3 Floyds, Dark Matter & Mastodon Collaborate On Crack The Skye Russian Imperial Coffee Stout

31 October 2016

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Here’s your first look at a new collaboration coming from 3 Floyds Brewing, Dark Matter Coffee and the band Mastodon

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Constellation Brands Announces Agreement to Purchase Grupo Modelo for $600 million

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  • Agrees to purchase Obregon Brewery from Grupo Modelo for $600 million, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing adjustments

  • Initial Mexicali buildout scaled to 5 million hectoliters of production capacity with infrastructure investments to support potential expansion to 20 million hectoliters

  • Increases free cash flow guidance for fiscal 2017 to a range of $575 - $675 million, as Mexicali capital expenditure estimate is reduced for the year

VICTOR, N.Y., Oct. 31, 2016 - Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it will submit to the U.S. Department of Justice a proposal to acquire a brewery operation from Grupo Modelo, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV for $600 million. The brewery, located in Obregon, Mexico, is expected to have four million hectoliters of production capacity with minimal investment and optimization by Constellation after closing. This transaction is subject to customary closing adjustments and U.S. Department of Justice and Mexican regulatory approvals. The acquisition of the Obregon brewery allows Constellation to immediately obtain functioning brewery capacity to support its fast-growing, high-end Mexican beer portfolio and provides flexibility for future innovation initiatives. It also enables the company to become fully independent from the interim supply agreement with Grupo Modelo. As a result, Constellation will phase the buildout of 10 million hectoliters at Mexicali, with the first 5 million hectoliters of production capacity expected to become operational by December 2019, and subsequent capacity planned to align with future growth.

"We believe this is the right strategy to provide near-term capacity and greater flexibility to support our growth and innovation plans, while allowing for the buildout of our Mexicali brewery over an extended time period," said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Brands. "We look forward to welcoming Obregon's talented employees to our Constellation family and working together to continue to capture the ongoing growth opportunities we see in the high-end segment of the U.S. beer market."

The Obregon brewery is located on Mexico's west coast in the state of Sonora, and will help service Constellation's largest beer markets in the western U.S. The majority of Obregon's production is currently satisfying the interim supply agreement today, so it is expected to be a smooth transition during the continued expansion of the Nava brewery and the buildout of the Mexicali brewery.

"The magnitude of our long-term investments in Mexico largely remain the same. The revisions to our operating plans essentially represent an initial shift in spend to Obregon from Mexicali. This will result in an increase in our free cash flow estimate for fiscal 2017 to a range of $575 - $675 million," said David Klein, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Constellation Brands. "As originally outlined, Mexicali is scalable to 20 million hectoliters to support the future growth of our beer business, which continues to significantly outperform the U.S. beer market."

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BrewDog Columbus Aiming For Late Jan 2017 Test Batches

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As a thousand or so of our new US Equity Punks discovered for themselves last month, our 100,000ft2 building is complete and looking utterly amazing. Next year is going to be the year that our American Dream really comes to life, however, as we will have installed all the equipment and will be ready to fire everything up. Our 200HL/170 Barrel brewhouse is making its way from Esau & Hueber in Germany as you read this, and the first test batches are scheduled for late January 2017.

We are also set to add a state of the art Krones canning line into our Columbus brewhouse that will whirr into operation once the calendar flicked over. As we told you recently, the very first beer that we will be producing in the US will be to commemorate the repealing of Ohio’s antiquated high-strength beer ban, unleashing the full power of our brewkit on The End of History as an exclusive for those who invest more than $20,000!

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Samuel Adams - Cherry Utopias - 28%-AbV

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It’s only a keg label, but here we have Samuel Adams Cherry Utopias.  This ale brewed with maple syrup is aged on cherries and this beer hits 28%-AbV.  Stay tuned for more info on this one.
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Heavy Seas & Union Craft Collaborate On Partner Ships Olde Ale

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Here’s your first peek at another new Partner Ships collaboration coming from Heavy Seas.  This time they are working with Union Craft brewing in Baltimore, MD and the beer is named Olde Ale.  This English-style ale is brewed with local Domino brown sugar and the beer hits 8.5%-AbV.  This is a 22oz bottle and stay tuned for release details.
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Heavy Seas - Powder Monkey Pale Ale

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Today we get to see the latest packaging updates for Heavy Seas Powder Monkey.  This pale ale will remain at 4.8%-AbV and this is the new 12oz bottle.
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Stillwater - Super Hop, Nu-Tropic & Big Bunny Cans

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Today we get to see some new cans coming from Stillwater.  Super Hop is a neo-tropic IPA that hits 6%-AbV (16oz can), Nu-Tropic is an IPA brewed with mango and passion fruit that hits 6%-AbV) (12oz cans) and Stillwater Is Nothing Big Bunny Is Everything collaboration with AZ Wilderness Brewing (8%-AbV, 12oz cans).  These are all packaged at Two Roads.
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AHA Unveils List of Top Up-and-Coming Cities for Homebrewers

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Boulder, CO ● October 31, 2016 – Celebrating the thriving community and culture of homebrewing, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the leading community for homebrewers—unveiled a list of cities across the U.S. where homebrewing is on the rise.

