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Ska Mod Project #3, Sour Apple Gose, releasing in cans, draft on November 3rd

November 3, 2017 - 11:06am

(Durango, CO) — Expanding their experimental beer offering out of the Mod Project, Ska Brewing is excited to release the Sour Apple Gose. The scent of sweet apple blossoms give way to a honey and lemony tartness from the citra hops and souring, boasting a 5.1% ABV.

Sour Apple Gose will be available on draft and in 12 oz cans. It hits shelves this Friday, Nov. 3 widely across all of Ska’s markets of distribution.

“Sour Apple Gose is my new favorite beer for the season,” said Kristen Muraro, director of sales and marketing at Ska. “It tastes like you’re sipping on a crisp apple juice with a bright tartness that’s refreshing, not drying.”

Following Pink Vapor Stew and Tart Mexican Logger, the Sour Apple Gose is the third brew to be released from the Mod Project at Ska. The project delivers assorted, seven-barrel-batches of blended and experimental offerings, with varying levels of tartness to complement the blend of local fruits used in producing them.

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About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrewing and twitter.com/skabrewing.

Ommegang Smoked Porter now available as limited release

November 3, 2017 - 9:33am

Brewery Ommegang releases limited edition Smoked Porter to pair with the flavors of fall

(Cooperstown, NY) – As cooler weather settles in on the northeast, Brewery Ommegang is pleased to introduce their latest limited edition brew: Ommegang Smoked Porter. This nod to a traditional English beer is brewed with subtle additions of smoked malt and a touch of Saaz hops to add additional depth and character to an otherwise traditional English brew. While the style is a departure from Ommegang’s traditional Belgian-style beers, the characteristic aromas of chocolate malt along with caramelized sugar are reminiscent of many things Belgian, and of all things good. Smoked Porter is available now in limited quantities in four-packs and on draft while supplies last.

Smoked Porter is brewed with a carefully crafted blend of Pilsner, Special B, Munich 20, Cara-20, Midnight Wheat, chocolate malt, and smoked malt. Balanced hopping is achieved with Saaz, while fermentation with American ale yeast ensures the malt remains in the spotlight.

This 7.6% ABV beer pours a deep dark brown – almost black – with a thick tan head. Aromas of cocoa, burnt sugar, and roasted malt give way to subtle hints of smoke. The flavor follows the aroma with rich notes of cocoa and roasted malt, followed by caramel sweetness and mild smoke. A medium-full body leads to a well-rounded finish with lingering smoke on the backend.
Smoked Porter is a wonder accompaniment for a variety of foods. Pair smoke with smoke – and enjoy with smoked meats and cheeses. It’s also an ideal charcuterie beer, and a wonder pairing for rich confections like chocolate cheesecake.

Available now at retailers in these states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WV, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I., the brewery’s beer finder enables beer fans to search for Smoked Porter by zip code.

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 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.

Constellation Brands acquires minority stake in cannabis-provider, Canopy Growth Corp.

November 2, 2017 - 5:01pm

The investment and relationship will lend insights on the emerging cannabis market and evolving consumer trends

(Victor, NY) – Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Ontario, Canada-based Canopy Growth Corporation, a well-respected public company and leading provider of medicinal cannabis products.

This investment and relationship is consistent with Constellation Brands’ long-term strategy to identify, meet and stay ahead of evolving consumer trends and market dynamics, while maintaining focus on its core total beverage alcohol business. Constellation has no plans to sell any cannabis products in the U.S. or any other market unless or until it is legally permissible to do so at all government levels.

“Canopy Growth has a seasoned leadership team that understands the legal, regulatory and economic landscape for an emerging market that is predicted to become a significant consumer category in the future,” said Constellation Brands President and Chief Executive Officer, Rob Sands. “Our company’s success is the result of our focus on identifying early stage consumer trends, and this is another step in that direction.”

Founded in 2014, Canopy Growth Corporation is one of the earliest commercial players in Canada’s legal cannabis market. The company is currently traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol “WEED” and has a market cap of more than C$2 billion. The company owns a collection of diverse brands serving customers in Canada and international markets where medicinal cannabis products are legal. In conjunction with this investment, both companies intend to enter into an agreement to exchange knowledge and expertise.

“We are thrilled to have the backing of such a well-established and respected organization such as Constellation Brands,” said Bruce Linton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation. “We look forward to working with the Constellation Brands team to access their deep knowledge and experience in growing brands as we continue to expand our business.”

The investment is expected to approximate C$245 million representing an ownership interest of 9.9% of Canopy Growth Corporation, plus warrants which give Constellation Brands the option to purchase an additional ownership interest in the future. The transaction is expected to close during the Company’s third quarter of fiscal 2018.

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. 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 9,000 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.

About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and capsule forms. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Canopy Growth operates numerous state-of-the-art production facilities with over half a million square feet of GMP-certified indoor and greenhouse production capacity, all to an unparalleled level of quality assurance procedures and testing. Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names in Canada and abroad, with interests and operations spanning four continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, providing consistent access to high quality cannabis products, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public’s understanding of cannabis. For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The words “expect,” “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These statements may relate to business strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur or will occur on the timetable contemplated hereby. The transaction between Constellation Brands and Canopy Growth Corporation is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that any transaction between Constellation Brands and Canopy Growth Corporation will occur or will occur on the timetable contemplated hereby. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release and Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

In addition to risks and uncertainties associated with ordinary business operations, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, including completion of the announced transaction; the accuracy of all projections; and other factors and uncertainties disclosed from time-to-time in Constellation Brands, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

Firestone Walker XXI Anniversary Ale to be released this Saturday, final blend unveiled

November 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

(Paso Robles, CA) – In winery circles, they often say “it takes a lot of beer to make great wine”—but the reverse is true when it comes to Firestone Walker’s annual Anniversary Ale.

Indeed, the latest Anniversary Ale—dubbed XXI, signifying the Firestone Walker’s 21st year on California’s Central Coast—was once again created with guiding input from friendly local winemakers.

The result is an inspired blend of five distinct beers aged in spirits barrels: Velvet Merkin (oatmeal stout, 42%), Parabola (Russian imperial oatmeal stout, 18%), Stickee Monkee (Central Coast quad, 17%), Bravo (imperial brown ale, 14%) and Helldorado (blonde barleywine, 9%).

[BeerPulse Note: Per Facebook, “XXI gets released at FW locations this Saturday, Nov. 4th & will be distributed within the next couple of weeks. Bottles are $12.99 plus tax & CRV each, 12 bottle max purchase per person.”]

XXI will be released to all Firestone Walker markets for a limited time starting next week.

An Annual Rite

The Anniversary Ale blending session has become an annual late-summer rite at the brewery, and the 2017 session took place on August 22 with 27 winemakers in attendance.

“We’ve been doing this for 12 years now,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Winemakers are practicing experts in the art of blending—I can’t think of a better way to create something synergistic from such a wide range of barrel-aged beers.”

