BridgePort Announces Sponsorship Of Rose City Rollers

31 January 2017

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BridgePort Brewing Company is excited to announce their newest partnership with Portland’s roller derby league and two-time world reigning champions, the Rose City Rollers.

“We’re a big proponent of local sport teams and we love what the Rose City Rollers are doing – they’ve created the world’s largest derby league right here in our own backyard,” stated Jeff Edgerton, BridgePort Brewmaster. “Back when we launched BridgePort Cream Ale, which sports roller skates on the packaging, we were excited about the idea of a partnership. Glad that we were able to come together to make it happen.”

As the official craft beer sponsor of the Rose City Rollers, the partnership will include BridgePort brands, such as Cream Ale, featured throughout the arena and available during all bouts. BridgePort will donate to Rose City Rollers fundraisers and provide support for fun events throughout the season to help promote this great sport within the Portland community.

“The Rose City Rollers are proud to partner with Bridgeport Brewing, a great local brand. We believe our audience will happily show their support for the partnership by drinking their tasty brews while taking part in feisty action on the track,” Kim Stegeman aka Rocket Mean, Executive Director, Rose City Rollers.
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Foothills - Seeing Double IPA

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Here’s the latest packaging for Foothills Seeing Double IPA.  This beer remains at 8.3%-AbV and 91 IBU and you’re looking at the 22oz bottle.
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Stone Adding Enjoy By 07.04.17 Unfiltered IPA CANS!

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Once again we’re bringing you your very first look at yet another new Enjoy By beer coming from Stone…and this time it’s CANS!!  This is Enjoy By 07.04.17 Unfiltered IPA and as you can see this one will be released in time for the 4th of July expiration (May/June 2017).  Enjoy By 07.04.17 Unfiltered IPA will remain at 9.4%-AbV and it will be released in 12oz Ball cans, 22oz bottles and kegs (below).
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Troegs Splinter Series - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator

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This morning we get a peek at the new Splinter Series bottles coming from Troegs for their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator.  This “double bock beer” is aged in Bourbon barrels and this 2017 release will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles.  This version will hit 10.8%-AbV and stay tuned here for full release details.
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Cigar City - Alive Or Just Brewing IPA (Killswitch Engage)

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Here’s your first peek at a new collaboration beer coming from Cigar City and the band Killswitch Engage.  This is Alive Or Just Brewing and it is an IPA that will be package din 22oz bottles and kegs.  Stay tuned for AbV and release details.
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Guinness Planning To Build New U.S. Brewery & Visitor Center In Relay, MD

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RELAY, MD , Jan. 31, 2017 Continuing the momentum from Diageo Beer Company USA's positive half year financial results, Diageo today announced its intention to build a US version of Dublin's popular Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore County, Maryland. As currently planned, the company would build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and a Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the company's existing Relay, Maryland site. This new brewing capability and consumer experience, combined with a packaging and warehousing operation, would bring the company's investment in Relay to approximately $50 million. The new brewery would be a home for new Guinness beers created for the US market, while the iconic Guinness Stouts will continue to be brewed at St. James's Gate in Dublin, Ireland. Visitors would be able to tour the working brewery, sample experimental beers brewed on-site at the taproom, and purchase Guinness merchandise at the retail store.  While finalization of these plans is still contingent on reaching agreement on several considerations, the project would represent a significant investment in Maryland in terms of economic development, job creation and tourism. 
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"Opening a Guinness brewery and visitor center in the US will enable us to collaborate with fellow brewers and interact with the vibrant community of beer drinkers," stated Tom Day, President, Diageo Beer Company, USA.  "Given the success of our Open Gate Brewery in Dublin and the popularity of beer tourism in the US, we are confident that Americans will welcome the opportunity to come experience Guinness brewing in Baltimore County. We appreciate the support we have received so far from state and local officials and look forward to continuing to contribute to the local community."

The project would re-establish a Guinness brewery in the US after 63 years of absence. The new brewery and visitor experience would become part of Diageo's production facility in Relay, site of the historic Calvert Distillery which opened in 1933. Relay was chosen as the preferred location for this project for several reasons, including the site's proximity to major East Coast tourist and population hubs, availability of skilled employees, and space to build and adapt existing structures on the property.  While many specifics are still being evaluated, it is estimated that this project could generate approximately 40 jobs in brewing, warehousing and an agile packaging operation, which may include canning, bottling and kegging. In addition, the Guinness visitor experience part of the project could create approximately 30 jobs. A significant number of construction jobs would likely also be created during the building phase, and the company would endeavor to hire as many local firms as possible to conduct this work.
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"Guinness' plan to build a brewery at its historic facility in Relay, MD is great news for job creation, manufacturing, and tourism in our state," said Governor Larry Hogan. "Beer tourism attracts millions of visitors to towns and communities across the country every year and I look forward to welcoming Guinness to the roster of excellent breweries we have here in Maryland."

