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Colorado State University opens Ramskeller Brewery on campus video)

April 12, 2018 - 4:12pm

The long-awaited teaching brewery in Colorado State University’s Ramskeller was unveiled April 9 when students, donors and other project partners offered a toast to the future brewers who will be trained on the system.

Guests at a grand opening event included Pete Coors and a host of other representatives from the nearly two dozen companies that contributed in-kind gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to create the world-class teaching facility.

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Fargo Brewing announces new branding and packaging, debuts this month

April 12, 2018 - 3:44pm

(Fargo, ND) – Fargo Brewing Company, North Dakota’s largest brewery, announces new packaging across their entire product line. Launching in April, the new look introduces all new can designs, tap handles, and 12-pack availability.

The packaging strategy represents the culmination of a year-long partnership with Denver-based product strategy and design firm, Chalk. The companies were tasked with finding ways to increase marketshare and expand product diversity.

“It was our goal to create a strategy where we could affordably offer a more diverse family of products to markets that previously couldn’t get them,” said Aaron Hill, co-founder of Fargo Brewing Company. “Now we can offer small-batch and limited release beers to retail locations throughout our territory and potentially introduce new audiences to local craft beer.”

The new can artwork will prominently feature the Fargo Brewing Company word mark with maximum size and contrast; a stark visual aid for fans seeking out their favorite Fargo beer. Below the word mark, each brand will include the state of North Dakota, in a unique color, with the Fargo Brewing Company logo radiating from the brewery’s geographical location.

“We were humbled our home town’s brewery gave us the opportunity to really tackle a strategy from the ground up,” said Matt Charpentier, co-founder of Chalk. “Together, we were able to create a solution we believe will be great for both the brewery and consumer.”

About Fargo Brewing Company
Fargo Brewing Company is North Dakota’s largest and oldest operating brewery. It was founded in 2010 by Jared Hardy, Aaron Hill, Chris Anderson, and John Anderson. Driven by a desire to bring craft beer to North Dakota, the Fargo natives used their experiences in the Pacific Northwest to launch the company. Fargo Brewing currently distributes beer throughout all of North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

About Chalk
Chalk is a Denver-based design and strategy firm focusing on creative solutions for the craft brewing industry. Founded by former Fargo, ND native, Matt Charpentier, and Moorhead, MN native, Jason Hummel, the company relocated, for expansion, to Denver’s RiNo district, which is home to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of craft breweries.

Learn more about Fargo Brewing Company:
On The Website: fargobrewing.com
On Twitter: @FargoBrewing
On Facebook: facebook.com/fargobrewing

Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale, the brewery flagship beer, debuts as its first-ever 12oz can

April 12, 2018 - 2:50pm

Same great beer in totally new package hits the market April 20

San Carlos, CA – Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company announces it will release its signature Full Boar Scotch Ale in an all-new, 12-ounce six-pack format. Beginning April 20, its loyal beer customers and other consumers will be able to find six-packs in the brewery’s taproom, along with select retailers throughout Northern California.

“We’ve seen a massive shift in the craft beer industry over the past several years,” said Devil’s Canyon owner Chris Garrett. “More and more people want high-quality, locally brewed beers but are used to the six-pack. We’re meeting our customers where they are.”

Since 2012, cans have accounted for an increasing percentage of craft brewers’ packaging mix, in a trend that shows no sign of slowing. Analysis from the Brewers Association points to smaller, fast-growing breweries leading the shift away from glass bottles.

The new cans also feature an updated and bold look from the 16-year-old brewery.

“To succeed in craft, you have to stand out on the shelf,” according to Garrett. “So we gave our Boar sleek new design, but didn’t touch the Scotch Ale recipe we’ve become known for.”

Full Boar Scotch Ale’s makeover is the first in a series of branding updates to the brewery’s core line of beers, to be unveiled later this year. This first six-pack will be released publicly on April 20 at Devil’s Canyon Beer Garden Fridays, a long-running community event that combines beer, food trucks, families (kids and dogs too) and live music at the Bay Area brewery.

“We exist to serve our community, and as a result we’ve had incredible support locally,” said Garrett. ”As the craft industry grows and changes, we need to be broadly relevant, but remain true to what we do best at Devil’s Canyon: make great beer.”

Three Creeks Stonefly Session Ale now available in cans

April 12, 2018 - 2:00pm

2017 GABF® Bronze Medal Winner in the Session Ale Category

(Sisters, OR) – We are proud to announce the canning of our Stonefly Session Ale! This Session Beer won the Bronze Medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Fest® in the Session Beer Category.

This unfiltered ale is a brewery favorite. Made with 20% rye malt and a splash of honey malt, Stonefly is a wonderfully balanced, medium-bodied beer. Featuring classic Northwest Crystal hops plus a dry-hop addition of Strata hops. You’ll love the refreshing taste, which offers hints of spice and citrus, along with a crisp, lightly-hoppy aroma. Even the most finicky fish will be hooked!
ABV: 4.8% IBU: 28

“Less Work, Mo’ Fishin’” is the motto of this beer, making it an excellent choice for backyard BBQ’s, fishing for Steelhead, playing on the water, or simply just chillin’ out! Stonefly Session Ale is available throughout Oregon and SW Washington where great beer is sold. Be sure to stop by our brewpub in Sisters to see what else is on tap!

If you are in or around the Central Oregon area, join us Thursday, May 3rd at 5pm at our Brewing Facility at 265 E. Barclay Dr. in Sisters for the Stonefly Fish Fry, the official release of Stonefly in cans!

