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Stony Creek Brewery to build brewpub oasis at Foxwoods Resort Casino

January 30, 2018 - 11:18am

(Branford, CT) – Stony Creek Brewery is thrilled to announce plans to construct a fully operational brewpub inside Foxwoods Resort Casino®, the largest resort casino in North America. This will be the company’s second brewing operation in Connecticut, and will create an opportunity to share their award winning beers and aggressively laid back lifestyle with visitors to the Northeast’s premier resort destination.

As the craft beer category looks to find new audiences and new occasions, Stony Creek is uniquely positioned to help grow the size of the pie in Connecticut.

“Craft beer has the ability to cross all chasms and bring people together as a community” said Stony Creek founder Ed Crowley Sr. “We see this every day at our brewery in Branford—people come from all over the northeast for our beer, and end up staying for hours to enjoy the distinct experience we offer. And together with Foxwoods we can create a truly special place unique to craft beer, something that can act as a sort of post card of their time in Connecticut. This is an amazing opportunity to put Connecticut craft beer on a bigger map.”

Brewmaster Andy Schwartz is excited to give his team of brewers another place to play, experiment, and share their beers. “The beer is the most important thing we do—we are passionate about this,” says Schwartz. “So it is crucial that this be more than just another taproom that pours our beer. The guests at Foxwoods will be surprised to find a real, fully operating brewery inside the casino. It’s a chance for them to see the place where beer is made. We’re going to be producing new and innovative beers on this smaller system, doing collaborations, and hosting exciting events. Our whole team is stoked.”

The 7,100 square foot two-story space, located adjacent to the Fox Theater, will offer two distinct experiences. The ground floor will be pure New England, complete with clapboard walls, calming colors, a spacious beer garden and communal areas for backyard games and socializing. The upstairs bar will offer another version of the “aggressively laid back” style of Stony Creek—a nightlife.

“Upstairs we wanted to combine some of the waterside vibe from the main brewery in Branford with a bit of the west coast inspiration found in the beers,” says Michael Kiser, Good Beer Hunting’s Creative Director, who in collaboration with architect Joe Sepot, is leading the concept development and design of the space. “It’ll have a cocktail lounge vibe but with a beer focus, something we know will appeal to a wide audience who might be surprised to find themselves in a brewpub in a casino on a Saturday night. The whole thing will feel like a bit of an outdoor oasis.”

For Foxwoods, attracting new audiences and providing new experiences is paramount to the future of their innovative business.

“We see craft beer as a major attraction in food and beverage, as evidenced by the incredible success we have had with the house IPA we’ve been making with Stony Creek for the past year,” said Jason Guyot, Vice President Resort Operations & Development at Foxwoods Resort Casino. “That naturally lead to conversations about how we could bring the true local beer experience to our guests. We are thrilled to be part of Connecticut’s growth in craft beer.”

Construction is set to commence this winter with a target opening of summer 2018.

Good Beer Hunting is a brand development studio located in Chicago focused on the beer category.

Joseph Sepot Architects is a full service architectural and interior design office based in Branford, CT.

Stony Creek Brewery, LLC, is a member of both the Brewers Association and the Connecticut Craft Beer Guild and is distributed in;

Connecticut: Dichello Distributors, Hartford Distributors, Levine Distributing

Maine: Federal Distributors, Maine Distributors, National Distributors, Valley Distributors

Massachusetts: Horizon Beverage, Quality Beverage, Williams Distributing, Girardi Distributors

New Hampshire: Amoskeag Beverages

New York: D. Bertoline & Sons

Rhode Island: Horizon Beverage

Vermont: Farrell Distributing

For more information on Stony Creek Brewery visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ StonyCreekBeer or visit the Stony Creek Brewery website at www.stonycreekbeer.com.

About Foxwoods Resort Casino

Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as the premier resort destination in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, exclusive retailers and free-to-play online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com.

Midnight Oil Brewing Co. to host grand opening for new Brewery and Taproom

January 30, 2018 - 10:43am

(Newark, DE) – 2018 will be a year to remember for Delaware’s craft brew scene as Midnight Oil Brewing Company will open the first full production brewery in Newark DE. Along with being a full production brewery, their location at 674 Pencader Drive, in the Pencader Business Park, features a 1,700 square foot taproom and a bar, with 97 seats, adorned with local art by Wilmington artist Derrick Noel. This new venue will be a great new place for locals to eat lunch, hang out after work, enjoy live music and cuisine from local food trucks, and even reserve space for special events or “off-site” work meetings.

“There’s no need to drive to the beach or to PA. Now there is a great brewery right here in Newark,” Says MOBC Partner TJ McGrath. The folks at MOBC seem to share the same sentiment as their message: THE TIME HAS COME. Midnight Oil has made good on that promise.

Mike Dunlap, MOBC Partner and Head Brewer, added “Burning the midnight oil… When this phrase describes how hard you work on a regular basis, you deserve a genuinely great beer.”

MOBC boasts a robust list of mainstays, such as Sundown Saison, Insomnia Stout and Dull Boy IPA. Their unwavering commitment to quality,, obsession with mastering the “craft” of craft beer, and innovative spirit has yielded a special collection of true craft beers.

Staying with the Midnight Oil theme, MOBC will also be releasing seasonal offerings like Luna – a chocolate stout brewed with strawberries and Serenity – brewed with peaches and chamomile. Then there is Dark Matter – A Russian imperial stout that coats the soul.

“This is only the beginning,” said MOBC Partner Joe Stickel. “Our facility allows opportunity for tremendous growth.” By the end of 2018 the company will investigate distribution to restaurants, bars, and package stores throughout Delaware.

Midnight Oil Brewing Company is here to offer a beer experience unlike any other in Delaware. But don’t think the journey will stop there. This ambitious group of young entrepreneurs has the energy, the focus and the experience to make their mark on the national craft brew scene. Get on board early and come see them at their grand opening on Sunday, February 4th, 2018, from 11am to 10pm.

About Us

www.midnightoilbrewing.com

674 Pencader DR., Newark, DE 19702

Pelican Beak Bender ‘hoppinated’ IPA added to year-round lineup

January 29, 2018 - 7:50pm

Leaning on its own unique dry-hopping technique, Pelican creates the ultimate new school IPA—a recipe long on creativity, flavor and aroma

(Pacific City, OR) — With a flair for exploring all the delicious ways to tap the full spectrum of hop flavors and aroma, Pelican Brewing Company this week adds what brewers are calling the ‘ultimate IPA’ to its year-round lineup. Leaning on its pioneering dry-hopping invention to extract even more character from its ingredients, Pelican has crafted Beak Bender, a contemporary hop-forward yet astonishingly drinkable IPA. A super clean bitterness and punchy, juicy hop flavor are the hallmarks of this unique beer.

