Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oskar Blues Fooderies Craft-Casual Concept CHUBurger Opening A 3rd Location In The RiNo arts district In Denver.

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Craft-Casual Dining and Live Music Heading for RiNo in Early 2016
Longmont, Colo. - Oskar Blues Fooderies craft-casual concept CHUBurger brings handcrafted burgers, an extensive beer selection and a live local music scene to the RiNo arts district in Denver. The 3,700 sq. ft. facility located at 3490 Larimer will feature an outdoor burger/beer garden and is slated to open in early 2016.
CHUBurger is known for inventive burgers made with high quality, Hops & Heifers Farm approved, 100 percent Angus beef. The Oskar Blues farm, Hop & Heifers, partners with Meyer Natural Angus to provide premium beef free of antibiotics and hormones that is grass-fed using spent grain.
Expect more than just basic beef burgers. CHUBurger serves up a BUFFburger made with fresh all-natural local bison, an OMEGAburger featuring wild Coho salmon with Greek yogurt tartar sauce, and the BERKburger with a Hops & Heifers raised heritage Berkshire pork patty topped with blue cheese, butter and bacon.  Build your own burgers with fresh options available to fit your artsy or hipster side.
No burger is complete without a side of fries. Dive neck-deep into a plate of fresh hand-cut fries served plain or with roasted shoshito peppers and get addicted to the home-made Oskar Blues ginger ketchup.
"Our fooderies feature handcrafted food to pair with our handcrafted beer," said chef Jason Rogers. "We make a damn good burger that's as good as the beer we brew."

The extensive craft beer tap and bottle/CAN lineup will include Oskar Blues Brewery's core brews along with seasonal and limited releases. Local wine will also be served on tap alongside other signature drinks. "Try before you die" frozen custard shakes and root beer floats using Oskar Blues' B. Stiff and Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer delivers something the whole family can enjoy.
Can't wait to get your CHUBurger on until 2016? Visit current locations in Longmont and Coors Field until then. CHUBurger RiNo will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Take-out, catering and outdoor seating available.
About Oskar Blues Fooderies

A few things that will always go together at Oskar Blues Fooderies: Craft Beer, Fresh Ingredients, Live Music and our Family & Friends. As a multi concept restaurant group OBF is focused on creating a special occasion every day. Chef/Partner Jason Rogers and Director of Ops/Partner Anita Gray oversee Oskar Blues Fooderies, creating, growing and sustaining the restaurants on a minute by minute basis.
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while approaching 200,000 barrels in 2015.
In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that community puts its spin on doin' good by supporting Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs in communities around the US.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Alaskan Brewing Moves to New Distributor in Seattle

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Existing partnership and great product knowledge make The Odom Corporation a natural choice

(Oct. 2, 2015 – Juneau, Alaska)  Alaskan Brewing has announced a switch in distributor partners in the Seattle area, moving to The Odom Corporation, which has operated in the Seattle market since 2005. Odom has been distributing Alaskan products in Eastern Washington since 2004. Odom and Alaskan Brewing have the additional connection of both being family-founded businesses with a long history in the Pacific Northwest.

 “We have known the Odom family for years and have had a great working relationship in Eastern Washington, so we are very excited to be working with them in the Seattle market,” said Geoff Larson, co-founder of Alaskan Brewing. “With their long-term knowledge of our product line, we are confident that this partnership will yield immediate benefits to both Alaskan Brewing and to The Odom Corporation.”

Alaskan Brewing was founded in Juneau in 1986 by Geoff and his wife Marcy Larson, and today ranks as one of the top 20 craft breweries in the U.S.  Odom was founded in 1934 by Milt Odom, and so the two companies have worked in the same industry and markets for decades.

“We are proud to represent the Alaskan Brewing brands in the Pacific Northwest,” said Adam Hilpert, Chief Executive Officer of The Odom Corporation. “Alaskan is a perfect fit for The Odom Corporation and we look forward to expanding our relationship with Alaskan Brewing to include the Seattle market. The brewery’s ongoing commitment to brew quality products aligns with Odom’s commitment to providing the best in craft beer offerings”.

Alaskan Brewing fans in Seattle should see no interruption in buying Alaskan at their favorite bar, restaurant or store, but will soon be seeing the beer on even more store shelves and tap handles.

