Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ninkasi Brewing Hop Cooler Joins Flagship Series

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EUGENE, Ore.—July 21, 2016—Ninkasi Brewing Company announces Hop Cooler Citrus IPA to join its year-round Flagship Series. Starting August 22, Hop Cooler will be available in 12oz. 6-packs, 22oz. bottles, and on-draft across the brewery’s distribution territory.

Hop Cooler made its debut this past January as part of Ninkasi’s Special Release Series. “We worked hard on this recipe to craft a super juicy beer,” explains Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “Combining four powerhouse hops and real orange and tangerine peel, we were able to achieve an IPA that perfectly accomplishes what we set out to do; like many of our fans, I can’t stop ordering it.”

Brewed with sweet orange and tangerine peel, Hop Cooler is a flavorful balance of juicy citrus and an assertive hop bitterness. “This one’s gorgeous in terms of execution,” says John Holl, All About Beer editor. “The core hop bitterness steers things, but quickly opens up into expansive layers of grassy, dense citrus: Orange peel, pulpy grapefruit, sweet lemon.”

To promote the release of Hop Cooler to a year-round offering, Ninkasi introduces an exclusive Hop Cooler tap handle featured wherever the beer will be poured on-draft.

Hop Cooler joins Ninkasi’s Flagship Series as its eighth year-round beer. “The Flagship Series offers a full spectrum of beers for all beer drinkers to enjoy,” says Floyd. Included in the Flagship Series lineup are Total Domination IPA, Easy Way IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Helles Belles Lager.

JOIN THE PRE-RELEASE PARTY, SAT. JULY 23!
Snag a taste of Hop Cooler Citrus IPA before it hits the market at the Pre-Release Party, July 23 from 12-10pm at the Ninkasi Tasting Room (272 Van Buren St., Eugene, OR). Live music starts at 6pm.

Hop Cooler Stats
Bright and tropical, this India Pale Ale brilliantly layers a citrusy blend of orange and tangerine with a robust hop profile. Crafted with real citrus and packed with as much flavor as a hop cooler, you won’t be able to stop at just one sip of this fresh and fruity beer.

·         Style: Citrus IPA
·         Series: Flagship Series
·         Available: Year-round starting late August 2016
·         ABV: 7.2%
·         IBU: 74
·         Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Acidulated, Honey
·         Hops: Equinox, Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra
·         Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft
·         Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia
·         Tasting Notes: Boasting serious citrus juiciness, tangerine, orange and grapefruit solidly shine alongside the hop profile. A big, citrus aroma is followed by a hop bitterness up-front and a crisp, malt background. This beer finishes slightly bitter in part from the use of real fruit peel.
·         Food Pairings         Citrus Salads, Ceviche, Fish Tacos, Poultry, Pork, Beef, Burgers, Spicy Foods

To view the entire Ninkasi lineup, visit: www.ninkasibrewing.com.

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About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Easy Way IPA, Helles Belles Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ghostfish Brewing Wins 3 Medals at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship


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Seattle, WA – The sound of heavy metal can be heard within the walls of the Ghostfish Brewery and we’re not talking about screeching guitars and booming drums. We’re talking about gold, silver and bronze medals! Ghostfish Brewing Company recently learned that three of their beers received medals at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship within the Gluten-Free Beer category.

Ghostfish Grapefruit IPA received the prestigious gold medal; Kai Dog Red IPA was awarded the silver medal and the 1st Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout won the bronze medal.

“Sweeping the gluten-free beer category feels really good,” stated co-owner and Director of Sales & Marketing Brian Thiel. “We aim to produce the highest quality beers utilizing the best gluten-free ingredients. These awards mean as much to our organization as they do to the suppliers of our gluten- free malted grains. They allow us to continue pushing the boundaries of beer!”

Grapefruit IPA is a year-round offering from Ghostfish and is available in draft and 12oz cans. Kai Dog Red IPA is the brewery’s first seasonal packaged beer available in draft and 22oz bottles. The 1st Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout is a beer that was released to commemorate the brewery’s successful first year of business. This limited release packaged beer is available in 22oz bottles.

“There’s nothing easy about making beer the way we do,” said Brewmaster & co-owner Jason Yerger. “A huge victory like this is proof positive that the hard work we put in is absolutely worth it.”

