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Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager added to Session family of beers

April 6, 2018 - 6:13pm

(Hood River, OR) – With its eye-popping packaging and crisp, easy-drinking vibe, Full Sail Brewing Co.’s new Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager, the latest member of the Session family, has been en fuego from the moment it hit shelves. This rich, garnet-colored Mexican lager is the perfect complement to the original Sesión Cerveza.

“Sesión Negra has a clean, refreshing, easy-drinking profile with hints of maize and caramel,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss. “It’s not a porter, and it’s very different from Session Dark.” And like every Session, Sesión Negra is brewed to go down easy and put a smile on your face.

When Full Sail launched the Session brand 12 years ago, it quickly became the hottest new craft-beer brand on the market, which has since brought home more than 100 medals, including 58 golds. Session’s not a micro, a macro, or an import, but in a way it’s a little bit of each. You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. It’s a brand that’s accessible without being ordinary. Totally drinkable, but never at the expense of character. And now, new Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager is available in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft. Hecha en Hood River. Enjoyed everywhere. ¡Saludos! 5% ABV, 20 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company

Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including more than 200 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

BarrelHouse Brewing Co. announces distribution expansion into Portland, Oregon

April 6, 2018 - 5:45pm

(Paso Robles, CA) – BarrelHouse Brewing Co., has been experiencing 90%+ distribution growth year over year and is now expanding outside of its California footprint into Portland, Oregon.

“Why Portland? We visited area with our team a few years back and it has held significance to us ever since. We share their love for quality craft beer and incredible food. Plus, we have unstoppable synergy with our current Northern California distribution partner, Mindful, who’s sister company Running Man is located in Portland. All of these factors made PDX an exciting choice for us.” Jason Carvalho, Owner.

Draft and six-packs of Sunny Daze, Mango IPA, Juicy IPA, BarrelHouse IPA, Adventure Series releases, as well as larger format bottles of barrel-aged imperial stouts and sours can be found at finer bottle shops and popular craft beer bars around town starting March 2018.

About BarrelHouse Brewing Co. – BarrelHouse was established in 2013 by co-owners Jason Carvalho and Kevin Nickell and longtime friend Chris Vaughn with a simple mission…bring together Good People, Good Times, and Great Beer. Since those early garage brewing days, BarrelHouse has quickly grown to be the largest family owned and operated craft brewery in San Luis Obispo County. “Being an American, family-owned business is something that we take pride in,” says President of BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Jason Carvalho. “In an ever-changing craft beer landscape of sellouts and mergers, we retain our independence. Our people are passionate about our mission and we are just getting started.”

Paired with an endless lineup of energetic bands and fun events, BarrelHouse is famously known for their delicious line-up of year-round beers: Sunny Daze, Mango IPA, BarrelHouse IPA, Juicy IPA and Big Sur. Available everywhere BarrelHouse is sold.

To keep your taste buds intrigued, each month their talented brewers create small-batch, taproom only beers available at any of their three locations: Paso Robles Brewery and Beer Gardens, San Luis Obispo Taproom, or their newest Visalia Taproom and Beer Gardens.

Additionally, since the brewhouse fired up, the BarrelHouse team has been crafting an impressive line-up of barrel-aged beers. Housed within a dedicated Barrel Facility across a creek from their main brewery, you’ll find rare sour and wild ales referred to as their Salvaje de Robles (Wild of the Oak) Series and Reservado de Robles (Reserve of the Oak) Series for their non-sour barrel-aged beers. These limited releases are available in their taprooms and at fine craft beer accounts throughout their distribution network.

Jester King Provenance Lemon & Lime Batch 5 releases April 6th

April 6, 2018 - 5:11pm

[Photo credit: Jester King]

(Austin, TX) – New Friday beer from Jester King. More below via email newsletter…

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This Friday, we will be releasing Batch 5 of Provenance Lemon & Lime. Used in this beer were 150 pounds of Texas Valley lemons from Hernandez Farms in Weslaco, TX and 150 pounds of limes from G and S Groves in McAllen, TX. The zest and juice were added during primary fermentation and allowed to ferment in our stainless steel tanks with our mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. We find that the vibrant flavors of the lemon and lime create an uplifting beer perfect for summertime.

Provenance Lemon Lime will be released at Jester King on Friday, April 6th at 4pm. It was brewed on January 31st and February 1st, 2018 and packaged on March 13th and 14th, 2018. It is 5.6% alcohol by volume, 34.5 IBU, 3.95 pH, and 1.003 specific gravity. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$13). We anticipate distribution of this beer.

Pearpawsterous collaboration between Cascade Brewing, Upland Brewing released

April 6, 2018 - 5:00pm

(Portland, OR) – Cascade Brewing released Pearpawsterous today, a collaboration project with Upland Brewing in Indiana. Pearpawsterous is a limited offering, available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at both its Portland-area pubs and through select Cascade distributors.

Pearpawsterous features regional ingredients sourced from each brewery’s home state – Oregon-grown pears and Indiana-grown paw paws – layered over a base of sour wheat ales aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels. Paw paw fruit has a sweet, custard-like flavor somewhat similar to banana, mango, and cantaloupe. The beer comes in at 7.1% ABV. Both breweries developed their own version of the same recipe.

Pearpawsterous is a Tier One offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.

This Saturday, April 7, Cascade’s lead blender Kevin Martin, and VP of Sales and Marketing Tim Larrance, will serve both Pearpawsterous and Rose City Sour on draft at the Upland Sour Wild Funk Fest in Upland’s home state of Indiana. At 4pm, Martin will join Upland brewer Pete Batule to talk about how the project came together and how the two versions were made. On Friday, April 13, Upland Brewing will hold a Tap Takeover at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Portland with a special live barrel tapping and Upland Beers: Luminary, Passion Fruit, Squeeze and Thank You, Champagne Velvet, PawPaw, Revive, and Iridescent. Both Upland and Cascade versions of Pearpawsterous will be available on draft.

About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year, capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit CascadeBrewing.com and join the brewery on social media @CascadeBrewing, #CascadeBrewing and #HouseofSour. Cheers to the sours; enjoy in a profoundly wise manner.

