Monday, October 20, 2014

New Stone Brewing Release:Smoked Porter With Chocolate and Orange Peel

Another Interesting beer coming out of the Stone Brewing Camp. See press release below.

Press Release:

ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 20, 2014) – In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co. is introducing a new, citrus-rich chocolaty iteration of the classic year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Today, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel begins shipping in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide.

“Since 2006, we’ve done experimental cask creations with Stone Smoked Porter and discovered how well it pairs with a broad range of ingredients, from chipotle peppers to vanilla beans,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “When trying out different combinations for this specific limited release, I was really impressed with how well chocolate and orange peel worked together and knew it had to be shared with our fans on a large scale.”

Orange peel was added post-fermentation to bring about a citrusy aroma and lingering, tangy flavor. The cocoa flavors come from the dark malts and addition of chocolate from Los Angeles-based ChocoVivo, which naturally augment the beer’s sweet, robust flavor. Magnum and Mt. Hood hops provide complex flavors, aromatics and a balanced bitterness that doesn’t overpower the chocolate and citrus qualities of the beer.

To fully enjoy the robust flavors present in Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel, the beer should be enjoyed within 120 days from the “bottled on” date found on the bottle neck. 

Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel Quick Facts
Name: Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel  
Stats: 5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning October 20
Hops bill: Magnum and Mt. Hood
Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, TV, WA, and Puerto Rico
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Tasting notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Pours deep brown with a tan head.
Aroma: Peat-smoked malt, orange peel and coffee with hints of cocoa.
Taste: First impression is the smoky flavor from the peat-smoked malt that characterizes our regular Stone Smoked Porter, followed immediately by a blast of orange peel and citrus. Cocoa and roast malt characters follow, but the orange peel is particularly prominent in the aftertaste.
Palate: Medium body with a light sweetness and citrus tang, along with balanced hop bitterness.
Overall: This is a fun beer to brew. We’ve loved this orange and chocolate flavor in beer for a long time, and our team has made several casks of this particular version that are always very popular. The orange notes blend in well with the dark-roasted malt character, and the peat-smoked malt adds layers of flavor.
Suggested pairings, provided by Stone Craft Beer Ambassador "Dr." Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Goat-cheese stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp, bacon-wrapped dates, pulled pork sliders, hummus, artichoke dip
Soups: Beef stew, lentil, New England-style clam chowder, French onion soup, chili con carne
Entrees: Pork tenderloin, lamb chops, filet mignon, stuffed Poblano peppers, Indian yellow curry
Desserts: Tiramisu, chocolate lava cake, oatmeal cookies, pecan pie, vanilla ice cream

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale and Imperiale Imperial Stout Available Through December 2014

Press Release:
EUGENE, Ore.—Oct. 15 2014—Returning to Ninkasi Brewing Company’s winter line-up Sleigh’r, Dark Doüble Alt Ale, and Imperiale, Imperial Stout, will be available this month throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint through December.

Hailing from traditional beer styles, these beers were brewed with winter in mind – dark and smooth.

Brewed in the traditional German Alt way, Sleigh’r is darker than its traditional heritage, profiling a malt-forward, dry and toasty beer from Ninkasi’s Seasonal Release Series. “Sleigh’r is a true tribute to the spirited nature of the season,” says Ninkasi founding brewer and co-owner, Jamie Floyd. “A dark, rich toasted-malt flavor is balanced by just enough hop bitterness to make this winter offering deceptively easy to drink.”

Making its way back to Ninkasi’s Special Release Series is Imperiale. This Imperial Stout offers lots of roasted malt flavor, along with a rich, smooth and warming body. “Impeirale is the perfect beer to accompany any winter gathering, pairing well with hearty foods of the season,” says Floyd.