As always, the winemakers broke into teams, and a spirited competition ensued to create the winning blend, which was voted on after a blind tasting by the entire group.

This time, the bragging rights and the coveted “cardboard crown” went to Jordan Fiorentini and Kyle Gingras of Epoch Estate Wines along with Anthony Yount of Denner Vineyards, whose three-person team conceived the blend that became XXI.

Bring On The Merkin

XXI represents the first time that Velvet Merkin has set the pace for the Anniversary Ale blend.

“There’s a soft, sexy, chocolatey character to XXI that reflects the predominance of Velvet Merkin in the final blend,” said Eric Ponce, Firestone Walker’s barrel program production manager.

Another twist is the inclusion of Helldorado aged in premium Jamaican rum barrels.

“The rum Helldorado imparts notes of island spice and molasses,” Ponce said. “It adds a subtle exotic touch to the beer.”

Fittingly, the label design of XXI echoes the distinct curved roofline of Firestone Walker’s new brewhouse extension that was completed last summer—the biggest milestone in the brewery’s 21st year.

“The XXI blending session was the very best yet, and the result is absolutely gorgeous,” Brynildson said. “I’m so proud of this beer, and I’m so proud of the people who helped us make it.”

The Final Blend

Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (42%)
Traditional Oatmeal Stout
OG=15P FG=4.0 IBU=32.5 Color=Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Willamette

Parabola (13.1% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (18%)
Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
OG=30P FG=8.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Herkules, Styrian Golding and Hallertau Tradition

Stickee Monkee (12.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (17%)
Central Coastal Quad
OG=27P FG=6.5P IBU=45 Color=Deep Brown / Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar and Mexican Brown Sugar

Bravo (13.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (14%)
Imperial Brown Ale
OG=26.5P FG=3.0 IBU=35 Color=Deep Brown / Hopped with Columbus and Tettnanger

Helldorado (13.5% ABV) Aged in Rum Barrels (9%)
Blonde Barley Wine
OG=15P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color=Deep Gold / 15% Oats / Hopped with CTZ and East Kent Goldings

Brewmaster’s Notes:

“XXI is a magical blend of five components. Chocolatey, mild Velvet Merkin takes the lead setting the stage full of lush malt and barrel-driven texture, yet tempered alcohol strength. The rest of the components fall perfectly in line, backing Velvet Merkin up with luscious caramel complexity and a creamy malt symphony. The final component adds a new twist – the rum barrel-soaked and lean Helldorado makes its Anniversary debut, bringing a fresh splash of island spice to a ridiculously balanced barrel-aged brew. This is one of those times that the whole is truly more than the sum of its parts. This beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XXI is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.”

Harpoon Brewery acquires Clown Shoes Beer

November 2, 2017 - 4:05pm

[File Photo: Harpoon Brewery / Clown Shoes Beer]

(Boston, MA) – Harpoon Brewery and Clown Shoes Beer announced within the past week that the former has acquired the latter.

According to the Clown Shoes blog

Yes, Clown Shoes has been acquired by Harpoon. No, we are not going to lose our identity and no, we are not “selling out”. Harpoon is an independent, employee owned craft brewery. All Clown Shoes Employees are moving over to Harpoon. All of us will become employee owners. For this partnership to work, everyone needs for us to continue to be Clown Shoes. We will still produce innovative, high quality beers with signature graphic marketing. We will, in fact, create small batch, state specific, and barrel aged beers at an accelerated rate in 2018.

According to the Harpoon blog

Clown Shoes, Harpoon and UFO Beer will be the same beer that you have grown to love. In the coming months, you will be able to enjoy all three at both of our Breweries.

This will be an exciting pipeline of new product development for both brands! We’re pumped for the Clown Shoe employees to join on as employee owners because that means we’ll have even more beer talent working hard to make sure YOU continue to have delicious and innovative independent craft beers to enjoy!

Even better? Clown Shoes is bringing with them the ability to make some smaller batch beers on our system… so we expect some great things in 2018!

Harpoon announced it became an employee-owned company in July of 2014.

Harpoon ranks 18th among all U.S. craft breweries in production, per Brewers Association data. The association’s marquee publication, The New Brewer, shows the company sold 198,300 barrels last year, its first time below 200,000 barrels since 2012. Clown Shoes produced between 12,000-13,000 barrels in both 2015 and 2016.

Indeed Rum King (Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout) to be released on October 16th

October 6, 2017 - 6:56pm

(Minneapolis, MN) – Indeed Brewing’s Rum King returns this fall on draft and in 12 oz. cans. We can’t wait to release this year’s version of our Imperial Stout… so we’re not going to! Instead, we’ll be pre-releasing Rum King today at Old Chicago locations in Roseville, Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, and Duluth! Get there for the first taste of Rum King 2017, as draft and cans won’t ship out to the public until the week of October 16th.

Complex notes of toffee and vanilla lure you in, with a roasty-toasty, malt-forward body burly enough to un-shiver those timbers. Make way for Rum King, a pitch black Imperial Stout aged in freshly emptied rum barrels. Smooth, assertive, and nearly ‘Navy strength,’ this seaworthy and spirited brew is a bold character to be reckoned with.

Rum King is brewed with a complex malt bill and Glacier hops, then aged in rum barrels for just shy of one year. It received an outstanding rating of 94 from BeerAdvocate and is a highly sought-after brew by both collectors and casual drinkers alike.

Rum King Imperial Stout releases October 16th!

Indeed Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale returns for a final fall season

August 11, 2017 - 7:16am

[Press Release:]

(Minneapolis, MN) – Indeed Brewing Company announced today that its fall seasonal beer, Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, will retire after autumn 2017. Conceived as an alternative to the ever growing patch of pumpkin beers, Yamma Jamma is instead brewed with sweet potatoes, a blend of spices, and vanilla. Fit to pair with crunchy leaves, casseroles and sweater weather, Yamma Jamma will continue to be Indeed’s tribute to coziest of seasons for one more year.

“As a brewery, we are committed to making beers that are innovative and match what consumers are looking for on the shelf,” says Indeed Co-Founder Tom Whisenand. “Yamma Jamma had a good run, and fit the bill for what we wanted to make five years ago, but today tastes are changing. We’re always excited to do new things and create new brands that show off what we can do as a brewery, so that’s where we are headed in the future.”

Indeed is not sharing details at this time, but hints that the Company may create something new for next fall. Until then, the last batches of Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale will be available from the end of August into October. The first keg of this year’s Yamma Jamma will be tapped at Indeed Brewing’s Five Year Celebration at Icehouse Minneapolis on August 19th.

