Saturday, May 30, 2015

Oregon Garden Brewfest Announces the 2015 Beer and Cider Tap List

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Oregon Garden announces participating beer & cider tap list
for 11th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest
Northwest’s most scenic beer festival also makes the ideal gift for Father’s Day

SILVERTON, Ore. — If you’re looking to give the greatest Father’s Day gift ever, then plan on a trip to the Oregon Garden Brewfest (#OGBF). This year’s event, which will take place on Father’s Day weekend June 19 through 21, will feature more than 135 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from nearly 70 different breweries from across the nation (a complete list is pasted in at the bottom of this release), along with local food; activities including shuffleboard, skee-ball and foosball; and live music on two stages from a dozen regional bands.

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest allows visitors to stroll the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday. The event is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday, when they can create their own wooden coaster for Dad.

Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance at

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

A dozen regional bands will play on two stages, beginning at 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s lineup features Alder Street, The Jackalope Saints, Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, Jamie Wyatt, Water Tower and Deadwood Standing. Saturday’s bands include Will West & The Friendly Strangers, Balto, Transcendental Brass Band, Redwood Son, Ural Thomas & The Pain and The Tumblers. For a listing of times, visit

The fourth annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets remain and are available on the event website.

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at or by calling 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s CafĂ© and sponsored by The Gallon House, Bierhaus Mt. Angel, Country Financial, Oregon Lottery, Imperial Bottle Shop, Pepsi, Renewal by Andersen, PGE, Crater Lake Soda, The Beer Connoisseur Magazine, Oregon Beer Growler and Ale Ways Brewery Tours.

While the Oregon Garden is a pet-friendly property, pets are not allowed inside the Brewfest; only service dogs with appropriate identification will be allowed entry. For more information about the event, visit

Following is the tap list for the 2015 event:

10 Barrel Brewing: JOE IPA/IPA
10 Barrel Brewing: Swill/American Style Radler
2 Towns Ciderhouse: OutCider: Unfiltered Hard Cider
2 Towns Ciderhouse: Imperial Hop & Stalk/Hopped Hard Cider
21st Amendment Brewery: Down to Earth Session IPA/Session IPA
21st Amendment Brewery: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat/Wheat
Alameda Brewing: Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA/Imperial IPA
Alameda Brewing: Klickitat Pale Ale/Pale Ale
ATLAS Hard Cider: The RADLER/Cider
ATLAS Hard Cider: Hard Apricot Cider: Cider
Awesome Ales: Southern Sky/French Pale Ale
Awesome Ales: TBD
Base Camp Brewing: Hop in the 'Pool Helles/Late-Hopped Helles Lager
Base Camp Brewing: Pilgrimage Saison/Saison
Blue Moon Brewing: Summer Honey Wheat Ale/Wheat Ale
Blue Moon Brewing: White IPA/Belgian Style IPA
Brew Werks: TBD
Brew Werks: TBD
BridgePort Brewing: BridgePort Conviction Pale Ale/Pale Ale
BridgePort Brewing: BridgePort Long Ball Ale/Golden Ale
Buoy Beer: Czech Pilsner/Pilsner
Buoy Beer: Oregon Garden Lavender Saison/Saison
Calapooia Brewery: Calapooia Chili Beer/Fruit/Chili
Calapooia Brewery: Calapooia Paddle me IPA/American IPA
Climate City Brewing: Nookie/IPA
Climate City Brewing: Yellow Belly/Blonde
Coin Toss Brewing: Black Hole/Cascadian Dark Ale
Coin Toss Brewing: George's Honest Ale/
Coronado Brewing: Islander IPA/American IPA
Coronado Brewing: Orange Avenue Wit/California Wit
Crispin Cider: Crispin Original Cider: Apple Cider
Crispin Cider: Blackberry Pear Cider: Pear Cider
Crux Fermentation Project: Half Hitch/Imperial IPA
Crux Fermentation Project: Impasse Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Deluxe Brewing: Va Va Voom NW Vienna Lager/Vienna Lager
Deluxe Brewing: Little Bo Pils/Bohemian Pilsner
Dick's Brewing: Dick's Danger Ale/CDA
Dick's Brewing: Dick's Cream Stout/Sweet Stout
Double Mountain Brewery: TBD
Double Mountain Brewery: TBD
Ecliptic Brewing: Orbiter IPA/IPA
Ecliptic Brewing: Aurora Crimson Saison/Saison w/ Rhubarb
Elk Horn Brewery: TBD
Elk Horn Brewery: TBD
Elysian Brewing: Dayglow/IPA
Elysian Brewing: Superfuzz/Blood Orange Pale Ale
Epic Brewing: Escape to Colorado/IPA
Epic Brewing: Hop Syndrome/Lager
Ex Novo Brewing: Eliot IPA/Northwest IPA
Ex Novo Brewing: Sour Hop Kids/Dry Hopped Sour Ale
Fat Head's Brewery: Head Hunter/IPA
Fat Head's Brewery: Bumble Berry/Honey Blueberry Ale
Feckin: Measure 91/Pale ale
Feckin: IRA /Red
Firestone Walker Brewing: TBD
Firestone Walker Brewing: TBD
Flat Tail Brewing: Rough Cut IPA/IPA
Flat Tail Brewing: El Guapo/Chile Beer
Fort George Brewery: 3-Way IPA/IPA
Fort George Brewery: Spruce Budd Ale/Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
Fremont Brewing: Summer Ale/Pale Ale
Fremont Brewing: Interurban IPA/IPA
Georgetown Brewing: Eddie India Pale Lager/India Pale Lager
Georgetown Brewing: Johnny Utah Citra Pale Ale/Pale Ale
Gigantic Brewing: Gigantic IPA/IPA
Gigantic Brewing: White Light White Heat/Belgian-style White IPA
Gilgamesh Brewing: Radler/Grapefruit Radler
Gilgamesh Brewing: Oedipus IPA/IPA
Golden Valley Brewery: Carlton Kolsch/Kolsch-Style Ale
Golden Valley Brewery: Chehalem Mountain IPA/IPA
Hop Valley Brewing: Citrus Mistress/IPA
Hop Valley Brewing: Sir Orange A Lot/Pale
Hopworks: Pigwar White IPA /IPA
Hopworks: Ace of Spades Imperial IPA /Imperial IPA
Klamath Basin Brewing: Backroad Vanilla Porter/Vanilla Porter
Klamath Basin Brewing: Dog Days Wheat IPA/Wheat IPA
Lagunitas Brewing: A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale/American Pale Wheat Ale
Lagunitas Brewing: Day Time/American IPA
Laurelwood Brewing: Green Elephant IPA/IPA
Laurelwood Brewing: Free Range Red/Red
Leinenkugel's Brewing: Summer Shandy/Shandy/Radler
Leinenkugel's Brewing: Big Eddy Royal Nektar Ale/Braggot
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: Kili Wit/Belgian Wheat
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: Seizoen/Saison
Mazama Brewing: Mosaic Eruption/IPA
Mazama Brewing: Saison d'Etre/Saison
McMenamins Old Church Brewery: Lumber-sexual IPL/India Pale Lager
McMenamins Old Church Brewery: Bonne Chiere Grand Reserve/Belgian Triple
Natian Brewery: Everyday /Organic IPA
Natian Brewery: KnockBack/Organic Amber Lager
Nectar Creek Mead: Waggle/Wildflower Session Mead
Nectar Creek Mead: Sting/Ginger Session Mead
Ninkasi Brewing: Total Domination/IPA
Ninkasi Brewing: Lux/German Style Helles Lager
No-Li Brewhouse: Crony/NW Brown Ale
No-Li Brewhouse: Poser/Pale Ale
Ordnance Brewing: Rivercrest Kolsch/Kolsch
Ordnance Brewing: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)/IPA
Pelican Brewing: Kiwanda Cream Ale/Cream Ale
Pelican Brewing: Umbrella IPA/Single Hop IPA
Ram Brewery-Salem: Big Reds IPA/Northwest  IPA
Ram Brewery-Salem: Treehouse/Apricot Honey Summer Ale
Rusty Truck Brewing: TBD
Rusty Truck Brewing: TBD
Salem Ale Works: Hootenanny Honey Basil/Delicious
Salem Ale Works: Stout!/American Stout
Santiam Brewing: Pirate Stout/Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Stout
Santiam Brewing: Ecotopia /Pacific Northwest Style IPA
Seven Brides Brewing: Emily's Red Ale/Amber/Red Ale
Seven Brides Brewing: Strawberry Blonde Wheat/Fruit Beer
Sierra Nevada Brewing: Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale/Fresh Hop IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing: River Rye'd/Rye IPA
Silver Moon Brewing: Get Sum Pale Ale/Pale Ale
Silver Moon Brewing: VooDoo Dog India Session Red/Session Red
Sunriver Brewing: Fighting Falcon/Double IPA
Sunriver Brewing: S.U.P/Summer Ale
Terminal Gravity Brewing: Eagle Cap IPA/IPA
Terminal Gravity Brewing: Wallowa Lake Lager /Pre-Prohibtion Style Lager
Twisted Snout Brewery: Raspberry Truffle/Fruited Porter
Twisted Snout Brewery: Tail Curler IPA #5/IPA
Two Kilts Brewing: Crystal Kush/India Session Lager
Two Kilts Brewing: Scottish Ale/Scottish style Ale
Vagabond Brewing: TBD
Vagabond Brewing: TBD
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks: Wanderlust/Cider
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks: Anthem Hops/Cider
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Replay IPA/Session IPA
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Hefe Shandy/Shandy
Wild Ride Brewing: Hopperhead IPA/IPA
Wild Ride Brewing: Whoopty Whoop Wheat/Hefeweizen w/ Lemon Peel
Woodchuck Hard Cider: Woodchuck Gumption/cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider: Woodchuck Season