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said, "Today's announcement is an exciting development for Maryland's thriving tourism industry and our state's burgeoning, award-winning brewing sector. The Guinness facility will be a strong boost for our economy by creating good-paying jobs for Marylanders and by attracting visitors from across the region and the country. I am optimistic that all stakeholders will come together and work collaboratively with the General Assembly to ensure that this innovative project moves forward."

"Baltimore County is thrilled that Diageo is reviving an historic building with the iconic Guinness brand. The brewery and tap house has all the hallmarks to become a popular tourist destination and will be a perfect complement to our local craft breweries," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Tom Quirk, Chair of the Baltimore County Council whose district encompasses the Relay site, stated, "More than just a brewery, this is a significant investment in our community that represents a new direction for the historic Relay facility. Leveraging Guinness' 250 years of brewing heritage and capitalizing on its great location for welcoming visitors to Baltimore County, this will be a strong boost for tourism, not only in the county, but the entire region."

President Jason Chorpenning of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27, which currently represents employees at Diageo's Relay facility, also expressed support, saying, "UFCW Local 27 is very excited about the prospect of a brewing operation in the Baltimore market, and the potential for more jobs and membership in our great local union. We wholly support any legislation necessary to make this opportunity happen, and we will work with Diageo to ensure the success of this endeavor."

"As the largest Diageo beer distributor in the state of Maryland, we are very excited about today's announcement by Diageo Beer Company USA to resurrect its facility in Relay and build a brewery," said Evan Anthanas, President, Chesapeake Beverage. "Not only will this project help build the Guinness brand in Maryland, the tourism piece and brand experience planned for this project will certainly enhance Maryland's beer industry and be a benefit to our retail customers."

Prominent Maryland restaurateur, Mark Loundas of Bill Bateman's Bistro commented, "What an exciting announcement for tourism in Baltimore County and the state of Maryland. I know that this Guinness brewery project will benefit the entire hospitality industry including hotels, beverage alcohol retailers and other tourist destinations throughout our region."

Diageo hopes to receive approvals and to begin construction this spring with the goal of opening the brewery this fall to mark the 200th anniversary of Guinness being first imported into the US. 

As reported in Diageo's half-yearly financial results last week, Diageo Beer Company USA organic net sales increased 3%.
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Southern Tier - Thick Mint Coming To Blackwater Series

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Here’s another exciting new beer coming to bottles from Southern Tier.  This is Thick Mint and it is a new entry in their Blackwater Series of desert-like beers.  This imperial stout is brewed with chocolate and mint and it will be package din 22oz bottles and kegs.  Look for Thick Mint to hit 10%-AbV (20 Proof) and stay tuned for release details.   This beer will also be released in 12oz bottles (below).
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This update from Southern Tier (15 Feb 2017):

Introducing Thick Mint, our tribute to THAT legendary Girl Scout cookie. This 10% ABV dessert stout brewed with chocolate & mint is the newest in our world-class rated Blackwater Series.

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Ninkasi Adding New Northwest Pale Ale - Pacific Rain

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EUGENE, OR .—Jan. 31, 2017—Based in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Ninkasi Brewing Company knows quality craft beer is a product of quality ingredients. That’s why the brewery decided to craft a beer celebrating the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Rain, a Northwest Pale Ale brewed with lava-filtered water from the McKenzie River and a band of four flavorful hops, joins Ninkasi’s year-round Flagship Series this February.

Available in 12-ounce 6-packs and draft, Pacific Rain is a flavorful Northwest Pale Ale whose foundation is built on quality water. Brewed with water from Oregon’s McKenzie River, the water undergoes natural filtration through lava rock before reaching the brewery, making for the perfect brewing ingredient. Paired with four distinguished hops—Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Nugget—this Northwest Pale Ale captures the Pacific Northwest’s love of hops while remaining crisp and easy to sip. 

“The sweetness of the malt lifts the hop flavor and aroma without intensifying the bitterness, bringing about juicy citrus, tropical and slightly dank tones,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi co-founder and founding brewer. “We’re super happy to release a full-flavored Pale Ale true to Ninkasi.”
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The Pacific Rain label is a different look for Ninkasi’s Flagship Series beers, featuring a simple color palette and clean design. “It was clear this beer required a new approach to focus on the quality of ingredients used,” says Nick Yarger, Ninkasi’s in-house art director. “The label features a subtle Pacific Northwest landscape that matches the experience of the beer, inspiring a deeper understanding of the process and intention put into the liquid itself.”

Pacific Rain Stats
Fiercely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable, Pacific Rain is your call to experience the Pacific Northwest. Crafted with water from Oregon’s McKenzie River and a band of four distinguished hops, this Northwest Pale is citrusy, crisp and tailor-made for easy drinking. 

