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Trou du diable joins ranks of Molson Coors’ Six Pints Specialty Beer Company

November 9, 2017 - 12:35pm

[From left to right : Patrick D’Anjou, Vice-president, Sales, Quebec, Molson Coors Canada, André Trudel, Brewmaster, Trou du diable, Luc Bellerive, Finance Director, Trou du diable, Isaac Tremblay, President and Manager, Business Development, Trou du diable, Sandra Gagnon, Senior Manager, Marketing, Six Pints, Franck Chaumanet, member of senior management, Trou du diable (CNW Group/Molson Coors Canada)]

(Shawninigan, QUEBEC) – Six Pints Specialty Beer Company, a division of Molson Coors, announces the acquisition of Trou du Diable microbrewery, a partnership intended to provide expanded market exposure for this renowned Quebec microbrewer, while offering Quebec and Canadian consumers a broader range of specialty craft beers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Trou du diable’s passionate team into the extended Molson Coors family. Partnerships like this one and those that we have established in the past demonstrate the importance that we place on the craft and specialty beer segment. They also show that Molson Coors is ready to invest to delight beer drinkers of all kinds,” said Frederic Landtmeters, Molson Coors Canada President and CEO.

The microbrewery’s brewing operations are to continue unchanged. For the time being, sales and distribution to retailers that deal with Trou du diable will continue to be handled internally by their team. The company’s suppliers, as well as sport, culture, social and community partnerships, will also be maintained. Of note, the agreement does not extend to the restaurant on Willow Avenue in Shawinigan, a distinct entity set to remain fully independent.

“In choosing to associate with Six Pints, our microbrewery has elected to provide ourselves with means consistent with our ambitions. This group decision will enable Trou du diable to realize its full potential and continue to flourish in an ever tightening market,” explains Isaac Tremblay, President and Manager, Business Development at Trou du diable microbrewery.

Preservation of values and sharing of know-how

The founders, managers and employees will remain on at the microbrewery, as will the employees of the Shop du Trou du diable, located at 1250 avenue de la Station, in Shawinigan.

“The microbrewery will preserve the values that have made the company what it is today. As managers, we believe that our employees will also be able to grow and develop. There may be a sharing of knowledge among ourselves and other Six Pints members, with possibilities for advancement for our employees,” adds Luc Bellerive, Finance Director at Trou du diable microbrewery.

Future Opportunities

Announcement of the partnership represents a first step which will be followed by the drafting of an integration plan. Possible avenues in terms of sales, distribution and event partnerships will be explored during this process to maximize the positive impact of the agreement. “With Creemore Springs, Granville Island Brewing Company and Brasseur de Montréal craft breweries, we have developed one-of-a-kind expertise which poises us to support partner growth while honouring partner autonomy and entrepreneurial spirit. We intend to do likewise with Trou du diable,” assures Sandra Gagnon, Senior Manager, Marketing at Six Pints.

Trou du diable beers are distributed in 10 provinces and territories in Canada. They are also imported in 20 US states, around 10 European countries and a few countries in Asia and Oceania. The microbrewery features a diversified portfolio of products that integrate seamlessly into the current Six Pints portfolio which includes Creemore Springs, Granville Island Brewing Company and Brasseur de Montréal products.

“If you like Trou du diable products, you are going to continue to like them. Our products will not be changing. We will continue to incorporate as much passion and know-how into them,” says André Trudel, brewmaster at Trou du diable.

About Trou du diable

Trou du diable came into being in December 2005 on premises located on Willow Avenue in Shawinigan. A group of young brewing sector aficionados combined their creativity to open up the world of craft beer and products from the local terroir to the people of their region. Trou du diable microbrewery enjoys considerable exposure in Quebec, with a particularly loyal following in Shawinigan and across the Mauricie region. The Trou du diable portfolio comprises La Saison du Tracteur, MacTavish in memoriam, La Pitoune, Les Quatre surfeurs de l’Apocalypso, La Morsure, Le Sang d’Encre and several others.

In 2013, a second, more industrial brewery was opened with a brewing capacity of 50hl per brew, a state-of-the-art bottle line and a distribution network. A leader in oak barrel-aging since 2008, the brewery moved to the plant and re-established itself as the largest beer cellar in Canada, squarely positioning itself on the global stage. This is where the brewery produces its classic special brews (La Buteuse, Dulcis Succubus, L’Impératrice, Le Hérisson, L’Ours, Le Coq, etc.), but also constantly develops new beers with extraordinary potential such as Ze Blène, Foudre and la Saint-Maurice. Over the last 12 years, Trou du diable has garnered over 150 international awards for its products brewed at both the Broue Pub and the Shop (https://troududiable.com/distinctions/), as well as corporate recognition. The microbrewery is also actively involved in community-based sport, cultural and social initiatives and events.

About Six Pints
Six Pints is a division of Molson Coors Canada. Founded in 2011, the company was set up to improve and enhance the growth potential of craft brewers, and to better support the integration of new specialty brands in regions across Canada.

About Molson Coors Canada
Molson Coors Canada is the Canadian division of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a global brewer with operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. We proudly offer some of the most popular brands in Canada with an award-winning brand portfolio which includes Molson Canadian, Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Molson Canadian Cider, Pilsner, Rickard’s, Mad Jack and Molson Canadian 67. Molson Coors Canada also partners with Heineken N.V. to offer such global brands such as Heineken, Strongbow, Sol, Dos Equis and Newcastle Brown Ale in Canada.

Molson employs 3000 Canadians, operates seven breweries, including the Creemore and Granville Island boutique breweries, and invests in communities from coast to coast through various charitable initiatives and sports and entertainment sponsorships. Molson Coors Canada is committed to promoting its products and events in a responsible manner as part of an active, healthy lifestyle.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words “aims,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historic in nature. Forward-looking statements include those relating to the operations, employees, suppliers, and partnerships of Trou du diable microbrewery after the acquisition, integration matters and future opportunities. Although Molson Coors believes that the assumptions upon which its forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Molson Coors’ projections and expectations are disclosed in Molson Coors’ filings with the SEC. These factors include, among others, health of the beer industry and our brands in our markets; economic conditions in our markets; stock market and commodities performance; consumer demand; global economic conditions; changes in laws and regulations; development of new technology; costs of resources and raw materials; force majeure events; changes in our supply chain system; success of our joint ventures; future financial and operating performance within and related to the industry; and other risks discussed in our filings with the SEC . All forward-looking statements in this Press Release are expressly qualified by such cautionary statements and by reference to the underlying assumptions. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Molson Coors Canada

New Holland 20th Anniversary Ale to be released on Black Friday, November 24th

November 9, 2017 - 12:26pm

(Holland, MI) – Craft brewery and distiller, New Holland Brewing, announces the release of their 20th Anniversary Ale, a beer specifically brewed to commemorate their 20th year in the brewing industry. This beer release is the culmination of their year-long celebration.

“For the past 20 years, New Holland has worked hard to create remarkable beers for our customers to enjoy,” says New Holland President and Founder, Brett VanderKamp. “Each brew is thoughtfully crafted, inspired by the stories around us, and this 20th Anniversary Ale is no exception.”

The 20th Anniversary Ale is a rum-barrel aged strong ale, and comes in at a whopping 20% ABV. Despite the high alcohol content, this brew is smooth and warming with notes of vanilla and the spice of rum.

