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Jackalope and MadTree create Craft Brewers Conference collab, “Phone-A-Friend”

April 20, 2018 - 12:44pm

[Photo Credit: MadTree Brewing]

Jackalope and MadTree Blind Date Turns into CBC Collaboration

A chance meeting quickly blossomed into a collaboration beer with help from industry friends

(Cincinnati, OH) – Nashville’s Jackalope Brewing and Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing stumbled upon a friendship that quickly lead to a collaboration Pale Ale, Phone-A-Friend. The two breweries were first introduced through shared vendor partner, W.M. Sprinkmann Corp., that manufactured both breweries brewhouse equipment.

After a couple of beers, the two realized they had just become friends and the Jackalope folks invited themselves over to brew at MadTree. According to MadTree co-founder, Brady Duncan, “It was cool. I checked with my mom and they could stay the night.” Happy to oblige this newly formed friendship, the idea of Phone-A-Friend was concocted and brewed in time for the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville.

To create the beer, the duo tapped their shared partners at Sprinkmann, Briess Malts, and Crosby Hop Farm to join them with each bringing something to the party. The beer was brewed on MadTree’s 100BBL Sprinkmann brewhouse, used Briess Malts’ Vienna and Dark Munich 30L, and was loaded with Nugget, Centennial, and Amarillo hops from Crosby. The result is a crushable pale ale packed with tropical fruit hop flavors that is perfect for hanging out with friends, new and old.

Six-packs and draft will be available around Nashville and Middle Tennessee beginning Monday, April 23 and there will be a special Craft Brewers Conference kick-off party on Monday, April 30 at Jackalope Brewing Company (701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN) featuring BeerAdvocate, MadTree, and Weyerbacher.

“Part of the magic of this beer may have come from a very late night of Japanese-style karaoke the night before the brew day, but mostly it’s all the good people involved,” said Bailey Spaulding, Jackalope CEO and brewmaster.

“You have to love how throwing back a few pints can bring people together to forge new friendships – and hangovers,” said Brady Duncan, MadTree co-founder. “This collaboration is just another example of beer building community and community building beer.”

[Photo Credit: MadTree Brewing]

About Jackalope Brewing Company

Jackalope Brewing Company is a Nashville, TN based craft brewery that first opened its doors in 2011 and launched distribution in Nashville in January 2012. Having begun as a pipe dream of co-founder Bailey Spaulding (a firm believer in the existence of jackalopes) while she attended Vanderbilt Law School, Jackalope encourages people to always believe in themselves, while also believing in awesome beer. The brewery’s approach of putting their own twist on classic styles, as well as their penchant for mischief and dedication to community involvement has established Jackalope as part of the fabric Nashville’s craft beer culture. Jackalope brews are now available throughout Middle Tennessee, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Clarksville. Jackalope is currently building out a second, larger facility in Nashville, that will allow them to expand their distribution to more areas in Tennessee and who knows, maybe even beyond. For more information, please visit

About MadTree Brewing Company

Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing made history when they opened in 2013 by becoming the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in Ohio. When it comes to brewing, they have carved their own path. They mix. They mash. They methodically bring quality beer to life, and have fun doing it. Demand from the growing community keeps MadTree motivated and moving. In return, they make nothing but the best beer and opened their new production brewery and taproom in February 2017. They are founded and continue to grow on the notion that beer builds community builds and community builds beer. MadTree distributes its beers throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Middle and Eastern Tennessee. For more information about the beers, brewery, and taproom, visit or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Left Hand Juicy Goodness Golden Ale now available as newest year-rounder

April 19, 2018 - 4:07pm

(Longmont, CO) – Left Hand Brewing Co. has released their newest year-round beer, Juicy Goodness, a 5.5% ABV dry-hopped golden ale. It has a medium-light body and exemplifies a beer that is both easy drinkin’ and full of fruity hop flavors.

Juicy Goodness is brewed with Azacca and Ekuanot hops and dry-hopped with Mosaic. The hop combination is bursting with juicy tropical and citrus notes. “Bright, citrus hops explode in the bouquet and on the palate of this slightly hazy and low bitterness golden ale,” said Matt “Truck” Thrall, Director of Brewing. “Juicy Goodness was brewed for those times when you want an abundance of hops, but not a lot of alcohol or bitterness.”

Available in 6-pack cans and draft, Juicy Goodness is hitting Left Hand’s 41 state distribution footprint just in time for spring and summer. It is the third new year-round beer released in 2018, following previous releases of Left Hand IPA and Death Before Disco porter.

Juicy Goodness YEAR-ROUND
Dry-hopped golden ale
Hazy golden ale with tropical and citrus flavors from fruity hops. 5.5% ABV 29 IBU Keg, 6pk 12oz Cans

Good Things Hoppin’: Down The Road Beer Co. to release its first-ever Triple IPA

April 19, 2018 - 3:02pm

[Down the Road Brewery in Everett Massachusetts / Photo Credit: BeerPulse]

(Everett, MA) – Good Things Hoppin’ takes center state at this month’s Brew Chef Project event

Down The Road’s Brew Chef Project kicked off with a bang thanks to the absolutely off the chain preparations by Toro and Little Donkey. However, we’ve never been the kind of brewery to rest on its laurels, so we’re coming in hot with another round of delicious beer and food pairings. On Tuesday, April 24th, Executive Chef Derek Barragan from Boston’s W Hotel will be serving up creative, beer-inspired plates at Down The Road’s Everett taproom.

The next small batch brew is Good Things Hoppin’ – a triple IPA and the first of its kind produced by DTR. Uplifted by a juicy bouquet of Galaxy, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe, this hoppy booze bomb clocks in at 11% ABV. A hearty helping of oats and wheat imbues Good Things Hoppin’ with a gorgeous haze, and it’s finished with the same proprietary yeast blend we used in our popular Sunna Double IPA. This beer will be paired with The W’s main course for the Brew Chef Project, and it will be available for a limited time at our taproom after the dinner.