Both beers are available through December across Ninkasi’s distribution footprint: Oregon; Alaska; Arizona; California; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sleigh’r  Stats
Style: Dark Doüble Alt Ale
Series: Seasonal Release Series

ABV: 7.2
IBU: 50
Starting Gravity: 1068
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Available: On draft, 12 and 22-ounce bottles
Description: A delicious Northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark doüble alt ale, malty and delicious, it's sure to keep the winter at bay. And yes, Sleigh'r does rock!
Tasting Notes: An alt ferments with ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives alts a more refined and crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The doüble alt means that it has been “Ninkasified." Regular alts are 5 to 5.5 percent ABV and 40 IBUs. Sleigh'r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and has 7.2 percent ABV and 50 IBUs keeping it in a perfect alt balance!

Imperiale Stats
Style: Imperial Stout
Special Release Series
Starting Gravity:
2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Carafa
Hops: Nugget
Available: On draft, 22-ounce bottles
Description: Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front. Dark malt flavors are balanced with an ample hop bitterness to finish.
Tasting Notes: Roasted malt up front, with a smooth and creamy body warming the mouth. Caramel, toffee, molasses and a touch of coffee notes are present but unified in one amazingly drinkable beer. Let us bundle you up!

Black Widow Porter Released Today At All McMenamins Locations

 Black Widow Porter from McMenamins is being released today on tap and in bottles through October 31st at all McMenamins locations. Black Widow Porter has a long history, as it was created and brewed on October 15,1991 at the Thompson Brewery and Public House location in Salem,OR and brewed each year after. Now All McMenamins breweries make Black Widow Porter and release the beer during the short window of October 15th through Halloween. So get out and find a McMenamins and grab a pint of Black Widow Porter before it crawls away.

Beer Info:
Malts Used: Bairds Pale Malt, Great Western Munich, Great Western Flaked Barley, Great Western Wheat, Bairds 135/165L Crys­tal, Bairds Roast Material, Bairds Black Malt
Hops Used:
Horizon (Bittering & Flavor)
Additional Ingredient:
Licorice Root
ABV: 7.35%    IBU: 41   SRM: 38

 Thanks McMenamins for the sample.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Top Rung Brewing Introduces Their Newest Beer: Trashed Pumpkin

Press Release –  October 8, 2014

Top Rung Brewing - Introduces their newest beer: Trashed Pumpkin

Beer Story
– Not to be out done by the Pumpkin Spice Latte trend Top Rung Brewing is releasing their version of Pumpkin Beer.  The addition of over 80 lbs of pumpkin along with special spices makes for a truly tasty and spooky themed beer.

Technical Information:

Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Malts: 2-Row, Vienna, Caramel 40, Caramel 75, Oats, Pale Chocolate
Hops: Willamette and Cascade
Yeast: English
ABV: 5.8%
IBU: 34
Pumpkin: American – 80lbs
Spices: Vanilla, Clove, Mace, Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2014

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Thursday 4-9pm
Friday 2-9pm
Saturday 2-9pm
Starting mid-October, we’ll be open Sundays!

Join us Saturday, October 11th for our Hoptober Fall Party - Games, Food, Music (starts at 6), Fun and Great Beer! 2-9pm at the Brewery.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden Expansion Grand Opening

 Fremont Brewing has expanded the Urban Beer Garden tasting room. Grand Opening celebration will be this Saturday, October 11. See press release info below.

Press Release:
Fremont Brewing Company has expanded its tasting room, the Urban Beer Garden, and will host a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, October 11. Festivities will begin with a ribbon cutting at noon and include free swag for the first 50 customers, a special tap list, food by Uneeda Burger, music by the Porterbelly String Band, and a children’s raffle.
WHEN:Saturday, October 11, 2014  
 Noon – 3:00 p.m. (UBG open until 9:00pm)

WHY:“We’ve learned that if we keep adding tables, more people will keep coming so we wanted a bigger, more cozy tasting room, especially for the winter months,” explained Matt Lincecum. “We’ve been building for so long and now that it’s finally done, we want to throw a big party to celebrate!” The 3,000 square foot addition features an indoor stone fireplace and twenty additional taps offering both Fremont Brewing and guest beers. Expanded seating and additional registers will accommodate the increasing numbers of customers.

Founder/Owner Matt Lincecum will cut the ribbon and welcome the public and media.   