“We aged this ale in rum barrels for almost a year, and the results are phenomenal. The rum character really shines though and complements the beer,” says Jason Salas, Brewery Production Manager.

This ale will be extremely limited in quantity, and available only at select retailers in Michigan, in wax-dipped 22oz bottles. The official release date is Black Friday—November 24th. New Holland’s brewpub locations, Pub on 8th (http://newhollandbrew.com/pub-on-8th/) in Holland and The Knickerbocker (http://newhollandbrew.com/knickerbocker/) in Grand Rapids, will be offering bottle sales as well as the only draft pours in the nation.

About New Holland Brewing
New Holland Brewing’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. They believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for their customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for their creativity and artistry, New Holland’s mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in their diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits and their two West Michigan brewpubs.

Epic Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist to debut, Big Bad Baptista and Big Bad Baptist to return

November 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Announcing – TRIPLE BARREL BIG BAD BAPTIST

“Excess equals success. Excess equals success. Excess equals success It’s time to triple down!” This was the mantra that brought us the 2017 rare release of Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist and it perfectly sums up Epic’s attitude toward brewing. Here is the bar – how do we raise it or even break it, how do we push the envelope, how do we make Epic, well, more epic? We thrive at Mach 1, with the music all the way up, our hair on fire and throwing caution to the wind.

So, that’s what we did when Kevin Crompton, our brewmaster, opened a bottle from the first run of 2016 Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist. After the first sip he said “The barrel-aged coffee in this is awesome! What other badass ingredients can we age in whiskey barrels?”

It turns out there are only a few other ingredients that have the rare ability to absorb barrel character, and the one at the top of our list that had us salivating was shaved coconut. We went straight to work on mocking up our latest idea to push our taste buds to the breaking point and the result was beyond what we imagined.

The trio of barrel-aged Imperial stout, barrel-aged Colombia Risaralda coffee, and barrel-aged coconut (yes we put coconut into barrels and let it age), plus an added dimension from using a percentage of rum barrels, come together in a ridiculously perfect way. The coconut doesn’t steal the show but it is the first thing you notice, even when you’re pouring the beer- then it mellows revealing the coffee, malt, barrel, cacao, whiskey, rum, toast, and finally, more coconut. You get the idea – this baby is big and complex.

“It’s the kind of beer that you need to just buckle up and enjoy the ride. There’s a lot going on in the beer but just like listening to music you can pick out different parts and the flavors continue to evolve as you fall down the rabbit hole,” says Brewmaster, Kevin Crompton.

Epic Big Bad Baptista label from 2016

The Return of – BIG BAD BAPTISTA

Back for another year is our popular ode to the Mexican coffee Café de Olla. It’s Big Bad Baptista and he’s packing some pretty hefty street cred, like a perfect 100 Points at Ratebeer.com, a 91 from Craft Beer and Brewing in February 2016 and 3 titles from Ratebeer.com’s “Best of Awards”: Best New Beers 2016, Top 100 best Beers in the World and Best Beer by Sub-region, Utah. So what’s all the fuss over? First, we start with Big Bad Baptist and add a carefully selected blend of Mexican coffees roasted for us by Blue Copper Coffee in Salt Lake City, along with cinnamon, vanilla and a healthy dose of locally-produced cacao nibs from Solstice Chocolate.

“I think what makes Baptista so special is the combination of authentic ingredients and our brewers exceptional execution. It’s my favorite beer to pull out after a long day of skiing to enjoy while warming up by the fire,” says Epic Co-Founder Dave Cole.

BIG BAD BAPTIST, the OG and leader of the pack

This year’s Big Bad Baptist will feature coffee from Denver’s Corvus Coffee Roasters. We selected their Dead Reckoning Espresso blend, which features Guatemalan Coffee paired with natural and washed coffees from Ethiopia. Honestly, when we sat down with them to cup their coffees and they told us they blended their espresso with the whiskey lover in mind, we knew we’d come to the right place. The Salt Lake City releases will feature lively, natural-processed Ethiopian coffees roasted by our friends at Blue Copper. They worked with us to fine tune the roast to bring out a balance of fruity, blueberry and pomegranate notes and a roasted character which compliments the cacao nibs. Overall, this year’s Big Bad Baptist favors the fruit character of both the coffee and cacao more so than the roasted and toasted flavors of previous releases. This subtle shift reveals more of the nuance in each blend and the barrel character that drives the beer’s flavor.

All three Baptists will be distributed nationally to all of Epic’s markets and will be available in stores the last week of November.

Starr Hill Brewery Box of Chocolates Stout Pack due out starting next week

November 8, 2017 - 5:42pm

Featuring Peppermint, Chipotle, and Mocha Versions of Double Bass Chocolate Stout

(Charlottesville, VA) – Starr Hill Brewery is thrilled to announce the release of their Box of Chocolates Stout Pack, a new variety pack featuring Peppermint, Chipotle, and Mocha variants of Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout. Following in the footsteps of the popular Four Kings IPA Pack, this special release will be available in limited quantities of 12-pack bottles, as well as on draft, on November 15.

First released in January 2017 as part of the All Access Series, Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout is a rich, imperial stout at 7.8% ABV with massive additions of cocoa bringing forward aromas of dark chocolate, mocha and vanilla. The three variants are infused with all-natural ingredients including organic peppermint leaves, smoke-dried jalapeño peppers, and locally roasted whole coffee beans.

“With the great response we received from our Four Kings IPAs, we thought our Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout would be a great complementary base beer to take this idea in a new direction,” said Starr Hill Brewmaster, Robbie O’Cain. “Box of Chocolates is arriving just in time for the holiday season and will be a perfect pairing for festive desserts and winter gatherings.”

The Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room in Crozet, Virginia will tap Box of Chocolates Stout Pack on Wednesday, November 15. The official release event will feature the first chance for customers to purchase the new variety pack, a custom sampling flight with the four versions, and unique beer- chocolate candy pairings courtesy of local confectionery, C-ville Candy Company.

Box of Chocolates will also feature as part of the Dark Side of the Starr dark beer tap takeover events throughout November and December. Each event will showcase draft selections from Starr Hill’s diverse portfolio of seasonal stouts, porters, brown ales and bocks with themed pairings from desserts to live music to even a Star Wars movie night. Select events will also see the return of Dark Starr Stout, the most award-winning Dry-Irish Stout in the country. To find where Dark Side of the Starr events are happening, visit www.StarrHill.com/Dark-Side.

Box of Chocolates will be available on draft and in 12-pack bottles at exclusive locations across Starr Hill’s distribution footprint starting mid-November. To find where Box of Chocolates and other Starr Hill beers are available, visit www.StarrHill.com/Beer-Finder.

Born in a Charlottesville music hall in 1999, Starr Hill is an independent, regional craft brewery founded out of a passion for great beer and live music. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 22 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Please visit www.StarrHill.com for more information.

Craft Brew Alliance reports Q3 2017 results: Kona depletions up 9% in Q3, 10% year-to-date

November 8, 2017 - 5:22pm

Third quarter financial results reflect continued robust performance for Kona and strong improvements in CBA’s overall business fundamentals

(Portland, OR) – Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA”) (Nasdaq: BREW), a leading craft brewing company, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Third quarter results include continued robust depletion growth for Kona, as well as strong EPS performance driven by improving fundamentals, including revenue per barrel growth, gross margin expansion, and ongoing tighter management of Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses.