  • Style: Northwest Pale Ale
  • Series: Flagship Series
  • Available: Year-Round Starting February 2017
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • IBU: 50
  • Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Oats
  • Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Nugget
  • Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, Draft
  • Tasting Notes: This flavorful Northwest Pale Ale starts with a balanced, malty sweetness that lays the groundwork for profiling some of the most alluring hops around. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Nugget hop varieties offer a captivating experience with flavor and aroma notes that are citrusy, tropical, floral, and piney. The residual sweetness rounds out the hop flavor making each sip as smooth and refreshing as the last.
  • Food Pairings: Grilled Meats and Vegetables, Seafood, Citrusy Salads, Spicy Foods, Shortbread Cookies, Citrus Tarts, Bread Pudding
  • Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia

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Urban Chestnut & Ommegang Collaborate On Urbangang Belgian-Style Lager

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Today you get your very first peek at a new collaboration beer coming from Urban Chestnut and Brewery Ommegang.  This is Urbangang and it is a Belgian-style lager brewed with spices.  Ommegang brewed Urban Chestnut’s German-style doppelbock and fermented it with their Belgian house yeast and Urban Chestnut brewed Ommegang’s Belgian-style dubbel and fermented it with their Zwickel yeast…and this is the result.  Look for Urbangang to be packaged in 500ml bottles and stay tuned for release details.
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Funky Buddha Adding Limited Distribution Of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  --- When a beer is really good and has devoted fans, should a brewery make more of it and sell it year round or limit supply to once a year release only at the brewery? That’s the dilemma Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, FL faced with its wildly popular Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Beer since it was first released in 2011.



Funky Buddha had opted to limit supply and distribution as a way to keep the beer with the sticky, rich and sweet flavor of maple syrup special. That meant anyone who wanted the beer that won medals at numerous beer events would have to attend the annual Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Beer festival outside the brewery to try it and buy 22-oz bottles. “We are lucky to have this brand that really resonates with people…and we didn’t want demand to outstrip supply,” said Funky Buddha spokesman John Linn.



But after the beer won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup last year, brewery owners decided it was no longer a good business decision to only make the beer available once a year. "We want more people to try it,” Linn said.



So starting in February, bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter will be available at retail outlets across Florida. It will still be limited supply but people from across the state won’t have to track to the Fort Lauderdale area for a taste. Don’t expect those bottles to last long and when they’re gone, they’re gone until next winter.



Maple Bacon will be more widely distributed but won’t be joining Funky Buddha’s list of year-round releases which are Floridian, a hefeweizen; Hop Gun, an IP; and Hop Stimulator, a double IPA. Instead, the brewery will be selling Pineapple Beach, as its fourth year round offering. Pineapple Beach is a tropical blonde ale is kissed with gnarly waves of juicy pineapple. A dose of floral, American hops and crisp pilsner malt ties this beer together, making it full of flavor and light-bodied.



The decision to more widely distribute Maple Bacon Coffee Porter did little to diminish fan attendance at the annual Maple Bacon Porter Beer Festival which on Jan. 14 attracted over 2,500 people who paid $55 or more to attend. That entitled them to sample unlimited tasting of 80+ beers from Funky Buddha and a couple dozen beers from other breweries, including many that aren’t available in the Sunshine State. This included 3 Floyd’s Zombie Dust, Cigar City’s Hunapu Imperial Stout and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s Kentucky Christmas Morning.



Funky Buddha’s 55 beers included its usual mix of unusual but tasty beers including ‘Butta Cup, Barrel-Aged French Toast, Strawberry Shortcake and Morning Wood, a barrel aged imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter.

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Kansas Man Strikes Gold Winning Bud Light’s Super Bowl Tickets for Life Contest

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Bud Light has long been at the center of friendship moments and traditions created while watching NFL football and for one lucky man, a trip to the store to restock the fridge for friends will result in a new enviable life-long tradition – attending the Super Bowl every year for the rest of his life. Bud Light, the Official Beer Sponsor of the NFL, today announced fifty two year-old Lyle Randa as the winner of its Super Bowl Tickets for Life sweepstakes.



“Over the holidays, I ran to the store to restock my fridge with Bud Lights before our friends arrived. I found a gold can in my 30-pack and my wife and I immediately uploaded a photo to BudLight.com,” said Randa, a machinist at an aviation manufacturer in Wichita. “Then, after learning I won, I had no idea that an ordinary Bud Light run would change my life. This is a dream come true!”



Randa, a huge NFL football fan with an allegiance to the Kansas City Chiefs, will attend his first-ever Super Bowl this weekend in Houston and will have two tickets to all Super Bowl games to for the rest of his life to share with friends and family. As part of the sweepstakes, Bud Light also randomly selected six contestants from the pool of entries and awarded them with a pair of season tickets to their favorite team for the 2017-18 NFL season.



“Bud Light has celebrated the most passionate and dedicated NFL fans all season long, and that was evident from the amazing response we received nationwide engaging our Super Bowl Tickets for Life sweepstakes,” said Anna Rogers, director of NFL partnerships and strategy, Anheuser-Busch. “This year, Bud Light is all about celebrating friendships and what better way for Lyle to create new memories with friends than going to the Super Bowl every year for the rest of his life. As a fan of multiple NFL teams and lover of the game, Lyle embodies the fandom that we love to recognize, and is more than deserving of this awesome prize. We look forward to seeing him at the Super Bowl for years to come!”