Fremont Brewing Company, 3409 Woodland Park Avenue North, 98103. Entrance on N.34th St., ample bicycle parking, Metro lines 26, 31, 32, free parking available across the street

Grand Opening Taplist:

UBG West
  1. UPA
  2. IPA
  3. Wheat
  4. Dark Star
  5. Cowiche FH
  6. Cowiche FH Mosaic
  7. Interurban FH (Citra)
  8. Bonfire
  9. Harvest
  10. Kolsch
  11. Soda
  12. Porter
UBG East
  1. Soda
  2. Cowiche FH
  3. Cowiche FH Mosaic
  4. Interurban FH (Citra)
  5. Wheat
  6. Harvest
  7. Kolsch
  8. Trifecta
  9. Porter
  10. Dark Star
  11. UPA
  12. IPA
  13. Bonfire
  14. Randall #1
  15. KDS
  16. Westland Rye Saison
  17. OBR (1/4 barrel)
  18. Brother
  19. Brew 1000
  20. 1st Nail (Rusty)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sour Beers to My Doorstep? Yes Please!

Last Wednesday (9/24) while on Twitter I saw a posting from Inside the Cellar about some new beers  they'd acquired and had available for purchase on their website. Emily and I have never bought beers online before, but since these were beers I couldn't acquire locally, I figured why not try it out and  see how the process goes. Nine days later and my shipment of 5 bottles has arrived! I'm going downstairs to drink one in just a minute...

The process of ordering the beer through the Inside the Cellar website was easy. Make an account, go though the store and pick your products, checkout and pick your shipping preference, pay, and done. I received multiple emails along the way, detailing, account registration, purchase, and shipping.  It was really nice to get the status updates, in large part so we could figure out when to be home to sign for the Fed-Ex package. The beers, as you see above, came well-packed and all the bottles were intact with no issues.

Also included in the box were receipts and shipping information, a hand written thank you note (nice touch!), and tasting notes. These people seem thorough!

So what did we order? Here it is: from The Bruery Oude Tart and Atomic Kangarue, from Prairie Artisian Ales  two bottles of Cherry Funk, and one bottle of Heirloom Pumpkin from Almanac Beer Co.

With my first online beer shipment done, I'm very happy with how the process went. I'll definitely be doing online beer shopping again, especially for those hard to find beers.

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Sierra Nevada Releasing Snowpack A Mixed Seasonal 12-Pack.


Press Release:
Chico, CA—October 1, 2014—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. filled its third and final seasonal mixed 12-pack of the year with beers that ward off winter’s bite. Aptly named, Snowpack features two brand new beers and two steadfast recipes. The variety pack starts heading to distributors this week and will be available through January 2015. Whether harnessing the comfort of coffee or borrowing a little bit of summer from the Southern Hemisphere, Snowpack helps uplift those hunkering down for the storm.

  • Boomerang IPA is a blend of American brewing style with Southern Hemisphere flavor. Sierra Nevada added heaps of vibrant Australian hops to this bold beer. With a light, balanced malt body and compelling floral and fruity hop aromas, Boomerang is an intriguing international spin on the classic IPA.
  • Coffee Stout combines the best of Sierra Nevada’s two favorite brews—coffee and beer. The brewery blended the hearty flavors of coffee with dark roasted malts to create a complex and layered mix of dark chocolate, caramel and light fruity notes punctuated with a roasty, dry finish for the perfect cold-weather drink.
  • Porter was part of Sierra Nevada’s inaugural lineup decades ago. Its big malt flavor earned it permanence, and craft drinkers continue to relish the rich, bittersweet and roasted gem. Medium bodied and balanced by crisp American hops, Porter is a great finale to a long winter’s day of work.
  • Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to beer drinkers every day. It is—as it always has been—all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold. 
“This mixed pack is a fun cross section of our brewery, a bit of a timeline” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “I remember roasting malted barley in my own kitchen in the early days of Porter, and today we’re using coffee to create really complex flavors. I took road trips in the 70s to get my hands on Cascade hops, and here we are teaming up with friends in Australia who are growing new and exciting varieties. Snowpack shows how fun of a ride craft beer continues to be.”