Schlafly Beer partners with National Forest Foundation on co-branded packaging

April 6, 2018 - 4:05pm

The Saint Louis Brewery supports efforts to restore and enhance the National Forests and Grasslands with “spring clean” events and more

(St. Louis, MO) — Schlafly Beer announces today a partnership with the National Forest Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service that works to promote the health and public enjoyment of America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System.

The largest, locally owned craft brewery in St. Louis chose to support the organization as part of their overall 2018 sustainability mission. Other initiatives include the recent purchase of an electric smart car (Half Pint) for Founding Brewer Stephen Hale, the continuation of Schlafly Bottleworks’ Gardenworks and Wednesday Farmers Market, and more. In addition to funds to support of the National Forest Foundation’s overall mission, Schlafly will support the organization’s broader goals of improving watershed health by participating in stream cleans throughout their distribution footprint this spring and summer. The first takes place this Saturday with Greenway Network, Inc.

Hale explains, “It’s no coincidence that the two largest rivers in the United States converge in St. Louis to provide the main ingredient for our beloved beer. The trees that reside upstream act as a quality control and productivity assurance for our waterways. By facilitating watersheds and defining riverbanks, trees do more than their share to keep the beer flowing. The National Forest Foundation promotes the health of those trees and grasslands, and we’re proud to support them.”

Schlafly Beer will also include information about the National Forest Foundation on packaging of White Lager 12-packs to build awareness. Schlafly will post information about each individual stream clean throughout the spring/summer on Twitter – all are open to the public so that Schlafly fans can join the initiatives. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution and products, visit www.schlafly.com.

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 102 hop varietals, 77 malts and grains, 59 different spices and fruits and 10 separate yeast 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.

About the National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation promotes the enhancement and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and Americans’ outdoor experiences. The NFF’s programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects and disease, improves recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands. Learn more at www.nationalforests.org.

Castle Island to open Summer Beer Garden in Boston’s Underground at Ink Block

April 6, 2018 - 3:27pm

Boston, MA – Castle Island Brewing Company today announced plans to open a Summer Beer Garden in the heart of Boston. Located at Underground at Ink Block, adjacent to both the South End and South Boston, the new beer garden will be only a short distance from the Company’s namesake landmark.

The Norwood-based brewery will operate Thursdays through Sundays at the award-winning new park at 90 Traveler Street beginning Friday, May 11th and running through mid-October. The seasonal installation will be a great addition to Underground at Ink Block, an 8-acre cultural attraction featuring world-class street art, bicycle and walking paths, views of Fort Point Channel, a dog park, and 175-spot public parking lot.

“We are beyond excited to announce Castle Island at Underground,” said Castle Island Founder & President, Adam Romanow. “We’ve always been eager to bring the Castle Island brand a little closer to Southie, and by helping activating this newly opened urban park, we have found an awesome way to contribute to this outdoor community space at a completely unexpected but exciting location.”

This announcement comes on the heels of the brewery’s recent expansion, as Castle Island increased their production capacity with five new 60BBL fermenters at the beginning of this year, reflecting a 50% jump in production capacity. The timely addition of these new tanks will help bring Castle Island’s wide selection of craft beer to Boston residents and visitors of the Underground.

The Summer Beer Garden will feature communal-style seating, outdoor lounge areas, classic lawn games, and – of course – Castle Island beer. The company’s brews will be dispensed from a custom-made, branded draft trailer equipped with 20 taps, serving a wide variety of Castle Island beers and a few non-beer alternatives. As for the beer lineup, visitors can expect Castle Island’s core beers – Keeper, Hi-Def, Candlepin, and American Lager – along with seasonal products, rotating double IPAs, and their Righteous Series of fruited sour ales on the rest of the draft lines.

The brewery will also bring unique event programming to this area of the city, with the goal of creating a dynamic community hub that matches the artistically-driven space at the Underground. Also, in the spirit of giving back to the community, Castle Island plans to donate a portion of proceeds to a local charity.

The 5,000 sq. ft. space is located within the Underground at Ink Block’s 8-acre urban park.

The Summer Beer Garden is a partnership between Castle Island and National Development, the commercial real estate firm responsible for bringing the Ink Block development to fruition. For National Development, Castle Island at Underground provides a unique new amenity at Underground at Ink Block as well as a wonderful compliment to the existing retail, hotel, and residential components next door at Ink Block.

“National Development is thrilled to welcome Castle Island’s Summer Beer Garden to Underground at Ink Block,” said Ted Tye, Managing Partner of National Development. “We always intended for Underground to have this sort of local, hand-crafted brewery pop up, which fits right in with our unique design and art installations. We look forward to welcoming Castle Island to Underground as well as expanding our art program, hosting many public events, and hosting select private events throughout 2018.”

Castle Island at Underground is conveniently located near the Broadway T station, and will be open Thursday and Friday 3pm-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-10pm. Check out the company’s website (castleislandbeer.com/underground) or follow them (@castleislandbeer; @cibrewing) on social media to stay updated on beer garden developments and events.

Castle Island Brewing:

Castle Island is dedicated to crafting the highest quality beer with purpose and without pretense. With a focus on American-style ales and lagers, we make offerings that are both unique and approachable. You can find our beer throughout Massachusetts in cans and on draft, as well as at our Norwood brewery and taproom.

Hi-Wire Bluebeard IPA, Tropical Golden Ale and Oude Brett Saison release in April

April 6, 2018 - 3:03pm

(Asheville, NC) – Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing three specialty beers this month highlighting their Sour & Wild Ale program, High Gravity 4-pack series, and a one-off can release for the Asheville City Soccer Club.

Being released Saturday, April 14th at 12pm from their South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility, customers will be able to purchase Hi-Wire Brewing’s Oude Brett Saison (6.6% ABV). Blended down from a handful of red and white wine barrels, each one with it’s own unique character, to create this rustic saison with aromatic notes of barnyard hay and red hard candy. Moderate second use oak and earthy brett are accentuated by notes of baking spice and champagne in this tribute to the heritage of “old saisons”. This beer will see limited distribution the first week of May.

The second release from Hi-Wire Brewing’s High Gravity 4-pack series is the Tropical Golden Strong Ale (11.3% ABV). This American golden ale uses fresh fruit to complement the tropical flavors and aromas present in Citra hops. Guava, papaya, and mango are added during secondary fermentation to create a dank, tropical fruit-forward profile. This high octane beer is deceptively drinkable, allowing big fruit flavors to mask the heat of this dank & sticky beer that does not taste anywhere near 11.3%. This beer will see full distribution in Hi-Wire’s entire footprint.

