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Down The Road Golden City and Dreamtown, both New England IPAs, releasing this month

August 9, 2017 - 1:54pm

[Press Release:]

(Everett, MA) – With the imminent opening of its taproom in Everett, Down The Road Beer Co. is ramping up production. Following the extremely successful Queequeg’s Revenge New England IPA, Down The Road will soon release two, fresh, NEIPAs: Golden City and Dreamtime. Both beers clock in at 7% ABV and 60 IBUs, but they each explore distinctly unique hop profiles.

Golden City is a hazy IPA brewed with El Dorado and Bru-1 hops. Named for the mythical shining city of South American legend, the beer is an explosion of tropical fruit with distinct notes of pineapple, melon and stonefruit. The DTR team had a blast with Golden City’s packaging, and many of the brewery’s employees, including owner and brewmaster Donovan Bailey, are featured in the label’s artwork.

Dreamtime is hazier still but with a dramatically different flavor profile. Featuring Ella and Vic Secret, the Australian hops offer a delicious melange of herbs, flowers and soft fruit. Dreamtime references the trance-like state Aboriginal shamans employ to explore the hidden truths of the Outback. The label art is an intriguing mashup of primitive, Australian rock painting and western watercolors depicting The Blue Tongue Lizard Man, a legendary shaman who learns the secrets of the universe by speaking with animals.

“I like beer to be drinkable, so balance and mouthfeel are at the top of mind when I’m developing recipes,” said Donovan Bailey, founder and head brewer of Down The Road Beer Co. “The main difference between these two beers is in the hop profiles. Golden City has a juicy, almost Fruity Pebbles-like flavor with a hint of dankness that brings it all together. Dreamtime, on the other hand, is all about tropical notes from the Vic Secret that lead to spicy, floral impressions from the Ella.”

Golden City and Dreamtime are limited production runs that will be available in 16-oz. cans and on draft throughout Massachusetts from mid- to late-August through early fall. Both beers are best enjoyed as fresh as possible to fully appreciate the complexity of the hops.

About Down The Road Beer Co.

Helmed by veteran brewer Donovan Bailey, Down The Road Beer Co. is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the Greater Boston area, exploding across draft lines and craft coolers from Amesbury to Amherst over the past year. DTR is capping construction of a state-of-the-art brewhouse, which will supply beer for all package distribution, as well as its 300-person Everett taproom, mere blocks away from the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino. Ribbon-cutting is expected in fall 2017, so visit us online or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @DTRBrewery to find out more.

Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso (Passion Fruit and Guava) returns late August

August 9, 2017 - 12:19pm

(Athens, GA) – Quick beer release update sent over from the fine folks over at Creature Comforts Beer Company. This beer has a stellar 4.24 average on Untappd as of posting. More below…

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It’s that time again! We are excited to let you know we will release Athena Paradiso with Passion Fruit and Guava (4.5% ABV) on draft as well as in 12oz cans late August. Athena Paradiso is our fruited treatment of Athena, our year-round Berliner Weisse.

The gentle tartness and subtle sweetness of the passion fruit and guava are a perfect complement to the base beer, Athena, which is available year-round. The addition of the word “Paradiso” to the Athena brand’s name, and the label artwork are intended to instill a vision of paradise, representative of the flavor and aroma of the beer. The beer will be available in the Athens and Atlanta markets.

Rogue Cold Brew IPA cans go nationwide

August 9, 2017 - 12:06pm

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(Newport, OR) – Rogue Ales & Spirits has combined two favorites into one with the release of Cold Brew IPA in cans. A unique IPA brewed with Rogue Farms hops is blended with Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee to create an audacious harmony of hoppy and coffee flavors. Cold Brew IPA begins with a strike of bright, citrusy notes from the coffee that smoothly transitions into a crisp smack of dankness providing an elated experience like no other.

“We turned two of our favorite things into one and then canned it so we can take it with us when we do our favorite things,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

Cold-brewed for over 12 hours and then double filtered for a silky taste, Stumptown’s Cold Brew Coffee is blended with an IPA that Rogue specially crafted to accentuate two favorite flavors.