Bountiful quantities of Citra and El Dorado hops offer aromas and flavors reminiscent of luminous citrus and zesty orange balanced against a lean malt bill for a well-attenuated delicious new brew. Beak Bender rounds out Pelican’s scope of IPAs with a delicious new twist on a classic—and all at an astoundingly drinkable 6.7% ABV.

“Beak Bender is an exciting addition to the Pelican lineup of IPAs providing a bright, fruity and juicy hop character while also delivering a subtle malty balance and a very clean finish,” says Darron Welch, founding brewmaster, Pelican Brewing Company. “Overall hop punch and drinkability are the key features of Beak Bender—Pelican has always strived to create beers with great aromatic intensity and snappy clean bitterness, and those are at the forefront of this delicious new IPA.”

Since it was born at the beach 21 years ago, Pelican has enjoyed a reputation for leading American IPA development, creating and releasing numerous multi-award-winning IPAs including India Pelican Ale, Imperial Pelican Ale, Umbrella IPA, Silverspot IPA , Beak Breaker and now Beak Bender.

“Darron has crafted groundbreaking ales for Pelican since its inception and his reputation for brewing creativity and quality cannot be overstated,” says Jim Prinzing, CEO, Pelican Brewing Company. “To make the cut at Pelican, a beer must deliver a clean, well-attenuated finish that really promotes drinkability and balance. With Beak Bender, Darron was able to deliver on all those key points and STILL turn the hop flavor to 11. To me, it is the ultimate IPA—loads of aroma all the way to the last sip and supremely drinkable.”

What makes Beak Bender so special?

Consistent with an independent spirit and award-winning creativity rooted at Oregon’s rugged coast, Pelican last year set out to invent an alternative method to dry hop beer. Driven by a desire to create a more efficient and safer method to dry hop, brewmaster Welch masterminded a better vessel—’The Hoppinator,’ a more productive and sanitary system for dry-hopping beer. Welch rethought the process of how to introduce hops to the fermenter and designed a new vessel to accomplish this task.

The biggest difference for the beer drinker is enhanced taste and aroma. The new process introduces much less oxygen—the hop pellets go directly into the clean vessel, then the brewer seals the vessel and purges with CO2. As a result, there is extremely low oxygen pickup compared to the traditional dry-hopping process which increases flavor stability and quality.

According to Welch, because the hops are incorporated into the liquid with an agitator and emulsified in the beer, then shot back into the main fermenter, the brewers are able to extract much more flavor and aroma from the hops than the traditional method of dry hopping. The benefit is that Pelican can now extract even more character from each pound of hops.

“At Pelican we constantly search for unique and delicious ways to explore the full spectrum of hop flavor and aroma—the idea for Beak Bender was to reimagine what an IPA could be in 2018 with the hop varieties and even a new dry hop injection process we have available today,” says Welch. “We turned to two bold, flavorful hop varieties and used our proprietary dry hopping device ‘The Hoppinator’ to rend every molecule of flavor and aroma.”

Beak Bender, which will be available year-round, debuts early February in 6-packs, 22 oz. bottles and on draft in select locations.

With consistent growth and demand for its products, Pelican recently increased brewing and bottling capacity at its Tillamook facility to over 38,000 barrels and opened a new brewpub in Cannon Beach which offers additional capacity for such experimentation.

Like all Pelican beers, Beak Bender is born at the beach by a team of award-winning craft beer makers known for brewing styles of beer that they themselves love to drink.

About Pelican Brewing Company

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

Black Project CYGNUS: Cherry (Blend B) lottery now open through Feb. 1st

January 29, 2018 - 7:20pm

[Photo provided by Black Project]

(Denver, CO) – CYGNUS: Cherry (Blend B) is a blend of three years of traditional, Lambic-inspired, coolship spontaneous ale, that follows the Méthode Traditionnelle guidelines. The blended base beer was refermented with two different kinds of whole tart cherries, Montmorency and Balaton, including the cherry pits which adds to the classic complexity and flavor associated with Kriek.

After several months of aging the beer on cherries in oak barrels, the beer was removed and stored. Then more base beer was added to the cherries, extracting more color and a milder nuanced flavor. The first-use and second-use beers were then blended together to age further.

Finally, the strong cherry beer was blended down to final fruit level for bottling with hand-selected 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year beer from barrels. Two blends were created, each with their own unique character and final fruit level, due to this blending process.

CYGNUS: Cherry (Blend B)
$25/bottle – 375mL bottle, cork and cap

Lottery Details Here

Great Divide Wood Werks No. 1 Belgian-Style Sour to be released starting Feb. 1st

January 29, 2018 - 6:12pm

New barrel aged series kicks off with Belgian-Style Sour

(Denver, CO) – Great Divide Brewing Company is excited to announce their new barrel aged series, Wood Werks. The series kicks things off with a Belgian-Style Sour in February.

“We were coming up on the 10th anniversary of our original Barrel Aged Series,” said Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide. “It felt like it was time to breathe some new life into the program and take a more modern approach to barrel aged beers.”

The first Wood Werks release is a Belgian-style tripel artfully soured for 15 months in red wine barrels and aged on plums. This extremely limited spiced sour ale is 9.3 percent ABV and has notes of luscious stone fruit with a tart, dry finish and hint of French oak. Wood Werks Belgian-Style Sour will be available seasonally from February through March in 12oz bottles and kegs.

Great Divide began barrel aging beers around 2004 with very small releases and nearly all barrels coming from Stranahan’s Whiskey. In 2008 the program grew to three releases a year with Barrel Aged Yeti, Barrel Aged Old Ruffian, and Barrel Aged Hibernation. All three of these beers were released as part of Great Divide’s original barrel aging program until 2017, which culminated with the release of the Barrel Aged Classics gift pack last spring.

With the brewery’s Brighton expansion, Great Divide invested in two temperature and humidity controlled barrel aging rooms, which allows for greater control over the elements that affect the way in which barrel character develops over time. This control has allowed the brewery to build up a world class barrel aging program and create more diversity within its lineup, strengthening its portfolio overall.

“This Belgian-Style Sour showcases our creativity and thoughtful approach to a Belgian-Style Tripel,” said Brandon Jacobs, brewing manager at Great Divide. “It really is a labor of love and patience.”

This first release will be followed by a Flemish Sour Brown Ale in May, and a Barrel Aged Brown Rye Ale in August.

About Great Divide Brewing Company
Founded in 1994, Great Divide Brewing Company is one of the most decorated breweries in America, recognized for brewing some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival Medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on Beer Advocate’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). Here at Great Divide, Bold Character isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think and what we believe. For more information visit www.greatdivide.com.

Corona Extra® signs on as Official Import Beer of the Kentucky Derby

January 29, 2018 - 5:00pm

Corona Extra® Brings the Fiesta to Churchill Downs with Kentucky Derby Sponsorship Deal for Cinco de Mayo

Chicago, IL – Corona Extra® today proudly announced it has signed on as the Official Import Beer of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, which occurs over Cinco de Mayo weekend for the next two years. This is the brand’s first sponsorship of the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” As the nation’s No. 1 imported beer that’s long-been synonymous with Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the brand will invite Kentucky Derby fans to join in the fiesta, too.