For the second season in a row, Hi-Wire Brewing is the title sponsor for the Asheville City Soccer Club, who is part of The National Premier Soccer League, the second largest national soccer league in the US Soccer development pyramid, operating and competing in the 4th Division. To celebrate their partnership, Hi-Wire Brewing created Bluebeard IPA, named in honor of Asheville City Soccer supporters. This bright and crushable IPA is perfect for a summer nights at Memorial Stadium, where the club hosts their home games. President of Asheville City Soccer Club, Ryan Kelly notes “As genuine fans of Hi-Wire’s work, it is an honor for us at the club to have our own beer to share with our supporters, whom we are privileged to name it after. We think the taste of Bluebeard IPA will become as synonymous with summer nights at Memorial Stadium as the sight of blue smoke and the sound of thousands of fans after an Asheville City goal. We are proud to wear Hi-Wire on the front of our jerseys, and it is truly a pleasure for us to take the partnership to another level and have our crest on a Hi-Wire can.” This beer will see very limited distribution in Western North Carolina the second week of April.

About Hi-Wire Brewing

Located in Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA. They have two locations in Asheville: the 27,000 square foot Big Top Production Facility & Taproom located half a mile from the Biltmore Estate and the South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom located in the South Slope area of downtown, which has a focus on wild and sour ales. Hi-Wire was awarded the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup and was named Best New North Carolina Brewery of 2013 by RateBeer. Most recently, the Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager won gold at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® in the German-Style Maerzen category. Their award-winning beers can be found on draft and in bottles across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky. To learn more about the company, visit hiwirebrewing.com.

New Belgium Tartastic Strawberry Lemon, Voodoo Ranger Guava Spruce DIPA now available

April 6, 2018 - 2:24pm

New Belgium Brewing is Ready to Soak up the Sun with the light-bodied Tartastic Strawberry Lemon and Voodoo Ranger Guava Spruce DIPA

Latest releases offer fruity sweetness and tropical hop vibe

Other favorites get bigger and better with new can sizes

(Fort Collins, CO) – The heat of summer will be here in no time and New Belgium Brewing is ready for refreshment with its latest offering from their rotating fruit beer series, Tartastic Strawberry Lemon. Brewed with strawberry and lemon purees, each sip starts with a touch of tartness giving way to a creamy finish and a lingering sweetness. The aroma is pure fruit bliss while the beer drinks light and crisp.

“A great summer beer features fresh fruit flavors, just the right amount of sweetness and a quick flash of acidity to round things out,” said Ross Koenigs, New Belgium Research and Development Brewer. “Tartastic Strawberry Lemon is all of those things, and the result is a refreshing, easy drinker that offers a refreshing alternative to sweeter shandies and radlers.”

Tartastic pours a pale gold color with a soft strawberry hue. This light-bodied beer checks in at 4.2 percent ABV. At only 130 calories per 12 oz. serving, Tartastic Strawberry Lemon is a perfect go-to beverage for speedo season.

Tartastic Strawberry Lemon
Malts: Pale and White Wheat
Hops: Nugget
ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 8

Special Ingredients: Strawberry puree, lemon puree and strawberry essence
Availability: Now nationally for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles and draft.

Voodoo Ranger Guava Spruce DIPA
Also available this summer is Voodoo Ranger Guava Spruce DIPA. This release sports a full array of juicy and fruity hop vibes, courtesy of an innovative dry hopping method occurring in the middle of fermentation.

“This liquid is the result of our research on how mid-fermentation dry hopping affects flavor outcome,” said Koenigs. “This new-to-us system allows more versatility integrating big hop characteristics into our beers. It’s a bit of a new world for us, and we’re excited to share our exploration with Voodoo Ranger Guava Spruce.”

An exotic, hoppy DIPA dripping with delicious tropical guava and wild-harvested, citrusy spruce tips, this Voodoo Ranger special release is a one-of-a-kind IPA providing exciting and exclusive hop flavors to beer drinkers.

Voodoo Ranger Guava Spruce DIPA
Malts: Pale, Oats and Munich
Hops: Nugget, Centennial, Citra and Ekuanot
ABV: 7.6%
IBU: 84

Special Ingredients: Guava and spruce
Availability: Now in select markets for a limited time in 16 oz. cans and draft.

Cantastic times for Fat Tire Belgian White, Voodoo Ranger IPA & Juicy Haze IPA

Starting this week a few New Belgium favorites will available in new package sizes. Fat Tire Belgian White and Voodoo Ranger IPA will be sold in single serve 19.2 oz. cans. Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA will be available in 4-pack 16-ounce cans.

For more information about New Belgium or any of its beers, visit www.newbelgium.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 Amber Ale, New Belgium brews sixteen year-round beers: Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Fat Tire Belgian White, The Hemperor HPA, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA, 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.

Stone VirtuALE IPA makes first use of Haas’ INCOGNITO™ hop-processing technology

April 6, 2018 - 1:38pm

Stone Brewing Adopts First-Use Technology to Hop the New Stone VirtuALE IPA

(Escondido, CA) – A virtual universe of choices confront the modern brewer when it comes to selecting hops. Stone Brewing encourages its brewers to live in a world of pure imagination… If we can dream it, we can brew it. This week, Stone Brewing presents Stone VirtuALE IPA, the latest liquid exploration into the world of experimental hop technology. The beer incorporates first-use technology, with potential to become rote tradition (by at least the year 2045) if this beer’s hoppy excellence is any indication.

With the release of Stone VirtuALE IPA, Stone is the first to put to use INCOGNITO, a brand new proprietary technique for processing hops. The resulting Citra and Mosaic extracts highlight different qualities of the otherwise familiar hops. While hop extracts have been around for years, new processes for separating the lupulin (that delicious hoppy goodness) from the plant material offer new layers of complexity for brewers to explore.

“We were fortunate to be asked by one of our hop suppliers, John I. Haas, to participate in an early trial using this new hop product,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing senior innovation brewing manager. “We have worked with different people in the industry doing hop trials for several years at Stone. We have played with some hop extracts as well, which can add an exciting dimension to our innovation process. We’ve tested some of these in combination with other hops and in this case, we combined hop pellets with hops from the INCOGNITO process. The final beer is definitely unique, adding another dimension to this really cool IPA.”