Oregon roasted, brewed and blended, Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA is available nationwide in 12oz cans, 22oz bottles and on draft. Footage on the creation of Cold Brew IPA can be found here. Cold Brew IPA can be found near you with Rogue’s Beer Finder. For more information about the Revolution, visit rogue.com.

Rogue Ales & Spirits
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,800 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapeños, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.

Anheuser-Busch InBev announces combination of its Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

August 9, 2017 - 11:51am

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(Leuven, BELGIUM) – Anheuser-Busch InBev (“AB InBev”) (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD) (MEXBOL: ANB) (JSE: ANH), the world’s largest brewer, headquartered in Belgium, has reached a non-binding agreement with Anadolu Efes (IST: AEFES), the leading brewer in Turkey, regarding a 50:50 merger of AB InBev’s and Anadolu Efes’ existing Russia and Ukraine businesses.

The announcement of this non-binding agreement follows AB InBev’s acquisition of a 24% stake in Anadolu Efes as part of the company’s combination with SABMiller, which completed in October 2016. The transaction remains conditional on the completion of satisfactory due diligence and is subject to regulatory approvals in Russia and Ukraine.

This intended combination of the companies’ operations in Russia and Ukraine would strengthen the competitive position of both AB InBev’s and Anadolu Efes’ brands in these markets, with the potential for further growth. The combined business’ ambitions would be to lead the Russian and Ukrainian markets, with a diverse portfolio of brands and a broader range of beers for consumers. In addition, the combination would enhance AB InBev’s existing relationship with Anadolu Efes and the value of its stake in Anadolu Efes.

Following the closing of the intended transaction, the combined business would be fully consolidated in the Anadolu Efes financial accounts. As a result, AB InBev would stop consolidating its operations in Russia and Ukraine and account for its investment resulting from this transaction under the equity method.

The name of the combined company would be AB InBev-Efes and both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes would have equal representation on the Board of Directors, with Tuncay Özilhan, current Chairman of the Anadolu Group and Anadolu Efes, serving as the Chairman.

Both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes have agreed in principle to the nomination of Dmitry Shpakov, the current president of the AB InBev Russia and Ukraine businesses, as the CEO candidate to lead and run the combined AB InBev-Efes business, and to the nomination of Roy Cornish, the current Managing Director of Efes-Rus, as its CFO candidate.

Commenting on the announcement, Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, said: “Today’s announcement is a significant step in furthering the strategic partnership of AB InBev and Anadolu Efes and we look forward to a successful combination delivering a broader range of beer choices to consumers in both Russia and Ukraine.”

Tuncay Özilhan, Chairman of Anadolu Group and Anadolu Efes said: “We are delighted to further enhance our relationship with AB InBev and believe that the combination of our respective businesses, expertise and best practices in these markets will enable us to better capture the potential growth opportunities and add significant value to both Anadolu Efes and AB InBev Shareholders.”

Both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes will work towards agreeing binding transaction documents in due course and further announcements will be made as the process progresses. We anticipate the transaction could complete by the end of H1 2018. Until completion of the transaction, both AB InBev and Anadolu Efes’ businesses in Russia and Ukraine remain separate and continue business as usual.

Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

CraftHaus Mojave dubbed a “SWIPA” by brewery in response to NEIPA craze

August 9, 2017 - 11:36am

[Press Release:]

CraftHaus Brewery Creates Southwest Inspired Beer Style, SWIPA – Newest beer style sweeping the nation, #SWIPA

(Las Vegas, NV) – CraftHaus Brewery launches a new beer style, Southwest IPA. Brewed as a declaration to their Southwestern home, it is aptly named Mojave. The use of indigenous, organic Agave syrup dries out the beer, just like the majestic deserts of the Southwest. Mojave, Southwest IPA is the newest release in CraftHaus’ seasonal IPA series.

“With the hype spreading about Northeast IPAs, we saw a need to produce a beer style that represented our unique landscape, Wyndee Forrest, Co owner, CraftHaus Brewery. Our territory creates fantastic, quality beers and this beer style is our testament that the Southwest should be viewed as a national player in the craft beer industry.”