Bud Light announced the Super Bowl Tickets for Life sweepstakes and release of its limited-edition “Strike Gold” Super Bowl-themed packaging in November of 2016. From Nov. 28 through Jan. 13, 37,000 gold Super Bowl 51 cans were randomly seeded in select packs, which – when found – gave fans the opportunity to enter for a chance to win tickets to attend the Super Bowl each year for the rest of their life (up to 51 years). Fans could also enter by uploading a can wrap available online.



Super Bowl Tickets for Life is one the many ways, Bud Light is bringing to life its new campaign “Famous Among Friends” in 2017. As America’s most social and most sessionable beer, Bud Light has always been in the business of friendships and throughout the year will celebrate the memories made among friends while sharing a few Bud Lights through advertising, events and more.



To learn more about Bud Light and the new “Famous Among Friends” campaign go to www.budlight.com or follow Bud Light on Facebook at Facebook.com/BudLight, on Twitter at @BudLight and on Instagram at @BudLight.

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Stone Releases Tangerine Express IPA Nationwide 1/30

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We brought you a peek, and now this from Stone:

Imagine the tropical haze of a lazy afternoon- into-evening. Your official duties for the day have been to maybe take a hike to a secluded waterfall, perhaps grill something, definitely chill with plenty of sand between your toes…and crack a phenomenal beer to complete the experience. Check, check, check again and…pfffft…check. 

WELCOME TO OUR VACATION TRANSPORTATION EXPRESS!

This ain’t no just-add-juice approach. This one is for adults. We use bountiful whole tangerine purée, which brings pithy, crisp bitterness to the citrus flavor. In addition to the complexities of the tangerine — the likes of which you can only get by using the whole fruit — we judiciously employ just a hint of whole pineapple for a backnote (you’d likely not even pick it out of the mix if we didn’t tell you it was there). We’re not looking for a sweet concoction to appease the “I want my beer to taste like fruit juice” crowd. This is Stone. We like our IPAs to taste like IPAs. Big, bold and not for kids.

RELEASE DATE

January 30, 2017

STYLE

India Pale Ale

ALC/VOL

6.7%

AVAILABLE IN

22oz bottles & draft

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National
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ESCONDIDO, CA (February 1, 2017) – Today, Stone Brewing announces the newest addition to its lineup of year-round offerings, Stone Tangerine Express IPA. Packed with whole tangerine and pineapple, this is Stone and this IPA is big, bold and not for kids. Stone Tangerine Express IPA will debut in bars, restaurants and stores where Stone beers are sold beginning this week.

From time to time Stone is able produce small batches of beer for special events. In this case Steve Gonzalez, Stone’s Senior Manager of Small Batch Brewing & Innovation, worked with Jake Karley, Director of Beverages & Special Projects, P.J. Whelihan’s Pub & Restaurant in the Philadelphia/South New Jersey area to come up with this original beer for the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.

“Together they landed on a beer that is really hoppy but at the same time has incredible fruit flavor, which was achieved by using high-quality, whole fruit,” said Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager. “When I tasted it with our co-founder, Greg Koch, and other members of our leadership and sales team, we loved it so much so that we went back to San Diego to hatch the plan for a future nationwide release. Greg was particularly adamant that this beer should be in our year-round lineup and personally championed it through the process. I love that it’s a great hoppy beer but has just the right amount of fresh fruit with a complex, pithy quality to balance it out.”

Stone Tangerine Express IPA pours light golden in color with an aroma that’s bright, juicy and tropical. Stone’s brewers used whole tangerine puree to capture the essence of the bright flavors of the fruit with the addition of whole pineapple for a subtle, yet lingering backnote. Neither the hops nor the fruit dominate, yet together they create several complex fruit layers, which can only be achieved by brewing with the entire fruit. Eight different hops give this beer its marked dankness overtones and refreshing bitterness. It’s an express ticket to a beach hammock getaway with refreshing drink in hand, complete with real fruit character and Stone’s signature bold hop bitterness.

Stone Tangerine Express IPA will be available in 22oz bottles beginning the week of January 30, 2017 with national distribution alongside Stone’s core lineup of beers including Stone IPA, Stone Delicious IPA, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0, and the newest hit, Stone Ripper San Diego Pale Ale.

QUICK FACTS

Name: Stone Tangerine Express IPA
Web: stonebrewing.com/tangerineexpress
Stats: 6.7% ABV, 75 IBUs
Availability: 22oz bottles beginning January 30
Hop Varieties: Chinook, Magnum, Centennial, Citra, Sterling, Mosaic, Azzaca, Simcoe
Distribution: National
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

TASTING NOTES

Appearance: Light golden with slight haze.
Aroma: Bright, fresh fruit aromas of pineapple and tangerine combine with citrus and tropical aromas from the hops.

