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21st Amendment Brewery expands into Kentucky and Connecticut

April 13, 2018 - 8:24pm

Kentucky and Connecticut, Cold Beers Have Arrived!

(San Leandro, CA) – Residents in Kentucky and Connecticut no longer have to cross surrounding state lines to get their fill of 21st Amendment Brewery brews, thanks to the brewery’s recent distribution expansion into both states.

“There has been a strong demand for our beers in both locations, and we are fortunate to be in a position to finally supply our beer to thirsty fans,” said Dave Wilson, President of 21st Amendment Brewery. “We not only have established relationships with awesome distributor partners in both regions, but we also have a local sales team in both states ready to hit the ground running.”

“We think our IPAs will be a big hit in Connecticut, especially our west-coast style Brew Free! or Die IPA. Additionally, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA will be a refreshing treat during the hot summer days in Kentucky,” adds Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment Brewery.

Working with Heidelberg Distributing for the Kentucky region, and with Star Distributors and A. Gallo Distributors in Connecticut, 21st Amendment beer is debuting at bars, restaurants, and grocery and liquor stores across both states this week.

“It always brings a sense of excitement when we launch our beers into new markets,” said Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery. “We’re extra excited about Kentucky because it was the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, whom we feature prominently on two of our beer can designs. Being called the 21st Amendment, we got excited about Connecticut, nicknamed the Constitution State, which of course rings true to our brand values. Our hope is that our beers will feel right at home.”

To kick-off the spring season, locals and visitors to both states will be treated to a refreshing line-up of Brew Free! or Die IPA, El Sully Mexican-style lager, Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA, and Hell or High Watermelon wheat. All 21A beers will be available on draft, in six packs and select 15 pack assortments with other 21st Amendment brews.

For more information about where to find and purchase 21st Amendment beer throughout Kentucky and/or Connecticut, visit www.21st-Amendment.com/Find-Some .

About 21st Amendment
In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. In 2015, they opened a Brewery & Tap Room in San Leandro where most of their beers are made and canned. Known for artistic packaging, witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers year-round selections, seasonal offerings and its Insurrection Series of small-batch, limited releases. Sold in 27 states, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer breweries in America.

Thorn Essential IPA Series debuts with Got Nelson? IPA

April 13, 2018 - 12:11pm

(San Diego, CA) – Thorn Brewing Co. is changing the can-game with their debut of The Essential IPA Series. Last summer, Thorn started canning four of their most popular beers and now they are taking the beer can to a new level. Got Nelson? IPA is the first beer in The Essential IPA Series and has already hit shelves across San Diego and Los Angeles. This gorgeous can houses not only the Got Nelson? IPA, but will hold also the next three IPAs that are coming up in the series: Tropic Daze IPA, Far Far Away IPA and Mystic Gnome IPA. The fun begins when people check the sticker on top of the six-pack holder (or the name on the bottom of the can) to find out which IPA they get! Only one IPA will be available at a time. The Essential Series beers are always fresh, always 7% and always IPAs.

“The Essential IPA can is a game-changer by allowing our IPAs to evolve with hop availability and our ever-changing palates.” Dennis O’Connor, Thorn’s CEO and co-founder said. “If you like fresh, these IPAs are your best bet.”

Thorn Brewing’s willingness to have fun and experiment with packaging is front and center with this new can design. From the fresh, argyle pattern to the playful color scheme, this can stands out from the pack. For people wanting more information on which hop profile is in their Essential IPA, they can head to Thorn’s website (http://thorn.beer/the-essential-ipa-series/) to get any additional information for the beer. Got Nelson? is now available throughout San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, so grab yourself an essential can today.

About Thorn Brewing Co.

Thorn Brewing Co. started out in 2012 in North Park as Thorn Street Brewery where they became known as San Diego’s ultimate neighborhood brewery. With 15+ beers on tap daily, they built a reputation for quality craft beer, awesome events, and supporting their local community through fundraisers and donations. In the early summer of 2017, they expanded to a second location in Barrio Logan as Thorn Brewing Co. Now, brew production is moving full-steam ahead in their 30-barrel brew house while Thorn North Park is their hub for experimental and specialty brews.