Friday, May 29, 2015

No-Li Brings Home International Brewing Medals

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SPOKANE, WA (May 29, 2015) The winners of the 2015 Australian International Beer Festival were announced and No-Li brought two new medals back to Spokane!

Mosh Pit Tart Cherry and Rise & Grind were recognized for their creativity and quality in brewing - landing No-Li their 15th and 16th international awards.

Head Brewer, Carey Fristoe, and Brewing Operations Manager, Damon Scott, celebrated the brewery’s recent medals with an eye on the future. “We are just getting started.  We rise each morning and grind it out with a passion for mind-bending recipes with no boundaries,” says Carey.

“We share our passion for uniqueness and innovation through beers like a milk stout with freshly roasted Gemelli coffee beans or 1.5 pounds of cherries per gallon in Mosh Pit Tart Cherry,” says Damon.

In the spirit of creativity and brewing beer with no boundaries, No-Li recently released Brass Monkey (a golden ale brewed with orange peel) as its new Expo Series summer seasonal and Defacto (a whiskey barrel-aged imperial black IPA) as a part of its growing Barrel-Aged Series line-up.

Cheers to Spokane-Style beers!

For a complete list of AIBA winners, visit

About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won sixteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub visit or follow us on.   

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers to Celebrate 18 Years, Expansion & Release of Baby Daddy IPA

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San Francisco, CA - 5/29/2015

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is turning 18 and throwing an epic party at their San Francisco brewery on June 20th from 1-6pm. The event will not only toast their birthday, but also the release of their first beer in a can, Baby Daddy IPA, and their tremendous expansion. Attendees will be able to soak up the sun, nosh on delicious local food, tour the new brewhouse, and listen to live music.
General admission and Godfather VIP Club tickets are now on sale. All attendees will receive a collectible anniversary glass and enjoy unlimited tastings. In addition to Baby Daddy IPA, Speakeasy will be pouring Blind Tiger Imperial IPA, Untouchable IPA, Black Hand Chocolate Milk Stout, and Double Daddy IPA, just to name a few beers. There will be many more!

Tours of Speakeasy’s new brewhouse will start every 30 minutes between 1:30 and 4:00pm, and will be led by Speakeasy’s Director of Brewing, Kushal Hall, and Lead Brewer Joe Smith. Guests can learn about the expansion, see the new equipment, and ask questions.

In addition to the beer, delicious local food will be available for purchase from Wes Burger Pop-up, Front Porch Southern Home Cooking, Memphis Minnie's BBQ, and the Voodoo Van. Speakeasy beer may even find it’s way into the ingredients. Musical entertainment will be announced at a later date.

For more information and tickets visit the event website. Follow Speakeasy on Facebook and Twitter to get event updates.
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Since 1997, a wily band of bootleggers led by homebrewer Forest Gray were inspired to bring their exceptional brews from the underground to the masses, defiantly producing small batches of beer in a secret warehouse in San Francisco. Starting with a single, iconic beer, Prohibition Ale, Speakeasy now brews a wide array of acclaimed beers including Big Daddy IPA, Payback Porter, Double Daddy, Scarface Imperial Stout and many more, which are distributed across the entire West Coast and other major U.S. markets.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Top Rung Brewing Releasing Raspberry Wheat

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Lacy,WA (May 28, 2015) On June 6th Top Rung Brewing Company will release a seasonal beer that has been much anticipated, our Raspberry Wheat.  A nice wheat beer that is infused with real raspberries and co-mingles with those raspberries in the brite tank for several weeks to impart an awesome raspberry flavor that is not overpowering but provides a subtle sweetness, flavor, and aroma complimented by a nice golden straw color.  A great seasonal to enjoy as the weather warms! 
Raspberry Wheat Statistics:  ABV: 4.6%, IBU: 25