Three Creeks Brewing Company was founded in 2008 in the Central Oregon mountain town of Sisters. We craft award winning ales and lagers with intention. Three Creeks Brewing Company operates a family friendly 10 bbl brewpub and 30 bbl production facility. Our cans, bottles and draft beer can be found throughout Oregon, Washington and Southwest Idaho.

For more information on what is happening at Three Creeks Brewing Co., visit www.threecreeksbrewing.com and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Schlafly introduces 12-packs of 16-ounce Hoppy Wheat cans for summer

April 12, 2018 - 1:46pm

The Saint Louis Brewery introduces first, seasonal release of larger format cans in 12-packs

(St. Louis, MO) — Schlafly Beer announces today the roll-out of 12-packs of Hoppy Wheat in 16-ounce cans. The can release of the popular, warmer-weather seasonal furthers the Saint Louis Brewery’s footprint in larger format cans. Schlafly Beer was the first brewery in St. Louis brewery to offer 12-packs of 16-ounce cans with White Lager in December 2017. Hoppy Wheat also continues Schlafly’s value proposition for the can packs–the suggested retail price is equivalent to 12-ounce, 12-pack offerings. The Hoppy Wheat packs will be available across Schlafly’s distribution starting next week.

Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains, “Hoppy Wheat is a refreshing ale with a crisp, clean finish and hoppy bite so it’s perfect for summer. With these 12-packs of 16-ounce cans, consumers are essentially getting four free beers so it’s a perfect pick for summer float trips, picnics, and all other outdoor activities.”

Hoppy Wheat is an unfiltered wheat beer (5.0%) that uses two distinctly aromatic American hops from Washington’s Yakima River Valley: Challenger for its fruity, floral profile and Mosaic for its earthy notes of pine and citrus. The blend of wheat and barley lends a touch of toffee sweetness. As craft brewers continue to look beyond single-serve and four-pack offerings for 16-ounce cans, few have increased the volume to 12-packs. Yet, Schlafly Beer has seen success with the 16-ounce cans in this larger format in grocery chains and larger liquor stores. All canning and packaging for both White Lager and Hoppy Wheat cans takes place at Schlafly Beer’s Bottleworks facility.

The Hoppy Wheat 12-packs will be available for purchase at the Schlafly brewpubs or across the brewery’s distribution region ($14.99 suggested retail) beginning on Monday, April 16. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/.

About Schlafly Beer:

Schlafly Beer, St. Louis’ largest locally-owned, independent craft brewery, proudly offers over 60 unique styles of beer. Each is handmade at the Tap Room in Midtown St. Louis or Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Utilizing 120 hop varietals, 95 malts and grains, 30 different spices and fruits and 18 strains from around the globe, Schlafly also works with local suppliers for everything from farm-fresh food to packaging and labeling. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Schlafly donates spent grain to local farmers to feed their livestock and utilizes 100% renewable energy throughout its operations. The largest Missouri-owned-and-operated beer maker offers free tours of the Tap Room (2100 Locust Street) every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the hour and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue) from noon to 5 p.m. every half hour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The brand continues to define craft across 12 states and throughout countless fine establishments, backyards and basement bars. Join us at either of our locations and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a full listing of seasonal and year-round beers and for information on distribution, visit Schlafly.com.

Black Shirt Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale returns in 4-pack 16oz cans

April 12, 2018 - 1:26pm

The Denver Brewery will be releasing one of our all-time favorites, Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale on April 21st.

This beer will be released on draft in the taproom and in 4 pack – 16oz cans to go. There will be a 1 case limit per person. Not available to take in crowlers.

This is the second release of this beer in the 16oz can format after the successful release late last year. This highly anticipated beer will not last long.

(Denver, CO) – Black Shirt Brewing Co. (BSB) is releasing a limited amount of Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale in 4 pack – 16oz cans! Bonzo! is a Rye Pale Ale made with pistachios and lavender – each contributing a super unique flavor, texture, and aroma & resulting in a beer unlike any other! What started as a small, one-off batch has finally resulted in a beer that is so sought after, we couldn’t resist packaging it in cans any longer! Bonzo! was also recently featured in the CraftBeer.com article “Breweries Go Nuts Creating Nut Beers Beyond Peanut Butter.”

The release is as perfect as John Bonham on the kit, as it’s the perfect treat to share with friends and family! The beer will be on draft and available in 4-packs to go (limit 1 case pp). Crowlers will not be available. Don’t miss out!

Key Dates and Times:

Saturday, Apr. 21 (11 a.m. – 12 a.m.)

Bonzo! Can Release – Bonzo! Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale will be available for purchase on draft and in 4-pack – 16oz cans to go ($14, limit 1 case/per person) as long as supplies last. We anticipate this beer to sell quickly. Starting at 8 p.m., we will have our favorite DJ Details. hosting a dance party in the beer garden in celebration of this special release.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/178613676099474/

Indeed Mexican Honey Imperial Lager returns this month

April 12, 2018 - 12:56pm

Minneapolis, MN – Humming with a citrus and floral fiesta for the senses. Indeed Brewing’s Mexican Honey Imperial Lager is brewed with Mexican orange blossom honey and Amarillo hops. Proud recipient of the Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival 2014, this award-winning cerveza is all buzz, no bite.

Mexican Honey Imperial Lager won Best Honey Lager in the National Honey Board’s Honey Beer Competition in 2017. An Indeed fan favorite and best seller, Mexican Honey combines clean lager character and bright mandarin citrus tamed by a subtle malt backbone.

Mexican Honey will release in 16 oz. cans and on draft April 23rd!