This week’s nearly nationwide release timing may be simply coincidental, or perhaps Stone felt the world needed the 22oz key to an oasis of fresh hops to fall into for two hours and 20 minutes this spring. With West Coast bitter roots and a dank hop kick that finishes surprisingly tropical, Stone VirtuALE IPA is nothing short of a blockbuster release. The beer pours light gold carrying floral, resin and grapefruit aromas. Flavors of berry upon grapefruit and hibiscus give this beer a soft bitter finish complemented by a light hint of honey.

Stone’s inspiration comes from innovative hops, and sometimes even an Ernest Cline (@erniecline) novel-turned major motion picture* helps get the creative juices flowing. No matter the origin, this dankly resinous tropical delight is available in 22oz bottles and draft in select states nationwide.

*While the pairing of this beer and the big screen is an obvious win, don’t miss the joy of reading the book itself. If preferred, fans can even kick back and listen to Stone’s good friend Wil Wheaton’s (@wilw) narration of the audio book!

QUICK FACTS
Name: Stone VirtuALE IPA
Web: stonebrewing.com/virtuale
Stats: 7.7% ABV, 72 IBUs
Featured Hops: Magnum, Citra and Mosaic
Availability: 22oz bottles and draft
National Distribution: AZ, AK, CA, CO, DE, FL GA, IA, ID, IL IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA and WI
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Light gold, very clear, white head.
Aroma: Berries, resin, floral, orange blossom, grape and grapefruit.
Taste: Citrus peel, berry, hibiscus, orange, ruby red grapefruit and a touch of honey.
Palate: Very smooth on the mid-palate with a soft bitterness on the finish.
Overall: At Stone, most of our beers are brewed with hop pellets. For this beer, we were fortunate to be asked by one of our hop suppliers to trial an experimental hop extract that we love. The beer is hopped with this all-natural, all-hop extract in the whirlpool, as well as with traditional pellet hops in the dry-hop. The resulting beer is brilliantly dank, resiny and carries big citrus notes of tropical fruit.

PAIRING NOTES
Starters: Vegetable or Shrimp Tempura, Fresh Yellowfin Tuna Poke**, Steamed Mussels**
Soups and Salads: Albondigas soup, Beet and Goat-cheese salad, Sweet Gems Salad**, The Pungent One (Cheddar, Garlic & Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 Soup)*
Main Courses: King Crab legs, Stone Shrimp and Grits*, Grilled Jerk Chicken Sandwich, Fried Shrimp Po Boy, Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs
Desserts: Prickly Pear Ice Cream, Lemon Meringue Pie, Thai-Rolled Ice Cream with Mixed Fruit, Warm Blueberry Cake with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream***

Signed rare and vintage craft beer lot to be auctioned off for We Are Stoneman Douglas Fund

April 6, 2018 - 1:05pm

50 vintage and rare signed bottles from over two dozen breweries will auction online to raise funds for victims’ families and survivors of the tragic Parkland, FL shooting.

(Oakland Park, FL) – Following the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past February, brewers from across the country are coming together to offer assistance and support to those affected most. Over two dozen brewers nationwide have donated rare and vintage bottles of beer — many of which are signed by owners, founders, and head brewers from companies such as Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, and more — in what has become an epic and unique lot of craft beer for the ages.

This lot is being auctioned online via the We Are Stoneman Douglas site (https://one.bidpal.net/wearemsd), with proceeds benefiting the Broward Education Foundation’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas fund. One hundred percent of all funds generated by this project will directly benefit the families of victims, survivors, and those affected by this tragedy. A second lot of signed barrel-aged and vintage beers from Funky Buddha Brewery, and a private dinner for 30, will also be auctioned.

This online auction (with over 50 other incredible auction items) is being organized by the Parkland Golf & Country Club located in Parkland, FL with assistance from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. Individuals can bid on the online auctions through Sunday, April 8th. Due to regulations, these bottle lots will be available for local pickup only.

“This has been an amazing show of support and solidarity from brewers around the country, most of whom signed on and contributed unbelievable beers within minutes,” says Ryan Sentz, co-founder of Funky Buddha Brewery and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate. “Although this tragedy was horrific beyond words, we can take heart in the incredible response from the community and others that shows we have the strength and bravery to rise above it and make a true difference in people’s lives.”

Bottles include:

7venth Sun Brewery Gin Barrel-Aged Mangrove
7venth Sun Brewery Anyone’s Guess
7venth Sun Brewery Bucket Full of Thoughts Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale (Terrapin Collaboration)
7venth Sun Brewery Logjammin’ Farmhouse Ale with Blackberries and Currants Aged in Oak (Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Collaboration)
Allagash Brewing Company Coolship Resurgam
Allagash Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Curieux Ale (2018)
B Nektar Cider The Dude’s Rug
B Nektar Cider Zombie Killer
B Nektar Cider Necro
B Nektar Cider Tuco-Style Freak Out
Ballast Point Brewery Bourbon Barrel-Aged 2016 Victory at Sea
Ballast Point Brewery Barrel-Aged Victory at Sea/Navigator Employee Only Limited Blend
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company Strong Ale
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company The Navigator Doppelbock
Broski Ciderworks Elderflower Cider with Branded Glass
Cigar City Brewing 2018 Barrel-Aged Cuvee Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
Devour Brewing Truck Stop Bandit Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head Brewing 2006 120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Brewing 2017 120 Minute IPA with Merch Kit
Firestone Limited Release 21 (2017)
Founders CBS 2017
Founders KBS
Funky Buddha Brewery Barrel-Aged S’Mores
Funky Buddha Brewery Lawrenceburg Barrel-Aged Last Buffalo in the Park
Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart Wheat Ale x 4 and branded tote
Kane Brewing A Night to End All Dawns 2015
Lefthand Brewing Pride Runs Deep IPA x 2 and merch kit
North Coast Brewing Company Wheat Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout XIX x 3
North Coast Brewing Company Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout XIX x 3
Odell Brewing Prop Culture
Odell Brewing Flemish Giant
Odell Brewing Meddler
RhineGeist Brewing Mastodon Barrel-Aged Blend Belgian Style Dark Ale
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Chateau Otra Vez
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Raspberry Bigfoot
Stone Brewing Company Stone IPA 2nd Anniversary Edition (1998)
Tarpon River Brewing Parkland Pale Ale crowlers x 2
The Rare Barrel Home, Sour Home
The Rare Barrel pH1
Wormtown Brewery Birthday Brew 8 – American Barleywine Ale x 2
Wormtown Brewery Hopulence DIPA x 2