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 Top Rung Brewing is a 10 barrel production brewery with tasting room at the brewery. Top Rung Brewing is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy their beverage and view a production brewery facility.  Our tasting room is family friendly and while we will only offer snacks, we partner with local food vendors and food trucks as well as allow patrons to bring in their own food of their choice or have it delivered.  Top Rung Brewing: bringing quality craft beer to Lacey.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

N0-Li Announces The 'Kan JamBEERee

No-Li Announces their Next Beer Festival: The 'KAN JamBEERee

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Spokane, Wash…No-Li Brewhouse brought Spokane Craft Beer Week to a close the only way they know how…with beer, a band and a big ol’ bash! No Boundaries on the River 3.0 Small Batch Festival was, without question, Spokane craft beer culture at it’s best. 500 guests showed up to enjoy thirteen unique and barrel aged No-Li beers.  Some of the favorites that wowed the crowed were Brass Monkey Orange Dreamsicle, Whiskey barrel-aged Wrecking Ball, and Mango/Pineapple infused Poser.  Drinks, food and fun were had by all!

With the success of NBoR 3.0 and an entire summer of sunshine in sight, No-Li Brewhouse has announced their next big beer extravaganza: The ‘KAN JamBEERee! Unlike anything Spokane has ever seen, this celebration of craft beer promises to astound and amaze all who attend! “We’re going to have some stellar breweries from around the Northwest pouring specialty beer you can’t find anywhere else,” says No-Li’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Callet Ioane.  “Beer, food trucks and live music – all outdoors along the Spokane River.  We’re excited to create a new experience for Spokane and certainly one that will keep building and pushing our culture of craft beer.”

The ‘KAN JamBEERee is set for Saturday, August 22nd.   Tickets will go on sale soon and No-Li will announce the guest breweries and beer list via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram leading up to festival.  
Cheers to great beer and stay tuned!

About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won sixteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit No-Li Brewhouse FB No-Li Brewhouse Twitter No Li Brewhouse Instagram

Breakside Brewery Announces New Bottle and Draft Beer Releases

Breakside Brewing has a whole slew of new bottle and draft beer releases. Check out the info below.

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Portland & Milwaukie (May 26, 2015) - Oregon's Breakside Brewery is releasing new limited edition beers in bottles "Back to the Future IPA" for Portland Beer Week and "Oui, Chef" the latest in the Farmhouse, Fruit & Funk Series. In addition to the 2 highly anticipated bottle releases are two new draft-only IPA's in the form of "Old World IPA" (available now) and "Session Double IPA" (released later this week). Back to the Future IPA (a collaboration with Seattle's Fremont Brewing Co.) will be available primarily during Portland Beer Week at participating locations on draft and in 22oz bottles. Oui, Chef is available right now on draft and will be available everywhere in bottles in June. The new Session Double IPA is a test-run on a new IPA the brewers are particularly excited about that may become a new year-round IPA exclusively for Breakside's upcoming 12oz bottles and 6-packs, we look forward to hearing your feedback! 

Back to the Future IPA
- a collaboration with our friends at Fremont Brewing Co. for Portland Beer Week

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This IPA is a cross-border collaboration with Seattle's Fremont Brewing. We planned the beer together and each brewed a batch of it for our cities' respective Beer Weeks. When we set out to do this beer together, we knew that we wanted to make a big IPA and showcase some fun hop varietals that don't get much attention..yet.

We specifically chose new varietals that we think have a lot of promise, and it's named after the futuristic hops used in each version: Jarrylo and Equinox in Fremont's, and Azacca and Ella in ours. These beers very might well introduce you to new hop varietals that will be front and center in many IPAs to come.

7% ABV
68 IBU
Malts: Two Row, Light Crystal
Hops: Chinook, Ella, Azacca

Back to the Future Release Parties:

Bottle Release Party
Friday June 12th, 2015 6pm
Whole Foods Market - Pearl
1210 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

Sample our new collaboration IPA during Portland Beer Week as well as beers from our collaborator --Fremont Brewing Co.