Tickets start at $50 and include four courses, each of which is paired with a 5-oz. beer sample, and full pours are available at the bar. Our last Brew Chef dinner sold out quickly, so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance of the event.

More info about the Brew Chef Project event – and tickets for purchase – can be found here.

Pelican Brewing’s “IPA Flight” debuts as its first-ever mixed IPA pack

April 19, 2018 - 2:42pm

Pelican offers fellow fanatics a mixed IPA 12-pack to explore and compare the wide spectrum of IPA flavors inherent in Beak Bender, Beak Breaker and Mosaic

(Pacific City, OR) — Pelican Brewing Company this month delights fellow fanatics with a special pack of IPAs to explore a delicious spectrum of hop flavors and aromas. The new Pelican mixed IPA 12-pack showcases a medley of unique IPA styles with Beak Bender Hoppinated India Pale Ale, Beak Breaker Double India Pale Ale and Mosaic Single Hop India Pale Ale playing lead roles—now available on the craft beer aisle.

“We wanted to offer IPA fans a journey through some really interesting flavors—all in one pack,” says Jim Prinzing, chief executive officer, Pelican Brewing Company. “Beak Bender and Beak Breaker are our newest—and very well-received—IPA brews. Coupled with one of our seasonal favorites, Mosaic, we think we’ve got a unique lineup of IPA styles to explore.”

Beak Bender exemplifies what brewers are calling the ‘ultimate IPA.’ Pelican turned to two bold, flavorful hop varieties and used its proprietary dry hopping device ‘The Hoppinator’ to rend every molecule of flavor and aroma. Bountiful quantities of Citra and El Dorado hops bring aromas and flavors reminiscent of luminous citrus and zesty orange balanced against a lean malt bill with subtle toasty notes creating an astoundingly drinkable experience. It won’t break your beak, but it might bend it a little:

ABV: 6.7% | IBU: 65 | PLATO: 14.5º

What do hopheads love about hops? Great big punchy hop aromas that Pelican has been packing into beer for over 20 years. Beak Breaker is the brewery’s newest homage to aromatic innovation. With massive additions of Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops this beer delivers a bright citrus-tropical aroma with notes of ruby red grapefruit and sweet pine, blasting the olfactory sense just enough to break your beak:

ABV: 9% | IBU: 90 | PLATO: 18º

This unique Pelican trio of IPAs is rounded out with Mosaic. To showcase the glory of the Mosaic hop, Pelican brewers built a simple malt bill of two-row malted barley and a touch of malted wheat—then added loads of the prized flower. This minimalist approach allows the incredible tropical citrus hop aromas and sweet pine hop flavors to come through with clarity and focus. On the finish, the clean bitterness is balanced by just enough malt character to ensure that the next sip is a foregone conclusion:

ABV: 7% | IBU: 65 | PLATO: 15º

Pelican’s first-ever mixed IPA 12-pack is now available indefinitely on the craft beer aisle of grocery stores and specialty shops. Cheers!

For a comprehensive review of all award-winning Pelican beer offerings click here.

About Pelican Brewing Company

Pelican Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by Jeff Schons and Mary Jones in Pacific City with Oregon’s only oceanfront brewpub. Celebrating its 21st year, the brewing company has created masterpieces like Kiwanda Cream Ale, India Pelican Ale, MacPelican’s Scottish Ale, Tsunami Stout and Doryman’s Dark. With the vision, creativity and brewing expertise of founding brewmaster Darron Welch, Pelican Brewing has won over 450 awards including a Silver Medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, 2014 World Beer Cup© Champion Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year. Pelican Brewing currently distributes 22oz bottles, 12oz bottles in 6-packs, a new mixed 12-pack, and 50 liter and 20 liter kegs via a network of distributors in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Hawaii. The company operates brewing and brewpub facilities in Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach.

For more information, visit Pelican Brewing Company.

Jester King / Bruery Terreux Sacred Vessel debuts on April 20th

April 19, 2018 - 1:45pm

(Austin, TX) – Jester King Brewery announces the release of its third collaboration with Bruery Terreux. More below from Jester King’s media blast on Thursday…


We are excited to introduce our newest release Sacred Vessel — a collaboration with Bruery Terreux. This is our third collaboration with Bruery Terreux (the others being Bouffon and Imperial Cabinet) but the first to be made here at Jester King. Sacred Vessel is a barrel-aged beer inspired by Greek Retsina wine with rosemary from the Jester King farm and refermented with foot-stomped Roussanne and Viognier grapes from California.

At Jester King, we are keen on incorporating techniques from other industries and marrying them to create something interesting and unique. Winemaking in particular is where we adopt many of our processes. In fact, as far as we are aware, we were the first brewery in the United States to use winemaking’s punchdown technique to allow for more extraction of color and flavor in our fruited beers. We have found that we tend to have more in common with wine makers than brewers in many respects.

For Sacred Vessel, we incorporated one of the world’s oldest winemaking techniques — foot stomping! Foot stomping has mostly disappeared in industrial winemaking and been replaced by mechanical crushing, but can still be found by smaller wine producers and especially natural winemakers. This type of maceration produces enough human pressure to break the grape skins but is also gentle enough to not break the seeds (which would lead to a more astringent taste). Foot stomping also invigorates fermentation and allows for human intuition to control when to stop crushing.

This wine-like beer was inspired by Greek Retsina — a white wine traditionally made in barrels or amphorae that were lined with pine resin. As part of our collaboration, Jeremy Grinkey of Bruery Terreux sourced 1,000 pounds each of hand-harvested Roussanne and Viognier grapes from California. The grapes were quick frozen as whole clusters to be safely transported to Jester King. Once they arrived, we put the grapes into one of our foudres, where we foot-stomped them prior to adding mature, barrel-aged sour beer to begin the refermentation.

