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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.

Wynwood B. A. Octopus on the Wall, aged in rum barrels, to be released on April 19

April 3, 2018 - 5:39pm

Miami, FL – Wynwood Brewing Co. (WBCo), the independent, family-operated first craft production brewery in Miami, teamed up with international street artist Insano to create “B. A. Octopus on the Wall,” a Barrel Aged American Strong Ale featuring bottle artwork designed by the Panamanian artist. The release is set for Noon on Thursday, April 19 at Wynwood Brewing Co.

Octopus On The Wall is the latest beer in Wynwood Brewing’s “Origins Series,” limited-release beers inspired by and dedicated to the art and lifestyle of Wynwood’s arts neighborhood. The beer is a nod to Wynwood Brewing’s early days when Founder Luis Brignoni first created this American Strong Ale in an alley under the watchful gaze of an octopus mural – one of many vibrant murals that give Wynwood its distinctive and diverse character.

The relationship between Wynwood Brewing and Insano dates back to 2014, when Insano painted the “flamingo doors” that lead into Wynwood’s production facility. Today, those doors are one of the brewery’s most photographed backdrops.

Luis Brignoni, Founder of Wynwood Brewing, reminisced about creating this unique beer, “We brewed this for the first time back in 2011 when we were still finalizing a lot of things with the brewery. We wanted a big hoppy beer with notes of tropical fruit. The first time we tasted it, I remember getting notes of mango and papaya from the hops which we hadn’t seen in other beers at the time. Since then we have continued to load this beer up with a big, juicy American hops. Collaborating on this beer with Insano, one of the most recognized and beloved graffiti artists in Miami for this release was very meaningful for us, and we’re excited to share Octopus on the Wall with our fans in a couple of weeks.”

Insano added: “I love beer and I love art. So naturally I was very excited to collaborate with Wynwood Brewing Company. For me, the Octopus on the Wall is a representation of Wynwood Arts District, a place where artists from different styles and mediums come to leave their mark ‘on the wall.’”

Over the years Insano has left his mark on the walls of Wynwood Brewing’s facility and now will leave it on the bottles as well. The Octopus On The Wall bottle will be released on Thursday, April 19 at Wynwood Brewing Co.

For more information about Wynwood Brewing Company, visit www.WynwoodBrewing.com. Follow them on social media via @WynwoodBrewing. The brewery is located in Wynwood at 565 NW 24 Street, Miami FL 33127 and phone: (305) 982-8732 or (305) 640-5043.

About Wynwood Brewing Company: Wynwood Brewing Company is Miami’s first craft production brewery, in the heart of Wynwood Art District. Family owned and operated, their objective is to bring fresh, delicious, and creative beers to thirsty South Floridians and tourists alike. They operate a 15-barrel brewhouse and distribute a variety of everyday, seasonal and limited beer offerings throughout South Florida.

Rohrbach Griddle Cakes Blueberry Maple Wheat Ale joins Neoteric Series in May

April 3, 2018 - 5:14pm

(Rochester, NY) – Rohrbach Brewing Co. has been brewing craft beer in Rochester, NY for over 25 years. We have our longstanding classics–particularly our flagship Scotch Ale–that have gained a loyal following and strong position in the market for a long time. However, the market is changing. Craft beer enthusiasts want something new. And as we’ve seen with other larger brands, a strong flagship isn’t enough anymore.

While we’ve always done small-batch brews outside of the flagship line, Rohrbachs is debuting a full-year small-batch series called the Neoteric Series for the first time. The Neoteric Series explores what is possible in a beer. These beers showcase our brewers’ talents (they take turns choosing and brewing the neoteric) and allow our patrons to imbibe in something a little more adventurous. Each neoteric is released every two months and only lasts for that period of time.

We are so eager to release our next neoteric, Griddle Cakes, on May 7. Griddle Cakes is a Blueberry Maple Wheat beer inspired by our Maple Blueberry wood-fired pizza (which is worth a trip to the beer hall…). A lot of experimenting went into the production of this beer. Fenugreek is used in the mash, and real maple syrup is used during fermentation. A perfect release for the spring season, we’ll be hosting a pancake dinner release party and promoting the beer for Mother’s Day as well. The packaging is done in-house (by myself), and like all neoterics, it is really a small and intense team effort from ideation to the moment someone pours a glass.