Kona Continues to Outpace Across Segments

Against a backdrop of intensifying market pressure and competition, Kona continued to outperform all segments of the beer market, growing depletions by 9% in the third quarter and 10% year to date. As the cornerstone of CBA’s “Kona Plus” portfolio strategy, Kona’s strong brand identity and distinctive island-inspired beers resonate with consumers – from its home market of Hawaii, where Kona has grown 8% year to date, to around the world as evidenced by Kona’s continued double-digit international shipment growth. Kona flagship Big Wave Golden Ale delivered 15% depletions growth in the third quarter, driving a 25% increase in depletions year to date, and Hanalei Island IPA, Kona’s latest national beer launched earlier this year, remains a top seller in its category and a top 10 new craft brand nationally.

Strong Improvements in Business Fundamentals

Our progress strengthening CBA’s business fundamentals accelerated in the third quarter. Net sales grew 3% compared to the same period last year, driven by stronger revenue management as reflected in improved revenue per barrel. Gross profit increased by 14%, and gross margin expanded by 350 basis points to 34.2% over the same period last year, as a result of higher revenue per barrel and brewery optimization efforts, including the shutdown of our Woodinville brewery, expansion of production in Fort Collins, and operational efficiencies in our largest-volume brewery in Portland. With ongoing cost control management, we continued to invest in the Kona brand, contributing to an increase of 30 basis points in SG&A expense.

Substantive Progress Leveraging AB Agreements

We continued to leverage our recent agreements with Anheuser-Busch (“AB”). Building on the successful launch of our contract brewing partnership earlier this year, we expanded CBA brewing volumes in AB’s Fort Collins brewery. Additionally, as previously discussed, we continued working with AB on a deliberate and strategic approach to grow Kona internationally, which included the pilot distribution of Kona beers in key global beer markets. In 2018, we anticipate enhanced performance as a result of inclusion of our brands in AB’s wholesaler planning process.

Clarifying Year-End Expectations

Based on our third quarter and year-to-date results, we are revising and tightening certain aspects of our 2017 guidance to provide more clarity around our expectations for the full year. We expect to deliver full-year revenue growth of 3.5% to 5%, underpinned by healthy increases in pricing and changes in mix, as well as previously disclosed recurring AB international distribution payments and a one-time contract brewing shortfall fee. We are revising our estimates for depletions, which we expect will range between flat and a decrease of 2%, as well as for shipments, which we estimate will range between a decrease of 2% and a decrease of 4%. Additionally, we expect gross margin to come in at the mid to high end of guidance and SG&A to be at the low end of the range. Further, we have narrowed the range for capital expenditures.

Third quarter and year-to-date 2017 financial highlights:

Overall depletions decreased 2% for the quarter and 1% year to date, compared to the same periods last year, while depletions for Kona maintained strong growth, increasing 9% in the third quarter and 10% year to date.
Shipments were relatively flat in the third quarter and down 3% year to date, compared to the same periods last year.
Net sales increased 3% to $56.6 million in the third quarter and 3% to $161.5 million year to date over the comparable periods in 2016, primarily attributed to increases in average unit pricing and brand mix, alternating proprietorship sales, and, in the nine-month period, the benefit of international distribution fees earned from AB. The increases were partially offset by decreases in our brewpub sales and, in the nine-month period, a decrease in our shipment volumes as a result of previously discussed efforts to reduce inventory levels.
Third quarter gross profit increased by 14%, to $19.4 million, over the third quarter in 2016. Year-to-date gross profit increased by 9%, to $50.4 million, compared to the same period last year, driven by pricing and brand mix, the AB international distribution payment, a one-time contract brewing shortfall fee, and overall improvements in cost of goods sold.
Third quarter gross margin increased by 350 basis points to 34.2% compared to the third quarter of 2016, driven by a 460-basis point expansion in beer gross margin through improved cost of goods sold and healthy pricing, offset by lower pub gross margin.
Year-to-date gross margin increased by 170 basis points to 31.2% compared to the same period in 2016, reflecting favorability in recurring non-operational benefits, including the AB international distribution payment, and one-time contract brewing shortfall fee, partially offset by lower cost absorption and a decrease in pub foot traffic.
SG&A for the third quarter was $16.3 million, a 3% increase over the third quarter of 2016, and $47.4 million year to date, a 2% increase over the same period last year.
The third quarter increase primarily reflects increased in-market promotional costs, as well as costs related to the reorganization of our IT resources, partially offset by a decrease in general and administrative costs.
The increase in year-to-date SG&A expense is primarily due to increases in employee benefit-related costs, professional fees, and the reorganization of our IT resources, partially offset by the timing of creative and media spend.
Diluted net income per share was $0.09 for the third quarter, an increase of $0.06 over the third quarter in 2016. For the year-to-date period, diluted net income per share was $0.09, an increase of $0.11 over the same period last year.
“We feel really good about our third quarter results across a number of dimensions – be that in terms of our performance in the context of a fiercely competitive market, our absolute performance relative to last year, and our performance relative to our peers,” said Andy Thomas, chief executive officer, CBA. “Kona continues to distinguish itself with bright prospects for the future, our business fundamentals continue to improve, and our relationship with AB is providing ever greater value to our stakeholders.”

Updated financial guidance for full-year 2017:

Average price increases of 1% to 2% are unchanged and do not reflect the recurring AB international distribution payments or the one-time contract brewing shortfall fee that will be recognized in the fourth quarter.
Depletions are now expected to range between a decrease of 2% and flat compared to last year.
Shipments are now expected to range between a decrease of 4% and a decrease of 2%, primarily reflecting our decision to focus the remainder of the year on maximizing our owned brand portfolio, led by Kona, alongside our existing partner portfolio, including Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, and Wynwood Brewing Co., and to not bring on additional partners at this time.
Total gross margin remains in the range of 30.5% to 32.5%, and we expect to be at the mid to higher end of the range.
SG&A ranging from $61 million to $63 million, reflecting an increase in marketing spend and SG&A cost optimization. As we leverage investments made in prior years and seek to improve efficiencies, we expect to be at the lower end of the range.
Our capital expenditure range has been narrowed and is expected to be approximately $18 million to $20 million, reflecting continued work on previously disclosed projects, including the new Kona brewery and the Redhook brewpub in Seattle.
“CBA’s third quarter revenue growth, improved cost management, and operational efficiencies have contributed to our solid year-to-date results. Despite adjusting guidance ranges in some areas to reflect the dynamic market in which we operate, we remain confident in delivering EPS performance well ahead of last year,” said Joe Vanderstelt, chief financial officer, CBA.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that state the Company’s or management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future, including depletions, shipments and sales growth, price increases, lower inventory levels, and gross margin rate improvement, the level and effect of SG&A expense and business development, anticipated capital spending, and the benefits or improvements to be realized from strategic initiatives and capital projects, are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company’s report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company’s website, www.craftbrew.com, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

About Craft Brew Alliance

CBA is an independent craft brewing company that brews, brands, and brings to market world-class American craft beers.

Our distinctive portfolio combines the power of Kona Brewing Company, a dynamic, fast-growing national craft beer brand, with strong regional breweries and innovative lifestyle brands Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Omission Brewing Co., Redhook Brewery, Square Mile Cider Co., Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Wynwood Brewing Co. CBA nurtures the growth and development of its brands in today’s increasingly competitive beer market through our state-of-the-art brewing and distribution capability, integrated sales and marketing infrastructure, and strong focus on partnerships, local community and sustainability.