About Ghostfish Brewing Company

Ghostfish Brewing is the first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery located in Washington state. Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye or oats. Ghostfish brews five year-round beers; Watchstander Stout (2015 GABF® Gold Gluten Free Beer), Vanishing Point Pale Ale (2015 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten Free Beer), Shrouded Summit Witbier, Grapefruit IPA (2015 GABF® Bronze Gluten Free Beer), and Peak Buster Double IPA. The production brewery and taproom are located at 2942 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA.

To find all Ghostfish beers near you: ghostfishbrewing.com/retailers Learn more at ghostfishbrewing.com


Double Mountain Molten Lava Imperial IPA Added to Summer Beer Line Up

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Hood River, OR - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases their seasonal Molten Lava Imperial IPA. A taproom favorite since 2008, this aggressive IPA is currently available on draft and by bottle at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown Hood River. Molten Lava can be found in both bottles and on draft throughout the Northwest, British Columbia, and Southern California as early as mid-July, 2016.

"Molten is a trouble maker for me.  It's big, aromatic, and beautiful, and just so damn drinkable that the ABV sneaks up on ya.  One it hits your lips, it just goes right down!"-Matt Coughlin, brewer.


Courtesy of Double Mountain Brewing Co

Molten Lava
Imperial IPA
9% ABV, 90+ BU

Description: Molten Lava is the most aggressive IPA Double Mountain brews, yet it manages a great balance while still achieving full hop overdrive. Dry-hopped with enormous bagfuls of whole hop flowers, which provide added aroma and flavor without harsh bitterness. 9% ABV, 90+BU


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About Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom: Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Double Mountain opened with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Double Mountain’s unique location lends to not only using pure and clean glacial water for their beers, but they also take advantage of regionally grown hops. Double Mountain’s long-aged beers deliver maximum flavor and character. They can be found on tap and in bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and will be available in their Portland, OR location in the South East Woodstock neighborhood upon opening in July/August 2016. Learn more atwww.doublemountainbrewery.com

Ecliptic Brewing Brings Home Six More Medals

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PORTLAND, Ore. (July 18, 2016)– This has been quite the year so far for Ecliptic Brewing when it comes to winning awards at local, national, and worldwide beer competitions.  Most recently, Ecliptic brought home a total of six medals at the North American Beer Awards (NABA) and the US Open Beer Championships.  This comes on the heels of wins at World Beer Cup, Best of Craft Beer Awards, and the Oregon Beer Awards.  One thing is clear, the Ecliptic brew team led by Owner and Brewmaster John Harris, is brewing up some great beer in 2016.

“Our team has been hard at work and it feels great to have those efforts recognized,” said Owner and Brewmaster John Harris. “Seeing the continued success of Capella Porter, Orbiter IPA bringing home a medal, and other beers being celebrated makes us very proud.”

Find out more details about Ecliptic’s most recent accomplishments below.

North American Beer Awards
This is an annual competition sanctioned by the North American Brewers Association.  The event is conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering within each category.  This year was the 20th year for this competition.

Ecliptic Brewing brought home the following:
·         Gold Medal, Orange Giant Barleywine
o   American Style Barleywine
·         Silver Medal, Capella Porter
o   Brown Porter
·         Bronze Medal, Orbiter IPA
o   English Style IPA
For a complete list of the 2016 NABA Awards winners, visit here.

US Open Beer Championships
This is an annual competition held in the US.  This year there were nearly 5,000 beer entries across over 90 beer categories this year.
Ecliptic Brewing brought home the following:
·         Gold Medal, Capella Porter
o   Brown Porter
·         Gold Medal, Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine
o   Wood/Barrel-Aged Barleywine
·         Silver Medal, Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout
o   Wood/Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

For a complete list of the 2016 US Open Beer Championship winners, visit here.

About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spica Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Phobos Single Hop Red Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

Ecliptic beers are available at the brewery (825 North Cook St), in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast), Summit Distribution (Southern Oregon), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), Freedom Distributors (North Carolina), BeerThirst (Canada), and Graybeal (Eastern Oregon).

Vancouver Brewers Win Shiny Things from WA Beer Awards

Vancouver  WA, Winning Brewers - Courtesy of Brewcouver




The Couve Collects Ten Medals from Washington's Premiere Beer Awards


There are over 300 licensed breweries now operating in the State of Washington. Each summer, the Washington Brewers Guild assembles those breweries for a festival and awards event at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA for the Washington Beer Awards.