From a business standpoint, this Neoteric Series provides us with steady market research that we’ve never had before. By consistently releasing these small-batches every two months, we can see what styles drive the most demand and who our neoteric-drinking customer is. The challenge? Not pushing our flagships to the corner. While we’re taking a turn to the creative, small-batch beers, we know we can’t ignore the beers that still hold our place on most draft lines.

Steady decline in taxable domestic beer shipments continues; BI estimates 3.4% Feb. drop

April 3, 2018 - 4:59pm

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid shipments by beer brewers for February 2018:

The February 2018 estimate is 11,202,000 barrels, a decrease of 3.4% versus February 2017 removals of 11,602,000. Please note that the estimates reflect revised estimates released by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

 

Month 2017 2018 Percent Change Volume Change January 12,889,000 12,167,000 -5.6% -722,000 February 11,602,000 11,202,000 -3.4% -400,000 YTD 24,491,000 23,369,000 -4.6% -1,122,000

 

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Blue Moon creator launches Ceria Beverages, cannabis-infused non-alcoholic craft “near beer”

April 3, 2018 - 4:07pm

(Arvada, CO) – When Keith Villa, Ph.D., the creator and head brewmaster of Blue Moon Brewing Company, announced his retirement from MolsonCoors in January 2018 after 32 years of service, he hinted about plans to create a new beverage product with “cutting edge” ingredients.

Those plans are now coming to fruition with the official launch of CERIA BEVERAGES (ceriabeverages.com), based in the Denver suburb of Arvada, Colorado. Among the company’s goals this year is to be the first to introduce a line of cannabis-infused non-alcoholic craft beverages containing THC, a key psychoactive chemical from cannabis plants that affects how one feels by creating the “high.”

Unlike most other cannabis beverages, CERIA’s products will be designed to deliver a consistent user experience with the same onset time as alcohol.

Keith Villa will serve as co-founder and brewmaster of CERIA (pronounced “SAIR-ee-uh”). The other co-founder is his wife Jodi Villa, a civil engineer who will serve as CEO. Based at the couple’s operations in Arvada, CERIA derives its name from the university campus in Brussels, Belgium, where Keith became one of the few people in the world to receive a doctorate in brewing science based upon his dissertation on complex biochemical reactions in beer.

“I’m ready to introduce another high-impact brand to the industry again, this time with a new line of custom cannabis-infused craft beers. Today, the opportunity and the demand are here, inviting Americans to enjoy a more social way of consuming cannabis – by drinking rather than by smoking it or through ingestion of edibles.”

To deliver upon the fast-acting, consistent, trusted psychoactive experience, CERIA is working closely with ebbu, a leading cannabinoid research firm also based in Colorado. ebbu has developed a set of cannabis formulations that inspire specific sensations, all of which can be consistently dosed and delivered in a true water-soluble format. Jon Cooper, CEO of ebbu states, “We have always loved what Keith stands for – great-tasting mainstream beers that really kickstarted the entire craft beer movement.

“We are honored and thrilled to partner with Keith, Jodi and CERIA to bring this groundbreaking new product to cannabis consumers in legalized states.”

ebbu’s leading pharmacology team has spent the last few years studying how cannabis creates various sensations for end users, and now has developed consistent formulations that deliver cannabis experiences like chill, bliss, and energy.

These cannabis formulations – containing THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes – will be processed and infused by licensed marijuana processors, bottled and/or canned on-site by the licensee, and then sold chilled in licensed dispensaries, first in Colorado, then in other states where the use of recreational marijuana is legal.

CERIA has also tapped leading beverage industry advisement firm, InterContinental Beverage Capital (IBC), to assist in setting up business operations and in the development of its strategic and commercialization plans.