“For Corona, Cinco de Mayo is our unofficial start to summer, and we will be bringing the fiesta and beach vibes to the infield at the historic Kentucky Derby,” said John Alvarado, vice president of marketing for Corona Extra. “We are excited to be a part of this legendary race, and we look forward to joining the fun and inviting fans to celebrate with us to make this Cinco and Derby weekend the best yet!”

As part of its sponsorship, Kentucky Derby attendees can join the Corona de Mayo fiesta at brand’s activation zone in the Churchill Downs infield. Corona will also be activating retail pointof-sale throughout the U.S., sponsoring Derby viewing Cinco de Mayo parties, and developing fun and engaging social content for fans to join in.

Each year, the Kentucky Derby® draws in approximately 19 million viewers and 160,000 attendees for one of the biggest sports events in the country. This sponsorship is a natural evolution of new and unexpected ways for the brand to elevate the Cinco de Mayo weekend and bring together two of the biggest celebrations for an unforgettable weekend.

“We’re excited to partner with Corona and to offer a new infield experience to our guests at the Derby,” said Kristin Warfield, Vice President of Partnerships at Churchill Downs Racetrack.
“Derby weekend is something our fans and guests look forward to all year, and now with this partnership, we’re able to bring that Cinco de Mayo energy Corona is known for to the celebration this year.”

The Kentucky Derby is North America’s oldest continuously-held sporting event, having been run every year at Churchill Downs since 1875. The legendary race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds offers a $2 million-guaranteed purse. The 144th running will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Follow @CoronaExtraUSA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more information. As always, Corona encourages consumers to enjoy its products and relax responsibly.

About Corona Extra
Corona Extra is a pilsner-style lager with a golden hue that was first brewed in Mexico in 1925. The refreshing flavor and carefree attitude of Corona have made it the #1 imported beer in the U.S. and the #5 beer brand overall. 2016 was a record-breaking sales year for the brand.

Corona has been helping consumers “Find their Beach” in the U.S. since 1981. Corona Extra is exclusively brewed, imported and marketed by Constellation Brands for the U.S. market.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 10,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit www.cbrands.com.

Santa Fe Brewing reports record growth of 28% in 2017, adds new beers and packages

January 29, 2018 - 3:57pm

(Santa Fe, NM) – Santa Fe Brewing Company (SFBC), “New Mexico’s Original Craft Brewery”, posted record growth in 2017 and is poised to continue that momentum into 2018 and beyond. While SFBC’s business grew across it eight state distribution area, New Mexico led the way, growing by 28% in total and paced by 31% growth of its’ flagship brew, and the #1 selling craft beer in New Mexico as measured by IRI scan data, Happy Camper IPA. They also launched 7K IPA in late June, a Westcoast-ish style IPA “brewed at a higher elevation and to a higher standard”, which is already challenging Happy Camper for top spot in their lineup. In November, they added their most popular seasonal, Freestyle Pilsner, which BeerSyndicate.com last year named the #1 German-style Pilsner made in the US, to its everyday portfolio. IRI data from the 26 weeks ending December 3, 2017 showed Santa Fe Brewing Co. to be the largest and fastest growing brewery in New Mexico.

“We were founded in 1988, we’re independently owned and we’re in this for the long haul,” says Director of Sales & Marketing Jarrett Babincsak. “We’re operating in perhaps the most competitive and fluid marketplace our industry has seen. It’s imperative that we have the right foundation and strategy in place to enable us to successfully navigate what’s ahead. We made the decision at the end of 2016 to evolve our brand to be more focused on what differentiates us, create brand continuity, and refocus our sales efforts on growing core markets. We restructured our sales and marketing departments to capitalize on the highest leverage opportunities, pulled out of a few states and made New Mexico our top priority,” he continues.

“When I look at our brand, we are the New Mexico original; we started the craft category here. We represent New Mexican lifestyle and pride. We also make world class beers and have a good time doing it, but don’t take ourselves too seriously. Everything we’ve done with our brand is rooted in those in those tenets – from our packaging, to our new tap handles, to our social media, to the new website we’ll launch this Spring, to the new brands we’re creating,” says Babincsak.

Babincsak continues, “Perhaps the biggest contributor to our continued success though is quality. A few years back we added the most decorated Brewmaster working in New Mexico, Bert Boyce. Since Bert took control of our brewing operations, our quality and consistency has improved across our portfolio, and our new beers are both world class and differentiated from what everyone else is doing. 7K IPA is a perfect example of our approach to creating new beers,” he concludes.

SFBC has even bigger plans for 2018 and beyond, starting with more new beers and new packages.

“We’re adding three new beers to our seasonal line-up this year that we think will excite beer drinkers,” says Brewmaster Bert Boyce. Our first new beer, Lustgarten Lager, a dark lager brewed with real raspberries, is in stores now,” he adds. “In March, we’ll debut Twisted Root, an ale brewed with ginger and lemon grass, and in May it will be a yet to be named farmhouse inspired ale brewed with agave and lime.” We’re also expanding production of our In & Out specialty IPA series, and our Ever Changing Series, to ensure we’re pushing the brewing envelope and keeping our brand fresh and relevant in this uber-competitive marketplace,” he continues. “We’re also adding 12 pack cans of 7K IPA and Freestyle Pilsner, updating the packaging on Happy Camper 12 packs, and adding 16-ounce cans of all three brands,” he finishes.

SFBC is also expanding their footprint in Santa Fe and doubling down on their commitment to the local community.

“We’re committed to New Mexico and Santa Fe,” says Owner and President Brian Lock. “It’s who we are. New Mexico is our home and want to be a leading contributor to the local economy. We want our properties to be must-do’s for both locals and people visiting our great state,” he adds. “In that vein, we’re embarking on two exciting local projects. The first is a new taproom in downtown Santa Fe, located in a small, historic brick home on Galisteo with a speakeasy type vibe. The second is developing our primary site in Santa Fe into a world-class destination. When done it will include a beer hall, landscaped beer garden with outdoor seating and games, and upgrades to our concert venue, the Bridge,” Lock continues. “Whether you live here or are visiting, you won’t find anything else like it in New Mexico,” he finishes. We’re also expanding our community involvement and fundraising efforts. We added a new position this year to help drive our efforts in this area and during 2017 we donated over $10,000 to local charities, community groups, and other philanthropic endeavors. We expect that number to grow considerably in 2018 and beyond,” finishes Lock.

Santa Fe Brewing Company is New Mexico’s “Original Craft Brewery”, distributing beer throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, and Utah. All of the beers are brewed, canned, and bottled on site in Santa Fe, New Mexico at 7,198 feet. For more info, follow them on social media or visit www.santafebrewing.com.