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

Deschutes Hopzeit, The Dissident, Sagefight, Chasin’ Freshies, Hop Trip highlight fall beers

August 10, 2017 - 5:02pm

(Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery sent over some announcement to media members on Thursday. Read on below for more on upcoming beer releases, events and more info on the Roanoke, Virginia, tasting room grand opening party. Read on below…

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BEERS
Hopzeit Autumn IPA
When: August-October
What: Seasonal (12-ounce bottles and draft)
Move over pumpkin beers, here’s a fall seasonal that is inspired by the classic flavors of a Märzenbier. This modern ale’s only adherence to tradition is to our brewers’ own passion for experimentation. We’ve combined the latest hop varietals from Germany with classic malts to create an herbal and balanced Autumn IPA unlike anything before it, perfect for sharing with friends as you celebrate Oktoberfest here in the new country. Hopzeit is only here for a few festive weeks, so get a taste before the party’s over.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 7% ABV | 60 IBUs

The Dissident
When: September
What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax dipped bottles and draft)
This gem is now an annual endeavor by the Deschutes Brewery brewers. This Oud Bruin, a Flanders-style sour brown ale, brings us its heavenly aroma and flavor a little earlier than usual this year (meaning you may crack it open for Labor Day rather than Thanksgiving). First introduced back in 2008, The Dissident is brewed using Brettanomyces and local cherries to give it its characteristic sour taste. Fermented in isolation (partly in pinot and cabernet barrels), it is best enjoyed in company – if you feel like sharing that is.
Where: In limited quantities wherever Deschutes is sold
The Stats: ~11% ABV | 19 IBUs

Sagefight Imperial IPA
When: September
What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
Seven years in the making, Sagefight Imperial IPA began as a part of our pub rotation series before finally earning its shot at the title. Inspired by the high desert landscape we call home, this heavyweight IPA brewed with sage and juniper berries hits the sweet spot, pitting hops against botanicals in a true battle royale. It’s a great way for us to share a taste of our home with you, and for you to share a couple rounds with those in your corner.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 8% ABV | 75 IBUs

Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA
When: October
What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
This fall, get ready to chase some freshies before ski season even starts. Not sure what “freshies” are? We’ll tell you! In our hometown of Bend, Oregon, winter means that we start seeking fresh, untouched powder (freshies!) on the slopes of our local ski hill, Mt. Bachelor. This pursuit of perfection is reflected as Deschutes Brewery chases down experimental hop HBC 431 for this year’s vintage of Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA. Each year, the beer features a different fresh hop from our rich, Pacific Northwest hop-growing country and is a nod to the snow and hop enthusiasts we’ve entertained for the last 29 years at our original public house in downtown Bend.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 7.2 % ABV | 65 IBUs

Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale
When: October
What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
For more than a decade now, our brewers have been making the “trip” to hand select hops from the farm in order to pick, bag, load and dump the fresh harvest into the kettle to create Hop Trip. The quick jaunt across the mountains in Oregon means that Crystal hops from Goschie Farms go from harvest to brew in just a few short hours. The result? Fans get to start their own journey with each bottle of this pale ale and its bright citrus punch to the nose. Bon Voyage! Want to see how it’s done up close? Check out our Virtual Reality experience of last year’s journey.
Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
The Stats: 5.8% ABV | 38 IBUs

EVENTS/NEWS
Deschutes Brewery Pop-Up Brunch
We’re of the firm opinion that beer is perfect for breakfast, so that’s why our giant keg on wheels, Woody, is headed to Minneapolis for a one-of-a-kind Pop-Up Brunch, modeled after our Beer for Brunch events. The event was crafted to support Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative hunger relief organizations.

Woody will be greeting fans and pouring brunch cocktails like Black Butte Porter Bloody Marys, Fresh Squeezed IPA Mimosas, American Wheat Beer-linies and Maple Bacon Porter. As if that’s not enough, each of the cocktails will be paired with delectable brunch dishes from Minneapolis’ own McKinney Roe. Music, games and more will round out the day.

When: Saturday, August 19, 10am-4pm

Where: The Commons across from U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

Admission/Cost: Entry to the event is free. $5 tokens will get visitors either one full beer; one large cocktail; or one small cocktail and brunch bite pairing.

Deschutes Brewery Street Pub – Crafted for Community
So far, our 2017 Street Pub tour has made a big impression in Cincinnati, Roanoke and Milwaukee, donating around $100,000 to nonprofits this year alone. Over the last two and half seasons, the Street Pub has given back more than $900,000 in the cities it has visited. And there’s more to come – this giant traveling pop-up pub is headed back west for stops in our backyard of Portland, OR (September 23) and down for its third annual appearance in Sacramento, CA (October 14.)

For more information go to www.DeschutesBrewery.com/StreetPub or follow the conversation at #StreetPub.

Where’s Woody?
Woody is not only celebrating Beer for Brunch across the nation in all his mobile gloriousness, he’s also making an appearance at some of your favorite festivals. Find out where he’ll be next by visiting www.dbwoody.com. Here are just a few of the places he’ll be pouring beer for the thirsty masses over the next few months:

8/12 – 8/13 – Squaw Valley, CA – Squaw Valley Brews, Jazz, and Funk Fest
8/19 – Minneapolis, MN – World’s Biggest Pop-Up Brunch at the Commons at Vikings Stadium
9/9 – 9/10 – Lathrop, CA – Baconfest
9/14 – 9/17 – Portland, OR – FEAST Portland
9/22 – 9/24 – Seattle, WA – Fremont Oktoberfest
10/13 – 10/15 – Roanoke, VA – Go Outside Festival
10/21 – 10/22 – Hannibal, MO – Autumn Historic Folklife Festival

Tasting Room in Roanoke, VA
In April 2017, we announced that we’ll be opening a tasting room in our second home of Roanoke, VA, right downtown at 315 Market Street SE. Our grand opening is scheduled for August 28 and, with 24 taps, fans will be able to enjoy a selection of Deschutes beers that is unmatched! Patrons can share a pint at the indoor and outdoor seating areas or fill growlers to go, as well as purchase branded merchandise and locally and regionally sourced ready-to-eat snacks. The brewhouse at the tasting room will have a 20-gallon capacity and our team will be creating some special experimental beers just for Roanokers!

Grand opening party details:

When: Monday, August 28

Where: 315 Market Street SE, Roanoke, VA

More information: https://www.facebook.com/deschutesbreweryroanoketastingroom/

Marin No Shame Apricot Milkshake IPA among latest releases in NEIPA trend

August 10, 2017 - 4:23pm

[Press Release:]

(Larkspur, CA) – On Wednesday, August 9, the Marin Brewing Company released its “No Shame” Apricot Milkshake IPA. It’s now on tap at Marin Brewing and in sixth-and half-barrel kegs.

“No Shame” is Marin Brewing’s take on the Fruited Milkshake IPA-style that is gaining popularity with craft beer drinkers. The style is said to have originated with Tired Hands Brewery in Pennsylvania and Omnipollo Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden. The new take on IPAs typically contains fruits, lactose sugar, malted oats, and vanilla. The name “No Shame” refers to the past chorus of craft brewers who swore they would never put fruit in an IPA, much less lactose and vanilla. Marin Brewing’s Brewmaster Arne Johnson put it best, “Well, I guess I have no shame.”