Formed in 2008, CBA is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and operates breweries and brewpubs across the U.S. CBA beers are available in all 50 U.S. states and 30 different countries around the world. For more information about CBA and our brands, please visit www.craftbrew.com.

Rogue Fresh Roast Ale now available

November 8, 2017 - 5:11pm

(Newport, OR) – Roasting the Revolution isn’t easy, but that’s why Rogue Ales & Spirits doesn’t back down from a challenge. Rogue’s Fresh Roast Ale is a break from the norm, roasting Rogue Farms-grown barley in-house with a vintage coffee roaster. After roasting, the brewers rush the barley 273 steps to the brew kettle, creating the signature taste unlike any other beer on the market.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves to do something unique,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “Fresh Roast highlights every step of the brewing process. We took our Rogue Farms estate-grown barley, hand-roasted it, and walked 53 seconds to the brew kettle to capture the freshest taste of roasted barley.”

Fresh Roast features robust, roasted coffee notes without the addition of any actual coffee. It can be found on draft and in six pack 12oz. bottles now through February 2018. Find Fresh Roast using the Rogue Beer Finder and for more information on the Roast-Your-Own Revolution visit Rogue.com.

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 1,800 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, marionberries, honey, cucumbers, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.

Indeed Mango Helio Brett Saison joins Wooden Soul series starting on November 16th

November 8, 2017 - 5:01pm

(Minneapolis, MN) – Indeed Brewing will release 750 ml bottles of its newest Wooden Soul offering, Mango Helio, at the brewery in mid-November.

Mango Helio is a variant of Indeed’s Heliotropic Brett Saison in a fruity parallel universe. After being aged for 5-6 months in oak barrels, Heliotropic was refermented on fresh mango for an additional 2+ months. Flavors of ripe mango, funky brett, and an extra layer of acidity adorn the usual cast of Helio flavors and aromatics.

Indeed will hold the 750 ml bottle release of Mango Helio in its taproom on November 16th, beginning at 3pm. Supplies are limited, with approximately 200 bottles available for purchase. Bottles will be priced at $15.99 plus tax, with a limit of two per person. To help celebrate, Chowgirls Killer Catering will be on site with free snacks to pair with the fruited ale starting at 4pm. Attendees can get more information from the event page on Facebook.

Wooden Soul is Indeed’s wild, sour, and barrel-aged beer program, lead by Head Brewer Adam Theis. Indeed will celebrate the release of another Wooden Soul, a collaboration beer with Gamling & McDuck winery out of Napa, CA, with three events the week of November 20th. The collab will be featured at Napa by Northeast: Sour Beer & Wine Social on November 20th at Nightingale Minneapolis, a ticketed dinner at Restaurant Alma on November 21st, and a limited amount of the collaboration will go on tap at Indeed on November 22nd for a special Indeed We Can, with all taproom proceeds going to the North Bay Fire Relief.

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

Lakefront Black Friday XXX Vintage Reserve, Black Friday 2017 Imperial Stout coming 11/24

November 8, 2017 - 4:48pm

Lakefront Brewery Announces Two Specialty Beers for This Year’s Anticipated Black Friday
Black Friday “Vintage Reserve” will make its debut on November 24

(Milwaukee, WI) – Lakefront Brewery will once again celebrate the infamous holiday shopping day with its Black Friday event. Not only will the original Black Friday beer, 2017 Black Friday™ Imperial Stout, be available, but new this year, a Black Friday™ “Vintage Reserve,” created with 2014, 2015 and 2016 Black Friday™. These beers will only be available on November 24 at Lakefront Brewery, and last year the brewery sold out is entire inventory of 5,000 bottles by 11:40 a.m.

Lakefront Brewery’s doors will open at 8 a.m. Thousands are expected to walk through and many will begin lining up outside the 1872 N. Commerce brewery as early as 3:30 a.m. “This is our sixth year doing Black Friday and it’s become more than just a rare beer release,” said Chris Johnson, director of business development, Lakefront Brewery.” “People really wait and plan all year so that when family and friends come in town, they can get together at a place more invigorating than a shopping center.”

Customers can purchase up to three 22-oz bottles of the 2017 Black Friday™ for $15 each, and one bottle of the Black Friday™ Vintage Reserve, which features a silver wax crown seal and a turkey skeleton graphic silkscreened in sterling silver, for $25. A combo four-pack will be on sale for $70 while supplies last.

“The Black Friday™ was brewed at the beginning of the year, then aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months, where it picks up the vanilla and oak notes that seriously complement the beer’s big, chocolatey, roasted malt flavors,” said Michael Stodola, brand manager, Lakefront Brewery. “The Vintage Reserve has been aging for years and the flavor has become smoother, but the alcohol has grown.”

In addition to the special beers and Black Friday™ gear, Lakefront Brewery’s Beer Hall will serve breakfast fare starting at 5am outside.

Lakefront Brewery, Inc. distributes its products to 35 states, Japan and Canada. Lakefront Brewery, Inc. produced the first beer in the United States made from 100% in-state-grown ingredients, including a first-of-its-kind, indigenous Wisconsin yeast strain (Wisconsinite Summer Weiss), the first certified organic brewery and the first gluten-free beer granted label approval by the U.S. Government (New Grist). For more information, visit http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com or call (414) 372-8800.

Kona Lanai Series Imperial Vanilla Stout bottles coming to Hawaii, limited draft in four states

November 8, 2017 - 4:12pm

(Kailua-Kona, HI) – Kona Brewing Company has sweet news for fans of its vanilla-flavored stout: For the first time ever, Imperial Vanilla Stout will be available in 22 oz. bottles on the Islands – joining the brewery’s flagship beers including Big Wave Golden Ale, Longboard Island Lager, Hanalei Island IPA, and the latest addition to Kona Brewing Co.’s retail line-up: Kua Bay IPA.

Part of the popular Lanai Series, Imperial Vanilla Stout will also be available on draft in California, Washington, Florida and Nevada through December 2017 (or while supplies last).

“This big and robust beer is a fan-favorite because of the flavorful balance between roasted and chocolate malts, topped off by wonderful flavors and aromas of vanilla,” said Ryan McVeigh, Kona Brewing Co Brewmaster. “We’re thrilled to bring it back to the Mainland, and release it in 22 oz. bottles in Hawai‘i, in time for the holidays.”

Imperial Vanilla Stout uses whole vanilla beans, natural vanilla flavors and roasty malts to create a full-bodied brew with notes of chocolate, roast and coffee. Imperial Vanilla Stout (ABV 8.5%, IBU 26) finishes like a vanilla mocha with a complimentary sweetness and moderate roasty bitterness. Imperial Vanilla Stout’s sweet, roasty flavor pairs well with dessert and can even serve as a dessert on its own.

To find Imperial Vanilla Stout, visit Kona Brewing Co.’s Beer Finder at www.konabrewingco.com/find-beer.

About Kona Brewing Company

Kona Brewing Company was started in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality.

Today, Kona is Hawaii’s largest and favorite craft brewery, known for top-selling flagship beers Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale and award-winning innovative small-batch beers available across the Islands. The Hawaii born and Hawaii-based craft brewery prides itself on brewing the freshest beer of exceptional quality closest to market. This helps to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing shipping of raw materials, finished beer and packaging materials.