Burial Beer Co.’s Forestry Camp craft beer bar progressing toward early summer opening

January 29, 2018 - 3:41pm

[Burial Beer Co Foresty Camp photo courtesy of brewery]

(Asheville, NC) – Burial Beer Co.’s newest wave of expansion is taking shape in South Asheville in the form of a new craft beer bar called Forestry Camp. The two-story structure, built in the early 1900’s by members of the Conservation Civilian Corps, will soon house a small selection of Burial beers and focus on a diverse draught and retail beer list featuring breweries from around the country and internationally. The owners of Burial have a stated goal of curating a selection of beers that feature craft offerings beyond the Burial portfolio and their South Slope taproom.

“Burial’s taproom will always exist at 40 Collier. There is no way that you could replace the aura of that storied ground,” states Doug Reiser, Co-Founder. “When we purchased the new property in 2015, we did so with the hope and dream of bringing a real, community-driven beer bar to Asheville. The goal is to connect Ashevillians with the great people (owners / brewers / employees) that make some of the best beer in the country. We won’t just buy beer off lists, we will bring the beer and the people behind it into the beer bar the for these interactions. The purveyors of craft will also be smiling faces about the bar; they will be humans who live and breathe and talk with the visitors. The goal of Forestry Camp is to offer everything that craft was intended to be.”

The two-acre property is currently home to Burial’s production brewery, corporate offices, and sour barrel facility where day-to-day operations have been conducted since October 2016. In keeping with their core values, Burial is aiming to build out Forestry Camp with the same revivalist spirit that has guided the whole of their expansion.

“We aim to breathe new life into those beautiful old bones while carefully maintaining their soul,” explains Tim Gormley, Co-Founder. “We chose to keep the original name of the property, “Forestry Camp”, as homage to its vibrant roots. We aim to use as much wood from the property as possible to build the tables, chairs, and bar itself. With the décor we will continue to celebrate the initial purpose of the property, utilizing tools of the trade, a purposeful tie in with our current South Slope taproom. When you have a beer at Forestry Camp, you’ll have the comforts of a modern bar, but you’ll have traveled back in time. You’ll have experienced a history so important to Asheville, and it’ll taste so good.”

Slated to open to the public in early summer 2018, the Forestry Camp property will afford the brewery both a new outlet for retail and much needed space for their evergrowing festivals and events.

“Forestry Camp was named as such because it truly is a camp,” states Gormley. “Six building are spread across its two acres, creating a feel akin to a winery estate or a university commons. I can’t imagine a better place for a festival. We may keep one of our annual festivals in the South Slope, for nostalgic reasons, but we will definitely be moving toward Forestry Camp hosted events. More info to come as the property becomes more fully realized.”

Forestry Camp boasts ample parking space via its own lot and connected parking above for an estimated 100 cars total. For events and weekends, 200 additional spaces will be available across from the property.

A small menu of sandwiches, charcuterie, and other locally purveyed goods are in planning for the beer bar. Additionally a curated wine list with a moderate whiskey and Amaro selection will be offered all the while keeping the focus on craft beer.

“The beer bar will have 20 taps of craft beer, but will offer vintages of over 150 different canned and bottled beer, including extremely limited beers that you could otherwise only get at brewery taprooms,” states Reiser. “This is the craft drinker closeness and experience that we hope to purvey – and we hope other brewers follow suit in their own home states.”

ABOUT BURIAL BEER CO.
Founded in June 2013, Burial Beer Co. crafts Belgian-inspired ales, and bold American styles with a dedication to creativity, tradition, modernization, and preservation. Residing in and revitalizing the South Slope District of Asheville, NC, the brewery began its life as a one-barrel system that grew to a ten-barrel in just over a year. Fall 2016 brought a new wave of expansion and revitalization as Burial Beer Co. expanded again to a second location in South Asheville. This location is home to a twenty-barrel production brewery, corporate offices, barrel facility, and in spring 2018 a two-story craft beer bar called Forestry Camp. The brewery currently distributes full time to North Carolina, Georgia, and New York and intermittently to Colorado, Massachusetts, and Ohio.

For more information visit www.burialbeer.com and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/burialbeer/

Waves of beer crash on Atlantic City shore line for 13th Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival

January 29, 2018 - 11:56am

[Sponsored / Paid Press Release]

Atlantic City, NJ is gearing up to swim in oceans of beer for the 13th consecutive year at the 2018 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival which was voted as one of the best Beer Festivals in the United States two years running by USA Today Readers! The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will return to the Atlantic City Convention Center in its entire splendor March 23rd through March 24th.

The Good Time Tricycle Productions team has worked long and hard to compile some of the top names in the craft beer industry and gather them all under one roof to pour their delicious brews for thousands of thirsty beer lovers. Over the years, the Festival has grown to include featured musical artists that set an amazing soundtrack to drink to! For 2018, The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is excited to welcome The Decedents, The Mighty Mighty
Bosstones and Pepper to their main stage.

Festival goers in 2018 will see nearly 1,000 different beers from over 150 breweries, from around the corner to across the country. Participating breweries will showcase their unique libations and various styles giving attendees a well-rounded sampling of Craft Beer in the United States. The goal of The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is to promote and educate attendees on craft beer and the brew masters that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer geeks, beer lovers and beer beginners to speak to the brains behind the brews. It is also an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

If beer and music isn’t enough, the 2018 Festival will also feature well-known Atlantic County restaurants serving up their world-famous cuisine, culinary demonstrations, educational seminars, side show acts and some “off the wall” activities, including free play arcade, hot wing eating contests, yoga, larger-than-life corn hole, Silent Disco and so much more! In addition, non-brewery festival vendors will offer unique beer-related apparel and goods, sure to appeal to everyone.

In 2016, The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival and Delmo Sports launched the first annual Hops Trot 5K. The Run was a huge success seeing almost 800 festive runners in its 2nd year! This year’s Hops Trot will take place Saturday, March 24th at 10:30 AM in conjunction with Session 2 of the Festival. This fun run will send racers around town to some of Atlantic City’s favorite watering holes, ending at the Convention Center just in time for Session 2 of The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. Costumes are encouraged! For more information and to sign up for the 3rd Annual Hops Trot 5K run, visit www.acbeerfest.com.

Presented by: WZXL 100.7

Tickets for the 2018 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will be on-sale November 20th and attendees can choose from 3 Sessions:

Session 1 featuring The Descendents Friday, March 23rd from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Session 2 featuring The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Saturday, March 24th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Session 3 featuring Pepper Saturday, March 24th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets are $60 in advance and can be purchased online at www.acbeerfest.com or www.ticketmaster.com (fees apply). Tickets are also available at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlets on Fire Road in Northfield or the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. For group sales, call 609.348.7023 (no group discounts available online). The Festival also offers a “Designated Driver” ticket for $25, available at the door only, to further encourage attendee responsibility. Keep in mind the Festival has sold out for the last nine years, so don’t wait to get tickets.