Marin Brewing’s Milkshake IPA uses apricots (pureed and extract), about five percent lactose (milk) sugar, approximately ten percent malted oats and vanilla. Johnson uses a New Zealand grown hop that is new to Marin Brewing called Rakau, along with Mosaic Cryo Powder and Citra hop pellets. Rakau has flavors and aromas reminiscent of apricots. The lactose and malted oats lend a full mouthfeel, which is typical of Milkshake IPA’s. “No Shame” will be left unfiltered to retain all of the flavor and mouthfeel packed into the beer. Marin Brewing hopes you enjoy the new brew, but if you’re not into it, Marin Brewing makes about 40 other beers that are not Fruited Milkshake IPAs.

Original gravity: 1.065 Terminal gravity: 1.019 Alcohol By Volume: 6.3% IBU’s: 45

New Belgium Brewing Group incl. Oud Beersel acquires SF-based Magnolia Brewing Co.

August 10, 2017 - 4:02pm

[Press Release:]

New Belgium Brewing Group Acquires San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company
Elysian Founder Dick Cantwell is Back in the Brewing Biz, and Belgium’s Oud Beersel
Plans to Help Establish World’s First Dedicated Lambic Blendery Outside Belgium

(San Francisco, CA) – A group led by New Belgium Brewing Company has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of San Francisco’s iconic Magnolia Brewing as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. The newly-formed partnership will be a majority-owned subsidiary of New Belgium, with Elysian Founder Dick Cantwell and Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel as minority partners. The partnership will continue to operate both Magnolia locations with existing staff and brands. Cantwell will head up brewing operations, working alongside Magnolia founder Dave McLean, who will be an employee of the partnership. It will be Dick’s first brewing gig since leaving Elysian in April of 2015 after its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

“I’m tremendously excited to be back in the beer business and looking forward to working with the team at Magnolia to develop new beers and new ideas,” said Cantwell. “This project is the natural evolution of a longstanding strategy of collaboration between myself, New Belgium and Oud Beersel.”

New Belgium stands to align with a couple of venerable and long-standing brands as it flexes its experimental muscles on Magnolia’s two brewing systems and ventures further into retail operations. The plan is to build an alliance that brings varied talent and experience to a combination of old and new, not to turn Magnolia’s Haight Street and Dogpatch locations into New Belgium brewpubs. “Brewing With Friends” if you will. It is likely that much will seem unchanged in Magnolia’s tap lineup, even as new beers are developed and introduced, and over time, the fruits of more patient labors begin to appear.

“We’ve been looking for ways to diversify our assets and expand our community,” said New Belgium co-founder and Executive Chair, Kim Jordan. “These two tap rooms are right in the heart of historic San Francisco neighborhoods, a place Dick (Cantwell) and I call home. Magnolia makes excellent beer and plays an important role in the community. We’re excited about the possibilities and look forward to continuing our journey while honoring Magnolia’s history and presence.”

Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel joins the partnership as a contributing experimenter, with the goal of eventually shipping containers of its traditionally-produced and spontaneously fermented beers for blending with Magnolia-crafted beers. Installation of a coolship is planned, along with the wooden aging vessels for which both New Belgium and Oud Beersel are known. To be called lambic the beer must be produced in Belgium, and by shipping lambic to San Francisco the world’s first dedicated lambic blendery outside of Belgium will be established. The project continues New Belgium’s blending work as embodied in Transatlantique Kriek, a beer produced over several years with Oud Beersel and Brouerij Boon, wherein beer was shipped from Belgium for blending with New Belgium wood-aged beers. New Belgium is also likely to ship beer to San Francisco for blending from its Fort Collins, Colorado brewery.

Magnolia Brewing was established by McLean in 1997 at the corner of Haight and Masonic in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Since then it has been a neighborhood institution filled by locals and tourists alike, serving artisanal pub food and producing a mainly English-style lineup of beers from a brewery in the basement. Magnolia has produced an array of award-winning beers, headlined by Magnolia’s two top sellers, Proving Ground IPA and Kalifornia Kolsch, both of which have been distributed in cans since February of 2017. In 2014 it opened Smokestack, a barbecue restaurant attached to a 30-barrel production brewery, in the Dogpatch neighborhood of the city. Magnolia encountered financial difficulties in 2015 because of construction delays with Smokestack and slower than anticipated development in the neighborhood, which led the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.

“Magnolia has had quite a journey in San Francisco for nearly two decades, including some very challenging and difficult times in recent years,” said founder and brewmaster Dave McLean. “I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to see Magnolia start a new chapter and to be working with New Belgium, Dick Cantwell and Oud Beersel to preserve what we all love about Magnolia while embarking on some exciting new craft beer adventures together.”

The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in September.

About Magnolia Brewing Company
Led by brewmaster and founder Dave McLean, Magnolia Brewing Company has been producing some of San Francisco’s most sought-after beers and dining experiences since 1997, when it opened its original Haight-Ashbury brewpub. It is known for its award-winning British-influenced and cask- conditioned ales and balanced, lower-alcohol session beers such as Bonnie Lee’s Best Bitter and SaraRuby’s Mild, as well as its flagship brands, Kalifornia Kölsch and Proving Ground IPA. Magnolia Brewing is committed to local and artisan sourcing and sustainability in brewery and restaurant operations, as well as the spirit of community formed around good beer and food. In addition to its two brewing operations, Magnolia operates two restaurants: Magnolia Gastropub, located at the Haight Street brewery, and Smokestack, housed inside Magnolia Dogpatch’s 10,000 square foot production brewery.

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 and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and Fat Tire Belgian White Ale, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

About Dick Cantwell
Dick Cantwell is among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers and international beer judges. Cantwell founded Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until he left the company in 2015 after he was forced to sell to Anheuser-Busch InBev. During his tenure, Elysian was named Large Brewpub of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival® (1999, 2003 and 2004). In 2004, Cantwell received the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing. Additionally, he has written for various beer magazines, authored Barley Wine with Fal Allen; The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition; Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide with Peter Bouckaert and is currently at work on a forthcoming Brewers Publications title about experimental IPAs, a spring 2018 release. Cantwell served as the Brewers Association’s Quality Ambassador, making presentations across the country at state guild conferences. He resides in Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA.

About Oud Beersel
The Brewery Oud Beersel, which started in 1882, is located in Beersel at 10 km from the Brussels city centre, in the southwest of the capital. It is one of the last remaining authentic lambic breweries of Belgium and well known for its lambic beer brewed along traditional brewing methods. Due to the absence of succession in the family business at the end of 2002, the traditional lambic beers of Oud Beersel were threatened to disappear. Shocked by the loss of this cultural and historical patrimony, the brewery was taken over by Gert Christiaens in 2005 and business was restarted pursuing the principal aim to protect the time-honored lambic beers, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of Oud Beersel for the coming generations. This traditional brewery of lambic beers is nowadays managed in a modern way with respect for tradition and the métier. The traditional part of the production process of the lambic beers, in particular the spontaneous fermentation, the maturation of lambic in wooden barrels and the mixture of various lambic casks and vintages constitutes the core business of the company.

