host a variety of food partners serving food inspired by the Imperial Stout in a heated tent on 7th Street.

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington, Smoke Justis, Wunderbar, Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, Amerasia and Graeter’s Ice Cream will all have Dark Charge infused or inspired menu items available to purchase throughout the event.

Braxton Brewing Company will have Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Charge and its variants on tap throughout the day. To celebrate the craft beer community, the brewery has also invited guest breweries to pour their own barrel-aged products. Barrel-Aged beers will be available from: Against the Grain, West 6th, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues, MadTree, Rhinegeist, Ballast Point, Avery Brewing, The Bruery, Country Boy, Sweetwater, Cigar City, 50 West, Lagunitas and Urban Artifact.

Live music will begin at 12pm and keep the party going through 11pm. Floyd & The Walkmen, The Hot Magnolias, Noah Smith and 500 Miles to Memphis will take the stage throughout the day.

This is a free event. RSVP and learn more about the party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/418664398536381

Learn more about Braxton Brewing Company and Dark Charge by visiting the company’s website.

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

2018 World Beer Cup brewery registration open through November 14th

November 10, 2017 - 6:15pm

[World Beer Cup 2016 Photo © Brewers Association]

Applications for “Olympics of Beer Competitions” open October 31- November 14

(Boulder, CO) — Brewery applications for the 2018 World Beer Cup (began) on Tuesday, October 31. Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup, often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world and is held every two years in conjunction with the annual Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®. The competition is open to professional breweries around the globe that meet all legal and permitting requirements for breweries in their respective country.

Developed in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing, this global competition continues to create greater consumer awareness about different beer styles and flavor profiles while promoting international brewing excellence.

In 2016, 6,596 beers entered from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries were entered in the World Beer Cup and were judged by an elite international panel of 253 judges from 31 countries.
Six consolidation points around the globe have been established to aid in transportation logistics and costs. They are Sydney, Australia; São Paulo, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

For more information about the application process, translated registration forms, and more, visit the competition details page on the World Beer Cup website.

The 2018 World Beer Cup is made possible by the support of its generous sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Krones, and Partner Sponsors, Barth-Haas Group, First Key Consulting Inc., MicroStar Logistics, SAHM GmbH + Co. KG, and Siemens.

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.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Indeed Old Friend Winter Warmer Ale just released

November 10, 2017 - 5:53pm

(Minneapolis, MN) – The latest from Indeed Brewing Company’s email newsletter…

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Raise a glass to a good year past and reconnect with an Old Friend, our limited release winter warmer ale brewed with fresh ginger and honey. Deep ruby red with layers of malt complexity and a zippy aroma, this fireside companion brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Old Friend is a festive seasonal release from Head Brewer Josh Bischoff. Uniquely fragrant and bursting with flavors of orange, fresh ginger, and honey, our winter warmer will keep you cozy and comfortable all season long. Packaged in 16 oz. cans featuring designs from local artist Chuck U, Old Friend is perfect for gifting to family and friends both old and new.

Old Friend Winter Warmer releases November 6th!

Newport Storm’s Annual Release ’17 now available

November 10, 2017 - 5:40pm

(Newport, RI) – Newport’s Storm’s Annual Release was one the first limited release beers in craft beer history. Since 2000, each Annual Release has been a “Most Extreme Beer” that doesn’t fit a particular style. Last couples years were sweet dark ales but this year the brewers went a different direction.

Annual Release ‘17 is inspired by the German lagers and the technical traditions German brewers use to make them. Brewmaster, Derek Luke, explains, “This beer sat in our fermentation tanks for 3 months. Most brewers don’t have the patience or the equipment to be able to invest that much time into making a single batch of beer. We really wanted to let this yeast strain ferment out all those spicy and snappy flavors for all our fans to enjoy!” After a long, cold fermentation using this Bavarian lager yeast strain the annual tradition settled in at 11 % ABV. With the help of two German earthy, spicy hops, Saphir and Tettenang, and almost 20 percent rye grain, the lager yeast strain made this medium amber colored lager full with sweet, malty fig-like flavors and spicy notes of rye.