Night Shift Distributing announces diversification into non-beer beverages

April 12, 2018 - 11:37am

No sleep for the liquid

Chelsea, MA – For Night Shift Distributing, the liquids don’t stop at beer. Less than two years after setting out to create a better wholesale option for breweries, the Massachusetts distribution company has announced that they will add wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages to their portfolio. The wheels are already in motion, as Night Shift Distributing (“NSD”) has added a group of seven new, non-beer partners.

This path forward comes on the heels of a busy 18 months for Night Shift Distributing. When the company launched in October 2016, their sole partner was Night Shift Brewing – the Everett-based brewery and originator of NSD. Since then, their portfolio has grown to include 18 brewery partners, along with the seven new non-beer brands. An initial sales and delivery staff of seven has nearly quadrupled to cover a distribution radius that stretches as far west as Hampshire County and covers over 900 accounts in the state. This summer, the company will begin regular deliveries to Cape Cod.

When the Night Shift leadership team began hearing from small beverage producers that few, if any, options for mutually beneficial distribution agreements existed, they sensed an opportunity to help. This challenge parallelled the beer wholesaler landscape that NSD initially set out to change, and indicated potential for expansion. While the products may fall into categories outside beer, the NSD mission will remain the same: help independent beverage producers reach the right consumers.

Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Glennon, is looking forward to the next step for his team: “We’re excited to help guide new types of partners into the Massachusetts market. This expansion will allow us to continue following our passion for great craft beverages, and open the doors for exceptional companies to succeed on their own path.”

The first wave of new signees to the NSD family will roll out over the next few months. Backpack Wine Co.’s colorful and versatile wine cans are already headed out on the trucks, while Everett-based Short Path Distillery’s bottled spirits will be making their way to a host of new stores. On the non-alcoholic side, the list includes two Vermont-based companies: the family-owned APIS Honey Kombucha and natural maple water company DRINKmaple (who is in the process of rebranding as Drink Simple). MOJO’s New Orleans-style cold-brewed coffee drinks and Nutty Life organic nut milks are Massachusetts-made and will see larger distribution through NSD. The brunch-ready, chef-approved STOUT Bloody Mary Blend rounds out the group.

As with their brewery partners, the NSD leadership team examined the beverage landscape to find companies that were the right fit. “What really struck us about these companies was their dedication to excellence across the board,” Glennon says. “From quality of product through branding, to how they share their story, and their ability to address a true consumer need – each company excels.”

Unlike a traditional distributor, NSD will work with each individual partner to offer as many additional advantages as possible – be it industry knowledge, marketing guidance, or logistical dedication. “NSD has clearly shown us that they have our best interests in mind,” according to Ryan Miller – owner and co-founder of APIS Kombucha. “Besides providing custom cold chain conditions to ensure a stable product, they’ve been easy to work with, attentive to our needs and concerns, and have also assisted us on marketing strategies. Their proven expertise in the beverage market has brought a lot to the conversation and informed positive growth for our company. Although we originally thought self-distribution was the best strategy for MA, the confidence we have in NSD has enabled us to focus our efforts where it’s most needed – on maintaining a quality product. We trust them to do the rest.”

Over the coming weeks drinkers will find these artisanal products hitting shelves across the state. “The whole Night Shift Distributing team looks forward to sharing innovative products and curiosity-driven dialogue with our customers,” says Glennon. “We believe in a bright future for beverage distribution here in Massachusetts and that’s something everyone can get behind.”

Modern Times Academy of Recreational Science coming to Santa Barbara, California

April 12, 2018 - 11:07am

(Santa Barbara, CA) – Modern Times Beer made a big announcement on its blog last week. More below…

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Santa Barbara has long been one of our favorite leisure destinations, sporting breathtaking scenery, a super rad downtown area, and an extremely solid contingent of Modern Times homies and League members. That’s why we’re decidedly thrilled to announce the addition of our very own restaurant and tap room to this jewel of the California coast. That’s right, Santa Barbarians–you can now officially anticipate the arrival of 5,000 square feet of pure, unmitigated libational wonder as we bring you the Modern Times Academy of Recreational Science.

Located on South State Street in downtown SB, this forthcoming palace of sensory delights will feature a full menu of the highest quality noms ever nommed, as well as a dazzling array of delicious beers from all of our brewery locations. The new restaurant will include an indoor bar and table seating, a store featuring a luxurious assortment of merchandise and to-go beers, and a gorgeous 2,500-square-foot outdoor area with additional dining and bar space. The aforementioned store will also serve as a pickup location for online special release sales. If there was ever any doubt in your minds, we will most definitely be outfitting the new space with a full complement of our brain-bending art installations and wonderfully weird design features.

We’re aiming to have this whole shebang up and running by the end of the year. We could not be more amped to be joining this rad community, as well as our friends at Good Lion/Test Pilot and Barbareno, both of whom we’re extremely psyched to be future co-tenants with.

As is commonly the case in endeavors of this magnitude of awesomeness, there are a lot of moving parts, and timelines are subject to change. That said, we’ll most certainly keep everyone posted on all the latest news via our social media accounts and email newsletter. Also, we feel compelled to reassure all of our homies in Anaheim and Encinitas that this new location will IN NO WAY affect the timeline for any of our forthcoming new fiesta venues.

We are insanely excited to have found such a killer spot for our new Santa Barbara home, and we’ll have more news coming down the line soon.