Three beers are awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals in each of over 40 different style categories. On Saturday, June 18th the 2016 winners were announced.

This year, Vancouver, WA had it's largest ever representation at the event. The burgeoning beer scene in Southwest Washington showcased the region's quality by bringing home a total of 10 medals from four different breweries.

Vancouver's winning breweries and beers:

Fortside snatched up two medals. The nearly one-year-old brewery brought home GOLD for Cocoa-Fied Imperial Stout and SILVER for Barrel-Fied Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. These are the first medals for Fortside Brewing - a new brewery that is already accomplishing the mission it set out on - "to make Southwest Washington #BEERSTRONG".

If you've visited Ghost Runners Brewery, you know what they're all about - medals. You'll find medals hanging from the walls and even served up with your pint. But the medals you'll find strewn about their tables are for participation in their other passion - distance running. This medal isn't likely to be available for you to fondle while you sip a 5K IPA or Hellacious Repeats IIPA. Ghost Runners brought home SILVER for their Phantom Rojo in the Imperial Red Ale category.

The tribe at Heathen took in the most medals among Vancouver breweries. You can find these award-winners on tap at their Feral Public House in downtown Vancouver - a pub that celebrated it's one year anniversary on July 15th. Heathen was awarded GOLD for Absolution Kolsch, GOLD for Vantucky Pale, SILVER for Highland Charge Wee Heavy and SILVER for Mighty Craic Irish Red. Heathen also snatched up some North American Beer Awards medals in Boise last month.

Just as these guys were coming down off the high of their World Beer Cup medal in April, they've collected 3 more accolades at the Washington Beer Awards. Of course, Grimlock Rye Porter - the World Beer Cup Silver Award Winner - took GOLD in the Rye Beer category. Loowit grabbed a second GOLD for Two-Sixteen Red Ale along with SILVER for Flawless Victory IPA.

Vancouver WA Brewery Medals from Washington Beer Awards - Courtesy of Brewcouver


VISIT BREWCOUVER

Brewcouver is the brewery passport for Vancouver, Washington. Beer lovers can pick up a passport for FREE at any Vancouver brewery and earn prizes for enjoying award-winning brews while exploring the growing beer community in one of the northwest's oldest cities. Meet all of Vancouver's breweries at www.Brewcouver.com.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Coronado Brewing Company Launches Stingray IPA in Cans

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San Diego, CA - July 15, 2016 -- Coronado Brewing Company's award-winning Stingray IPA is now available for the first time in cans. The can launch is a continuation of the company's brand refresh that kicked off earlier this year; highlighting the company's coastal lifestyle and San Diego roots. Stingray IPA is the company's fourth year-round offering in cans, following the release of Islander IPA, Orange Avenue Wit, and Easy Up Pale Ale earlier this year. The company is releasing Stingray IPA in 12-ounce can six-packs, in addition to 12-ounce bottles and on draft. 

While Coronado Brewing Company continues to grow as a global brand, the cofounders are adamant about staying true to its local roots. "A big part of living in San Diego is getting outside, and being close to the water. Cans are the perfect extension of that lifestyle, allowing us to take beer where we couldn't before," said Rick Chapman, President & Cofounder, Coronado Brewing. "We are excited to see consumers enjoy cans of Stingray IPA in in their favorite places." 
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Stingray IPA is an easy-drinking Imperial IPA brewed with a blend of Citra, Mosaic, Southern Cross and Simcoe hops, for a ripe, tropical fruitiness. Since the brand was first introduced in 2015, it has gained a cult-like following as well as critical acclaim, including a recent Gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship. "Stingray IPA is one of our fastest-growing brands, and that, coupled with increased consumer demand for cans, is a great combination," said Brandon Richards, VP Sales & Marketing, Coronado Brewing. "While a bulk of our sales continue to be in the traditional bottle format, we have seen a huge increase in cans and we don't foresee that trend slowing anytime soon." 

Stingray IPA will be available beginning early July in 18 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida and Rhode Island. For more information about the beer and availability, visit www.coronadobrewing.com/beer/stingray-ipa. Stay Coastal. Cheers. 