Keith Villa’s plans for a cannabis-infused beverage with top-quality craft beer taste will be offered in legalized cannabis states by the end of 2018 in at least three strengths – light, regular, and full-bodied – with a variety of sensations. Consumers must be a minimum age of 21 and use the product responsibly.

“CERIA will be brewed just like an alcoholic craft beer to maintain its beer taste and aroma, but will then be de-alcoholized prior to the infusion of cannabis,” Keith Villa explains.

The Villas are enthusiastic about their new entrepreneurial venture and know their way around a brewery. “When Keith created Blue Moon in 1995, the cloudy, unfiltered Belgian-style beer that would later be served with an orange slice, he in effect, introduced craft beer to the mainstream American beer drinker. It changed the beer industry and was even a question on the TV game show ‘Jeopardy,’” said Jodi Villa. “Since then it has grown to become the largest craft beer in the country.”

The Villas, both University of Colorado graduates and native Coloradans, note that the new brand, whose name is currently being developed, will also be less caloric than traditional beer, due to the elimination of alcohol.

CERIA BEVERAGES, a Delaware C corporation, is located in Arvada, Colorado. For more information: ceriabeverages.com

Colorado-based ebbu is generating clinically-proven cannabinoid formulations for medicine, and mainstreaming adult-use cannabis by creating consistent, predictable sensations. ebbu partners with category-leading companies to power infused products using its patented, lab-tested and science-based platform. For more information: ebbu.com.

Intercontinental Beverage Capital (IBC), with offices in NYC, Boca Raton (Fla.), Atlanta, Los Angeles and Lugano, Switzerland, is providing CERIA BEVERAGES with advisory services in the areas of business strategy and planning, brand development, operations, commercialization and investment guidance. For more information: inbevcapital.com

Lompoc Portland Parkways Premium Pilsner celebrates Portland Sunday Parkways events

April 3, 2018 - 2:11pm

(Portland OR) – Lompoc Brewing is proud to announce the upcoming release of Portland Parkways Premium Pilsner in six-packs of 12-ounce cans. The event will take place at Lompoc Sidebar from 4pm to close on Thursday, May 10. Lompoc’s Portland Parkways Premium Pilsner is an unofficial tie-in to the City of Portland’s monthly Portland Sunday Parkways, a series of events that offers traffic-free routes encouraging the community to explore Portland’s city streets and neighborhoods; the 2018 season will kick off with its first event on May 20. Lompoc Brewing will be donating money to the Sunday Parkways program from every case of Portland Parkways Pilsner sold.

A golden straw colored German style pilsner, Lompoc’s Portland Parkways Pilsner is clean and crisp, with a bready maltiness that is balanced by the spiciness of Saaz hops. It is a session beer, coming in at 5% ABV, and an ideal beer to sip during the summer months.

“Lompoc Oregon is knitted from the fabric of our local community, and we can’t think of a better way to support and celebrate our citizens,” explained Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter. “We’re especially excited to host Lompoc beer gardens offering Portland Parkways Pilsner throughout the Portland Sunday Parkways events; look for us along the routes!”

The can’s artwork, which features a colorful and whimsical scene of bicyclists traveling through a Portland neighborhood, was inspired by the brewery’s “Lompoc Oregon” campaign, which emphasizes the idea that Lompoc, Oregon is a state of mind. You won’t find Lompoc, Oregon on any map, but you can find it wherever you go; if you’re here, then you’re already there.

With its brewery and two of its pubs located along the busy North Williams bicycle corridor, Lompoc Brewing has always been a proponent of Portland’s bicycle culture. It was an early adopter of the on-street bicycle parking corral, positioned at its Fifth Quadrant location. Meanwhile, across the street is an 18-rack hub with bikes for Portland’s BIKETOWN bike sharing program. Lompoc Tavern in Northwest Portland is a featured destination on the popular BrewCycle tour.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride, stimulating economic development, and represents the community, business, and government investments in Portland’s vitality, livability, and diversity. A series of five traffic-free events take place in Portland’s beautiful neighborhoods one Sunday a month May through September.