Kona Brewing Company has become one of the top craft beer brands in the world, while remaining steadfastly committed to its home market through a strong focus on innovation, sustainability and community outreach. For more information call 808-334-BREW or visit www.KonaBrewingCo.com. Be social via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @KonaBrewingCo

Stone Xocoveza Imperial Stout returns for 2017 holiday season

November 8, 2017 - 3:55pm

Stone Brewing Presents: ‘Bean to Beer: A Cacao Story’ Celebrating Steadfast Artisanal Brewing

(Escondido, CA) – Stone Brewing ignites the holiday season with the release of Stone Xocoveza, a deliciously distinctive mocha stout brewed to stagger the senses with cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, milk sugar and a mild punch of pasilla peppers. Reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate, Stone Xocoveza in 12-ounce bottled six-packs can now be stacked in fridges. To mark the occasion, Stone Brewing presents: ‘Bean to Beer: A Cacao Story.’ The short-form documentary offers insight into the intensive process of crafting the ultimate artisanal beer.

‘From bean to beer,’ Stone Xocoveza is brewed with cacao sourced straight from Belize. Raw cacao beans are sorted, roasted, de-hulled and ground into chocolate all by hand at Stone Brewing under the tutelage of Belyzium brand cacao grower and chocolate maker Andrei Shibkov. Craftsmanship at its finest, the process allows for Stone’s brewers to work with expertly sourced, high-quality cacao, processed precisely to the needs of the Stone Xocoveza recipe. The outcome is amazing chocolate that imparts only the finest cocoa flavor upon one of the country’s best-selling holiday spiced stouts.

The aroma of Stone Xocoveza sets the mood for the season. Intense warmth of cinnamon and coffee precede nutmeg and peppers. Flavors of cocoa and cinnamon lead into coffee, nutmeg and vanilla. The fruitiness and mild heat of the pasilla peppers make for a smooth finish. The 8.1% full-bodied stout finds its balance with a strong malt bill plus German Perle and English East Kent Golding hops. As the beer warms, flavor combinations evolve keeping this beer as interesting as most family gatherings. Stone Xocoveza ranks an impressive BeerAdvocate score of 95%, among Stone’s very best.

“Stone Xocoveza continues to rally our fans into the holiday spirit, but it stands for even more than that here at Stone,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “This extraordinary beer dates back to our annual American Homebrewers Association competition of 2014 in which Chris Banker’s original recipe was selected as the winner and first brewed on a national scale. Its powerful flavor profile, innovative recipe and the way in which it lends itself to the use of such high-quality ingredients, make this a winner for us still today.”

This harmoniously balanced beer will age beautifully. Cellaring for months or even years will allow the malt character to evolve, making the cocoa and coffee flavors more prevalent.

QUICK FACTS
Name: Stone Xocoveza
Web: stonebrewing.com/xocoveza
Stats: 8.1% ABV, 50 IBUs
Availability: 12-ounce bottles in seasonal six-packs and draft
Distribution: Australia, Berlin, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and nationwide in the U.S.
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Pours black with a thick brown head.
Aroma: Intense cinnamon, cocoa and coffee are followed by nutmeg and peppers. As the beer warms up, the flavor combinations evolve and the cocoa and vanilla notes really start to open up.
Taste: Cocoa and cinnamon are at the forefront. The coffee, nutmeg and vanilla follow, and the fruitiness and mild heat of the pasilla peppers come through nicely on the finish. Chocolate is present throughout.
Palate: Full bodied and very smooth with a light bitterness. The sweetness adds a lot to this beer without being syrupy.
Overall: When we first brewed this beer in 2014, everyone on the brewing team was blown away by its multiple layers of flavor. The inspiration came from Mexican hot chocolate combined with coffee. We loved how wonderfully this beer showcases the spices, cocoa and subtle coffee roast flavors, so much that we continue to bring it back as an annual Stone special holiday release.

PAIRING NOTES
Starters: Bacon-Wrapped Figs, Roasted Pecans sprinkled with Cinnamon, Charred Brussels Sprouts**, Candied Salmon, Coconut Shrimp
Soups: Clam Chowder, Butternut Squash, White Bean, Sausage & Kale Soup**, Beef Stew, French Onion
Main Courses: Chicken Mole, Tofu Adobada*, Coffee-Dusted Fillet, Stuffed Poblano Chili, Mushroom Stroganoff, Lamb Chops, Traditional Strip Steak*
Cheeses: Camembert, Hook’s EWE CALF to be KIDding, Beehive Cheese Big John’s Cajun, Point Reyes Original Blue
Desserts: Coffee & Mascarpone Mousse Cake**, Chocolate Lava Cake, Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Rolls, Xocorosa Ice Cream Sandwich*

TRVE Brewing announces distribution partnership with Our Mutual Friend Brewing

November 8, 2017 - 3:31pm

(Denver, CO) – Our Mutual Friend Brewing of Denver, CO has partnered with TRVE Brewing’s distribution arm for distribution of their beer along the Front Range of Colorado.

Our Mutual Friend has recently grown its infrastructure and capacity, including the addition of three new foeders in order to increase the production of some of their award-winning mixed culture and brett beers. They will be ramping up production of these as well as their stainless fermented ales to bring their beers to both on- and off-premise accounts in Denver and the surrounding area. The agreement will mark the first time OMF beer is significantly available outside their own taproom.

TRVE Brewing has been self-distributing their own beer for two years, and for over a year has worked with out-of-state breweries such as Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, NC), Finback Brewery (Queens, NY), and 7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin, FL) to import and distribute their beer on a limited basis. The agreement with OMF is their first established distribution partnership with a brewery based in Colorado.

“We’re incredibly excited to be working with OMF,” says Nick Nunns, founder of TRVE Brewing. “We’ve worked with a number of breweries outside the state of Colorado. To now be working with one of our local friends is an exciting new opportunity for our distribution arm. We’ve known the guys and gals at OMF since they opened and have been watching them grow in a way much like we’ve grown our own brewery. The similarity in our approaches to beer makes this relationship a no brainer.”

“Over the last five years, we believe OMF has emerged as a brewery to watch in an ever growing and evolving beer scene,” says Brandon Proff, OMF managing partner. “Though we fully intend to remain a small brewery serving the North-East Denver community, it has become clear as we’ve built a friendship with TRVE that our vision and principles for how we desire to operate are aligned. Craft beer has become an increasing arms race, but we do not believe (nor have any interest) in fighting for shelf space. TRVE’s resources and expertise will allow us to approach where our beer goes with agility and intention through their strong, meaningful relationships with businesses that care deeply and want know whose products they are selling. We look forward to the future of our new distribution partnership with TRVE, and can’t wait to forge a path forward. Let’s party.”

TRVE will begin limited distribution of OMF beer in mid-November, commencing with a celebration of stouts and porters hosted by Falling Rock Tap House on November 17th at 5:30pm. Colorado order inquiries for OMF and TRVE beer can be directed to sales@trvebrewing.com.

ABOUT TRVE BREWING CO.

TRVE Brewing Co. was founded in the historic Baker neighborhood of Denver, Colorado on the summer solstice of 2012. Since its inception, TRVE has been a staple of the Denver brewing scene focusing on sessionable and crushable beers presented through the filter of a heavy metal aesthetic. TRVE has set itself apart from the typical experience found in the craft beer community with a wholly unique taproom, in which their original three barrel system resides. In the spring of 2015, TRVE began brewing at the Acid Temple – a ten barrel production facility dedicated to mixed-culture fermentation and experimentation.