It’s one of our best and it took a year to make this beer for you. We gather it will take less time for you to enjoy it, but be sure to savor this big beer’s earthy flavors. Annual Releases are known for their unique flavors, extreme qualities, and higher ABV. Since 2000 the annual brews have been released in limited quantities. Roughly 3,000 bottles were produced and will be distributed in RI. For more information and details on where the ‘17 can be found, visit www.NewportStorm.com.

About Newport Storm:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Company is Rhode Island’s Microbrewery, brewing Newport Storm beers since 1999. The Visitors Center is open daily year-round for tours and tastings (closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day) in the north end of Newport on JT Connell Road.. Newport Storm beer is distributed throughout RI and PA. Their brews include four year-round beers: Hurricane Amber Ale, Rhode Island Blueberry, India Pale Ale, Rhode Sodah and Rhode Trip their Storm of the Season beers, and limited release beers like their Barrel Aged Beer Program and Annual Limited Release Series of bottle-conditioned beers. The beers are offered in a variety of packages ranging from kegs to bottles to cans.

Deschutes Street Pub Program wraps up third annual tour; tops $1 million to nonprofits

November 10, 2017 - 4:57pm

Bend, Oregon brewery wraps up its third year of touring the country with the world’s largest pop-up pub

(Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery’s Street Pub finished out its third annual national tour this year, bringing the total raised for nonprofits to $1,047,860 in just three years.  In that time, the 400-foot-long traveling pop-up pub visited 13 cities across the country and welcomed more than 300,000 beer fans who turned out to drink more than 2,800 kegs of damn tasty beer, all while raising money for nonprofits in their hometowns.

The 2017 tour, which just wrapped up last month, visited the following cities and supported these charity partners:

Cincinnati, OH – The Starfire Council and Giving Hope

Roanoke, VA – Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, Roanoke Outside Foundation, Bradley Free Clinic and Pathfinders for Greenways

Milwaukee, WI – Hunger Task Force and Westown Association

Portland, OR – Cascade Aids Project, Children’s Cancer Association and Farmers Ending Hunger

Sacramento, CA – Runnin’ for Rhett

“We’ve always been committed to giving back to the local communities where we sell our beer,” said Michael Lalonde, CEO of Deschutes Brewery. “This program gave us a way to support causes and organizations in every place we visited, and we’re proud that so many fans turned out to support this program over the years, helping us surpass the $1 million mark.”

Street Pub was created by the brewery to bring the pub experience, on which Deschutes was founded 29 years ago, to fans across the country. In addition to the money donated through the Street Pub program, Deschutes will donate more than $300,000 to other community programs this year, totaling more than half a million for 2017 alone.

About Deschutes Brewery

Family and employee owned since 1988, Deschutes Brewery – Bend’s original brewpub – has become the cornerstone of Central Oregon’s flourishing craft brew culture. Known for its generous use of whole hops in its defining beers such as Black Butte Porter , Mirror Pond Pale Ale , and Fresh Squeezed IPA , the brewery also keeps fans on the edge of their bar stools with the release of small batch experimental beers each season. Now available in 29 states and Washington D.C., Deschutes’ flagship brewpub has been joined by a main brewing facility overlooking the Deschutes River in Bend, a pub in Portland and a tasting room in Roanoke, Virginia where it will build a new east coast brewery. www.deschutesbrewery.com  

Brewers Association funds Public Hop Breeding Program through USDA Agreement

November 10, 2017 - 4:45pm

Trust agreement with USDA jumpstarts program benefitting hops and brewing industries

(Boulder, CO) — The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—announced an agreement today with the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to fund public hop breeding for the purpose of developing and releasing disease resistant aroma hop cultivars into the public domain, in support of hop growing efforts throughout the U.S. The trust agreement between the Brewers Association and USDA-ARS provides funding for a program located in Washington and Oregon to leverage significant existing academic and operational infrastructure.