The Portland Parkways Pilsner six-pack release will take place at the same time as Lompoc releases its Enter the Dank IPA in six packs; the May 10 release party will offer a special $6 for a six-pack of both beers. Lompoc Sidebar is located at 3901 N Williams Ave. For more information, visit LompocBrewing.com and follow @LompocBeer, #ParkwaysPilsner

About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc Brewing creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its four Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. Proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind.

No-Li Brewhouse Born & Raised Again Barrel-Aged IPA releases on April 5th

April 3, 2018 - 1:56pm

(Spokane, WA) – You’ve enjoyed it out of cans, bottles and the tap, but No-Li Brewhouse now wants you to try its Born & Raised IPA out of a barrel.

On Thursday, April 5, No-Li is set to release Born & Raised Again — a version of its beloved IPA aged for two years in a wheat whiskey barrel from Dry Fly Distillery.

The aged beer features the bold, piney flavor of the original IPA accented by flavors of whiskey and caramel. In finalizing the beer, No-Li brewers mixed in a dash of new Born & Raised to awaken the hops in the aged product.

“We’re excited to finally release a barrel-aged version of this IPA. We know there’s a lot of hardcore Born & Raised fans out there, and we think they’ll enjoy this version,” says No-Li Head Brewer Ryan Brookhart.

Born & Raised Again is the latest release from No-Li Brewhouse’s barrel-aging program. They are currently 82 barrels in different stages of aging stored throughout the No-Li pub and its production facility. This is the brewery’s sixth barrel-aged bottle release thus far in 2018.

Born & Raised Again is available only at the No-Li pub and will not be sold in stores. It is a very limited run, and No-Li doesn’t plan to release more of the beer anytime in the near future.

No-Li Brewhouse, founded in 2012, is an independent, family-owned craft brewery located in Spokane, Washington. Visit the pub at 1003 E. Trent Ave. or learn more online at nolibrewhouse.com

Heavy Seas Smooth Sail returns for summer

April 3, 2018 - 1:43pm

(Baltimore, MD) – Heavy Seas Beer is pleased to announce the return of its limited release, Smooth Sail, with a refreshed can design and new can wrap. This Summer Ale will be available in 12oz cans and on draft starting in April in all states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed. 

“Smooth Sail is a refreshing American wheat ale, brewed with lemon and orange peel,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “It finishes with a subtle citrus kick at a quaffable 4.5% ABV.”

“Because it’s available in cans, it’s the perfect beer for sailing, trips to the park, hiking, or just sitting on the beach with your friends,” says Heavy Seas Founder, Hugh Sisson. “It is the perfect beer for folks with an active outdoor lifestyle during the summer months.”

With more than 20% malted wheat, Smooth Sail has an airy mouthfeel and a frothy head. “We’ve employed a neutral strain of ‘wheat’ yeast to produce a clean tasting beer that is delicate on the palate,” says Leonard. “American hops are introduced late in the boil to impart a crisp flavor dimension. Finally, dried orange and lemon peel went into our hopback to provide a fruity, citrus aroma – without adding sweetness.”

The product specs are:

Style: Summer Ale

ABV: 4.5%

IBUs: 18

Malts: 2-Row, Wheat Malt, Carapils

Hops: Warrior, Hallertau, Cascade

Additions: Lemon & Orange peel

“For anyone who is looking for a good summer drinker, this beer is the one,” says Sisson.

Founders Dankwood debuts, Backwoods Bastard returns this year in Barrel-Aged Series

April 3, 2018 - 1:22pm

Backwoods Bastard makes a popular return as the first and only year-round barrel-aged selection; Dankwood debuts as the third barrel-aged release of the 2018 series

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. announced today that they will release Backwoods Bastard and Dankwood as the second and third installments of the Barrel-Aged Series. The first release of the series, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), is available now through April.

“Backwoods Bastard and Dankwood show the spectrum of our barrel-aged program,” says Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “We started experimenting with barrel-aging over a decade ago and keep adding more to keep up with demand. Backwoods Bastard has earned its rightful spot as the only year-round in the line-up, while Dankwood is an example of the extreme creative demands we place on ourselves to keep this all going. Where many stick only with one or two styles of beer, we always pursue experimentation and give into our curiosity.”