Ninkasi First Rule IPA joins Special Releases Series, comes to bottles

August 10, 2017 - 2:51pm

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(Eugene, OR) — It’s no secret Ninkasi Brewing Company has a hop love affair. This continues to be evident in its newest Special Release Series beer—First Rule IPA. Originally released to Ninkasi’s Rare & Delicious Series in March 2017, the brewery is proud to elevate this beer to its Special Release Series in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft. Available August through December, beer drinkers can find First Rule IPA across Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

Crafted with the most sought-after hops, First Rule IPA is a testament to brewing without limitations. Ninkasi’s brewing team developed this recipe almost in secrecy, using the best hops available. The result? A flavorful IPA with an incredible hop profile featuring El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo hops.

“Whatever it is you like about an IPA, chances are you’ll find it in this beer,” says Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd. “The all-star lineup of hops brings elements that are tropical, floral, juicy, resinous, bubble gum, and downright dank!”

Special Release Series: First Rule IPA
First rule of this IPA is: you do not talk about this IPA. Crafted in secrecy by our band of brewers, First Rule uses a fistful of the most sought-after hops around. Juicy, citrusy, tropical and dank, this IPA is a powerful combination of hop aroma and flavor.

• Style: India Pale Ale

• Series: Special Release Series

• Available: August – December 2017

• ABV: 7.5%

• IBU: 60

• Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Acidulated, Flaked Barley

• Hops: El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo

• Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, Fall IPA Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft

Use the Delicious Beer Finder to track down First Rule IPA and local Ninkasi retailers.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

Bud Light marketers shift focus to what is in the glass in latest television campaign

August 10, 2017 - 10:06am

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BUD LIGHT REINTRODUCES AMERICA TO ITS FAVORITE LIGHT LAGER
The Brand Releases Two New TV Spots Showcasing the Quality of the Beer

(New York, NY) – In a new creative campaign, Bud Light is going back to its roots to showcase what goes into brewing America’s favorite light lager – from its four essential ingredients, brewing process, and its commitment to quality and taste. The program highlights Bud Light’s 35-year brewing heritage and dedication to brewing the beer that people across the country can count on.

“There’s nowhere to hide imperfection when you’re brewing a light lager,” said Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light, “Beer drinkers trust that every time they reach for a Bud Light, they’re going to get the crisp, refreshing taste they know and love. That process starts with four essential ingredients – barley, rice, water and hops. That’s been true for over 35 years.”

The spots will air August 10th during Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears game (8-11pm ET), but can be viewed below.

Brewing a light lager like Bud Light isn’t easy. Bud Light brewmasters take pride in knowing they make the hardest style of beer to brew, using four essential ingredients: barley, rice, water and hops. Throughout the 30-day brewing process Bud Light is tasted and tested for quality more than 100 times, with brewmasters consistently checking quality and taste every step of the way.

Since the beginning, Bud Light has sourced only the highest quality ingredients and our brewmasters have maintained their passion for quality and consistency, which enable us to ensure that each Bud Light delivers the reliable taste that consumers know and expect.

To display Bud Light’s commitment to quality, the brand is launching two new TV spots this summer, titled “Bottle” and “Complex.” These spots, and other creative content, focus on the quality and simplicity Bud Light delivers with its four essential ingredients. The new creative takes consumers to the heart of the brewing process, showing how Bud Light takes the time to make sure every beer goes down smooth and crisp, so it can be shared and enjoyed among friends.

“Friendship is in the framework of our brand, you might even say that we’re famous for it,” says Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light. “This next chapter of the ‘Famous Among Friends’ campaign will focus on the beer, but to us, product quality and friendship go hand-in-hand. Your best friends are the people you can always count on. The same goes for Bud Light. We are the beer you can always count on.”

Watch the digital content spots “Bottle” and “Complex” on YouTube and join the conversation at and follow @BudLight on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information about Bud Light’s Quality campaign please contact media@anheuser-busch.com.

About Bud Light
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.

Ballast Point Brewing to open pilot brewery and tasting room in Chicago in early 2018

August 10, 2017 - 9:38am

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(Chicago, IL) – Ballast Point, one of the nation’s leading craft breweries today announced it’s opening a tasting room and kitchen in Chicago early next year– its first location in the Midwest. The 12,000-sqft space will house a three-barrel “research and development” brewery, restaurant and a rooftop bar in the city’s Fulton Market District.

The new brewery will serve many of Ballast Point’s iconic beers including its flagship Sculpin IPA, as well as exclusive, limited-edition beers available only at the brewery in Chicago. Known for its unrelenting commitment to quality, unique flavor profiles and a desire to bring great tasting beer to consumers across the country, Ballast Point currently operates six tasting room locations in California including Little Italy in San Diego and Long Beach, and a new brewery and tasting room in Daleville, Va.

“We’re thrilled to bring the San Diego spirit of Ballast Point to such a great beer-drinking city like Chicago,” said Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point. “The entire team is looking forward to sharing some of our new innovations and passion for great beer and food with Chicagoans.”

In addition to bringing its top-selling beers to the brewery, the restaurant’s menu will also offer a taste of San Diego with some of its most popular dishes from its Southern California brew pubs including Baja-style fish tacos and a house-made pretzel with beer mustard. They’ll also offer more localized fare inspired by Chicago.

About Ballast Point
What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating the breakthrough gold-medal winning Sculpin IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there’s a better way. Now an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing industry with 7 brewery locations in California and Virginia, the company makes over 50 styles of beer and distributes to 49 states and 17 countries internationally. For more information, visit www.ballastpoint.com.

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 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

Constellation Brands (producer of Corona, Modelo) acquires Florida-based Funky Buddha

August 10, 2017 - 9:18am

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Craft Brewer Funky Buddha Joins Constellation Brands; Constellation Strengthens its Position in High-End Beer

(Victor, NY) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its purchase of Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery, reinforcing its strategy to lead the high-end beer segment in the United States. Funky Buddha is the fastest growing craft brewery in Florida, and produces bold craft beers made with high quality ingredients. It has an award-winning portfolio led by Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA. Funky Buddha joins Constellation’s Craft & Specialty Beer Group in the beer division.

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery was founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, by husband and wife Ryan and Giani Sentz. As the demand for Funky Buddha’s beers skyrocketed, Ryan and Giani invited Ryan’s brother KC Sentz, and his wife Melissa Sentz, to join the business. In 2013, the Sentz family started Funky Buddha Brewery, located in the heart of Oakland Park’s burgeoning Culinary Arts District. At 54,000 sq ft and with a capacity of 45,000 BBLs, Funky Buddha Brewery is South Florida’s largest craft microbrewery by size and volume, and is Florida’s busiest tap room by beer sales.