Funky Buddha Lot:
Funky Buddha Brewery Lawrenceburg Barrel-Aged Last Buffalo in the Park
Funky Buddha Brewery Overproof Bourbon-Barrel Aged Morning Wood
Funky Buddha Brewery Barrel-Aged Undefeated Saison
Funky Buddha Brewery Jose Cuervo Barrel-Aged Mexican Coffee
Funky Buddha Brewery Barrel-Aged Uncle Vubub’s Stout
Funky Buddha Brewery The Love Below
Funky Buddha Brewery Rum Barrel-Aged Pina Colada
Funky Buddha Brewery Barrel-Aged S’Mores

Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, second beer in Game of Thrones®-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, just announced

April 4, 2018 - 4:06pm

Brewery Ommegang and HBO® announce Queen of the Seven Kingdoms

(Cooperstown, NY) The first beer in Brewery Ommegang and HBO’s Royal Reserve Collection is just hitting stores this month, but the second beer is already on the horizon! Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, the second in a series of four special, limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms, is brewed and blended for Cersei Lannister.

An exceptional blend of Belgian sour ale and Belgian-style blonde ale, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms is fitting for the fair-haired ruler who is as acerbic as they come. Available throughout Ommegang’s distribution network on June 29, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms will be offered both on draft and in 750ml bottles. The suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99.

“Cersei is a complex character, and we’ve tried to emulate that profile with this beer, which blends a lovely, dry blonde ale with a subtly tart Belgian sour,” says brewery president Doug Campbell.

“When we set out to create the Royal Reserve Collection, we knew we had to pay homage the character currently sitting on the Iron Throne. We’re very happy to present this tribute to the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms herself, Cersei Lannister” said Jeff Peters, Vice President of Global Licensing and Retail, HBO.

Queen of the Seven Kingdoms pours a pale gold color with a brilliant white head. Aromas of melon, citrus, and lactic acidity meld together with fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Tart citrus flavors soften to sweet malt flavors with notes of apricots. The finish is dry and crisp with a subtle citrus bite from the lemon peel. Queen of the Seven Kingdoms pairs well with sharp aged cheeses and salty cured meats, red meat or dark poultry, and spiced desserts like pumpkin pie or apple tarts.

The Royal Reserve Collection features four brand new beers in the brewery’s Game of Thrones-inspired series with HBO. All of the beers will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles. The series begins with Hand of the Queen, a barleywine, which launched in April, then Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, followed by two additional beers that launch in October and December 2018. Details and images of future beers will be announced throughout the year.

About Brewery Ommegang

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

About HBO Licensing & Retail

HBO Licensing & Retail, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., partners with best-in-class licensees around the world to give HBO’s global audience new and exciting ways to engage with their favorite shows. The division leverages iconic, award-winning HBO programs such as Game of Thrones, VEEP, Sex and the City, Silicon Valley, Insecure, The Sopranos, Big Little Lies, True Blood and more to create officially licensed consumer products, innovative merchandise programs, retail activations and live immersive experiences. HBO Licensing & Retail works across a broad range of product categories, including collectibles, apparel, publishing, live branded experiences, digital gaming, fashion and beauty collaborations, luxury accessories, and beyond. Officially licensed HBO merchandise can be purchased in retail stores around the world, online in the US at http://store.hbo.com and in Europe at www.hboshopeu.com, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City.

ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest returns to Phoenix on April 28

April 4, 2018 - 3:44pm

Celebrating the Canned Craft Beer Revolution on April 28 in Phoenix with local and national beer, delicious bites, live music and games

(Phoenix, AZ) — Celebrating the canned craft beer revolution, the 8th annual ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest will return to Phoenix on April 28, 2018 from 3-7 p.m. featuring more than 250 canned craft beers from over 100 local and national breweries across 40 states. Located at the Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W Culver St, Phoenix, AZ 85003, ameriCAN highlights include canned beer, a beer science garden, beer Olympic games and live music by Radio FX, the Hourglass Cats and Matrix. Plus enjoy delicious food from Honey Bear’s BBQ, El Jefe Tacos, Petrini’s On the Go, Dough Broughs Wood Fired Kitchen and Drive Wood Fired Grill.

Tickets are $35 online during presale and $45 at the door. Admission includes entry at 3 p.m., a souvenir 4 oz. can and 20 beer samples from participating breweries. Designated driver tickets are also available for $20 and do not include any beer sampling, water and soft drinks will be provided. Get tickets online at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com, this is a 21+ over event.

New this year, ameriCAN will feature more Arizona beers in cans – including breweries that do not already can their beers. Be sure to check out the Arizona Trail Zone for exclusive samples, canned exclusively for ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest.

Participating breweries for 2018 include (as of 4-4-18)

10 Barrell

21st Amendment Brewery

Abita Brewing

Alaskan Brewing Co

Alpine Beer Company

Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Arizona Wilderness Brewing

Argus Cidery

Avery Brewing Co

Backpack Wine

Ballast Point Brewing Company

Barrio Brewing

Belching Beaver Brewery

Bell’s Brewery

Big Sky Brewing

Boulevard Brewing Company

Breckenridge Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Bushido Way of The Warrior

Cigar City Brewing

Clown Shoes Beer

Colorado Cider Company

Council Brewing Company

DC Brau Brewing Company

Deschutes Brewery

DESTIHL Brewery

Dragoon Brewing Co.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Founders Brewing

Four Peaks Brewing

Four Sons Brewing

Full Sail Brewing

Grand Canyon Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing Company

Green Flash Brewing

Golden Road Brewing

Goose Island

Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Hangar 24

Hard Frescos Brewing Co

Honor Brewing Co

Hop Valley Brewing

Huss Brewing Co

Ironfire Brewing Company

King Harbor

Knee Deep Brewing Company

La Cumbre Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing Company

Lumberyard Brewing Company

Marble Brewing

Mason Ale Works

Maui Brewing Co

Melvin Brewing

Mike Hess Brewing

Modern Times Beer

Mother Earth Brew Co

Mother Road Brewing

Mudshark Brewing Co.