For more information about Thorn Brewing, visit Thorn.beer.

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Jackie O’s and The Answer collaborate on Orange Crates, inspired by Orval

April 13, 2018 - 11:50am

(Athens, OH) – Quick tip from Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery regarding an upcoming beer release. More below…

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Jackie O’s announces an upcoming release that is happening at our Taproom Saturday, April 21 for Record Store Day. The beer, Orange Crates, is a collaboration with Brandon Tolbert of The Answer in Richmond, Virginia.

Orange Crates is Belgian golden strong ale bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces and brewed with Bastogne Belgian ale yeast. It will see Ohio distribution. OC was brewed at Jackie O’s in Athens, Ohio with Brandon Tolbert of The Answer (Richmond, VA) on March 24, 2017. The name refers to the orange crates used to bottle condition Orval, which is also the Trappist beer OC is inspired by. The name is also a knod to record collecting/digging, since both Brad Clark (our Director of Brewing Operations) & Brandon collect records.

Rodenbach Alexander goes year-round in four-packs, on draught starting this June

April 13, 2018 - 11:38am

(Ridgefield, CT) – RODENBACH Brewery, the most awarded brewery in the world and makers of world-class beers in the traditional Flanders red style, announced today that its most sought after, limited edition beer, RODENBACH ALEXANDER will now be available as a full-time offering in 4-pack, 11.2oz bottles, in addition to being available year-round on-draught.

The highly acclaimed beer – RODENBACH Alexander – is a blend of 2/3rd aged RODENBACH (2-year matured beer from oak standing Foeders) and 1/3rd young ale, then macerated with sour cherries and an ABV of 5.6%. Originally brewed in 1986 to commemorate the 200th birthday of one of the brewery’s founding members – Alexander Rodenbach. Despite being blind at the age of eleven, Alexander Rodenbach ran the brewery starting in 1821 and went on to become a member of parliament, which he served for 36 years. Following the 1999 release, the brewery stopped production of RODENBACH Alexander. It became highly celebrated and in demand since being released annually in limited edition large format bottles beginning in 2016.

“The consumer demand and interest for this beer has been outstanding since we re-launched it two years ago, with many stories of consumers traveling far distances to get their hands on a single bottle,” said David van Wees, founder of Latis Imports, U.S. Importer for RODENBACH Brewery. “It’s an exceptional beer that deserves to be enjoyed year-round and we’re excited that more consumers will have the opportunity to enjoy a beer that pays homage to one of the brewery’s original founding members.”

RODENBACH Alexander be available full-time in 4-pack 11.2oz bottles and appear on store shelves beginning in June, 2018 with a suggested retail price of $14.99. It is also available on-draught at bars and restaurants in 20L one-way kegs.

About RODENBACH Brewery
Brewed in Roeselare, Belgium since 1821, BROUWERIJ RODENBACH is the most awarded brewery in the world, the maker of the original sour ale and the leading craft brewer of mixed-fermentation Flanders red-brown beer. Aged in the brewery’s 294 oak casks (“foeders”), master brewer Rudi Ghequire uses a process called “positive selection” to craft a perfectly balanced and delicious beer that has received awards and accolades from beer lovers around the world.

About Latis Imports
Latis Imports is the US Division of Bavaria, N.V. an independent 300 year-old family-owned brewery, run by the Swinkels family for seven generations. It is the only major brewery in the Netherlands that brews its beer with pure, natural mineral water from its own springs. Its portfolio of brands includes the iconic BROUWERIJ RODENBACH, PALM brewery and a variety of imported beers including Hollandia, Habesha, Bavaria and others. Purchased by Bavaria, N.V. in 2016, Ridgefield-based Latis Imports is run by 25-year beer industry veteran David van Wees, who is responsible for expanding the Bavaria N.V. portfolio throughout the US market.

Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey to celebrate 12th anniversary with three collaboration beers

April 13, 2018 - 11:25am

(San Marcos, CA) – The Lost Abbey, along with Port Brewing, and The Hop Concept will be celebrating its Twelfth Anniversary this Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday, May 26th, they will be holding their 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament and Celebration.

Limited to only 16 two-person teams, the winner of the tournament will score a six-pack of beer… The six pack being two ’16 Duck Duck Gooze’s, two ’17 Cable Car’s, and two Veritas 019’s. Each team member will also receive a t-shirt, ten tasters, and a bottle of Anniversary Ale as part of the entry. Tickets go on sale at Noon, Monday, April 16that shop.lostabbey.com.

“We’ve taken our anniversary party to be this huge event these past few years,” said Tomme Arthur, Co-Founder and COO of The Lost Abbey. “I thought it would be really fun to shrink it down a bit, and who doesn’t love to drink beers and have a little healthy competition.”

While the Cornhole Challenge will have a limited entry, the Anniversary Party itself will be open to the public. Specialty and vintage kegs as well as vintage bottles will be available throughout the party.

In addition to the festivities, all three brands will be collaborating on a new beer with some industry friends. The Lost Abbey with The Bruery, Port Brewing with Bagby Beer, and The Hop Concept with Alpine Brewing.

More info on the collaboration beers will be released leading up to the Anniversary Party.

About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept
Founded in 2006, The Lost Abbey produces an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and the 2013 Champion Brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors, and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com

Citizen Cider announces expansion of Burlington, Vermont, facility

April 13, 2018 - 11:03am

Aligning with their core values of using local ingredients to make their craft cider, Citizen Cider announces expansion of their facility on Flynn Ave in Burlington, Vermont.

(Burlington, VT) – Citizen Cider, founded in 2010 on a hunch and some good old-fashioned hard work, has quickly become a leading player in the craft cider arena. Citizen Cider strives to look at the bigger picture and focuses on being involved in every aspect of their supply chain, sourcing all fruit directly from local farmers and pressing the juice to create a true craft cider. Never from concentrate.

In response to many years of continued growth and an increasingly limited amount of space, Citizen Cider has moved forward with plans to expand the company’s operation to include a state of the art fruit processing and storage facility on Flynn Avenue in Burlington. “It has been our dream to integrate apple pressing into the operation since we founded Citizen Cider in 2011,” says co-founder Justin Heilenbach, “we are really excited to bring that plan to fruition! Many thanks to Stan and Mary at Happy Valley Orchard for working with us over these years, pressing the cider and solving many problems along the way, to allow Citizen Cider to grow enough to make the expansion a reality.”

“This new space will make it possible for us to accommodate growers year-round,” says Marketing Director, Cheray MacFarland, “It also keeps us close to our home base and allows us to further our commitment to the great city of Burlington.”

Citizen Cider will celebrate its grand opening on May 12th at the new space on Flynn Ave with a block party including local businesses, City Market and Switchback Brewing. Learn more about the event at: www.citizencider.com.

About Citizen Cider
Citizen Cider, even in the early days, has always had a forward momentum bigger than the guys. A big idea yes, but at the end of the day they remain present with a simple goal. Bring the cider to the people. Now available in 13 states. www.citizencider.com

Uinta Brewing taps industry veteran, John Lennon, as next CEO

April 12, 2018 - 5:40pm

Longtime beverage executive John Lennon to helm the Utah-based craft brewer

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Uinta Brewing Company is proud to announce the hiring of John Lennon as their new Chief Executive Officer. The selection of Lennon follows the departure of former CEO, Steve Mills, who left the brewery in February to accept a similar position with Maine Brewing Company. Lennon, who is currently serving as interim CEO of the Utah’s largest craft brewer, will begin his permanent post on May 1.