As Snowpack makes its way into stores, folks can track down the variety pack using Sierra Nevada’s Beer Locator. The brewery is dialing in its 2015 lineup, which will weave in a fourth seasonal variety 12-pack to fill the calendar with even more diversity for craft drinkers

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Lompoc Brewing Monster Mash Imperial Porter Release Party this Wednesday.

Lompoc is releasing its perennial October favorite, Monster Mash Imperial Porter, this Wednesday, October 1st from 4pm to close at 5th Quadrant (3901 N Williams Ave). No graveyard bash is complete without a batch of this monster brew, a full-bodied, full-flavored mash up of a half dozen dark specialty malts. Chocolate, rauch smoked and kiln coffee grains hint at this big brew's profile. The malty sweetness is balanced nicely with the bitter notes of dark chocolate and coffee, alongside Centennial, Cascade and Willamette hops. At 8.1%, it's a monster indeed! Available on draft and in 22 oz bottles. 

Sir Pamplemousse will be in attendance.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Top Rung Brewing New beer Release - 360 Red -This Saturday.

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Introduces their newest beer:

360 Red 

Beer Story – There’s a double meaning behind the name. (360) is the area code for the local here in Lacey, WA. Three Sixty also has a Firefighter meaning: A complete 360-degree assessment must be complete in order to size up an incident.

Technical Information:
Beer: Red Ale
Malts: Red X, 2-Row, Oats and Chocolate Malt
Hops: Cascade and Nugget
Yeast: American
ABV: 5.8% IBU: 34
Release Date: Sept 27, 2014

Tap Room Hours:
Thursday 4-9pm
Friday 2-9pm
Saturday 2-9pm
Starting mid-October, we’ll be open Sundays!

October 11th Come Join us for the 6 Month Anniversary Party – Great Beer, and BBQ.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival Generated $32.6 Million For The Local Economy

2014 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $32.6 Million for Local Economy

Economic impact study shows significant trends in craft brewing and craft beer tourism
Press Release:
PORTLAND, Ore. – Sept. 23, 2014 – A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2014 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) at $32.5 Million, a 3.8 percent increase from the 2013 festival.

Jeff Dense, Professor of Political Science at Eastern Oregon University, and a team of students and volunteers administered 759 on-site interviews at this summer's 27th annual festival from July 23 to 27.

The analysis utilized IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning) data and software package to estimate the economic impact of the festival on Multnomah County. The 2014 OBF generated an estimated $20.9 Million in direct, $6.1 Million in indirect (additional input purchases made by local businesses) and $5.5 Million in induced (expenditures by employees from wages paid by companies in direct contact with tourists) economic impact.

“The Oregon Brewers Festival, and craft beer tourism, continues to have a significant economic impact on the Portland economy,” Dense said.

One of the most important findings of the study is the increasingly important role women are playing in the craft beer industry; nearly half (44.8%) of this year's OBF attendees were female. According to Dense, "Women are the future of the craft beer industry."

Respondents were queried on demographic factors, along with estimates of OBF related expenditures in tourism-related categories, including transportation,
lodging, meals, gasoline purchases, non-beer related recreation, beer purchased to take home, and expenditures at the OBF.

Findings of the study include:

  • A majority (56.8%) of OBF patrons were out-of-town visitors.
  • Visitors from Washington, California and Canada comprised 30.6% of total OBF patrons.
  • 41.1% of respondents were attending OBF for the first time.
  • 25.4% of OBF patrons were 50 years or older.
  • The average out-of-town visitor spent $674.
  • Lodging ($9.1 Million) accounted for the largest share of OBF expenditures.
  • State and local government received $1.87 Million in indirect business taxes.
  • 42.3% of OBF patrons utilized mass transit to attend the festival.

This was the fourth year of the study; 2011 estimated the estimated economic impact of the festival at $23.2 Million, 2012 came in at $30 Million, and 2013 showed $31.2 Million.