“We chose to partner with Constellation because we saw an alignment in vision and felt they gave us the greatest opportunity for growth and development,” said Funky Buddha Head Brewer and President Ryan Sentz. “Constellation and Funky Buddha share a lot of the same ideals and passion for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and the art of craft beer. At the end of the day, we just really like the people we have met within the organization, each of whom share our dedication to making outstanding beer.”

2016 was a breakout year for Funky Buddha Brewery, receiving five gold medals in RateBeer’s Best Awards. When it came to the Best Beers by Style, they dominated the Imperial Porter category with three gold medals for Morning Wood, Wide Awake It’s Morning, and Last Buffalo in the Park. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Last Snow Coconut Coffee Porter both received gold medals in the Best Beers by Style Porter category. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter also was a Winner of the World Beer Cup 2016 Gold Medal in the Specialty Beer category. And as the engine behind these high-quality beers, the Funky Buddha team was recognized by placing in the Top 100 Brewers category.

“Adding a fantastic regional brand such as Funky Buddha to our craft beer portfolio, along with Ballast Point, advances our strategy in continuing to lead the high-end beer segment,” said Paul Hetterich, executive vice president and president of the beer division at Constellation Brands. “The Sentz family has created a culture of bold creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Those qualities, combined with our beer division’s market reach, distributor partnerships, consumer insights, and our craft expertise within Ballast Point, will help nurture and develop Funky Buddha’s distinctive brand.”
Constellation Brands and Funky Buddha Brewery’s team of employees will continue to work together, with Ryan and KC Sentz running the day-to-day operations. Funky Buddha’s standard of brewing will remain unchanged, delivering the same culinary-style, creative beer consumers and craft beer enthusiasts celebrate today.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and 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 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

About Funky Buddha
Founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery® is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored technique. Its lineup includes year-round brews Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, along with specialty releases such as Last Snow and the highly sought after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Its Oakland Park production brewery opened in June 2013 and distributes draught and bottled beer to retail outlets throughout Florida.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. The word “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Those statements may relate to Constellation Brands’ business strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

In addition to risks associated with ordinary business operations, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in Constellation Brands, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2017, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

Braxton’s Oktober Fuel returns to cans this week

August 10, 2017 - 8:25am

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(Covington, KY) – Prost to new traditions! Braxton Brewing Company will be releasing it’s Oktoberfest Lager, Oktober Fuel, in cans beginning in August. The Covington-based brewery is celebrating with a beer garden at their Covington taproom on August 19th and several Oktoberfest-themed events throughout their distribution footprint!

“Oktoberfest in Cincinnati is one of the greatest celebrations in the country,” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder & CEO of Braxton Brewing Company. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate these traditions with the return of Oktober Fuel. This traditional Oktoberfest lager is one of the finest beers we produce, and every year we look forward to lifting one to life with this incredibly traditional beer. Prost!”

Draft beer, along with 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, will be available at select retailers, liquor stores, bars and restaurants across the brewing company’s distribution network in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington and Dayton.

This authentic German Lager was referenced as one of the best examples of style by Draft Magazine in 2016. Using a method called decoction to boil a portion of the beer’s mash bill, the brewery achieves a rich malt complexity that is delicately balanced by the addition of noble hops.

“Our first canned seasonal release is finally back and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder and COO. “This Oktoberfest Lager is brewed in the German Tradition and was mentioned as one of the best in the country by Draft Magazine.”

Fuel for Fall, Braxton will be “Prosting” at several parties throughout the season and its distribution network. At each party, they’ll be giving away Oktober Fuel can glasses, raffling off a limited edition ceramic one liter stein and giving away a limited edition Oktober Fuel screenprint by Durham Brand & Co. These limited edition prints used Oktober Fuel in the ink and are numbered to 100. View the process here.

* Northern Kentucky Party: House of Orange, Date TBD
* Cincinnati Party: Queen City Radio, August 31st
* Louisville Party: Crescent Hill Craft House, September 16 – October 16
* Lexington Party: Goodfella’s Pizza, Date TBD
* North Cincinnati Party: Firehouse Grill, September 7

In their Covington taproom, Braxton will tap Oktober Fuel on Saturday, August 19. The brewery will also be giving away can glasses, a few limited edition steins and screen prints. They’ll be turning their outdoor patio into a Beer Garden and be hosting live German music from the Zinzinnati Bierband.

We’ll meet you in the biergarten and let’s lift one to life all season long!

To learn more about Oktober Fuel, visit Braxton Brewing Company’s website.

Follow Braxton Brewing Company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in-the-know or visit their website for more company details.

Louis Glunz Beer rolls out Hirter Herbstcult from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt for autumn

August 10, 2017 - 8:15am

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Hirter herbstCULT, from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt, arrives this autumn

(Lincolnwood, IL) – Glunz Imports, a division of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., Chicagoland’s premier craft and specialty beer distributor and importer of select international brews, introduces the Hirter herbstCULT. Brewed by Brauerei Hirt of Micheldorf, Austria, the Hirter herbstCULT is a well-rounded märzen style beer with a mild first taste and pleasant effervescence. Complete with a compact, fine-poured white head, the beer tastes of a freshly baked loaf of bread. At 5.4% ABV, the seasonal specialty becomes available in late August on draft at Chicagoland bars and restaurants, with nationwide rollout following soon thereafter.

HerbstCULT is the fourth Hirter beer to be introduced to America by Glunz, following the Hirter Herbal Radler, Hiter Privat Pils, and Hirter Morchl, all currently available in Chicago through Glunz Imports. “Fall is the peak beer season in Chicago and around the world,” says President Jerry Glunz. “Our goal is to continue to introduce new and delicious beers to the Chicago market and beyond, and keep beer fans on their toes with specialty seasonals like the herbstCULT.”

HerbstCULT is also GMO-free, nonpasteurized, and contains no artificial sugars. Best enjoyed with wild game, goose, and carpaccio of beef and dark roasted meat, the beer is made with Hallertauer Select and Mühlviertler Perle hops, giving it a discreet bitterness and naturally cloudy composition.

About Brauerei Hirt

With more than 730 years of brewing tradition, Brauerei Hirt is one of the oldest breweries in Austria. It originally opened as a tavern that served the knights and merchants who traveled along the ancient Vienna-Venice route. The continued success of the brewery is built on a number of fundamental factors: crystal-clear Alpine spring water, the highest grade of ingredients, a double filtration method, quality controls, and the fact that the beer is still brewed with the same classic Bohemian recipes. As are all Brauerei Hirt products, Hirter utilizes the slow brewing standard for crafting herbstCULT, waiting over 40 days for the beer to develop its natural characteristics. For more information, visit www.hirterbier.at/en_GB.