The can design, by Dana Satterwhite of Quiver Media, represents the uniqueness of the Southwest desert. The can artwork incorporates the deep orange colors seen in local rock formations. The print carries icons of the desert, Agave plants, lizards and cactus.

Mojave, SWIPA is an appreciation to the resilience of the Southwest community. The deliberate use of Southwest named hops, Amarillo and El Dorado gives the beer a juicy nose and a slight white pepper finish. Crisp, refreshing and clear, Mojave sits at 50 International Bittering Units and 6% Alcohol By Volume. Mojave, SWIPA is distributed in Clark County, Nevada by Bonanza Beverage and available in 12 ounce, six-pack cans as well as on draft for a limited time.

About CraftHaus Brewery
Established 2014, CraftHaus Brewery is passionate about creating quality driven beers and sharing them with their community. Owners, Wyndee and Dave Forrest successfully changed licensing for the city of Henderson to a more craft friendly license. Their brew team is lead by educated, professional brewers, Steve Brockman and Steph Cope. www.crafthausbrewery.com

Yazoo Space and Time, part of Embrace The Funk line, due out ahead of Solar Eclipse

August 9, 2017 - 10:59am

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(Nashville, TN) – Yazoo Brewing Company is pleased to announce at 2pm CST on August 18, 2017 in the Yazoo taproom the bottle release of “Space and Time” and a custom handmade & blown glass to celebrate the upcoming Solar Eclipse over Nashville. Space and Time is an oak fermented wild blonde ale aged on Star Fruit and brewed with 12 different celestial hop varieties: Alpha, Apollo, Aurora, Challenger, Cluster, Meridian, Comet, Equinox, Galaxy, Horizon, Polaris, and Southern Star.

In addition to this special one time beer Yazoo and Pretentious Glass Company collaborated to create a unique Eclipse visualized glass. The dark black glass was specifically designed to allow light to shine through the glass revealing a yellow glow around a dark moon. With only 40 of these handmade and blown glasses created they are sure to be a sought after piece of 2017 Eclipse memorabilia.

Head of Yazoo’s Sour & Barrel aging program Brandon Jones says “With the world’s attention focused on Nashville for such a historic event when wanted to commemorate the Eclipse with a unique combination of barrel aged beer, hops, fruit and an amazing glass. When I started working on this project over a year ago many ideas of different celestial themed beers kept coming to mind. I’m very proud we were able to align those ideas and incorporate them into a unique and balanced beer.”

Matthew Cummings owner of Pretentious Glass Company describes the special technique used to create this glass as risky. “Using the very difficult ‘Graal Method’ of working with hot glass to hand etch at room temperature then bringing the glass back up to 2,000 degrees F to fire polish makes it very rare in product design. Each step has the possibility of cracking the glass. While an Eclipse is rare, it is also unique to work with a brewery that cares so much about quality and artistic expression.”

Space and Time is part of the Embrace The Funk line of beers and is packaged for taproom to go sales. To celebrate this release (in addition to the wax dipped 750ml bottles) the Yazoo

taproom will also have a limited amount of 1.5L magnum bottles of this one time special brew available on a first come first serve basis.

Yazoo Brewing Company is an independent locally owned brewery in the Gulch area of downtown Nashville, TN. Opening in 2003 the brewery now distributes bottles and draft beer to Tennessee, Mississippi, Colorado, New York , South Carolina and Indiana. The onsite taproom is open weekly Wednesday through Saturday, with tours of the brewery also available. The Yazoo Embrace The Funk (ETF) program is a series of wild and sour beers aged in various types of oak ranging from 6 months to 3 years.

Pretentious Glass Company is located in Knoxville, TN and uses old world techniques to create hand made one of a kind glassware from molten glass.

Braxton Labs New England IPA #001 coming to cans starting mid-August

August 9, 2017 - 10:22am

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(Newport, KY) – Braxton Labs will be releasing New England IPA #001 in cans throughout their distribution network. This was the first New England IPA released from the brewing company’s innovation facility. Its most popular beer to date, #001 was originally available on draft exclusively. This hazy IPA is brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops for notes of peach, mango and apricot. It will be available in four packs of 16 oz. cans.