Budweiser, Jim Beam announce marketing partnership and fall collaboration beer

April 11, 2018 - 7:13pm

[Photo Credit: Budweiser and Jim Beam(r) bourbon toast to the future as they join their 365 collective years of stateside distilling and brewing history to kick off a new friendship and marketing collaboration. The all-American pair will introduce a new taste of history to beer and bourbon fans alike through a cross-merchandising program starting in the spring and a new collaborative brew launching in the fall. ]

St. Louis, MO – This week, Budweiser and Jim Beam® bourbon toasted to the future as they join their 365 collective years of stateside distilling and brewing history to kick off a new friendship and marketing collaboration. The all-American pair introduced a new taste of history to beer and bourbon fans alike through a cross-merchandising program starting in the spring and a new collaborative brew launching in the fall.

Starting this month, the two brands will begin appearing together at bars and retail venues across the country, just in time for baseball season. Inspired by the “beer and a bourbon shot” occasion, the new on-premise cross-merchandising program will feature Budweiser and Jim Beam bourbon together for the perfect pairing.

Following, in September, Budweiser’s brewmasters and Jim Beam’s seventh generation Master Distiller Fred Noe will celebrate the upcoming 85th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition with the unveiling of a new limited-edition collaborative brew – Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager. The Copper Lager is brewed with two-row barley and aged on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves to create a toasted oak aroma and deliciously nutty taste with caramel rye and vanilla notes.

“We are very excited about this partnership not only because both brands share common history but also an obsession for quality and a decade’s long connection to America,” said Ricardo Marques, Vice President of marketing for Budweiser. “This is a truly unique partnership and innovation that will surely drive excitement with our drinkers.”

“This partnership feels especially natural given our brands’ common values and the pivotal roles they’ve both played in American history,” said Rob Mason, Vice President of marketing for Jim Beam. “Our family distillers have produced ‘America’s Native Spirit’ since 1795, using traditions and techniques passed down through the generations. This is another exciting milestone in Jim Beam’s history.”

The World’s most valuable beer brand and the World’s No. 1 bourbon brand share impressive histories of persevering through the Prohibition era while they were not able to produce their signature products. For Jim Beam, it was their fourth generation distiller – James B. Beam – who rebuilt his family’s distillery in a mere 120 days to produce what is today the world’s best-selling bourbon. Similarly, Budweiser kept its doors open through Prohibition by creating other non-alcoholic packaged goods as they waited to bring beer back to America. Budweiser’s Reserve Copper Lager aged on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves celebrates this important moment for these brands and all Americans.

The marketing partnership between Budweiser and Jim Beam promises to deliver unique product innovations, integrated marketing efforts and a unique way to delight both beer and bourbon fans. The two brands will lean on their incredible American heritage to deliver a modern drinking experience this year and beyond.

About Budweiser
Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser stays true to the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.

About Jim Beam
Jim Beam is the world’s best-selling bourbon, crafted by seven generations of family distillers since 1795. Elegant. Smooth. Refined. That’s what years of aging in new charred oak barrels does to our Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller, has stayed true to the family recipe that’s been passed down through generations. The Jim Beam portfolio of products includes Jim Beam Bourbon, Jim Beam Black, Jim Beam Double Oak, Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Jim Beam Bonded, Jim Beam Rye, Jim Beam Distiller’s Masterpiece, Jim Beam Vanilla, Jim Beam Honey, Jim Beam Kentucky Fire and Red Stag by Jim Beam among other offerings.

Blake’s Hard Cider partners with LGBTQ civil rights org, The Human Rights Campaign

April 11, 2018 - 7:02pm

(Armada, MI) – Blake’s Hard Cider, the largest craft hard cider brand in the Midwest, is introducing an inspired beverage concept that is equal parts refreshing and meaningful – with a sizable donation going to leading LGBTQ civil rights organization, The Human Rights Campaign® (HRC).

Blake’s Rainbow Seeker is a delicious specialty cider featuring a semi-sweet blend of Michigan-grown apples infused with real pineapple and a hint of sage. The all-natural, gluten-free cider features a 5.5% ABV and it arrives in stores in May across all 19 states of Blake’s distribution footprint. Customers can find the tropical cider in most Midwest Meijer locations and all Michigan Kroger’s. Proceeds from Rainbow Seeker, the first of Blake’s Kinder Cider Series, will fund a $40,000 direct donation to advance civil rights and equality programs spearheaded by HRC. The cider will flow from taps across Blake’s footprint on Friday, April 27.

“Rainbow Seeker is the first installment in what I believe is a kinder cider platform for Blake’s,” said Andrew Blake, owner and founder of Blake’s Hard Cider. “Our brand has grown quickly, and with that evolution comes opportunity to make a difference and to bring awareness to social and environmental issues that have great personal and communal meaning. As with everything we do at Blake’s, we’ll do what we believe is right.”

Rainbow Seeker will be sold in 12-ounce cans in six-pack form and on draft throughout Blake’s distribution network for the duration of the summer. Each six pack has a suggested retail price of $10.99 – $11.99 per with a portion of program proceeds going directly to HRC. The brand is currently sold in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, New Jersey and Florida. It will be launching in Virginia and Washington D.C. this Spring.

The HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization. Its three million members and supporters work to advance a future where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Blake’s will partner with distributors, retailers, restaurant and bar partners to host events during June Gay Pride Month and in the fall for National Coming Out Day.

“We’ll produce 120,000 cans and we’ll distribute those cans to 19 states,” said Blake. “We see it as 120,000 great opportunities to encourage people to be kind, support equality and simply be good to one another.”

Rainbow Seeker is the first installment of the Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Kinder Cider Series – a series that will bring awareness to social and environmental issues that directly impact Blake’s small farm community. If you would like to get involved in this movement, visit blakeshardcider.com/donate.