Nebraska Brewing

New Belgium Brewing

Ninkasi Brewing

Nomikai

Northwest Brewing Company

Odell Brewing

Odell Brewing Company

Original Sin Hard Cider

Oskar Blues Brewery

Pabst Brewing Company

Phoenix Ale Brewery

Pizza Port Brewing

Prescott Brewing Company

Pueblo Vida Brewing

Renegade Brewing Company

Rouge Brewing

Saint Archer Brewing Co

Santa Fe Brewing Co

SanTan Brewing Company

Schilling Cider

Sentinel Peak Brewing

Shipyard Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Ska Brewing

Sleepy Dog Brewing Company

Speak Easy

Stone Brewing

Strike Brewing Company

Sun King Brewery

Sun Up Brewing Company

AmeriCAN Quick Facts

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Location: Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W Culver St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Who: 21+ only, ID required

Website: www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com

Tickets: GA: $35 online, $45 day of

DD: $20 online and day of

Thank you to the 2018 ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest sponsors: SanTan Brewing Company, Youngs Market Company, Crescent Crown Distributing, Hensley Beverage Company, Quail Distributing, Mudshark Brewery, Bell’s Brewing, FOUND:RE, The Whining Pig, Diamond Resorts International, Lyft, Yelp Phoenix, Phoenix NewTimes, American Vision Windows and Bar & Restaurant Insurance.

A portion of the proceeds from ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest will benefit the Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA), an affiliate of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and the premier membership organization for downtown leaders. Through the alliance of a strong and diverse membership, PCA fulfills its mission to activate, advocate, and build the Phoenix we want. For more information, visit online at www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com.

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The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA coming to 16oz cans this week

April 4, 2018 - 3:18pm

(San Marcos, CA) – The Hop Concept’s Dank & Sticky IPA returns this April, sporting a new look in 16oz cans.

“People have been asking for us to can Dank & Sticky for a while,” said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder of Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey, and The Hop Concept. “Now that we have our canning line, we were able to make this a reality.”

The first beer to come off The Hop Concept’s new canning line, Dank and Sticky IPA was brewed with Eureka, Mosaic, Cascade, Comet, Simcoe, Chinook varietals.

Dank & Sticky begins with freshly peeled citrus zest and piney aromas on the nose leading to a smooth and slightly creamy mouth-feel, bursting with Grapefruit and Mango notes with a considerable “Dank” resinous finish.

“Dank and Sticky was already a favorite amongst our brewers,” Said Stephen Burchill, Head Brewer of Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey, and The Hop Concept. “Being able to play with all these hops to create a resinous West Coast IPA is a blast.”

The Hop Concept’s Dank & Sticky IPA (8.5% ABV) will be available throughout the Port Brewing / Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept distribution network in 4-packs of 16oz cans and limited 22oz bottles and draft beginning April 5th.

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 at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com

Odell Colorado Lager joins year-round portfolio starting next week exclusively in-state

April 4, 2018 - 3:02pm

Fort Collins, CO – Odell Brewing has announced their latest year-round offering, Colorado Lager. Available only in the brewery’s home state of Colorado, this beer will be released in 16 ounce 6-pack cans starting April 4th, with a 12 ounce 15-pack joining the portfolio later this May.

“Colorado Lager has been in the works for well over a year now. After countless test batches on our pilot system, we thrilled to share our interpretation of the style with the fans in our home state,” says Brendan McGivney, COO. “It’s a style we love to drink, and we think there’s a place for a lager in the craft beer lover’s fridge.”

Coming in at an approachable 5.0% ABV, Odell built their recipe using American hops, Colorado water, and premium malted barley without the addition of any adjuncts. “While the flavors are crisp and refreshing, a well-made lager takes a deft hand. It’s a tricky style to master,” adds McGivney. “Naming the beer after our home state gave it a lot of sentimental weight, and we knew we had to put in the hard work to make something we’d be proud to share.”

While Odell’s brand labels are known for their picturesque Rocky Mountain landscapes, Colorado Lager features a more restrained and cleaner look. “There’s a nostalgia around lagers. We wanted to give a nod back to the classic design but also make sure it fit within the Odell look and feel.” explains Eric Smith, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

The design is centered around a red color scheme that borrows from Odell’s leaf logo, and is built out of a pattern of icons that celebrates brewing and the Colorado lifestyle. “From the moment we started talking about this beer, we wanted it to be quintessentially Colorado, a tribute to our history and everything that makes this state a great place to live. The icons gave us a space to tell that story,” added Smith.

For the release of Colorado Lager, Odell is launching two new can packages – a 16 ounce 6-pack can and a 12 ounce 15-pack. “We wanted to explore packaging innovation within our portfolio. The 16 ounce can is perfect for the summer months, and the 15-pack was a natural fit for this style. Both packs offer a new option for our consumers that’s not often seen in our Colorado market,” explains Smith.

Colorado Lager will be available across Odell Brewing’s home state of Colorado beginning the week of April 9th.

About Odell Brewing – Odell Brewing is an independent, family and employee owned regional craft brewery. Since 1989, the culture of family and collaboration has thrived, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted and innovative brews. Odell Brewing is committed to providing exceptional service to its customers while making positive contributions to their co-workers and community through its outreach and charitable giving programs. Odell Brewing was named the “Best Medium Sized Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015 and is the 22nd largest craft brewery in the United States.

Cascade Lakes Pineapple Kush IPA now available

April 4, 2018 - 2:05pm

(Bend, OR) – Cascade Lakes Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of their new IPA, Pineapple Kush, in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft annually. This beer combines mountain pine aromas with a hint of the tropics for a refreshing and drinkable IPA.

With 37 IBUs, Pineapple Kush IPA is an American IPA using Centennial, Idaho 7, and Mosaic hops. This blend comes in at 7.1% ABV and is brewed with 2-row, Crystal, and Dextrose grains.

“We’re thrilled to be adding Pineapple Kush IPA to our annual lineup of craft beers,” said Chris Justema, Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. president and partner. “With everything you love about an IPA and a subtle pineapple flavor, this is the perfect summer beer. Plus, having it available in cans and on draft makes it easier to enjoy no matter where you are or what you’re doing.”