“We have always had a close connection to Seattle and Washington State,” Larson said. “It is our second largest market, next to Alaska, and our states are tightly linked with shared economies, our residents have a strong commitment to our natural surroundings, and of course both Seattleites and Alaskans know that the great outdoors can be made even better with a great craft beer.”

The transition to Odom as the new distributor in Seattle will be occurring during October and should be fully complete by Nov.1.

Ecliptic Brewing Celebrates Second Anniversary

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 Portland Craft Brewery Hosts Intergalactic Party on Oct. 24

Portland, Ore. (October 2, 2015) – Ecliptic Brewing is turning two, and to celebrate the Mississippi neighborhood favorite will host its annual Intergalactic Party featuring live music, food, special release beers and fun on Saturday, Oct. 24.

“We’ve had an exciting second year here at the brewery and are looking forward to continuing that momentum in the future,” said Harris. “This is an opportunity for us to celebrate all of those successes with the fans and customers who have supported us during our first two years, and invite folks who haven’t yet made it to the brewery to come for a great time.”

During the Intergalactic Party Ecliptic will offer a selection of special beers from its vault, in addition to its special anniversary beer Strawberry Moon Sour Ale, which debuts on Oct. 20. Offerings include:
  • Orange Giant Bourbon Barleywine
  • Ellipsing the Sun Ale collaboration with Cigar City
  • Gin Barrel Aged Orbiter IPA
  • Facula Tripel Wit Belgian- 1.5 years old
  • Tarantula Belgian Style Double
  • Izar Belgian Strong Pale
  • Aurora Crimson Saison with Brett
  • Ultraviolet Blackberry Sour

Chef Michael Molitor will create a complimentary Amuse Bouche for all Intergalactic attendees. Guests can round out their celebration with the restaurant’s house-braised rib, which are currently on the seasonal menu.. Ecliptic will also host a few bands throughout the day, including The Minus Five. Additionally, exclusive anniversary t-shirts will be available for sale.
Ecliptic Brewing is located at 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227. For more information on the anniversary events or brewery, please call 503.265.9002 or visit
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, Capella Porter, Phobos Extra Single Hop Red Ale and Orbiter IPA. In 2014, Ecliptic Brewing was voted best brewpub by Northwest Brewing News readers, and the brewery’s Filament Winter IPA was named favorite winter ale by Oregon Beer Growler. For more information, visit:

No-Li Brewhouse Releasing Slacker 6-Packs

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Spokane, WA…Recently, there have been quite a few changes happening within the craft beer industry that raise some concern about local breweries’ independence. No-Li Brewhouse decided to send their message loud and clear with their newest 6-pack, Slacker: A Chimp Off The Ol’ Block!

“This beer is so good and so complex that we almost asked for help from a larger brewery,” says Brewery Operations Manager, Damon Scott, with a smirk. “But we wanted to show our team and our supporters that we’re capable of going big…and we can do so independently.”

With a solid 6.1% ABV and 20 IBUs, Slacker brings a unique brew to independent and free-loving craft beer enthusiasts.

Scott says, "This recipe highlights Madagascar Vanilla Beans post fermentation, giving the beer a creamy, slightly sweet, vanilla taste that melds seamlessly with the orange peel." 

Slacker delivers a smooth foundation from wheat, acidulated and caramel malts, and the sweet orange peel tossed in during boil lets the juicy orange flavor and aroma shine. The strong citrus character, reinforced by Comet and Cascade hops, only confirms that the delicious orange does not fall too far from the Brass Monkey tree!

Keep a close eye on your local stores, folks, because Slacker 6-packs will swing into the market on Friday, October 9th!

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About No-Li Brewhouse

Independent and 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 them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.

Ghost Runners Brewery Anniversary Party and Ghost Run

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VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON October 1, 2015 - Ghost Runners Brewery announces their anniversary party and Ghost Run to be held at the brewery on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The Ghost Run is an annual event that started in 2012 with the launching of Ghost Runners Brewery.

“The first Ghost Run was a huge celebration,” explains brewery partner, Amy Seibel. “Our federal and state licensing had just been finalized. The dream of owning a brewery was a reality. It seemed fitting to get dressed up in costumes, invite 50 of our closest friends, and go for a run.”

The event has been repeated each year, but from different locations. The first Ghost Run left from the owners’ house and went through neighborhoods. The second and third Ghost Runs took place in downtown Vancouver.  This year the event will be held at Ghost Runner’s new 10 barrel brewery and taproom located on Minnehaha Street in Vancouver.  