Backwoods Bastard was created in 2005 following Founders’ first trials to age Dirty Bastard, a Scotch ale, in bourbon barrels. After more than a decade of perfecting barrel-aged beers like KBS, Backwoods Bastard has also earned a devoted fan base, and will be the first of the Barrel-Aged Series beers to be available on a year-round basis. There are no other plans to support additional year-round releases.

Dankwood is Founders’ imperial red IPA, reDANKulous, aged in oak bourbon barrels, with notes of rich caramel that highlight the strong malt character and all the complexity that comes from bourbon barrels. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.

Both releases reflect Founders’ ability to work with a full range of beers from imperial IPA to Scotch ale in barrels, treating each style uniquely. The Barrel-Aged Series currently boasts more than 20,000 filled barrels that are stored in former mines below the streets of Grand Rapids and in an offsite storage facility, the Barrel House, with more than two square-acres of refrigerated space.

Dankwood follows Founders first Barrel-Aged Series release KBS and will be available from April through June 2018 in all markets as well in the Founders Brewing Co. taprooms in Grand Rapids and Detroit on draft and in 750mL bottles and 4-packs of 12oz bottles. Backwoods Bastard will be available year-round in 4-packs of 12oz bottles and on draft as of April 2018. Both Backwoods Bastard and Dankwood will have suggested retail prices of $14.99/4-pack of 12-oz. bottles and Dankwood will have an SRP of $11.99/750mL bottle.

About Founders Brewing Co.
Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

About the Barrel-Aged Series
Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

Ratio Beerworks Handwritten Belgian Wit and Heart Tattoo Blackberry Wit release in April

April 3, 2018 - 1:01pm

Denver, CO – April 2018 Events at Ratio Beerworks

Tuesday, April 3 – CCBW Oyster Party – 5-8pm
As part of the Colorado Brewers Guild Colorado Craft Beer Week’s food and beer pairing night, Ratio Beerworks welcomes Fish N Beer to the taproom for an Oyster Party. Come out and enjoy freshly shucked raw oysters for $2 an oyster and grilled oysters for $3 an oyster on the patio, paired with Ratio’s diverse lineup of beers from 5-8pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2014286808842080

Wednesday, April 4 – Ratio Comedy: Fresh AF – 8pm
The Fresh AF Comedy Show brings you Denver’s most talented comedians of color performing a fresh AF night of comedy in the Ratio Beerworks brewhouse. FREE SHOW – 8pm – Hell Yeah!
https://www.facebook.com/events/160406088107880/

Friday, April 6 – Handwritten Belgian Wit & Mutiny Collaborative Zine Release Party – 4-7pm There’s something to be said about a universal connection, either through the conduit of a familiar song, an emotion, shared interest, or even a beer.

In celebrating the return of Handwritten Belgian Wit, Ratio has partnered with Mutiny Information Cafe to debut a collaborative special edition Zine, and Jim from Mutiny will also join Ratio for a special DJ set in the taproom.

The Handwritten & Zine release party will also unite DiNK (Denver Independent Comic and Arts Expo) and The Denver Zine Library, two tremendous independent organizations who also celebrate the craft of hand-drawn, hand-written expression. DiNK will be on hand to preview their upcoming Expo, and The Denver Zine Library provide a sneak peek of their upcoming Denver Zine Fest.

Handwritten is Ratio’s take on a classic Belgian Wit with tea-cut orange peel and ground coriander. Familiar in flavor profile and ubiquitous enough for any occasion, Handwritten is a connector, a unifier, a true beer soul-mate and companion. The Abbey yeast strain gives off more floral, fruit-forward notes than a classic wit yeast, but still rounds out with a recognizable, balanced, clean, crushable finish.