Taste:  An explosion of fresh fruit and bright hops join together to create incredibly complex fruit layers. Taste is both juicy, pithy and hoppy leading to a long finish.

Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshingly bitter. There is a pithy quality similar to biting into hand-peeled fresh fruit, along with the satisfying back-end bitterness one would expect from an IPA.

Overall: Working with fruit can be amazing and so using amazing quality fruit is key to achieving that wonderful freshness. The high-end pureed fruit selected here blends exceptionally well with the aroma and flavors from the hops, creating a multi-layered IPA that also has fresh hoppy dankness and bitterness that superbly rounds out this beer.

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Samuel Adams Updating Cream Stout Packaging

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Today we get to see yet another new packaging update coming from Samuel Adams.  This is the latest packaging for Cream Stout and the beer will remain in 12oz bottles.  Look fro Cream Stout to hit 4.9%-AbV and 28 IBU.
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Left Hand Brewing Adds Portland OR Distribution

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LONGMONT, CO - 31 January 2017 – Get ready to #PourHard Oregon! Left Hand Brewing Co. has partnered with GDI (General Distributors Inc.) to bring America’s original nitro stout in the bottle, Milk Stout Nitro, to the Oregon beer community this March. Left Hand plans to feature a number of the brewery’s 28x Great American Beer Festival medal winning portfolio to the greater Portland area. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Left Hand Brewing to Portland!,” states Steve “Tiny” Irwin, COO at GDI. “Their world class lineup is a perfect fit for the GDI portfolio and has been eagerly anticipated for years.”  The development will be an extension of Left Hand’s continued West Coast expansion, recently opening Alaska, N. Idaho, S. California, Nevada, and W. Canada in the last two years, increasing the brewery’s U.S. footprint to 40 states.

General Distributors Inc. plans to offer Left Hand’s year round line-up, seasonal and limited packages, including their famous Nitro lineup, and fan favorites: Milk Stout & Milk Stout Nitro, Good Juju, Polestar Pilsner, and Fade to Black. “Anybody that is lucky enough to have been able to visit Oregon realizes, that much like Colorado, it is one of the top craft beer destinations in the world.  We are super excited and humbled to be able to offer our beer to the great folks of the Greater Portland Community” shares Jason Ingram, National Sales Director of LHBC. Left Hand Brewing will kick-off their arrival to greater Portland area in early March, with a series of kick off events. Event details will be posted at lefthandbrewing.com/blog.

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Short’s - Thristie Mutilator Munich Helles-Style Lager

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This is Thristie Mutilator Munich Helles-Style Lager from Short’s Brewing in Elk Rapids, MI.  This beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and stay tuned for more details.
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Coronado Adding New Seasonal Selection - Waylaid White IPA

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Today we all get to see a new Seasonal Selection brew coming from Coronado Brewing.  This is Waylaid White IPA and it is a Belgian-style IPA that will hit 6.5%-AbV.  This beer is brewed with Citra and Hallertau Blanc hops and the beer will be packaged in 12oz and 22oz bottles (below).
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Left Hand - Braveheart Nitro Scottish-Style Ale

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Here we have another new Nitro bottle coming from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, CO.  This is Braveheart Nitro and it is a Scottish-style ale that is a “collaboration between Randall Wallace of the file Braveheart and Left Hand co-founder Eric Wallace.”   This beer swings in at 5.5%-AbV and you’re looking at the 12oz bottle.
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Half Acre - Benthic Stout & Orin Ale 22oz Bottles

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Today we get to see two new Bourbon barrel-aged bottles coming from Half Acre Beer in Chicago, ILBenthic Stout is a Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with coffee and coconut added.  This beer hits 12.3%-AbV.  We also have Orin Ale and it is an ale aged in Bourbon barrels that hits 13.7%-AbV.  These are both 22oz bottles and stay tuned for release details.
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5 Rabbit Cerveceria Adding Indiana Distribution

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5 Rabbit Cervecería has announced expanded distribution plans, partnering with Cavalier Distributing as their distributor for Indiana. Cavalier also distributes 5 Rabbit in Florida and Ohio.

Beginning February 6, Cavalier will distribute draught versions of 5 Rabbit’s beers including 5 Lizard Passionfruit Witbier, 5 Vulture Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale, Gringolandia Super Pils, Gringolandia Irónica IPA, and Yodo con Leche Imperial Porter. Package will be released this spring, as well as seasonal and limited releases as they are available.

“We are excited to partner with Cavalier to bring our Latin-inspired beers to our friends in neighboring Indiana,” said Andrés Araya, Founder and CEO of 5 Rabbit.