For more information visit trvebrewing.com, and follow TRVE on Facebook at facebook.com/trvebrewing and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/trvebrewing/.

CONTACT:
Nick Nunns
info@trvebrewing.com
227 Broadway #101
Denver, CO 80203

ABOUT OUR MUTUAL FRIEND BREWING

Our Mutual Friend Brewing opened in December of 2012 with the goal of creating a place for community through their small neighborhood taproom in the up and coming River North (RiNo) neighborhood. Starting on a 31-gallon brew system, they worked tirelessly to understand the techniques and history of beer while looking forward to where craft beer was heading. Doing so influenced their vision to create beers with a sense of place, forging relationships with Colorado hop and barley growers and has allowed them to offer as many 100% Colorado grown beers as possible. In 2015 they earned a silver medal in the wood and barrel aged sour category at the Great American Beer Festival for 24FPS, a 100% Colorado mixed-culture fermentation barrel-aged sour beer.

In 2017 OMF continued its organic growth on a seven-barrel brew system, increasing capacity to meet demand and offer traditional styles while still being afforded the opportunity for experimentation. 2016 and 2017 saw OMF receiving back to back silver medals at GABF in the brett beer category for Dreamy Thing (a collaboration with Cerebral Brewing) and Saison Trystero.

For more information visit omfbeer.com, and follow OMF on Facebook and Instagram at @omfbrewing.

Contact:
Brandon Proff
hello@omfmb.com
2810 Larimer st.
Denver, CO 80205

Jester King 2017 Nocturn Chrysalis to be released on Friday, November 10th

November 8, 2017 - 12:31pm

(Austin, TX) – Jester King Brewery announced a new release on Wednesday. More below via email…

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We’re pleased to announce 2017 Nocturn Chrysalis — our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Marion blackberries! This is our fifth blend of Nocturn Chrysalis. The first blend was released in September, 2013.

2017 Nocturn Chrysalis is 5.1% alcohol by volume, 7 IBU, 3.3 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.003 (0.75 Plato). It was packaged in August, 2017.

Nocturn Chrysalis will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, November 10th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (500ml/$20). We have about 7,000 bottles with a bottle limit of four per customer per day. We also packaged 180 1.5L magnum bottles, which will be sold through a lottery in the future. Aside from special events and a small handful of onsite accounts, Nocturn Chrysalis will only be available at our tasting room. We also harvested the Marion blackberries from 2017 Nocturn Chrysalis for a future batch of Grim Harvest.

Short’s Brewing Company announces 2018 flagship and seasonal lineup

November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

(Elk Rapids, MI) – Short’s Brewing Company is excited to announce their 2018 flagship and seasonal lineup, in addition to their fearlessly creative specialty beers that will be released through the first quarter.

The lineup includes their five flagships beers, Soft Parade, Huma Lupa Licious, Local’s Light, Bellaire Brown, and Space Rock, along with a new expanded seasonal lineup to include two rotating seasonal selections available at any given time in Michigan. Select rotating seasonals will also be available in the greater Short’s distribution area of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. New seasonals will be introduced in this lineup including the fan-favorite former specialty release Superfluid, and 2017’s summer draft hit Soft Parade Shandy.

“We took a hard look at our massively delicious specialty portfolio and dug up some pretty amazing beer to make this lineup extra special. Some of the brands are oldie yet goodies, and others are new innovations. I am personally giddy about this stash!” said Short’s Sales Manager, Pauline Knighton-Preuter.

The remaining specialty releases will be announced throughout 2018 so that Short’s may remain flexible to customer feedback and their brewers’ yet to be determined creative ideas. Stay tuned to the Short’s Facebook Page and the 2018 Release Schedule for all updates.

For more information about Short’s Brewing Company, please visit www.shortsbrewing.com.

About Short’s Brewing Company

Located in the heart of Downtown Bellaire, MI, Short’s Brewing Co. was established in 2004 by Joe Short. In 2009, Short’s began keg and bottle distribution in Michigan via their Elk Rapids Production Facility. Starcut Ciders is a division of Short’s Brewing Company born out of a desire to celebrate the bounty of Michigan orchards. The brewery is known widely for their flagship and experimental brews including Huma Lupa Licious and Soft Parade. Short’s prides themselves on producing fearlessly creative beers, handmade by people who care in Northern Michigan.

River North 2017 Barrel Aged Avarice vintage debuts Saturday, November 11

November 7, 2017 - 3:48pm

(Denver, CO) – River North Brewery has announced the annual release of Barrel Aged Avarice, its original barrel-aged imperial stout. The 2017 vintage debuts this Saturday, November 11th at Noon in the brewery taproom.

A dry Belgian-style imperial stout, Barrel-Aged Avarice spent 10 months maturing in whiskey barrels, complimenting base notes of baker’s chocolate with smooth oaky tannins. The result is a quaffable beer that is never too sweet, strikingly different from most other barrel-aged imperial stouts.

To kick off the release party, River North will tap a three-year vertical of Barrel Aged Avarice, with vintages dating back to 2015. The brewery will also offer bottles of 2017 Barrel Aged Avarice at $10 each, with a one-case limit. A limited number of bottles will also ship to Colorado stores in advance of Thanksgiving. This beer serves as the perfect complement to turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Finally, River North has also solidified release dates for the remainder of its special releases for this year. The long-awaited Vicennial Series debuts Saturday, November 25th, followed by Mr. Sandman and Barrel Aged Mr. Sandman on December 9th.

As independent Denver brewers established in 2012, River North Brewery crafts #AdventureFuel only available in Colorado, with a full lineup of crushable cans and cellar-worthy bottles. Like the brewery at facebook.com/rivernorthbrewery or follow and tag @rivernorthbrew on Twitter and Instagram.

Side Project Cellar celebrates 3-year Anniversary with limited tappings throughout the week

November 7, 2017 - 2:50pm

(St. Louis, MO) – Side Project Brewing recently announced via blog post its keg tapping schedule for the big week. More below…

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The Side Project Cellar’s 3-year Anniversary is Nov. 11, 2017! We’ve created a pretty fun tradition of celebrating by tapping Side Project kegs all week long leading up to Nov. 11th! Here is the keg tapping schedule for our Anniversary Week:

Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 3pm: Side Project SURPRISE

We’ll start the week out with a delicious surprise keg right at Open! [BeerPulse Note: Plus, from Twitter, “So excited that To-Go 12oz Cans @sharedbrew Base Weight & Coffee Cinnamon Base Weight start at 3pm Tuesday!”

Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 6pm: Side Project Längst

Längst is our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Adambier – a historic, strong, malty German ale that was brewed with 7 different German malts and fermented with a fruity yeast strain. Längst was aged for 15 months in a variety of Bourbon Barrels. (Original Release Date: Nov 2016)

Thursday, Nov. 9th at 6pm: Side Project / Evil Twin Collaboration Styrbjörn

Styrbjørn is our Double Barrel-Aged Sour Quad that was brewed with Muscavado Sugar and fermented in Red Wine and Bourbon Barrels with Raisins and aged for a year. Then, after a year, it was racked to Port Barrels and finished on Plums with our local microflora. (Original Release Date: July 2017)

Friday, Nov. 10th at 1pm: Side Project Fuzzy Blend #1 and Fuzzy Blend #2

Fuzzy Blend #2 is our Missouri Wild Ale that was fermented in and aged in French Oak for 2 years, and then racked on to White Peaches from Southeast Missouri and aged an additional 7 months. We’ll be tapping both Fuzzy #1 and Fuzzy #2 together for the first and only time because this is the LAST keg of Fuzzy #1. (Original Release Date of Blend #1: April 2014, Original Release Date of Blend #2: May 2016)

Saturday, Nov. 11th at 4pm: Side Project 4 Candles (Draft Debut!)