Come out on Friday, April 6 to celebrate the return of Handwritten Belgian Wit, and get to know some of Denver’s greatest champions of independent hand-created content and expression. https://www.facebook.com/events/2006853716234444/

Saturday, April 7 – Undone Experimental Hop Project #3 Tapping
Peel back the layers that comprise Undone Norwegian Pale Ale to reveal a beer that fuses modern-day innovation and deep historical roots. The use of a traditional Norwegian yeast strain, imparts a subtle earthy spiciness, rounded out with fragrant citrus esters found in classic Nordic kveiks. Classic meets contemporary with substantial additions of Jarrylo, Amarillo, Denali in the dryhop, as a showcase of Ratio’s rotating experimental hop project. Finally the prominence of oats and white wheat round out Undone with a silky mouthfeel and mercurial hazy appearance.
https://www.facebook.com/events/178464072796698/

Saturday, April 7 – Yoga in the Brewhouse with Apres Yoga – 11am
Join Après Yoga teacher Elyse Rousseau for the inaugural edition of Breathe, Bend & Brew at Ratio Beerworks. We will practice inside the brewery and then enjoy a pint of Ratio’s finest beer after class, Après Yoga! $15 for yoga and a pint!
https://www.facebook.com/events/557359984614096/

Sunday, April 8 – Communicating Science Gong Show – 2-4pm
Our goal is to connect Colorado scientists with community members so that they can learn about the amazing research being conducted in our state. This event is also an excellent opportunity for researchers to practice their broad communication skills.

Scientists will give a short elevator pitch that succinctly describes what they do. If s/he uses too much jargon, goes off on a tangent, or the audience gets bored, listeners can “gong” the presenter with provided noise makers! We will have prizes, beer, and “celebrity judges” so get ready to share your most exciting scientific stories!

As an added bonus, this event is also a fundraiser for the March for Science – Denver, which is being held the following weekend (April 14th).
https://www.facebook.com/events/2130022390553949/

Tuesday, April 10 – Ratio Quiz Show: Marvel Films – 8pm
The Ratio Quiz Show is a bigger, badder, more inappropriate version of trivia, that pits teams of audience members (come sign up your team of up to 5 people). This month, test your knowledge on Iron Man , Spider-Man,Black Panther, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men Movies, Fantastic Four, The Hulk, and all things Marvel Movies.

But we’re upping the ante with this month’s quiz. In celebration of Marvel Studios’ 10th Anniversary, they’ve given us 4 tickets to see Avengers: Infinity War at any theater of your choosing, which will be given to our first place team. Marvel is also giving out other prizes for the top three teams and with other prizes available to all attendees.
https://www.facebook.com/events/344508266055462/

Wednesday, April 11 – Ratio Comedy: New Blood – 8pm
Come check Ratio Comedy’s new fresh show where newcomers and even some first timers spit hot comedic fire on our brewhouse stage. Come enjoy the evolution of the next big joke slingers along with a few seasoned veterans!
https://www.facebook.com/events/141351456696543/

Sunday, April 15 – Drink RiNo Spring Training – 2-5pm
Drink RiNo has partnered with local fitness gyms for a Spring Training workout at each RiNo brewery to promote fitness. Head to Ratio Beerworks from 2-5pm and perform a fitness activity from Dynamic Fitness. Participants will be required to perform a fitness task and in return, will be rewarded with a free 4oz taster of beer.

Wednesday, April 18 – Ratio Comedy Doom Room – 8pm
The Doom Room is back at Ratio Beerworks for another night of free comedy, where comedians perform with the ominous SCREEN OF DOOM waiting to throw a wrench into their sets. Always fun, always wild, hell yeah. Hosted by RiNo’s brownest and baddest: Andrew Bueno. https://www.facebook.com/events/160199121356256/

Saturday, April 21 – Record Store Day at Ratio Beerworks – 3-7pm
Come out and celebrate Record Store Day with Ratio Beerworks. We’ll be featuring a special edition of our Vinyl Records Day, so bring in your vinyl collection to be played in the taproom. Plus bring in a receipt from one of Colorado’s independent record stores from earlier in the day and receive a free beer from Ratio.