5 Rabbit Cervecería Launch Events

Tuesday 2/7

  • The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, 118 W. Main Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150 – 5 p.m.
  • The Atlas, 209 S. College Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47404 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8

  • La Margarita, 1043 Virginia Avenue Suite 1A, Indianapolis, Indiana – 6 p.m.
  • HopCat, 6280 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220 – 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 9

  • Ted’s Wine Bar, 12628 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46845 – 5 p.m.
  • New Paradigm Brewing, 600 S. Main Street, Elkhart, Indiana 46516 – 6 p.m.
  • Beer Geeks Pub, 3030 45th Street, Highland, Indiana 46322 – 6:30 p.m.

For more details, visit cavbeer.com/events/.

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Jester King Bottling 2017 SPON Méthode Gueuze Today

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From Jester King:

Bottling 2017 SPON — Méthode Gueuze today.

This will likely spend months bottle conditioning so look for a late fall release.
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Off Color - Prisoners Dilemma Colonial-Style Mild Ale

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This morning we have another new bottle coming from Off Color Brewing in Chicago, IL.  This is Prisoners Dilemma and it is a colonial-style mild ale brewed with spices (horehound, coriander, costmary and grains of paradise).  This beer is also brewed with Nugget hops before being packaged in 12oz bottles and kegs.  Look for Prisoners Dilemma to hit 5.4%-AbV and stay tuned for release info.
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Lompoc Debuting 7 Drunken Masters IPA

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Sidebar is open every Tuesday through Sunday, opening at 4pm daily except Sundays, when we're open from 12pm to 8pm.

This week, we're debuting 7 Drunken Masters IPA, the first in our Kung Fu IPA series. Light copper in color this highly hopped ale has floral and citrus notes, mild caramel flavors with a lingering spicy bitterness.

Also on tap this week: Gueuze It!, 2007 Brewdolph, 2014 Peachy Keen, 2015 Monster Mash Imperial Porter, 2016 Elder Apricorn, Zwanzig, Proletariat Red, Just Once Think Twice Barrel . Click HERE for a full description of all beers.

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Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Flesh & Blood IPA and SeaQuench Ale Now Available In Cans

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From Dogfish Head:

Big things happening in the world of Dogfish Head! Our 60 Minute IPA, Flesh & Blood IPA and SeaQuench Ale* are now availalbe ... in cans! 

After an overwhelming amount of demand for both Flesh & Blood and SeaQuench, we decided to bring them on board full-time as one of our year-round offerings in addition to the ever-popular 60 Minute!

*SeaQuench Ale is currently only available at our Milton brewery and Rehoboth brewpub, with full distribution happening in late March!

Find me some cans!
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Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage Coming to Star City: Roanoke, VA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - (January 31, 2017) Starr Hill Brewery is excited to announce the opening of its Pilot Brewery & Side Stage location in Roanoke, Virginia. Starr Hill’s first satellite taproom, scheduled to open Fall 2017, will serve as a venue to showcase new beers and new music, with innovative brewers and local artists creating side by side in the Star City of the South.

Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage will house a custom 5-barrel brewing system, the company’s first for producing small batches since moving from its original brewpub location in 2005. The pilot system will provide Starr Hill with increased flexibility for brewing upwards of 50 limited release batches of ales, lagers and wild beers each year, led by Brewmaster Robbie O’Cain.

“With flagship brands taking precedence at our production facility in Crozet, this pilot system presents us with the opportunity to really show off our brewing talents and new ideas to fans in Roanoke and beyond,” says O’Cain. “Both facilities supporting each other allows us to create a variety of unique styles with virtually infinite access to the best hops and malts in the industry.”

The Side Stage portion of the taproom will feature live performances several nights a week from up-and-coming artists in the rich tradition of local music from Southwest Virginia. Starr Hill will host a quarterly showcase concert at the brewery to celebrate the best in new music paired with new beer releases. Additional programming and events will be cultivated through partnerships with local artisans, record shops, music venues, and a variety of food trucks from the area.

“Starr Hill’s identity, from the Charlottesville Music Hall to pouring beer at the first FloydFest, is deeply rooted in live music,” says Jack Goodall, Marketing Manager for Starr Hill Brewery. “Roanoke is going to be a great fit for Starr Hill with our shared history and culture of experiencing music and life outdoors in the beautiful Blue Ridge.”

The Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage will be housed within a historic building on 6 Old Whitmore Avenue in the redeveloped industrial neighborhood of
The Bridges, part of Downtown Roanoke’s Riverside District. In the shadow of Mill Mountain and the Roanoke Star, train tracks of the Norfolk Southern Railway neighboring the new location echo the setting at Starr Hill’s main production facility, just north on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Crozet. Nearby attractions include the Roanoke River Greenway, a kayak/canoe launch site, and Dr. Pepper Park outdoor event venue.

“Starr Hill Pilot Brewery and Side Stage completes our vision of a versatile mix of amenities on the Jefferson side of The Bridges,” says Aaron Ewert, Project Manager at The Bridges. “Not only are they the largest independent craft brewery in Virginia, Starr Hill is also one of the best breweries on the East Coast with 22 medals from major beer competitions. Their music hall origin and love for the outdoors make Starr Hill the perfect compliment to Dr. Pepper Park and the newly created Innovation District.”