Breakside & Fremont Brewing Tap Takeover and Back to the Future IPA Draft Release
Saturday June 13th, 2015 5pm
Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark, Portland, OR

Special beers on tap from Breakside and Fremont Brewing as well as the new collab Back to the Future IPA and a special Salt & Straw Beer Ice Cream to boot!
Oui, Chef
saison with spelt and fennel

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Oui, Chef is a straw-colored farmhouse ale brewed with European spelt and two types of fennel. We use both fennel seed and fennel pollen at different points in the brewing process to layer in the complex savory and herbal notes from the spice. Originally brewed as part of our Chef Collaboration series in 2012, this beer was designed by our brewers and Chef Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon Restaurant in Portland.

This is the third release in our new Farmhouse, Fruit and Funk Series. This set of six beers--each available for two months of the year--showcases the deft and playful ways in which our brewers use non-traditional ingredients to make complex, flavorful beers. From lychee and yellow chilies to Oregon-grown peaches and California kumquats, this line of beers stakes a claim for the "culinary beer" as an emergent, delicious and elegant new beer style.

34 IBU
Malts: German Pilsner and Spelt, Crystal 15L
Hops: cascade
Special ingredients: Fennel seed and fennel pollen

Old World IPA
a draft-only ipa with intense floral and herbal notes 

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This draft only release is a beer that evolved from our award-winning English Pale Ale, which re-tooled to give it a bolder hop presence and higher alcohol. In other words, we wanted to put our pale ale on steroids and turned it into an IPA. Thus, Old World IPA was born. While the aggressive use of hops is very American, this beer's roots are quintessentially European. We've sourced world-class English malt to give the beer a beguiling softness; Slovenian hops used throughout the brewing process give the beer its distinctive floral, herbal, woody and spicy notes.

We hope that this beer shows you a whole new realm of IPAs--a style that was born of the Old World and perfected in the Northwest. Available on draft only during May 2015.

6% ABV
40 IBU
Malts: Two Row, British Pale, Melanoidin, CaraMunich
Hops: Crystal, Styrian Goldings

Session Double IPA
our favorite hoppy test batch ever. Widely available for the first time.

Our brewers love hops. They love them so much that they are always tracking down new varietals, coming up with new combinations, and seeking to extract the most flavor and aroma they can from the beautiful hops we have in the Northwest. Often times, the beers they make with these new hops and schedules are done in small batches at our pub, where they are served on draft to our regulars. Every once in a while, the brewers get so excited about a new hoppy beer that they decide to immediately scale it up to share it with a wider audience. Session Double IPA is one of those beers.

This IPA uses Mosaic, Cascade and Columbus hops to make for one of the most expressive, dank and tropical beers we've ever made. Strong resinous notes are coupled with hints of citrus and big juicy flavors of mango and tangerine. The bitterness is balanced against a simple malt bill to allow for these hops to really shine.

6.2% ABV
65 IBU
Malts: Two Row, Munich
Hops: Mosaic, Columbus and Cascade

About Breakside Brewery
Opened in 2010 in the quiet Woodlawn neighborhood of Northeast Portland as a restaurant and nano-sized brewery, Breakside expanded to a 3.5 BBL brewhouse while winning their first medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 where they have earned medals each year since. In late 2013 the brewery expanded operations to Milwaukie, Oregon with a 30BBL production brewery filled with 60 and 120BBL tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentation's and a 20 tap tasting room. In 2014 Breakside was awarded with the highly coveted Gold Medal for American-style IPA at the Great American Beer Festival for their flagship IPA that was also named to Men's Journals 100 Best Beers In The World and Sip Northwest's Best IPA in the Northwest. Breakside is also known for their experimental, barrel-aged and sour beers like Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec a strong amber ale with chocolate and chilies that won Bronze at both Chicago's Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers and Best of Craft Beer Awards and Passionfruit Sour a berliner-weisse style beer that earned a Bronze at the 2013 GABF.
Breakside Beers are available on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Seattle-Washington area, Denver, Hawaii and British Columbia. 2015 expansion plans include introducing 6-packs of 12oz bottles and more specialty bottles and sour beers. Visit for more info.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

La Piccola A Collaborative Dark Saison To Debut at The Firestone Walker Invitaional Beer Fest

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Collaborative Cross-Continental Dark Saison to Debut at
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

Paso Robles, CA: Multiple versions of the same collaborative dark saison wild ale—called La Piccola—will be unveiled at the 2015 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest on May 30, capping off a year of cross-continental brewing hijinks between brewmasters Agostino Arioli of Birrificio Italiano and Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

“With most collaborations, you start the beer together at one brewery, and it gets finished there, resulting in one beer,” Brynildson said. “Agostino and I decided to do something different. We sat down and designed the recipe together, then went back to our respective breweries to brew them on our own. We’ve been emailing back and forth for a year now, trying to replicate what the other was doing.”