About Blake’s Hard Cider
Armada, Mich.-based Blake’s Hard Cider Co. was established in 2013 on an 800-acre family-owned apple orchard where more than 50 varieties of apples have been growing for nearly 75 years. Blake’s is the fastest-growing craft cider manufacturer in the U.S., and the largest in the Midwest. Its products are manufactured on the same family farm that continues to be one the most visited fall attractions in the state with more than half a million guests making their way out for cider and donuts each year. For more information, visit www.blakeshardcider.com.

Growler USA partners with New Belgium on four draft blends of the company’s beers

April 11, 2018 - 5:44pm

(Denver, CO) – National craft beverage franchise Growler USA is teaming up with Fort Collins based New Belgium Brewing to create a variety of limited-edition blended brews. Blended options will vary across Growler USA locations and will complement the brewpub’s existing selection of up to 100 taps of craft beer.

“At Growler USA, we’re always looking to expand the selection and variety of craft beers we can offer our clients,” said Jessica Salrin, Director of marketing at Growler USA. “With the rising trend of blending in the craft beer community, creating this program with the fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S. is the ideal way to provide our customers with the flavorful new selections.”

Growler USA will be blending brews with New Belgium Brewing’s world-class beers to create the following selections:

Splash Out: Hop-forward, tangerine flavors of Citradelic meet the orange and coriander of Fat Tire Belgian White to create an easy-to-drink summery brew.

Voodoo Sunrise: Featuring two of New Belgium’s newest releases, Tartastic Strawberry Lemon Ale and Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA meet to create a hazy, hoppy and fruit-forward tropical infusion.

Citrus Smack: Light, floral and tropical the traditionally barrel aged Sour Saison meets Citradelic’s tangerine hops in this refreshing blend.

Summer Sabbatical: France meets Belgium when La Folie and Belgian White blend to create a wheat ale, French oak-aged American sour.

“We’re excited to bring the blended brew experience to a wider demographic through our partnership with Growler USA,” said Nate Schmitt, New Belgium’s Director of National Chain Sales. “Blending is a fantastic way to take two delicious New Belgium brews and create a third, completely unique beer. With spring now here, these blends offer the perfect way for beer drinkers to take part in the brewer’s creative process.”

Growler USA is a microbrew pub dedicated to offering only 100 percent American-made craft beverages and a food menu designed and engineered to celebrate the flavors of each drink. The brand has 21 locations across the country, each offering a variety of regional and nationally recognized beverages, and remains True to the Brew with up to 100 taps of craft beer, hard cider, draught wine, and hand-crafted non-alcoholic beverages such as root beer and kombucha tea.

The partnership between Growler USA and New Belgium will run for six weeks at participating locations. To learn more about Growler USA and find a location near you, visit www.growlerusa.com.

About Growler USA

Growler USA® – America’s Microbrew Pub, launched in 2014, is a neighborhood gathering place dedicated to offering only American-made craft beverages and a menu designed to celebrate the unique flavors of each drink. With up to 100 taps of craft beer, hard cider, draught wine, root beer, and kombucha tea, Growler USA invites guests to enjoy craft beverages suiting their unique palate. For more information, visit GrowlerUSA.com. To learn more about franchising opportunities, visit GrowlerUSAFranchise.com.

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, one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses and tops Bicycling Magazine’s Best Companies for Cyclists. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, 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 sixteen year-round beers: Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Fat Tire Belgian White, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA, The Hemperor HPA, Sour Saison, Honey Orange Tripel, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Fruit Beer Series, 1554 Black Lager, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Style Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced beer, Glutiny Pale Ale. To learn more, visit NewBelgium.com and follow the brewery on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

4 Hands Brewing Co. to host 7th annual Lupulin Carnival on May 19th

April 11, 2018 - 4:45pm

(St. Louis, MO) – On Saturday, May 19 the Lupulin Carnival, 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s annual celebration of the hop, will return for its 7th year. Regarded as the “Greatest Beer Festival of All Time,” this year’s event will take place at Union Station, the historic building that once served as the world’s largest and busiest train station, from 12PM-4PM.

Featuring beer from more than 95 breweries across the country, food trucks, carnival acts, games, and a Ferris wheel, the Lupulin Carnival is 4 Hands’ biggest event each year celebrating the release of their Warhammer Imperial IPA. Guests will enjoy acrobats, fortune tellers, fire performers and snake charmers from entertainers throughout the event, as well as scheduled performances, live music, and DJs on the Main Stage. Local food tucks Seoul Taco, Lion’s Choice, Blues Fired Pizza, Farmtruk, Strange Donuts, Ices Plain & Fancy, The Sweet Divine, Garbanzo, and Sugar Fire Smokehouse will all be set up on site serving guests.

Tickets for the carnival are $55 each and can be purchased on the Lupulin Carnival website (www.lupulincarnival.com). The ticket cost includes a glass for sampling beers as well as access to live music, carnival entertainment, Ferris Wheel and super slide rides. They are also selling $15 tickets for those choosing to be the designated drivers.

The 4 Hands Tasting Room is open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday from 12PM-10PM, Friday and Saturday from 12PM-12AM, and Sunday from 12PM-9PM.

1220 South 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104

314.436.1559

www.4handsbrewery.com

Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast BBA Imperial Coffee Porter returns in 4-packs

April 11, 2018 - 4:27pm

(Baltimore, MD) – The “Uncharted Waters” Series by Heavy Seas Beer will soon welcome the 2018 edition of Blackbeard’s Breakfast , an Imperial Coffee Porter aged in bourbon barrels. This limited release will be available in late April/early May in all states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed. For 2018, all “Uncharted Waters” Series beers will now be available in 4 packs of 12oz bottles, no longer 22oz.