After refermention was complete, the beer was racked to stainless steel and a small amount of rosemary harvested from the Jester King farm was added to the tank to create a flavor reminiscent of the pine resin character of Retsina. As noted by Averie, “The resultant beer is super interesting and incredibly wine-like! The rosemary is present but very soft and integrates well with the flavors of the grapes and the base beer.”

Sacred Vessel will be released at Jester King on Friday, April 20th at 4pm when our tasting room opens. It was packaged on February 1st, 2018. At the time of bottling, Sacred Vessel was 9.5% alcohol by volume, 7.5 IBU, 3.86 pH, and 0.998 specific gravity. It will be sold exclusively at the brewery and will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$26). We have 1,600 bottles available with a bottle limit of six per customer per day. Aside from special events, Sacred Vessel will only be available at our tasting room.

New Realm Brewing purchases brewing equipment from former Green Flash Virginia plant

April 19, 2018 - 1:26pm

(Atlanta, GA) – Following its successful launch onto the craft beer scene in the heart of Atlanta, New Realm Brewing Company is taking steps to expand its brewing capacity. The southeast based craft brewery, founded by Carey Falcone, Bob Powers and Mitch Steele, recently purchased brewing equipment located at the former Green Flash Brewing Company facility in Virginia Beach. New Realm is currently exploring options for the location of the equipment and a potential new taproom.

“This equipment presents an incredible opportunity to expand our capacity in a meaningful way while staying committed to our roots,” said Carey Falcone, CEO and co-founder of New Realm Brewing. “New Realm is proud to be part of the Atlanta community and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve more New Realm fans.”

“We continue to invest in our Beltline brewery and restaurant with additional team members and new 60-bbl expansion tanks. But the reality is that, thanks to the incredible support of New Realm’s patrons and fans in Atlanta, we are capacity and space constrained in our current location,” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and co-founder of New Realm Brewing. “We are excited about the ways this new equipment and capacity will enable us to deliver the same high-quality beers while increasing our ability to innovate and create new beers for local fans.”

“This equipment acquisition is a unique opportunity to meet growing demand, while continuing to focus on quality and consistency. This new equipment will allow our team to brew even more of the beer that we feel passionate about,” said Chief Commercial Officer and co-founder, Bob Powers.

New Realm is focused on positively impacting the communities in which it operates, and maintains a firm commitment to environmental sustainability, supporting local, independent craft communities and the art and science of great craft brewing.

New Realm beers are currently available at its Beltline brewery and restaurant, as well as bars throughout Atlanta and select retail locations in Georgia. The brewery and restaurant is located at 550 Somerset Terrace NE (30306) with reservations accepted via OpenTable on New Realm’s website. For a complete list of hours, information on private events and public tours, as well as additional information, visit

About New Realm Brewing
New Realm Brewing Company is an American craft brewery started in 2016 by co-founders Carey Falcone, Bob Powers and Mitch Steele. On a mission to rethink tradition and bend the rules, the team planted their first production facility in a 20,000-square foot space on Atlanta’s east side Beltline trail, featuring a 25hl brewhouse, 3,000 square foot restaurant, rooftop patio and beer garden. Renaissance man and brewing legend, Mitch Steele received the Russell Scherer Award for Innovation in Brewing in 2014 and co-authored the book IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale in 2012. New Realm Brewing’s core principles are quality, creativity, authenticity, and striving for perfection, all with a customer-centric commitment and approach.

Rhinegeist Slow Jam IPA returns on Record Store Day, April 21st

April 19, 2018 - 12:54pm

(Cincinnati, OH) – Listen local. The festivities will kick off at 8am on 4/21 at Shake It with 500+ limited Record Store Day releases, the first tapping of our Rhinegeist Slow Jam IPA and plenty of new merch, including Slow Jam slipmats, RSD t-shirts, button packs, and pint glasses. Bring a can donation and snag 10% off your purchase.

For the fourth year running, we’re teaming up with the vinyl virtuosos at Shake It Records for a Record Store Day get down in Northside.

There will be lots of live music throughout the day, as well. Get geared up for performances from Theanimalcrackers, Mr. Dibbs, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, Lung & the Ben Levin Group!

About Rhinegeist

Rhinegeist Brewery is located in the Over The Rhine historical district in Cincinnati, Ohio. We brewed our first batch on June 8th 2013. We believe in the power of beer to bring great people together, foment fantastic ideas, and build a community that values craft beer and one another. Rhinegeist means “Ghost of the Rhine,” and refers to our place here in the historic Brewery District in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Within these unique and historic walls, we brew batches of beer that sing with flavor and delight us.

Medalla Light Beer now available in Florida

April 19, 2018 - 12:24pm

Cervecera de Puerto Rico’s flagship beer is available in over 200 establishments in Florida.

(Orlando, FL) – Medalla Light, Puerto Rico’s top-selling light beer brand, arrived in Florida this month ready to reconnect with its many fans in the Puerto Rican community, while making new ones among beer lovers from all backgrounds.

Award-winning Cervecera de Puerto Rico, which has crafted Medalla Light for 80 years, teamed up with Orlando-based Titan Products of Puerto Rico for wide distribution of the product in Florida. Titan’s portfolio has more than 60 Puerto Rican brands, including Titan, La Aguadillana, Sofrito Montero, Marvel, Serranito, Indulac and Lotus juices.

“This is something many Puerto Ricans in the diaspora have been yearning for,” said Grace Marie Valdés, president of Cervecera de Puerto Rico. “For them, Medalla is more than just a beer, it is a flavorful connection to their beloved island that brings back memories of beach outings with family and friends. It is an honor to bring to them the brewing tradition my family began eight decades ago.”