Courtesy of Coronado Brewing Co
Stingray IPA specs:
Style:              Imperial IPA
ABV:               7.9 %
Bitterness:      48 IBU
Package:        12-ounce cans and bottles, on draft
Release:         Cans available early July; year-round offering
Availability:     Beer Finder

Packaging copy: 
Named after a serene Coronado shoreline where locals soak up sun and suds. This easy-drinking IPA will transport you to a tropical paradise the moment it hits your lips. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Southern Cross hops provide flavors and aromas of tropical fruits and sun-kissed citrus with soft accents of nectarine and peach.
 
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About Coronado Brewing Company
In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. Today CBC stays true to their San Diego roots, brewing abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales, which are available today in 18 US states and twelve countries. In addition to the long-established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside their newly built San Diego production facility in early 2013, and a tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach, California in 2014. Coronado Brewing Company was honored in 2014 with one of the brewing industry's most prestigious awards-World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a Mid-size Brewing Company.

Links:
Instagram: @CoronadoBrewing
Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing
#MermaidSighting

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Great American Beer Festival® Celebrates 35 Years with the Largest Showcase of American Breweries. Ever.

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What: For the 35th year in a row, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the premier beer festival and competition in the U.S. With 379,000 square feet in the tasting hall, an anticipated 60,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries.
 
When:                          Thursday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                                    Friday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                                    Saturday, October 8*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                                    *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session
                                    Saturday, October 8: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Where:                         Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado

Why: GABF has been bringing exceptional brewers and beer lovers together since 1982. Evolving with the booming craft beer industry and keeping up with Americans’ desire to tap into indie beer, GABF is now the single largest ticketed beer festival and event with the biggest selection of beers in the U.S. Attendees have an opportunity to try a varied assortment of beers from all corners of the country and experience the eclectic U.S. beer community. Coupled with a private competition and awards ceremony, the overall event showcases the U.S. as the greatest and most diverse brewing destination on the planet.

Ticket Info: GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT via Ticketmaster.com.

A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on August 2 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. You must purchase a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 24, 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale.

Members-Only Session tickets are $65 each, with a two ticket limit per member number.
 
General Session tickets are $80 public/$75 members (if purchased during the members only sale on August 2) and include:
·         Commemorative tasting cup
·         Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of 3,800 beers
·         Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
·         Access to dozens of educational and interactive seminars across all four sessions, focused on beer appreciation
·         Opportunity to speak with brewery representatives in the Meet the Brewer Hall
·         Complimentary artisan cheese samples, craft soda samples and a variety of other food options
·         Entertainment including games, karaoke, Silent Disco with a live DJ and more
 
Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer.
 

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Media Access:              To apply for media credentials, please visit the media access section of the GABF website.

Website:                       GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com

Note to Editors:            Please visit the following links for event b-roll footage and photos.

Story Ideas: GABF Competition: Not only about sampling quality beer, GABF is also a beer competition one of the world’s largest and most distinguished. 2016 is expected to see nearly 7,000 beers from over 1,600 breweries competing in 96 beer style categories for their chance at the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals as named by GABF’s prestigious beer judges. (Note: final, official competition statistics will be published on Saturday, October 8, after competition results are compiled and medals are announced.)
 
Craft Beer and Business: Dive deeper into the growth of craft beer and beer culture in America. According to data recently released by the Brewers Association, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. is at an all-time high of more than 4,600 breweries, 99% of which are indie breweries. At GABF, discover the economic impact these small and independent brewers are having on our country, what’s next for the thriving industry and more.

Beer and Food: What’s better than a good beer? A delicious bite to pair. Embracing the growing popularity of beer and food pairings, Paired, formerly known as the Farm to Table Pavilion, provides an intimate setting to indulge attendees’ senses. Paired will feature 21 of the most renowned chefs from around the country, possessing accolades ranging from Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation and more, who will personally plate their dishes for guests and discuss the dynamic pairings. Exclusive craft beers served in Paired are available only in this pavilion and not in the festival hall. As in previous years, a separate ticket ($145) is required for entrance. Paired tickets are available exclusively to members of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association and as such, can only be purchased during the members only sale on August 2.

More Information:        Click here for Great American Beer Festival history, facts and figures.

2016 Sponsors: GABF is made possible by the support of generous sponsors.

Social Media: Follow @GABF on Twitter, hashtag #GABF and #TGIGABF; Like GABF on Facebook; and follow @greatamericanbeerfestival on Instagram.

 

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About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.

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