“Public hop breeding creates benefits for a broad range of groups within the hop and brewing industries,” said Chris Swersey, supply chain specialist for the Brewers Association. “Research to develop and release hop cultivars with no intellectual property protection ensures that all growers have access to high quality, disease-resistant cultivars they need to sustain production at levels required by brewers. In the long-term, this important program will fuel efforts of existing legacy growers as well as nascent hop growing industries throughout the U.S. The program will also fulfill an essential stewardship strategy by providing foundational germplasm for public and private breeding programs. Even the smallest brewers will be able to source ingredients they need to produce that truly local pint.”

“The United States is globally recognized as a diverse and innovative driver in the brewing scene. The significant growth of the craft brewing sector has its foundations in the lavish use of flavorful, publicly bred American hops. Brewers strongly support all efforts to strengthen these vitally important, long-range programs,” said John Mallett, director of operations of Bell’s Brewery Inc., and chair of the Brewers Association technical committee. “A vibrant and steady public breeding program will jointly benefit growers, hop merchants, brewers and beer drinkers alike.”

The U.S. hop and brewing industries are experiencing unprecedented expansion, and currently support over 360,000 jobs and is valued at $33 billion. This growth has created strong demand for new and existing hop varieties nationwide. Concurrently, chronic loss and isolated catastrophic loss from pests and diseases have increased because of the lack of broad spectrum, durable resistance in the varieties demanded by the market place. The net impact is disease management costs and crop damage that approach 15 percent of total crop value, destabilization of critical supply chains and lost export opportunities.

“Public sector development of new hop varieties that combine disease resistance and improved brewing quality are needed to sustain the expansion of crop production and meet the increased demand for high quality hops,” said Ryan Hayes, research leader of the Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit. “Support from the Brewers Association is instrumental in helping the USDA meet this goal.”

“The BA’s funding of public hop breeding, structured through the USDA, will allow development of germplasm that serves all growing regions with viable disease resistant varieties. The Hop Research Council will now have a secure base that we can work with to add value to all segments of our members,” said Fred Geschwill, president of the Hop Research Council. “Having been involved in the public breeding effort for the last decade, I can honestly say this is the most exciting development the program has ever seen.”

The research will prioritize breeding efforts in four areas: sensory requirements as determined by the Brewers Association through a collaborative and participatory brewer and industry stakeholder program; improved downy mildew resistance; improved powdery mildew resistance; and improved agronomic performance compared to existing aroma cultivars.

“The Brewers Association’s pledge to support USDA breeding efforts for new hop varieties clearly demonstrates its long-term commitment to the brewing and hop industries,” added Bryan and Judy Thoet, co-technical directors at the Hop Research Council. “This partnership ultimately supports hop growers, hop processors and breweries by providing additional energy to maintain the international competitiveness of the U.S. industry.”

“The hop grower community has had a long association with public hop breeding and genetics programs. Due to declining federal and state support of research in recent years, these programs have become increasingly difficult to maintain without infusion of private support. The Brewers Association’s leadership will take this program to the next level and make it a reality,” said Ann George, executive director of Hop Growers of America and the Washington Hop Commission. “This a phenomenal step forward for the U.S. hop industry to maintain and expand programs as we move into the future.”

With the agreement signed, the USDA will move forward to hire a professional breeder and an operating partner facility will be secured.

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. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Altstadt Brewery adds Altbier to year-round lineup of authentic German beers

November 10, 2017 - 4:03pm

Latest year-round beer from new Central Texas brewery available now

(Fredericksburg, TX) – Altstadt Brewery, an independent Central Texas-based maker of authentic German-style beers made with only four premium ingredients, today announces the availability of the brand’s latest year-round brew, Altbier. Available now on draft throughout Altstadt’s distribution territory, Altbier (4.8% ABV) is the third beer to join the brand’s lineup during its inaugural year of production.