About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. (7100 N. Capitol Drive, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; 847.676.9500) is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States, proudly offering Chicagoland the most comprehensive selection of craft, specialty, and import beers representing more than 190 breweries around the globe. The 129-year-old company continually receives recognition for its innovative, family-owned business, including Beverage Industry’s 2013 Wholesaler of the Year, the National Beer Wholesalers Association 2013 Public Affairs Award, and the 2013 Loyola Illinois Family Business of the Year Award. Heading the company is President Jerry Glunz, the great-grandson of the founder, with day-to-day operations led by members of the fourth and fifth generations. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is dedicated to quality service and beer education. For more information, visit www.glunzbeers.com. Find Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Louis Raison to launch Rouge Delice and Organic Dry draft cider in Washington, Oregon

August 10, 2017 - 8:03am

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Louis Raison Enters the US Market Bringing a Taste of France to the Northwest

(Seattle, WA) – Louis Raison French Cidre – rooted in family tradition since 1923 – is excited to announce its upcoming US launch, scheduled to hit taps in Washington and Oregon beginning August 15. Located in Northwestern France, Louis Raison’s offerings feature traditional French apples, including a variety of bittersweet apples grown in the Brittany region by the Raison family for generations. Enjoyed throughout France as the country’s top selling cider, Louis Raison will introduce two of its crisp, refreshing, and naturally gluten-free ciders – Organic Dry and Rouge Delice – to the US on draft, with 11.2 ounce bottles available in early 2018.

“We’re excited to work with our distribution network and bring the market leader in French cidre to American consumers,” says Adam Carlson, National Sales Director for LR Imports, LLC. “The growth of imported and craft cider continues to out pace the category providing an exciting opportunity!”

Upon launch, Louis Raison draft will be available at select restaurants and bars in Washington and Oregon. Louis Raison package products and extended distribution to follow in early 2018. Louis Raison’s launch offerings will include:

Rouge Delice (5.5% ABV): Awarded a gold medal at the 2017 Tastings competition, Louis Raison’s Rouge Delice is one of a kind in the cider market. Featuring Rouge Delice apples, which give this cider its rose colored hue, these proprietary apples can only be found in France and are used exclusively by the Raison family. The addition of Bittersweet apples gives this cider a bright acidity with hints of strawberry, cranberry, white tea, melon, and spiced apple. Draft available; package available early 2018.

Organic Dry (4.5% ABV): Another 2017 Tastings gold medal recipient, Organic Dry is a full-bodied cider made with 100 percent organic bittersweet apples. This flavorful cider combines freshness and baked apple, light fresh fruit, white wine and apple skin, with a dry, crisp finish. Draft available; package available early 2018.

To celebrate the launch, Louis Raison will be hosting tastings and events throughout the area during the month of August. Please join us:

* August 15, 6-9pm at The Noble Fir
* August 18, 7-11pm at Sunset Supper at the Market
* August 19, 4-10pm at Sausage and Cider Fest
* August 24, 6pm-Midnight at Capitol Cider
* August 26, 2-6pm at Belltown Crush

Find more details about all Louis Raison launch events on Facebook (@LouisRaisonUSA). Keep on eye on Louis Raison social media pages for details on all launch events, as well as where to find the team and their cider!

About Louis Raison
A cider by a cider master, with a rich history in cider making. After almost a century of production, the Raison team has shown dedication to the longevity of their cider-making expertise, respect for its cooperative values, and the development of sustainable agriculture. Nothing short of a modern day family, it is only with the knowledge and expertise of its 300 producers and members of the cooperative that Louis Raison has become the market leader of cider in France. Years of experience have earned Louis Raison the mastery of the cultivation of apples from orchard to glass in a way that is helpful to the environment. Ultimately, Louis Raison is proud of its cooperative spirit – from producers of apples to cider drinkers, all are a part of the Raison family. Santé! For more information, follow Louis Raison USA (@louisraisonusa) on Facebook and Instagram or visit louisraison.com. Louis Raison is distributed by Columbia Distributing.

Eddyline Citra Verde Pale Ale cans, draft arrive starting this week

August 9, 2017 - 7:46pm

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(Buena Vista, CO) – Eddyline Brewery out of Buena Vista, Colorado is launching it’s Citra Verde this week a New Mexico inspired pale ale, dry hopped with citra hops, and made with just a hint of lime.

“We have been wanting to do a beer that represents our New Mexico roots without doing the whole Chili thing,’ Laughs CEO Brian England. “Our first brewery was located in Soccoro, New Mexico, but we are really known for our hop forward Colorado beers like Epic Day Double IPA and Crank Yanker IPA, so we thought a hoppy beer with a lime twist would be the perfect way to represent the Eddyline name.”

Citra Verde will be available across Colorado starting this week in their signature tallboy 6-packs and limited draught.

Eddyline is also excited to announce a partnership with BV Trails for some much needed trail expansion in the Buena Vista area. BV Trails is working alongside Colorado Mountain Trails and the Buena Vista Parks and Rec. Department to expand access to the Fourmile Canyon Recreation Area.

“We are avid outdoor enthusiasts and we wanted to help our local community in expanding our local trail system,’ says England. ‘As we grow we want to help support the outdoor community that ties us all together up here in Buena Vista, and the trail project was a great way to start that process.”

For more information or volunteer opportunities check out Buena Vista Parks and Rec at www.buenavistaco.gov

For information, samples, or interviews contact Marketing Director Sheila Bustamante at Sheila@eddylinebrewing.com (mailto:Sheila@eddylinebrewing.com)

ThirstyBear celebrates Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary with Summer of X-Perimentation

August 9, 2017 - 7:27pm

[Press Release:]

(San Francisco, CA) – If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair or head over to ThirstyBear Organic Brewery for a snifter of their 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love celebration IPA commemorating one of the city’s most iconic historical events. In 1967, San Francisco was a mecca for free-thinking youth venturing from all around the world to be a part of California’s counterculture movement. Only four years later in 1971, the beginnings of the California craft beer movement were taking shape with the release of the Cascade hop. The invent of the modern IPA with Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale (1975) and then Sierra Nevada’s classic Pale Ale (1985) would forever change the craft beer world. In as much looking to the past as looking forward with the arrival of new experimental organic hops, ThirstyBear pays tribute to the Summer of Love and latest hop varietals with SUMMER OF “X”-PERIMENTATION (7.1% ABV, 71 IBU).

Now recognized as an official beer style by the Brewers Association, New England IPA’s are taking the country by storm and ThirstyBear debuts its first hazy IPA with CHOWDAH NEIPA (7.5% ABV, 67 IBU). A departure from the light and dry mouthfeel of West Coast IPAs, NEIPA’s provide a rich, textured mouthfeel with a wonderful hop aroma and little hop bitterness on the finish. CHOWDAH NEIPA is brewed with Calypso, Bravo, El Dorado and Jaryllo hops to offer an incredibly juicy flavor profile. As a nod to Founding Brewmaster Ron Silberstein’s early days learning to homebrew while attending University of Massachusetts, ThirstyBear names their NEIPA after how Bostonians pronounce “chowder.”