Just like 1 Candle, 2 Candles and 3 Candles, 4 Candles is our draft-only, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with unique flavors that are best enjoyed still, or with no carbonation. More info about 4 Candles will be released soon! We know that The Side Project Cellar is a small & cozy place, so we will also be tapping 4 Candles in our brewery tasting room. Both 4 Candles kegs will start flowing at 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 11th.

We will have some other surprises at The Side Project Cellar during the week too.

Sun King Brewery announces opening of Oca restaurant in its Indianapolis Tap Room

November 7, 2017 - 2:28pm

(Indianapolis, IN) – Sun King Brewery, one of the leaders of the independent craft beer movement in Indiana, is excited to announce the opening of Oca in its refurbished Indianapolis Tap Room. Oca is a sausage-centric restaurant and cheese and salumi counter developed by Chris Eley, named one of America’s top 20 food artisans by Food & Wine and owner of Indianapolis’ Goose the Market and Smoking Goose.

Oca, the Italian word for “goose,” will feature a variety of house-made game, vegetarian, and seafood sausages on a ready-to-eat menu. With a focus on Sun King beer pairings, the ever-changing menu selection will rotate with the best of the seasonal harvest. Oca’s menu will feature new-world twists on old-world classics and inventive new sausage offerings including:

· Platters to serve two – four people:

o Sasquatch: giant spud topped with guanciale, ‘nduja (a spicy, spreadable pork salumi), duck egg, ricotta, escarole, lemon and pork rinds

o Choucroute Garnie: smoked rib chop, Knack, Nuremberg and Strasbourg Alsatian-style sausages, cured pork belly, fermented cabbage, Riesling, onion, herbs and potatoes

o Pretzels and pimiento beer cheese: Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale, sharp cheddar, pimiento, Bavarian pretzels and ‘nduja

· Links for One: single-serve sausage plates served hot:

o Currywurst, beet-potato hash, escarole, crab cocktail, New England bun

o Pheasant and onion sausage, duck confit, white beans, lardons, served wet (with an extra dose of jus) or dry

o Berkshire pork and octopus sausage, rapini, pine nuts, fresh mozzarella, arrabiatta sauce and orecchiette pasta salad

o Smoked salmon belly and pink peppercorn sausage, burgundy snails, parsley, tarragon, porcini mushrooms

· Boards of farmstead cheeses and house cured meats with paired accompaniments to eat in or sliced to order for take away

With service and menu options that range from single servings to party platters, Oca is ready to satisfy Sun King tasting room guests who’d like a plate with their pint or take-away treats to go with their growlers.

“Craft beer fans have been visiting our tasting room to sample our fresh, flavorful craft beer for eight years,” said Clay Robinson, co-owner of Sun King Brewery. “With Oca’s delicious food and up to 16 Sun King beers on tap, we hope guests will come by more often to enjoy the tasty pairings.” Sun King’s expanded tasting room and patio will now have the capacity to seat 140 guests who can enjoy more Sun King flagship, seasonal, and King’s Reserve beers in sample flights or pints.
“Oca’s menu and Sun King beer are the best of the wurst,” jokes Chris Eley, owner of Oca, Goose the Market and Smoking Goose. “Oca’s menu and service is truly unique. Together with Sun King’s great brews, it’s a delicious experience unlike any other.”

Sun King’s Indianapolis Tasting Room hours and specials are as follows:
· Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

· Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

· Friday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; $6 growler fill special on Sunlight, Wee Mac and Osiris

· Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

· Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; No keg sales

Oca’s hours are as follows:
· Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

· Thursday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

· Saturday – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

· Sunday – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

About Sun King Brewery

Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends – Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers – the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans throughout Indiana, Chicago and Louisville, Ky., Sun King has grown into a leader in the independent craft brewing movement. Sun King’s brewers hand craft flagship, seasonal and specialty beers that have been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, and the brewery donates to hundreds of community organizations throughout Indiana. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information. Sun King Brewery is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Oca
#OcaMeansGooseOpening November 2017, Oca provides reliable sausages, salumi, and cheese inside Sun King Brewery’s tasting room at 135 N. College Ave. in Indianapolis. For the latest news on grand opening events, menu updates, and more, follow @OcaSKB on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Register for Oca email updates and the chance to win a free dinner at ocameansgoose.com

About Chris Eley, Owner of Oca, Goose the Market, and Smoking Goose

Growing up in Indianapolis, Chris’ first kitchen gig at the local Sahm’s restaurant inspired his taste for a professional food career. After culinary school and college, he cooked for award-winning restaurants in Chicago before landmark chefs like Rick Tramanto and Gale Gand tapped Chris to open restaurants and create menus. In 2007, Chris and his wife, Mollie, returned home to Indianapolis to open Goose the Market, a full-service butcher shop and specialty food and wine market, before opening their USDA-inspected meatery, Smoking Goose, in 2011.

Recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal among the Top Forty Under 40, Chris was also featured in The Indianapolis Star as one of the city’s Top Ten Entrepreneurs to Watch. His work behind the counter at Goose the Market and Smoking Goose have earned features in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and more.

Night Shift Brewing starts contract brewing with Smuttynose, OHTT Mosaic released

November 7, 2017 - 2:12pm

(Everett, MA) – Night Shift Brewing announced last week that it was starting a new contract brewing partnership with Smuttynose in New Hampshire.

Over the last couple months we have seen label approvals come through (which just means that the TTB has pre-approved these beers to be produced and sold across state lines) for several beers in both pint can and keg format including: Bennington, One Hop This Time Series, Morph, Santilli, The 87 and Village Lager. Pfaffenheck has received approval for the pint can format.

More below on the new agreement as well as some other new beer news via recent email newsletter…

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With a little help from our friends…

Over the past year, demand for Night Shift beer has continued to accelerate – a fact that constantly humbles us. However, we’ve completely run out of space to make more beer in Everett! So, we’re teaming up with Smuttynose Brewing in NH to temporarily solve our demand problem. This contract brewing partnership allows us to supplement our maxed-out Everett production while we assess long-term expansion options of our own. Over the next few months, we’ll be adding more accounts and expanding the NSB footprint in MA, NY, and ME.

To be clear, our brewers and lab team are heavily involved in the entire production process at Smuttynose. If it doesn’t taste like Night Shift, it doesn’t go out the door – same standards as always. We’re also learning a ton from their team and their state-of-the-art, LEED-certified Gold facility – plenty of inspiration…As the first products from this partnership start to hit shelves, we wanted to share the news with everyone.

OHTT: Mosaic – (Last) Friday
Shout it from the hill tops – MoMo is back! One Hop This Time: Mosaic cans landed in the Taproom on Friday in all their pastel glory. This single-hop IPA showcases the massive citrus notes that put Mosaic hops on the map, with a heavy focus on grapefruit and orange peel. From aroma through finish, OHTT: Mosaic is a celebration of juicy and refreshing IPA goodness. Hitting stores this week!