It all started at last year’s beer fest, when Arioli and Brynildson hatched their plan to brew a dark saison that would be made with debittered black malt, then soured via secondary fermentation and aged in barrels—and also spiced up with an unlikely twist.

“Like many Italians, Agostino is a true gourmet, and he takes a chef’s approach to brewing,” Brynildson said. “He’s really into exotic spices and he wanted to play around with these Sichuan peppercorns, which are really weird and unique. We had to contact a spice hunter in Italy to get our hands on them.”

After Brynildson brewed his base version of La Piccola, he sent it down to barrelmeisters Jeffers Richardson and Jim Crooks at Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks wild ale facility, where they initiated secondary fermentation and maturation for 12 months in French oak barrels.

In the end, they decided to create one version with the peppercorns (La Piccola Pepe Di Sichuan) and one without (La Piccola Virtuosa). Meanwhile, Arioli is finishing up his own La Piccola made with the peppercorns. All three beers will be first presented at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest on May 30 in Paso Robles. Bottles of the California-brewed beers are limited to 250 cases each, and two-packs will be available for purchase at the Paso Robles brewery and Barrelworks in Buellton starting at 3 p.m. on May 30.

The base beer was brewed with the same Belgian yeast used to make Firestone Walker’s Opal saison, giving it classic fruit and spice notes. The debittered black malt provided dark color without assertive bitterness. The souring and barrel aging layered in just the right amount of earthy funk. And the peppercorn version presents its own distinctive qualities.

“The Sichuan peppercorns are pretty intense,” Brynildson said. “If you pop one in your mouth, your face goes numb. In the beer, it adds black pepper and lemon zest notes, and it also gives this subtle tingle on the tongue.”

He added, “I can’t wait to try Agostino’s version. It will be fascinating to compare and contrast the final results between the same beer made separately in California and Italy.”

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LeftHand Brewing Brings Back Twin Sisters Double IPA and Homefront IPA

 Left Hand Brewing releases 3x IPAs for May
LHBC releases Twin Sisters Double IPA, Homefront IPA, & Introvert Session IPA
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LONGMONT, CO • May 21, 2015 - This May, Left Hand Brewing Co. is all about the IPA! Fresh off their release of their new Introvert Session IPA, Left Hand brings back the return of their biennial Twin Sisters Double IPA and military brewing collaboration Homefront IPA, just in time for summer 2015!  Both beers will be released in 22oz. bombers alongside Introvert sixpacks, offering fans an IPA adventure from double hop intensity to a laid back session. 

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Left Hand’s Double IPA offering is an expression of duality, showcasing the complexity of the ingredients, yet harmonious balance of the hops & malts. Twin Sisters grabs your nose upfront with its sweet pine and citrusy aromas. Flinty hop flavors take you from dreaming about wildflower honey to the tongue awakening Earthy, bitter hop resins that swirl in to finish. Balanced with a robust, earthy backbone, Twin Sisters is incredibly drinkable and approachable for a double IPA – a signature of Left Hand Brewing Company’s style. 

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Homefront IPA has been released just in time for Memorial Day! Homefront is an American IPA with biscuit, honey, and grapefruit pith notes, followed by a memorable dry, bitter finish. The beer is a collaboration produced by Hops for Heroes - ten U.S. breweries working together to raise funds and say "thank you" to all of the men and women who dedicate themselves to protecting our safety and our way of life.  This year, Homefront IPA will benefit Soldiers' Angels, an organization whose mission is to ensure that "No soldier goes unloved." Soldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population. All proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA will go directly to the cause. Left Hand’s Homefront offering has raised over $39K for military causes in its first two years of participation. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Samuel Adams and Webber Grills Join togethor To Combine Craft Beer And Grilling

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BOSTON, May 20, 2015 – The brewers at Samuel Adams have teamed up with the experts at Weber Grills to combine two of America’s favorite summer traditions, grilling and craft beer. Together, they have created the ultimate DIY activity for craft beer-loving, backyard pit-masters: Samuel Adams Summer Ale-soaked wood chips, designed to turn any gas or charcoal grill into a flavorful smoker. A recent survey found that half of American adults have never smoked meat on a grill, but almost 70% believe that grilling with beer would take their grilling to the next level. All the more reason to test-drive this simple smoking method that infuses grilled food with the delicious flavors of Samuel Adams beer.