Medalla Light is available at 60 Walmart stores and Walmart Neighborhood Supermarket, Sam’s Club, Sedano’s Supermarkets and Winn-Dixie stores across the Central Florida. It can also be found in selected establishments in South Florida and Jacksonville.

“Medalla Light is iconic,” said Rafael Juliá, Titan Products of Puerto Rico’s director of sales and marketing. “It is probably the one Puerto Rican product that boricuas in Florida have missed and yearned for the most. It is an honor and a great achievement to incorporate Medalla Light to our expansive portfolio.”

Jorge Bracero, Cervecera de Puerto Rico’s chief marketing officer, said the company has gone through great lengths to make sure flavor, freshness and quality remain intact in the importation process.

“This is the same Medalla Light we enjoy in the island,” Bracero said. “Same taste, same refreshing qualities. We are also making it affordable to all, so that our customers can buy it in Florida for a price similar to what they pay for it in Puerto Rico rather than paying imported beer prices.”

Medalla Light is available in 10-ounce six can packs and 12 packs, and has 98 calories, three carbohydrates, and 4.2% alcohol per volume. It is best known for its golden color, premium ingredients and a clean, refined taste. The beer pairs well with a wide variety of cuisines or as a standalone light adult beverage. Moreover, Medalla Light has won multiple global awards in major beer competitions, including Monde Selection in Brussels, the North American Beer Awards and the Australian International Beer Awards.

Cervecera de Puerto Rico is a family-owned business founded in 1937 in Mayaguez, in Puerto Rico’s western coast. The company also owns Malta India, a non-alcoholic malt-based soft drink very popular in the Caribbean and readily available in Florida.

West Palm Beach Brewery jumps into DACA political arena with Dreamers Lager

April 19, 2018 - 11:39am

West Palm Beach, FL – The West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault is jumping into the DACA political arena with the May 2nd release of its Dreamers Lager, a Mexican lager made for Cinco de Mayo.

“I know that politics can be risky business,” says owner John Pankauski. “But I felt this was too important in issue to remain silent on.”

Pankauski should know. His grandparents immigrated from Poland and Lithuania at the turn of the last century with no money, no skills and unable to speak English. They suffered discrimination from those who saw European immigrants as a threat.

“Sound familiar?” Pankauski sarcastically asks.

Pankauski originally wanted to craft a simple Mexican lager. And then it hit him: he would craft a beer that was bigger than just a tap pull. He would create a beer with a message.

“People risk their lives in boats, hiking over fields and desserts, to make a better life for themselves and their families– who can fault them for that,” asks Pankauski. “In South Florida, we have many people from the Caribbean, and Central and South America who, like my grandparents, arrived by ships or rafts dreaming of a better life. Ponce de Leon was one of our first immigrants in the 1500s. Whether you’re from Spain, Poland, Syria or Haiti, we are all immigrants.”

Pankauski created a special image, which will be on a limited edition, Dreamers T-shirt available for free to the first 50 people who purchase a glass of Dreamers Lager and use the special code “I am a Dreamer, too.”

This Lager’s image has Lady Liberty at the center, surrounded by barley, hops, Monarch butterflies, and a raft full of people. Pankauski chose a raft as an image rather than an immigrant ship which his grandparents arrived on. The message is obvious: “Regardless of how you got here, we are all in the same boat today.”

“A Monarch butterfly migrates from Mexico to the USA. Some believe that the Monarch has a spiritual connection to Cinco de Mayo. It will serve as an important symbol,” says Pankauski. “After all, coming here, working hard, and making it is who we are. That’s our spirit. It’s not an immigration issue. It’s a Patriotic issue. We should support those who make the journey that our ancestors made before.”

Mexican Lager has a unique style and flavor characteristics, influenced by a Vienna lager, most probably by German and Austrian immigrants who arrived in Texas and Mexico in the 1800’s. Craft brewers put their own touch on the Mexican Lager.

“Our Dreamers Lager is brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malt, flaked maize, and organic blue agave nectar to add a touch of honey-like sweetness to a light, crisp, refreshing brew which we have laagered for weeks. You will taste freedom. I guarantee,” boasts Pankauski.

You can try a Dreamers Lager beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. It’s only offered at the brewery.

On Saturday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo, Pankauski will donate 100% of all gross sale proceeds of the first 100 Dreamers Lager he sells that day to Americans for Immigrant Justice,, based in Miami and Washington, DC. Americans for Immigrant Justice’s mission and vision is to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants and to bring about an American society where immigrants are not subjected to abuse or injustice; are not afraid to seek help; have a fair opportunity to make their case in the system that governs them; and have their contributions valued and encouraged.

The West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault is located at 332 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

The West Palm Brewery has a production facility and tap room on site, indoor and outdoor (shaded) seating, and offers craft beer made right here©, limited production, premium and super-premium wine in The Vault, its Napa Valley tasting room and wine shop, as well as made-2-order food in its Intracoastal Kitchen.

mike’s HARDER brand and Deadpool 2 form marketing partnership around upcoming film

April 19, 2018 - 11:18am

Chicago, IL – Hold on to your chimichangas, mike’s HARDER teams up with everyone’s favorite anti-hero leading up to the release of “Deadpool 2.” The unique partnership spans multiple consumer touchpoints including film product placement, exclusive in-theater content, co-branded digital ads and exclusive experiences for fans.

For the first time, fans 21 years old and older will get to experience Wade Wilson’s favorite mercenary hangout – the iconic Sister Margaret’s School for Wayward Girls – at the HARDER adaptation of Sister Margaret’s Pop-up Experiences in New York City and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles event will be conducted by and for the benefit of DTLA Film Festival, a nonprofit organization.