The 87 – in stores this week!
If you didn’t make it to the brewery for a taste of The 87’s new recipe, check your local stores this week for the hookup. And in case you missed the news: we gave our house double IPA a bit of a reworking! Head Brewer Joe Mashburn says it best, but the idea was to tweak everything from hops to malts to water to yeast, in order to modernize this beer.

Release dates are always subject to change

One Hop This Time: Mosaic – Rotating Single-Hop IPA with Mosaic Hops – 11/3
Village Lager – Zwickelbier-Style Lager – 11/7
Mirage – Double India Pale Ale Brewed with Vic Secret and Simcoe hops – 11/9
Second Breakfast – Baltic Porter – 11/15

Founders CBS (formerly Canadian Breakfast Stout) release details announced

November 7, 2017 - 1:47pm

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Quick follow-up to last week’s soft announcement regarding Founders Brewing Company CBS (formerly Canadian Breakfast Stout. More below via blog post

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CBS will be available everywhere (yep, all 46 states we’re available), including our Grand Rapids taproom, on draft and in 750mL bottles beginning on December 1. It will have a suggested retail price of $24.99 a bottle.

Similar to our annual release of KBS, CBS will be released from our taproom via an online ticket sale. Keep in mind that tickets for this event are in high demand and we anticipate they will sell out quickly:

General Admission bottle ticket info:

Tickets will go on sale on November 11, 2017 at 11am EST through this link
Tickets are name and pickup weekend specific – no exceptions
Limit of one ticket, equaling (2) bottles of CBS per person
Tickets are $50/each ($25/bottle) plus convenience fees
Tickets are non-transferrable
Refunds will not be issued for unused or lost tickets
Mug Club

Mug Club presale ticket info will be sent via email, 11/6/17.

Bottle Pickup:

Pickup occurs only on the weekend specified on your ticket and only by the person indicated on your ticket

Two weekends for bottle pickup at the Grand Rapids taproom:
12/1/17-12/3/17
12/8/17-12/10/17

Pickup will take place from the Education entrance off of Williams St. from 11am-9pm each day

Ticketing questions can be sent to grandrapidsticketing@foundersbrewing.com

Brewers Association’s Take Craft Back pitch aims to raise $213 billion for ABI purchase

November 7, 2017 - 1:27pm

Update to the Brewers Association’s Take Craft Back campaign, that to date has raised a whopping $3,332,580 in pledges of support from 10,457 independent backers!

Original Press Release below…

America’s Small and Independent Brewers Aim to Buy Anheuser-Busch InBev

–Take Craft Back, Seeking $213 Billion, Is Largest Crowdfunding Campaign Ever–

(Boulder, CO) — It’s official: The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit organization that represents America’s small and independent brewers, has announced the craft brewing community’s intent to Take Craft Back from Big Beer. The #TakeCraftBack campaign—launched at TakeCraftBack.com—seeks to crowdsource the funds to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev, the international conglomerate that has been busy acquiring small breweries across the country.

Over the past several years, Big Beer has been attempting to buy their way into the craft beer movement by acquiring small breweries at a rapid rate and using their acquisitions to invent craft brewing bona-fides.

The Take Craft Back campaign features a not-yet-superstar, Andy—an avowed lover of craft beer—who has stated that his affinity for craft beer makes him highly qualified to serve as a campaign spokesperson.

“Since 2011, Anheuser-Busch InBev has quietly acquired 10 small and independent breweries, but they won’t tell you that on their packaging,” said Andy. “Just try to name all 10 without Googling…exactly. Big Beer creates an ‘illusion of choice,’ but we are presenting them with a reality check—and hopefully, at the end of the day, with a real check too.

Watch the launch video here:

“Independent craft brewers refuse to be muscled out by Big Beer,” Andy continued, “And we are uniting on an unprecedented scale to take on Big Beer and their efforts to make it harder for beer drinkers to find their favorite independent craft beers at their favorite bars, liquor stores and restaurants.”

Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is worth an eye-popping $213 billion, represents the biggest—and the most powerful—of Big Beer, so Take Craft Back aims to make them an offer they can’t refuse.

For full details on the campaign and how to contribute, visit TakeCraftBack.com. Pledges will only be collected after all $213 billion has been secured. Until then, free swag will be distributed to all contributors and perhaps a few toasts will be raised along the way.

Beer lovers everywhere can spread the word with hashtags #TakeCraftBack and #IndependentBeer.

About the Brewers Association
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Sprecher Perry Sparkling Pear Wine, Cidre de Pomme, Cranberry Cider de Pomme arrive

November 7, 2017 - 12:39pm

(Glendale, WI) – Fall is the season of warm memories and change. As leaves begin to drop from the trees, new fruits such as apples, cranberries and pears appear on store shelves in myriad forms signaling cooler temperatures and celebrations with family and friends. In 2014 Sprecher Brewery introduced Cidre de Pomme, a lightly carbonated sparkling hard cider. Unlike most hard ciders on the market, Cidre de Pomme is dry, slightly fruity with a tart finish that encourages another sip much like champagne. It has only seven (7) grams of sugar and seventy (70) calories per bottle, while the average cider has about twenty (20) grams of sugar and 180 calories per bottle. This fall, in addition to Cidre de Pomme, Sprecher is releasing a Hard Cranberry Cider, and a Perry, a lightly sparkling pear wine. All of these beverages are gluten free.

Wisconsin is the nation’s top producer of cranberries. Given that the unassuming cranberry– a small fruit that packs a flavorful punch–is Wisconsin’s state fruit and the state’s top crop both in size and economic value, our brewmaster decided to add a new note to Cidre de Pomme and make Cidre de Pomme Cranberry Cider. Perfect for any occasion, this hard cranberry cider has a bright pinkish hue, light carbonation and a dry, refreshing taste with a subtle lingering distinctly cranberry finish that clears the palate and compels another sip. Remarkably, Cidre de Pomme Cranberry Cider has only eight (8) grams of sugar and eighty (80) calories per twelve ounce bottle. Both hard ciders are 6.9% abv (alcohol by volume).

Admittedly, Wisconsin is not one of the nation’s top pear producers, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying a tasty beverage made with pear juice, which is why Sprecher’s brewmaster created another fall seasonal offering, Perry sparkling pear wine. The warm amber hue gives way to the subtle honey and spicy pear nose of this delicately carbonated pear wine which is dry with a hint of fruit and just a wee bit spicy, yet has a crisp finish that elicits another sip. Perry is 7.9% abv (alcohol by volume).

All these beverages are available on tap and in bottles throughout Wisconsin and at Sprecher Brewery. The brewery also offers a hopped up version of Perry using a Randall and Wisconsin Cascade hops grown at the Sprecher Landing at the Wisconsin State Fair.

About Sprecher Brewing Company:
Maker of award-winning beers and sodas, Sprecher Brewing Company is Milwaukee’s first craft brewery since Prohibition. Established by Randal Sprecher in 1985, Sprecher continues to be a leader in Wisconsin’s craft brewing industry.

Sprecher Brewery, the Sprecher Gift Shop and Indoor Beer Garden are located at 701 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, WI. The Gift Shop and Indoor Beer Garden are open Monday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm; Sunday, 11am – 5pm. Tours offered daily. More information about the brewery history, products, tours and Gift Shop hours can be found at www.sprecherbrewery.com, or by calling 414.964.2739.

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