“The first batch of New England IPA #001 was one of the first beers brewed at Braxton Labs,” said Evan Rouse, Co-Founder and COO of Braxton Brewing Company. “Braxton Labs gives us an amazing opportunity to listen to our fans and the perfect example is #001. This hazy IPA was incredibly popular when we first released it on draft and we are truly excited to get more of this product in your hands…and this time in cans.”

The brewing company is releasing a very limited amount of #001 throughout Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington and Dayton at a series of preview nights and can releases.

In Louisville, New England IPA #001 will be on tap at Hilltop Tavern on Thursday, August 17th. Join members of the Braxton team at the Tavern before you can get it in cans! The following night, the beer will be on tap at Molly Malone’s St. Matthews. On Saturday, Braxton Brewing Company will be releasing a very limited amount of Braxton Labs New England IPA #001 in cans at Liquor Barn Middletown. The four packs will be $14.99 and released at 9am.

● Louisville Preview Party at Hilltop Tavern
● Louisville Preview Party at Molly Malone’s St. Matthews
● Louisville Can Release at Liquor Barn Middletown
● View the full list of Louisville locations here

In Lexington, Braxton Labs will host a preview party at The Beer Trappe on Thursday, August 17th with the New England IPA being tapped at 5:30pm. On Friday, the New England IPA will be on tap at Arcadium. On Saturday, August 19th, four packs of cans will be released at Liquor Barn Beaumont at 9am and at The Beer Trappe at 11am.

● Lexington Preview Party at The Beer Trappe
● Lexington Preview Party at Arcadium
● Lexington Can Release at Liquor Barn Beaumont
● Lexington Can Release at The Beer Trappe
● View the full list of Lexington locations here

In Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Dayton, the beer will be available at some of your favorite craft beer destinations and select Kroger stores. The beer will be on draft beginning on August 17th throughout the cities. Cans will be released on August 19th.

Braxton Labs will also be sending a very limited number of cans to Braxton Brewing Company’s Covington taproom for a Sunday, August 20th release. The cans will not be available for purchase at Braxton Labs. Cans will be $14.99 per four pack and limited to 2 four packs per person.

Braxton Labs is Braxton Brewing Company’s second facility. It is a space dedicated to experimentation, creativity and community. The brewery and taproom located at 95 Riviera Dr., in Newport, Kentucky is in the space previously occupied by Ei8ht Ball Brewing. Braxton Labs taproom and brewery opened in May. This will be the second packaged product offered by Braxton Labs.

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

Follow Braxton Labs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in-the-know.

Victory Home Grown New American Lager now available

August 9, 2017 - 9:29am

[Press Release:]

Victory Brewing Company Redefines Lagers with Home Grown, a New American Lager

The Evolution of Lager Blazes Forward with 100% American-Hopped Innovation

(Downingtown, PA) – Victory Brewing Company proudly introduces Home Grown New American Lager, its innovative sessionable and hoppy lager. Six varieties of 100% American whole-flower hops—Azacca, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic—are the star ingredients in this very drinkable 4.8% ABV lager. The carefully selected combination of ‘homegrown’ American hops pairs juicy and resinous aromas with a unique mix of low-bitterness and citrus flavor with a touch of pilsner maltiness—promising to make this brew one both IPA and lager lovers are surely going to appreciate.

Home Grown New American Lager is the brewery’s latest shining star of authenticity, proving Victory’s leading brewing principal of combining European tradition and American ingenuity is alive and well within the saturated beer market. From the brewery that is already known for making the acclaimed traditional German pilsner, Prima Pils, Victory has now also redefined what an American lager can be to both craft and domestic drinkers. Ron Barchet, co-founder, brewmaster, and COO explains, “Lagers have always been a successful and labored style in Victory’s portfolio. Our expertise in cold fermentation and use of whole flower hops effectively guided our innovation process for this ‘hoppy lager.’ After sixteen iterations of experimentation, we were able to bring these flavorful hops into a lighter body, while creating a sufficient, crisp finish.”