Blackbeard’s Breakfast is a robust porter with a new world twist. Aged in bourbon barrels and brewed with Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company’s Dark Sumatra coffee, this porter is flavorful and complex. Featuring unique English malts, this brew will have strong notes of caramel and a slight nut character. Paired with bourbon notes and the sumptuous Sumatran Coffee, Blackbeard’s Breakfast will please coffee and beer connoisseurs alike.

Here are the product specs:
Style: Imperial Coffee Porter aged in bourbon barrels
ABV: 10%
IBUs: 40
Hops: Target, East Kent Goldings
Malts: UK Pale, UK Amber, Vienna, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt

Ommegang Double Barrel Dubbel aged in bourbon and brandy casks lands in late April

April 11, 2018 - 4:09pm

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Brewery Ommegang is pleased to announce the release of a new beer this month: Double Barrel Dubbel, a beautiful blend of traditional Belgian-style dubbel aged in bourbon and brandy casks.

A nod to Ommegang’s first beer, a beloved dubbel called Ommegang Abbey Ale, Double Barrel Dubbel is a glorious new take on the style. This luxurious brew begins with Abbey Ale, which then gracefully ages for six months in a mix of bourbon and brandy casks in the brewery’s cellar. This blend of barrels adds an additional layer of complexity to an already flavorful beer.

“As we’ve expanded our barrel-aging program, we’ve experimented with some of our favorite core beers, trying different barrels, and combinations of barrels, to create something new with beers we already enjoy,” said Phil Leinhart, Ommegang’s brewmaster. “We thought the combination of bourbon and brandy for Abbey Ale was a great one and we’re pleased to share Double Barrel Dubbel with fans.”

Brewed with pils, amber, Munich, and aroma malts and hopped with Syrian Golding and Spalter Select, Double Barrel Dubbel enjoys a similar spicing to Abbey Ale with orange peel, coriander, cumin, star anise, and licorice root. It pours a deep burgundy color with a creamy tan head. Robust aromas of coconut, vanilla, molasses, burnt sugar, and dark stone fruit greet the drinker up front, with more subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon following in their wake. Flavor of caramel, raisin, and plums mix nicely with underlying flavors of oak, bourbon, and subtle hints of dried fruit and vanilla. A wonderfully full mouthfeel pairs with a lingering sweetness on the finish resulting in a decadent drinking experience.

This big, rich beer with an ABV of 9.9% pairs well with bold flavors like beef carbonade over mashed potatoes, robust cheeses like sharp cheddar and bleu cheese, and for dessert, a brandy-soaked fruitcake. Double Barrel Dubbel will be available for a limited time in 12 oz four-packs and on draft beginning in late April.

About Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to brew imaginative craft beers across a variety of styles, with particular emphasis and respect for Belgian brewing traditions. Ommegang brews nine ales year-round, as well as an extensive and innovative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 75-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events including a summer concert series and a legendary beer festival, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and occasional special event days. For more information, contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-607-544-1800, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

Stormcloud Brewing Company opens new production brewery and begins canning

April 11, 2018 - 3:26pm

(Frankfort, MI) – The beer is flowing at Stormcloud Brewing Company’s new production brewery located on the east side of the city of Frankfort. The 12,759 square-foot facility houses a 20-barrel brewhouse, handcrafted by W.M. Sprinkman Corporation of Waukesha, Wisconsin, with the capacity to brew 4,500 barrels of beer annually. The brewery is also home to a new Craft Canning System, built by Codi Manufacturing, Inc. in Golden, Colorado, with the capacity to fill approximately 40 cans per minute.

In March, Stormcloud began canning its two most popular beers – Rainmaker Ale, a Belgian-style Pale Ale that brought home a bronze medal from Denver’s Great American Beer Festival, and Whiled Away® IPA, a Belgian-style IPA and best seller in Stormcloud’s downtown Frankfort pub.

Six packs of both beers in 12oz cans have been distributed to stores in 11 Michigan counties, including the cities of Traverse City, Manistee and Ludington. As production increases, Stormcloud cans will be distributed north to Petoskey, Cheboygan and Alpena, and south to Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

The increase in beer production capacity at the new brewery has already enabled Stormcloud to expand its keg beer distribution to the greater Grand Rapids area in partnership with West Side Beer Distributing of Grand Rapids. Stormcloud’s current distribution footprint includes 32 counties in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

“I’m proud of our efforts to make great beer that people want to drink,” says co-owner and head brewer Brian Confer. “We’re very excited about the increased capacity at the new facility, both in terms of brewing volume and lab space to continue our push for the best quality beer we can make.”

Designed by Byce & Associates, Inc. of Kalamazoo, the production brewery houses brewing, fermentation, packaging, cold storage, and all shipping and receiving processes. The facility is also home to a brewing laboratory, office space, and public tasting room with merchandise space. The tasting room is scheduled to open to the public Friday, May 25 and will feature an outdoor beer garden similar to Stormcloud’s downtown location.

“We wanted the design of the tasting room and outdoor area to connect visually with our existing pub and restaurant,” says co-owner Rick Schmitt. “So even though we’re across town from the pub, both new guests and long-time customers will feel the connection to Stormcloud’s downtown roots.”

Energy efficiency was also top-of-mind when designing the new brewery, and a number of environmentally friendly systems were put into place at the production facility, including:

6.2 kW Solar System with 10 two-panel ground mounted arrays that automatically orient to the sun’s location in the sky. Installed by Traverse Solar of Traverse City.

Large sections of vertical glass curtain walls and strategically placed skylights in the production area to maximize daylighting.