Consistent with Altstadt’s Kölsch and Lager beers, Altbier is brewed in accordance to the historic 16th century German beer purity laws and is made using just German hops, barley and yeast, and artesian deep well water found on its 100-acre property in the historic German settlement town of Fredericksburg, Texas

“Each Altstadt beer is brewed to be the most authentic representation of its style that you can find outside of Germany. For the Altbier, that meant importing authentic Altbier ingredients from Germany and treating our water to match the Düsseldorf region’s pH levels and mineral content,” said Peter Köstler, brewmaster at Altstadt Brewery. Köstler, a native German, holds a Masters of Science in Brewing and Beverage Technology from the Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan. “Our Altbier finds a great balance between a rich, caramel flavor and toffee notes from the malt. Even though it is our darkest beer, Altstadt’s purity standards give the Altbier a very clean, easy-to-drink finish.”

Altstadt’s strive for German authenticity extends beyond ingredients and into the equipment selected for its, which features two hand-picked brewing systems imported from Germany including the nation’s only copper plated Rolec automated brewhouse. The latest Rolec brewing technology, utilized for its ability to consistently brew the brand’s mainstay beers, is accompanied by a 1940’s Kaspar Schulz brewhouse for Köstler to hand craft the brewery’s limited releases.

“We’re very proud of what we are building and brewing here in Fredericksburg, Texas. Altstadt blends Old World brewing techniques with some of the industry’s latest innovative technology,” said William Scripps, Jr., vice president and general manager of Altstadt Brewery. “When someone tours Altstadt, they will experience an authentic German brewery and see some equipment that’s typically only found at larger, national breweries.

Slated for a summer 2018 grand opening, Altstadt’s Old World-inspired 100-acre destination brewery will feature a fine dining restaurant, a large biergarten and elegant wedding and event spaces.

Altstadt Brewery’s products are currently distributed throughout Central Texas markets including Austin, College Station, San Antonio and Waco.

ABOUT ALTSTADT BREWERY
Altstadt Brewery is an authentic Old World German-style destination brewery dedicated to making the purest, easy-drinking beers guided by the German beer purity laws of 1516. Opening in summer 2018, Altstadt Brewery is located in the historic German settlement town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Altstadt’s beers are brewed using only four premium ingredients – hops, malt, and yeast imported from Germany and artesian spring water. First released in April 2017, Altstadt’s lineup of year-round beers – Altbier, Kölsch and Lager – can be found throughout Central Texas including the Austin, San Antonio, College Station and Waco markets. For more information, visit altstadtbeer.com

Societe Holiday Food Drive and Barrel-Aged Beer Discount Program returns on Nov. 20

November 10, 2017 - 3:56pm

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Societe Brewing Aims to Collect Over 23,000 Pounds of Food for San Diegans

San Diego brewery offering multiple discounts and incentives in an effort to surpass record-breaking 2016 holiday food drive collection total for San Diego Food Bank

(San Diego, CA) — Last year, Kearny Mesa-based Societe Brewing Company collected a whopping 23,193 pounds of provisions for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, earning a Corporate Partner Award from the non-profit organization for the second straight year. The 2016 drive saw an overwhelming 366% increase in donations from the previous year’s campaign as a result of an array of innovative beer-related incentives presented to Societe patrons. Among those were a limited-edition $50 beer being sold to individuals who donated 50 pounds of food for a mere $5, offering $1 off all beers to customers who donated any amount from the Food Bank’s “most-needed items” list, and permanently decreasing the price of the brewery’s bottled barrel-aged beers from $20 to $18. Though challenging, the brewery will attempt to collect even more food than last year and, again, it will use its beer as a catalyst for good will.

“The results of last year’s food drive surpassed our wildest hopes,” says Lorah Smith, Societe’s Director of Charitable Giving. “That time around, we mainly focused on a single barrel-aged beer, but this year we’re expanding our discounts to involve all of the bottled, barrel-aged beers we have in stock, including two 2016 vintages and a newly released barrel-aged blonde ale.”