Saturday, April 22 – Drink Ink Brewery Tour & Coaster Screenprinting
Join Ink Lounge at Ratio Beerworks to screenprint your own personalized set of 4 wooden coasters, followed by a behind the scene brewery tour. After the tour we’ll finish up with some tastings and a chance to ask all the questions you want.

Registration Fee: $25 includes all materials and tastings. Please Note: Registration is required and limited to 24 spots.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1708989875830018/

Tuesday, April 24 – Vinyl Night – 7-10pm
Dust off those vinyl record covers and join Ratio Beerworks for our monthly vinyl night. You be the DJ! Bring in your records to be played in the Ratio taproom. We also encourage attendees to bring records to swap/trade with other enthusiasts
And as always, we’ll have a mobile record store on site to help you re-stock your collection.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2013722372226163/

Wednesday, April 25 – Ratio Comedy – 8pm
Ratio Comedy has a banger of a show for you with some of the best and brightest comedians the Mile High City has to offer.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2152828371603672/

Friday, April 27 – Heart Tattoo Blackberry Belgian Wit Release Party – 5pm
There’s something to be said about a universal connection, either through the conduit of a familiar song, an emotion, or even a beer. Heart Tattoo is our blackberry-infused version of our classic Handwritten Belgian Wit. Think fruit smoothie with a kick, this easy drinking summer seasonal showcases brilliant blackberry flavors on top of the blank canvas that is our Belgian Wit base.

In honor of the return of Heart Tattoo, join Ratio for a special release party featuring temporary tattoos, and special tappings of other Handwritten variants that will be available for one day only!
https://www.facebook.com/events/2081610325442326/

External Events
Entire Month of April – 5280 Burger Bar Brewery of the Month @ 5280 Burger Bar
Thursday, April 5 – Pint Night at Walter’s Pizzeria
Friday, April 6 – Ratio’s Opening Day Party at Tap XIV
Tuesday, April 10 – Ratio Beer Dinner at Walter’s BowMar
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15 – DiNK Independent Comic & Arts Expo @ McNichols Building
Tuesday, April 17 – Ratio Tap Takeover & Industry Night @ Gerard’s Pool Hall at 8pm
Friday, April 20 – Dunbar Tap & Kitchen Firkin Tapping
Saturday, April 21 – DDES Art Brew @ Galvanize at 6pm
Saturday, April 28 – MCA Beer Dinner Society
Saturday, April 28 – Sabroso Taco and Beer Festival
Monday, April 30 – Work Options for Women Fundraiser

About Ratio Beerworks
Ratio Beerworks, located in the heart of the River North Art District of Denver at 2920 Larimer Street, focuses on meticulously crafted beer. Ratio’s portfolio includes a wide variety of traditional styles with a modern twist. With deep roots in the punk rock music scene, Ratio’s co-founders sought to translate the industry’s sense of community, DIY spirit, and strong musical influences via the beer and taproom experience. For more information please visit www.ratiobeerworks.com

Fiction Beer Never Tell Me The Hops Galaxy DDH NE-Style IPA release on April 6

April 3, 2018 - 12:22pm

(Denver, CO) – On Friday April 6th, Fiction Beer Company releases “Never Tell Me The Hops” a Galaxy Double Dry Hopped New England Style IPA.

On Saturday April 7th, we are hosting our first Saison and Salads event. Details Follow:

To celebrate spring, we’re putting 7 Saisons on tap, releasing our bottle conditioned peach Saison and … HOSTING A SALAD COMPETITION! Yup, salad folks!

We’ll have 2 categories of salads to judge: a general salad category and a pasta salad category. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and third place.

The taplist ——->
•Rum barrel aged mixed fermentation blackberry Saison
•Rum barrel aged mixed fermentation plum Saison
•A Saison blend from the above barrels
•Sour Saison
•Saison (brewed in collaboration with our friends at Strange Brewing)
•Motueka Dry Hopped Saison
And more…

Bottle Conditioned Brett Peach Saison Release ——->
•$15 per 22oz bottle
•Limited release (only 50 bottles!)