The 2018 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will offer special hotel rates to festival attendees. Go to www.acbeerfest.com and click the Information link at the top of the page for hotel options.

All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits and book your hotel rooms now. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

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2018 Featured Bands
The Decsendents: http://descendents.tumblr.com
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: http://www.bosstonesmusic.com
Pepper: http://pepperlive.com

Baxter Brewing Co. to expand Bates Mill Taproom, planning summer opening

January 29, 2018 - 9:52am

(Lewiston, ME) – Lewiston’s Baxter Brewing Company, the third-largest brewery in Maine in 2017 and the largest brewery north of Cumberland county, has begun construction on a new, full-scale Taproom; the new tap room will have a foot print over 10 times the current tap room to accommodate patrons that can’t find a place to sit in the current tap room.

“One of the greatest attractions and assets of Baxter has always been the 170 year-old textile mill we call home”, said Baxter Brewing Founder, Luke Livingston, “but we’ve never been able to really show it off the way we’d like from our current space. It is definitely a challenge to historically retrofit a mill built in 1850, but having our brewers and tap handles sharing the same space with the millwrights and cotton tarps of the past is inspiring”.

The new 4,800 sq. ft. Taproom, expected to open this summer, will do just that: “Highlight our unique brewery backdrop and tell the Bates Mill story like we’ve never been able to do before”, said Andy Bielecki, Baxter’s Taproom Manager who joined the staff last year after previously running the taproom at Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL, one of that state’s oldest breweries. “I’m excited that we’re going to be able to finally not only truly accommodate the crowds of people that come to Baxter each weekend to tour and taste, but greatly expand upon the variety of beer we’ll have on tap as well.”

Baxter’s new Taproom will have greatly-expanded seating options—including outdoor space along the Mill’s impressive canal and waterfall system, when the weather permits—and hours of operation; several more taps of unique and hard-to-find Baxter beers, including an expanded barrel-aging program; and many more surprises to come.

While greater-Portland is home to thirty-plus taprooms and brewpubs, Lewiston-Auburn has but three. “Just as we do with the Great Falls Brewfest every summer, our commitment is to continue to bring beer enthusiasts just a little further up the 95 corridor to see everything this community has going for it,” said Livingston. “Promotion of the Lewiston-Auburn community has always been at the heart of our Core Values at Baxter; what better way to accomplish that then through beer tourism, one of the fastest-growing groups of visitors to Maine! We know that anyone we can get to travel just a little further north will love not only what they’re going to find here at the Bates Mill, but throughout our community.”

Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA going from 4-pack to 6-pack

January 29, 2018 - 1:00am

(Middleburg Heights, OH) — Responding to popular demand, the brewery announced that its award-winning and flagship beer, Head Hunter IPA, is moving from a 4-pack bottle offering to a 6-pack. The change will roll-out at grocery, convenience and beverage stores across the company’s 3-state footprint of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana starting February 5. This comes just a few months ahead of its new 60k-bbl, 75k square-foot brewery and beer hall, which is well under construction, opening mid-year.

Head Hunter is an aggressively hopped 7.5% ABV/87 IBU West Coast-style IPA that established itself as an icon of the style when it won back-to-back medals in 2010 and 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival. It followed that feat by winning consecutive medals at the biennial World Beer Cup competition in 2012 and 2014.

“Head Hunter fans have been screaming for 6-packs for years,” said Matt Cole, Co-Founder and Master Brewer. “With the move to our larger production facility, we can finally make it happen. As a special thank you to our loyal and passionate fans, we’re going to launch the new 6-packs a few months early, so starting in early February, craft IPA lovers will get more a couple more beers for your buck.”

About Head Hunter IPA — Fat Head’s flagship Head Hunter IPA has been repeatedly awarded at the highly acclaimed Great American Beer Festival winning Silver in 2010 and Bronze in 2011. It is a back-to-back silver award winner at the World Beer Cup (2012 & 2014). It is also a two-time Grand Champion at the National IPA Challenge and twice a victor of the prestigious Bistro West Coast IPA Festival. Draft Magazine previously named Head Hunter one of the Top 25 Beers in the World. Head Hunter is a punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hops.

About Fat Head’s — Opened in 1992 as Pittsburgh, PA’s premier craft beer bar and restaurant, Fat Head’s teamed up with Master Brewer Matt Cole in 2009 to create Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon just outside of Cleveland, OH. In response to overwhelming demand, a production facility was opened in 2012.

101 North Brewing Co. to release three-beer homage to Clint Eastwood

January 28, 2018 - 2:18pm

(Petaluma, CA) – 101 North Brewing Company has announced the upcoming release of Two Hops For Sister Sara, the first of three beers celebrating their immense respect for legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood.

Brewed just in time for SF Beer Week 2018, 101 North will be hosting a special 22oz bottle release at their Tap Room in Petaluma on Sunday, February 11th, as well as a beer pairing the following evening with the inspirational 1970 movie, Two Mules for Sister Sara, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco.

Two Hops For Sister Sara (ABV 8% IBU 65), a Double IPA brewed with Mosaic and Citra Hops, will be followed over the next few months by Dirty Hoppy, a North Beach-style Hazy IPA, and Escape From Alecatraz, a California Common. There’s rumor around the whirlpool there may be a fourth appreciation as well.

Having already established a reputation for their provocative branding style (i.e. Heroine IPA, Naughty Aud Imperial Stout, Stigmata Red Rye, etc), the brewery decided to up their theme game with the Eastwood tribute.

“What can we say? We dig his work.” said Brewmaster Joel Johnson. “And after recently implementing our Catch & Release IPA Series, we thought ‘Hey, what if we based a special, small-batch parody on one of our favorite cult figures?’ Clint was a ridiculously easy decision for us. Narrowing down the vast iconic movie choices was a longer endeavor. As for Sister Sara, we dug the innuendos and sexual tension within the flick, and even though this is a romantic comedy posing as a Hollywood Western, he’s still as tough as the no-named hero in the earlier Sergio Leone films. The Ennio Morricone soundtrack was icing on the cake. Obviously the corresponding label artwork needed to be worthy, and our friend Xander came through huge for us.”

Typical for 101 North, the label artwork was courtesy of a chosen local artist. In this case San Francisco based Xander Kent was tasked with all three of the designs, and the brewery couldn’t be happier with the results. Further, various brief dialogues from the films will be highlighted on different bottle labels, which will almost certainly send the rare beer-chasing ‘beer geeks’ into an unfiltered frenzy. Adding to the hoopla, posters of the label art will be distributed for free to the lucky ones who purchase the bombers straight from the 101 North Tap Room.

Starting Sunday February 11th at noon, the bottles, draft, and posters will be available while supplies last at the 101 North Brewery and Tap Room, located at 1304 Scott Street in Petaluma. Select bottle shops around the region shall carry limited amounts the following week.