From November 20 through December 31, Societe is lowering the price of all of its $17-$18 barrel-aged beers to just $5 if customers donate 25 pounds of food, translating to one discount bottle for every 25 pounds someone contributes. This deal will be applied to one barrel-aged Societe “Feral” ale per week over the course of the drive (see schedule on following page). Additionally, Societe will once again take $1 off all full-beer orders for patrons who donate any amount of food from the most-needed list the day of their donation. The following is the San Diego Food Bank’s most-needed items list:

· Canned Meats & Tuna

· Canned Soups

· Canned Fruits & Vegetables

· Canned or Dried Beans

· Dry Cereal

· Rice

· Macaroni & Cheese

· Spaghetti

· Infant Formula

· Peanut Butter

· Powdered Milk

“It would be easy to give our egos a boost by pretending our beer is the sole reason we raised more than 11 tons of food last year, but we know that it really came down to the generous spirit of San Diegans who wanted to make a positive difference for our friends and neighbors in need,” says Societe CEO Douglas Constantiner. “It’s about them and their kindness, not us. We just try to provide a fun way to reward people for doing the right thing and lending a hand to folks who can use it. Whether we collect 25,000 pounds this year, or 2,500, the needle will be moved in the right direction…but 25,000 pounds sure would be something!”

To that end, if the total from 2016’s drive is surpassed, Societe will take $1 off all full-beer orders for all customers the entire month of January 2018. The Holiday Food Drive is a cornerstone of Societe Gives Back, the company’s year-round program, which sees it team with monthly charity partners, assist local factions of national campaigns such as Ales for ALS and Pints for Prostates, and assist humanitarian causes in a variety of other ways. Information on Societe Gives Back can be found on the company’s website.

quick facts

Time Frame: Monday, November 20 – Sunday, December 31, 2017
Partner: Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Incentives
· $5 Bottles of Barrel-Aged Beers: Every 25 pounds of food contributed entitles donors to purchase one bottle of the Societe Feral ale being offered at a reduced price for that particular week (see schedule at right) for the discounted price of $5 (versus the normal price of $17-$18/bottle).
· $1 Off All Beers for a Day: Food donation of any quantity entitles donors to $1 off all full-beer purchases on date of donation.
· $1 Off All Beers for a Month: If Societe surpasses last year’s donation total of 23,193 pounds of food, it will offer $1 off all full pours to customers for the entire month of January 2018.

Weekly Discounted Feral Ale Schedule:
· November 20-26: The Urchin Feral Ale with Cranberries (2016 vintage, retail price: $18)
· November 27-December 3: The Swindler Feral Blonde Ale (new vintage, retail price: $18)
· December 4-10: The Highbinder Feral Ale with Raspberries (retail price: $17)
· December 11-17: The Thief Feral Ale with Locally Grown Grenache Blanc Grapes (retail price: $18)
· December 18-24: The Highwayman Pale Ale with Brettanomyces (retail price: $17)
· December 25-31: The Savage Feral Dark Ale with Cherries (2016 vintage, retail price: $18)

History: This is Societe’s fifth year partnering with Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. In 2013, Societe’s drive resulted in collection of 263 pounds of food. In 2014, the brewery collected 633 pounds, followed by 4,972 pounds in 2015, and an astonishing 23,193 pounds in 2016. The company was honored with a Community Partner Award and Corporate Partner Award in 2015 and 2016, respectively. In addition to the Holiday Food Drive, Societe employees volunteer their time at the Food Bank’s headquarters in Miramar.
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ABOUT SOCIETE BREWING COMPANY: An independently-owned-and-operated production brewery founded by a pair of professional brewers in 2012, Societe Brewing Company produces an array of almost-exclusively draft offerings ranging from hoppy “Out West” ales, to Belgian-inspired and continental “Old World” ales and lagers, and dark “Stygian” beers. The brewery also features a 1,500-square-foot, temperature-controlled room housing used wine barrels filled with a maturing stock of “Feral” (barrel-aged sour) ales. Proud to be part of the hotbed of brewing innovation that is San Diego, California, Societe distributes its beers to finer bars and beer-centric restaurants and retailers throughout its home county. The brewery has earned medals in multiple style categories at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and San Diego International Beer Festival competitions, and its multifarious portfolio of beers includes The Pupil and The Apprentice IPAs, The Coachman Really Small IPA, The Statesman Pale Ale, The Harlot Belgian-style Blonde Ale, The Heiress Czech-style Pilsner, The Pugilist Dry Stout and The Butcher Imperial Stout. For more information, visit the company’s official website—www.societebrewing.com—or follow Societe via social media on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@societebrewing).​

New Belgium La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale with coffee just debuted

November 10, 2017 - 3:34pm

Brewery’s iconic dark sour ale combined with the world’s most sought-after coffee available in select markets now

(Fort Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing’s latest special release, La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale, blends the much sought-after Panama Geisha coffee with New Belgium’s award-winning La Folie. The result? An elegant, dark sour ale that celebrates the artistry and passion behind two of the world’s most beloved liquids.