Home Grown features inviting aromatic notes of pine, citrus, and hop resins that melds perfectly with flavors of tangerine citrus and slight maltiness. Bill Covaleski, co-founder and brewmaster elaborates, “Our goal has always been to deliver beers to you that offer satisfying comfort. But, we never overlook the excitement of bold twists and nuanced flavors. Look for Home Grown to deliver all of the above as the crisp lager body supports an aromatic and delicious blaze of whole flower American hop glory.”

Home Grown New American Lager is available year-round and can be found in Victory’s home market of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. In August the brand will expand further south and west, eventually hitting Victory’s entire 35 state footprint. Home Grown will be sold in 12oz bottle 6-packs ($9.99 SRP) and 12-packs ($18.00 SRP).

About Victory Brewing Company
Headquartered in Downingtown, PA, Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery founded by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet. In 1996, Victory opened its doors to serve full-flavored, innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. By 2014 Victory outgrew the original Downingtown brewery and opened a second brewery in Parkesburg, PA. Victory operates three brewpubs; the original Downingtown site, Victory at Magnolia in Kennett Square and Parkesburg featuring self-guided brewery tours. In February 2016, Victory announced an alliance with Southern Tier Brewing Company under the parent company of Artisanal Brewing Ventures. Victory products are distributed to nine countries, 35 states across the US, plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company please visit www.victorybeer.com.

Hangar 24 Highway 111 Lime Gose just debuted, makes way to retailers this week

August 8, 2017 - 2:57pm

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(Redlands, CA) – Salty, slightly sour and with a burst of citrus, the brand new Highway 111 Lime Gose from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is the perfect refresher for the second half of summer. Never released before, it will be available at retail outlets early this week. The limited release, which only will be available for six weeks, comes in a 22-ounce bottle format, as well as kegs.

The third beer in Hangar 24’s new Limited Release Series, Highway 111 Lime Gose is named after the main thoroughfare that links every desert city in the Coachella Valley, where citrus fruit is prevalent and bursting with juicy flavor. The kettle-soured wheat beer is infused with local California limes, resulting in a dry, refreshing beer with a hint of salt.

Highway 111 Lime Gose follows Apricot Flats Wheat Ale and Orange Wedge Double IPA in the Limited Release Series, which continues in September with yet another release that will be revealed in the coming weeks.

At 4.7-percent ABV, Highway 111 Lime Gose refreshes without packing a wallop. It makes it the perfect source of refreshment after a day at the beach, an afternoon mowing the lawn, evenings by the pool or a late-summer hike or bike ride. The gose style is ideal for pairing with foods of all types, especially spicy Asian or Mexican offerings, with the tart, citrus zing cutting through the heat.

About Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

Hangar 24 is an independently owned craft brewery with locations in Redlands and Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The company produces a diverse award-winning line of beers ranging from the best-selling Orange Wheat to the exclusive barrel-aged Barrel Roll Series, including the renowned Pugachev’s Cobra. Visit hangar24brewery.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Colorado Cider releases Mixed Bin mixed packs of cans

August 8, 2017 - 2:43pm

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(Denver, CO) – 12 Cans of Fresh Goodness.

We are excited to announce the release of our new 12-pack, Mixed Bin, available across Colorado this week. The Mixed Bin will feature three cans each of Dry, Glider, Grasshop-ah, and Cherry, and will be available year-round.

“The Mixed Bin will give craft cider drinkers a go-to option, for BBQ’s and tailgating.’ says Colorado Cider Co-Founder Brad Page. ‘It will have a cider for everyone, and we are excited to give people a great way to try all of our favorites, from our award-winning Grasshop-ah to our flagship Glider Cider®.”

The Mixed Bin will be available state-wide in Colorado this week and will be available in Oklahoma and Arizona this fall.

Narragansett Bancroft Up or Down Ale pays homage to Bancroft Tennis Company

August 8, 2017 - 2:08pm

[Press Release:]

(Pawtucket, RI) – In the latest “Hi Neighbor Mash-Up”, Narragansett Beer is partnering with Rhode Island’s classic Bancroft Tennis Company, for a killer doubles match to produce the Bancroft Up or Down Ale!