The draft beer and movie showcase will take place at 6pm, Monday, February 12th, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, located at 2550 Mission Street in San Francisco. Seating is limited.

About 101 North Brewing Company

Founded in the summer of 2012, 101 North is an independent, friends and family-owned and operated Brewery and Tap Room located in Petaluma, California. The hand-crafted brewery is led by Brewmaster Joel J. Johnson and his 20+ years of brewing experience, and has created a strong momentum among craft beer enthusiasts through their exceptional brews, unique branding, and philanthropy. For more information on 101 North Brewing Company, please visit 101northbeer.com or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or visit their tap room in Sonoma County.

Boulevard Jam Band Berry Ale makes return as new year-round beer starting February

January 27, 2018 - 1:28pm

(Kansas City, MO) – Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that Jam Band, a new year-round beer, will soon hit taps and shelves throughout the brewery’s 39-state territory. The rhythmic grooves of blueberry, raspberry and tart cherry accompany a steady malt base to create an easy-drinking, all-season beer worthy of an encore.

“We had fun creating this beer,” said Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels. “It debuted as a draft-only limited release last summer, but fans pleaded for another performance.”

Blueberry, red raspberry and tart cherry juices are blended into the beer at the end of fermentation, producing powerful aromas of dark berries, melon and citrus that complement the slightly tart flavor. Jam Band pours a deep ruby, almost purple hue. It debuts starting in the Greater Kansas City Area on February 5th (draft) and February 6th (six-packs of cans) with other regions to follow soon. The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.

“Jam Band is amazing because it delivers unique flavors and aromas with all-natural ingredients,” noted Natalie Gershon, Boulevard VP of marketing. “But equally exciting is the fact that last summer’s release was embraced not only by dedicated beer lovers but by wine and spirits drinkers as well.”

About Boulevard Brewing Company Boulevard Brewing Company is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. For more information, visit boulevard.com or follow us on facebook.com/Boulevard, twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer and instagram.com/boulevard_beer.

Oasis Texas 2.13 Pale Ale just released, named to honor those working service industry jobs

January 27, 2018 - 12:26pm

(Austin, TX) – Oasis Texas Brewing Company (OTXBC) and local service industry community forum In The Weeds recently collaborated to create a beer called $2.13 in appreciation for those in the service industry. $2.13 Pale Ale is also meant to increase public awareness that our service industry receives low pay without any adjustment for cost of living since 1991.

This collaboration beer is called $2.13 which is the federal minimum wage for tipped employees. $2.13 is described as a Bantam Pale Ale, coming in at 4% ABV. $2.13 is a sessionable ale with great flavor, light hop aroma, and will be affordably priced. This craft beer will rival the price of the “cheap beers of the world” without sacrificing the high quality OTXBC offers year round. the $2.13 will be available in cans.

“A person who works for tips is a gambler, wagering their smile, personality and hospitality to pay their bills. This beer is a salute to our industry, the people that risk making $2.13 an hour. OTXBC appreciates the service industry, and In The Weeds advocates for the service industry so that is why this project has come to fruition.” Kc Hensley, Founder, In The Weeds.

A launch party will be held at Oasis Texas Brewing Company at 7pm Friday, January 26th. Following its official launch, $2.13 pale ale will be available in local retailers, with distribution via Ben E. Keith.

About In The Weeds:

In The Weeds is an underground Central Texas focused service industry forum comprised of over 9,000 members as of January 2018. For the last four years, In The Weeds has focused on making lives better for hospitality industry employees by building and fostering a positive community and providing a forum for education, professional development, and job opportunities.

About Oasis Texas Brewing Company (OTXBC):

OTXBC is an award-winning brewery perched high above Lake Travis., offering sessionable and innovative craft beers in Texas and across the southern United States. Oasis Texas Brewing Company won a gold medal in 2014 for London Homesick Ale and a silver medal in 2017 for Luchesa Lager. OTXBC is located at 6550 Comanche Trail. The OTXBC taproom opens at noon, Tuesday – Sunday, with creative food offerings from their seasoned culinary staff.

Grimm Brothers Bleeding Heart Cherry Chocolate Brown Lager coming Feb. 2nd

January 27, 2018 - 11:31am

(Loveland, CO) – Grimm Brothers is excited to announce the return of The Bleeding Heart in 2018. We brew this beer every year celebration of St. Valentine’s Day here in The Sweetheart City. The Bleeding Heart has always been a rotating style until last year when head brewer, Laura Pilato, nailed what we were looking for in our Valentines beer with the Cherry Chocolate Brown Lager. This year we will feature the same style of beer with tart cherry up front and a clean chocolatey finish. Next year we plan to expand the Bleeding Heart Series with a specialty offering in smaller quantities as well.

Grimm Brothers is grateful for the ongoing relationship with The Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center and for their joint effort in naming The Bleeding Heart the Official Beer of Loveland’s Valentine Celebration. Join Grimm Brothers for a special tapping event February 2nd in the taproom. Free samples at noon for Loveland Chamber members then open to the public at 1:00 PM.

About
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse was founded by avid homebrewers captivated by the rich tradition of European beers. They knew that the long history of beer production in Germany and surrounding areas would give them plenty of tales to share with their customers. Inspired by the stories collected By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, they have crafted their beers to tell not only the story of Craft Brewing, but the harrowing and dark tales handed down through the generations.

CANarchy Craft Beer Collective, incl. Cigar City and Oskar Blues, hit ~350k bbls in 2017

January 26, 2018 - 7:10pm

CANarchy Craft Beer Collective Leads the Pack as Number One Provider of Craft Beer in a Can
Taps New Executives to Expand Leadership Team

(Longmont, CO) – CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, a disruptive collective of like-minded craft brewers, kicks off 2018 as the largest supplier of independent craft beer in a can. In 2017, Cigar City Brewing’s Jai Alai IPA and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale led CANarchy as the #1 and #2 craft can six-packs sold in the nation. The portfolio of craft breweries including Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing Company, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery collectively brewed nearly 350,000 bbls in 2017. The brewery group changed its name late last year to CANarchy to better reflect the goal behind the collective – to be the number one provider of independent craft beer in a can.

Since joining CANarchy, Cigar City Brewing has experienced significant increases in their distribution and overall production through the collective’s developed and supported national distribution networks. This year, the Tampa-based brewery doubled their out-of-state availability from 6 to 12 states and increased shipments 43% from 65,000 bbls to 92,000 bbls. The trend is supported by the dominant hold on their home state of Florida and the growing demand of Jai Alai IPA as they expand their footprint across the U.S.

Oskar Blues Brewery, home of the Original Craft Beer in a Can, saw a 10% increase in Texas following the opening of their Austin brewery, which hosts the Tasty Weasel Taproom and live music venue. They also increased production at their Brevard N.C. brewery by 20% in the past year. In total, Oskar Blues brewed 180,000 bbls in 2017 led by flagship brew Dale’s Pale Ale, showing solid growth of 9.7% in Total US Multi-Outlet + Convenience. PINNER Throwback IPA experienced 90% growth in large format packages transitioning from 12-packs to 16-packs in 2017. The brewery recently updated the packaging of its full line of 12 and 16-packs with a bold, yet classic new look, and gave Mama’s Little Yella Pils a facelift to focus more specifically on the pilsner style.

Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Company continues to establish itself as a major player in the Midwest. In 2017, they experienced 20% growth (MI Food) in their home state and +22% in IRI’s Great Lakes Region.

Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery, both based in Utah, have been quietly defying odds with great beers since the 1980’s. Both experienced rising trends on their flagship brands – nearly +20% on Hop Rising Double IPA and +16% on Apricot Hefeweizen.

With the increased operational growth, CANarchy tapped two industry leaders to further bolster the team with the appointment of David Pillsbury as Chief Executive Officer and Patrick Daugherty as Chief Marketing Officer. Pillsbury brings more than 30 years of domestic and international leadership across multiple operating companies in diverse disciplines. Daugherty brings 25 years of marketing experience in beverage alcohol, most recently holding the title of Executive Vice President at The Integer Group where he led the strategic and creative services team charged with marketing the agency’s largest client, MillerCoors.

“We’ve built this business by breaking bottlenecks. Now’s the time to weld on industry expertise and experienced executives to lead this pirate ship to the next level,” said Dale Katechis, Soul Founder of Oskar Blues Brewery. “I’ll continue to stoke the entrepreneurial spirit, vision, cultural inspiration and storytelling at Oskar Blues and the CANarchy platform. David’s main objective will be working with the founders and leaders of each team to expand and improve collaboration amongst breweries while developing necessary and scalable infrastructure within CANarchy.”

The CANarchy “See E Oh”(CEO) and Chief Marketing Officer are newly created roles intended to support the goal of craft breweries working together to preserve craft beer culture and bring quality, innovative flavors to beer drinkers worldwide. Pillsbury and Daugherty will be based at the CANarchy headquarters in Longmont, Colorado.

Visit https://www.canarchy.beer to keep up with the CANarchy collective of craft breweries.

CANarchy achieved the #1 supplier of independent craft beer in a can with verified info using the combined total US multi outlet data and a broad cross section of national liquor data.

About CANarchy
Founded in 2015, CANarchy is a disruptive collective of like-minded brewers dedicated to bringing quality and innovative flavors to beer drinkers in the name of independent craft beer. The portfolio of craft breweries, partially funded by Fireman Capital Partners, including Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery, is challenging corporate convention to preserve independent craft beer culture. CANarchy is the #1 provider of American craft beer in a can by bringing value to distributors, retailers and beer drinkers. Cigar City Brewing’s Jai Alai IPA and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale are currently the #1 and #2 sold craft can six packs in U.S. Grocery. The CANarchy platform brewed nearly 350,000 bbls in 2017, reaching all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, and South Korea.

St. Clair Brown opens nano-brewery in Napa, California

January 26, 2018 - 12:14pm

Urban Winery Merges Beer and Wine Under One Roof

(Napa, CA) – St. Clair Brown, the first of its kind urban winery in Napa, California is announcing the launch of their nano-brewery, just four years after opening. Napa locals and co-founders Elaine St. Clair and Laina Brown proudly announced today that beer is now on tap in their Wine & Beer Garden two blocks from Main Street in downtown Napa.

To kick off the release of their new beer selections, St. Clair Brown is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration of their nano-brewery, scheduled for Sunday, February 11, 2018. The celebration will take place in their Greenhouse and will be open to the public. There will be live music and a food truck where all beers will be available for $5.

In a valley of palatial estate wineries, an urban winery is not a common occurrence. A winery and brewery is even less common. Add a greenhouse turned into a tasting room within a culinary garden in the middle of the city and you have the unique vision of co-owners Elaine St. Clair and Laina Brown. As an urban winery and brewery, St. Clair Brown is uniquely able to circumvent many of the county regulations put into place in the early 90’s. They are able to stay open later, serve their wine and beer by the glass alongside a food menu, and most importantly be open to the public without requiring a prior appointment.

“For me it was about integrating all of the things we wanted to do into one vision and creating a space that brought it all under one roof,” says President Laina Brown. “I wanted the space to inspire people to come and enjoy time together without the fear of someone trying to turn your table,” she adds. “It was also important that the setting allow us to incorporate all kinds of creativity: wine, beer, food, music, arts, etc.”

For award-winning Winemaker/Brewmaster Elaine St. Clair, the opportunity to make both wine and beer was always at the top of her list. “I’ve always wanted to get back to beer. If we were going to be here for the rest of our lives I really wanted to be able to do both again,” she shares.

Elaine St. Clair has been making wine in the Napa Valley for over 30 years. As a UC Davis graduate, she attended both their winemaking and brewing programs and holds a degree in Fermentation Science. Shortly after graduating she joined the winemaking team at Domaine Chandon where she started making beer on the side with co-worker, Dwayne Matthews. For 10 years, Elaine St. Clair was Head Brewer and Co-Owner of Napa Ale Works, one of Napa Valley’s original breweries, while continuing to make wine full time. After 21 years, St. Clair is brewing once again, albeit on a much smaller scale. St. Clair Brown is a boutique direct-to-consumer winery with under a 1,000 case wine production, and a two-barrel system that brews just 60 gallons of beer a batch. Their program includes eleven wines and now ten beers, with more developing all the time.

They currently pour three beers on tap in their small Greenhouse Tasting Room. The selection rotates weekly to ensure there is always something new for their predominantly local customer base. St. Clair Brown’s current line-up includes a Pilsner, Honey Wheat Ale, Farmhouse Saison, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Scottish Ale, Brown Ale, Black IPA, Porter, and Oatmeal Stout with recipe trials for more underway.

Elaine St. Clair is reluctant to call her beers overly ‘craft’. “I’m a traditionalist in my palate choices. I want to make beers that are just wonderfully balanced,” says St. Clair. Her desire is to elevate classic recipes rather than focus on exotic infusions or anything exceedingly experimental. Bringing a winemaker’s approach to beer, St. Clair strives to build layers of flavor. The beer is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and more malt-driven, favoring a less bitter or heavily ‘hopped’ profile. “Like tannins in wine, hop character should frame the flavors not dominate them,” states St. Clair. “Balanced wines and beers naturally pair better with food, being in the Napa Valley, you can’t help but be influenced by the culinary world around us.”

Also pulling from their background in wine, St. Clair and Brown bottle all of their beer in re-sealable 750mL champagne bottles. “Our goal was that people would take bottles of our beer to pair with dinner the same way you would a bottle of wine,” says Laina Brown. Their beer is currently hand-bottled and hand-labeled by Elaine St. Clair, and Laina Brown’s son, Bren Westerland, who assists St. Clair in the production. As for the future of the program, Elaine St. Clair smiles, “I just want to make the best beer anyone has ever had.”