“John is a strong executive leader with globally recognized expertise,” said Jeremy Ragonese, Uinta Brewing’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We’ve seen his success in growing some of the world’s most recognized breweries and developing strong teams. We feel he is the perfect cultural and business fit for Uinta.”

Lennon comes to Uinta Brewing with extensive beverage and brewing industry experience. He has served as president, CEO, general manager and marketing vice president in leading international, domestic and craft breweries including Guinness, Pabst Brewing Company, Beck’s/INBEV, FEMSA Cerveza and Pyramid. Lennon has also served on the Uinta Board of Directors since 2015, and most recently filled the interim CEO role for C Mondavi & Family Winery of St. Helena, California.

“I am thrilled to be back in the brewing industry with Uinta Brewing. The Company has a great future ahead, and I look forward to taking a more active role in that journey,” said Lennon. “I have always been impressed by the superb quality of our flavorful, award-winning beers and the dedication of Uinta’s employees. A renewed focus on our core products, community, employees and partners will be our immediate priority for the business.”

About Uinta Brewing Company
Uinta Brewing Company began its journey in 1993 in Salt Lake City, UT. Named after the only major east-west running mountain range located in the continental U.S., Uinta has earned a reputation for crafting exceptionally approachable, award-winning beers in a wide variety of styles and flavors. Throughout the brewery’s history, Uinta has been a leader in the use of renewable energy, becoming the first Utah company to rely solely on wind power as early as 2001. Today, Uinta is a top 50 U.S. craft brewery, with distribution in 45 states. For more information, visit uintabrewing.com.

Stone Brewing Co. issues statement re: MillerCoors’ 82-page response to Stone lawsuit

April 12, 2018 - 5:22pm

(Escondido, CA) – For more context, on how the Stone Brewing Co. vs MillerCoors lawsuit started over Keystone, bang it here.

For MillerCoors’ 82-page response thread, see this tweet thread.

For Stone Brewing’s latest media statement, read on below…

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April 11, 2018

Last night, MillerCoors’ lawyers filed an 82 page novella of a legal filing. Stone’s executives and legal counsel had some observations.

Stone Brewing Executive Chairman & co-founder, Greg Koch, enjoyed reading the document while sipping a Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse. “A great beer for reading works of fiction when it’s not even noon yet,” he remarked. “Although it’s probably going to take some coffee to keep me awake through all this double speak.” He further observed that “MillerCoors’ gigantic law firm did what they got paid to do: present a lot of misleading allegations and package them as facts. In coming days, we look forward to publishing each misstatement on Twitter. Hint: the deception starts right upfront in paragraph 1. Best choose your popcorn eating gifs now.”

The company’s CEO Dominic Engels seconded Greg’s take: “Consumers are being misled by one of the world’s largest beer conglomerates. Sure, that’s not new, but this time they’re attempting to take it too far with heavy handed tactics aimed at attempting to potentially have the effect of possibly maybe scaring lil’ ol’ us. Not gonna work. It is now clear that Keystone’s abandonment of its heritage is permanent and that we’ll need to fight this one all the way. We look forward to proving our case in court.”

Stone’s legal counsel, Noah Hagey of BraunHagey & Borden LLP, also commented: “MillerCoors was unable to deflect any of Stone’s claims, all of which will now proceed to discovery and likely preliminary injunction hearing. As for the counterclaims, MillerCoors will probably regret filing them. The allegations do serious damage to Keystone’s case and basically concede there is actual confusion in the market. And, more important, MillerCoors now admits it knew about the widespread use of Stone’s mark during Keystone’s rebranding, which takes this case into the stratosphere of economic and punitive damages for willful infringement.”

Finally reached for comment, Stone’s Gargoyle gave a silent nod of resolve and began to rise. It was unconfirmed if the loud rumbling was the sound of the coming punishment, or if the gargoyle was simply standing in a bowling alley.

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.

Read More Here


 

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.

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