For three nights, fans will get to place their bets in the “Dead Pool,” play on the iconic Sister Margaret’s pool table and mingle with mercenaries. Exclusive HARDER-Deadpool 2 flavors will be served and some of Wade’s favorite snacks will be provided – West Coasters can enjoy chimichangas, while Brooklynites can chow down on pizza. Leading up to each event, locals can catch the exclusive Sister Margaret’s video hitting late night TV in both New York City and Los Angeles.

NYC: Alligator Lounge, April 26-28, 7 PM – 11:30 PM
LA: Slipper Clutch, May 10-12, 7 PM – 11:30 PM

“Deadpool and HARDER make a perfect duo – they are both bold, provocative, and unapologetically take risks. This partnership hits the spot just right, “said Sanjiv Gajiwala, senior vice president of marketing, Mike’s Hard Lemonade. “Just like HARDER, Deadpool doesn’t just live a little, he lives a lot. If he sees a chance, he takes two. He doesn’t wait for one door to open, he kicks them all down.”

“We loved working with mike’s HARDER on the first movie and are excited to see this epic relationship continue to grow. The mike’s HARDER team has really had fun crafting this campaign!” said Zachary Eller, executive vice president of marketing partnerships, 20th Century Fox.

To celebrate the partnership and commemorate the release of the sequel, 12 HARDER flavor cans will be emblazoned with the “Deadpool 2” limited-edition collectible packaging and slogans including, “Any HARDER and it wouldn’t be liquid,” “Nice cans,” and “Not your grandma’s sauce.” The flavors include Lemonade, Strawberry, Cranberry, Purple Grape, Black Cherry and Blood Orange, and are available through June in 16oz and 23.5oz HARDER cans, as well as variety packs.

As part of the partnership, HARDER is also offering fans the chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to a “Deadpool 2 red carpet event as well as an all-expense paid trip for two to a comic convention in San Diego this July. Visit for sweepstakes rules and details.

Exclusive HARDER-Deadpool content is currently airing in 1,267 theaters nationwide starting in advance of R-rated movies, and co-branded digital ads will go live on April 17.

About mike’s HARDER
To find mike’s HARDER near you, please visit or learn more at @HARDER on Twitter, or @harderlemonade on Instagram.

mike’s HARDER is hard. So Is Prison. Don’t Drive Drunk® Premium Malt Beverage ©2018 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. Chicago, IL

About “Deadpool 2”
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

About Twentieth Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.

Newport Craft Rhode Rage Double IPA cans hit the streets

April 19, 2018 - 10:04am

Rhode Rage – Tired of Being Cut Off?

(Newport, RI) – This week we are releasing Rhode Rage, an unfiltered Double IPA. Blends of Mosaic and Citra hops add a punch of juicy hop flavor. Pale malts and oats allow for a drinkable, light body with a rounder-mouth feel. Aroma features sweet notes of apricot and tangerine, as well as a subtle stone fruit.

This smooth Double IPA is arriving just in time to take along to all the great summer events we have going on in Rhode Island. At 8.5 % ABV, this refreshing, bold and juicy ale is available in 4 packs of 16-ounce cans ($16.00). Newport Craft Brewing Co. beer is available all over Rhode Island. If you don’t see it in your local liquor store, request an order from them today!

Where to Grab Rhode Rage Now **Selling out fast!
Caleb & Broad
Midtown Oyster
Pour Judgement
GPub (Providence)
Craft Burgers & Beer (Pawtucket)
Tavern 6 Two 1 (North Smithfield) – SOLD OUT IN AN HOUR AND A HALF

Looking for our beer & spirit release calendars? Visit: ( or follow Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. on Facebook and Instagram @newportcraft.

About Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company:
ABOUT THE BREWERY: Founded in 1999 by four college friends, Newport Storm Brewery was the original production craft brewery in Rhode Island. We created more than 100 distinctive beers while keeping things local and authentic. From our flagship Hurricane Amber Ale to seasonal brews made with Rhode Island grown ingredients, to beers aged in rum barrels, the brewery has been in the vanguard of craft brewing for nearly 20 years.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY: In 2006 the crew began distilling craft spirits. We were the first distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years. We currently produce whiskey, a single barrel rum, and an over-proof white rum.

A new Storm is brewing – keep an eye out for more revamped product & look in 2018.

Moosehead Pale Ale cans launch nationwide in U.S.

April 19, 2018 - 9:39am

Known as “The Beer that Built the Brewery”, Moosehead Pale Ale crosses borders this Spring

(Stamford, CT) – Moosehead Breweries is Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery – and now, for the first time, the company’s most historic beer will available across the US. Moosehead Pale Ale, the first beer to use the Moosehead name, has been brewed using the same recipe since 1933 and has built a loyal following in Canada for its inherent strength, distinctive taste and clean European character.

Starting this month, the beer will be available in 4 pack 16 oz cans, and 12oz. 15 pack cans across the United States, both on and off premise.

Moosehead Pale Ale in stores now
Moosehead Pale Ale in stores now
Moosehead Pale Ale will be available in 4pks and 15pks
Moosehead Pale Ale will be available in 4pks and 15pks

“Moosehead Pale Ale is known as ‘The Beer that Built the Brewery’, and we’re excited to bring this beloved beer to US consumers,” said Georgia Homsany, US Brand Director for Moosehead. “Pale Ale is one of the most popular styles right now in beer and we wanted to give US beer lovers the opportunity to access another product in the Moosehead family with a different taste profile. The lower IBUs make it more approachable for a variety of beer consumers.”

Moosehead Pale Ale is a sessionable, top-fermented ale, 5% ABV. Made with 100% Canadian barley, Moosehead Pale Ale features floral aromatics and warm caramel notes.

About Moosehead Breweries Limited

Moosehead Breweries Limited is headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada but traces its roots to 1867 when the Oland family started brewing beer. Today Moosehead is still family owned and is operated by the fifth and sixth generations of Oland family members. The company brews and sells its award-winning Moosehead lager across Canada, in the United States, and in a number of countries around the world.