For generations, Bancroft produced state of the art wooden racquets just across the street from the new Narragansett Brewery at The Guild. The racquets led to Grand Slam titles and Hall of Fame careers for dozens of the game’s greats; This beer celebrates that smashing history and we know you’ll enjoy the fine, crisp ale…up or down!

At 4.2% ABV and 20 IBUs, Bancroft Up or Down Ale is light enough to toss a few back without fear of double-faulting or fuzzy sight while tracking the ball. Brewed with Cascade hops for mild floral and citrus flavors to keep you refreshed through each set, it’s then dry-hopped with Chinook for a subtle touch of mountain pines.

“With the location of the new brewery and having the International Tennis Hall of Fame right in Newport, we couldn’t wait to celebrate the storied history of Bancroft with our next mash-up,” said Mark Hellendrung, President of Narragansett Beer. “This brew calls back to the era of our Banquet Ale from the 1930s and 40s, so it felt right to partner with another local brand whose history runs just as deep. And while I’m no ace on the court, I’m always up for downing a cold one court-side.”

“After 30 years, Narragansett Beer is being brewed back in Rhode Island; fittingly in the craft beer capital, Pawtucket,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “What a great way to honor their long history by teaming up with another Pawtucket great, Bancroft Tennis Company.”

To celebrate the release, Narragansett is throwing the first ever ‘Gansett Open, a launch event on August 26 at The Guild, featuring a full-on Nintendo Wii tennis tournament with very special surprise guests. In proper old-school fashion, the first serve of each match will be determined by playing the beer’s namesake, Up or Down. Just like the flip of a coin, the challenger selects “Up or Down” prior to spinning a vintage Bancroft racquet. The butt end of each racquet is imprinted with Bancroft’s iconic “B”, and when the racquet lands, the B will either be facing up or down. So, come on down, show off your backhand and smash a couple of Bancroft Up or Down Ales between sets! More information about the event can be found at narragansettbeer.com.

Bancroft Up or Down Ale is Narragansett’s fifth grand slam in the “Hi Neighbor Mash-Up” Series in which the brewery partners with an iconic Rhode Island company to create a unique Rhody-inspired beer. It will be available in six packs of 16-ounce tallboy cans for $10.99 SRP and will be distributed throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Portland, Ore. and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn. The timing and availability of Bancroft Up or Down Ale will vary per market.

ABOUT NARRAGANSETT BEER:

Narragansett Beer…Brewed since 1890. ‘Gansett is a straightforward, quality beer that has been a New England tradition for generations, producing a classic family of award-winning American lagers & ales. Today, ‘Gansett is produced in Pawtucket, R.I and in Rochester, N.Y., and is one of America’s top 50 regional brewers and the fastest-growing in the Northeast. Narragansett is available for purchase in local restaurants, bars, and liquor stores throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Portland, Ore. and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Thirsty for more? Visit: www.narragansettbeer.com or follow Narragansett on Facebook (/NarragansettBeer), Twitter (@GansettBeer) and Instagram (@GansettBeer).

Odell Pyrus & Prunus Pear Peach Sour now available in Cellar Series

August 8, 2017 - 1:54pm

[Press Release:]

(Fort Collins, CO) – On July 31st, 2017, Odell Brewing Co. released its fourth Cellar Series of 2017, Pyrus & Prunus, a barrel aged Pear Peach Sour.

Pyrus & Prunus is an oak aged sour golden ale brewed with heavy additions of pear and peach puree resulting in a full bodied, pleasantly effervescent, refreshingly tart ale. The two fruits work in harmony, as aromas of peach pie and fresh pear swirl from the glass. The tart complexity of the sour golden marries with ripe fruit flavors that burst forth with every sip.

“Every Coloradoan looks forward to the summer peach harvest,” explains Brent Cordle, Cellar Brewing Manager. “When we did some sensory trials with pear and peach, we saw an opportunity to work with the western slope fruit suppliers to keep things local. The combination of the two fruits work well to balance the lactic sour notes and create a refreshing, unique beer.”