All interior lighting is controlled by occupancy sensors and shuts off automatically when vacant.

All exterior lighting is controlled by photocell and timeclock. Exterior lighting shuts off at dawn.

All light fixtures are LED, using less than half of the lighting energy (watts per square foot) allowed by the latest energy code.

Office furnace is 95% efficient (minimum requirement is 80% efficient).

Office condensing unit is 15 SEER (minimum requirement is 13 SEER).

Production area gas heaters are 90% plus efficient (minimum requirement is 80%).

Two electric car charging stations (Tesla and generic). Available summer 2018.

Public tours of Stormcloud’s new production facility will begin this summer. The brewery and tasting room is located at 366 Parkview Lane in Frankfort, Michigan.

About Stormcloud Brewing Company

Stormcloud Brewing Company opened in June 2013 just two blocks from Lake Michigan in the coastal city of Frankfort, located in northwest lower Michigan. A small brewery specializing in Belgian-style brewing, Stormcloud offers 16 taps in addition to a full menu of flatbread pizzas, small plate appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, and specialty popcorn. In August 2016, Stormcloud was named the Best New Brewery in Michigan by MLive Media Group. In June 2017, Stormcloud was named Best Local Brew Pub or Tap Room by the readers of Traverse Magazine. Stormcloud Brewing Company is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild and Lakeshore Brewers Guild . Visit Stormcloud online at Stormcloudbrewing.com.

Rogue Ales Kulture Clash marries kombucha and beer

April 11, 2018 - 3:00pm

(Newport, OR) — This week, Kulture Clash, a collision of kombucha and beer from Rogue Ales and Brew Dr. Kombucha, hits shelves nationwide. The Oregon fermenters worked patiently to brew the perfect complement—both the kombucha and beer were brewed specifically to meld together beautifully.

Opening with bursts of bright citrus on the nose, both kombucha and beer flavors are represented in Kulture Clash: spice notes from the imperial blonde ale transform into notes of black tea from the kombucha.

“Kulture Clash is perfect for drinking in spring—the flavors pleasantly collide, oscillating from beer-forward to kombucha-forward and back again,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “It’s a great tasting beer, easy to pair with food and ideal for sharing.”

The painted 750ml bottles of Kulture Clash feature Otis, Brew Dr.’s unofficial sloth mascot. Longtime Brew Dr. fans may recognize him, as he’s been hiding behind the label of every kombucha bottle from the beginning.

“When we opened our first tea shop in Portland, Ore., we had a friend paint an animal tea party scene to display by the front door of the teahouse,” says Townshend’s founder and CEO Matt Thomas. “One of those animals was a contented-looking sloth, slowly stirring his cup of chai with his pinky claw. He captured the ideal embodiment of what tea (and Townshend’s) is about: taking your time and enjoying each moment. When we started Brew Dr. Kombucha, we snuck Otis Sisgood (a play on, oh this is good) on the label of every bottle, but this is the first time he’s been anywhere major. We’re excited that he’s getting a chance to be front and center and share his story.”

Kulture Clash is available in limited quantities nationally in 750ml bottles from April-June.

About Rogue Ales & Spirits
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,900 awards for taste, quality and packaging, and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapeños and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.

About Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha
Townshend’s Tea Company was started by Matt Thomas in 2006 with the idea of serving great teas in a casual teahouse setting. Over the years, the effort of presenting the wide world of tea to their guests has expanded the Townshend’s collection to over 120 tea offerings, including classic teas, rare varieties, chai latte recipes made from scratch, Taiwanese bubble tea, and an herbal apothecary line. The company now operates nine teahouses in Oregon, Montana and Utah.

In 2008, the company began making Kombucha in the kitchens of their then two teahouses, giving it the name Brew Dr. Kombucha. It was only natural for them to choose some of the same great tea blends they had developed for service at their popular teahouses and ferment those into Kombucha. It turns out that approach is unique, as the majority of commercially available Kombucha is flavored with juice at the time of bottling. Brew Dr. Kombucha’s flavor profiles come from attention to the quality and formulation of the organic tea and botanicals used, creating a difference you can taste.

Today, Brew Dr.’s organic 100% raw kombucha can be found in all 50 states and across Canada.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate arrives starting this weekend

April 11, 2018 - 2:29pm

The brewery adds another take on the flagship bourbon barrel stout to their repertoire

(Holland, MI) – New Holland Brewing will release a new addition to their Dragon’s Milk Reserve program in April. This time, brewers tried a classic flavor pairing on Dragon’s Milk’s bourbon barrel stout canvas: Cherry Chocolate.

The beer will be available in New Holland pubs starting April 13. It will hit store shelves and across their bar and restaurant distribution footprint on April 16. Consumers can look forward to a rich stout that balances creamy chocolate flavors with a delightful cherry tartness.

“Chocolate is a flavor that is already present in Dragon’s Milk when it comes out of the barrel, but we’re able to play that up and really bring out the wonderful chocolate smoothness. Obviously, that just couples extremely well with the cherry flavor,” said New Holland Vice President of Sales Joel Petersen. “That combination plays nicely against the backbone of this beer.”

For most breweries, a bourbon barrel stout clocking in at 11 percent ABV is a limited release. New Holland Brewing works hard to make Dragon’s Milk available year round. The Reserve series is a chance for brewers and consumers alike to see the favorite beer in a new light.

“I think Dragon’s Milk speaks for itself. It’s a strong beer that our customers love on its own,” said Petersen. “The Dragon’s Milk Reserve program gives us the platform to build on that strong base and create a variety of exciting new flavor experiences.”