ThirstyBear also releases its latest seasonal in their beloved barrel-aged program; a West Coast interpretation of the classic Berliner Weiss: STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY (5.3% ABV, 10 IBU). Soured in oak barrels for eight months, STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY will be enjoyed with a shot of Raspberry or Herbal Mit Schuss designed by ThirstyBear’s Executive Chef Robert McCarthy.

For detailed information regarding three of ThirstyBear’s latest summer releases, please see the beer descriptions below.

SUMMER OF “X”-PERIMENTATION (7.1% ABV, 71 IBU)
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, ThirstyBear releases a single-hopped IPA brewed with the experimental hop X17. As Liberty Ale and Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale came to define the American craft beer movement, increased demand encouraged hop farmers to grow new varietals for the emerging craft brewers who provided a market outside of the contracts for the macro-brewers. Simcoe hop was released in 2000; Citra hop released in 2009; and more than 50 other varietals have come to market.

As an organic brewery that doesn’t always have access to new hops (since they’re often not organic), when hop farmer Pat Leavy of The Oregon Hophouse told Head Brewmaster Brenden Dobel about a new organic hop he was working on, Dobel was thrilled to brew a batch with X17. “X” refers to experimental and “17” to the fact of it being the 17th plant in a row of experimentals.

Dobel comments, “We’re producing a single hopped IPA to highlight X17 and are using it for bittering, flavor, aroma additions and dry-hopping. We also brewed this beer with light Crystal malt for a honeyed note and fermented it with our house ale yeast. Early in-house tastings exhibit notes of apricot and orange marmalade.”

CHOWDAH NEIPA (7.5% ABV, 67 IBU)
ThirstyBear’s interpretation of a NEIPA is brewed true to form with its hazy appearance by using a “non-flocculating” ale yeast strain to bring out the pine and citrus aromas, and flavors from the Calypso, Bravo, El Dorado and Jaryllo hops. The addition of grains high in protein and beta-glucan (wheat and oats) add to the haziness while providing a rich mouthfeel. There’s no bittering hop charge in the boil, and all the hop character comes in the later additions in ascending volumes, leading to wonderful hop aromas with very little bitterness. Dry-hopping is done during the high “Krausen” of primary fermentation with essential oils of the hops undergoing a “biotransformation” at higher temperatures.

STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY
A West Coast take on the classic Berliner Weiss style with slightly higher alcohol (5.3% ABV) and higher IBUs (10 IBU). STAVE SERIES #19: BERLIN BY THE BAY is a delicate wheat beer focusing on the sour character derived from Lactobacillus. Dobel notes, “We soured Berlin by the Bay in oak barrels for eight months after a primary fermentation involving a German Ale/ Lactobacillus blend. In Berlin, it is customary to add a shot, or ‘Mit Schuss,’ of either raspberry syrup or a woodruff syrup (Waldmeister) to offset the acidity of the beer. We’ll honor this culinary tradition, but provide a Californian twist on it.”

ThirstyBear Organic, Small Batch Beers Are Available Fresh, Only On Draught, Only At ThirstyBear!

About ThirstyBear Brewing Co.
Established in 1996, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery is the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer and become a certified Green Business. Born out of Founding Brewmaster Ron Silberstein’s commitment to support sustainable agriculture, ThirstyBear brews CCOF and FDA certified organic beer. ThirstyBear sources its hops and grains from the world’s most renowned malt houses and premier West Coast organic hop farms to provide innovative, distinctive and always delicious flavors. ThirstyBear pairs its hand-crafted beers with equally exquisite Spanish cuisine. Since 2002, Silberstein has collaborated with Brewmaster and Certified Cicerone Brenden Dobel to define a singular German-influenced West Coast style of brewing, with a special emphasis on pilsners, ales, IPAs, stouts, Belgian-inspired ales, cask conditioned ales, session beers, and barrel aged brews. Dobel’s expertise with German beer styles is the result of his extensive training at Doemens Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany.

As one of the first critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurants to open in the Bay Area, ThirstyBear’s Executive Chef Robert McCarthy serves some of the City’s top paella, tapas, charcuterie/cheese and beer pairings, flatbreads, 100% grass-fed beef burgers, and specialty dishes prepared not only with beer, but with beer’s raw ingredients (hops, malts, yeast). In addition to its constantly rotating lineup of specialty, seasonal and classic craft beers, ThirstyBear also proudly serves local wines from kegs to reduce its overall carbon footprint.

According to the Brewers Association, which keeps the most comprehensive information on craft breweries in the United States, ThirstyBear brews and serves more craft beer in-house than any other brewpub in San Francisco. ThirstyBear celebrated its 20th Anniversary in September 2016 as San Francisco’s longest operating brewery-restaurant.

For more information, please visit:
thirstybear.com
facebook.com/ThirstyBearOrganicBrewery

This coverage is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Visit California, which flew us out to Northern California to tour one dozen breweries across San Francisco, Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland and Sonoma. For more information on California’s craft beer boom, visit here.

Jester King Synthesis Analogous 2017 to be released this Friday

August 9, 2017 - 2:09pm

(Austin, TX) – The latest beer update from Jester King Brewery, courtesy of Wednesday’s newsletter…

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This Friday at 4pm is our second-ever release of Synthesis Analogous — our blend of La Vie en Rose and Grim Harvest aged in Oloroso sherry barrels!

As many of you know by now, we’re fond of aging our beer on “spent” fruit. This is the leftover fruit from one of our barrel-aged fruit refermentations like Colour Five or Nocturn Chrysalis. Long ago, we felt this spent fruit still had plenty of character, so we aged a second beer on it. We were happy with the results, which led to the creation of beers like La Vie en Rose (raspberries), Detritivore (cherries), Grim Harvest (blackberries), and Demi-Tone (blueberries). Our Head Brewer Averie Swanson had the idea of taking La Vie en Rose, blending it with what we now call Grim Harvest, and aging the blend in an Oloroso sherry barrel. The result was Synthesis Analogous, which we’ve only released once before.

This year’s release of Synthesis Analogous is a blend of 2016 La Vie en Rose and 2016 Grim Harvest aged in Oloroso sherry barrels for about a year! It was blended and bottled in June of 2017. At the time of bottling, it was 6.7% alcohol by volume, 11 IBU, 3.4 pH, and had a finishing gravity of 0.999 (-0.3 degrees Plato). It will be released on Friday, August 11th at 4pm at Jester King. 2017 Synthesis Analogous will be available by the glass and at bottles to go. We only have about 700 bottles available (750ml x $24) with a bottle limit of one per customer per day. Outside of special events, Synthesis Analogous will only be available at Jester King.

We’re excited to have Synthesis Analogous back after a few year hiatus! We hope you enjoy it!

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