Please register for the salad competition on eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saisons-and-salads-tickets-44267943611

American Craft Beer Exports surpassed $125 million in 2017

April 3, 2018 - 11:47am

Small and independent American brewers increase international demand and distribution

(Boulder, CO) — The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2017. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 3.6 percent in 2017, now totaling 482,309 barrels and valued at $125.4 million.

Growth was seen in major markets including in the Asia-Pacific region (not including Japan) which grew 7.4 percent; Japan, which was up 2.6 percent and Western Europe which saw exports increase by 1.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Canada was again the leading international market for American craft beer, accounting for 51.3 percent of total exports. Other leading importers were the United Kingdom, accounting for 10.5 percent; Sweden, 6.7 percent; Korea, 4.6 percent; Australia, with 3.8 percent; and China, with 2.5 percent of exports.

“From innovative styles to international distribution, American craft beer is breaking boundaries,” said Steve Parr, export development program manager, Brewers Association. “Through the Brewers Association Export Development Program, we’re able to take the success of local brewers and showcase them on a global scale.”

The EDP, which generates exposure for American craft beer through trade shows, festivals, seminars, media outreach and competitions, among other activities, was initiated in 2004 with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture Market Access Program (USDA MAP). There are currently more than 100 small and independent brewers exporting their beers from the U.S., by EDP estimates.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Forgotten Boardwalk opens speakeasy-style Sideshow Room to showcase barrel aged beers

April 3, 2018 - 11:13am

(Cherry Hill, NJ) – Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company, normally known for their handcrafted brews and whimsical tasting room located in Cherry Hill, has opened a prohibition styled speakeasy. This speakeasy, dubbed “The Sideshow Room” will not be serving moonshine, bathtub gin, or hooch that you would find at the boardwalk of yester-year, but instead will showcase the company’s barrel aged beer program.

The build out of the speakeasy started in January 2018 within the brewery warehouse. It is cleverly hidden behind rows of cans, stacks of kegs, and around the corner of a giant cold box. It is adorned with décor that has been found and then up-fitted & retrofitted to the stylistic guidelines of a speakeasy. As guests sip on their barrel aged beers while touring the space, they are encouraged to explore many of the rooms’ hidden secrets. Silent films will air as guests can also play a vintage shuffle board bowling lane.

Jamie Queli, owner and creator, wanted to add in an additional layer to the brewery in 2018. “We are making really fabulous barrel aged beer. I wanted a space to showcase these delicate projects. I felt that these beers were our works of art, but were having trouble finding a spot light in the main tasting room. Guests are welcome to bring beverages from the main tasting room bar into the Sideshow Room, however, only the barrels aged beers will be sold in the tasting room.”

“It wasn’t until our head brewer, Evan Wasylyk, was trying to make some room in the warehouse for a delivery that I noticed that the barrels had a special aesthetic against the back wall. That’s when the project started. The rule when the project began was ‘nothing nailed down’”. Queli says. “It’s our warehouse space after all. We will need to operate a production facility around the room at least five days a week. Plus, I started to think of old time speakeasies; they were usually pop up shops, where nothing was nailed down and they can escape in the middle of the night if the police caught wind of their location”.

The room will open up with a Saison that has been aging in French Sauvignon Blanc barrels for five months (Lifeguard Off Duty) as well as a Smoked Porter that has been aging in Port wine barrels for four months with the addition of plums (The Captain’s Quarters). The Sideshow Room will showcase a variety of different projects throughout the year such as Belgian Lambic-inspired beers, Oud Bruins, bourbon barrel aged stouts, sours, spontaneous fermentations and more.

The Sideshow Room is set to be open Saturdays only. Guests can book appointments online to reserve their space. Queli adds, “The room is designed to be intimate, it only holds 35 people comfortably and is only open to guests that are over the age of 21. There are lots of low lighting and you really feel like you traveled to a romantic period in time.” Guests are encouraged to dress up as if they have been invited to a party at Jay Gatsby’s house although it is not required.

For more information and to book an appointment, please visit: www.forgottenboardwalk.com/sideshow

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