When Samuel Adams Brewer and Director of Brewery Programs Jennifer Glanville got behind the grill with Weber Grill Master Kevin Kolman, they quickly discovered that soaking wood chips in Samuel Adams beer would add a new element to smoking on the grill. When placed on the hot coals of a charcoal grill or in a smoker tray on a gas grill, Weber Apple Wood Chips soaked in Samuel Adams Summer Ale infuse flavor into grilled food including a slightly sweet and citrusy note imparted by the lemon peel in Summer Ale to a subtle peppery flavor from Grains of Paradise used as a spice in the brew.

“As a brewer and self-proclaimed foodie, I’m constantly trying new ways to incorporate beer into my recipes,” said Glanville. “Kevin and I first started experimenting with wood chips soaked in beer last summer. We were amazed by their aroma on the grill, but then when we tasted food smoked with Weber’s Wood Chips soaked in Samuel Adams Summer Ale, we were blown away by the even bigger punch of flavor this method added to our recipes. This year, we developed an easy yet impactful DIY activity for beer-soaked wood chips that any backyard griller can use to impress family and friends while enjoying a Summer Ale.”

More than half (52%) of American adults have incorporated beer into their grilling recipes, and Weber Grill Master Kevin Kolman is one of them. “Smoking is one of my favorite grilling techniques, but adding Samuel Adams beer into the equation truly takes it to the next level,” says Kolman. “The flavors you can introduce by smoking with beer-soaked wood chips can’t be replicated by any other cooking technique. For best results, be sure to keep your grill lid closed to ensure the smoke permeates the food. It’s simple, delicious and combines the two flavorful worlds of grilling and craft beer.”

Samuel Adams Summer Ale-Soaked Wood Chips
Method developed by Kevin Kolman, Weber Grills:
  • To maximize the flavors and aromas of Samuel Adams Summer Ale, soak the wood chips for at least 30 minutes. The wood chips can be soaked by placing them in a bucket and covering them fully with Samuel Adams Summer Ale.
  • After soaking, remove the chips and drain excess beer. The wood chips should be damp, not dripping wet when placed in the grill to help prolong their ability to smolder, rather than burn, and add more beer flavor to the food. We recommend using Weber’s Apple Wood Chips.

Tips for Smoking on a Charcoal Grill:
  • Light a pile of charcoal briquettes on the grill grate, or for best results use a chimney starter to light your coals.
  • Sprinkle a handful of damp wood chips directly onto the coals once they are covered in white ash and place the lid on the grill. As smoke begins to pour out of the grill, place your food on top of the grill grate and re-cover. Be sure to position the vent on the opposite side of the charcoal to draw heat and smoke over the food as it leaves the grill.
  • Begin grilling the food, and add coals as necessary to maintain heat.

Tips for Smoking on a Gas Grill:
Some gas grills come with a built-in smoker box, which can simply be filled with the wood chips soaked in Summer Ale. If your grill doesn’t have a built-in smoker box, follow these simple steps:
  • Use the Weber Firespice Apple Smoker Tray which is pre-filled with the Apple Wood Chips.
  • The wood chips can be soaked by placing the entire pre-made tin in a bucket and covering it fully with Samuel Adams Summer Ale. Soak for at least 30 minutes to maximize flavor and allow the wood to fully absorb the beer.
  • When ready to grill, take the Weber Firespice Apple Smoker Tray out of the liquid using tongs and place directly on the heated grill grates (not under the grates).

Samuel Adams Summer Ale Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers
Recipe by Kevin Kolman, Weber Grills
Serves: 4-6
1-1½ pounds of extra-large shrimp, 16/20 count, (peeled and deveined), tails left on
½ tbsp. olive oil
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp. granulated garlic
1 tbsp. granulated onion
1 tbsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. paprika
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. cumin
2 bottles Samuel Adams Summer Ale

For the soaked wood chips:
2 large handfuls of Weber Firespice® Apple Wood Chips (for charcoal grill) or Weber Apple Smoker Tray
1 bottle Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Special equipment:
Metal or bamboo skewers
*If using bamboo skewers, soak in Samuel Adams Summer Ale for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling. Soaking them ensures they will not break and, as a bonus, infuses skewered food with the flavors of Summer Ale.

Soaked Wood Chips Method:
When ready to begin cooking, brush clean the cooking grates on your grill. Add two handfuls of the soaked, drained wood chips to the smoker box in your gas grill, or place directly on the ashed-over charcoal in your charcoal grill. Close the lid of the grill. Begin cooking when smoke appears from your grill.
*See full details above for wood chip soaking tips and methods for smoking on gas and charcoal grills.