About United States Beverage

United States Beverage (USB) is a premium craft and imported beer sales and marketing company located in Stamford, Connecticut. USB provides a national distribution network for a portfolio of premium brands.

Saint Archer Mandarina Pale Ale cans, kegs go into distribution starting April 20

April 18, 2018 - 9:48pm

Special release will be available in seven states across the Pacific region with a launch event at the tasting room this Friday

(San Diego, CA) – Saint Archer Brewing Co., a craft brewery located in San Diego, CA is pleased to announce the release of Mandarina Pale Ale in cans and on draft. The freshly canned, limited release seasonal brew will be available in 12 oz. six packs in select stores throughout California, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Arizona as well as on draft in multiple locations and the San Diego tasting room. This Friday, the community is invited to a launch event from 4-9pm at the tasting room in Miramar, which will give them the opportunity to be the first to taste this limited release.

Mandarina Pale Ale is a fruity wheat beer, using fresh lemon peel, coupled with hops from three continents in Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc, and Nelson Sauvin, to highlight the bright, citrusy character in hop forward beers. This hoppy brew is the perfect beer for summer.

Name: Mandarina Pale Ale
Stats: 5.0% ABV, 30 IBUs

Availability: Seasonal availability in cans and on draft beginning on April 20 Distribution: California, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Arizona

About Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Saint Archer Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in San Diego, CA. The brewery began operations in 2013, and currently operates in a 57,000 sq. ft., 5 vessel, 40 barrel brew house amongst a host of 120 and 400 barrel fermenters. Available in 7 states across the pacific region, with plans to expand into 2 more in the coming year, Saint Archer produces roughly 40,000 barrels of beer each year. Saint Archer has brought home a host of 15 awards, most notably the White Ale earning a Gold Medal from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.

The tasting room is located in Miramar in the heart of the expanding beer scene, open to the public 7 days a week, pouring over 18 core and specialty beer varieties, a weekly rotating cask and brewery exclusive releases.

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Knee Deep Brewing responds to Sony lawsuit over popular “Breaking Bud” beer

April 18, 2018 - 7:42pm

Auburn, CA – The Hollywood Reporter shared on Tuesday that Sony Pictures is suing Knee Deep Brewing over its Breaking Bad-inspired “Breaking Bud” beer. Breaking Bud has been a sales boon at craft beer shops since its introduction a few years ago, leading the brewery to package it in cans as well as bottles.

As Knee Deep CEO, Jerry Moore, notes in a social media post on Wednesday, however, Sony previously acknowledged the beer and appreciated the nod to the popular show. Read on below…


From our CEO, regarding our friends at Sony:

I was surprised by the unexpected lawsuit filed against us by Sony yesterday, especially after they originally contacted us many years ago touting their appreciation of our Breaking Bud beer that made gentle fun of their show. Shortly after Breaking Bud was introduced, in early 2015, I actually received an email from a Sony representative that said, “It seems the Knee Deep team are big fans of Breaking Bad and we really appreciate the call out to our very popular show.”

Soon thereafter I spoke with the Sony representative and we discussed the potential benefits of a formal partnership between Knee Deep and Sony but we ultimately decided not to pursue such a partnership because, among other things, our label has always been meant as a joke and not something seriously connected to the show. At no point, during those discussions, did Sony ever threaten to sue Knee Deep over the name of the beer. I’ve always been under the impression that Sony had no issue with our Breaking Bud beer since, after all, the Sony rep is the one who told me he “appreciate(ed) the call out to our very popular show” which is hardly what one would expect from someone who thinks they can sue you for the “call out” if you don’t pay them a licensing fee, which is what I gather they now want from us.

Breaking Bud is one of our more successful beers, and I think our customers appreciate that the quirky label is a joke. No one has ever thought the joke meant we were endorsed by Breaking Bad. We are a small brewery and I don’t appreciate the distraction, not to mention the expense of having to deal with something that should have been addressed 3 years ago if Sony really had an issue with it.

At the end of the day, the quality of the beer is what has made Breaking Bud popular and we should all be able to take a joke.


Coincidentally, Knee Deep has released a beer on draft called RU-Deep-2 and a label approval from the TTB this week shows that the company has bigger plans for that beer. The label reveals that Star Wars character, R2-D2, is the inspiration behind the name though The Walt Disney Company has a registered trademark on R2-D2. R2-D2 peeks out at the bottom of the label and the label copy references the Star Wars universe.

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus production down 75% due to poor European grape season

April 18, 2018 - 5:28pm

(Brussels, BELGIUM) – The latest from Cantillon’s Facebook page


As you know, 2017 was not a great year for grape crops, and this was true for many different régions throughout Europe.

Because of this, we’ve only been able to produce 25% of the typical annual production of the Saint-Lamvinus, and so we have very few bottles to sell to the general public.

In order to avoid the overload as in past seasons we’re going to put certain suggestions we received (from you!) into practice to fight the buying and reselling of bottles by “Lambic mules”.

We’ll be putting a trio of bottles up for sale (for purchase online), made up for a Saint-Lamvinus, a Vigneronne and a 50°N, for the price of 50,00€.

But here’s the catch – THE BOTTLES WILL NOT BE SHIPPED!

This trio must be picked up from the brewery by the purchase within 3 months.
Proof of purchase will be required.

Unless otherwise decided, there will be no pick-up possible on Saturdays, as we have a lot of heavy tourist traffic on the weekend.
We are also closed Wednesday, Sunday and all public holidays.

1500 sets will be available for purchase.

Bear Republic Fastback Racer and Red Rocket Ale return as seasonals

April 18, 2018 - 5:08pm

Cloverdale, CA – Available this month, Bear Republic’s spring seasonal offerings, Fastback Racer and Red Rocket Ale, are returning to shelves now through June 2018.