The event is a celebration and an opportunity to exercise. The Ghost Run will be mapped out to 3 miles, but running is not a required. “We’ve found that when adults gather together in costumes they are more interested in hanging out and having fun than racing,” says Seibel. “Every year some people walk, some people take interesting short cuts, and some people stay back and drink. At this event running is optional, costumes are mandatory.”  The event will have food, beer, music, a costume contest, and raffle prizes for ticket holders.  Tickets start at $25 per person and are available at

About Ghost Runners Brewery

Ghost Runners Brewery is a commercial craft brewery with tasting room in Vancouver, Washington, founded in 2012. The running inspired brewery features handcrafted brews including 5K IPA, Boston Irish Red Ale, Negative Split Stout, Pace Breaker OPA, Hellacious Repeats Double IPA, Cross Country Red Kolsch, and Strong Leg Stout. Every exceptional creation is handcrafted with high-quality grain and premium hops and distributed throughout the state of Washington. For more information on Ghost Runners Brewery, please visit or the company’s social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Jackson’s Melvin Brewing Wins Small Brewpub Of The Year And Wins Gold And Silver Medals At GABF

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JACKSON, WY - October 1, 2015 -
Melvin Brewing returned home from last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival with the craft brewing industry’s top honor — the Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year Award.
As Melvin’s biggest award to date, this is a tremendous industry endorsement, showing respect for Melvin’s exceptional beers and the experience of its brewing team. Now in its 34th year, the Great American Beer Festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and one of the most prestigious beer judging events in the country.
Melvin also brought home two Brewer Association Medals: the Gold medal for American Style Fruit Beer and the Bronze medal for Fresh or Wet Hop Ale.
Having won the underground YCH Hops Alpha King Competition in both 2012 & 2013, Melvin’s 2x4 DIPA took 2nd place in 2015. Both of Melvin’s entries, 2x4 & Drunken Master, placed among the top 15 in a field of more than 130 beers.  The Alpha King contest is the top competition of well balanced and drinkable, yet highly hopped ales.
John Fayman, a Melvin investor and craft beer authority, said this signals Melvin is ready for the big time.
“This is as much about the Brewers Association recognizing the incredible job that the Melvin Team has done as it is about the Brewers Association letting Melvin know that it’s ready for distribution in Colorado and everywhere else,” Fayman said.
As if on cue following the festival awards ceremony, distributors from around the country flocked to Melvin’s table to discuss Melvin’s distribution strategy in their territory. The success parallels the recent opening of Melvin’s new 20,000 square foot brewery in Alpine, Wyoming. Located just a few miles from Jackson Hole, where Melvin plans to make beer from the future.  Melvin is expanding distribution this year to Colorado and Washington and points beyond in the future.
In 2014, Melvin Brewing won two medals at the World Beer Cup: A Gold in the Imperial India Pale Ale category for its 2x4 and a Bronze in the Fruit Beer category for its ChChChCh-Cherry Bomb. Both beers won also medals (Cherry Bomb - Silver, 2x4 - Gold) at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.   2x4 is the only IPA to win Alpha King, GABF Gold and WBC Gold.
Melvin Brewery is located in the heart of downtown Jackson Hole at Thai Me Up Restaurant, which was started in 2000 by Melvin founder Jeremy Tofte.  The new production facility will be up and running this fall. Melvin is currently installing its custom built Newlands 30bbl, 4 vessel system. 
The Great American Beer Festival had its best year too . . .
Hosted by the Brewers Association this year in Boulder, CO, The Great American Beer Festival surpassed all previous participation records, with 6,647 entries in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles. A panel of 242 judges from 15 countries awarded 275 professional medals to 242 breweries.
More than 1,500 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., attended, including 423 first-time participants.
The 2016 Great American Beer Festival will be held Oct. 6-8 in Denver.
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About Melvin Brewing
Melvin Brewing was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale to fulfill their need to drink the biggest, most exciting West-Coast Style IPAs in Jackson, WY. Experimenting on a 20 gallon, then three-barrel system, they developed the Melvin IPA and 2x4 Imperial IPA, which went on to win Gold medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, back-to-back Alpha King awards in 2012 and 2013, and a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup. On the strength of these and other beer brands, Melvin Brewing was awarded the 2015 Small Brew Pub and Small Brew Pub Brewer of the year.
Melvin brewing now has more than 40 amazing beer recipes to its name, expanding its portfolio of hoppy beers and other styles, with brands such as ChChCh-Cherry Bomb (Fruit Beer), Killer Bees (Honey Ale), Coffee Ruckus (Coffee Imperial Stout), Hey Zeus (Mexican Lager) to name drop a few.
In the fourth quarter of 2015, Melvin Brewing will open its production facility in Alpine, WY, brewing on a new 30-barrel, 4-vessel system.  Kirk will keep manning the three-barrel in the closet at Jackson, Wyoming’s Thai Me Up Restaurant.   He will keep creating some of the most exciting beers on the market today while listening to Wu-Tang at full blast.  Dave Chichura, formerly of Oskar Blue’s, will helm the controls in Alpine, while listening to Ween at full blast.