By examining a number of factors including economic impact, proximity to craft breweries, homebrew clubs and membership, competition entries and more, the AHA identified budding areas for the fervor and fellowship of brewing at home.

“Craft brewing and homebrewing have long supported one another: a thriving craft beer community nurtures a healthy, growing homebrew culture, and vice-versa,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Some cities are legendary for such pro-am symbiosis, while others are gaining well-deserved reputations as up-and-coming homebrew hot spots.”

The AHA List of Up-and-Coming Homebrew Hot Spots includes:

· Boise, Idaho

· Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

· Nashville, Tennessee

· Phoenix, Arizona

· Rochester, New York

· Tampa, Florida

· Windsor, California

With an estimated economic impact of $1.225 billion, homebrewing is booming in America. A recent survey found that over three-quarters (78%) of homebrewers are more enthusiastic about brewing than they were three years ago.

“No matter where you live, we encourage everyone to try their hand at homebrewing,” added Glass.

Read the AHA’s “7 Homebrew Hot Spots to Visit Now” here. To find local info on breweries, beer bars and homebrew supply shops in these cities, download the AHA’s Brew Guru™ mobile app. Thinking about getting started homebrewing? Learn to Homebrew Day is on November 5. Find events around the country on the AHA website.

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Old Forge Brewing Barrel Reserve Series - Taming The Rebellion, Rum Barrel Barleywine, Imperial IPA, Dry-Hopped Saison, Tripel Cerise & Rum Barrel Quad

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Today we get our first look at a new beer (and a new series) coming to bottles from Old Forge Brewing in Danville, PA.  This is Taming The Rebellion and it is an ale aged in single oak Bourbon barrels for 2-years. This beer hits 9.3%-AbV and this is the 750ml bottle.  Stay tuned for release info.  We also have Rum Barrel barleywine Ale (11.2%-AbV), Imperial IPA (9.5%-AbV), Dry-Hopped Saison (7%-AbV), Tripel Cerise (10.5%-AbV) & Rum Barrel Quad (11.3%-AbV).
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Destihl Metallurgy Sour Collection - Apple & Grape

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Today we get to see two more entries coming to the Destihl Metallurgy Sour Collection.  Apple is a sour ale with apple added (5.9%-AbV) and Grape is a sour ale with grape added (6.4%-AbV).  These are both 500ml bottles and stay tuned for release updates.
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The Unknown Brewing - Dos AK’s Coming 11/2

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From The Unknown Brewing:

We are super excited about this years Dia de los Muertos beer! DOS AK's is a Stout inspired by the Moles of Oaxaca, Mexico. We brewed this 9.2% stout with chocolate, chipotles, poblanos, cinnamon, corriander, and raisins. We will be releasing this in our taproom Nov 2nd. Come by for latin bands, face painting, and other surprises!   We also have Venture American stout (12oz Ball cans, 6.5%-AbV).
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Anheuser-Busch New Faces to Our North American Leadership

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Our company is having an exciting year! Budweiser kicked off the most patriotic summer of a generation, we announced a new product with Starbucks, and this month we completed the world’s first-ever shipment by self-driving truck, just to name a few milestones. Meanwhile, our global colleagues achieved an amazing accomplishment in the combination with SABMiller and the welcoming of many new employees around the world.



While the combination brought no new assets for the U.S., it has brought the opportunity for us as a global company to integrate our two businesses around the world, and exciting new job opportunities for many colleagues.



With that, we are pleased to share some exciting changes to our North American leadership team, or our MANCOM. We are welcoming two new MANCOM members, and two of our colleagues are moving on to new roles and challenges.



Dave Taylor, VP Supply



Dave Taylor, currently President of the Metal Container Corporation, will take on the role of VP of Supply. Dave is a 20-year veteran of our company and is currently responsible for MCC’s lid, can and aluminum bottle manufacturing, as well as A-B’s Longhorn glass-making operation. He started his career at A-B in 1996 in the engineering department and then progressed through brewing positions in Williamsburg and Corporate Brewing. Dave has served as a Staff Brewmaster in St. Louis, Senior Resident Engineer at the Jacksonville brewery, Senior General Manager of the Newark brewery, PPM Director for the supply organization, and as Director of Brewery Operations, where he led significant performance improvement in our most critical plant operations.