Coming in at 9%, Brazzle will be available in limited quantities as a single 750ml bottles across Odell’s 15-state distribution footprint.

BeerPulse Note: Look for a snapshot of our sample bottle on at instagram.com/BeerPulse soon.

Epic Citralush kicks off brewery’s first series of New England-Style IPAs

August 8, 2017 - 12:09pm

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(Salt Lake City, UT) – It’s true! We have a new series of New England-style IPAs coming your way in August. These juicy, hazy, hop bombs are packed to the brim with flavor. In fact, we’ve been downright irresponsible when it comes to hop utilization. Our brewers have been experimenting with everything from Luluplin powder, to massive hop backs, exploring the flavor synergies of fermentation hopping, and literally cramming in more dry hops then our tanks can even hold. Through months of R&D and long nights cleaning out the clogged heat exchanger we’ve developed several different recipes – because our approach to the New England-Style is simple: more is better!

The series will launch in 12oz cans and on draft across our entire distribution footprint. Each release will have its own codename and rotate recipes every 2-3 months. See the side of the can for indicators about each new recipe. Our first release goes by Citralush and its over-the-top use of late addition Citra and Mosaic hops gives the beer huge notes of sweet tropical fruit, citrus, and a very subtle touch of Colorado dankness.

The first cans will begin packing the middle of August before being rushed to distribution. We are optimizing batch sizes and distributor orders so the beer hits shelves as fresh as possible. Keep your eye peeled these beers may come and go as we brew to meet demand. Follow us on social media for updates and new recipe releases.

Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010 in Salt Lake City and expanded to Colorado in 2013. Epic is known for its passion for style and currently offers over 40 distinctly different beers. Epic is distributed in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia & Washington D.C., Washington, Wisconsin & Wyoming.

For more information on Epic Brewing Company visit www.epicbrewing.com
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Lion’s Share from Nine Pin Cider, Ommegang just released

August 8, 2017 - 11:49am

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Second collaboration between Upstate N.Y. cidery and Cooperstown-area brewery

(Albany, NY) – Nine Pin Cider Works, New York’s first farm cidery located in Albany, and Brewery Ommegang, a Belgian-style focused brewery located in Cooperstown, have announced the release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Lion’s Share, the second collaboration between the Albany-based cidery and the Cooperstown-based brewery.

This cider is made from a farmhouse blend of apples from Kinderhook, N.Y.-based Samascott Orchards fermented with Ommegang’s proprietary house Belgian yeast. It is then aged in bourbon barrels resulting in an off dry Belgian-style cider with smooth vanilla notes.

“We’re excited about this sequel collaboration between Nine Pin and Brewery Ommegang. The Bourbon Barrel Aged Lion’s Share captures the spirit of the New York craft beverage revolution and we’re proud to continue to partner with Brewery Ommegang on this very unique cider,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cider maker, Nine Pin Cider Works.

“We were so pleased with the result of our first collaboration with Nine Pin that we were happy to have the opportunity to work with them again one something new,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewery Ommegang’s brewmaster. “The Lion’s Share was a delicious Belgian-style cider and we think the barrel-aged version is going to be just as enjoyable.”

The Bourbon Barrel Aged Lion’s Share is 6.5% ABV and is sold in 375 ml bottles.

Retail availability is exclusively through Nine Pin and Brewer Ommegang. For more information, visit ninepincider.com and breweryommeang.com.

About Nine Pin Cider Works: Nine Pin Cider Works is New York’s first farm cidery. Founded in 2013 and based in New York’s capital city, Albany, Nine Pin cider products can be found in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout New York and Massachusetts. Nine Pin produces all ciders, sourced from Capital Region and Hudson Valley apples, in its 17,000 sq. ft. cidery facility and tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District. Be Revolutionary, Consider The Apple, and Drink New York Apples. www.ninepincider.com.

About Brewery Ommegang: Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. Ommegang brews seven ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 43 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 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. www.ommegang.com.