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Fort George’s Fresh IPA Returns to the Pacific Northwest

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October 1st, 2015
For Freshest Release – Use Immediately

The call came in. Fresh hops were ready. Without delay, the Fort George truck was dispatched to Yakima where it was loaded with over a ton of dank, wet Mosaics. As you can imagine, the aroma on the drive home was amazing.

In just 48 hours from harvest, the brewers at Fort George had packed the tanks with wet hopped beers. Fresh-hopped versions of The Optimist and Suicide Squeeze IPA were bubbling away in the Sweet Virginia pub system. And in the Lovell Brewery, enough Fresh IPA to provide the Pacific Northwest their wet hop fix. Well, at least until this limited batch runs out.

“It’s definitely a lot of work in a very short period of time, brewing a fresh hop beer on this scale,” explains Fort George lead production brewer Mike Frankowicz. “But all of us are excited about how it turned out, and really looking forward to enjoying a few.”

And Mike is excited for you to try a pint as well. So eager, he drove an extra truck filled with Fresh IPA cans to Portland this morning. From vine, to brewery, to beer, to can, and into your hands in just two weeks - that’s how fresh Fresh IPA is.
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Fort George Fresh IPA is like beer in 3D, without those silly glasses. Using wet hops means extra hop oils make their way into the can. Fort George seals in that freshness, creating a time capsule of hop aromatics - pure canned triumph. When you crack the seal you should expect resin, citrus, and fruit to flood forward, along with an earthy complexity.

Fresh IPA releases at the pub in Astoria today, October 1st at 4pm. And thanks to Mike, 16-oz four-pack cans of Fresh IPA will be available in Portland starting tomorrow, October 2nd. Look for draft only small batches of The Fresh Hopped Optimist and Fresh Hop Suicide Squeeze releasing at Fort George Brewery on Tuesday, October 6th. Fresh IPA will be available on tap and in cans across the rest of the Pacific Northwest starting next week. These limited release fresh hop beers won’t last long. Get them while you can. 

Hopworks Urban Brewery Releases Organic Abominable Winter Ale

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PORTLAND, OR. – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) announces the release of their cult-classic seasonal offering, Organic Abominable Winter Ale. Abominable emerges from the depths of the brewery every winter, surprising drinkers with a complex floral, spicy and citrus backdrop from organic Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe hops. Munich and caramel malts provide a balanced sweetness. Abominable is 7.3% ABV and 70 IBU.

This year the release of Abominable Winter Ale coincides with the Handmade Bike & Beer Festival,” said HUB’s brewmaster and founder, Christian Ettinger. “Our brewers have recently reported sightings of strange, beer-soaked footprints in our barrel cellar. I’m a little nervous the monster will show up at the event while our unexpecting guests are on site, but finding the Abominable snowman is on my bucket list, so deep down I’ve got my fingers crossed.”

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In addition to releasing Abominable Winter Ale at the Handmade Bike & Beer Festival, HUB will also tap Abominable variations including: Cinnabom, an Imperial Abominable aged on Cinnamon, and an Imperial Abominable aged on Cedar. The event takes place on October 3-4 at HUB’s Powell brewpub location.
Abominable Winter Ale is available in 16 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draught throughout HUB’s distribution. It is also available at Hopworks Urban Brewery and Hopworks BikeBar.

Abominable is HUB’s most popular seasonal beer and has inspired countless creative homages by Abominable fanatics around the country, including an Abominable corn maze last year. Abominable Winter Ale replaces Pig War White IPA  and will be followed in February, by Rise-Up Red IRA, a gold medal-winning Northwest Red Ale.