About Cascade Lakes Brewing Company
Founded in 1994, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company has been brewing beer in Redmond, Oregon and serving the thirsty residents of Bend and Redmond at their pubs. The brewery is located in the Redmond Industrial Park where all ales and lagers are handcrafted. Those include Blonde Bombshell, HopSmack IPA, 20” Brown Ale, Salted Caramel Porter, Cyclops IPA, Slippery Slope Winter Ale, Drop the MIC Pale Ale and the new Pineapple Kush IPA among many other seasonal brews. In May of 2004 they remodeled the Seventh Street Brew House to a modern pub and eatery in Downtown Redmond. The same year they opened their flagship public house Cascade Lakes Lodge, located on the roundabout at Century Drive and Chandler Avenue on Bend’s Westside. Most recently they have expanded their production facility to accommodate continued growth.

Call to Arms and Novel Strand’s Vol.II: Still Gleekin’ makes debut on April 21st

April 4, 2018 - 1:50pm

Denver, CO – Call to Arms Brewing Company will release another collaboration with Novel Strand Brewing Company on Saturday, April 21st at noon at Call to Arms, 4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212 . Two years ago, Call to Arms debuted their first collaboration with Novel Strand, notoriously known as The Notorious G.L.E.E.K. The breweries knew they had to bring this beer back one way or another. Vol. II: Still Gleekin’ is a sour ale, uniquely soured without hops, then dry hopped with Mosaic hops in a cabernet sauvignon barrel after fermentation.

“Following last month’s Galactic Funk Punch can release, we wanted to continue to play with Brettanomyces and dry hopping,” said Call to Arms owner and co-founder Chris Bell. “The result is an incredibly crisp,refreshing and pleasantly tart beer that is perfect for the beginning of spring.”

Still Gleekin’ is reminiscent of a pineapple wine with notes of fresh peach, pear, pineapple and white grape. The 6.3 percent AVB sour is 100 percent fermented in oak and includes Lactobacillus delbrueckii, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis II, and Mosaic hops.

The limited edition beer will be available in 375 mL bottles for $10 each at the Call to Arms taproom. Only 200 bottles will be released at the Berkeley neighborhood brewery.

About Call to Arms Brewing

Founded in 2015, Call to Arms Brewing Company is located in the Berkeley neighborhood of northwest Denver, Colorado. Blending tradition with innovation, the brewery is a gathering place passionately committed to quality, community, and camaraderie. For more information visit calltoarmsbrewing.com.

Great Divide Heyday Modern IPA added to year-round lineup

April 4, 2018 - 1:38pm

(Denver, CO) – Great Divide Brewing Company is excited to announce the addition of Heyday Modern IPA to its iconic year round lineup. Starting in May, Heyday will join Hazy IPA, Titan IPA and Hercules Double IPA in the ranks of Great Divide’s beloved India Pale Ales.

“The intention was to use newer techniques developed for hazy IPAs to accentuate the light, tropical character associated with the style, but marry the quality and consistency that we are known for,” said Brandon Jacobs, brewing manager at Great Divide. “The end result is a drinkable beer that does not fit into the hazy, New-England, West-Coast, or classic styles but offers something fresh, bright, and full of flavor. It’s a Modern IPA.”

The recipe development for the brewery’s newest IPA has been in the making for over a year. Jacobs oversaw countless pilot versions of the modern IPA, hoping to find the perfect recipe to accompany Great Divide’s portfolio of beers.

Coming in at 5.8 percent ABV, Heyday is an IPA for the modern Bold Character. Shining with notes of tropical fruit, berry, and melon, the complex hop profile is complemented with a crisp malt character for an approachable IPA fit for any occasion.

“To me, having a Heyday means having the time of your life, and virtually any setting is made better with a great beer,” said Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide. “We have a culture of enjoyment at Great Divide, whether that is great food or outdoor activities, we all have a passion for something. I can see all of us at Great Divide enjoying a Heyday Modern IPA with whatever it is that makes us happy.”

So who says the best days are behind you? Great Divide believes you can make any day, a Heyday. Share your Heyday on social media and follow the campaign with the hashtag #HaveAHeyday. Heyday IPA will be available nationwide in 6-packs and on draft within Great Divide’s distribution footprint beginning in May. Today is yours, have a Heyday.

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 .

Funkwerks launches six-packs of year-round brands

April 4, 2018 - 1:05pm

(Fort Collins, CO) – Now available in Colorado and across Funkwerks’ eight-state distribution footprint are new 6-packs of its year-round brands.

Six-packs of Funkwerks year-round beers— Funkwerks Saison, Tropic King, Raspberry Provincial, and Pineapple Provincial will replace the brewery’s original 4-packs. Select Funkwerks’ Limited Releases will remain available in 750ml bombers in select states.

“As we grow and expand into other markets we wanted to become more accessible to the consumer. Transitioning from 4-packs to 6-packs allows us to focus on our top sellers and distribute those brands more widely across multiple markets” explains Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks President and Co-Founder.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Lincoln continues. “We have worked closely with our distribution partners over the past 8 months to bring us to this next step in our mission to bring our favorite styles of beer to a wider audience.”

This new package format is currently available in Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Missouri and will be rolling out through the month of April in Colorado stores.

ABOUT FUNKWERKS

Founded in 2009 by brewers Gordon Schuck and Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks is a niche craft brewery specializing in Saison, Sour, and Belgian-style craft beers made in their small brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 2012 winner of the Small Brewery of the Year Award at the Great American Beer Festival, Funkwerks beers are available in eight US states. Find the brewery online at funkwerks.com.

Summit Lazy Sipper is back ahead of summer season

April 4, 2018 - 12:36pm

Roll Out Your Hammock: Summit Lazy Sipper Is Back
Beer With All Minnesota Ingredients Set to Become Summit Brewing’s Summer Staple

(St. Paul, MN) – It’s been a long, cold and snowy winter here in Minnesota, but if you reach back in your memory — way back to a couple of short, sunny weeks at the end of summer — you may remember wandering the state fairgrounds with a pile of deep-fried pickles in one hand and a light, refreshing Summit blonde ale in the other. That beer you’re remembering, Folks, is Summit Lazy Sipper. And this year it’s back in a big way.