Fastback Racer will be available on tap at Bear Republic’s brewpub locations in Healdsburg and Rohnert Park beginning Friday, April 13th.

Red Rocket Ale continues to be on tap daily.

Beer Stats:

Fastback Racer

ABV: 10.4% – IBUs: 100 – Color: Golden – Double IPA

Untappd: 4 stars – Beer Advocate: 4.13 out of 5

Silver medal winner at the 2017 Nor Cal Brew Competition in the Strong American Ale category.

Tasting Notes:

Featured Hops: Super Galena, Centennial, Ekuanot, Citra, Hallertau Blanc, and Simcoe

Malts: 2-row, rye, Munich, and caramel

Yeast: BRBC Ale Yeast

Overall: Massive hop additions of Citra and Ekuanot are revved to the limit on a chassis of Rye, Munich, and light caramel malts. Intensely bitter, extremely hop forward, and amazingly drinkable, this is a Double IPA with full throttle hoppiness…

Available in 22 oz. bottles, six-packs, and draft.

For more information about the beer, visit

Beer Stats:

Red Rocket Ale

ABV: 6.8% – IBUs: 67 – Color: Deep Copper Red – American Amber Ale

Untappd: 3.5 stars – Beer Advocate: 4.05 out of 5

Silver medal winner at the 1998 and 1999 Great American Beer Festival® in the Other Strong Ales or Lagers category.

Thirteen-time winner at the California State Fair.

Tasting Notes:

Featured Hops: Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus

Malts: Pale, English, American, and Belgian caramel

Yeast: BRBC Ale Yeast

Overall: Red Rocket is the brew that started it all. As a homebrewer, this was the Brewmaster’s original quest for brewing excellence with no boundaries. This is a beer with many stories to tell, and all you’ve gotta do is have a taste! The complex malt bill mixes distinctive pale, caramel, and roasted malts with aromatic Cascade and Centennial hops. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.

Available in 22 oz. bottles, six-packs, and draft.

For more information about the beer, visit

Founded over twenty-two years ago by the Norgrove family, Bear Republic Brewing Company is one of the largest independent craft breweries in Northern California. With a constantly growing portfolio of craft beers, Bear Republic maintains a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by.

To find these beers near you, please visit

Founded in 1995, we are a family-owned brewery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. Founded by third and fourth generation Sonoma County residents, we pride ourselves on heritage. Our love for quality craft beers grew us into the family-owned and team oriented business we are today. Our brewpubs are located in Healdsburg and Rohnert Park, California. The brewpubs hope to create an atmosphere that locals can call their own and makes visitors feel at home.

Sonoma County Ales®
Independent Family Brewers

For more information on Bear Republic Brewing Company®, please visit or our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and The Bear Blog.

YCH HOPS announces resignation of Chief Financial Officer Scott Eschbach

April 18, 2018 - 4:06pm

(Yakima, WA) – YCH HOPS (Yakima Chief – Hopunion) has announced that Chief Financial Officer Scott Eschbach has resigned from his position with the company for personal reasons. Eschbach will remain in his position at YCH HOPS until a successor is determined and onboarded.

“Scott has been a wonderful member of the YCH team since he joined the company in 2015,” says YCH HOPS CEO Mike Goettl. “On a personal note, he has been a great partner and mentor to me as I’ve been learning the ropes of the hop industry and YCH. Scott’s high level of integrity, his work ethic, and his basic decency and generosity will be tough to replace. We wish him well and thank him for his many contributions to YCH.”

About Yakima Chief – Hopunion

Yakima Chief – Hopunion is a 100% grower-owned, global hop supplier focused on providing premium quality hops and uncompromising service. The team is driven by a profound appreciation for the earth’s natural resources and a heartfelt respect for the communities and customers they serve. This creates a culture of continuous improvement centered on sustainably produced, innovative hop products for beer. From fresh Green Hops®, to whole-leaf hops, Cryo Hops®, hop pellets and Resinate® CO2 hop extract derived products, Yakima Chief – Hopunion is uniquely positioned, and passionate about connecting the world’s finest brewers with family-run hop farms through YCH HOPS.

Midnight Pig Taproom opens in Evanston, Illinois, on Thursday, April 19

April 18, 2018 - 3:45pm

New Suburban Beer Experience, Developed By the Creators of Tommy Nevin’s, Introduces New Beer Lounge to Community

(Evanston, IL) — Sonas Hospitality Co. is proud to announce the newest addition to their growing portfolio, Midnight Pig Tap Room, 1557 Sherman Ave., which will open its doors in Evanston, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Created for both the passionate beer lover and novice, Midnight Pig Tap Room’s unique concept allows guests to experience their self-serve beer tap room in which a central wall houses more than 30 beer taps. The highlight of the beer selection is their new Midnight Pig craft beer line that is brewed in Plainfield, Ill. The new, 2,200 square foot tap room will seat 125 people and be the perfect spot for intimate gatherings. Casual and inviting, with a wall of taps and no bartender, guests will use a card loaded with their desired dollar amount, which they scan by the taps to self-pour beer by ounce.

The Midnight Pig Tap Room will also feature a limited menu created by Executive Chef Marcus Mooney. The casual, pig-inspired menu features pork-based starters, soups, salads, entrees, sandwiches and sweets, including charcuterie boards with local and imported meats and cheeses, warm pretzels, hand-breaded Wisconsin cheese curds, pork confit poutine, porchetta baguette sandwich, buttermilk fried chicken & chorizo, pastrami reuben, bacon beer filet tips, warmed spiced donuts, chocolate brownie pig out and more.