St. Clair Brown’s beers are currently available only on location in the Greenhouse Tasting Room. Beers are available in 750mL bottles for $20, tasting flights of three beers for $15, glasses, half glasses, and growlers. Beers are available for purchase online, or through their monthly Beer Club. For more information about St. Clair Brown and their current selection, visit: www.stclairbrown.com

About St. Clair Brown:
St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery is located at 816 Vallejo Street, Napa, CA 94559. They are open to the public from Thursday through Saturday, 12 pm – 8 pm, Sunday and Monday, 12 pm – 6 pm.

Charlotte Independent Brewers Alliance forms with more than 20 local breweries

January 26, 2018 - 10:56am

Charlotte Independent Brewers Join Forces
Market clarity, education among priorities of more than 20 local breweries

(Charlotte, NC) — More than 20 Charlotte breweries have turned a casual network into a united, membership-driven, dues-paying organization: The Charlotte Independent Brewers Alliance.

The group has been meeting informally since at least 2014, says Chris Goulet, CIBA board member and principal owner of Birdsong Brewing Co. The notfor-profit group was finalized in late 2017, with Phil Buchy of Legion Brewing and Ryan Self of The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery joining Goulet on the board of directors.

“Our goal is to work together to promote Charlotte area beers and ciders and educate consumers on the benefits of supporting local brewers,” Goulet says of the group. “Large conglomerates and non-local brewers make strong efforts to mimic local. However, buying those products sends money away from the community and doesn’t support local jobs.”

CIBA members must have their primary production facility in Mecklenburg County, or one of the five surrounding North Carolina counties (Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union). Membership stands at 23 right now:

Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Co.
Barking Duck Brewing Co.
Birdsong Brewing Co.
Blue Blaze Brewing Co.
Bold Missy Brewery
Cavendish Brewing Co.
The Dreamchaser’s Brewery
Free Range Brewing
GoodRoad CiderWorks
Legion Brewing Co.
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
NoDa Brewing Co.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Red Clay Ciderworks
Resident Culture Brewing
Southern Range Brewing
Sugar Creek Brewing Co.
Thirsty Nomad Brewing
Three Spirits Brewery
Triple C Brewing Co.
The Unknown Brewing Co.
Wooden Robot Brewery
York Chester Brewing Co.

“Our members collectively employ more than 600 people, who all live and work in the Charlotte area,” Goulet says. “We want to bring attention to Charlotte-brewed ciders and beers.”
The group was driven to action by the competitive — some might say increasingly crowded — craft beverage marketplace in Charlotte. The Wicked Weed Brewing acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2017 helped motivate and coalesce the CIBA movement, Goulet says.

The group will make its public debut with a booth at the Queen City Brewers Festival, Feb. 3 at The Fillmore.

The CIBA target demographic? “Any adult in the greater Charlotte area who is interested in craft beverages,” Goulet says. “We’ve got a website up which will be fleshed out further, we’re working on a point of sale marketing campaign, and loose plans for a CIBA event of some kind.”

MORE ABOUT CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENT BREWERS ALLIANCE
The Charlotte Independent Brewers Alliance exists to promote and protect the interests of independent craft brewers founded in and whose primary manufacturing operations are based in Mecklenburg or its contiguous counties. CIBA’s primary goal is to increase the proportion of locally manufactured beer relative to overall consumption in the region. To achieve this goal CIBA will promote the Charlotte region’s homegrown breweries, educate our consumers and the community, and support positive legislative reform efforts. For more information visit cltbrewed.com.

Beer Institute releases December 2017 domestic tax paid estimate of 8% decline

January 26, 2018 - 10:42am

Today, the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid shipments by beer brewers for December 2017:

The December 2017 estimate is 12,519,000 barrels, a decrease of 8.0% versus December 2016 removals of 13,615,000. Please note that the estimates reflect revised estimates released by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

 

Month

2016

2017

Percent Change

Volume Change

January

12,698,756

12,951,000

2.0%

252,244

February

12,951,553

11,724,000

-9.5%

-1,227,553

March

15,411,120

14,945,000

-3.0%

-466,120

April

14,749,656

14,134,000

-4.2%

-615,656

May

15,684,117

16,272,000

3.7%

587,883

June

16,801,412

16,858,000

0.3%

56,588

July

15,108,833

14,413,000

-4.6%

-695,833

August

16,239,037

15,531,000

-4.4%

-708,037

September

15,177,702

14,426,000

-5.0%

-751,702

October

13,041,204

13,726,000

5.3%

684,796

November

12,423,000

12,567,000

1.2%

144,000

December

13,615,000

12,519,000

-8.0%

-1,096,000

YTD 2017

173,901,390

170,066,000

-2.2%

-3,835,390

 

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing brewers of all sizes, as well as beer importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility. For additional updates from the Beer Institute, visit our website, follow @BeerInstitute on Twitter, like the Beer Institute on Facebook, and follow the Beer Institute on Instagram.

Beer Institute names Dan Roth its Senior Director of Public Affairs

January 26, 2018 - 10:35am

(Washington, DC) – The Beer Institute, one of the nation’s oldest trade associations representing America’s brewers, beer importers and industry suppliers, announced today that Beer Institute communications director Dan Roth has been promoted to serve as the trade association’s senior director of public affairs. Roth joined the Beer Institute in May 2016 as its communications director where he was instrumental in working on successful efforts to provide federal excise tax relief to brewers and beer importers.

“Dan is a thoughtful communications professional with a track record of success in the beer industry, communications, and in government at the federal, state and local levels. His continued contributions will be critical in our ongoing efforts to educate lawmakers, members of the media, and the American public about the more than 2.2 million Americans whose jobs depend on our nation’s vibrant beer industry,” said Jim McGreevy, Beer Institute President and CEO. “We are looking forward to Dan stepping into this new role and building on our record of advocating for brewers, beer importers, and industry suppliers.”

Before joining the Beer Institute in May 2016, Roth worked for Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA) as her communications director. Roth was also communications director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, where he led communications efforts during the 2012 election cycle. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Roth worked in the California Legislature as well as being the chief of staff for a Sacramento City Councilmember. In addition, Roth was the California media relations manager for the Nature Conservancy.

“I want to thank the Beer Institute as well as our member companies for the trust they have placed in me to lead our public affairs team as we continue our efforts to tell the story of beer–one of America’s most iconic industries,” said Roth. “I have enjoyed meeting with our member company employees from across the nation and learning about their commitment to quality and their dedication to responsible drinking. I look forward to continuing these conversations as we educate policy makers, members of the media, and the general public about the important role beer played in America’s history and continues to play in our national economy.”

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing brewers of all sizes, as well as beer importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility. For additional updates from the Beer Institute, visit our website, follow @BeerInstitute on Twitter, like the Beer Institute on Facebook, and follow the Beer Institute on Instagram.

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