“The Reserve series allows our brewers to express their creativity,” said New Holland Brewing President Brett VanderKamp. “We continue to be amazed at the ways Dragon’s Milk can play with different flavors.”

New Holland Brewing welcomes those interested in learning more about Dragon’s Milk or the process to attend a tour where Dragon’s Milk is being brewed and cellared.

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About New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Our role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something we take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly. We believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for our customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for our creativity and artistry, our mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in our diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits.

Reuben’s Brews to consolidate production in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood

April 11, 2018 - 11:48am

(Seattle, WA) – Over the past few years, Reuben’s Brews has been operating from a few separate locations in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. As we grew we needed space – but unfortunately nothing was ever available within the same building! This led us to have multiple leases all within walking distance, but which made day-to-day operations between them very difficult. It is extremely important to us to stay in our local neighborhood (where my family and I actually live as well) and there was never one facility or building available that could house our production brewing operations under one roof. But now we are so excited to announce that we will be bringing most of our production together at 800 NW 46^th St. The building is not only less than half a mile away from our taproom and brewery (which will remain in its current location), but it is also walking distance from our home.

We are carefully renovating this historic building and it will be up and running toward the end of this year. The building is getting a big overhaul – new roof, new siding, new insulation and heating systems – but the character of its 70 year-old barrel roof will now be exposed for us all to enjoy! Here, our team’s lives will be made easier, and they will be able to focus on brewing different beers and increasing diversity of offerings for our customers rather than traveling between buildings! Part of this includes the expansion of our oak-aged sour beer program, the first of which beers will make an appearance this summer after aging for well over a year.

Don’t worry, the taproom that everyone knows and loves at 5010 14th Avenue will stay the same! Nothing will change there – apart from now we’ll be able to brew an even more diverse range of beers! You’ll still see my co-founder and wife, Grace Robbings, working in the taproom, as well as managing our charitable giving programs. As for me, I’m excited to brew more myself as we’ll have three brewhouses – a 5BBL, 15BBL, and 30BBL. I’ll also get a real office in our new building and won’t have to take conference calls and write emails like this one from our merchandise storage closet.

Cheers!
Adam Robbings
Co-Founder and Brewmaster
Reuben’s Brews LLC . 5010 14th Ave NW . Seattle, WA 98107 . USA

Summit Skip Rock White Ale debuts April 19, goes solo year-round starting June 1

April 11, 2018 - 11:20am

Now Available: Summit Skip Rock.
No Garnish, No Gimmicks
Brewery’s New Year-Round White Ale Features Citrus Peel and Spices

(St. Paul, MN) – Ever notice some beers are served with a wedge of lemon or orange perched atop the glass? Or what about a chunk of lime squeezed into the bottle? Some folks like their beer with a garnish, and that’s OK. Here at Summit Brewing Co., though, we’d rather skip it. Call us picky.

That said, we do enjoy a little fruit refreshment from time to time. Case in point: Summit Skip Rock, a new White Ale joining our year-round lineup of traditional, gimmick-free beers. Brewed with tangerine peel from California and New Mexico, the beer’s fruit profile gets a boost of orange and floral notes from fresh-ground coriander. In the end, these ingredients offer the best of both worlds: Balanced flavors and aromas of zesty citrus and spice, and zero sour citrus pulp.

Brewed with oats and malted and flaked wheat for a soft, full body, Summit Skip Rock pours pale straw in color with a pillowy white head. Slightly sweet and just a little tart beneath the surface, it offers notes of cereal and biscuit, plus a touch of clove and a crisp, refreshing finish.

“Wit Biers like this traditionally feature coriander and curaçao orange peel,” says Summit Brewer Tom Mondor, “but we’ve used tangerine peel instead of bitter orange to help enhance the ‘oranginess’ of the beer. We’ve also used Hopsteiner’s newer Lemondrop hop varietal, which provides a pronounced lemon-citrus note along with hints of green tea and melon.”

Get your first taste of Summit Skip Rock — sans garnish, of course — at the Summit Beer Hall Thursday, April 19, 2018. Special guests Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness will be on hand from 6–9 p.m. to help us host Boundary Waters Bingo, an event featuring free prizes and merchandise from Summit and the Friends of the BWCAW. During the event, we’ll be donating $1 from every pint sold to Friends of the BWCAW.

In the weeks following, find Summit Skip Rock in the Summit Boundary Waters Box variety pack alongside Summit Hefeweizen, Summit Golden Fruited, and Summit Lazy Sipper.

Beginning June 1, Summit Skip Rock will be available year-round and on its own in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-oz. cans. So, be patient! It’s gonna be great.

For more information about this and other beer releases, visit www.summitbrewing.com.

Summit Skip Rock
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 18
Color: Hazy Straw (4.5 L)
Malts: Pale Malt, Malted White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Munich, Rolled Oats
Hops: Lemondrop, Mt. Hood
Kettle Additions: Tangerine peel, Fresh-ground coriander
Yeast: Ale
Serving Tips: Serve at 38–44º F in a tulip. A big one, like, the size of a boot. Which is not the traditional way to drink a Witbier, but you’ll like it anyway.
Suggested Pairings: Pizza, for starters. Lobster rolls or fish tacos, too, or creamy cheeses on rye crackers. Fresh salads. And, uh, more pizza.

Summit Brewing Company
Founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has remained close to its roots, refreshing thirsty folks throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Currently available in five states, Summit now produces seven year-round premium craft beers, seven occasionals, four seasonal brews, and the limited-release Union Series. Since our inception, we’ve been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement. For everything Summit Brewing, visit summitbrewing.com.

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