Information about hiring positions and official opening dates will be posted at a later date on
www.StarrHill.com. Follow updates on social media via Starr Hill's Roanoke accounts: Facebook.com/StarrHillRoanoke, Twitter: @SH_Roanoke and Instagram: @StarrHillRoanoke.

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Naked City Brewing Announces 2nd Location - Camano Island

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Camano Island, WA – Naked City Brewing is thrilled to announce the launch of its second location, a new brewpub at Terry’s Corner on the north end of Camano Island opening in Spring of 2017. 

Naked City Camano Island features the award-winning beers that established Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Seattle as a world-class brewpub, along with gourmet comfort food and the best art and culture in the Northwest. The film noir-themed watering hole offers 12 rotating house-brewed beers, plus local ciders and wines, craft soda, a dedicated Ghostfish gluten-free beer tap, and a scratch kitchen sourcing from Camano Island farms and local vendors. 

“We love Camano Island already, and couldn’t be more excited to join the great community there,” said Don Webb, Naked City’s head brewer and co-founder. Webb is concocting a new brew called Easy Island Pale Ale in honor of the grand opening, which, along with Naked City's other beers, will be available in crowlers to go as well as on draft.  

Executive Chef Tessa Roberts designed a rotating seasonal food menu for Camano Island, featuring fresh vegetables grown for the brewpub by Camano Island farmers. Naked City’s beloved favorites, including the award-winning beet burger, Naked Burger, and hand-cut fries, headline a menu that includes vegetarian and gluten-free fare. 

The Ko-lut-chen Beer Garden at Naked City Camano Island is adjacent to the grass outdoor amphitheater anchoring Terry’s Corner. In summer, the pub will feature film, theater, music, and art events, and in the winter, a holiday tree with lights and a visit from Brew Santa. The brewpub boasts a library and rotating art gallery, with classic movies playing on the bar TVs.  

“The American public house has a long tradition of fostering community, and Naked City looks forward to supporting all the wonderful activities and events already happening in Camano and Stanwood,” said general manager Bryan Miller, who co-owns Naked City along with Webb. 
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Michelob ULTRA Issues Challenge to Atlanta and Boston Fans: "Live ULTRA" and Win a Trip to the Super Bowl

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NEW YORK, NY Feb. 1, 2017 - Michelob ULTRA is brewed for those who stay fit and have fun. That is why the brand is introducing the Live ULTRA Pull-Up Challenge. Tomorrow, fans 21+ in Atlanta and Boston will have the opportunity to win the ultimate reward - Super Bowl tickets - through this Challenge by tapping into two of their passions: living an active lifestyle and cheering on their favorite football team alongside friends.

The Live ULTRA Pull-Up Challenge is very straightforward: show up, pull-up, pack up. On Thursday, men and women in the Atlanta and Boston areas are invited to visit the designated gym location in their city and showcase their physical fitness by completing as many pull-ups as they can in 95 seconds – the same number of low calories found in a Michelob ULTRA. The male and female in each market who complete the most pull-ups will receive a VIP trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

"We believe a balanced lifestyle of working out and going out deserves the ultimate reward," said Azania Andrews, vice president, Michelob ULTRA. "That's why, this year, we're gifting coveted Super Bowl LI tickets to those who go the extra mile."

Details of the competition are as follows:

BOSTON
LOCATION:

Republic Fitness
2 International Pl.
Boston, MA 02110

DATE AND TIME: February 2, 7:00am to 10:00am ET

ATLANTA
LOCATION: 

The Forum Athletic Club
Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Road #2010
Atlanta, GA 30326

DATE AND TIME: February 2, 7:00am to 10:00am ET

For information on Michelob ULTRA, visit MichelobULTRA.com or the brand's pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Henry's Hard Soda Welcomes Fourth Flavor to the Family - Hard Grape

[image%255B2%255D.png]We brought you an early peek and now the release details from MillerCoors:

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2017  Today, Henry's Hard Soda gives fans the flavor they've been craving, Henry's Hard Grape Soda. People have been asking for it, and now they can finally enjoy their favorite flavor with an adult kick. Hard Grape can be picked up along with the rest of the Henry's family: Hard Ginger Ale, Hard Orange and Hard Cherry Cola.  

Henry's Hard Grape Soda is 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and offers a refreshing grape taste with citrus undertones; the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

"It's been a great first year for Henry's Hard Soda, and we could not be more excited to welcome Hard Grape into to the family. It's a flavor that our fans have been calling for, and one we are thrilled to give them," said Josh Wexelbaum, MillerCoors marketing director of emerging brands. "We continue to stay on-top in the hard soda category because we are committed to bringing Generation-Xers an adult spin on flavors they know and love."

With the launch of Hard Grape, Henry's Hard Soda continues to solidify its position as the No. 1 hard soda brand1, showcasing its commitment to taste and flavor exploration as it continues to bring drinkers a modern and adult twist on their favorite flavors.