Cooking Method:
Marinate shrimp with 2 bottles of Samuel Adams Summer Ale for 30 minutes. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550° F). In a medium-sized bowl combine all ingredients except the shrimp and olive oil. This will serve as a rub. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers, brush them with the olive oil, and sprinkle the rub over both sides.  When smoke appears from your grill after the wood chips have been added, grill the shrimp skewers over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until the shrimp are firm to the touch and opaque in the center, 3 to 5 minutes, turning once or twice. Once cooked, remove from the grill and enjoy with Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers Tasting Notes from Brewer Jennifer Glanville
Marinating shrimp in Summer Ale adds a subtle spice to the shrimp and soaking skewers in Summer Ale is an easy way to add more flavor to the shrimp. The subtle char from the grill balanced by the spices in the marinade emphasize the sweet, citrusy flavors of the Apple Wood Chips soaked in Summer Ale.

Courtesy of Boston Beer Co
Where to find Samuel Adams for your next BBQ:
  • Samuel Adams Summer Ale will be available nationwide from March through July in six-packs for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $7.99-$9.99, 12-packs (bottles and cans) for a SRP of $14.99-$17.99, 16 oz. single serve cans for a SRP of $1.99-$2.49 and on draft. It is also available in the Samuel Adams Beers of Summer Variety 12-Pack which also includes Boston Lager, Rebel Rider Session IPA and new brew, Downtime Pilsner, for a suggested retail price of $14.99-$17.99. (All prices vary by market.)
  • To find where Samuel Adams brews are sold near you, visit
  • Additional recipes and DIY tips available at
  • Show us your grilling skills #CookingWithSamAdams @SamuelAdamsBeers!

Where to find Weber Wood Chips:
·         Samuel Adams Summer Grilling Bucket will be available on the Samuel Adams e-store: The Summer Grilling Bucket will include a Samuel Adams metal bucket for soaking chips, Weber Apple Wood chips, two Samuel Adams glasses and a special Samuel Adams spatula for $29.99 (plus shipping). Or, Weber Wood Chips and the Weber Firespice Apple Smoker Tray are available at home improvement and hardware stores nationwide, or at

 *Survey conducted by Wakefield Research, an independent research provider. Respondents were American adults 21+ years of age.

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its single focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's leading craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit

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Hopworks Urban Brewery Announces The Release of HUB Hard Cider

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 Hopworks Urban Brewery Expands Its Core Line With Release of HUB Hard Cider

Portland, Ore - May 20, 2015 - Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of HUB Hard Cider in 16 oz. cans and on draft. Beginning June 1, the cider can be found throughout HUB’s distribution networks in Oregon and Washington, with a wider distribution beginning in the summer. In Portland, the release of the cider is celebrated with three release parties at local taprooms.

Nearly two years in the making, HUB Hard Cider represents HUB’s first packaged departure from beer. Receiving a winery license in August of 2014, HUB immediately began honing in recipes and testing them at both Hopworks’ brewpubs.

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As brewers we have had a lot of fun crafting this delicious cider with the local bounty of the Pacific Northwest,”  said HUB Brewmaster and Founder, Christian Ettinger. “We use our beer brewing experience and knowledge to bring a fresh approach to cider making. Our cider is simple and delicious and we are proud to serve it alongside our organic beer.”

With a goal of making a year round cider with high-organic content, HUB Hard Cider is proudly made from 60% organic apple juice concentrate and 40% fresh pressed apple juice. The cider juice is sourced entirely from the Northwest.

HUB Hard Cider is a semi-dry hard apple cider, straw colored with fresh apple aromas. Slightly tart with a Champagne-like acidity, HUB Hard Cider finishes slightly sweet and fruit-forward. The cider is naturally gluten-free and is 6.8% ABV. HUB will also offer HUB Hard Cider in 22 oz. bottles this summer.

Courtesy of Hop Works Urban Brewery

HUB Hard Cider Release Parties
To celebrate the release of HUB Hard Cider in cans, Hopworks is throwing three release parties in Portland. Each party will have games, giveaways, and cider on tap.

  • Mon. June 1, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Produce Row Cafe - 204 SE Oak St., Portland
  • Wed. June 3, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Roscoe’s - 8105 SE Stark St., Portland
  • Tues. June 9, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Hop & Vine - 1914 N. Killingsworth St., Portland

About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), a certified B Corporation, strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. In 2015 Hopworks expanded its range of sustainably-made offerings with HUB Hard Cider and will open its third pub at the Pine St. Marketplace in Downtown Portland. HUB is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. Visit Hopworks online at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.