Homegrown in Minnesota with all local hops, malts and strawberries — just like last year’s brew — Summit Lazy Sipper features complex malt notes of light toast, bread crumb and graham cracker, plus gentle hop characteristics of lemon, green tea and grapefruit. Balanced by a hint of fresh strawberry in the aroma and finish, Summit Lazy Sipper clocks in at a sessionable 4.8% ABV, meaning you can enjoy a few beers on the patio without needing a nap. (We totally encourage those naps, though. This is Lazy Sipper, after all.)

Originally brewed as a one-time-only, limited-release beer exclusively for the draft lines at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair, we listened to your overwhelmingly positive feedback by the cheese curd booth and made enough Lazy Sipper this year to keep your fridges, coolers and pint glasses full throughout your carefree northern summer. And that makes Summit Brewing Co. Head Brewer Damian McConn proud.
“This ale is truly a terrific reflection of the importance of Minnesota growers, maltsters, academia and brewers in the production of great beer,” says McConn. “Featuring Lacey Barley from Rahr Malting, a sixth-generation family maltster in Shakopee; Cascade and Crystal hops from Mighty Axe Hops in Ham Lake; and strawberry varieties developed by the University of Minnesota, the end result is a low-bitterness and low-alcohol beer with thirst-quenching drinkability.”

Summit Lazy Sipper will debut at the Summit Beer Hall Thursday, April 12, 2018. Immediately following the release, get ready to stretch out in your hammock with a cold beer, as Summit Lazy Sipper will be available right away on draft and in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-oz. bottles, as well as 12-packs of 12-oz. cans. It will also be available in the Boundary Waters Box variety pack, coming in early May.

Summit Lazy Sipper
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 19
Color: Strawberry Blonde (6 L)
Malts: Minnesota-grown Lacey barley supplied by Rahr Malting
Hops: Minnesota-grown Crystal and Cascade supplied by Mighty Axe Hops
Yeast: American Ale
Serving Tips: Serve at 38–42º F in a fluted pils glass
Suggested Pairings: Pear and prosciutto pizza, strawberry and spinach salad, chicken and apple sausages, brie, shortbread, and/or lemon custard tart, depending on how hungry you’re feeling.

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

Monk’s Cafe debuts Major Tom Brett Double Saison collaboration with Brasserie de la Senne

April 4, 2018 - 12:09pm

Belgium’s famed brewery collaborated with Monk’s Café on Major Tom, a new beer that will debut in Philadelphia ahead of its release throughout the United States this spring

(Philadelphia, PA) – On Tuesday, April 10 at 5 p.m. Tom Peters – the “Godfather of Belgian Beer” and owner of America’s most iconic beer bar, Monk’s Café — will debut his namesake beer: Major Tom, the first collaboration beer brewed between an independent bar and Belgium’s famed Brasserie de la Senne. Major Tom is a Double Saison that is bottle-conditioned with a strain of Brettanomyces (the wild, bacteria-eating yeast) that was cultivated by Brasserie de la Senne. Major Tom will be available exclusively at Monk’s Café from April through June, in 11.2 oz. bottles, before additional cases arrive at the venerable Shelton Brothers importers for broader distribution across Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.

Peters and his 22-year-old daughter, Isabel Thomas-Peters, traveled to Belgium in October 2017 to brew Major Tom with Brasserie de la Senne co-owner and master brewer Yvan de Baets during an all-day brewing marathon that included everything from formulating the recipe and choosing the malt bill to selecting hops and grinding grains. Brewed with Beechwood smoked malt – another first for Brasserie de la Senne – they made Major Tom a refreshing, flavorful beer with a super-dry finish, accented by hints of subtle smoke and delicately hopped with Aurora and Perle.

This special double saison spent two weeks fermenting in Brasserie de la Senne’s signature wide, oval tanks, custom designed to minimize hydrostatic pressure stress on the hardworking yeast. Unlike typical tall, narrow fermenters that dramatically increase stress on the yeast, de Baets’ shallow fermenting vessels preserve the beer’s integrity throughout the brewing process. The finished beer has an ABV of 7.2%, which is not staggering by American standards, but makes it one of the strongest beers de Baets has ever brewed.

“Monk’s was one of the first bars in the United States to serve Brasserie de la Senne, and that was before Yvan had his own facility and had to take his recipes to brew elsewhere in Belgium – and to be the first bar in the United States to collaborate with him is quite an honor,” says Peters. “Yvan is one of the finest brewers in the world, and Major Tom is a passion project for both of us. This beer is doubly special to me because it is a collaboration with my daughter, Isabel, and brings my love for craft brewing into the second generation of my family while adding another strong young woman to the flourishing craft beer conversation.”

The bottle’s label carries extra significance – and a bit of tongue-in-cheek pride – for Peters: aside from the nod to the hero in David Bowie’s classic hit Space Oddity, he brought his trademark boldness in the face of politics to bear by suggesting the design depict him exiting a space ship and breaking free of President Donald Trump’s unwanted advances.

“That’s me stepping on Trump’s head,” says a smiling Peters. “We probably won’t be raising a glass of Major Tom together any time soon; after all, it’s an ‘immigrant’ beer!”

About Tom Peters… Tom Peters has been serving Belgian beer in Philadelphia since 1984, clocking twelve years as a bartender and manager before co-founding Monk’s Cafe in 1997 with Fergus Carey. Peters earned his reputation as the “Godfather of Belgian Beer” early in his career, even offering to pay for then-unknown beers like Chimay and Orval out of his pocket if guests didn’t like them. His expansive knowledge predates and helped usher in the contemporary craft beer movement, and is powered by a deep curiosity to meet the brewers and families behind the world’s greatest beer. Peters still travels to Belgium many times a year to research beer, and meet with the world-class brewers he is proud to call friends. For his pioneering of Belgian beer in the United States, Peters was named Sir Thomas of Monk’s, knight of the Chevalerie du Fourquet de Brasseurs; the first person not a professional brewer to be inducted into Knights of the Belgian Mashstaff. Monk’s Cafe has been designated an official Ambassadeur Orval for 10 consecutive years; in 2017, Monk’s was one of just seven U.S. bars and restaurants to earn that distinction. In 2007, he and longtime friend Bruce Nichols co-created Philly Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of beer culture in Philadelphia, and helped establish the city as a beer destination, spawning more than 100 similar festivals nationwide.

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