Geisha’s journey begins in Panama at Hacienda La Esmeralda, where the Peterson family grows the coveted Geisha coffee. Whole roasted Geisha beans are added to the sour ale, preserving the coffee’s brilliant mandarin and soft jasmine floral notes which play nicely with the sour plum and cocoa flavors synonymous with La Folie.

“La Folie is the sour that launched our wood beer program nearly 20 years ago, and as we reimagine our specialty portfolio, we’re revisiting many of our most-loved and acclaimed beers, presenting them in new and unique ways,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium specialty brand manager. “This take on La Folie is adventurous – reminiscent of coffee’s silky, rich attributes but counterbalanced with the bright, complexity of a foeder-aged sour. This will be the most expensive beer we’ve ever made, and it’s so very worth it.”

A custom blend of Colorado-grown malted barley and wheat from Fort Collins based Troubadour Maltings boosts the foam and marries all of the flavors, bringing the sweet, floral notes to the forefront. The beer was bottled on nitrogen for a soft, velvet-like mouthfeel and body, and is recommended to be served chilled and fresh (not cellared).

New Belgium partnered with Fellow B Corp, Sustainable Harvest out of Portland, OR, who brokered the coffee deal. A portion of proceeds from the beer will contribute to a grant that will distribute climate resistant coffee varietals to small scale coffee farmers across the globe.

La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha is 7.9% ABV and available in 750mL bottles in select markets while supplies last. To find it, along with others from New Belgium, visit the Beer Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app.

For more information, visit NewBelgium.com/Geisha.

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

About Troubador Maltings
Troubadour Maltings is a craft malthouse built by Steve Clark and Christopher Schooley, who work with independent cereal seed growers throughout Northern Colorado to produce and secure grain for the development of unique, character driven malts that can inspire the wildest imaginations of the brewers, distillers, and enthusiasts of craft beers and spirits. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Troubadour is dedicated to fostering community and conversation through storytelling and raw materials production with intent and creativity.

About Hacienda La Esmeralda
The lands that make up Hacienda La Esmeralda where first brought together as a single estate by a Swede named Hans Elliot in 1940. Coffee had been growing on lands in and around Hacienda La Esmeralda since at least, 1890, and it was this huge reservoir of coffee knowledge and culture that helped the Petersons redevelop much of their land for coffee farming and even make their first coffee farm expansion at Palmira in 1988. It was a happenstance of altitude and lot separation that discovered Geisha’s amazing flavors and aromatics.

About Sustainable Harvest
Sustainable Harvest is a B Corp certified green coffee importer based in Portland, Oregon focused on specialty coffee from smallholder producers in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It pioneered the “relationship coffee” model, bringing transparency to the coffee supply chain by building long-term relationships directly with coffee growers and specialty coffee roasters in the Americas, Europe and Australia. It works with more than 200,000 coffee farmers to boost their incomes and improve their quality of life through increased market knowledge, engagement in the coffee supply chain, and adoption of healthier, more sustainable growing practices — all while sourcing consistently high-quality coffee that consumers love.

About the Bean Cycle
Bean Cycle was founded in 2004 by three siblings, Chas, Lesley, and Penelope. We are passionate about coffee, our community and sustaining what we believe in. After graduating from CSU it was difficult to leave our beloved Fort Collins, so we stayed and built something we believed strongly in; an ecological, social, and economical business based on developing our craft for coffee. We get excited about the complexities of our coffees and creating coffee experiences for everyone who walks through our door.

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