In a nod to the prohibition era, the name “Midnight Pig,” inspired by speak easies, bootleggers and moonshiners, credits the “pig,” which was a vessel used to carry alcohol surreptitiously during this time. Honoring its namesake, Midnight Pig Tap Room captures the essence of the prohibition-era with a first-come, first-serve policy, old fashioned-style table seating, a lounge seating area, and beer served in old fashioned ball jars with handles. At any time 12 to 15 Midnight Pig brand beers will be available with other local favorites, all available in two oz. to 16 oz. pours.

“We are thrilled to introduce a brand new concept to the Evanston community,” said Edward Carrella, chief executive officer, Sonas Hospitality. “As the creators of the cherished Evanston hotspot Tommy Nevin’s, we wanted to bring something new and special to patrons who have supported us throughout the years. Midnight Pig Tap Room will give guests a space to enjoy the newest local offerings and serve as a unique yet comfortable place to gather and socialize.”

The signature Midnight Pig beer, brewed at Nevin’s Brewing Company in Plainfield, is served at all Sonas Hospitality restaurants and sold across Chicagoland. Their local, craft beers including Apocalyptinator, Hook & Hatchet, Shamefaced, Snitches Get Stitches, Tumultuous and Pinched, are brewed year round with special seasonal releases.

Midnight Pig Tap Room’s beer taps are supported by new technology from PourMyBeer, a Chicago based technology company specializing in self-serve dispense technology. Their proprietary system, allowing customers to pour their own beverages, requires guests to check-in with staff every two drinks.

Managed by Sonas Hospitality Co., Midnight Pig Tap Room will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information about Midnight Pig Tap Room, please visit or follow Midnight Pig Tap Room on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Sonas Hospitality

Created by Arcadian Partners, Sonas Hospitality Co. is the overarching management and operations company of several restaurant brands, including Midnight Pig Tap Room, Nevin’s Brewing, Pete Miller’s Steakhouse, The Kerry Piper and Muldoon’s Irish Pub. For more information, visit

Bear Republic Racer 500 released in Indiana ahead of upcoming Indianapolis 500 race

April 18, 2018 - 3:21pm

(Sonoma County, CA) — In partnership with Craftroads Beverage, Bear Republic Brewing Company has released Racer 500 within the state of Indiana. Racer 500 was inspired by and was brewed to celebrate “the greatest spectacle in racing”, the Indianapolis 500.

Bear Republic and Craftroads Beverage, both family-owned companies, worked together to produce an IPA that both Indiana race enthusiasts and craft beer drinkers are sure to love.

This beer takes the victory lap on a chassis of Amarillo, Citra, and Galaxy for a tropical citrus hop boost with a dry malt finish.

Bear Republic Brewmaster & COO, Richard G. Norgrove, states, “The longtime love of racing and great craft beer between our two companies has made this a great partnership. Bear Republic and the Norgrove family are thrilled to be teaming up with Craftroads Beverage, Chad Lewton, and the Schembre family on the release of this product.”

At Craftroads Beverage, craft means more than just the level of quality. It means a dedication to hard work, great people, great service, and is locally focused. Founded on more than 60 years of industry experience, Bear Republic shares their passion for exceptional, quality craft beer.

Chad Lewton of Craft Roads Beverage states, “We’re beyond thrilled to be teaming up with the Bear Republic family to create such an amazing product. Racing is in our blood, so being able to combine our mutual love of great beer and the Indianapolis 500 is incredibly exciting.”

Norgrove adds, “As a race car driver and racing enthusiast, racing has always been a big theme and inspiration within our beer lineup. Racer 500 is the perfect addition and we can’t wait for everyone to try it.”

Available in six-packs and draft while supplies last. Racer 500 will also be available on tap for a limited time at Bear Republic’s brewpub locations in Healdsburg and Rohnert Park, California beginning Friday, April 20.

Beer Stats:

Racer 500

ABV: 6.0% – IBUs: 60 – Color: Golden – American IPA

Tasting Notes:

Featured Hops: Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy

Malts: Two-Row, White Wheat

Yeast: BRBC Ale Yeast

For more information about the beer, visit

Founded over twenty-two years ago by the Norgrove family, Bear Republic Brewing Company is one of the largest independent craft breweries in Northern California. With a constantly growing portfolio of craft beers, Bear Republic maintains a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by.

To find this beer at an Indiana location near you, please visit

National Homebrew Day set for May 5; American Homebrewers Association celebrates 40th anniversary

April 18, 2018 - 2:57pm

–Thousands to Participate in Worldwide, Simultaneous Toast as American Homebrewers Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary–

WHAT: In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. Throughout the day on May 5, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and homebrew clubs nationwide will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. This year’s official Big Brew recipes—Rocky Raccoon’s Honey Lager and Dusty Mud Irish-style Stout—were handpicked by the legendary Charlie Papazian. Heralded as the “godfather of homebrewing,” Papazian is the founder of the AHA, which this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary. At noon CDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise their glass in a worldwide, simultaneous toast.

WHEN: All day long! Saturday, May 5

The simultaneous toast occurs at 12:00 p.m. CDT

WHERE: Everywhere! From homebrewers’ homes and backyards, to the shops that provide the ingredients and supplies, to local breweries and craft beer bars worldwide. View an interactive map of AHA Big Brew event locations across the country. Register your local AHA Big Brew event and join the conversation on Twitter with #BigBrew18.

WHO: Everyone! As long as they’re 21 and over, of course.

WHY: There over 1.1 million homebrewers in the United States, 40 percent of which started homebrewing only within the last four years. AHA Big Brew is a toast to the nation’s homebrewers and their shared love and appreciation for homebrewed beer, mead and cider. In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day, and so the AHA created AHA Big Brew, held each year on the first Saturday in May, to celebrate National Homebrew Day across the U.S. and globe.

About the American Homebrewers Association:

The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 46,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including Homebrew Con and the National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy® magazine and offers the Brew Guru mobile app. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.