Henry's Hard Grape is not the only news for the Henry's family of brands in 2017. In March, Henry's will add an extension line of sparkling, low carb, under-95 calorie adult beverages to the mix.

Fans can share their excitement for Henry's Hard Grape and how they #LiveHardish by following @HenrysHardSoda on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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Henry's Hard Soda is available nationwide at most grocery, liquor and convenience stores in 6-pack 12-ounce bottles. Select flavors are offered in 16-ounce single cans. For specific retail locations, visit the product locator at HenrysHardSoda.com/locator.

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Founders Q & A with Jason Heystek, Barrel-Aging Maestro (Video)


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We asked members of the Cadre to submit questions for our Barrel-Aging Maestro, Jason Heystek. As the camera rolled, Jason answered questions about the types of beer we age, what kind of barrels we use, what we plan to brew in the future and more.
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Worthy Brewing - Stoker Red Ale Coming To Cans

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Worthy Brewing is adding a fifth can to their  stellar line-up this spring. Introducing Stoker Red Ale, a beer designed to stoke the passions of hop and malt lovers. Stoker Red will be available in 12 ounce cans this April.

Several months ago Worthy put on hold Eruption Imperial Red, a move that left a hole in Worthy’s diverse portfolio. Brewmaster Dustin Kellner decided to fill that gap with a more sessionable red that contains many of the same ingredients.

For bittering, Kellner added Nugget and Horizon. And for aroma and flavor, he added Oregon workhorses Cascade and Centennial and topped it off with Mandarina Bavaria, a German hop whose mother is Cascade. The final numbers should come in around 6.6% ABV and 66 IBU.

“Passionate about hoppy reds?  Stoker is fuel for your firebox,” said Roger Worthington, Worthy Brewing’s Founder.  “Stoker Red Ale has a tantalizing lemon and tangerine aroma and flavor with a satisfying malt sweetness. Like Eruption, it sports the same citrusy flavor and amazing balance, without the big in your face numbers.”

The can will feature a swarthy brewer in his rubber boots stoking the kettle with a shovel piled high with big juicy hop cones. Kegs will be distributed by Columbia Distribution in Oregon and Washington, Hodgen Distributing in Eastern Oregon, and by Hayden Beverage in Idaho.
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Stone Brewing Receives Multiple Awards from RateBeer

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ESCONDIDO, CA (January 31, 2017) – Stone Brewing, the San Diego-based craft brewer is pleased to announce the incredible honor of being named “Best Brewery in California” by RateBeer. 

“California is the most hotly contested region in the world,” said Joseph Tucker, Executive Director at RateBeer. With nearly a million ratings tabulated in 2016 alone, RateBeer has honored the best in beer since 2002, and this year, the competition was larger and won by slimmer margins than ever before.”

Additionally, the newly opened Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Berlin received an award for “Best Place for Beer in Germany” and “Best New Brewer in Berlin, Germany.” Quite an accomplishment from a California brewer in a country that is world famous for their beer culture. Open less than one year, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Berlin didn’t waste time setting itself apart. The destination restaurant boasts the largest draft beer lineup in Germany, featuring beers brewed by Stone on site, and an incredible curated selection of German, European and American craft and specialty beers.

“We’re thrilled to have received recognition not only for being the highest rated California brewery, but also as a Top 100 Brewer in the World,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Executive Chairman & co-founder. “We are enormously proud and humbled that the voices of our fans enjoying our beers in pubs, restaurants and homes across the US, Mexico, Australasia, and now across 19 countries in Western and Eastern Europe have elevated us with this accolade,” he noted.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido also received honors being named “Best Place for Beer in the United States."

RateBeer Best, an annual online competition in its fifteenth year with a live award ceremony in Santa Rosa, California, summarizes millions of reviews on over 470,000 beers from the world’s most avid beer enthusiasts, some with over 40,000 reviews. The review scores were tallied to produce the year’s best beers, brewers, and beer retailers worldwide.

The RateBeer Best 2017 awards ceremony was attended by brewers from across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. However, the event is as exclusive as it is large, as far fewer than 1% of all brewers are awarded RateBeer honors. Stone Brewing received a total of six awards at this year’s ceremony.

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Breakside Brewery - Bon Vivant, Passion Fruit Sour, Lunch Break, Pilsner, India Pale Ale, What Rough Beast, Stay West & India Golden Ale

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Today we have a bunch of new beers coming from Breakside Brewery in Portland, OR:  Bon Vivant dry-hopped farmhouse ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels (8.4%-AbV, 25 IBU, 22oz bottle), Passion Fruit Sour Ale (5%-AbV), Lunch Break Session IPA (4.7%-AbV), Pilsner (5.2%-AbV), India Pale Ale (6.2%-AbV), What Rough Beast New England-style IPA (6.8%-AbV, 16oz can), Stay West IPA (7%-AbV) & India Golden Ale double IPA (8.1%-AbV).  Stay tuned for more details.
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