Marcel Marcondes, VP of Marketing



Marcel joins us from the global team where he has been Global VP, Marketing Brands and Growth Development Platforms for the past 2 years. Marcel joined our company in 2005, after 8 years at Unilever. He held a number of key positions in LAN, including Head of Skol brand marketing, Head of Brahma + Antarctica brand marketing, and then as part of the sales team as Head of Consumer Connections + the World Cup Project. Marcel moved to our Global Headquarters in September 2014 as Global Marketing VP for Corona and New Brands, and took on his current role in 2014.



These two appointments mean that Vini Barbosa and Jorn Socquet are moving on to important new roles after several years of invaluable service.



Jorn has been appointed to a new global role as VP marketing strategy, core brands (and beyond), reporting to Miguel Patricio, our global CMO. In this role, he will focus on global core brands and, of course, will continue to work closely with the North American zone. Jorn brings his truly global experience – having worked in Belgium, Canada, and the U.S. leading both global and local brands – to a team now overseeing marketing in nine global zones.



Vini will transition to focus on special projects, working with our former VP Supply Pete Kraemer (now global head of Supply).



Finally, we are re-organizing certain responsibilities among our MANCOM team. Fued Sadala will continue to oversee Procurement and will now assume responsibility for Logistics as well. With that, the Solutions team will now be led by our VP, Finance, Nelson Jamel. Nelson will retain the Finance team so he will now lead both Finance and Solutions.



Transition into these new roles will start immediately and will be effective as of January 1, 2017.



Our culture is a culture of constant positive change, and that includes team changes and opening up new opportunities – both for our people and for our business. We are excited for our colleagues and the new adventures that lie ahead of them, and all our teams.

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Redhook - Big Ballard Imperial IPA & Peaches For Me Bottles

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This is Big Ballard from Redhook Brewery.  This imperial IPA pays homage to Redhook’s 1981 start in a former transmission shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA.  This big boy hits 8.6%-AbV and it will be packaged in 12oz & 22oz bottles.  This is the latest bottle packaging.
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Jack’s Abby - 3X Hoponius Union Bottles & Mass Rising 16oz Cans

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Today we get to see some exciting new packaging coming from Jack’s Abby.  3X Hoponius Union is an India pale lager that hits 6.5%-AbV (16.9oz bottles) and Mass Rising is a Double IPL that hits 8%-AbV & 100 IBU.  This is the new 16oz can and stay tuned for release info.
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Starr Hill - Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout

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Here’s a new bottle coming soon from Starr Hill.  This is Double Bass and it is a double chocolate stout that will hit 7.8%-AbV.  This is the 12oz bottle and stay tuned for release info.
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Squatters - Outer Darkness Russian Imperial Stout Cans

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Today we have a new Brewer’s Reserve can coming from Squatters Craft Beers.  This is Outer Darkness and it is a Russian imperial stout that will hit 10.5%-AbV and 65 IBU.  You’re looking at the 12oz Ball can and stay tuned here for details.
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Evil Twin - Falco IPA 16oz Cans

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Here’s the latest packaging for Evil Twin Falco.  This IPA will remain at 7%-AbV and it will now be packaged in 16oz cans at Two Roads.
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Blackstone Black Belle® Imperial Stout Returns

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Nashville, TN – Black Belle Imperial Stout, a limited-edition collaboration between Blackstone Brewing Company and Nelson’s Green Brier® Distillery, returns for the 2016 Holiday season. Infused with cacao nibs and aged for eight months in bourbon barrels, the beer is smooth and sweet, with notes of bourbon, oak, and dark chocolate.

The 2016 limited run, 22-oz. bottles will be available in select liquor stores beginning November 25. Black Belle will be offered on draft at select locations in Tennessee. This is the third year the collaboration beer has been created using Green Brier Distillery’s Belle Meade Bourbon® barrels.

“We are excited to offer Back Belle Imperial Stout for the third year,” said Kent Taylor, owner of Blackstone Brewing Company. “We put a crazy amount of effort into making this beer and it shows. With the help from our friends at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and their amazing Belle Meade Bourbon, this is hands down the best beer that we make!”

In July, Blackstone Brewing Company opened The Taphouse, a new taproom located inside the brewery at 2312 Clifton Avenue in Nashville. Sixteen draft selections are available Monday through Friday 4pm to 8pm, Saturday, 12pm to 8:00pm and Sunday, 12pm to 6:00pm. A limited menu of pub fare is also available.

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Upland Sour Ales - Peach

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Here’s a new Upland sour ale that I can’t wait to try.  This is Peach and it combines a traditional Belgian-style sour with whole peaches.  You’re looking at the 750ml bottle and stay tuned for release info.
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Schell’s Stag Series No 10 - Tropical Stout

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Today we get to see the 10th release in the Schell’s Stag Series.  This is Tropical Stout and the beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and kegs.