Avery Rumpkin, weighing in at hefty 16.9% ABV, returns in Annual Barrel Series

August 8, 2017 - 11:20am

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(Boulder, CO) — Avery Brewing Company, a Boulder-based craft brewery and maker of White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale is ready to put on parkas and scarves with the release of its Annual Barrel Series beer, Rumpkin. Clocking in at a mere 16.9% ABV, this classic pumpkin beer aged in rum barrels is sure to warm you up.

“The idea behind Rumpkin was a pumpkin pie soaked in rum,” says Adam Avery, Founder and CEO of Avery Brewing and this year’s batch will deliver. Using pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger to mimic the spices of pumpkin pie, the four months spent aging in rum barrels add an additional level of rich complexity that isn’t typical to classic pumpkin ales, but isn’t without its challenge.

Rum barrels are notorious for leaking massive amounts of beer, which has been a major challenge in the past. After seven years of creating this beer, the Special Projects team at Avery decided that they needed to do something differently so they flew in two professional Coopers from France to restore Avery’s rum barrels, as well as teach the team techniques to reduce waste in the future.

“In past years, the debarreling of Rumpkin has been the thorn in our collective side,” says Andy Parker, Chief Barrel Herder at Avery. “If a barrel leaks more than normal, that means the dreaded oxygen is getting in the barrel and potentially creating off-flavors. If it leaks heavily, you can have an entire barrel empty to the ground in the matter of a month or two. In the past years, 30-40% of the batch has leaked out or gone down the drain, and watching your hard work go to hell is extremely disappointing. This year was easily the best debarreling in the history of Rumpkin. We didn’t find a single barrel mysteriously empty, off-flavors were almost non-existent, and for once we didn’t have to explain to the production staff that we simply wouldn’t be able to fill orders for this beer”.

Rumpkin will hit shelves across the nation starting on August 7th and Avery will celebrate its release on August 14th with a festive, fall-inspired menu that will get guests in the mood for colder weather. Use our brew finder to find it near you: http://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder.

About Avery Brewing Company:

Avery Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1993, Avery has pioneered innovative beers by blending the art and science of brewing with ingenuity, creativity, and boldness. Avery bottles and cans more than 40 beers a year including White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, and Tweak. Craft your journey at averybrewing.com.

Beer Institute supports FDA action to increase transparency through menu labeling req.’s

August 8, 2017 - 10:47am

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Requests chain restaurants list calories for each brand of alcohol beverage served

(Washington DC) – Today, the Beer Institute, an industry trade association whose members include domestic brewers of all sizes as well as beer importers and beer industry suppliers, announced that it submitted comments to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the extension of the compliance date for the final rule, Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments, to May 7, 2018. These comments stressed that consumers should be provided with the highest standard of information for alcohol beverages on menus for chain restaurants and other similar dining establishments.

“More than ever, consumers want to know as much information as possible about what they are eating and drinking. The Beer Institute and our member companies believe that providing complete information about calories and other nutritional information for each beverage will better enable consumers to make an informed decision when ordering beer, wine or a cocktail at restaurants and retail establishments. That is why we support listing the calories for each individual brand of beer, glass or bottle of wine, and each mixed drink made with hard liquor listed on an alcohol drink menu,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. “We welcome the FDA’s continued dedication to providing consumers with accurate and comprehensive dietary information, and we look forward to continuing to work with government stakeholders to ensure that menu labeling requirements provide consumers with ample and specific information.”

To help restaurants comply with menu labeling requirements, the Beer Institute and its member companies in July 2016 independently spearheaded the Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, through which participating brewers and importers will voluntarily include calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, freshness dating; and alcohol by volume (ABV) on all labels in the form of a serving facts statement, and disclose ingredients in products on either the label or secondary packaging via a list of ingredients, a reference to a website or a QR code. Beer industry leaders including Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Heineken USA, Constellation Brands Beer Division, North American Breweries and Craft Brew Alliance-which produce more than 81% of the volume of beer sold in the United States-have agreed to follow these guidelines.

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Harris Poll(r) on behalf of Nielsen, 72% of beer drinkers think it’s important to read nutritional labels when buying food and beverages.

The Beer Institute’s full comments are available here.

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

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