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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, Totally Radler, and Nonstop Hef Hop.

Ecliptic Brewing And Cigar City Brewing Collaborate On Ellipsing The Sun

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Ecliptic Brewing Partners With Cigar City On Ellipsing The Sun

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 1, 2015) Ecliptic Brewing has partnered with Tampa, Fla.-based Cigar City Brewing on the newest addition to its Cosmic Collaboration series, Ellipsing the Sun. The full-flavored ale was brewed with peaches, apricot, lemon and juniper, and aged in white wine barrels.

“We had a lot of fun collaborating with Wayne Wambles from Cigar City Brewing and have been eagerly awaiting the release of this beer since we brewed it this past April,” said Ecliptic Brewing owner and head brewmaster John Harris.  “Ellipsing the Sun is a unique beer for us and truly captures the spirit of collaboration, merging our two styles.”

Harris and Cigar City Brewing’s Wambles previously collaborated in 2013 on Illuminating the Path, which was brewed and released in Cigar City Brewing’s hometown. During the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Portland, Ore., Harris and Wambles got started on the creation of Ellipsing the Sun.

Ellipsing the Sun is the second release in Ecliptic’s Cosmic Collaboration series of beers. The first release was a collaboration with Dogfish Head and brewer Sam Calagione called Sagittarius B2N, which was also brewed during the 2015 CBC. 

About Ellipsing the Sun Ale
Ellipsing the Sun is a cosmic collaboration between Ecliptic and Cigar City Brewing. The aged ale combines the delectable flavors of citrus, peach, apricot and juniper and the aroma of white wine. ABV: 9%

Ecliptic beers are available in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George (Northern Oregon coast),  Summit Distributing in southern Oregon), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma), Click Distributing East (Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisan (Colorado) and Freedom Beverage Company (North Carolina).
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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, Capella Porter, Phobos Extra Single Hop Red Ale and Orbiter IPA. In 2014, Ecliptic Brewing was voted best brewpub by Northwest Brewing News readers, and the brewery’s Filament Winter IPA was named favorite winter ale by Oregon Beer Growler. For more information, visit:

Alaskan Brewing Releases Heritage Coffee Brown Ale

Alaskan Brewing Offers a New Take on Coffee Beer

Heritage Coffee Brown Ale uses radical technique to bring rich flavor

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JUNEAU, Alaska (Oct. 1, 2015) – Alaskan Brewing Company teamed up with Juneau-based Heritage Coffee Roasting Co. to craft a new beer that accentuates the richness of coffee and the smoothness of premium malts. The result is Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale, the latest of the Pilot Series of beers, available starting in October in 22-ounce bombers and on draft in the 17 states where Alaskan Brewing is distributed.

“We were looking to brew a coffee beer that wasn’t overly-dominated by dark malts,” said Alaskan Brewer Tyler Lindquist. “That’s why we went with a Brown Ale for this beer. The subtleness of the Brown Ale then allowed us to accentuate the richness of a great coffee, instead of the bitter acrid flavor that sometimes comes through in coffee beers.”

That subtle flavor allowed for a radical technique that required close collaboration between the brewers at Alaskan and the roasters at Heritage.

“They wanted to have a deep coffee backbone to this beer, so we all came up with the idea of roasting some of the malt in our coffee roaster with some of the beans used in the beer,” said Heritage Coffee Roaster Mike Dunlevy. “That’s pretty tricky, because the flashpoint of malt is much lower than that for coffee beans, so the potential of fire was very real.”

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Heritage Roasters worked with Alaskan Brewers to sample coffees in order to find a blend that would bring out chocolate, caramel and honey in the final beer. They decided to use Heritage’s signature Brazilian blend “Paixao” (Portuguese for passion) which was cold-brewed to reduce acidity. This cold-brewed coffee was added at multiple stages throughout the brewing process of the beer, in order to infuse it with a deep and rich coffee flavor and aroma.

Heritage Coffee and Alaskan Brewing have common roots in Juneau, where Heritage founder Grady Saunders first started bringing freshly-roasted coffee to the community in 1974. Saunders was one of the people that helped inspire the idea of smoking malts to create the award-winning Alaskan Smoked Porter in 1988.

First sampled at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale is already garnering rave reviews, with at least one reference to it being part of a “next level” of coffee beers.

For more information, check out Alaskan Brewing’s website at