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The Lion Brewery - Lionshead Pumpkin Ale & Oktoberfest

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I’ll admit this one snuck up on me and I had not heard about it until today.  This is Lionshead Pumpkin Ale from our very own Lion Brewery and it is an ale brewed with pumpkin and spices.  This appears to be keg-only but stay tuned for more info.  We also have Lionshead Oktoberfest, & Porter and some other check boxes that appear to be Stegmaier beers as well.
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Lakefront My Turn Series # 21 - Mike Imperial Brown Ale

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Today we get to see the 21st release in the My Turn Series from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI.  This is Mike and Mike made an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with coffee and hazelnut flavoring.  This is the 12oz bottle and look for Mike to hit 10.4%-AbV.

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Anderson Valley - EETAH! IPA Coming To Cans

30 October 2016

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Here’s your first look at an exciting new can coming from Anderson Valley Brewing.  This is EETAH! IPA and the beer will hit 7.5%-AbV.  You’re looking at the 12oz Ball can and stay tuned for more beer and release details.
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New Belgium - La Folie Sour Ale 2017

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This morning we get our first look at the latest version of New Belgium’s classic sour ale.  This is La Folie 2017 and it remains a sour ale matured in French oak wine barrels for 1-3 years.  This traditional Flanders-style sour brown is a blend of the best 13 foeders and it is packaged in 22oz bottles (kegs below).  La Folie will hit 7%-AbV.
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Flying Dog - Dragon Lady American Saison

imageWe brought you the keg label, so I’m excited to show you the bottle.  This is Dragon Lady and it is an American saison finished with natural wintergreen flavor.  This beer is brewed as part of a partnership with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and it pays tribute to Dragon Lady (and Civil War nurse) Dorothea Lynde Dix.  Look for Dragon Lady to hit 5.4%-AbV and this is the 12oz bottle.

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Down The Road Beer Releasing Patchwork Kilt Scottish Ale

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EVERETT, MA – October 31, 2016 – Down The Road Beer Company is pleased to announce the Patchwork Kilt Scottish Ale, the newest addition to the company’s session beer lineup. This malt-forward beer is hauntingly complex with deep, rustic notes of dried fruit and fresh honey. Patchwork Kilt clocks in at 4.5% ABV, the perfect balance for taking the edge off without losing your wits. This Ale pours a dark copper with a creamy head. The nose is thick and almost bready with a faint hint of currants. On the palate, Kilt is smooth, almost silky, with a delicate, honeyed sweetness that gives way to roasty malt and a homely smokiness.

Each beer from Down The Road draws on a character from folklore often with an emphasis on the region from which the brew originates. The Patchwork Kilt is an homage to a ghost story, the Headless Drummer of Edinburgh Castle, perfect given its Halloween! .

The Patchwork Kilt was brewed under contract at Dorchester Brewing Company in Dorchester, MA. This is the first beer Down The Road has brewed at Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston’s first and only dedicated partnership brewing facility. In response to strong customer demand for its Fresh, Local and Inspired beer, Down The Road will be opening its own Taproom and Brewery in Everett, MA in early 2017 and is also expanding its contract brewing relationships. The company hopes to brew additional styles at Dorchester Brewing Company later this year while maintaining its existing brewing relationships. Down The Road will be the first Brewing Partner for Dorchester Brewing which opened in July 2016.

To celebrate this partnership and the release of Down the Road’s Patchwork Kilt Scottish Ale, the companies are hosting a release party at Dorchester Brewing Company at 1250 Massachusetts Avenue in Dorchester on Friday, November 4th from 6-11pm. The event will include complimentary traditional Scottish fare from The Haven in Boston, as well as Down the Road Beer merchandise specials. Partners from Down the Road will be on hand to serve up the Kilt. For more information about the event, visit www.downtheroadbrewery.com or www.dorchesterbrewing.com. Starting this week, the Patchwork Kilt will be sold at retail stores throughout eastern Massachusetts in 16oz cans and on tap at select establishments.

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Dogfish Head Updating Burton Baton Oak-Aged IPA

29 October 2016

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We’ve been giving you an early peek at all of the new Dogfish Head packaging, and it continues today with the new label for Burton Baton.  This oak-aged IPA is a “wood-aged marriage of an imperial IPA and English-style ale” and the beer remains at 10%-AbV.  This is the new 12oz bottle.   As a bonus we have the keg label for Pangea ale brewed with crystalized ginger (7%-AbV).
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Pizza Boy - Murren River & Eternal Sunshine 16oz Cans & Monica Lupulinski

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Here’s the latest packaging for Pizza Boy Brewing Murren River IPA (7.4%-AbV) & Eternal Sunshine dry-hopped sour ale (5.2%-AbV).  These are both new 16oz cans.   For fun we also have the keg packaging for Monica Lupulinski imperial IPA (9%-AbV).
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